Topic: Real Estate PROS

Article Title: Trademark Properties wins $4 million verdict against A&E

Intro: it's everywhere

Excerpt: In a case that ended Wednesday in federal court, a jury awarded James Island-based Trademark Properties a $4 million verdict in its lawsuit against the cable network A&E. Trademark Properties sued the network in 2006 for breach of contract, saying A&E refused to split revenue as promised from the show Flip this House, which focused on the local real estate company during its first season. Richard Davis, president of Trademark Properties, said the network had established an oral agreement with him to divide profits equally. Davis says he was a creator, writer and co-producer of the show, which featured his company’s buying, repairing and selling of homes. In court documents, A&E argued that the network never had the agreement Davis referenced. In a counterclaim, the network said Davis breached the only agreement the two parties had, which was for him to appear in a second season of the show. “It has always been understood by all parties, including Davis and Trademark, that AETN (A&E Television Networks) exercises final creative authority over Flip this House, owns all legal rights in the show and receives and controls all revenues associated with the show,” the network said in its original answer to the lawsuit. “AETN and Davis reached only one agreement, and Davis broke it.” The jury returned the $4 million verdict Wednesday after five hours of deliberation, according to Trademark Properties. “I feel personally vindicated by the jury’s verdict finding that I have always had an agreement with A&E,” Davis said in a statement. “This victory is much bigger than me. This verdict makes it clear that if a network uses and profits from someone’s concept for a television show, they need to pay for it. I am thankful that we were able to win one for the little guy.” “I’m very pleased with the verdict,” Frank Cisa, local attorney for Davis, said in a statement. “These cases are very tough to prove.” Attorneys for A&E could not be reached for comment Thursday morning. The verdict included $3.9 million in damages for the show’s first season and $107,726 in damages for international revenues, court documents show. After leaving A&E, Davis and his real estate team partnered with TLC to create The Real Deal, another show about flipping homes. A&E continues its show without Trademark Properties.

Article Title: Davis 'thankful' for verdict in case against A&E

Intro: A victory for the little guy

Excerpt: One day after winning a $4 million federal jury verdict over a cable television network, Charleston real estate investor Richard C. Davis released a written statement Thursday saying he was "thankful to win one for the little guy." Davis had claimed that A∓E Television had agreed verbally to a 50-50 profit-sharing agreement with him and his James Island company, Trademark Properties Inc., from the reality series "Flip This House." A&E denied any such agreement existed and said a 50-50 split was unheard of in the TV industry. A 12-person jury in Charleston on Wednesday awarded Davis more than $4 million in damages, ending a trial that began Nov. 3. "I feel personally vindicated by the jury's verdict finding that I have always had an agreement with A&E. This victory is much bigger than me. This verdict makes it clear that if a network uses and profits from someone's concept for a television show, they need to pay for it. I am thankful that we were able to win one for the little guy," Davis said in his statement. A spokesman for A&E said the network will seek to reverse the verdict.

Article Title: Jury awards real estate investor $4 million

Intro: piece in the LA Times

Excerpt: There is still money to be made in house flipping. On Wednesday, a federal jury in South Carolina awarded $4 million to a real estate investor for his role in creating the popular show "Flip This House" for A&E Networks. That amount represents half of the profit generated by the first season of the show, when real estate broker Richard C. Davis and others from his firm, Trademark Properties Inc., were featured buying properties, fixing them and selling some for a tidy profit. Davis sued A&E two years ago, alleging that executives at the A&E cable channel reneged on their promise to pay him half the revenue produced by the program, which debuted in 2005. A&E, in court filings, denied that it ever made such a promise. There was no written contract. The network is owned by Hearst Corp., Walt Disney Co.'s ABC and NBC Universal. "We are deeply disappointed in the jury's decision, and we will follow the appropriate steps to have the verdict reversed," said Michael Feeney, A&E's spokesman. Davis had sought as much as $30 million. The case hinged on whether the oral discussions between Davis and network executives amounted to a contract. "This case reaffirms the enforceability of oral contracts in the television industry," said Brian Wolf, an attorney with Lavely & Singer in Los Angeles, a firm that represents Davis. "If you use someone's idea or concept for a television show, then you need to pay them for it."

Article Title: A&E told to pay Davis

Intro: Some more details about the win

Excerpt: Cable network A&E sought to portray local real estate investor Richard C. Davis as someone who came to believe wrongly that he and the network had an oral agreement to split the profits from the reality television show "Flip This House." But a federal jury didn't buy it, saying Davis' interpretation of the business relationship wasn't so far-fetched. The 12-member panel unanimously awarded Davis and his James Island-based Trademark Properties Inc. more than $4 million in damages in the breach of contract trial that wrapped up this week. The jurors spent at least five hours in deliberations before reaching their verdict Wednesday afternoon in a downtown Charleston courtroom. Davis put his right hand over his eyes and sobbed from his chair upon hearing the decision. His employees and reality TV co-stars Ginger Alexander and Dawn Nosal cried together from the second row behind him Davis' attorney, Frank Cisa, argued in his closing remarks that his client should receive more than $7.5 million in damages from three seasons of "Flip This House." Only the show's first season, in which Davis was credited as a creator, featured him and his Trademark Properties team. After splitting with A&E, the crew joined competing network TLC for the series "The Real Deal." Before dismissing them, U.S. District Court Judge C. Weston Houck asked the jurors to itemize the damages they awarded Davis. "To give us just a little idea of how you arrived at that figure," Houck said. Minutes later they returned with a breakdown: more than $3.9 million, or half the net profit from the first season; and nearly $108,000 in international revenue. Davis would not comment immediately following the verdict and could not be reached later in the day. Cisa made only brief statements after the trial concluded. "I'm very pleased with the verdict," Cisa said. "It was a tough case. It's very tough to prove you had an oral contract with a major network." Attorneys for A&E declined to comment, but a network spokesman said the case is not over. "We're deeply disappointed in the jury's decision, and we plan to follow the appropriate steps to get the verdict reversed," said Michael Feeney, senior vice president of corporate communications. The trial began Nov. 3, and jury deliberations began late Monday. Federal court was closed Tuesday for Veterans Day, and deliberations resumed Wednesday. A&E's attorneys asked Houck to dismiss the case early on, which could conceivably be the basis for a request to reverse the verdict, said Charleston School of Law professor Gerald Finkel. A&E could argue that Houck should have granted the dismissal at the close of Cisa's evidence, before the case was allowed to go to the jury, Finkel said. He said the defense has ten days to make such a filing, which is a precursor to an appeal.

Article Title: Jury awards SC man $4M in dispute over A&E show

Intro: YES!

Excerpt: CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal jury awarded a South Carolina real estate investor more than $4 million Wednesday in a dispute over profits from the reality television show "Flip This House." Charleston jurors deliberated five hours before awarding the money to Richard C. Davis, who created the show and appeared on its first season, the Post and Courier reported. Davis, who runs the Trademark Properties Inc. real estate firm on James Island, sued after he said the cable network broke an oral agreement to split profits from the show. Attorneys for A&E have said the network had no such agreement. Frank Cisa, Davis' attorney, said the award represents half of the show's first-season profits and a third of international profits from the first three seasons. Cisa said his client had sought half of the net profits from all three seasons but was pleased with the verdict. "It was a difficult case," Cisa said. His client did not appear in the second and third seasons. A spokesman said the network was disappointed and would take further action. "We are deeply disappointed in the jury's decision and will follow up the appropriate steps to have the verdict reversed," A&E spokesman Michael Feeney said Wednesday.

Article Title: Attorney: A&E owes $7.5M

Intro: deliberation

Excerpt: In closing arguments before a federal jury, attorney Frank Cisa said cable television network A&E owes his client, local real estate investor Richard C. Davis, more than $7.5 million in a profit-sharing arrangement attached to the reality show "Flip This House." "He had the pilot (episode) in one hand. He had the Writers Guild registration in the other hand. And they never asked Richard Davis what he wanted for his show?" Cisa said in closing arguments. "They knew he spent $85,000 on the pilot and never asked what he wanted for his show? ... I submit to you that's not credible." The multimillion dollar figure includes three seasons of "Flip This House," even though only the first season chronicled Davis' James Island company, Trademark Properties Inc. Cisa said that's because Davis created the show about buying and selling real estate and was "ready, willing and able" to continue with the program if compensated. A&E's New York-based attorney, Jeremy Feigelson, began his closing remarks the same way the network's local defense attorney, Richard Farrier, began his opening arguments. "No way," Feigelson said. He suggested that Davis and Charles Norlander, the A&E representative with whom Davis claims to have made the verbal deal, were "ships in the night" that never quite reached the same point. "Can you picture a conversation where Mr. Davis talked on and on, maybe talked at Charles ... and he persuaded himself he's come away with an agreement?" Feigelson said. He told the jury that Davis never shared with them any specifics from the conversation with A&E that allegedly hatched the deal. "We saw him grope and struggle and fail to answer the most important question of all: What did A&E say to you?" Feigelson said. Before concluding, Feigelson said the jury, in order to rule in favor of Davis, would have to believe that A&E changed its business model to cut a deal with him and that every witness had lied under oath during the trial. The jury began deliberations late Monday afternoon and will resume Wednesday morning. Prior to closing arguments, Monday marked the first time in the weeklong trial in which A&E employees acknowledged any mention of a potential 50-50 profit-splitting arrangement prior to the lawsuit. Cisa produced a copy of an e-mail between Davis and the network with the term "50 percent" handwritten in the margin. But A&E representative Melinda McLaughlin testified she made that note only as the amount Davis proposed he receive on advertising revenue he helped bring for the show, not as an agreed-upon amount. "I let him know that it would be single digits so he wouldn't be surprised to see the final (figure)," McLaughlin said. Below where she marked Davis' 50 percent suggestion, McLaughlin also made a note to herself: "No way!"

Article Title: Witness denies any 50/50 deal

Intro: Fighting the fight

Excerpt: For days the jury in a breach of contract trial between local real estate magnate Richard Davis and television network A&E has heard over and over about a man named Charles Norlander. Davis alleges that he and Norlander hatched the 50/50 profit split for the show "Flip This House" in a verbal agreement at the heart of Davis' lawsuit. Friday, a man with a goatee and Harry Potter-styled spectacles took the witness stand and repeatedly denied any such conversation ever took place. Norlander described key differences between "Flip This House" and the series Davis originally proposed to him, which included spending $100 million over a year buying and renovating property and featured a host. Norlander testified that those elements were turnoffs in the proposal but that Davis and other members of his Trademark Properties crew have personalities that "pop on the screen" and could carry a show. "To this day, I think he's the only person who's flown up in his own helicopter to meet me," Norlander said. He testified that he and Davis became so chummy that Davis offered to fly Norlander and his adoptive daughter over the Mount Pleasant hospital where she was born. Norlander testified that, though he no longer worked for A&E when Davis began threatening to pull out of the show, he encouraged Davis to resolve his differences with the network before it replaced him. He added that he did not know what, specifically, was bothering Davis. "In terms of what he was looking for, I had no better idea at the end of that conversation than I had at the beginning of it," Norlander said. He testified that he never heard of the 50/50 split until he learned Davis filed a lawsuit. "It's really hurts when someone you consider a friend makes those kinds of allegations against you," Norlander said. Then adding his professional reaction, he said, "Nothing like this (50/50 deal) exists in the business." Upon cross-examination, Davis' attorney Frank Cisa focused on the fact that Norlander, a consultant with A&E and not a full-fledged employee, never asked Davis what he wanted from "Flip This House." Cisa also pointed out that Davis, in an e-mail, had been the one to suggest focusing more on personalities than process. During Cisa's questioning, Norlander testified that A&E was already working on developing a show similar to "Flip This House" before Davis approached the network. A series of defense witnesses followed Norlander, nearly all making the same point: that Davis never said anything about a profit-sharing deal, and neither did they. Max Weissman of Departure Films, the third-party production company which still makes "Flip This House," testified that he suggested Davis ask for compensation from A&E. "He kept saying he wasn't interested, that it was small potatoes," Weissman said. But Weissman also testified that Davis wanted to see Departure Films' contract with A&E, which held a confidentiality clause Weissman was unwilling to breach. The defense produced e-mails sent from Davis to Weissman in which Davis complained about episodes in which other people seem to steal the show. In one e-mail, Davis griped that a contractor who is "awesome as a court jester" had been portrayed as a "serious business guy," making it seem like "any nimrod" could do Davis' job. In an e-mail about another episode, Davis wrote, "I really have no patience for one episode making it look like one person's expertise is welcome or influential in another segment, except me, of course." Asked whether Davis had a profit-sharing deal with A&E, Weissman replied, "He complained endlessly that he didn't." During cross-examination, Cisa pointed out that Weissman spent no time on location in South Carolina during production of "Flip This House" and that Departure Films grew exponentially because of the series. Cisa suggested that Weissman, now in the midst of producing the fourth season of "Flip This House," learned everything he knows about real estate from Davis. In court documents, A&E has disclosed that the show generated about $13.7 million in revenue and $5.9 million in expenses its first season. Davis has testified he was never paid for his efforts toward "Flip This House," which often demanded 80 hours of his time per week. He also was never reimbursed for an estimated $92,000 in expenses, he said.

Article Title: Trial testimony becomes testy

Intro: Get 'em Richard

Excerpt: A federal breach of contract trial pitting local real estate investor Richard C. Davis against major television network A&E turned personal Thursday. A&E's New York-based attorney Jeremy Feigelson worked to disprove Davis' claim that his Trademark Properties and the network verbally agreed to a 50-50 profit split from the reality series "Flip This House." "The agreement we're talking about is an agreement in your mind?" Feigelson asked. Davis calmly replied that it was "absolutely an agreement" he had with an A&E representative. Finally, after more than 10 hours of testimony spread over three days, he lost his patience. Responding to one question, David raised his voice and said, "It's my possession. You stole it. ... You stole my possession." By then Feigelson had pointed out that Davis attributed any discussion about the profit-sharing deal to himself and not to A&E representatives; that Davis' being credited as the show's creator held no monetary value, and that Davis never discussed how to handle advertising revenue from clients already doing business with A&E and not attributed directly to "Flip This House." Judge C. Weston Houck several times told Feigelson to move on as he belabored questions Davis already had answered. "Every time he says something you don't like, you move to strike," Houck said at one point. "Continue your cross-examination, and let's step it up a bit." Feigelson asked why, in 300 e-mails exchanged with people affiliated with "Flip This House," Davis never mentioned the 50-50 revenue split, when in deposition he said he likes e-mails because of the trail they leave. "I'm in real estate, and the buyer puts the deal in writing," Davis answered. Questioned again, he said, "In hindsight, that sounds really easy." While on the stand Davis made several jurors chuckle as he shared his inexperience with the legal system. "This is the first time I've sued. I don't know how this works," he said. "This is the last time. This is miserable." His attorney, Frank Cisa, produced a certificate from The Writers Guild of America West naming Davis as writer of "Worst to First," the original name of "Flip This House." Houck cautioned the jury that the document gives Davis no legal right in the same sense as a copyright on a product. Cisa called his second and final witness, Trademark Properties Inc. investment coordinator Ginger Alexander, who was often featured on "Flip This House." She testified that the firm's normal business took longer because of the series and that, overall, the company lost money creating episodes of the show because it still holds a few unsold properties. Feigelson worked to undermine Alexander's accounting, because she did not track expenses as they were incurred. He also produced an e-mail to a third-party production company in which Alexander said she was "used to getting thrown under the bus by Richard." She explained that sometimes Davis doesn't give his team warning about new projects until they're under way. Feigelson asked if the lack of demand for the unsold properties could be attributed to a downturn in the real estate market and not "Flip This House." Alexander said the market spoiled one sale, but she blamed the show for hindering the sale of a home originally listed at $1.8 million. She said a rodent infestation at the home when Trademark Properties acquired it was exploited during the post-production process, even though the problem had been fixed. "It's hard to sell a house after you show a bunch of rats running around," she said.

Article Title: Davis ripped in court

Intro: The battle continues

Excerpt: In a matter of 20 minutes, an attorney for cable television network A&E began deconstructing the small-town James Island persona that Richard C. Davis sought to project, casting him instead as a shrewd businessman who knew exactly what he was getting himself into. Davis claims A&E violated a verbal agreement to split any revenue after expenses from the "Flip This House" TV show that documented Davis' risk-taking real estate business, Trademark Properties Inc. Davis' testimony took nearly all of Wednesday, the second day in the jury trial in U.S. District Court. Court began late, with a few jurors delayed by a fuel spill in North Charleston. Then it moved at a snail's pace as Davis revealed seemingly irrelevant details, including the shape of a table at a business meeting, in answering questions posed by his attorney, Frank Cisa. Judge C. Weston Houck intervened several times. "The way we do this is the lawyer asks a question and the witness answers it," Houck said. "He doesn't make a speech." Davis asserted he was never paid for his efforts toward "Flip This House," which often demanded 80 hours of his time per week. He also was never reimbursed for an estimated $92,000 in expenses, he said. He testified that he was told the first episode drew nearly 1 million viewers with no promotion outside of A&E. But when Davis asked for rough cuts of the show or a copy of a contract from a third-party production company, he encountered roadblocks, he said. By then the person with whom he said he made the verbal agreement for the 50-50 revenue split no longer worked for A&E. That man, Charles Norlander, called Davis "Crazy Richard" in an e-mail to an A&E representative and offered to speak with Davis after Davis threatened to shut down the show. "Knowing his ego, he probably really believes that you wouldn't/couldn't do the show without him," Norlander wrote. In court documents, A&E disclosed that the show generated about $13.7 million in revenue and $5.9 million in expenses its first season; $9.3 million in revenue and $4.6 million in expenses its second season; and $11.8 million in revenue and $9.9 million in expenses its third season. A&E attorney Jeremy Feigelson began his cross-examination of Davis at about 5 p.m., first attempting to show discrepancies in Davis' timeline for negotiations with TLC, the cable network that later showcased his firm. Then Feigelson showed a letter Trademark Properties sent to potential investors to illustrate what Davis believed he stood to gain from "Flip This House" while he was involved in the show. The letter said the "national audience associated with the program will accelerate Trademark's growth." Shortly afterward, Davis spilled water on his binder of court exhibits and Houck called a recess until today.

Article Title: Charleston, SC Latest Business News: Deal at heart of lawsuit

Intro: day one battle

Excerpt: Davis, the 45-year-old owner of Trademark Properties, insists he and A&E representatives had a verbal agreement to split any revenue from the show. Attorneys for both sides gave opening arguments Monday in a federal court trial to determine the validity of that claim. Mount Pleasant attorney Frank Cisa, who represents Davis, said the two parties agreed to share whatever revenue remained after each had been reimbursed for expenses. Cisa said "the only way" Davis would hand over his project to A&E was in a partnership, not a sale. When the season ended, Davis was not duly compensated, according to Cisa. "We did everything we were supposed to do, and Richard Davis was credited as creator of the show," he said. Cisa said A&E executives "did everything they were supposed to do %u2014 except pay."

Excerpt: Charleston attorney Richard Farrier, who represents A&E, began his opening arguments with the phrase, "No way." He said Davis was asked if he had any "deals" with A&E when Davis began working with a competing network, TLC. "He, in writing, confirmed he had no deals," Farrier said. He said A&E would never agree to such an arrangement, that even superstar comedienne Tina Fey couldn't swing a 50-50 split. "We would never make that deal. The suggestion we would is, frankly, absurd," Farrier said. "It's preposterous." He asked the jury why someone would appear on national television for free and then answered his own question. Davis, Farrier said, "in effect, got an hour-long infomercial."

Article Title: Trial over 'Flip This House' to begin

Intro: Richard Davis vs A&E

Excerpt: A jury trial in Charleston, S.C., begins today to determine whether cable programmer A&E Television Networks must pay a South Carolina real estate broker as much as $30 million for creating the popular get-rich-through-real-estate show "Flip This House."

Excerpt: Davis, who had no background in television, spent $85,000 of his own money to produce a pilot. The A&E cable channel bought the show and launched "Flip This House" in 2005. The so-called docu-soap, which featured Davis and his assistant Ginger, fast became a hit.

Excerpt: According to court documents, Davis spent $6 million buying and renovating houses in the Charleston area that were featured in the show's first season. Davis said he was never paid for his appearances on "Flip This House" nor was he reimbursed for his expenses. A&E said that Davis initially did not seek compensation because he saw the show "as a powerful form of advertising" for his real estate business, Trademark Properties Inc., "which he hoped to expand or franchise on a national basis."

Excerpt: After only 13 episodes, A&E and Davis had a falling out when the two sides attempted to negotiate his participation in a second season. The cable channel drafted a contract for Davis to appear as "on-air talent." He refused to sign and subsequently filed the lawsuit. A&E switched to a new team of real estate brokers and continued production. "Flip This House" now runs on the weekends.

Article Title: Trial nearing for 'Flip This House' lawsuit

Intro: Richard Davis vs A&E

Excerpt: Perhaps the most intriguing installment of "Flip This House" could play out in a Charleston courthouse, as a high-stakes legal dispute starring the reality TV series is set to be heard in the Holy City. Last week, lawyers for locally based Trademark Properties Inc. and A&E Television Networks told U.S. District Court Judge C. Weston Houck that they will be prepared to argue the case in front of a jury next month. The fracas pits A&E against "Flip This House" creator and onetime host Richard C. Davis of Trademark Properties, who, according to his complaint, had a 50-50 revenue-sharing agreement with A&E under a verbal agreement. Despite repeated requests, the network would not confirm the arrangement in writing, his lawsuit alleged. The cable network, which aired Davis' version of the real estate show until 2006, has argued that it never agreed to share revenue from "Flip This House." Davis sued the network and is seeking damages in excess of $1 million. A&E sought to have the lawsuit dismissed last year, but its request was shot down. Houck ruled that enough evidence existed to make a case that there was an oral agreement. "I don't believe it needs to be in writing for it to be enforceable," he said at a hearing last year. When Davis still was involved with "Flip This House," the show followed the onetime real estate appraiser and a band of co-workers as they rode out the real estate wave by acquiring homes to be fixed up and "flipped" to new buyers. Jury selection in the case is set for Nov. 3. The trial, which is expected to take at least week, should start shortly thereafter. That is, unless a settlement can be scripted.

Article Title: A fitting tribute

Intro: Shoeless Joe's home now preserved for his legions of fans

Excerpt: The small brick house, relocated to the street across from the Greenville Drive’s home stadium two years ago, will finally open for visitors this weekend after a dedication ceremony. Jackson’s house, where the baseball icon died in 1951, originally was located on Wilburn Street, but Charleston real-estate developer Richard C. Davis purchased the 950-square-foot house and moved it near Fluor Field in 2006.

Excerpt: The museum will use photos to chronicle the life and career of Jackson, who got his start in the textile leagues of the Upstate and went on the major leagues, where he earned a lifetime batting average of .356, third-highest in the sport’s history. He was banned from baseball after the 1919 Black Sox scandal and is ineligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a result. During the grand opening, fans will be able to see a few Jackson artifacts on loan for the event, including a copy of his will, which contains one of a few surviving examples of Jackson’s signature, Marcley said.

Article Title: Lots of real estate, but few buyers

Intro: report about Trademark's "Liquidation Sensation"

Excerpt: Real estate broker and cable TV personality Richard C. Davis' much-promoted real estate auction at the Francis Marion Hotel started out on a high note. For a mere $7,500, a buyer snatched up a lot on Daufuskie Island that sits on the 10th fairway of the Haig Point golf course. But the owners of the following 48 properties weren't so lucky. Despite heavily discounted sale prices, none found buyers during the auction, dubbed the "Liquidation Sensation."

Excerpt: "We're still putting the buyers and sellers together," he said. "We might not get a bid in 38 seconds, but you plant a seed in 38 seconds."

Excerpt: Davis, host of "The Real Deal" on the TLC network, said his auction helped generate interest in South Carolina real estate and create some much-needed momentum. Still, he likened the scene inside the hotel's ballroom to a school dance, where youngsters on either side of the room want to kick up their heels but no one is gutsy enough to make the first move. The three dozen auction attendees sparsely filled the neat rows of tables, though more prospective buyers watched the event online. Each paid about $500 to attend.

Article Title: Overwhelming Response: Trademark Properties Liquidation Sensation

Intro: update on the event

Excerpt: a follow-up press release from Trademark Properties

Article Title: Group raising awareness about real estate auctions

Intro: Mentions Trademark Properties' upcoming auction, Liquidation Sensation

Excerpt: Going twice Speaking of auctions, Trademark Properties' "Liquidation Sensation" campaign comes to a close Friday at the Gaillard Auditorium. As of late last week, the James Island real estate company had about 410 properties across the state signed up to be auctioned off in front of a select group of potential buyers. The properties' total value tops $150 million. In Charleston, about 46 properties, mostly single-family homes, are up for grabs. They range from luxurious beachfront properties on Seabrook Island, Edisto Island and the Isle of Palms to more modest homes on Daniel Island and in North Charleston. Many homes are newly built, offered by developers who overshot their inventory. Broker-in-charge Richard C. Davis, whose firm was profiled in the television show "Flip This House" and later "The Real Deal," said auctions are another "tool in the belt" for real estate agents. They are a good way to link up buyers and investors with property owners who are desperate to sell despite the slower real estate market.

Article Title: Real Estate Cold; Real Estate TV Hot

Intro: "Scripted" real estate shows that is.

Excerpt: Real estate may have cooled considerably as an investment, but not real estate television.

Excerpt: A&E has several new programs in development. At least six new ones are beginning on TLC in the next year, starting with "Date My House," where former "Bachelor" Bob Guiney hosts a program where potential buyers spend a night in a home on the market.

Excerpt: "Flip That House" will become more reflective of the economy, said Brant Pinvidic, TLC's senior vice president of programming. Not every "flipper" gets rich quick. The show will make sure every time at the end to clearly outline how each investor did, he said.

Article Title: SC Economist's Homes Auctioned for $3.5M

Intro: Quote from Richard about the auction

Excerpt: A mansion, beach house and two other properties belonging to an economist who admitted defrauding hundreds of investors sold for about $3.5 million at an auction Tuesday.

Excerpt: There were no bargains, said Richard C. Davis, president of Trademark Properties, who attended but did not bid. "There's a ton of supply. There's a normal amount of demand," he said. "Real estate is a cycle and we're at the bottom of the cycle now."

Article Title: Liquidation Sensation - News - Charleston, SC

Intro: Story about the event.

Excerpt: Davis says, "Liquidation Sensation is a one day event to try to do as much as we can to get rid of the excess inventory in the state so Joe and Susie homeowner actually stand a chance in selling their property in the normal marketing period."  Davis tells News 2 they already have more than a 100-million-dollars in inventory submitted, and only 10-percent of everything on the market would qualify for the auction. "The time is now, because here is some opportunities and excess inventory that people are willing to let go, and right now cash is more important to them then the actual dirt and sticks and bricks.  We're moving and shaking.  It's going to be a great day for real estate in the state of South Carolina. We anticipate doing something that has not been done ever before, auctions have been done before, but we're not in the auction business, we're in the real estate business, so were going to liquidate. It's going to be a sensation.  We're going to liquidate a lot of property in one day."  

Excerpt: Davis says the traveling auctions will be filmed for future broadcast. The 2008 liquidation sensation real estate auction will be held Friday, March 14th at 9 a-m at the Gaillard Auditorium.

Article Title: Trademark Properties Liquidation Sensation

Intro: The main site about Liquidation Sensation

Excerpt: video of Richard Davis explaining the event

Article Title: Trademark Properties Liquidates Real Estate Crisis

Intro: Press Release from Trademark about Liquidation Sensation

Excerpt: press release about the event

Article Title: Cable TV host hopes to jump-start real estate sales

Intro: Article about the "Liquidation Sensation"

Excerpt: On March 14, Richard Davis of Trademark Properties is proposing to auction off hundreds of properties across the state at the Gaillard Auditorium in downtown Charleston. Davis said the event could help create much-needed momentum in the local real estate market, which has suffered from slower sales for nearly two years.

Excerpt: Davis said he hopes to sell more than 500 properties that day, but so far the company doesn't have any sellers who have formally registered their homes for the auction. Trademark analysts Tuesday were sifting through $80 million worth of properties that have been submitted as prospective sale candidates.

Excerpt: After the Charleston event, Davis said, he plans to organize auctions in 10 other cities across the country, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Seattle. In preparing for those sales, he and his firm hope to take advantage of the publicity he has generated from several years of exposure on cable TV.

Article Title: Crunch Time in Heaven

Intro: Richard Davis discusses buying tips

Excerpt: Long before his property-flipping adventures became the basis for The Real Estate Pros—one of the most popular reality shows on TLC (formerly The Learning Channel)—Richard C. Davis was capitalizing during both boom and bust cycles by doing grunt work much less camera-friendly than chucking air conditioners out of second-floor windows. "There's no mystery in how you make the right decision about a property to buy," says Davis, who started his Charleston, S.C.-based Trademark Properties in 1991. "We're the ones going down to the county assessor's office and making friends. Most people spend a bunch of time looking at car prices on the Internet, but they don't research what's going to be their biggest investment."

Excerpt: Davis' TV show focuses on his team's adventures (and misadventures) rehabbing properties for a quick turnover and profit. What gets overshadowed is the legwork that goes into every purchase: Davis says Trademark researches 2,500 properties a month and might find only one to buy for investment purposes. "I'm an opportunistic buyer," says Davis. "I'm trying to make money. If you're buying your primary home, and you're going to live there for 20 years, you can throw the investment rules out. But if you're looking at second homes—and I've bought vacation homes all up and down the Atlantic Coast here—you have to think about it like an investment, not like something your spouse is nagging you to pick up on the way home from work. You have to do the legwork.

Excerpt: "People have been saying, 'I'll buy it, and even if I don't like it, I'll sell it and make money,' " says Davis, whose show will next track Trademark's maneuvers in Charleston's softening real-estate market. "That party's over," Davis says. "Credit is too tight. I can remember the last time this happened. I was over at Kiawah Island buying foreclosures seven or eight years ago. It wasn't any indication of the quality of the properties there. It was a reflection of the money situation. That's where we're at right now. There are some tremendous bargains out there. Ten years from now, you're going to look back and say you can't believe how you got your place for 50 cents on the dollar."

Article Title: Investment Division | Trademark Properties

Intro: the pie chart?

Excerpt: Each division of Trademark Properties works to support the investments we secure on behalf of our clients. Working and communicating as a team to maximize the delivery of value to each client..

Article Title: Come Get Inspired

Intro: Richard's lecture

Excerpt: Come get inspired by Richard C. Davis, owner of Trademark Properties, Creator of Flip This House, The Real Deal , and The Real Estate Pros.

Excerpt: Learn how YOU can become a part of the Trademark Team as they begin their national rollout.

Excerpt: Richard's book will be released for the first time on the 27th - be the first to get a copy!

Article Title: 6/16: On Gus

Intro: Play by play of Life's Little Surprises

Excerpt: What I learned: I'm surprised that Richard let him go for a year without paying rent... And that he honestly thought that he'd come up with $14K - or $6K after the selling of the car. So, I guess the theme of this show was more about having good employees. If Ginger didn't take up the slack, Gus wouldn't have ever been evicted.

Excerpt: By the way, I love Vance. I like that he's the wacky, resourceful one. Business meeting, hardcore plumping and snake handler. How can anyone not like him?

Excerpt: Final thought: More Vance please.

Article Title: Trademark office on King

Intro: New office on the peninsula

Excerpt: Last week, Dunes Properties celebrated the opening of sixth location, at 214 King St.

Excerpt: Richard Davis of Trademark Properties opened an office only a few steps away. His office started a concierge service, with drivers taking visitors from the downtown location to listings all over town. Davis said the company has taken in more walk-in visitors in one week downtown than during 15 years on James Island's Folly Road. "It blows my mind how many people make a million-dollar decision based on not having to drive over bridge," he said.

Article Title: Orangeburg dog trainer appears on TLC's 'The Real Estate Pros'

Intro: About Richard's Uncle

Excerpt: No doubt it was a mighty strange request. Veteran Orangeburg dog trainer and breeder Jerry Mount was asked by his nephew to straighten out not only his good friend's unruly pet, but also the drug-abusing pal himself. And, since that nephew is Richard Davis, the creator and star of the wildly popular "Flip This House" -- now seen on The Learning Channel as "The Real Estate Pros" -- the television cameras were along for the ride.

Excerpt: In the year since the episode was filmed, Mount says he understands that Davis' friend is still doing well. "So far everything has worked out good. He's still on the wagon and he's still got his girlfriend and that racoon," said Mount, referring to another of the friend's many pets that was filmed. "It's tough to get off of drugs. He was a high school buddy of Richard's, both were soccer players."

Excerpt: "A couple of million people watch that show," he said. "I got calls from Atlanta. I've had eight to ten calls already. I train dogs from all over the country. They ship them to me from New York and Texas, mostly retrievers. And, a lot of people see that show all over the country."

Article Title: Summary Judgment Motion Hearing

Intro: Report from Flip this Lawsuit about Richard's case

Excerpt: A&E/Departure argues that there was no written contract, that the verbal contract to split profits didn’t contain the terms that Richard Davis and Trademark claim, and that Richard Davis has been inconsistent in even his understanding of the agreement.

Excerpt: "It’s been brought to my attention that there is a web blog entitled Flip This Lawsuit....But it just felt like that it is such a serious matter and such an unthinkable thing for a litigant to do in this court, that it needed to be commented on. I mean, we are not in Boy Scout camp; we are in serious court here and we don’t do business that way. And I’m not going to permit litigants in this case to do business in that way. Okay?"

Excerpt: I’m a fan, and one that was incredibly pissed off by the actions of A&E on the first night of season two. Not only did they deceive me, as a viewer, about what I was about to see by running only ads for Trademark Properties, but when I went to their website - to the place that they set aside for viewer discussion - I quickly found that my voice, and the voice of others who disliked the new cast or simply wanted to learn more information about the change, were quickly edited with the delete button. This heavy-handed moderation continues to this day, and I feel it only appropriate to provide a forum for open discussion of not only the lawsuit but also the subsequent developments in both television shows, Flip This House and The Real Estate Pros / The Real Deal.

Article Title: 'Flip This House' case spawns Web worries

Intro: Judge questions role of "flipthislawsuit"

Excerpt: Is the Internet weaving its web into America's court rooms? Not if a district court judge in Charleston has anything to do with it. During a hearing last Wednesday in a lawsuit between Trademark Properties and A&E Networks, District Court Judge C. Weston Houck commented on the potential role of a Web site that's following the case online.

Excerpt: Houck said he was told about the Web site by a third party but has not seen the site personally. But if the suit reaches jury selection and problems arise, for example, because a juror cannot consider the case because the site possibly influenced the proceedings, the court will not mess around in dealing with it, he said.

Excerpt: The site's owner, Mark H. Lyons of Florence, Miss., told Grapevine last week that he's not trying to disrupt the case. Further, he has never met Richard Davis, he said. "I certainly wouldn't want to hamper the case," he said. "The information I provide is all public information."

Article Title: 6/9/07: The Real Deal - The Real Estate Pros

Intro: Play by play of episode 8

Excerpt: Richard then makes an eloquent statement about how getting off of drugs isn’t about will-power. I’m shocked at this. It appears that Richard really understands Larry’s predicament. Good for Richard.

Excerpt: What I learned: If you break budget in the bathroom or kitchen, it will eventually come back to you in terms of worth.

Excerpt: Final Thoughts: Richard got my respect on this show. I respected him before, but this went beyond the usual stuff. He really understood drug addiction, it seems, and was genuine about helping his friend. I didn’t sense any b.s. about it.

Article Title: Flip This House Becomes Forget This House

Intro: It's nuthin' without Richard

Excerpt: If you are a fan of A&E's reality series "Flip This House," you were probably as disappointed as I was to tune in this season and find the Trademark team (headed by Richard Davis and Ginger Alexander) no where to be found.

Excerpt: Richard is extremely interested by the profit and the bottom line, but also gives back to the community where was raised. For example, Trademark flipped the concession stand at Richard's old high school and a restaurant where Richard used to make his real estate deals when he first started out (putting most of the meal checks on credit). It is the sense of responsibility and giving back, not to mention the other interesting characters like Ginger and John (Richard's brother), that makes the show great.

Article Title: 6/2: The Real Deal

Intro: Play by play of "The Keeper"

Excerpt: Comments: Much, much, much infinitely better. It may have looked like a simple episode but in TV, simple is good. OMG, I sound like a TV exec. Everyone was back when they should be. Richard was in charge and yet a complete goof. Breaking the windows might make good tv, but it's bad for business. Still, we all know now that he does that kind of thing. We expect it. And we also expect the mea culpa in the middle of the episode as well.

Excerpt: Final Verdict: Excellent show.

Article Title: 'Flip This House' lawsuit to go to trial

Intro: Richard will get his day in court

Excerpt: U.S. District Court Judge C. Weston Houck ruled Wednesday that there's enough evidence to suggest that the two sides made a verbal agreement to equally share profits from the show.

Excerpt: A&E, which aired the real estate show until last summer, has said it never agreed to share revenue with Davis. He sued A&E last July, alleging that the network took his idea for "Flip This House" and did not pay him and his company their share. Davis is seeking damages in excess of $1 million.

Excerpt: Davis's attorney, Frank Cisa of Mount Pleasant, pointed in court to e-mails and other communications between Davis and A&E that made repeated references to the arrangement. Houck ruled that there was sufficient evidence that an oral agreement was reached. "I don't believe it needs to be in writing for it to be enforceable," he said.

Article Title: A&E Dumped Richard Davis And Trademark For Con-Man?

Intro: Overview of staged episodes of "Flip this House"

Excerpt: Leccima says he never claimed to own the homes. While not acknowledging his televised renovations were staged, he didn’t deny it and suggested that A&E and Departure Films, the production company that makes the show, knew exactly what he was doing.

Excerpt: This is what A&E canned Richard Davis and Trademark Properties for . . . an alleged con-man? Now Richard is and Trademark are featured weekly on TLC’s The Real Deal which airs Saturday nights with repeates on Sundays. This also isn’t the first time their have been allegations that Flip This House is staged. One of the other flippers, the Montelongo’s were rumored to have hired actors for their flips as well as not actually making the renevations. I enjoy the Montelongo’s shows but the other flip teams are terrible. A&E looks to have two new flip teams for this season, but none of them can live up to Trademark. TLC’s The Real Deal is a great show that is was Flip This House was and should be.

Article Title: When you are over your head…

Intro: Commentary on the IT guy episode

Excerpt: Two, know your limits, and if the owner says to hire someone to help, HIRE SOMEONE! Whenever the top dog says to do something, you do it or face the consequences. Okay, you really need to understand why the boss said it, and once you do know, get the help…you are not an island, nor the know-it-all! You must understand and accept that.

Article Title: 5/19/07: The Real Deal

Intro: play by play of episode 5

Excerpt: What I learned: Ginger is the sanest person at Trademark, especially when she stands in between Richard and Crab House Man.

Article Title: 5/12: The Real Deal

Intro: Play by play of fourth episode

Excerpt: Next Day is a Sunday, As we meet up with Ginger and Richard at the office, we learn that neither combs their hair on Sundays.

Excerpt: A new category will be called "Trademark Talk." This is in tribute to the unique language of Trademarkers on the show. Best Trademark Talk: Winner, Winner Time to Eat Dinner

Excerpt: I wonder if filming slows project progress. How many of these subcontractors are performing for the camera and not doing their job?

Article Title: New Home at Discovery

Intro: On Richard's split from A&E

Excerpt: "Most importantly, he (Billy Campbell, Discovery Communications President) is not going to script my life," Davis said, referring to his creative differences with A&E and its production crew. In contrast, "the broadcasting company (Discovery) 'rolled out the red carpet'; treated me like royalty," he (Davis) said.

Excerpt: "They [A & E] did a casting call after I moved networks; they are trying to 'act' like my real company. I can't comment much further but I will tell you this, they will not steal my show:) you can't do my show without my team, you can try and copy but I still own the show, read the credits 'created by Richard C Davis.' I took it to them, they owe me many dollars, the rest will come out in court."

Excerpt: But tensions between the network and former Flip This House team leader, Richard C. Davis, led the Trademark Properties real estate guru to take his team to TLC (The Learning Channel), who showed him a little more "tender loving care" than A & E.

Article Title: No real estate slump on TV - yet

Intro: Overview of Real Estate TV shows

Excerpt: When Richard Davis gazes upon a TV schedule peppered with real estate shows, he gives himself an appreciative pat on the back. His Charleston, S.C., company, Trademark Properties, "starred" on the first season of Flip This House. Davis is listed as executive producer in the closing credits of the shows. And he won fans with the eccentric characters on his team. "I started the genre, and everybody's been trying to copy me ever since," Davis said. "At the end of the day, real estate is the American dream. You had little home fix-up shows, but nobody ever showed you the business side of it."

Excerpt: Davis and the A&E network had a falling out after the first season. Davis claimed they wanted him to script episodes, which he rejected. And there was a disagreement about who actually owned the show, Davis or A&E. Meanwhile, Davis gathered up his marbles and went to TLC.

Article Title: Hot property on cable

Intro: Real Deal getting 50% more viewers than Trading Spaces did

Excerpt: TLC and A&E are moving existing realty series into prime time. TLC also launched My First Home and The Real Deal last month. Deal features developer Richard Davis, formerly of A&E's Flip This House. Deal, running in the former Saturday slot of makeover show Trading Spaces, is pulling in about 50% more viewers. That shows "there's still very much interest, even in a down market," says TLC programming chief Christian Drobnyk. TLC plans summer launches of holdovers Property Ladder and Flip That House and in July tries out Real Estate Road Test, where buyers gauge home values and suitability.

Article Title: The Real Deal-Flip it Good

Intro: Fan review of episode 3

Excerpt: The unit they focused on looked really nice when they finished. Not many issues to deal with at all when it came to the actual renovation, so it was pretty uneventful. I guess that is the best way to describe this episode…uneventful. Like I said at the beginning, the project was too big for an hour long episode. They couldn’t focus on the details, which is where the show is its most interesting. Everything was just glossed over.

Article Title: 5/5: The Real Deal

Intro: play by play of episode 3

Excerpt: Final thoughts: A so-so episode this week. While we got to see everyone, I felt a little left out of the party. The structure of the show was off. No tension, per se, as I was sure they were going to finish on time. Still, entertaining and fun.

Article Title: House-flipping shows are hot

Intro: and Richard Davis started it all

Excerpt: When Richard Davis gazes upon a TV schedule peppered with real estate shows, he gives himself an appreciative pat on the back. His Charleston, S.C.-based company, Trademark Properties, “starred” on the first season of “Flip This House.” Davis is listed as executive producer in the closing credits of the shows. And he won fans with the eccentric characters on his team. “I started the genre, and everybody’s been trying to copy me ever since,” Davis said. “At the end of the day, real estate is the American dream. You had little home fix-up shows, but nobody ever showed you the business side of it.”

Excerpt: Davis and the A&E network had a falling out after the first season. Davis claimed they wanted him to script episodes, which he rejected. And there was a disagreement about who actually owned the show — Davis or A&E. Meanwhile, Davis gathered up his marbles and went to TLC.

Article Title: Networks flip for real-estate shows that seal the deal

Intro: Some comparisons between "The Real Deal" and "Flip This House"

Excerpt: TLC has lassoed Richard Davis, late of A&E's Flip This House, to host a new series called The Real Deal. While the show is similar to the one he did for A&E, there are differences, some subtle, some not.

Excerpt: While Flip This House emphasized property turnover, The Real Deal is not as much about making a quick buck. Because Davis is in a good financial situation, he can afford to hang onto redos for months — a preferable place to be when the market is running cold.

Excerpt: A hard-driving man, Davis has been in the business 20 years, long enough to know that its cyclical and to be prepared for it. "Real estate is like a clock," Davis said, explaining his philosophy. "At 12 o'clock everything's working perfect and everybody's making money. At 6, it's the inverse. There's a different clock for hotels and apartments, for everything. I try to jump on board when it's coming out of 6 and ride it toward 12. When it gets to 11:30, I'm jumping off. I'm definitely not there by 12:05."

Article Title: Real Deal Ratings

Intro: A good start

Excerpt: The network also saw a strong debut on April 21 for the new Saturday night property series THE REAL DEAL, which averaged double-digit ratings gains for households ( 25%), P25-54 ( 17%) and P18-49 ( 20%) over April 2006.

Article Title: The Real Deal - Stepping Up

Intro: Fan review of episode two

Excerpt: As for the episode itself, I'm still disappointed that so few people were involved in the episodes. Mainly Ginger and Dan, with a healthy dose of Richardson. I've seen nothing with Kevin, so I assume he won't be on the show any longer. Too bad, I like him a lot.

Article Title: Real Deal: Steppin Up

Intro: a play by play on episode two

Excerpt: What I learned: It's great to help people, but they've got to prove themselves once they get their foot in the door.

Excerpt: Final Verdict: Richard’s a tough teacher, but I think those are the best mentors. Still, Ginger had a lot to deal with this time. It’s interesting how the “plot” of this reality show tends to follow the ebb and flow of a conventional story. Skillful editing, I’d say.

Article Title: The Real Deal - Television Review

Intro: General overview

Excerpt: Sexual Content A hint of sexual tension between male and female leads.

Article Title: Richard and the trademark gang are back

Intro: Discussion thread about the show

Excerpt: I thought yesterday's show was much better than the show they did for A&E. There was more instruction and less goofing off overall. I was surprised by the pool cost. In my area, you would just drain and refill the pool, most pool owners do it once a year. Maybe out there water is expensive, here water is cheap.

Excerpt: I like the new show, too. I guess it took the awful Atlanta and San Antonio crews to make me finally appreciate the South Carolina crew. Richard it still fairly full of it, though!

Excerpt: I really really enjoyed the first eppie. It was so nice to have the Trademark people back, warts and all. It seems like the new "Flip" people are more concerned with their images than the Trademark people, who aren't afraid to show screw-ups, bad language, mistakes, and all. When Richard says stuff, I truly believe he believes what he's saying, not just posturing.

Article Title: Richard Davis' Favorite Things

Intro: A bit about Richard

Excerpt: After college, Davis bought his first house for $27,000, put $10,000 into it and sold it for $68,000. Then, after Hurricane Hugo hit the South Carolina coast in 1989, he helped rebuild 47 homes in a year, a feat which he says was "like getting addicted to adrenaline."

Excerpt: "I live off of Diet Coke and my Blackberry," Davis admits. "If you've seen the show, you know it's real if you see me with a Diet Coke."

Excerpt: "I'm big into sports," Davis says. "I'm either coaching basketball and baseball at the rec center or middle school or [working] as an assistant at the high school. That's my release. When a kid can't make a left-handed layup, and you work with him and he does it, seeing that development is great."

Article Title: Flip this Lawsuit

Intro: An overview of the uproar

Excerpt: Before social media, this may have been a dispute largely handled by lawyers and PR reps hoping to sway public opinion through traditional media. But law school student and citizen marketer Mark Lyon is demonstrating how the game has changed. A "Flip" fan, Lyon created the Flip This Lawsuit blog as a Filter to chronicle the legal battle between A&E and Davis. Fans have been voicing their support for Davis and venting dismay at A&E. Commentors regularly trash the show's new real estate teams. Some are even digging in to their backgrounds and raising questions.

Article Title: TLC :: The Real Deal

Intro: Show description from TLC

Excerpt: The Real Deal takes viewers inside the world of Trademark Properties for an eye-opening and unapologetic look at the world of real estate. This fast-paced series takes viewers along for the ride, as it reveals the true reality of making money in real estate.

Excerpt: Their secret? Make your money when you buy, get the job done right and get it done fast.

Article Title: The Real Deal - The House That Wouldn't Sell

Intro: A fan review of the new show

Excerpt: On the positive side there is an even greater amount of information presented on house flipping and real estate in general. The first segment of the episode even had some neat animation and graphics to illustrate some of the issues they had with the house, like the warping of the wooden floors. Very neat and informative. I'm a novice when it comes to real estate and house flipping, so the way the show mixes entertainment and information is a big plus in my book.

Excerpt: All in all this was an excellent episode. The house was cute to begin with on the outside, so getting that tree out of there was a huge improvement. As usual the finished product was very good for the Trademark crew. I have a two big wishes for future episodes though (aside from more scenes with the other Trademark crew members). 1. I want to know if the house sold, how long it took to sell (if it did sell), and what they actually sold it for instead of their estimated sale price. 2. I would like to see some more of the decision making processes. Like deciding to buy the house. I can’t imagine they made that decision with one meeting with their sales lady. Did they check the house out at all before they bought it? Stuff like that.

Article Title: Trademark Properties Answer Five Questions

Intro: Q & A with Richard

Excerpt: These Five Questions were posed to Richard Davis, the President of Trademark Properties. We received a reply from Ginger Alexander - whom you know, if you have seen the show.

Excerpt: "We do about $150MM per year in residential business, so we go from our experience with sales on what people really want out of a house, this changes periodically as new products are introduced to the market."

Excerpt: "We usually work on anywhere from 2-20 rehabs at a time. There are also some that we buy that require very little work and we usually have a few of those at a time as well."

Article Title: The Real Deal

Intro: Show One reviewed

Excerpt: The show features Trademark Properties, a real estate company from South Carolina. These are the folks who were originally on A&E "Flip This House". They were featured for only one season, but they left such an impression that they developed a fan following, which includes me.

Excerpt: “Everyday I wake up is a good day to buy real estate,” according to Richard Davis., founder of the company. If you're familiar with A&E's Flip This House, you'll recognize him, along with the cast from Trademark Properties. But A&E's old show is amateurish compared to Trademark's new program.

Excerpt: What I learned: This episode was all about the Cs – Confidence and commitment. Once you make a decision, see it through.

Article Title: Flip this Cast

Intro: fanitude for Ginger

Excerpt: It all started with a crew based in South Carolina, headed up by a dude named Richard Davis and his sidekick Ginger (whose, uh, wholesome charms reel in my boy's attentions). I got hooked on the southern twangs, the trumped up dramas, the Diet Coke chugging, and Richard's pleated pants.

Article Title: House that wouldn't sell

Intro: Brief summary of episode one

Excerpt: Richard and Ginger return after way too long of hiatus. Cheers to The Learning Channel for bringing them back! Reminds me of an old promo for the TV show Taxi, I believe it went something like, "Same show, better channel".

Article Title: The Real Deal

Intro: Details on the show

Excerpt: The Real Deal is what you’ve been waiting for - the non-stop new series from TLC that takes us inside the world of Trademark Properties for an eye opening and unapologetic look at the true reality of making money in real estate by pulling off the impossible. Each week Team Trademark, led by Richard Davis locate, renovate and if they can pull it off on time and under budget, profit from some of the most challenging projects they can find.

Article Title: Real estate guru flips into new series

Intro: On the Trademark Special

Excerpt: South Carolina real estate wizard Richard Davis of “Flip This House” fame transforms the Greenville home of Shoeless Joe Jackson into a museum in a one-hour special airing at 9 tonight on TLC.

Excerpt: With this series (“The Real Deal”) there will be a little more insight into the inner workings of the company and we’ll educate you a little more on what it takes to be successful,” Davis said.

Excerpt: Besides “being the best you ever met” at real estate, Davis said the fascination for what he does is simple: “Real estate is the American Dream.”

Article Title: TLC special shows different side of Hamilton

Intro: Trademark Special

Excerpt: The TLC special, “A Home Run For Trademark,” stars the original gang from the A&E real estate reality show “Flip This House.” The show revolves around Trademark Properties in Charleston, S.C., owned by the show’s creator, Richard Davis. A&E and Davis parted company after one rocky season — Davis is suing A&E over ownership of the concept — but his new series on TLC, “The Real Deal” is similar to “Flip This House,” which continues its air on A&E with new hosts

Article Title: Team Trademark rides again

Intro: The return of Team Trademark!

Excerpt: Richard, Ginger and crew from Charleston’s Trademark Properties have found a new TV home after starring in the first season of “Flip This House” on the A&E cable network.

Excerpt: The hourlong program will follow the real estate investors as they buy, fix and sell homes for a profit. The show will repeat throughout the week, with new shows airing at 9 p.m. each Saturday. Go to for a complete schedule.

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