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By Gretchen Wegrich Updated on 9/25/2013

Larry Roberts is a real estate development professional with a lengthy career background in the industry.  Widely regarded as an expert among experts, Larry famously predicted the housing collapse before it occurred and has even authored a book on the subject.  Larry shares his knowledge and insight daily on the IrvineHousingBlog.

The most valuable and unique characteristic of Larry's work is its depth.  We've never seen a blog that goes into such intricate detail and weighs so many different facts, arguments, and counterarguments in each post.  And he does this consistently, with a fresh, well-reasoned post almost every day.  Larry is both persuasive and gifted as a writer.

Posts cover topics ranging from macroeconomic trends, events, and news to local real estate market statistics.  One recent post explained in great detail the dangers of zero-down home loans and how such financing options fueled the housing bubble.  He cautions that a return to zero-down lending could fuel another housing bubble.  Another post discusses the difficulties of convincing homebuyers to pay premiums for environmentally friendly building features.  Another predicts the "collapse of the banking cartel," and it's multiple pages long.  These are not lightweight, filler posts.  This is serious, intelligent, meaningful analysis.

Larry makes a point of including fun and interesting details.  Nearly all posts include an embedded YouTube video of a popular rock song that fits the theme of the post.  It's hard to believe he's managed to find songs so consistently, but it's true.  His posts also feature pictures with humorous captions drawn in.  The point?  This is not just another "market update" feed.  In addition to providing valuable insight, this blog is unique and pleasurable to read.

We're highly impressed with Larry's blog, and we aren't the only ones.  Every post allows for comments, and dozens of readers weigh in on a daily basis.  This is rare for a real estate blog, and it's evidence of the powerful content Larry provides.  His expert status in the industry is more than earned.  Learn from what he has to say at

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Gretchen Wegrich
Gretchen Wegrich is an editor at Lender411. She specializes in mortgage basics, personal finance and green living. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in writing from University of California, San Diego and previously worked at the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Contact her at gretchen@lender411com.

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