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   FlatCityGirl  Flipping Vegas

Do not --repeat: DO NOT ever waste an hour of your time watching this stupid show.

Scott Yancey is a slime ball; his wife Amie is . . . I don't know what she is, but I wouldn't want her picking my backsplash.

If you're ever in the market for a home in Vegas, and you learn it's a Flip, being sold by the Yanceys, run. Run fast and long.

I spent some years in Real Estate when I lived in Virginia, and there is a lot that I don't understand about these Real Estate Flips. Sometimes it's almost like there aren't any laws governing Real Estate sales.

One thing that puzzles me is termites. I'm forever seeing that couple on Flip or Flop buy houses that are eaten up with termites. In Virginia, you can not sell a house without a termite inspection and a certificate certifying that the house is free of the pests. The "termite certificate" is a part of the closing package, and it has to be dated within 30 days of the closing. For California to be the highly regulated state that it is, I don't understand how they let something like no termite inspection slip by.

Un-permitted additions to homes is another thing I see all the time. How come you don't know that before you buy the house? That's costly. If you've bought what you think is a 2,200 sq ft house, only to find out that 600 sq ft of it is either going to have to be torn down or you're going to spend months upon expensive months wrangling with the city/county getting a permit for the add-on, and then bringing the property up to code, you've lost money before you're out of the gate.

Anyway, all that's neither here nor there.

Avoid Flipping Vegas at all costs.
July 14 at 20:23 EST .



   GO3  Thanks for the warning. I too am suspicious of a lot of these "flipping" shows. I think Bob Massi the Property Man on FBN is pretty informative, though it's not about flipping as much as legal advice and getting out of trouble on real estate deals.
July 18 at 13:58 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Since Bob Massi is based in Vegas, I wonder how many of Yancey's buyers have gone to Massi for advice after they buy a defective house from Yancey?

It’s against the law to knowingly market a house with defects.

I don’t know for a fact, but I’m willing to bet that statement in some form is a part of every real estate code in every state in this nation.

The way that Flippers get around that is to avoid “knowing” anything about possible defects: that would include not taking a Flip House down to the studs to find out if the wiring or plumbing is defective/up to code, or not testing for lead paint or asbestos in houses that are over a certain age.

I suspect that is exactly how the Yanceys conduct their business. If you buy a house from them and it has defects that turn up later, say defective plumbing that should have been replaced [–usually there is a statute of limitations from date of purchase to reporting defects], all Yancey has to do is say he didn’t know the pipes were bad because they were behind a wall and he didn’t open the wall.

The house I saw him flip on the one show I watched, should have been taken down to the studs, every bit of drywall removed and replaced. I don’t even want to think of what the buyers are probably going to face in a few years, based on what I saw, but Yancey was more interested in yelling at the Mexicans and mugging for the camera.
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   StormCnter  I often make a 900-mile round trip to far southwest Texas and audio books are essential. I had run out of anything current, so dug out an unopened, 12-disc, unabridged "All Creatures Great and Small". I've seen the television series, read the book and had heard the condensed CD set many years ago. But, I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting James and Tristan and Siegfried all over again during the last two long trips. Give it a try even if the stories are familiar.
June 20 at 06:53 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Now that you've brought it to mind, I wouldn't mind reading the books again. I guess they are still in print.
June 20 at 17:46 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  The Vet Life follows veterinarians Dr. Diarra Blue, Dr. Aubrey Ross and Dr. Michael Lavigne, who recently moved to Houston to open a full-service veterinarian hospital and animal shelter together. The series captures the doctors' lives as they juggle running a new business while managing their family life filled with spouses, parents, in-laws, children, pets and friends, as well as their intense moments saving the lives of animals at their clinic.
   June 11 at 23:08 EST .

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   Gram77  This show is great and I love the sense of humor these veterinarians have. They are darned good doctors and you can tell they love what they are doing.
June 13 at 13:02 EST .

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   Tulsa  Moinfo. Sarah Sees Potential is on between 5 and 6:30 AM. That's AM people! One show on 6/13 and two (2 ) shows on 6/20.

She's the best designer I've ever seen. And her discussions with Tommy Smythe are funny. He's super talented, quick witted and bow-tie wearing. Love them both.

http://www.hgtv.ca/hosts/tommy-smythe/?hostid=41790

http://www.sarahrichardsondesign.com/get-inspired/news/2014/
10/02/hey-usa-im-back
June 11 at 13:20 EST .

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   Tulsa  Sarah Sees Potential starts 6/13. Decorating. I only see 3 episodes listed at DirecTV, but hopefully there will be more. The show originally aired in 2013 and I never saw this series. She films for Canadian HGTV. She Is Wonderful. Her assistant is as good as she is. Design, Inc. was the series I watched.

Another show she does is Sarah 101 and there was only one episode. So far...???

FlatCityG...the Mother's laugh was less and more rare towards the end of the series. It was likely nerves and sounded forced to me. They do serious, back breaking work. They aren't actors, so I wish all of them would omit the antics...tire racing; piggy back destruction and the things Chip did. I stopped watching Chip and Joanna.

Flipping the South is in Atlanta. I saw that couple do a home in Marietta, Jawga. Then I saw a home renovated in Charleston by a couple named Evans I believe. It had to be two separate shows.

MeiDei, we don't subscribe to HBO or Starz, or I'd reply to you.
June 11 at 11:13 EST .

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   MeiDei  How kind of you to respond. I read all published "Game of Thrones" books before it hit TV and was hooked. The opposite for "Outlander" as one day I couldn't get up and about so watched it from it's start on computer. I do like the story and plan to read the books in order - there's too much sex/nudity shown - I don't like being a captured peeping Tom. The actors, however, are very good.
I would suggest reading "Outlander". I was just curious of other's opinions.
June 11 at 15:11 EST .

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   Tulsa  I will cut and paste this info and email to my sister in law in South Carolina. She is an avid reader. She and her husband watch nothing and I mean nothing but NCIS. They have every season recorded. The show is white noise while she reads. Do not ask me to explain. I can not. She's a nut! in the best way possible.

I completely agree with you on sex and add language to that. I stopped watching Suits bc of language. I don't want to see the slightest display of affection between the opposite sex or the same sex. ...on prime time crime dramas or decorating shows.

Thank you for sharing.

I read articles daily on the pc and as you know, most of it isn't positive. I need vapid entertainment in the evening.
June 11 at 17:28 EST .

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   MeiDei  I agree about foul language as evidenced over on the Suggested Reading wall. Several good books have been discussed there & you might find it interesting.
As for Game of Thrones & Outlander - both are fantasy in different ways. GofT = mythical world w/7 ruling families & competition for kingship. Swords, sex & dragons. Outlander is about a couple reunited after WWII & during 2nd honeymoon in Scotland wife touches a sacred stone & is transported back in time to 18th century & Chas. Stuart's attempt to get his father returned to the British throne, trapped in time she falls in love ... just so you know what you're recommending (smile ). BTW I'm an NCIS fan also.
June 11 at 22:25 EST .

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   MeiDei  I've played catch up w/Outlander this year - all story no sex. Same w/Game of Thrones. Maybe the sex is for the voyeuristic among us to hook them in.
June 18 at 22:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  Anyone a fan of Game of Thrones - TV or books?
May 29 at 17:25 EST .

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   MeiDei  Or Outlander now in season 3 on Starz??
June 8 at 16:58 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  New on HGTV: Masters of Flip

I'm nuts about this show. I found a bio on the couple and it's posted below.

I like "Flip" shows. Maybe because I like Old Houses Renewed. I used to like Fixer Upper, but had to quit the show after Chip Gaines ate the cockroach. I was nearly finished off when he filled his nasty work boot with river water and drank it, but stayed with it a while longer. The cockroach finished me off.

Masters of Flip comes on on Thursday night. I really like this couple.

From HGTV site:

http://www.hgtv.com/shows/masters-of-flip

Not from HGTV site:

What began as two separate musical careers has become a lifelong partnership for Kortney and Dave Wilson. After a solid run as a country music duo, the Canadian-born Nashville couple traded in their microphones for tool belts and began flipping houses while raising their children.

In 2009, CMT Canada debuted a reality show called “Meet the Wilsons”. For two seasons, cameras followed the couple and their family on their house-flipping adventures. Soon after, Kortney and Dave began interacting with their fans as hosts of their own daytime talk show on CMT’s, “Kortney & Dave: By Request”. Since that time, Kortney, an award-winning realtor and visionary, and Dave, a tireless flipper with a nose for profit, continued to build their real estate business through flips, buy and hold properties and vacation rentals.

http://www.wnetwork.com/shows/masters-flip

Great photos at that site
April 29 at 14:14 EST .

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   Tulsa  Agreed. One of the best flip shows. They aren't silly.

Others in no particular order:
Flip or Flop
Good Bones...hate the Mother's laugh
Vintage Flip 6/2/16
Move in Ready May?
Flipping Boston
Salvage Dawgs...love those two men! and the rest of the cast
My First Home
Nashville Flipped
Houdini & Doyle murder mystery
Fraiser reruns
Scorpion
Rizzoli and Isles
Ellen's Furniture contest

Print off a 'list' of episodes and mark them off after viewing.

I'm currently in the final throws of POI. Last three episode in June. This is killing me....not rilly.

You must, must, must watch 'Lie To Me'. I watched it free live streaming one episode a day until I have viewed all ep in order. The key is to print an episode 'list'. You do not want episode descriptions such as those at IMDb.

Elementary is my favorite show on TV.

Will watch Bull coming on CBS this Fall starring Michael Weatherly who left NCIS. Based on Dr. Phil's (meh ) early career as a jury reader???? The trailer is very good.

All HH and HHI and HHRenovations.

TBBT, orig. NCIS and Myst. of Laura ..more if I think of any.

Oh and Project Runway. All stars if I'm truly desperate. lol...
June 1 at 12:46 EST .

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   Tulsa  Clarification/fyi. You only need lists for shows with multiple seasons. CSI has 15 seasons. I've seen all but 3 shows of that and finished CSI Miami and CSI NY. With a list you place a dot if it's set to record, a small right slash(half a check mark ) when it records and complete the check (from the hash mark ) when viewed. That truly helps as the re-runs are all over the place.

And Houdini and Doyle is the famous escape artist played by Michael Weston who played Oscar Rankin? in Elementary. Doyle is Sir Arthur Conan and they are friends in the period piece who solve crimes. It may be a one season show.

Procedural dramas need no list, just record series and watch in order.
June 1 at 13:36 EST .

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   Tulsa  Flipping the South starts 6/2 or 3
Listed Sisters, better than Prop. Bros.

Stay away from vulgar, foul mouthed, filthy homes in Flipping Vegas. Disgusting show.

I am always searching for light entertainment with the rare well done drama when offered.
June 1 at 14:22 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I agree 100% about the Mother's laugh. It's like fingernails on a blackboard. I thought it was kind of charming at first. Great that anyone is that happy and thrilled with life. But it's gotten old, like she cackles just to cackle and it's not even a laugh any longer. Like Chip Gaines's antics have gotten old. Beyond old.
June 10 at 15:00 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm not sure this is the correct Wall for the link, but I was hesitant to add to the things on the Lobby. L-Dotter KenM sent it to me. It's a 17 year old high schooler's history project. Our history in 2 minutes. Don't blink. It moves fast.
http://marcbrecy.perso.neuf.fr/history.html
April 13 at 10:47 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  FTA: When Mark Bowe was working as a coal miner to put himself through college, he never dreamed he would one day restore structures built by the pioneers. One chance weekend he was asked to help with a demolition, and the rest, as they say, is history. For 16 years, Mark has made a name for himself and his crew as restoration specialists. They’ve traveled the country finding antique structures, tearing them down, and bringing them back to Greenbrier County to restore. His business is constantly evolving, and Mark is taking Antique Cabins and Barns to the next stage—handling everything from restoration and repurposing to designing and building to energy efficiency and estate planning.

http://www.wvliving.com/Spring-2013/New-Old-Homes/

His show is on Great American Country occasionally: music videos by day, diy shows by night. You can find the schedule on GAC website. It's also where I found the old RV restoration program.

   April 10 at 13:33 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Highway Thru Hell

This is one riveting television program. It's set in Hope, British Columbia and Lac la Biche, Alberta [the oil fields]. Hope, BC is the start of the Coquihalla Highway, an engineering marvel according to National Geographic; it winds through some of the most rugged areas of the Canadian Rockies, and in winter it is a nightmare. You can not believe all of the different ways that drivers of the big rigs find to twist metal into unrecognizable shapes and spread cargo across six lanes of highway.

And you can't believe what it takes to retrieve the tractors and trailers when they've gone over a 300 foot drop off to a raging river below. But they have to be recovered.

And it's always in a blizzard.

The show is a National Geographic production, but I get the show on the Weather Channel on Wednesday night and Sunday night.

If you ever wondered how those big rigs are recovered after a major crash, ride along with Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue and his drivers, in some of the largest heavy wreckers known to man [60 tons], and you'll learn all about it.

This particular piece of equipment was built in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Viewers got to go with Jamie when he flew out of Canada to Chattanooga to pick it up and drive it back to Hope. There is a length limit for vehicles entering Canada from the US; there was a mix up at the factory, and this Rotator was within an inch of not getting into Canada.

   January 29 at 15:28 EST .

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