Tarek El Moussa Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 25 Jul, 2021
Facts of Tarek El Moussa
Date of Birth: 1981 , August-21
Age: 40 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Tarek El Moussa
Birth Name Tarek El Moussa
Nick Name Tarek
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Long Beach, California
Religion Muslim
Ethnicity Mixed
Profession Television Personality, Realtor
Working For HGTV
Net Worth $10 million
Salary N/A
Eye Color Dark-Brown
Hair Color Dark-Brown
Famous for Flip or Flop
Married NA
Married to Christina El Moussa (2009-18)
Children Taylor and Brayden
Divorce Christina El Moussa in 2018
Education N/A
Awards N/A
Online Presence Instagram, Twitter
TV Show Flip or Flop
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Tarek El Moussa, an American real estate investor got famous after appearing in the show Flip or Flop alongside now ex-wife Christina El Moussa, where the couple purchase house and flip them to gain profits. Since the show premiered in 2013 at HGTV, it has completed 8 seasons and is on the run for its 9th season. While together as husband-wife, Tarek and Christine owned a real-estate agency, The El Moussa Group that dissolved following their divorce and now is run solely by Tarek under the name Tarek and Associates.

Belongs To Moroccan Root

Tarek El Moussa was born on August 21, 1981, in Long Beach, California. He holds an American nationality belongs to the Afro-American ethnicity. Tarek was born to a Moroccan father and was raised in California. 

Career In HGTV's 'Flip Or Flop' After 2008 Stock Crash

Tarek El Moussa is a talented person who earned his real estate license at the age of 21. He was a real estate agent prior to the stock crash in 2008 that left the housing market plummeted. Later, he and his wife began flipping homes, mostly located in Orange County, California.

In 2011, they recorded an audition tape of them flipping a house from start to finish. The audition tape was sent to HGTV. The people from HGTV were interested in talking to the couple. In 2012, HGTV signed the couple a weekly program to demonstrate their work.

CAPTION: Flip or Flop star Tarek El Moussa SOURCE: Ok! Magazine

The couple hosts Flip and Flop, a show that showed the process of buying the distressed property, renovating them, and then selling them again for a much higher profit. The first episode aired on April 16, 2013, and has completed its 8th season; now set for the 9th season which was delayed because of the pandemic. 

Tarek also started hosting other HGTV shows like Carol Duvall.

Along with his now-former wife Christina, the real estate investor-turned-TV personality owned a real estate agency by the name of ‘The El Moussa Group’ in Orange County, California. The area is with one of the biggest foreclosure rates in the country. Their first profit was gained by buying an investment house in Santa Ana for $115K and selling it for $34K. 

Tarek El Moussa, Christina Haack, and their business partner, Pete De Best split the money and continued to flip houses after the El Moussa couple divorced and Trak solely runs Tarek and Associates.

Net Worth And Salary

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Tarek El Moussa owns a net worth of $10 million as of December 2021. It is a drastic rise in fortune compared to 2018's worth of $6 million. Sources report that, while Tarek was in a marital relationship with his then-wife Christina in the early 2010s, they were worth $4 million.

Despite a firmness in house marketing, the El Moussa couple began to face hits of financial troubles after the 2008 stock crash plunged the real-estate business; it dragged them down from $6000 per month rented luxury-house to  $700 per month residence.

In 2013, they began to appear in HGTV's Flip or Flip. The show earned them $10,000 per episode that totaled $130,000 per season and by Season 3 (in 2014), it rose to $40,000 per episode, summing up around $600,000 per season.

Tarek purchased a 300-square-foot home for $2.28 million and rebranded his realtor business Tarek & Associates, according to Realtor.com, where he continues to buy properties and flip them. He also has a private lavishes Yacht. El Moussa also has several lavishes cars including:

  • Toyota 4Runner
  • 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • 2017 Jeep Wrangler
  • Lamborghini

After his separation, Moussa moved to Costa Mesa home where he lived for more than three years until he met his now girlfriend Heather Rae Young. As of 2021, the pair is renting their beach house and has planned to live there until they find their dream house.

“This is our in-between house until we build or find the perfect house,” El Moussa said. “But I mean, this is a super killer house. It's nicer than the house we were living in — it's right by the water and kind of looks like a hotel.”

Personal Life: Wife, Kids, Divorce

He married Christina El Moussa, his HGTV show Flip or Flip partner, in 2009 & welcomed 2 children while together: Taylor El Moussa and Brayden El Moussa

They welcomed their first child, a daughter Taylor El Moussa on  22 December 2010 & a son Brayden El Moussa in 2015.

CAPTION: Tarek El Moussa with his ex-wife Christina El Moussa and their children SOURCE: People

After over a decade of relationship, Tarek El Moussa and Christina started facing troubles in mid-2016. In May 2016, Christina called the police to their South Carolina home and Tarek fled their home taking his handgun, after a heated argument. And weeks after, the couple announced their separation.

In December 2016, Tarek filed for divorce from his wife, Christina El Moussa. Six months later, Christina also filed for divorce in January 2017. Even after their split, the former duo agreed to work in a show together and even attended a Red Carpet in May 2017.

They finalized their divorce a year later in January 2018. Even after a divorce, they agreed to work together and said that they could not end their professional relationships.

Tarek El Moussa was also allegedly dating his kids' nanny, Alyssa Logan. But, he denied the rumor in an interview. 

With the help of some mutual friends, he then met Selling Sunset star Heather Rae in Newport Beach, California in July 2019. They immediately started dating, as per the smitten couple-it was love at first sight. Their romance was confirmed when they were photographed kissing in Newport Beach, California on a yacht. Tarek also officially confirmed his relationship via Instagram.

"It’s official!!!! After more than 3 years on my own, I’m so PROUD to say that this beautiful, sweet and talented young lady is my girlfriend!

 “I’ll be honest and say I never thought I would meet someone special in my life after the last three years. Then…out of the blue @heatherraeyoung walked into my life,” he continued. “The first time I saw her smile she 'did that thing to my tummy' and I knew right away I needed to get to know her."

On July 26, 2020, Moussa proposed to Young during a romantic weekend celebrating their one-year anniversary.

CAPTION: The soon-to-be-married couple Tarek and Heather: They got engaged in July 2020SOURCE: [email protected]

He wore a tuxedo and went on one knee carrying emerald-cut rock which is colorless and eight carats in size. Later, the TV host said, "The diamond is perfect all the way around—just like Heather. I also picked this ring, because eight is a lucky number."

The beautiful moment was aired on his show in October 2020.

Meanwhile, Christina later started dating Gary Anderson for few months before she started dating Nate Thompson.  She broke up with Thompson some months later and then she started dating Doug Spedding, however, this relationship didn't work for her as well. In 2018, she started dating  English TV presenter Ant Anstead.

The pair's relationship grew stronger every day and coming to the end of the year, Christina El Moussa surprised her fans by revealing her marriage to Anstead

Cancer Diagnosis And Battle

Tarek El Moussa is a two-time cancer survivor. In 2013, one of his viewers, a registered nurse, reported a lump on his neck. After a biopsy and ultrasound on June 12, it was found that the lump was cancerous and was to be removed immediately.

He was diagnosed with stage 2 thyroid cancer. He went through four hours of surgery to remove his entire thyroid. Later Tarek revealed that the cancer didn’t spread beyond his neck and was cured completely.

Later, in 2017, he revealed that he was also diagnosed with testicular cancer. He did not talk about it cause “Testicular cancer is more of a private thing,” for him. He, however, was quite open about his thyroid cancer and even documented it on his show.

“A lot of people said they got tested because I shared my [thyroid cancer] story,” he said at the time, explaining why he was opening up about his testicular cancer as well. “I thought this was the time to come forward because it could save some lives.”