Tarek and Christina El Moussa were successful real estate agents during the boom period of the mid-2000s and when the market tanked, they traded in their $6,000-a-month mortgage for a $700-per-month apartment, swapped luxury cars for modest ones and shared Subway sandwiches – all while expecting the birth of their first child. Since then, the El Moussas have bounced back. A few years ago, the couple – with business partner Pete de Best – bought their first investment house in Santa Ana for $115,000. The El Moussas sold the property and split the $34,000 in profits with de Best, and the partnership grew from there. Now, the three have focused on expanding their real estate investment company, Next Level Property Investments, LLC. This partnership helped them to land the reality series Flip or Flop, which has become the No. 1 nationally aired show on the HGTV network. Next Level Property Investments, LLC, now invests in more than 100 projects per year and is expanding its operations nationwide to include investments in single-family homes, commercial real estate and full-blown development projects.