We are the IHB

Welcome to the IHB

Thank you for signing up for our newsletter and participating in our unique email program. The first emails in the series introduce you to the people behind the IHB, and later emails 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 “reply” to any email with questions, and a representative of the IHB will respond, generally within a few hours. Also, you can visit the IHB forums, consult our knowledge base, post questions, and learn from experts on a variety of subjects.

In this email, 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 emails, 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 decide.

The mission of the IHB is (1) to provide general real estate education, (2) to analyze and report market conditions, and (3) to help people buy and sell homes.

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) assist buyers and sellers without pressure, manipulation, or emotional appeals.

In short, we will teach you about housing, show you where the deals are, and help you buy or sell 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

I 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.

As 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

Shevy has always been interested in Real Estate. He began investing in real estate soon after graduating college by invested 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.

Now 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 statistics.

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.

In upcoming emails, you will be receiving personal messages from me and Shevy; you will get to know us. When you receive these messages, we encourage you to call or email us, and ask questions. We are here to serve you.

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.


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