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With the stars of HGTV’s current house-flipping program embroiled in personal drama, the network that taught you terms like “shiplap” and “open-concept living space,” is turning its attention to our fair city. Its new series, conveniently titled D.C. Flippers, follows the adventures of Ati and Rob Williams, owners of Columbia Heights-based real estate firm DC Home Buzz as they transform and sell homes throughout the District.
From the preview, which you can watch below, the program appears to follow the same concept as most HGTV shows. Buy an ugly-looking house in a gentrifying neighborhood, tear down all the interior walls, encounter some sort of costly problem, then stage the home in shades of gray and beige before selling it for some obscene profit. Expect a lot of B-roll of the Washington Monument and the White House to appropriately set the scene.
What makes D.C. Flippers seem slightly more promising is its diverse cast. While most everyone else on the network is white as snow, the Williamses are black and work in a diverse city. Might they actually sell homes to people that reflect D.C.’s demographics instead of white yuppies eager to buy near charter schools in Petworth? Find out when it premieres Jan. 8 at 2 p.m.