Belmont alumni Chad Bowers, marketing and music business 1998 graduate and his wife Rachele Sweiderk Bowers, management and music business 1999 graduate, had their lives ‘flipped’ this weekend when they won “Vanilla Ice Flip Advice’s” home renovation competition.
After purchasing a “neglected” Floridian home in November 2015, the Bowers started their research on complete renovations. Being first time home flippers, they stumbled upon a promotion of the new show on HGTV.com and decided to apply. Outside of owning a home in Florida, being an energetic first time flipper was the only requirement—the Bowers were immediately interested.
After applying, the flippers were chosen for a round of video interviews before participating in an in-person interview at their new property. Soon after, the Bowers were notified of their progression in the process and flew to Palm Beach, Florida to make their final pitch to the show’s host Vanilla Ice and designer Krista Watterworth. Their on-camera presentation emphasized their home’s potential for a successful flip.
“We were ecstatic to find out that they selected us and our property,” Chad said. “We spent the next couple of months learning everything there is to know about the dos and don’ts of successfully flipping. Rob and Krista provided us with so much insight into the process which resulted in an amazing property that exceeded anything we imagined.”
Now that the show is complete, Chad said he and Rachele plan to continue flipping houses in their area and are already looking for new opportunities. “Find and fixing up homes not only creates a great income for us, but it also helps the local community by increasing the real estate value in our area,” Chad said. “The process of flipping a house also gives you a great creative outlet!”
Before any new projects begin, Chad and Rachele are heading to Europe for three months for a long vacation—backpacking Northern Spain’s Camino de Santiago. When they return, it’s back to “Flip, flip, baby” for this home renovation duo!