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Real Estate Realities With The RebelBroker

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Robert 'The Rebelbroker' Whitelaw is a real estate broker and Realtor® in Morgan Hill, California with over 30 years experience! His show discusses some of the best ways to achieve your real estate goals and build wealth for buyers, sellers, investors, entrepreneurs or just real estate watchers - fr… read more

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2021 Real Estate Buyers Experience Interview

November 9th, 2021


In todays show we are going to be interviewing buyers who purchased a home in San Jose earlier in 2021. Some of the topics we will discuss include:

Eviction Ban Overturned

August 31st, 2021


On todays show we will take some time to discuss the eviction ban and why the CDC does not and should not have authority to declare an eviction ban.

Real Estate Offer Love Letters BANNED!

July 16th, 2021

Oregon Has Passed A Law Against Offer Love Letters What Are Real Estate "Love Letters"?

You read that correctly. The state of Oregon has made what are commonly called "Love Letters" illegal - well, mostly anyway. These …

2021 Guide To Finding The Right Real Estate Agent

May 25th, 2021


We have talked about how to work through finding the right real estate agent for you in past shows. Today we take a real life example of situations …

Surviving The 2021 Real Estate Market

March 29th, 2021


Todays show begins with a public service announcement! Make sure to take note so that you don't get caught without what you need!

We will also discuss the reality on the ground in this insane real estate market. With my …

Will 2021 Be The Year Of The Hydrogen Home?

February 18th, 2021


Hydrogen is kind of amazing. It can do a whole lot for us and generate no pollution - unless you consider water vapor to be pollution. There are …

Some great cities to invest in real estate for 2021

February 2nd, 2021


It is the time of year to check out recommendations for the most promising locations for real estate in 2021. Today, we will review 5 metro areas that one outlet is promoting as great places to invest and live. Plus, we …

20% Of Landlords Not Getting Rent

January 28th, 2021


These latest numbers are nuts. There are more renters who are behind on rent than there were homeowners that got foreclosed on in the subprime …

5 Hottest Real Estate Markets For 2021?

January 26th, 2021


Zillow has released the results of a recent poll of economists and real estate experts regarding what they believe are the most likely real estate …

Will 2021 Be The Year Of The Crash?

January 20th, 2021

Most are talking about a great real estate year ahead. Are they right?

If you browse the news today, the general opinion seems to be that things are just ramping up for an amazing year for real estate growth and …

Is California A Lost Cause For Real Estate Investors?

December 19th, 2020


California has been a hot state to invest in real estate for decades. The reason is the sheer number of people that are drawn here by the natural beauty of California but also its robust employment opportunities.

That …

2020 California Propositions Vote Results - The Real Estate Effects

November 13th, 2020


It is time to take a look at the results for the 2020 California Propositions that were aimed either right at real estate, or would have had a big …

Californias Proposition 15

October 2nd, 2020


Even if you support the idea of Proposition 15, you need to at least accept that this is the absolute worst time to pass such a law. At a time when …

NAHB Confidence Numbers - Too Confident Or Not Confident Enough?

September 3rd, 2020


In todays show, we are going to chat about the August numbers for the National Association of Homebuilders and their record setting levels of confidence. There is so much discussion about how the current real estate …

Todays Real Estate Headlines Are WRONG!

August 12th, 2020


Today, let's talk about what recent real estate data is telling us. What is most surprising is that what I am seeing does NOT follow with what is the …

Housing Inventory Is About To Nose Dive!

May 14th, 2020



Will home prices jump?

The best information we have right now indicates that a dramatic crash in home inventory is very likely as we move through 2020. There are only two places that homes for sale come from. …

Sellers - Avoid Pocket Listings At All Costs!

April 14th, 2020


I have never been a fan of pocket listings for a whole lot of reasons. In todays show, we will review the reasons why they are a bad idea for …

Corona Virus and Real Estate

March 26th, 2020


What does the CDC say and how should we move forward

We will start with a quick look at what we can learn from the CDC website. More …

Big Companies Hold $60 Billion in Real Estate

March 16th, 2020



But those big companies are not really to blame for this reality ... the government is

But is it their fault?

That's right, giant Wall …

New 2020 Prediction! Rents & Home Prices Up!

February 25th, 2020

Secrets To Understanding This Expected Home Value Growth! Zillow is confident home prices will accelerate as we move into the 2020 home buying season!

While the rate of growth of home prices has slowed, Zillows latest …

Home Builder Confidence Drops to 74%- Time To Panic?

February 24th, 2020

The Home Builder Survey Is One Of The Least Reliable Around! When it comes to new home construction, we need to learn that actions speak louder than words!

This week we will be taking a look at one of the most reviewed …

California is coming for your natural gas

February 10th, 2020

Is legislating no more natural gas a good thing or a bad thing for Californians?

The trend is becoming impossible to ignore. More and more communities are making it illegal to build new homes with natural gas. In fact, …

Real Estate Markets With The Most And The Least Recovery

February 7th, 2020

What can we learn from examining the major metro areas that have had the most and the least recovery since the real estate downturn?


On todays show …

California City Makes It Illegal To Do Criminal Background Checks!

January 29th, 2020

Landlords in Oakland, CA can no longer do criminal background checks. Here is why that is a stupid idea.

Yeah, sorry, spoiler alert - a city government did something stupid - shocker. This one is a big deal tho. It …

Best cities for real estate investing in 2020!

January 24th, 2020

According to the folks at TurboTenant, these cities will give you the highest ROI!

There are always plenty of opinions when it comes to where you …

Real Estate in 2020 - Sales Up, Inventory Down! New Homes Coming!

January 21st, 2020

The numbers indicate that the home selling season in 2020 is likely to be nuts!

The news is not so great for buyers but strong for sellers of single family homes in 2020. With inventory dropping while demand increases, …

Where will real estate prices go in 2020?

December 31st, 2019

Welcome to 2020 as we discuss where single family residential real estate prices might just go!

Today we will chat about what the folks over at …

The Best Multifamily Real Estate Markets for 2020!

December 24th, 2019

Where to focus your real estate entrepreneurial effort in multi family homes in 2020!

Today we are going to review some of the areas of the country …

Homebuilder Confidence Reaches New Heights

December 18th, 2019

What effect might homebuilder confidence have on the real estate market?

For all buyers, sellers investors and real estate entrepreneurs, gaining insight to what might be over the horizon in real estate can make you …

Complicated houses make bad investments

December 16th, 2019

Homes with "special needs" that cannot be made simple can be poor investments.

Welcome to another edition of Real Estate Realities with The RebelBroker! It is time to lay some ground truth on you! Over the last few …

Some Ranting About Stupid Real Estate Agents

November 25th, 2019

Well, maybe not JUST ranting, but I really needed it.

It was one of those days where I wanted to get into starting our discussion about how to move forward with a good review of the year and setting goals for the coming …

Is foreclosure armageddon upon us?

November 20th, 2019

Some headlines have hit the foreclosure panic button. Let the RebelBroker sooth your nerves.

You just gotta love some of the headlines that get …

If a recession hits in 2020, what will happen to real estate?

November 19th, 2019

What would a recession mean for real estate buyers, sellers and investors?

It is that time of year. For the next couple of months, it is going to be …

The top vacation real estate areas for investing!

November 18th, 2019

Let's look at some of the hottest vacation rental areas and cover some real world examples!

In todays show we will review some interesting info that has been shared about the best vacation rental counties in the …

Could these high tech havens be the next real estate boom markets?

October 15th, 2019

Can increased real estate demand in growing tech towns make you rich?

In todays show we will take a look at some growing communities that could be …

Rent Control In California With AB 1482- What do we do now?

September 23rd, 2019

AB 1482 - Don't panic! There are some exemptions!

A big item in the news recently has been the passing of AB 1482 in California. This introduces …

10 Real Estate Markets Set To Make You RICHER!

July 30th, 2019

At least according to the folks at, these markets will see the MOST appreciation over the next year!

In todays show we will be talking …

The hottest housing markets in America!

July 3rd, 2019

Realtor Magazine shares their list of the hottest markets in America!

Today, we are going to cover a couple of topics, but the big ticket item will be the list of communities that Realtor Magazine considers the …

Is The Real Estate Market Shifting To Buyers?

June 28th, 2019

Real estate data from Seattle, Los Angeles, San Jose and New York show a buyers market

For some of the most influential real estate markets in the country, we are seeing increases in inventory but decreases in sales. …

Passive Income - What is it and what kinds are there?

June 10th, 2019

Plus, I share a perfect example of the BEST kind of passive income in real estate!

In todays show, we discuss something that has been coming up recently. Not long ago, I got a listing on a home that has just about the …

Amazon FBA Side Hustle Update! Financing Your Real Estate!

April 12th, 2019

Want to feed your real estate investment beast with an Amazon FBA side hustle? Check out my results!

That's right folks! The last time we talked, I …

Side Hustles - Can Selling On Amazon Get Your Real Estate Goals Going?

March 9th, 2019

There are plenty of folks achieving great results by selling on Amazon. Maybe that is the way to fund your first real estate deal.

Welcome to todays …

Vacation Rentals - The Nitty Gritty

March 3rd, 2019

Lets take a real world look at what it takes to landlord a Vacation Rental!

We talked about some of the big picture differences between a long term rental and a vacation rental in yesterdays show. Today, lets get into …

Vacation Rental vs. Long Term Rental

March 1st, 2019

A vacation rental strategy could be the bridge you need to make the property a great long term rental!

Even if you have never considered owning a …

Should you have sold your real estate in 2018?

February 11th, 2019

Did home sellers miss the real estate boat in 2018?

In todays show we are going to look at some national stats then take a peak at what I am seeing in my market. Some say that sellers missed their chance to get the best …

Discount Real Estate Brokerages

February 2nd, 2019

Discount brokerages have been around forever. The internet has created a new flavor, and its not good for most buyers and sellers.

Over the years that I have been doing this show, I have shared with you many things that …

7 Hints Your Market Is Cooling Down!

January 18th, 2019

Every buyer, seller, investor or aspiring real estate entrepreneur should know this!

No matter what your goals in real estate might be, being able to …

What does a "Normal" real estate market look like?

October 7th, 2018

Lets talk about an article that points out some numbers that show the real estate market is better than we thought.

In todays show, we take a look at …

Invest In Reno Real Estate? Maybe You Should!

September 20th, 2018

Some interesting things are going on with the Reno real estate market.

Today we are going to look at some numbers and get into details about why it …

Real Estate Continues To Soften

September 14th, 2018

Real estate looks like it is continuing to see supply and demand converge

We are pulling data from a few sources for todays show. While we have …

The Apartment Rental Market Looks Like It Is Turning

September 12th, 2018

The apartment rental market is facing challenges in some surprising markets!

[caption id="attachment_11481" align="alignright" width="243"] Free-Photos / Pixabay[/caption] Metro areas that the media has been celebrating …

WalletHub Says These Are The Best Places To Flip Houses In 2018!

September 10th, 2018

Lets look at the WalletHub list of the best places to flip houses - and more!

[caption id="attachment_11473" align="alignright" width="248"] ArtisticOperations / Pixabay[/caption] While this list of best places to flip …

The BIGGEST trick real estate agents use to get you to say "YES"!

September 7th, 2018

What is the biggest trick real estate agents use when working with clients? We will discuss that today!

For those of you that have been listening to my show for a while, you know that I take a slightly different …

Sub Prime lending is back... as Non Prime loans

September 3rd, 2018

That's right, Non Prime loans might be a new name, but it is the same old problem

Both private and government backed lenders have been at it for a …

Foreclosures, are they back?

August 24th, 2018

The places with the biggest increases in foreclosures will blow your mind!

Are we seeing a resurgence of foreclosures? The data shows that in about 44% of metro areas, we are. We have talked a lot about pivot points in …

Interview with Andrei Polgar!

August 6th, 2018



The bigger picture of economics directly effects real estate - so lets talk to Andrei Polgar, Economist and host of One Minute Economics on …

Is home inventory about to over take demand?

July 27th, 2018


Some interesting signs point to home inventory surpassing demand - and it might happen soon! Don't miss todays show where we will talk about some interesting headlines and try to get to the real truth behind them. We …

Real Estate and Baby Boomers

July 20th, 2018

Baby Boomers are becoming a huge force in rentals

Lots of time gets spent trying to figure out what Millennials are going to do, but the Baby Boomer generation is a little bit easier to figure out. More importantly, 10s …

Are these the most undervalued cities in America?

July 19th, 2018

The good folks over at say that these are the most undervalued cities.

We will take a closer look and see if that also means these are …

More Housing Inventory Info!

July 17th, 2018

Some new housing inventory numbers in from Sacramento!

We have seen a big turn around in the housing inventory numbers in Sacramento. No big change …

Is The Housing Shortage Ending?

July 16th, 2018

Some of the latest data shows that the housing shortage might just be winding down!

While this may not be true in every metro market, it actually is looking like we are seeing some major metro areas moving in the …

Interview with Chris Prefontaine!

July 6th, 2018



Chris Prefontaine will share his experiences and insights into the world of real estate!

Chris Prefontaine is a bestselling author and real estate investor with over 26 years of experience in the field, including 18 …

Yield Curves And The Real Estate Market

June 27th, 2018

What could warn us about the next real estate downturn? The Yield Curve.

You know what has preceded all the economic downturns in the United States …

California really hates you

June 20th, 2018

Californians are hating California right back

You heard me right, California really hates you. They really, REALLY hate you if you happen to be a Californian. It seems as if every few weeks we get word of yet another …

The problem with real estate is inventory, not rates

May 30th, 2018

The media keeps telling us that the problem in real estate is rates. They are wrong.

This may not always be true, but right now, the only problem we have in real estate is inventory - plain and simple. So today, we are …

California Mandates Solar Panels On All New Homes - Worst. Idea. Ever.

May 14th, 2018


That's right, starting in 2020, California will mandate solar panels be added to all new homes. Given the current state of the real estate market in …

Top 10 Cities For Real Estate Investment In 2018 From Realty Biz

May 9th, 2018

Realty Biz shares what cities they think will be the top real estate investment in 2018

I do love the lists that help us focus our attention on areas that give us the best returns as real estate investors. Today, we …

How your lower priced home offer can WIN!

May 7th, 2018

YOU can still get that home with the offer that FEELS right!

Deals are happening every day out there because it made the seller feel good. I just went through a deal like that - it it worked out great  for everyone! …

Housing costs keep on rising

April 30th, 2018

Tracking rising housing costs can help you make smarter decisions.

The core of todays show is really about understanding the utility of the money you have tied up in assets. You want your money parked in things that …

Delaying foreclosure process, smart or not so much?

April 25th, 2018


Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. wants to pass a bill that will end up delaying the foreclosure process Truth be told, I am not a huge fan of Rep Waters. …

Home Buyers Are Stepping Back From The Market!

April 4th, 2018

The latest numbers are showing that home buyers are moving away from purchasing homes, cars and appliances!

In general, the public appears concerned. They are planning to not buy homes, cars or appliances. At the same …

Interview with Scott Smith on asset protection!

March 30th, 2018

No asset protection plan? You need to listen to this show!

While we spend our time trying to find great deals and make smart decisions relating to real estate, there is an entire side to the process that many investors …

Tariffs, rents and pensions - oh my!

March 23rd, 2018

Tariffs could be bad news for real estate.

Today we will chat about the potential effects of tariffs on real estate. We will also cover some other …

Real Estate Inventory and New Construction - It Ain't Happening

March 19th, 2018

The key to the market right now is real estate inventory.

We have gotten the numbers on builder confidence and permits. It is not good news. What is worse is that it is not the news that our real estate inventory

2018 Real Estate Market Winners and Losers

March 14th, 2018


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Real Estate automation replacing agents?

March 12th, 2018

For many agents, they should fear real estate automation. But its all about adding value.

Too many agents today add very little value. They list a …

California real estate is just nuts

March 5th, 2018

It is amazing how much California real estate is going for considering the crazy stuff going on there.

If I were to list off all the stats about …

Interview with Real Estate Investor Matt Theriault

February 23rd, 2018

Lets chat with real estate investor, podcast host and deal finder Matt Theriault

Matt Theriault may be a successful real estate investor now, but …

What is up with housing starts?

February 19th, 2018


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Housing starts gives us the …

What does a shortage of silicon valley moving trucks tell us?

February 16th, 2018

More data shows that the migration out of silicon valley is huge.

We talked about San Francisco but the reality is that the huge outward migration is …

Is the San Francisco Real Estate market in trouble?

February 14th, 2018

The San Francisco Real Estate market is seeing an increase in a not great number.

What would happen if the demand for properties in the San Francisco …

Should you invest in Stockton real estate?

February 12th, 2018

Stockton real estate is supposed to be the #4 top metro area in 2018.

I had a ton of folks reach out after the show where we talked about …

Interview with Scott Shatford!

February 9th, 2018

Scott Shatford is THE industry expert on getting the most out of AirBnB

As the CEO and Co-Founder of AirDNA, Scott Shatford has built his reputation …

7 Real Estate Markets Ready To Take Off In 2018!

February 7th, 2018

The folks at share their list of 7 real estate markets ready to take off in 2018

Today we discuss what some believe to be some very …

Why is deception such a common part of real estate?

February 5th, 2018

Real estate agents, buyers, sellers and investors should all know the sneaky truth.

We have talked a number of times about the casual deceptions that …

Where will landlords get the highest rent in 2018

January 26th, 2018

Today we talk about the top 3 metros predicted to have the highest rent in 2018

Homeunion just released their research into the metros where we will likely see the highest rental income in 2018. Of course, we will take …

Two proven experts say real estate on the verge of a downturn

January 24th, 2018

Both Peter Schiff and James Stack are nervous about the real estate market

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Home inventory - it's not looking good

January 22nd, 2018


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The home inventory …

Should you sell your home in 2018?

January 19th, 2018

According to the folks at US News, you should sell your home in 2018

Today we are going to review an article from US News that advises homeowners to …

Zillow picks the top real estate markets for 2018

January 15th, 2018

I don't think they got the top real estate markets for 2018 right - lets talk about it.

When it comes to good data for investors, it is hard to argue with a big operation like Zillow coming out with the top real estate …

What to expect from real estate in 2018 - from the VeroForecast!

January 12th, 2018


Today we try to look into the future of the real estate market in 2018!

The folks over at have offered up their expectations for how the …

Latest debt and net worth numbers for the average family are not good

January 10th, 2018

A change in the flood plain maps could impact your home!

On todays show we are going to talk about some numbers that paint a picture of a public that …

USD Conference On Real Estate In 2018

December 11th, 2017

The University of San Diego Burnham-Moores Center makes predictions on real estate in 2018

Every year, a conference occurs at the University of San Diego where they make some predictions about the coming year. Well, …

Casual Real Estate Agent Lies.... again

December 1st, 2017

Today we count the real estate agent lies.

real estate agent liesYou guys know I hate this stuff. The casual lies that folks in real estate are …

Being Thankful and Taking Risks!

November 28th, 2017

It is that time of year to find what you are thankful for!

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Is a pension fund bailout apocalypse coming?

November 14th, 2017

As we predicted, a pension fund bailout is being suggested.

Multiply this by 4 Trillion to get an idea of how big a bailout it would be[/caption] We …

Should Investors Get A Real Estate License?

November 10th, 2017

If you do get that real estate license, how should you pick your broker?

This one goes out to Danny M.! Danny has been a part of the audience since …

When interest rates rise, will they skyrocket?

November 9th, 2017

Historical data suggests that when interest rates rise, they may go nuts!

Some interesting topics today. Interest rates will inevitably rise. When they do,will it be gradual or will they go completely nuts? We will …

Builder Confidence Down For 55+ Housing

November 8th, 2017

The NAHB released their latest numbers and builders are not as confident about building homes for baby boomers!

Last week we covered some interesting shifts in the housing choices that baby boomers have been making. …

10 Signs A Community Is About To Be A Great Investment!

November 3rd, 2017

Forbes shares their list of the 10 things to look for when looking for a great investment community!

Today we are going to review this 10 item list from Forbes and see what we think of it. There are some new thoughts …

Interest rates are NOT why less mortages are happening

November 2nd, 2017


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Why …

Baby Boomers and the rental market

October 31st, 2017

Baby boomers are starting to do things differently - and it could redefine the rental market

Happy Halloween everyone! No scary stories today. We are …

Luxury Real Estate Market Is Heating Up!

October 30th, 2017

Is it time for home flippers to focus on the luxury real estate market?

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Chatting with Aaron Hendon!

October 20th, 2017

Aaron Hendon is a top real estate professional and author from Seattle - sharing his insights!

Aaron Hendons book is not quite out yet - but he was kind enough to share a pre-publication copy with me and it is …

BRRRR and BARRRR from!

October 19th, 2017

Lets talk about biggerpockets BRRRR & BARRRR strategies!

No, not that kind of Brrrr[/caption] I love, I joined just under a year ago and they offer a great pathway toward achieving your goals in …

Ten-X's 2017 List of Hottest Real Estate Markets for SFRs!

October 18th, 2017

A great forward looking list of the Hottest Real Estate Markets for SFRs in 2017!

The good folks over at Ten-X have compiled a ranked list of 50 …

Interview with Damion Lupo, author of Re-Invented Life!

October 13th, 2017

Damion Lupo talks about the biggest obstacle to your real estate success - you!

Hold on a second. I don't mean that you are a problem. What I mean is …

Smarter to rent in San Francisco and buy in Detroit?

October 12th, 2017

Some of the hottest markets should be AVOIDED if you are looking for the best bank for the buck!

We have talked about this tons in the past. The …

Interview with Kevin Bupp - Mobile Home Park Investor!

October 6th, 2017

Kevin Bupp makes a good case for making a mobile home park part of your multi-unit investment strategy!

In previous shows, we have talked about …

Buyers take on riskier loans!

October 5th, 2017

Now we have buyers taking on riskier loans - if values drop - this will make things worse.

Buyers are having to pay more and more for homes as a …

Interview With Linda Liberatore From My Landlord Helper!

September 29th, 2017

An option from Linda Liberatore for those that don't want to pay a property manager but do want someone else to deal with their rental properties!

We have spent a decent amount of time about the different ways you can …

Single Family Investment Boomtowns For 2018!

September 28th, 2017

Looking at the top metros to make your single family investment sing!

The good folks at HomeUnion have released their latest rankings list that is …

Apartment Vacancy Rate Increases

September 27th, 2017

What does the increase in the apartment vacancy rate mean to you?

[caption id="attachment_9333" align="alignright" width="300"] 3Q 2017[/caption] Today we are going to cover some interesting new data on apartment …

The Fed Will Reverse Quantitative Easing

September 26th, 2017

The Fed has issued TRILLIONS of dollars in bonds - now it is backing off

To keep rates low and to get more money flowing out in the banking world, …

Is this the biggest lie in real estate?

September 25th, 2017


So todays show started out with the idea of discussing some of the small deceits that get embraced in the world of real estate. I was planning on trying to point them out as a bad thing and help buyers, sellers, …

Real Estate Lending Gets Dumber

September 22nd, 2017

Real estate lending seems to manage to out do themselves again when it comes to bad lending choices!

This is not a new topic, but these tidbits are sure new! Two more interesting and less than great lending options have …

Is California real estate doomed?

September 21st, 2017

Will California real estate problems be solved by residents moving away?

Some very interesting data today on what people think about living in …

How to avoid real estate issues that could cost you THOUSANDS! r

September 20th, 2017


There really is no escaping the reality that you need to protect yourself when buying real estate. In todays show, I will discuss some real estate …

Let's Talk About For Sale By Owner Strategies

September 19th, 2017


There is a pretty standard line that you will get from real estate agents when you suggest that you want to sell your home yourself. Most of what they will say is true to one degree or another, but depending on market …

House Flipping. Time to change strategies?

September 18th, 2017

Is it time to re-think your house flipping strategy?

Some interesting data was released the other day. It looks like house flipping is happening less and making less money. So today, lets take a look at the latest data …

Interview with Al Beahn! Detroit Real Estate Investor

September 15th, 2017

Should Detroit be on your list of possible areas to invest? Ask Al Beahn

We have talked quite a bit about Detroit over the last few years. Mostly, …

Is real estate "Plan A" back in play?

September 8th, 2017

I may have just found the perfect lot to build!

That's right! For those of you that have been listening for a while, you know that my original plan was to build a new home specifically to beat the rising cost of buying …

How to write the perfect offer letter

September 7th, 2017



Don't forget to include the perfect offer letter in your next deal!

This is one of those items that so few real estate agents do. I make sure that for every offer I submit, it includes the perfect offer letter. Even …

The Best Real Estate Markets of 2017!

September 6th, 2017

The good folks at WalletHub share their best real estate markets of 2017 report!

I love the folks over at WalletHub! We never miss a chance to review …

An update on my home sale preparations!

September 5th, 2017

After facing lots of challenges, my home sale preparations almost complete!

If you have been following along with me, you know that there have been …

Getting some real estate ground truth in Redmond, Washington!

August 30th, 2017

Let's talk about what I found when I visited Redmond, Washington!

I just spent some quality time in Redmond, Washington. Of course, I managed to squeeze in some time to check out the local real estate market. Today, we …

Interview with Rod Khleif - Real Estate Investor

August 25th, 2017

Rod Khleif has not only enjoyed real estate success, but has rebounded from huge failures!

It is one thing to become a ridiculous success in real …

Consumer Debt Update and real estate! It's looking scary.

August 22nd, 2017


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Interview With Jay Conner!

August 18th, 2017

Jay Conner: The Private Money Authority!

On todays show our guest will be Jay Conner. Jay is going to be a great person to hear from relating to finding private money for your investors. He has learned that working with …

Banks are NOT doing us any favors

August 11th, 2017

Lower lending standards is NOT about helping borrowers, it's about helping banks.

We have touched in this issue before without really getting into the nitty gritty of it. It just made more sense to think through how to …

I think there is good real estate news in the bad news

April 19th, 2017

For a change, I see the good real estate news hidden in the bad!

That's right folks! It is a bit of a change of pace today where instead of taking …

29 Ways To Start Saving For Those Goals!

December 27th, 2016


Whether you need to buy your own time to achieve your goals or your goals themselves require you to bank some cash, todays tips are going to help you get started!

Saving is always a good idea. Whether you want to fund …

6 Zillow Real Estate Market Predictions for 2017

December 20th, 2016

We evaluate the Zillow real estate market predictions for 2017

It is that time of year and today we are bringing in the good folks from Zillow! …

The pundits can't agree on the 2017 real estate market

December 19th, 2016

Lets also review our goals

We start todays show off by reviewing our goals for 2016. Remember that not reaching a goal is not a failure, it is just a lesson learned on how to get as far as you did get. Whether you …

The Fed raised rates

December 15th, 2016

PLUS: Millennials are more like the rest of us than the experts thought

As expected, the fed raised rates on Wednesday. Not only did we call that here on the show, we also predicted the amount that rates were increased.

US News - The Real Estate Market in 2017

December 14th, 2016

Another outlet shares their thought on what to expect from the real estate market in 2017

It truly is that time of year! All the news outlets, big …

Are Property Managers Worth It?

December 13th, 2016

The folks at biggerpockets say property managers are not worth it.

That's right, some of the experts at say that using a property …

The 1% Rule For Real Estate Investing

December 9th, 2016

Finally defining this real estate investing reference I make all the time!

I truly love my audience. I particularly love when I get good questions …

Saving big on home remodeling supplies!

December 8th, 2016

Whether your are doing your own remodel or a flip, saving on remodeling supplies is awesome!

Why should house flippers have all the money saving fun? …

Unemployment By Automation and Amazon Go

December 7th, 2016

How will the second industrial revolution and things like Amazon Go effect unemployment and real estate?

Some interesting news came out recently …

Will these be the hottest real estate markets in 2017?

December 6th, 2016

39:32 shares their list of the hottest real estate markets for 2017

The folks at have had a pretty good track record in terms of …

Unemployment Rate and Real Estate

December 5th, 2016

What can we learn about the future of real estate from the latest unemployment numbers?

The latest unemployment numbers sure did seem to make some …

Build or repair your credit with these 6 steps!

December 1st, 2016


Enjoy This "Best Of" Edition of Real Estate Realities!

Your credit score is huge. Really huge! If you are considering buying or investing in real estate, you need to get started right now to make sure your credit is …

10 Best Cities For Families To Buy A Home

November 30th, 2016

A cool blending of two different reports to make this list!

Todays topic comes from the folks at They have shared the results of …

6 Questions For The Aspiring Full Time Real Estate Investor

November 29th, 2016

Questions to ask yourself as a Real Estate Investor

The folks over at bigger pockets have published an article about the 6 things aspiring real …

The Fed WILL Raise Rates!

November 23rd, 2016

No doubt in my mind that the Fed will raise rates in December 2016!

That's right folks, I am as sure as I can be that the Fed is going to raise rates …

The Pension Bubble - Failing Pensions And Real Estate

November 22nd, 2016

Plus: Out of state investors

Dallas is in deep trouble. Despite all the amazing news recently about how successful Dallas has been with economic …

New 2016 Laws In Real Estate

November 21st, 2016


BEST OF REPLAY! Replaying a recent show as The RebelBroker takes a day off!

A review of some new 2016 laws

When it comes to real estate, it pays to be aware of the laws that have an effect on your property. Whether you …

Real Estate Markets That Might Be The NEXT Silicon Valley!

November 18th, 2016

Lets take a look at some cities that might replace Silicon Valley

It is not cheap to run a business in Silicon Valley. It is also not cheap to live …

5 Signs of a real estate housing bubble! According to Trulia

November 17th, 2016

Do you live in a market that is in a real estate bubble?

Being able to tell the future would be awesome. We may not have a crystal ball, but there …

Is a Duplex your BEST first real estate investment option?

November 16th, 2016

With FHA being available, a duplex might just be for you!

I have made no secret that I am a big fan of boosting my return on investment whenever I can. For years, I have personally focused on single family residential …

4 Real Estate Trends for 2017

November 14th, 2016

Rismedia shares their thoughts on some 2017 trends they see coming

We have arrived at that time of year when all the big outlets are offering up their opinion on what we can expect to see in the real estate markets in …

Trump talks real estate changes

November 11th, 2016

Plus homeowner price expectations and foreclosures

The Trump team spent some time talking about their goals relating to some real estate issues since yesterdays show. We will take some time to review the latest info.

Trump Presidency Political Changes To Real Estate in 2017?

November 10th, 2016

The election could mean huge changes to regulations and organizations!

Well folks, it is all over and next year we will have President Trump.

In …

10 Hottest Real Estate Investment Markets in 2016

November 9th, 2016


Let's look at where investors go the best returns

Some interesting data from the good folks over at biggerpockets.They go through and take a closer …

Start Planning To Sell Your Home This Spring!

November 8th, 2016


Some suggestions on the best plan for home selling success!

Spring is creeping up faster than you realize! If you are considering selling your home …

Where are Americans moving to and leaving behind?

November 7th, 2016


The latest migration info can help you focus on your next investment!

The latest numbers are in on domestic migration, and they are interesting. …

Clinton and Trump On Real Estate

November 4th, 2016


What does real estate look like under either of these candidates?

It is election time and one way to try and decide would be to figure out what real …

Is This The New Normal For Real Estate?

November 3rd, 2016


HousingWire shares where they think real estate is going

On todays show we are going to do a quick run down on what technology I am currently using …

6 Ways To Check Out A Neighborhood

November 2nd, 2016


PLUS: More insights on future buyers

Today we are going to discuss ways to really figure out the neighborhoods where you are considering buying. Whether you are buying your next home or your next investment, always …

Who are the future real estate buyers?

November 1st, 2016


Single women are an increasing group of buyers

Today we are going to see if we can't figure out the make up of the future real estate buyers pool …

Halloween Real Estate Special 2016

October 31st, 2016


Revisiting my original Halloween show!

I have what I think is going to be a treat for your today! See what I did there? Halloween...treat? Ok, sorry. I was trying to come up with something special to do on this …

Marijuana Real Estate

October 28th, 2016


Is pot the next big real estate investment?

Whether you call it pot, marijuana, mary jane, ganja or reefer - it might just be time to include it in your list of possible real estate investments. At least, that is what a …

Time for a buyers real estate market?

October 27th, 2016


Trends are pointing to a shift in the real estate market.

As I like to do at times, we will review some ground truth that I am seeing my local market place. We have talked a bit about how I am sensing a pivot point in …

Best Neighborhoods For Trick or Treating - and how to find them!

October 26th, 2016


We figure out the areas to get the most treats!

Halloween is fast approaching! So what better way to prepare than to figure out the absolutely best …

Real Estate Rental Mayhem?!?!

October 25th, 2016


Some interesting numbers on rental returns in 2016

Lots of interesting information in todays show. The numbers are in for rental home returns for properties purchased in 2016. It paints a picture of a slowing rental …

First Time Real Estate Buyers Returning?

October 24th, 2016


As who buyers are change, so does what they will want

Some new numbers show that first time buyers are making up more of the home buying pool. Some …

Subprime Lending in 2016

October 21st, 2016


Responding to a listeners email

I recently had an email exchange with a listener relating to current lending and credit practices. As it turns out, we really don't agree on much. So, lets share the listeners email, my …

Home Inspections For Buyers and Sellers

October 19th, 2016


Top things to think about with a real estate home inspection

An article came our recently regarding some tips for buyers about real estate home inspections. So today, we will consider what they had to offer plus slather …

Metros With Highest Population Growth!

October 18th, 2016


More people, more demand!

Higher population equals higher demand for rentals and homes to purchase. That means a great opportunity for all kinds of …

Strongest Markets In 2017

October 17th, 2016


Real Estate Appreciation - Where will it be the highest?

Lets run down the list of the 5 cities one group thinks will give the highest levels of appreciation between now and Sept 2017.

Just a heads up - not a SINGLE …

Recession Time?

October 14th, 2016


Rents are falling too.

We have some interesting tidbits of info floating around out there that are worth looking at.

Lumber prices are up. This usually means more construction is going on.

Homeowners expectations on …

Too old to invest in real estate?

October 13th, 2016


You are NEVER too old!

Today we will chat about there might come a time in your life when you are simply too old to become a real estate investor or …

Most Profitable Architectural Styles

October 12th, 2016


What styles are most popular?

For all you buyers, sellers, investors and real estate entrepreneurs we are going to answer the question of what …

A Powerful Rental Growth Tool!

October 10th, 2016


Expected rental growth for the next year!

Zillow has come out with some very interesting numbers relating to expected growth in rents between now and …

Getting sold in Fall and Winter!

October 7th, 2016


How to leverage the season

We are heading into a time of the year where sellers will face some unique seasonal challenges. So lets run down the list …

Imminent Recession?!

October 6th, 2016


Plus: Peak prices and IMF forecasts

Words are important. The biggest institutions of the world are very careful about choosing the words that they …

Is the next bubble starting to burst?

October 5th, 2016


Plus, the best rehab choices!

Welcome real estate buyers, sellers, investors and entrepreneurs! Today we are chatting about what just might be the first domino in the decline of the real estate market. We are going to …

Sept 2016 Hottest Real Estate Markets!

October 3rd, 2016


Lets review the numbers!

It's that time of the month again and has released their rankings of the hottest markets across the country! What is great about this list is that it is derived from how many viewers …

Last chance to win $50 Amazon gift card!

September 30th, 2016


Take the survey to enter!

That's right folks! I will be drawing to determine the winner of the $50 Amazon gift card before my show on monday! Make …

You spin me right round baby, right round.

September 29th, 2016


More spin on the housing and income data

I have no idea why so many seem to choose to spin data, but they do. So I will rise to point out when these kinds of shenanigans are afoot - and afoot they are!

We will take a …

Trending credit - it's official

September 28th, 2016


Nontraditional credit sources too

We talked about the possibility that this would be coming a while back. Well, it is official. The software used to …

Can mobile homes solve our housing problems?

September 27th, 2016


Most folks are not aware of the differences between mobile homes, manufactured homes and modular homes.

Modular homes don't carry a stigma really. …

Forbes 3 Tips For Finding Incredible Real Estate Deals

September 26th, 2016


Forbes has published an article that lays out some interesting tips for using the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), to find yourself a property.

Now …

Is it time to panic yet?

September 23rd, 2016


A look at the worst projections out there!

Today we are going to dig deep into the world of bad news. On this Tin Foil Hat Friday, we are going to give time to all the news and opinions that will give you nightmares …

This IS the difference between success and failure!

September 22nd, 2016


THE biggest lesson learned as a vacation rental landlord

Welcome to it folks and today, I am going to share with you what I believe is the single …

Statistical Shenanigans

September 21st, 2016


PLUS: Condo horror stories

Builder confidence is being reported as on the upswing in a big way. Odds are, you will see that headline across tons of different news outlets. Funny thing about that, while confidence for …

Worrisome housing trends

September 20th, 2016


Plus we chat about fake statistics

A Southern California newspaper has shared what they think are 6 trends that are making housing worrisome.

We will run down the list, get their take on the situation then slather on a …

House Flipping

September 19th, 2016


Are we about to make the same mistakes?

Some interesting numbers have come out regarding house flipping. The appeal has grown momentum for investors and real estate entrepreneurs in markets all over the country.

Today, …

Lets try to predict the future a little

September 16th, 2016


From employment to changing property needs

The march towards a new industrial revolution continues. The impact on jobs will have a huge effect on the …

10 metro areas with highest and lowest home vacancies

September 15th, 2016


Vacant homes can be an opportunity

Some fresh off the presses numbers are out today. They tell us the 10 metro areas with the highest and the lowest vacancy rates.

We will talk about how to make the most of this info …

10 Things to check on this fall

September 14th, 2016


Give your property the love it needs this fall!

Today we are going to go over a list of ten items you should check up on this fall. Whether you are a …

25 Cities with the biggest rent increases!

September 13th, 2016


This could help you find the your next investment

New data was just released showing the top 25 cities in terms of rent increase from the second …

Stop sabotaging your mortgage approval!

September 12th, 2016


6 tips to keep that mortgage rolling!

That mortgage may begin with a pre-approval, but the point is to get it funded for escrow to close on that …

Big changes in the law coming?

September 9th, 2016


Change is in the wind for Dodd-Frank

Dodd-Frank was passed by Congress to try and deal with the issues surrounding the economic downturn. It was passed in 2010 and since has pretty much shown to be not only a poor …

Top 5 Markets To Consider NOW!

September 6th, 2016


PLUS: We talk a little about homeowner and buyer confidence

We started off the show today talking about buyer and seller confidence. Of course, this is a metric that you can use to get an idea of future activity in the …

Top 10 Affordable Cities

September 5th, 2016


Plus: The future of the show!

Today we will take a look at a list from Redfin where they share their rankings of the top 10 most affordable cities. We will review the list and look a bit closer at a few of them and see …

How much salary is needed to buy in these metros?

September 2nd, 2016


"Hot" metros don't always equal "Profitable" metros

Some interesting data to go over today relating to the top metro areas and the salary required to buy in those areas. We will also talk about median prices, interest …

FHA loans growing?

September 1st, 2016


A listener comments on FHA loans

Today we are covering a question that a member of the audience posted via Facebook. Apparently, word is that FHA loans are making up the vast majority of loans in Phoenix. We have talked …

Best Places To Rent To Military Families

August 30th, 2016


A safer bet for landlords?

Today we focus on the most lucrative areas for investors who want to be a landlord. There are a number of good reasons to pursue renting to military families. We will cover them, but a big …

Is a demographic homeageddon approaching?

August 29th, 2016


Are we headed to a 15 year drop in home demand?

Today we cover an interesting story about population growth that could spell the end of high home …

How to make your offer stand out!

August 26th, 2016


PLUS: Areas with most improved schools

Today we are going to review what the folks at Rismedia say are the best way to make your offer stand out. Of …

Multigenerational Homes and Investing!

August 25th, 2016


A great strategy for investing in multigenerational homes

We have talked about multigenerational living before. It is a growing trend. In fact, it is …

New Home Sales Skyrocket!

August 24th, 2016


But is it all good news?

The latest numbers for new home sales in July have been released and they are pretty amazing. Today we will take some time …

This would KILL our market!

August 23rd, 2016


We look at a policy that has already killed one real estate market

Today we take a look at something that was implemented north of the border and has …

Some interesting market info

August 22nd, 2016


Lets tie together some data!

Welcome to it folks, today we are talking data. A little bit about household debt and a little more about negative …

Biggest Inspection Worries!

August 19th, 2016


Inspection problems you can't afford to ignore

There are some things that you just cannot ignore when it comes to home inspections. We are going to discuss these items and talk about when you might even want to be OK …

The first 3 red flags of a housing collapse?

August 18th, 2016


PLUS: An update on our previous talk about automation

Today we are going to talk about an interesting article that suggests 3 red flags that indicate that the real estate market is getting ready for a tumble. 

We will …

Can you prepare for the derivatives bubble?

August 17th, 2016


We are going to revisit our chat about derivatives. It is a tough one since there are some many folks out there that want to try and cash in on the …

Some staggering market data for San Francisco!

August 16th, 2016


PLUS:  Big change in real estate law in Nevada!

We are going to hit a few interesting topics today. First, we are going to take a few minutes to talk about a huge change in Nevada that happened last week. It's a longer …

How to steal thousands of dollars in ideas!

August 15th, 2016


It's almost like free money!

Do you have any idea how much time and money home builders put into making their model homes just right? Well, trust me, its a ton of cash. From interior design to fixtures, furniture and …

Metro Areas With Greatest Price Growth

August 12th, 2016


Interesting how much data is just wrong

Welcome to it folks! Today I was all set to discuss metro areas that have seen the largest percentage …

Is this what will kill our market?

August 11th, 2016

A look at some very scary bank stuff

Today we are looking into something that I have been tracking for a while. The big scary word to connect it all is Derivatives. What is really nuts is that these derivatives sound …

Where are they building the most apartments?

August 10th, 2016


Will this solve the demand problem?

The good news is that more apartments are being built in  2016 than at any other time in the last 10 years. The …

12 Suggestions for Buyers from a millennial

August 9th, 2016


PLUS: Post Olympics property investment?

An interesting article was posted over at lifehacker the gives some eye opening insights into what a millennial thinks about buying real estate. It contradicts some of what we …

Staging and saving you money

August 8th, 2016


Some practical talk about where to get staging items It's time to stage your home for showing. So where should you get some things? Whether you are …

Best Areas Where Renters Can Afford To Buy!

August 5th, 2016


Another tool to help focus on the right kind of investing I love data. Data is good. Every little piece of information we can get our hands on is …

Is it Condo time?

August 4th, 2016


Should you be including condos in your search for an investment? Time are changing and many of the things that kept condos out of the reach of some …

Fundamentals Matter

August 3rd, 2016


Forget the fundamentals at your own peril! I was reminded this last weekend of the importance of the fundamentals. In my travels, I came across a … Top 20 Markets

August 2nd, 2016


Let's compare this to the Forbes list! Another day, another list of "Hot" markets. Today we will cover the monthly report on what the …

Top 20 Investment Cities According To Forbes

August 1st, 2016


Today we will run down the Forbes list of the best 20 cities to invest in real estate. Forbes comes at this question from an interesting direction and offers some interesting suggestions that we will explore. Also, the …

Best and Worst Rental Cap Rates!

July 29th, 2016


Today we are going to review the best and the worst areas for investing based on capitalization rate. Also, the show is now available on iHeartRadio! If you you are a fan of iHeart - make sure to check it out! Just do a …

What you should know about home inspections

July 28th, 2016


PLUS: Lets talk termite inspections too!

Today we are going to review an article about the 5 things everyone should know about home inspections. But …

Pricey Markets Where Buying Beats Renting

July 27th, 2016


PLUS: The happiest Homeowners Are In San Francisco? Really? Knowing whether it is more cost efficient to buy over rent is something many buyers need to figure out to make the best decision for themselves. However, …

Best Cities To Invest In On A Budget

July 26th, 2016


That's right, on todays show, we are going to explore the country for areas where you can acquire property for less than the median in the country - that means no properties priced higher than $232,500! So like I always …

Tidal wave of buyers ahead?

July 25th, 2016


PLUS: Baby Boomers Are Doing This Differently We have talked before about how millennials have changed their habits in the world of real estate. Well, baby boomers are doing it too. Lets take some time to look into what …

The Death Of The Starter Home?

July 22nd, 2016


PLUS: Updates on some past stories Whether we blame supply and demand or just a change in the goals of buyers, the starter home seems to be making an exit. Construction has not been filling the "Starter Home" need for a …

Race and Lending

July 21st, 2016


You are either going to love me or hate me after this one

I came across a "study" recently relating to lending to minority communities. This subject annoys the hell out of me since the vast majority of the time, what is …

Best States For Home Ownership in 2016

July 20th, 2016


PLUS: More lying headlines

On todays show, we are going to take a look at the top 10 states for home ownership. This is a great way to survey the …

5 Weird Things To Sell With Your House

July 19th, 2016


Honestly, they are weird.

Sometimes weird is good. It depends on who the weird is aimed at - and of course when it comes to weird, timing is key. However, weird does not usually spell real estate bliss when you are …

Bye, Bye 30 Year Fixed Rate Loans!

July 18th, 2016


Will fixed rate loans become extinct?

Seeking Alpha published an op ed last week about the 30 year fixed rate mortgage. It was a very interesting read and brought up the idea that we may see the end of the fixed rate …

Are Loans Killing Our Real Estate Market?

July 14th, 2016


Tons of debt is forcing many to delay real estate goals.

We have spent some time talking about the changing make up of the buying public. One of the areas that is feeding this change is the ever increasing amount of …

Are mortgages really hard to get?

July 12th, 2016


PLUS:  Debt forgiveness for a really small set of folks

We have got record low interest rates right now. There are some claiming that despite this …

More Insights Into The Top Metro Areas For Investing

July 11th, 2016


Some great new data on the best metros to invest in!

All property management has come out with a great report on how the metro areas performed last year and give us some great insights into what to expect in 2016! It …

How about no down loans? Yeah, they are back.

July 8th, 2016


PLUS! New ways to get the show!

Just when you thought things could  not get any more nuts, they did. We have talked about the 3% down loans. We have …

Best Investment Markets In The US!

July 7th, 2016


Find your next investment city!

Realty Times has come out with an article where they offer their top choices for real estate investment in 2016! The great news is that these towns can be a great option not only for …

Taking a question from a listener

July 6th, 2016


PLUS: Interest Rates!

I got a good question from a listener over on the Facebook page, so I thought I would share it and answer it here. It should …

The Good And The Bad Of Real Estate Investing

July 5th, 2016


Lets explore the positives and negatives of real estate.

An articles came our recently discussing the positives and negatives of  real estate …

Cities Buying Unpaid Mortgages?

July 1st, 2016


PLUS: Rental Rates vs. Household Income

New York is putting up millions to by unpaid mortgages. The hope is to come up with solutions that keep folks …

Pending sales drop! Is the season already over?

June 30th, 2016


PLUS: A brief BrExit update

Ok, so maybe the cities with the best drivers is not an obvious story to cover on a real estate show. But hey, who wants to live in a town where you have to deal with the stress of sharing …

Big Shift In Boomer Housing Preferences?

June 29th, 2016


PLUS: Effects Of "Free" MLS Listing Offers

Some interesting data is coming from the folks at Freddie Mac about the future housing preferences of baby …

1% Down Loans? Be afraid!

June 28th, 2016


PLUS: A little more info on brexit.

Chicago is leading the way! Toward creating another real estate crisis! On todays show, we will take some time to discuss the new 1% down purchase program being put into effect in …


June 27th, 2016


Putting property rights back in order

I think I have a great show for you today! We are going to take some time to talk about the "Not In My Back Yard" and "Yes, In My Back Yard" movements. Today, in many places you …

20 Hottest Real Estate Markets - June 2016!

June 24th, 2016



The numbers are in and the citizens of the United Kingdom has spoken, they WILL be exiting the European Union! This is a very big deal and it will be interesting to see what comes next! Now that …

Could BrExit Be The First Domino?

June 23rd, 2016


A final review of the BrExit and what it could mean for us.

Plenty of you reached out after yesterdays show to talk more about BrExit. In fact, some …

The BrExit Effect On Real Estate

June 22nd, 2016


If Britain leaves the EU, what might happen with American real estate?

No matter how bad things may feel here in the good old U.S. of A., things are …

Alternative Credit Scores - That Ignore Credit

June 21st, 2016


Measuring credit by not measuring it

Just when we thought the crazy train could not pick up any more speed - Congress starts pushing the idea that …

The 2 Bedroom Challenge

June 20th, 2016


Lessons learned from a recent closed deal!

Some transactions teach more than others. A recent closed escrow on a two bedroom condo is one of those kinds of transactions. It demonstrated perfectly a few of the concepts …

2016 Best Staycation Cities

June 17th, 2016


PLUS: Interest Rates and Plunging Production

The good folks over at wallethub have come out with their list of great cities for a staycation. Don't …

More Subprime Style Shenanigans

June 16th, 2016


PLUS:  Eminent Domain 

Our big topic for today spans a stories. Subprime lending style strategies are back and they are scary. While there are protections now that were missing before, these are the kinds of things that …

Talking About Rates

June 15th, 2016


PLUS: The employment revolution

We will be hitting several topics today. We will take a minute to explore a little more about the relationship …

Micro Homes

June 14th, 2016


PLUS: More excuses for Millennials not becoming buyers.

In todays show we are going to look at an interesting project that has been completed in New York. That is one of the first efforts in creating micro-homes. These …

Top Real Estate Trends For 2016

June 13th, 2016


From Consumer Reports and The National Association of Real Estate Editors

We have another list of top trends for 2016 and this one has a few good …

Stupid Explanations

June 10th, 2016


PLUS: Pros and Cons of Single Family homes vs. Apartments for investing

We are still hearing stories about how we really need to step up and get more …

The Reliability Of Zillow Zestimates

June 9th, 2016


PLUS: Questions buyers are likely to ask

Zillow announced on Wednesday that they are improving the accuracy of their Zestimate tool. Today, we will …

Bad Explanations For The Inventory Problem

June 8th, 2016


PLUS: Las Vegas Just Had Some Interesting Numbers

As often happens, there are different pundits out there that like to explain our current situation in ways that make it sound us unoffensive as possible. What is even …

Horrible Jobs Numbers

June 7th, 2016


PLUS: No rate hike from the FED

Todays show will be about setting a stage. We are going to look at the labor numbers and a few other statistics and sprinkle it around like intellectual candy corn. Why? Because we want …

Subprime Lending.. again...really?

June 6th, 2016


PLUS: A Financial Bubble You Won't Believe

More news on lending and how we are clearly moving back into a subprime lending world. We have talked about this before, but all the pundits have apparently gotten their …

Top 10 Cities Getting Moved To - RIGHT NOW!

June 2nd, 2016


PLUS: Top 10 Cities Getting Moved Away From!

Americans are on the move! There appears to be an interesting move of folks away from more populated …

The Fed And Interest Rates

June 1st, 2016


PLUS: Consumer Confidence

There seems to be some confusion out there about consumer confidence. Some research shows it going up and others show it …

Top 20 Hottest Markets In May!

May 31st, 2016


PLUS: Some Denver Real Estate Trends... sorta.

Once again, the good folks at have come up with their list of the hottest markets! Lets …

8 Cheap And Easy Ways To Update Your Bathroom

May 30th, 2016


PLUS: Top 10 Cities For College Grads to start strong!

Whether you are looking into selling your home or you just want to give you bathrooms a face …

Why are we trying to create more buyers?

May 27th, 2016


PLUS: Paying Rent On Minimum Wage

Both Chase and Wells Fargo have announced that they will be doing 3% loans - in cooperation with Fannie Mae. The bottom line is that these are moves to create more buyers in a market …

Top 5 Reasons Homes Are Still Underwater

May 26th, 2016


PLUS: New York Is Lending Money - For Free!

Welcome to it folks! Today we will start with a little discussion of the choices I have been making in my …

Where are the Millennials hiding?

May 25th, 2016


A PEW research study may have just found them

Well, it looks like the new data shows exactly where millennials are living these days. Still at home! We have talked about this before. Many outlets have been shouting out …

Real Estate Bubble Already Burst?!?!

May 24th, 2016


PLUS: Mortgage Regulations Costing You More

Sales in California have dropped to their lowest level since 2008 - but for the exact opposite reasons. …

Are Homeowners Scared Of This Market?

May 23rd, 2016


More declines in new homes listed. What is up?

Redfin has come out with another of their great market reports. Sadly, we are seeing another month where the number of homes listed has declined.  Between that and the low …

What Really Makes Home More Expensive?

May 20th, 2016


You just might be shocked at the things that keep homes expensive.

Today, we will review a more detailed look into what really boosts the cost of new homes. I know it frustrates me and I suspect it will frustrate you. …

Top Cities For Jobs

May 19th, 2016


With a look at home costs and incomes

One of the things that makes a city attractive to buyers and investors is the employment situation. After all, in order to support a strong real estate market, there need to be …

Housing Starts Are Up - And Down.

May 18th, 2016


When headlines are designed to deceive.

That's right folks, in todays show we are looking at two different news items. One says housing starts are up …

Sellers Vs. Appraisers!

May 17th, 2016


When home value expectations collide!

So what happens when the appraisers estimation of value is different from the sellers expectations? Today, we …

Solving The Inventory Problem

May 16th, 2016


Working on a policy roadmap for Silicon Valley real estate

On Friday, some of the movers and shakers in Santa Clara County real estate got together …

Consumer Confidence

May 11th, 2016


Talking about how folks feel about real estate

Fannie Mae has released its Home Purchase Sentiment Index for April. We will take a look at how …

Homes Are MORE Affordable?

May 10th, 2016


Thats what the pros say anyway.

Sometimes, I read the news and it feels more like wish fulfillment than anything else. I ran across an article that …

Why Is Inventory Low?

May 9th, 2016


How do we increase inventory?

Today we are going to look at some interesting information regarding regulatory costs being levied against home …

The Flippingest Places In The United States!

May 6th, 2016


PLUS: Jobless claims rise

Today we are going to look at areas of the country where flipping is happening most. How much to investors make in those areas? What percentages are they getting on their investment? How long …

Top 10 Safest Cities!

May 5th, 2016


What would it cost to invest or live in those safest cities?

Welcome to the show folks! Today we are going to run through the top 10 safest cities in …

Veteran Buyers Are A Great Bet!

May 4th, 2016


PLUS: Prices in the west are nuts.

Today we will take some time to look at a report that takes a closer look at veteran buyers. The bottom line is …

Peak Millennial Is Here?

May 3rd, 2016


PLUS: Texas Inventory Is Imploding

Lots going on in todays show. First, peak millennial has beenreached - according to the pundits anyway. What is peak millennial?Well, it is the point at which the millennials are no …

Dual Agency To The California Supreme Court

May 2nd, 2016


PLUS: Open Houses Do Matter!

Dual agency in California is heading to the supreme court! Apparently, this issue is going to come to a head as a buyer argues that he was mislead on the square footage of the …

Top 20 Markets In April!

April 29th, 2016


The top 20 numbers are out for April 2016!

Well, it is that time of the month again and we are going to take a look at the top 20 markets for April 2016! What is great about this list is that it is determined by the …

Attack Of The Killer Property Taxes!

April 28th, 2016


PLUS: The FED Decides Not To Raise Rates

It is time to update the rankings of states with the highest and lowest property taxes. Will New Jersey …

Build Them And They Will Come!

April 27th, 2016


PLUS: Housing solutions that are not solutions

So I am a little frustrated today. I spend quite a bit of time reading up on the "solutions" for the …

What is scaring buyers most?

April 25th, 2016


Buyers are holding back, but should they?

Some interesting surveys have come out that talk about the motivations of aspiring buyers. That's right, …

Bernie Sanders And His Housing Policies

April 22nd, 2016


The Programs And Policies In Real Estate That Bernie Likes

As each aspiring presidential candidate starts talking about their real estate policies, I …

California Home Sales Slow

April 21st, 2016


Why are sales in California slowing?

There has been a slow down in home sales in California. Could this be the beginning of the real estate …

More Homes Coming, Or Less?

April 20th, 2016


Same Statistics Generate Opposing Headlines!

One thing that always amazes me is how looking at the exact same studies can result in headlines from …

Top 10 Cities For Home Buyers

April 19th, 2016


Best cities for Affordability, Inventory, Mortgage availability, Job Growth and Livability

We have got a great list for you today! We will be taking a look at an article from where they share what they …

Housing Crisis Or Not?

April 18th, 2016


Is ZeroHedge getting it right or wrong?

The good folks over at zero hedge published an article recently regarding the United States being in a …

States With The Best Economic Outlook!

April 15th, 2016


PLUS: Luxury Markets Continue To Get Battered!

A new report has come out that ranks the competitiveness of all the states. It is using 15 different metrics to sort out which states present the greatest level of …

The Hottest Markets - For The Next 5 Years!

April 14th, 2016


Moodys and Money try to look WAY over the horizon!

So the folks over at Moodys and Money Magazine have taken on a tough task. They have crunched the …

Is This All The Gen X'rs Fault?

April 12th, 2016


PLUS: Landlords Beware The Accusation Of Discrimination!

Some interesting research has come out that might just shed some light on the low inventory we have been seeing. At the center of the case being made is that the …

This Spring 5 Hottest Markets!

April 11th, 2016


Great Options For Buyers and Investors!

Lets start off this new week with some new data! This time, it comes from the good folks over at Ten-X. …

Shocking News On What Sellers Think!

April 8th, 2016


High Prices Alone Don't Placate Sellers

Fannie Mae just released a new report on consumer confidence - and it has some big surprises! In general, confidence is down. This report covers home seller confidence, public …

Doing It, With Duplexes!

April 7th, 2016


PLUS: More Automation Stories That Will Effect Employment

Several small stories to cover today. Some interesting news on the automation front regarding trucking - something we have touched on before. However, with …

Top 5 Fastest Growing Areas For Home Price!

April 6th, 2016


A new CoreLogic report lays out plenty of juicy data!

In todays show we are going to explore some hot and fresh data from the good folks over at …

What The Panama Papers Mean To Real Estate

April 5th, 2016


The closer you look, the creepier it is.

The world is just becoming aware of the #PanamaPapers. It reveals a shadowy world that most people know nothing about. However, it reveals only a very SMALL portion of that …

Sell your home for thousands more with Zillows tool?

April 4th, 2016


Zillow has a new tool and it claims to be able to help you sell your home faster and for lots more money! It is designed to pinpoint the right month …

Top Markets To Purchase Rentals In 2016!

April 1st, 2016


Some great data to help you achieve the highest return on investment!

Todays show is worth a pocket full of gold! No matter who or where you are, the …

Top 10 Markets In March!

March 31st, 2016


One state dominated the hottest markets this month!

As March comes to a close, we look back on the numbers that show us the hottest markets of the …

Did A Coal Mine Canary Just Kick The Bucket?

March 30th, 2016


PLUS: Fastest ways to improve your credit score

The old reliable canary. Way back in the day, you took one into a mine with you so that if the air …

Maximizing Curb Appeal

March 29th, 2016


Curb Appeal - It's more important than you think!

Before anyone steps inside your property for sale, they are going to see the outside. We call that …

Saving the family home after death or divorce.

March 28th, 2016


Nobody likes to think about the bad things in life. It's depressing. However, by thinking ahead and doing a little planning now, you can make those bad moments less bad. In todays show, we will take some time to check …

What's the big deal about Millenials?

March 25th, 2016


Plus: Where are folks moving to?

In order to achieve your goals, you need to understand where demand is likely to be and what the largest number of …

Make money with your home, without moving out!

March 24th, 2016


Plus: Mortgage applications drop

When it comes to trying to make ends meet, there can be times when you need to start thinking about things you already have that you can use to supplement your income. You have tons of …

More Signs of Recession?

March 23rd, 2016


Plus: What if we do get negative interest rates?

We have already heard some pundits talking about an upcoming recession. Today, we are going to talk about another major player in international economic affairs and see …

Open Houses - Lets Do It.

March 21st, 2016


Talking about how to do open houses right

Some try to underplay the importance of the open house. Over the years, the part it plays in getting a home …

7 Tips For Handling Flipping!

March 18th, 2016


There are still tons of opportunities out there for buyers, investors and real estate entrepreneurs to succeed at flipping. In todays show, we will run over 7 tips that will help you make your flipping adventure a …

Did median home prices really just drop in California?

March 17th, 2016


Plus: Why are renters content to be renters?

Some interesting data shows that the median price of a home in California has gone down. Is that real or is there another way to explain that number going down? We will …

How should you take title to property?

March 16th, 2016


How you take title to property can have huge repercussions! What you can and cannot do with your interest in property is defined by how you hold …

Tips For Getting The New Home Of Your Dreams!

March 15th, 2016


So many areas are seeing ridiculous bidding wars for homes. One sure way to short circuit that process is to go with new construction. While you no …

The importance of ground truth in real estate investing

March 14th, 2016


Plus: Are some transactions just doomed?

I took a trip to Seattle over the weekend and it really brought home to me the importance of really getting to know how people live from day to day in communities where we are …

Unemployment, Inflation and Real Estate Inventory

March 11th, 2016


What has kept homeowners from becoming sellers?

If we were to just take all the numbers at face value, it becomes very hard to understand why we are not seeing more homes put on the market by homeowners. The groups that …

Should you follow the hipsters to real estate riches?

March 10th, 2016


Where the hipsters settle, so settle the higher property values!

Today we are going to examine the process of following the trail left by the …

Is not refinancing costing you hundreds per month?

March 9th, 2016


The top 10 states where refinancing could save you hundreds!

The top 10 states where refinancing could save you hundreds!

Your mortgage should not be …

10 Downtowns That Might Be Ready To Pop!

March 8th, 2016


Plus: More data supporting a coming recession?

In todays show we are going to look at some smaller communities that are doing great things with their downtown. But we want to keep this focused on areas with proven …

Recession in less than 12 months!!???!

March 7th, 2016


What would another recession do to real estate?

Famous investor Jim Rogers was quoted saying that he expects a recession within the next year! That …

Flipping - Should we be worried?

March 4th, 2016


It is all about flipping on todays show. We are going to talk about the areas where folks are making the most money on flipping. How much flipping is …

Where are you going to find the highest home sales?

March 2nd, 2016


In todays show we are going to look into the crystal ball and try to see what areas of the country are going to see increased home sales that lead to appreciation and more real estate health. Being able to figure this …

Home features that sell your home - or hold it back!

March 1st, 2016


Plus: More hints at a softening high end

Of course, we have all heard the "location, location, location!" bit before. In todays show, we will talk about some hard numbers to back up that assertion, plus some others! We …

What if its mold?

February 29th, 2016


Plus: Serious delinquency rate is up!

It is the perfect time of year to take some time and check out your home for mold. The key is to focus on …

When will we get more inventory!?!?

February 26th, 2016


Plus: Homeowners Clueless On Home Equity?

The big question now is, when will get we more inventory? Todays show will be looking at this from a variety of angles. Will new construction rescue us? What about more sellers …

Let's Talk About New Home Sales!

February 25th, 2016


Plus: Are Interest Rates Headed Lower?

Some interesting numbers have come in for January regarding new home sales. Not only that, we are seeing some …

It is time to talk about Capitalization Rate!

February 24th, 2016


We have talked about the cost of homes and where buyers can expect to pay the least or perhaps expect the greatest increase in home value. However, we have not looked at real estate investing from the standpoint of what …

Debt, Delinquency and Negative Interest Rates

February 23rd, 2016


In todays show we are going to explore what is going on with debt. All kinds of debt. What states show the greatest debt in different areas? Which areas have had the highest delinquency rates? For some buyers, sellers, …

Let's Talk About Some Great Real Estate Apps!

February 22nd, 2016


There are tons of real estate apps you can get for your smartphone. Whether you are using an iPhone or an Android device, you have got lots of choices! In todays show, we will take a little time to discuss a few of them …

Where Are The All Cash Buyers Buying?

February 19th, 2016


Despite a general decrease in all cash investor purchases, there are markets where all cash buyers are very active. In fact, they are competing directly with first time buyers, which has really been a challenge to those …

The lowest home prices, but the best schools!

February 18th, 2016


That's right! It is the perfect blend of great schools and low prices in todays show! We will run down the list of towns where you can pay a little …

Candidate Clinton Reveals Some Real Estate Policies

February 17th, 2016


It is an election year and candidate Clinton has revealed some things she would like to do in the wonderful world of real estate. I thought it would …

Should We Be Afraid Of Digital Mortgages?

February 15th, 2016


The future is here in the form of digital mortgages. The question is not whether or not we should have digital mortgages, they are here and they will …

Should We Be Worried About Negative Interest Rates?

February 11th, 2016


Lots of items to cover for todays show. First, the concept of negative interest rates seems to be floating around out there again. We will revisit the topic and look at some recent information that seems to point to the …

Is Real Estate About To Get An Unexpected Bubble?

February 10th, 2016


I came across a very interesting article today that discusses a possible bubble the real estate world will have to contend with. It is not a real estate bubble, but rather a non-real estate industry bubble that is …

Relief In Sight For Underwater Homeowners?

February 9th, 2016


We have had another year where an increasing number of homes have managed to come out from being under water. There are still a few areas that are lagging behind, but a great deal of progress has been made. So what will …

Mortgage News And Market Activity Info

February 8th, 2016


Some interesting news from a variety of sources on the state of mortgage lending. Despite the Fed raising rates, we continue to see mortgage rates going down. The home improvement world seems to be gearing up for a big …

Is That Optimism I See In The Real Estate Market?

February 2nd, 2016


Todays show covers a variety of interesting things to note. From home ownership rates to owners taking out equity in their homes, we are seeing …

Top 10 Emerging Real Estate Trends For 2016!

January 29th, 2016


The good folks over at have come up with their list of things they think will be big emerging items of 2016. I think they may over …

How To Be An Effective Renter!

January 28th, 2016


So home ownership is not for everyone. Or maybe your grand real estate plan includes you needing to be a renter from time to time. Well, then you need to learn how to play the rental game in a way that gets the best …

Should We Be Worried About Fannie Mae?

January 27th, 2016


I am seeing some interesting exchanges happening out in the wild world web. Some of them, strange reminders of what I was seeing just before the big real estate bubble popped. Whenever I see one writer get in a very …

Can you really buy a house for $1?!

January 22nd, 2016


Despite the recovery we have seen over the last few years, there are still properties out there listed for $1! Like most things that sound too good …

Zillows List of The HOTTEST Housing Markets For 2016!

January 20th, 2016


Over the past few years, Zillow has been a pretty consistently right predictor of up and coming hot real estate markets. What buyer, seller, investor or real estate entrepreneur does not want to know which markets are …

Which Home Improvements Give The Best Return (ROI)?

January 18th, 2016


When you are considering a home renovation, one of your big concerns is likely to be what kind of return you can expect on the money you spend for the improvement. Today, we will review a number of different …

2016 Real Estate Predictions According To Fitch Ratings

January 14th, 2016


There seems to be no shortage of pundits out there who are ready to tell us what to expect in 2016. Today we will see what the Fitch Ratings expect in 2016. For each prediction, we will talk about what they expect and …

Is Real Estate Over Valued By As Much As 60%?

January 13th, 2016


Could the real estate market be over priced by as much as 60%? That is the question asked in a recent Fortune article where they explore some facts …

Real estates riskiest states!

January 12th, 2016


While many areas of the country continue to see growth in home prices, some areas are feeling a pinch! A report just comes out that identifies the 8 states that face the riskiest real estate future. We will take a look …

The relationship between real estate and the stock market

January 8th, 2016


In todays show we are going to take some time to look back on the crazy things that have happened in the markets over the last few days. However, we will also discuss how the stock market specifically effects real …

CES innovations to make your home worth more!

January 7th, 2016


The Consumer Electronics Show is currently going on in Las Vegas! As the news escapes the exhibit hall, we are getting a great look at some new and …

What is the most popular moving destination?

January 6th, 2016


Today we are going to look at states with the greatest increases in folks moving into them. This kind of data is great for any buyer, seller, …

The markets went nuts - what's it mean for real estate?

January 5th, 2016


Economically, 2015 did not end well when it comes to the stock market. 2016 has started off on a scary note. We are breaking records that are not the good kind of records to be breaking.

In todays show we take a look at … predictions for the real estate market in 2016!

December 31st, 2015


On todays show we turn our eye to what the folks over at are expecting in 2016. They have made some pretty specific predictions and also …

Home Price Predictions for 2016!

December 30th, 2015


In our roundup of experts reading the tea leaves of 2016, we again consult with Calculated Risk and where they think home prices will go in 2016.

2016 Housing Inventory Predictions!

December 29th, 2015


As we work our way through the last few days of 2015 it just makes good sense to take a look at what the fortune tellers are telling us to expect for 2016.

In todays show, we are going to focus on inventory. We will …

2016 predictions from David Collum

December 28th, 2015


The folks from Peak Prosperity have posted this years articles from David Collum regarding a look back at 2015 and his expectations for 2016. It is a …

Freddie Macs 2016 Real Estate Market Predictions!

December 24th, 2015


As one of the big players in lending and a government sponsored entity, it is always interesting to hear what Freddie Mac is expecting in 2016. Whether you are a buyer, seller, investor or real estate entrepreneur, it …

6 Tips to make buyers LOVE your kitchen

December 21st, 2015


There are plenty of things that you can do to give your home an edge in a competitive home market. One of those is to make sure that your kitchen is making the best impression possible. In todays show, we will cover …

The Fed just raised rates. Now what?

December 17th, 2015


The federal reserve just raised rates on Wednesday. Of course, I believed that the Fed would find an excuse to avoid this out of a desire to not rock …

California supreme court just increased housing prices!

December 15th, 2015


California is already the land of loony laws, but this one will not only change what you can buy in the state in the future, it will increase prices in general across the entire state. What is amazing is that this …

Credit Unions vs conventional banks for loans

December 7th, 2015


A credit union has always been on my short list in terms of a source of funds that any buyer, investor or real estate entrepreneur should be looking …

The luxury market is softening. What can we learn from that?

December 4th, 2015


The luxury market is now in decline. We are going to check into why and see if there is anything todays buyers, sellers, investors and real estate entrepreneurs can learn from this change in the numbers for the luxury …

Top 10 Real Estate Markets for 2016!

December 3rd, 2015

29:20 came up with a list of the top 10 cities for 2016. We will run down the list and see if any of them tickle your fancy! Plus, we will walk through a few easy steps you can use to get a handle on these local …

What if the Fed does raise interest rates?

December 2nd, 2015


I thought it would be a good to talk about what the majority of economists are saying is going to happen. Janet Yellen and The Federal Reserve is …

Are the Chinese done with American real estate?

November 30th, 2015


Interesting changes in the trends relating to Chinese buyers of real estate. It looks like interest is cooling and that might just mean a great deal …

The intangibles of success and being thankful

November 26th, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving! I like to take time out to reflect on what I am thankful for. Success does not exist in a vacuum. While you can take credit for …

Top markets and some great REO opportunities are still out there!

November 25th, 2015


A great report came out from the good folks at ProTeck Services. Some great insights were found that show that there are still great opportunities …

Big changes for mortages coming soon?

November 24th, 2015


Last wednesday,the House of Representatives passed a pretty big change to what a "Qualified Mortgage" is. We are going to take some time to look it over and see if it makes sense. The important thing to keep in mind is …

More on negative interest rates and loan bubbles!

November 23rd, 2015


It is all about your money in todays show. There is some interesting information about the auto loan bubble that you will want to hear. It is not a good. Then there is more to say about negative interest rates. I am …

What we learn from cities with the highest and lowest credit scores!

November 20th, 2015


Credit scores are not sexy, but they can be useful in a variety of ways. Of course, they can tell you how credit worthy you are, but what about the …

Millenials would rather rent than own!!?!

November 19th, 2015


More interesting survey data today. For those of you that are currently landlords of single family residential homes, the latest data may make you want to be prepared for your renters leaving! We will offer up a couple …

No confidence in real estate?

November 18th, 2015


There are lots of numbers worth checking when it comes to confidence. Consumer confidence, builder confidence, buyer confidence - they can all play a …

Should your next loan be a digital loan?

November 17th, 2015


There are plenty of folks that throw around the term "Digital Mortgage" these days. While the process of applying and working through a home loan …

Debilitating debt bubble coming?

November 16th, 2015


We have talked quite a bit about the return of subprime lending and what a concern that is for the future health of the real estate market. However, debt in general can have a huge influence on our ability to achieve …

Energy efficient upgrades to save you big money!

November 12th, 2015


Today we are going to cover 5 relatively easy ways to crank the energy efficiency of your home up to 11! Whether you just want to consume less energy or you want to dramatically improve your cashflow situation, there …

Mortgage free in 10 years in these cities!

November 11th, 2015


Being mortgage free is a great thing. It is one factor that entices the largest number of millenials. It can be a great way for late bloomers to start their real estate investing. However, it can also be a way for young …

The best and worst small towns

November 10th, 2015


We have talked about lots of great ways to track down real estate investment opportunities. Today, we are going to talk about a new list that ranks over 1000 small towns on some great metrics that you can use to …

Can adding 3D style improve your homes value?

November 9th, 2015


There are new styles to apply to your home coming up all the time. Some of them are great and timeless. Others, not so much. There are plenty of products out there that you can use to add a textured/3D element to your …

Market correcting in San Francisco?

November 6th, 2015


I like todays show. Well, to be honest, I like every one of my shows, but I am biased. But I really, REALLY like todays show! The big reason is because when it is over you are going to be walking around with one more …

Will the Fed bring on NEGATIVE interest rates?!?!

November 5th, 2015


This week, the head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, indicated that she would be willing to consider negative interest rates. For those of you …

Real estate the Trump way!

November 4th, 2015


So after my show on Donald Trump and his apparent love of eminent domain, I got quite a few folks reaching out to me to set me straight on the man. …

What happens if the FED raises rates?

November 3rd, 2015


Once again, the FED blinked and did not raise interest rate last week. Of course, we called it here on Real Estate Realities. The next window for a possible increase will be in December - but I still think that won't …

Halloween Horror Stories

October 30th, 2015


It is that time of year folks and lets use Halloween of 2015 to share a few creepy stories from my time in real estate. 

These stories may not help …

Real estate bubble being re-inflated?

October 29th, 2015


Apparently, the folks in charge can never learn from their mistakes. At least, they can't learn the real lesson. You would think that after the last …

What is the best day of the week to list your home?

October 28th, 2015


Some interesting data got shared today about what the best day of the week to list your home is. So lets take a little time to talk about what the …

New home sales crash hard!

October 27th, 2015


The seasonally adjusted data for new home sales is out and it is not pretty! The experts missed it by a mile and the data paints a very different …

Emotional investments that cost you BIG money!

October 26th, 2015


I had a heck of a time coming up with a sexy, eye catching title for this show. I still think I missed the mark. However, one of the most important …

Are we going to see a housing bubble in the next 18 months?

October 23rd, 2015


Make sure to head on over to and follow the links to the Pintrest page where you can find the charts described in todays …

Are condos about to get easier to buy?

October 22nd, 2015


Condos are an interesting part of the real estate market. Some investors and real estate entrepreneurs have managed to do very well for themselves in that market, even tho they tend to be a little more risky and lower …

Donald Trump and Eminent Domain

October 21st, 2015


For my long time listeners, you know how I feel about eminent domain. In todays show, we will get a bit of a refresher course on what eminent domain is. What it is used for and how it is abused. Everyone from buyers, …

Lumber prices are up. Good or bad news?

October 20th, 2015


Lumber is one of those great numbers that you can use to get a read on what is going on with construction in the coming months. This time around, we examine how the drop in lumber prices is likely to effect the kind of …

7 Myths of buying real estate

October 19th, 2015


It is always interesting to come across articles in the popular media that talk about real estate issues. So often, they only get it partly right. In …

Foreclosures spike 66%! Disaster or opportunity?

October 16th, 2015


We just saw a huge spike in foreclosures in the eastern united states that is breaking all kinds of records! Todays show talks about …

Rent or Buy? Lets examine the choice

October 15th, 2015


Todays show is going to go over some of the key questions to ask yourself when you are considering renting or buying your home. Whether you are an entrepreneur, investor or just want to own your own home, these are …

Is a rental bubble about to pop?!

October 14th, 2015


Some interesting murmurs in the real estate media have been describing a real estate "Rental Bubble". So what the heck is a real estate rental bubble …

Deciding on your real estate goals

October 12th, 2015


We have explored how to make time for your goals, how to pick your goals and how to create a plan to achieve them. In todays show, lets talk about some of your options for real estate goals! No matter what your are …

Achieving those goals! - Day 3 of the success series

October 9th, 2015


We have discussed how to make time, how to use that time to create your goals. Now lets explore the specifics of how to make these goals happen!

Of course, we will talk about some of the more accepted methods, but like …

Goal Settings - Day 2 of the success series!

October 7th, 2015


Just like building a house, the foundation is critical to success! You need to build your foundation on well considered goals! The process I am going to suggest is a little off the beaten path, but I think you end up …

Finding Time - Day 1 of achieving your success!

October 5th, 2015


Welcome to Day 1 of my Finding Your Path To Success series! No matter what is going on with you and your life, this series is going to discuss a …

Has real estate been DOOMED by todays employment numbers?

October 3rd, 2015


There are times when it is all good and times when it is all bad. Unfortunately, today it is all bad. Virtually ever single number that means anything to the economy and to real estate was bad today. Of course, those …

What every first time buyer should know!

October 2nd, 2015


First time buyers are entering into a world of the unknown! There are plenty of things first time buyers should be aware of but so many of them are …

10 Awesome ways to save without feeling the pain!

October 1st, 2015


One of the biggest issues facing buyers - or anyone trying to achieve a goal that involves needing money - is saving for that downpayment.

In todays …

September the BEST month for buyers in 2015?

September 30th, 2015


The numbers are in at and it's time to see how September has stacked up for buyers! Plus, that data tells us what the top 20 markets in the nation are this month. Are any of them in your backyard? If so, …

Do government changes spell BIG changes for real estate?

September 26th, 2015


John Boehner announced that he is going to retire from the House in October. This is HUGE news and spells the end of a relatively passive house of …

Are we making the same mistakes again?

September 24th, 2015


It is absolutely crazy to think that we have learned NOTHING from the real estate downturn. However, some recent info shows that subprime lending is …

Number of homes losing value - TRIPLES!

September 22nd, 2015


More fuel for the idea that the market is slowing presented itself today. We will take a look at the numbers and see where home appreciation has …

9 Things to learn about your HOA that could save you thousands!

September 22nd, 2015


Most homes seem to be part of an HOA these days. While many tend to make looking at the HOA a secondary concern, you need to make sure that HOA living fits with what you want to do.

There are a number of things you need …

The FED blinks. No rate hike!

September 18th, 2015


There is a certain pleasure in being able to say 'I told you so'. I usually try to just internally give myself a pat on the back in those cases, but …

Top Habits of Successful Real Estate Investors!

September 17th, 2015


It is always a good idea to get some insights into the habits of the most successful folks in whatever area you are interested in. Of course, we are …

The real story behind dropping mortgage applications

September 16th, 2015


Today we are going to talk about the most recent numbers relating to mortgage applications. Just about everyone in the media is blaming the feds rumored plan to increase interest rates this week. We will discuss this …

10 Great DIY areas to make your home worth MORE!

September 16th, 2015


There are so many relatively small projects that you can take on to improve the value of your home. Every idea in todays show will pay you back many times over in terms of sales price and money saved by selling your …

Avoiding delays because of new lending rules!

September 15th, 2015


Big changes are coming to the lending world! The HUD 1 disclosure and good faith estimate have been part of the lending landscape for a long time. New changes coming in October will see them both going the way of the …

Should you refinance?

September 11th, 2015


There are some great reasons to consider refinancing. There are also some really crappy reasons. We will take some time to cover both in todays show. …

Sellers want more! Appraisers say "No"

September 9th, 2015


More data out this week showing that sellers are convinced that their homes are worth more than what appraisers are concluding. Today we are going to look at the data using my local county of Santa Clara as an example …

The Rebelbroker is on the injured list!

September 4th, 2015


About 15 minutes after finishing the Tuesday show, I managed to fall my way down some stairs. The end result was a kneecap resting about 70 degrees …

The attitude to build success on

September 3rd, 2015


The process of moving toward what you consider success all starts with deciding on the attitude at your foundation. Todays show is going to explore this idea and the funamental truth that whatever it is you are shooting …

Stock market crash bringing real estate crash?

August 29th, 2015


For the last two weeks, the stock market has been going nuts - and not in a good way. With China devaluing its currency and their markets tanking, …

Foreclosures Increase Again

August 29th, 2015


After dozens of months of foreclosures decreasing, we are seeing increases. We will look into explanations for this and see if it perhaps fits in …

Home Demand - Is it rising or not?

August 27th, 2015


Interesting discussion today about housing demand. We will talk a little about the predictions but also bring in some high tech news that I think will play in to housing demand in the years to come. Its a bit out there, …

Top Cities to Buy a Home - RIGHT NOW!

August 27th, 2015


Today we will review a recent study that took a look at a variety of bits of info to rank the health of real estate markets all across the country! We will talk about how they measured this and what that data really …

Solar Power - A buyers and Sellers guide

August 25th, 2015


Buyers and sellers both need to know this information when a solar powered home is involved! For buyers, what do you need to know? What questions …

The Top 16 "Adventure" towns to live in

August 23rd, 2015


Outside magazine released their top 16 towns to live in. So lets take a look at how much it would cost to live in these places or even to invest in a …

What are buyers most worried about?

August 22nd, 2015


Redfin has come out with the top 5 list of things that buyers are most worried about. There are some interesting and totally unreported tidbits that hide just below the surface of these numbers. Lets check them out and …

Lies, Damn Lies and Real Estate Statistics

August 21st, 2015


The push to make you think things are just A-OK in the real estate market is apparently in full swing this month. Some stats were released that …

New and improved subprime lending?

August 20th, 2015


When a buyer has a poor credit history or carries too much debt, they are considered a "subprime" borrower. This was a huge part of what got us into trouble in 2007 and 2008. Well, subprime lending is back, but is it …

What is holding back your success?

August 15th, 2015


In todays show we talk about focusing on the most sneaky of things that hold you back from success. They are little beasties that I call "Alphas". In …

Lets talk about rents and why buyers, sellers and investors need to care.

August 15th, 2015


No matter where you are in the real estate world, what homes are renting for is important data. It can determine whether or not a real estate investment makes sense. It can help determine where you end up living so that …

Is the "Recovery" officially over?

August 14th, 2015


In todays show we are going to scan through several stories that all provide some interesting insights into what we might expect from the economy and the housing market in the coming year.

Will we see foreclosures? …

More homes likely to be falling out of escrow! Lets have a strategy!

August 12th, 2015


Nothing stinks more than trying to buy a home and having it not appraise for what you offered. But smart buyers will be able to use this growing trend as part of a buying strategy that might just give them an inside …

The 7 Scientifically proven ways to be more successful!

August 10th, 2015


There are plenty of articles, shows and seminars on how to succeed. This list is just a little bit different. Whether you are in buying, selling or investing in real estate, building houses, baking cookies... or even …

Consumer Confidence Catastrophe?

August 9th, 2015


The average consumer seems to sense that somthing is up. The world of real estate, despite all the hoopla, celebration and dancing among the pundits …

Flipping and what is your Quan?

August 9th, 2015


Is flipping still something worth getting involved in? We will talk about the latest numbers around flipping and see if it makes sense. We also spend …

Shall we panic now? Economy Bubble 2.0

August 9th, 2015


On todays show we will take a look at some of the most depressing - and most convincing - arguments for the idea that we are headed for another bubble. Buckle up and bring tissues, you may want to cry through this one.

Appraisal shenanigans

August 9th, 2015


That's right, things are getting funky with appraisals. On todays show, we will talk about some current news and also how to handle appraisal issues when they come up.

Changes to rules and regulations for housing and mortgages!

August 9th, 2015


The folks in Washington, D.C., ever confident that EVERYTHING benfits from their invovlement, is again gracing us with changes to rules and …

Rent to own might just be on the rise!

August 9th, 2015


I am a huge fan of lease options. There is a bit of an uptick in a kind of version of this that we can discuss, but we will also talk about how it can be a great deal for investors and buyers!

How China crash is effecting american real estate

August 9th, 2015


Strange things are afoot in the Chinese economy. It leaves lots of Chinese nationals with money that they want to safeguard. This has lead many of them to purchase real estate in the United States. We will chat about …

Is housing bubble 2.0 on the way?

July 28th, 2015


Lots of interesting data to consider today. Trends can be a scary thing, particularly when they remind us of places we have already been! Check out …

Top 10 best and worst places for first time home buyers

July 28th, 2015


Tonight we are talking about the best and worst places for firs time home buyers. We will talk about the locations and see if we can't come up with some ways to use this info to our advantage!

Housing demand.... down?!?!

July 26th, 2015


It seems to go against what all the big media outlets are saying, but Redfin is telling us that the market is not quite what we have been told! We …

The return of REOs (Foreclosures)?

July 26th, 2015


I stumbled across some info while I was taking a real estate course today. I know that you will be blown away by the latest news on foreclosures and what the banks are expecting over the new few years! Take a listen for …

Is Zillow in trouble and how useful is it?

July 26th, 2015


Interesting news has been percolating up about Zillows market share. Lets see if it is good news or bad for this huge real estate site. We will also …

More news on Zillow - is it about the market or them?

July 26th, 2015


A listener reached out to share some interesting information about Zillow.The real question is, is this news more about zillow or does it reflect a more general trend in the market? Don't miss the show!

What to do when home prices go crazy.

July 26th, 2015


In many areas, home prices have reached ridiculous levels. In todays show, we will take a few minutes to talk about strategies for buyers, sellers …

Big show changes and info on new builder confidence

July 26th, 2015


Lots of changes coming to the show! Take a listen to hear what is up.

We also revisit the builder confidence numbers we talke about last month. Some interesting changes that might make you feel better.

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