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Tamara Day Owner of Growing Days and Host of Bargain Mansions

FOR 20 YEARS, Tamara Day has been buying, flipping, and renting out real estate. Her company Growing Days does full renovations on everything from residential to commercial properties and owns some rental properties as well. She didn’t realize it at the time, but it was shortly after walking down the aisle, that she said “I do” to a career in real estate investing. When Day and her husband got married, their first house was a short sale that they bought then renovated while living in it. Growing up on a farm, Day has always loved the construction process and working with her hands, but that first home was where her love and knack for design became apparent. Fast forward years later, and viewers nationwide now watch as she perfects her style on HGTV’s Bargain Mansions. Many real estate investors might not view television shows as a valid representation of the REI industry. But from a business stand - point, the basics are the same — money is still spent to fix a house and profit is still made (hopefully!) on the sale. She did acknowledge one obvious difference though. “I spend a lot more on design for television and photography purposes than I would in a typical flip,” she said. Day also designs for clients nationwide and said that is one of her favorite things to do. She also enjoys flipping. “Figuring out how to take a house that’s been neglected and turn it into something that is appreciated is the most fun part of what I do,” Day said.

16 | think realty magazine :: march 2021

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