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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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Jul 29, 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 search on "real estate realities" and the show should come right up! Please help the show by filling out the audience demographic survey. Also, check out links to the articles discussed in todays show, check out the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com #caprate #capitalizationrate #investing #landlord

Jul 28, 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 you know the Rebelbroker - I want to crank this thing up to 11 so we will explore the full monty when it comes to home inspections.

In fact, we will even through in some important information about termite reports as well.

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 search on "real estate realities" and the show should come right up!

Please help the show by filling out the audience demographic survey.

Also, check out links to the articles discussed in todays show, check out the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com

#homeinspection #inspection #realestate #termite #termitereport #negotiation

Jul 27, 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, investors and real estate entrepreneurs would be smart to understand this as well. It can help shape the kind of investment strategy you use in a given area. It can also serve as a jumping off point to getting a deeper understanding of a market you are trying to be successful in. We are going to run through 12 pricey markets where it still makes more sense to buy than to rent. The argument for some areas is more compelling than others, but we will run them down and talk about what communities look like good bets. 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 search on "real estate realities" and the show should come right up! Please help the show by filling out the audience demographic survey. Also, check out links to the articles discussed in todays show, check out the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com #rentvsbuy #renting #landlord #flip #remodel #investing #entrepreneur

Jul 26, 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 say, lets keep that barrier to entry low! Next we are going to focus on the areas that fit that criteria, but also offer the highest level of appreciation. Next, we will then look at the cities that also offer the highest levels of return on investment for landlords! This is THE list for anyone wanting to get into real estate at the best possible price, with the best possible payoff. Whether you are buying to flip or become a landlord, this is the information you need! 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 search on "real estate realities" and the show should come right up! Please help the show by filling out the audience demographic survey. Also, to check out links to the articles discussed in todays show, read the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com #investing #landlord #budget #lowestprices #highestreturn #entrepreneur #appreciation #buying

Jul 25, 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 has changed in terms of what baby boomers are up to in real estate. We will also talk about a predicted boom in buyers in 2018. The last thing we need is a surge in buyers and it is starting to look like we will see their numbers increasing right up until this predicted surge in 2018. We will also offer a possible solution to win against all cash offers. 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 search on "real estate realities" and the show should come right up! Please help the show by filling out the audience demographic survey. Also, check out links to the articles discussed in todays show, check out the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com #babyboomers #buyersurge #realestate #subprime #fairlending #daysonmarket #allcash

Jul 22, 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 long time. Prices have been pushing buyers into waiting longer and longer to purchase a home. All of this has conspired to make buyers adapt - and they have. When buyers are looking to buy a home now, they are simply skipping the idea of the starter home. They are making purchases with the idea of staying in the home for a decade at least - more than double the usual turnover for homes over the past 60 years! I cannot find anyone discussing how this is going to effect the market, but rest assured, this kind of change is going to fundamentally disrupt how things work in the real estate world. Nobody is calibrated to a new business model where buyers and sellers only tend to be active every 10 years. So, lets talk about how buyers, sellers and investors need to be ready for this new dynamic in the real estate market. 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 search on "real estate realities" and the show should come right up! Please help the show by filling out the audience demographic survey. Also, to take part in this weeks poll or check out links to the articles discussed in todays show, check out the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com #lending #starterhome #realestate #buyingcycle #buyers #sellers #investors #mortgage

Jul 21, 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 being sold as solid data is a ridiculous manipulation of opinion by making assumptions that do not at all line up with the data collected.

This study is just one such example. As a matter of policy, it is important to understand that lenders are among the most regulated folks on the planet. Anyone engaging in lending that was biased against any race (and only on their race) would be found out relatively quickly and those folks would go to jail.

So what do we do with studies like the one we are covering today that clearly claim that some folks are not getting loans only because of their skin color. Well, we pay attention and we think our way through it. That is what we are doing today.

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 search on "real estate realities" and the show should come right up!

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Also, to take part in this weeks poll or check out links to the articles discussed in todays show, check out the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com

#lending #racism #realestate #bias #fairlending #communityreinvestment #subprime #mortgage

Jul 20, 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 best locations in terms of cost of holding property and also some key elements that make them great places to live. So whether you are a buyer, seller, investor or real estate entrepreneur, these are good numbers to know!

We will also take some time to look at one piece of data that is being mentioned in headlines that completely contradict each other. It is another example of cherry picking info to feed a headline instead of honestly assessing what is going on. We will check it out and try to tease out what is really going on.

Also, the show is now available on iHeartRadio! If you you are a fan of iHeart - make sure to check it out! Just to a search on "real estate realities" and the show should come right up!

Please help the show by filling out the audience demographic survey.

Also, to take part in this weeks poll or check out links to the articles discussed in todays show, check out the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com

Jul 19, 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 trying to sell your property.

So today, lets talk about just 5 things that folks tried to sell with their home. Maybe we can even dig deep and learn some usable lessons from this one! Hope so anyway.

Please help the show by filling out the audience demographic survey.

Also, to take part in this weeks poll or check out links to the articles discussed in todays show, check out the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com

Jul 18, 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 mortgage. That's right, within the next few years, you may have no option but to get a variable rate mortgage. Most people are not aware that the 30 year fixed rate mortgage is a uniquely American creation. Is was created in the late 1930s by the government and is linked directly to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 

With the future of the government sponsored entities in question, we must also consider the very real idea that the 30 year fixed rate mortgage will also go away.

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In this weeks poll we ask, "Would you like The RebelBroker to do one show a week that does not discuss real estate?" please check out the show notes to participate.

For links to the stories discussed in todays show, check out the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com

Jul 15, 2016

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, investors and real estate entrepreneurs be able to spot when they are faced with these deceits. I also was hoping I might reach agents who are embracing the idea of these casual deceits without really realizing it.

However, things kind of snowballed. You all know that I can go off into the weeds, but in this case - I set fire to the weeds. You see, this topic skirts dangerously close to the very reason why I started doing this show in the first place. Way back in 2007, it all started with an article I wrote about the biggest lies told by real estate agents. Sitting down and writing that article is what fueled my initial desire to do this show. Well, I got too close to that fire today and ended up going the full monty on what I consider to be one of the biggest lies of real estate. So tune in, sit back and enjoy not only what I think is one of the biggest lies in real estate, but what you can do to fight against it!

Please also take a minute to fill out this quick survey to help the show.

We are starting a new poll today! In this weeks poll we ask, "Would you like The RebelBroker to do one show a week that does not discuss real estate?".

For links to the stories discussed in todays show, check out the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com

Jul 14, 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 debt that graduates are saddled with after completing college.

In fact, graduates today are saddled with over 3 times MORE debt today than folks who graduated just 10 years ago! This can mean a huge change to when these folks decide to make their real estate purchases. We will also relate this topic to previous stories we have covered that attempt to examine what keeps millenials sitting on the side lines when it comes to real estate.

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For links to the articles discussed in todays show and to participate in the poll, head over to the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com

Jul 12, 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 fact, it is difficult for buyers to qualify for mortgages. I am not sure that this is true and in todays show, I am going to offer an alternative explanation for why we are seeing the discrepancy between loan origination and mortgages.

We will also discuss another program from some of the government sponsored entities - Fannie and Freddie - in which they are planning to provide loan forgiveness for some very specific borrowers who are delinquent on their mortgages. We will discuss the criteria in case any of my audience thinks they might qualify. We will also take a minute to discuss whether or not these kinds of programs make sense.

Finally, we will take some time out to discuss the things one public figure believes are the keys to achieving success.

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For links to the articles discussed in todays show, please head over to http://www.therebelbroker.com and check out the show notes for todays show.

Jul 11, 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 gets into some great information that was collected from property managers across the country, so it is likely to be good data on rental properties.

We will run through them and see how the various areas ranked, calling out the communities with what I think are some of the more important stats to pay attention too.

Please help the show by participating in the survey that you can find here! Also, get links to the articles discussed by visiting todays show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com

Jul 8, 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 talked about the 1% down loans. But hey, why stop there! Now we can talk about the NO DOWN loans! It's not like those kinds of lending policies caused us any trouble in the last decade or so! When you take into consideration all the things we have learned over the last few months, it becomes very clear that we should all be extremely concerned about this trend. 

Don't forget, a few weeks back we covered the story about how credit scores were being modified. You can check out that show here, where we discuss how these new ways of coming up with a credit score is like basing them on things that don't have anything to do with actual credit. But even then, these lenders are saying that if buyers don't have the needed credit score, they will look at "alternative credit information". Well that just sounds dandy! Remember, once these loans get created, they WILL get sold off to the government and YOU will be on the hook for any losses through your tax dollars.

In other news, I have added two new ways to get access to the show. For those that have a deep and abiding love for YouTube, you can now find each show being published there. Prefer Tumblr? Great! You can now find all the shows posted there!

If you would like to take part in this weeks survey or get access to links of the articles discussed in todays show, just head over to http://www.therebelbroker.com and check out the show notes for todays show!

Jul 7, 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 investors looking for the highest rates of return, but since what makes these cities such great investments also makes them great places to live with plenty of job opportunities, any can benefit from discovering what cities have made the cut.

We will talk about these locations and also cover some first steps you can take to researching whether or not you want to get involved in investing in these cities. 

For links to the articles discussed and to take part in this weeks poll, check out the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com

Jul 6, 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 also serve as a good reminder to all my listeners that you can ask questions or make comments on my facebook page, my Google+ page or even at my website, where you can post comments to any show. I love being able to communicate with my audience and if you prefer to use those venues, feel free to share your questions there!

We will also take a look at interest rates today, they are amazingly low and the 10 year treasuries appear to continue on a downward trend. This could mean a further decline in mortgage rates!

To participate in this weeks poll or to check out links to the articles discussed in todays show, take a look at the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com

Jul 5, 2016

Lets explore the positives and negatives of real estate.

An articles came our recently discussing the positives and negatives of  real estate investment. I thought it would be a good idea to check out what they have to say on the subject. After all, investing in real estate is no small thing. However, it can be a huge payoff and very enjoyable. 

There is room for all kinds of investors when it comes to real estate. Whether you want to be very hands on or want to buy it and forget it, real estate can fit with your strategy. You simply need to plan and budget a little differently, depending on how involved you want to be. 

For links to the articles discussed in todays show and to participate in the poll question "What scares you most about real estate investing?", check out the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com

Jul 1, 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 in their homes. The problem is that there are other ways to move that goal forward without committing the taxpayers money. We will take a look at the program and see if we can figure out if it makes sense or if there are other ways to achieve the goals.

We will also take a look at the difference between household income and rents since 1960. The numbers are pretty shocking and we can come to some interesting conclusions based on the numbers.

For links to the articles discussed in todays show and to participate in this weeks poll, head on over to the website to find the show notes at http://www.therebelbroker.com

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