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Is Zombie House Flipping fake?

Zombie House Flipping’s stars have maintained that the show is completely authentic, but there is still a chance that a few details got lost along the way.

There is no denying that the team behind A&E’s Home Made Nation show, Zombie House Flipping, gets creative when it comes to playing into the undead-homes theme.

But, between all of the decrepit homes, unexpected surprises and always-amazing outcomes – questions have started surfacing about the authenticity of this beloved show.

How ‘real’ is reality television?

It is certainly not unheard of for reality television shows to script or stage their behind-the-scenes interactions.

In fact, another popular A&E show named Storage Wars made headlines a few years ago when one of its former stars alleged in a lawsuit filed against the show that producers had staged and scripted large parts of the show.

According to David Hester’s allegations, almost everything about the show – from the auctions to the stars’ on-screen confessionals – were carefully curated and planned before the cameras started rolling.

The stars that show off their design and real-estate skills on Zombie House Flipping have not been quite as severe in their accounts of what happens on set, and for the most part, the Zombie House Flipping cast insists that the show is completely authentic and unscripted.

However, if you have ever binged a few of the Zombie House Flipping episodes all in a row, you will know that there is likely a lot about this show and its incredible transformations which get left on the cutting room floor.

All about Zombie House Flipping most recent season

Before we dive into what makes Zombie House Flipping real or fake, it feels like the right time to remind you that the show recently finished a brand new season. Zombie House Flipping season six aired as follows:

Detail Description
Premiere October 28, 2023, with the “Dallas: Arcadia” episode
Conclusion December 30, 2023, with the “Tampa: Waikiki” episode
Total episodes 9

The problem with the Zombie House Flipping’s math

While there will always be people who feel like the Zombie House Flipping drama feels staged or disingenuous, there may actually be more serious trickery afoot.

You may have noticed that once the Zombie House Flipping team sells one of their revamped homes on the show, they break down their profit earned by subtracting the initial purchase price and renovation costs from the final sale price.

However, experts in the house-flipping-arena have come forward to explain that these types of purchases are much more complicated than that.

According to InvestFourMore’s Mark Ferguson, the show omits serious additional costs (like buying costs, carrying costs and selling costs), which could decrease this profit considerably.

Kris Haskins revealed in this YouTube video that these additional costs could add up to as much as 20% of the total value of the home.

What is real about Zombie House Flipping

Ordinarily, having a show associated with a murder trial would work against its reputation – but, in Zombie House Flipping’s case, the so-called ‘Bathtub Murder trial’ may just work in the show’s favor.

Many reality television stars insist that their shows are 100 percent authentic, but few of these stars have to back up this claim under oath.

Keith’s testimony in the above-mentioned case ultimately helped to put David Tronnes behind bars, but it also revealed pertinent details about the show.

For a start, it seems like the Zombie House Flipping crew genuinely does remodel real homes in their corresponding areas.

And since the Orlando-based staging company, MHM Professional Staging, frequently posts about the homes that they staged for the show, we also know that most of the renovations and changes, including the flooring, plumbing, countertops and more, are portrayed accurately on the show.

Moreover, if you keep an eye on the Blueprint Real Estate Group’s recent listings, you may just be able to catch one of their former zombie homes actually listed for sale in real life.

It all comes down to creative editing

The debate about which parts of Zombie House Flipping is real – and which parts might be scripted and fabricated – could likely carry on forever.

And the reality is that this show (just like many of the other home renovation shows and reality show on television at the moment) is likely a combination of both genuinely real, and somewhat scripted moments.

Shows like Zombie House Flipping have to reduce weeks’ worth of footage and interactions down to just a few minutes for each episode. And this often means that a lot of the true story will end up being edited out.

Fortunately, it also means that every episode should be like a quick shot of jam-packed house flipping and transformation entertainment.

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