The Hit­maker with Nathan Mor­ris

We catch up with Nathan Mor­ris of Boyz II Men to talk about his new show on the DIY Net­work, Hit Prop­er­ties with Nathan Mor­ris, tips for those look­ing to get into flip­ping and his group’s res­i­dency at The Mi­rage, Las Ve­gas.

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When you think about R&B you al­ways come to Boyz II Men who had one hit af­ter an­other with their cool sound, great sense of style and mu­sic videos that you re­mem­ber when think­ing about their songs. Although they are a phe­nom­e­nal mu­sic group, we had the chance to hear about a pro­ject one of the found­ing mem­bers and Grammy win­ning artist, Nathan Mor­ris is do­ing with the DIY Net­work in his new show, a four part se­ries pre­mier­ing on Oct 6th – Hit Prop­er­ties with Nathan Mor­ris. We had a mo­ment to chat with him while he talked about the le­gacy of his group, his in­ter­est in real es­tate, how this show dif­fers from a num­ber of flip­ping pro­grams and what we can find him do­ing when he is not tour­ing and flip­ping houses!

ATH­LEISURE MAG: Be­fore we get into your new show on DIY Net­work, we know you kicked off this year’s NFL sea­son with Boyz II Men at Lin­coln Fi­nan­cial Field. We’ve been a fan of the group since Coo­ley­high­har­mony. How have you guys con­tin­ued to be an amaz­ing group that has pro­duced a num­ber of hits, videos and more?

NATHAN MOR­RIS: I just feel that we are truly blessed to still be able to do what we love, to see our fans and for them to still find that af­ter 27 years, our mu­sic is still rel­e­vant to them. Our fans are from all over the world and they give us so much love. When you hear fans say that the first song they slow danced to was, “I’ll Make Love to You” or they had a Boyz II Men baby – to know that we have been a part of peo­ple’s im­por­tant mo­ments is crazy!

AM: You guys have a res­i­dency at The Mi­rage in Las Ve­gas – how is it to pre­pare for these shows and is there a place that you have yet to per­form that you would still like to do?

NM: We love that our fans know that 22 week­ends out of the year, they can come see us at The Mi­rage – we have done this for the past 3 years. We know a num­ber of our fans who have re­ally en­joyed our mu­sic over the years may have never seen us in con­cert - so this is the venue to do it!

We just signed an ad­di­tional 3 years there.

I’d love to see us per­form­ing through­out South Amer­ica and we’d love to be able to have the chance to go to the Mid­dle East and to per­form in Duabi. We’d also love to go to Africa as well.

AM: Clearly, we know you’ve been a pow­er­house in the mu­sic busi­ness but how did this trans­late to real es­tate?

NM: I’ve had the plea­sure of in­vest­ing in some se­ri­ous real es­tate deals on the busi­ness side and on the per­sonal side, I’ve done some con­struc­tion, ren­o­va­tion and de­sign­ing.

AM: Tell us about your new show Hit Prop­er­ties with Nathan Mor­ris?

NM: I’m re­ally ex­cited about this show. I know that there are a lot of shows about flip­ping houses, but we re­ally go in there to show you what it’s like. I take this old man­sion in Or­lando and I Nate-a-cize it – I love lux­u­ri­ous up­grades and I re­ally like smart home up­grades, re­mote con­trolled toi­lettes and WiFi en­abled light­ing. In ad­di­tion to show­ing the work of tak­ing this 8,200 sq feet man­sion from a de­crepit place to a glam­ourous one, we also have hu­mor in this show and you see my right hand man, Bryant Gip­son work­ing right along side with me as he has done in other projects that we have part­nered on to­gether.

AM: Why did you fo­cus on Or­lando?

NM: Mainly, the weather is ideal there as you can pretty much work year around and it just made sense to do it there.

AM: What do peo­ple who want to get into the flip­ping in­dus­try need to know about the busi­ness?

NM: If you’re a per­son who can’t be flex­i­ble and only has a plan if ev­ery­thing goes right – then this is not for you! You also have to re­mem­ber that when you're flip­ping a house, you're not build­ing it for you. You want to put fin­ishes and touches that some­one buy­ing it could see for them­selves. If you make it with ameni­ties that you per­son­ally want, you may find that they are too much to your taste and not uni­ver­sal.

AM: What are ar­eas that you sug­gest a flip­per should fo­cus on when do­ing a home?

NM: I be­lieve that the kitchens, bath­rooms and be­d­rooms are es­sen­tial. I spend the most time in these ar­eas of my home af­ter my bed­room. These are ar­eas where you want to be able to re­lax. I don’t like small spa­ces so you’ll see in the show that I in­creased one of the rooms by 15 to 20 feet in or­der to be

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