With approximately $4,000 between them after selling one of their vehicles, twin brothers Chris and Calvin LaMont arrived in Dallas in 2007 to embark on their dream of working in real estate after studying supply chain and business information systems, respectively, at Lehigh.
Two months later, they said that balance had dwindled to zero. But the former Lehigh football players persevered, starting a commercial janitorial business and pivoting to other ventures, eventually restoring houses that had water and fire damage. They never lost sight of their dream and became hosts of a new HGTV show, “Buy It or Build It,” and owners of a company they founded, Volume Income Properties (VIP).
“Two guys on a truck, Calvin and I went to houses and we cleaned carpets,” Calvin said. “But we always knew we wanted to do real estate from the beginning, and we never lost that goal.” An ex-television executive saw the LaMont brothers’ work with VIP and believed they needed a show. He connected the brothers with production companies, and they were told “no” four times. The fifth time, in October 2020, was the charm.