Our StoryFrom Baghdad to Blockbusters:
How We Got Here
It all started in Baghdad…
You might have been introduced to us from HGTV, but before our television debut, we were American warriors fighting for our country in Baghdad.
At the time, Ashley was serving in the Army and Andy was working private security after his service in the Marines. We met at a gym, and soon became “battle buddies.”
After returning home from the war, real estate was our safe haven for transition. We share a passion for making old homes new again as a way to continue to serve. Recon Realty Public Benefits Corporation is the natural outgrowth of this path, as we often noticed other Veterans in our community struggling to transition.
Real estate is our business. Veteran reintegration is our passion.
Transition to Real Estate
When we were in Iraq, we needed a place to park our nest egg that we were saving up, so we started investing in real estate. Once we got home, that real estate became an important part of the transition back.
Coming out of the military, it can be scary because there’s really no safety net. Real estate gave us that safety net and a starting place to build on. Being able to tear down and rebuild a home and really transform it into something beautiful was so relatable for us to what we were going through.
Since then, we returned from war, renovated over 100 homes, and launched Recon Realty, where we remain focused on adding value America, paying it forward fellow veterans, and continuing to serve communities across the country in an industry we love.
“Going off script, we embarked on a mission to build a better life and socially responsible business that would support our family.”
Flipping Texas + HGTV
We weren’t even looking to be on TV. We were actually on vacation when all of this started.
After Andy’s best friend died in Iraq in 2006, he made it his mission in life to help veterans transition back into society, which is what we did when we launched Recon Realty. It was and continues to be the driving force behind what we do.
Some producers took an interest in our work and mission, and our story got picked up by HGTV. We filmed our pilot “Flipping Texas” which followed our entire process of flipping houses in the Forth Worth area.
The premier was a hit and we got signed for our very own show, “Flip or Flop: Fort Worth”. Throughout the 9 projects spanning the 9 episodes of the first season, we help revitalize the neighborhoods and communities of Fort Worth. More than anything, the show was a way for us to share our story and build awareness for our mission.
We maintain a working relationship with HGTV and you can watch our show on Amazon or iTunes. However, we also invite you to share in our passion as we expand our impact nationwide reintegrating veterans through real estate.
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Fun facts about us, our story and our lives off script