We Are The IHB

Welcome to the IHB

The first post in the series introduce you to the
people behind the IHB, and later posts will help prepare you for the
next steps in the process by showing you how to use the resources on
our website. This program educates you on the what to expect your
exciting real estate adventure. You will approach your home purchase or
sale with confidence because we will guide you on your journey and
assist you along the way.

Personal help from the IHB is always
available. You can visit the IHB forums, consult our knowledge base, post questions, and learn from experts on a variety of subjects.

this post, I will share with you the history, mission and services of
the IHB as well as brief biographies of the people behind both the blog
and the brokerage. In future posts, you will receive more detailed
information and personal messages from me (Larry Roberts) and Shevy
Akason. We want you to know us, not just know about us.
We want you to know the character of the people you will come to rely
on to meet your real estate needs. Character matters; you can trust
that the people responsible for helping you find your ideal home are
personable, dependable and committed to excellence. We provide more
than education and brokerage services; we provide peace of mind.

IHB History, Mission and Services

The IHB began as the Irvine Housing Blog in September of 2006. The IHB
became know for its integrity, honesty and bluntness
concerning the
real estate market. The scope of the IHB expanded in May of 2009
when Ideal Home Brokers was added to its acronym. It is unclear whether
Ideal Home Brokers are brokers finding ideal homes or ideal brokers
finding homes; we will let you

The mission of the IHB is (1) to provide general real estate education,
(2) to analyze and report market conditions, and (3) to assist in home
sales transactions.

In order to achieve our mission, we perform the following services: (1) provide
real estate instruction and evaluation; (2) foster a community of
like-minded educators, professionals and everyday people in the IHB
forums; (3) supply unique property valuation reports to our clients;
and (4) facilitate real estate sales without pressure, manipulation, or
emotional appeals.

In short, we will teach you about housing, show you where the deals are, and help you buy your home; that is what we do.

Larry Roberts — Irvine Housing Blog


  • Master of Science in Land Development – Texas A&M University 1994
  • Bachelors of Science – University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point 1992
  • Primary writer for the Irvine Housing Blog
  • Author of The Great Housing Bubble

have been involved with real estate my entire career. I work as a
consultant to the land development industry where I have worked on the
evaluation, acquisition, development, and disposition of over $100
million in real estate assets during my career.

My expertise in real estate is documented in the daily posts for the Irvine Housing blog and in my seminal work on The Great Housing Bubble. I publicly predicted the collapse of house prices and worked diligently
for years to convince people not to buy housing while prices declined;
I saved countless families from financial ruin in the process.

prices dropped to affordable levels, my attention turned to helping
people navigate the treacherous waters of real estate negotiation. I
felt that if I did not do this, many people would not receive the
honest service and accurate analysis they deserved. After helping
people ignore the Siren’s Song of unlimited real estate wealth and
avoid crashing on the foreclosure rocks, I could not abandon them when
the time came to finally get the home they had been waiting for.

Shevy Akason — Ideal Home Brokers


  • Bachelor of Arts- Claremont Mckenna College 2003
  • Real Estate investor since 2004
  • Academic All American- NDSCS 2001
  • Associates Degree- NDSCS- Business Administration 2001

has always been interested in Real Estate. He began investing in real
estate soon after graduating college by investing in properties
out-of-state that demonstrated positive cashflow using conventional
financing. The property investments provided a connection to the world
of real estate as he started a construction company to add value to his
own real estate and provide service to others. His goal has always been
to serve others through helping them buy, sell or improve real estate.

that the real estate bubble has burst, he wants to help people find the
right home for them. Since late 2007, his focus has been on helping
people navigate the rough waters of a housing market decline. He has
convinced many clients to postpone their property purchase, and those
that have bought homes did so knowing the risks. All have used stable
financing with conservative metrics; they will not become foreclosure

He is a competitive person; he enjoys many team
sports, and the challenges of being an entrepreneur. This competitive
spirit helps him represent you in the sometimes confrontational world
of real estate negotiation. There is a balance between pushing so hard
that the deal crumbles, and not pushing hard enough to get the most
favorable price and terms. He always seeks this point of balance where
good deals go through and both parties are satisfied with the results.

He is proud of his
track record and how he operates in the world of real estate. He prides himself on
giving people a clear picture of the market and helping them to feel
comfortable with the biggest decision of their lives. He is a great addition to the IHB.

Thank you again for allowing us the opportunity to present ourselves to you in this manner. We look forward to working with you.


Larry Roberts

When you are ready to buy or sell a home, we are here to serve you.