Real Estate Realities With Robert "The RebelBroker" Whitelaw

Robert 'The Rebelbroker' Whitelaw is a real estate broker and Realtor® in Morgan Hill, California with over 25 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 - from an insiders perspective. Over the years, Robert has been lucky enough to work with successful entrepreneurs from all walks of life and industries. Get a chance to hear what he has learned from these amazing entrepreneurs over the years that will help YOU achieve success! Robert is about keeping things honest (even when that means saying the things that nobody else is willing to say) and providing value to listeners with each and every episode! He won't just drop the news on you, he will translate it into actions you can take as a buyer, seller, investor or entrepreneur in your own life to get the most out of that shared knowledge! Knowledge is power and I believe in cranking it up to 11! So tune in for helpful information no matter how you are working to achieve financial freedom! It's real estate, totally unafraid!
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Jan 29, 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 estimate 2016 in a few cases. However, we will go down the list and see what we think. Perhaps there are some gems in there that we can use as buyers, sellers, investors or real estate entrepreneurs that can help us reach our goals!

For links to the articles discussed in todays show, please visit!

Jan 28, 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 results for YOU! That means saving you money, knowing when to get your rent lowered and making yourself into the most desirable tenant out there! In todays show, we are going to hit those topics and others that will make you the most savvy renter around!

A new items for todays show, we are going to talk about 10 homes you can buy right now for UNDER $100,000! Homes like these are a great way to start your real estate empire! Get a 15 year loan and once you own it free and clear, rent it and do the same with another property! A great way for younger folks to get started!

Housingwire shares 3 homebuying tips that we will review and put our own rebelbroker spin on things!

Also, mortgage applications are up! My local information also shows this to be the case and it also appears that pre-approvals are up in my area. So far, my predictions of when to list are playing out correctly in my area and these same ideas can help you determine the same in your area!

You can find links to all the stories covered in todays show, just head over to

Jan 27, 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 heavy huff over some other personality showing concern about things relating to real estate, I tend to take notice - because it is VERY similar to what was happening back in 2007. Some folks were worried about what was going on in real estate and the reactions were loud and all tended to accuse those folks of fear mongering. Of course, the fear mongers turned out to be right. For those of you that have been listening to me for a while, you know that my concerns are less about real estate specific things causing the next problem and more about things external to real estate. However, there are signs out there - right in the middle of the places that caused so much trouble last time - that mistakes are being repeated. Will take some time to discuss that today.

In other news, we will discuss the price to rent ratio and point you toward a great site to help you with deciding if you should rent or buy.

Builders continue to build bigger more expensive homes. Does this strategy fit with what we have seen in the market over the last year?

For links to the articles covered in todays show, please head on over to the show notes at

Jan 22, 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 to be true, they usually are. But should you completely discount them? On todays show we are going to talk about the $1 listing. When it is used and who uses it. What should buyers, sellers, investors and real estate entrepreneurs be thinking about when they see a property listed for $1? We will cover all that and more in todays show!

We will also take time to discuss the latest Housing Start numbers for December. Sadly, its not the best news.

The market was a little better on Thursday - but still the worst start to a year since the Great Depression.

George Soros has said that the markets in Europe are on the "Verge of collapse". We will chat about the effect that would have on American banks.

Jobless claims are up, but there is some interesting spin being put on that data.

Please visit for the show notes where you will find links to all the topics discussed in todays show!

Jan 20, 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 going to grow the most over the next year? Well Zillow has released their list and we are going to check it out and see what they predict. Not only may you find a community you want to invest in, but we will talk about what makes these areas interesting so that you can apply the same logic to areas you like to figure out where you can expect the best return in your area of interest!

We will also talk about concerns relating to the big banks and loans they have made to the energy sector. This could have an effect on the stability of lots of smaller banks.

Home builder confidence numbers are out and things have remained flat - particularly when it comes to single family residential housing.

We will also take some time to talk about something buyers seem excited about that just might help you make that property without much yard a very desirable option for buyers with kids!

Please visit so that you can check out all the links for the topics discussed today that are included in the show notes!

Jan 18, 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 improvements and how much of a return they tend to generate.

So when you buyers, sellers, investors and real estate entrepreneurs are out there shopping or deciding what changes to make, what the odds are that those changes will work to your advantage! Of course, we will also discuss some of the worst remodels to take on when it comes to your return on investment.

In the most recent news, we will again check in on what the media is saying about the recent poor stock market performance. Many are anticipating a recession! 

Rents are up again in the San Francisco Bay, by around 10%!

Please visit the website at for show notes that will include all the topics discussed in todays show!

Jan 14, 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 then run it through our own filter of what we have talked about to see if we think they are on target, or maybe a little off the mark.

Of course, we will also take a little time today to talk about the most recent news relating to real estate. The stock market has once again closed down and is turning out to be the worst opening to a new year in a very long time. It makes me wonder whether or not The Fed can actually say it will raise rates in 2016 as they said in December.

Chinas market is imploding and some pundits in Europe are suggesting that their clients pull their money out of the markets entirely!

Please check out the show notes at for links to all the articles discussed in today show.

Jan 13, 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 that suggest we might just be in a very bloated market.

But does it all stand up to examination? What are their sources? Today, we will take a look at this and see if it all adds up to what they say it does.

Make sure to check out the show notes at for links to the articles discussed in todays show.

Jan 12, 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 at what makes the markets in these states so risky and see if we can find a way to use that information to help buyers, sellers, investors and real estate entrepreneurs make smart decisions in real estate.

Make sure to check out the show notes at for links to the articles discussed in today in the show notes.

Jan 8, 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 estate. What does a down stock market mean for buyers, sellers, investors and real estate entrepreneurs? There are plenty of places where those two worlds cross over and we will take a look at them. Of course, we will try and see if we can figure out what to expect from the coming real estate market given what we know today about what is happening in the stock market.

For links to the articles covered in today show, please head over to the show notes at

Jan 7, 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 exciting technology for the home and for life!

We will take some time to check out some of these great innovations and figure out which ones will make your home worth more and which ones will just make your life more fun!

Don't forget to visit for the show notes with links to all the great items mentioned on todays show!

Jan 6, 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, investor or real estate entrepreneur that wants another piece of great data to help add to your understanding of what direction your local market is likely to go in. After all, if more people are moving into your state than out of it, those people need to find someplace to live! You can use this as a jumping off point to look into areas you might not have thought about before and see if you can get in at the beginning of a migration pattern that will make real estate values increase and boost demand for rentals.

Head over to for show notes on todays show that will include links to all the information covered.

Jan 5, 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 what has happened and try to figure out what we should be thinking about it. We will also try to project forward a bit on what effect some of these things will have on our real estate market.

For links to the articles covered in todays show, please visit the show notes at or for the show notes for todays show.