Here's a syndicated piece I did for this week with Ryan Brown of Bravo's real-estate-oriented show "Flipping Out." I have more material with Brown, and with assistant extraordinaire Jenni Pulos, so watch this space.
Here's a sip to hold you for now …
Brown tries to keep from ‘Flipping Out’
With his very particular ways and high-energy personality, Los Angeles house flipper
Jeff Lewis is the engine driving the Bravo reality series “Flipping Out,” which
returns for a third season on Monday, Aug. 17.
While Lewis tries to temper his temper to deal with
demanding clients as the housing downturn forces him to transition from just flipping
houses to also doing remodeling work, his former personal and current business partner,
Ryan Brown, who’s also an interior designer, is sailing more tranquil waters.
Speaking in his spare, modern office in Hollywood,
Brown says, “Brown Design has been established for 10 years, so I’ve had clients
for that entire time. My business was split 50/50, part spec and part client,
but Jeff ‘s was completely and totally flipping houses.
“So a big part of this season is going to be watching him
get his design business up and running. He’s
While Lewis seems to relish being the center of a TV show, that
isn’t really Brown’s favorite thing.
“The first season,” he says, “I didn’t agree to be part of
it until the very, very end, because I was afraid of what I was getting myself into
— or what Jeff was getting me into.”
As for dealing with Lewis, Brown says, “People say on the street,
‘How do you work with him? He’s so crazy.’ But the fact of the matter is, he is
crazy, but we’re all crazy.”
• Looking to buy? Brown says,
“Buyers really do still have a certain degree of the upper hand in price range
of under a million, or million-five, right now.”
• How much to spend? “Usually
the banks want to see, let’s just say 30, for round figures, 30 percent of what
you’re bringing home being spent on your mortgage. Now, obviously, the loans
are causing you to put a lot more down, so you have to have that all socked away.”