By virtually any measure, 2018 has been a turbulent year for Silicon Valley real estate despite the general local economy doing very well. Overall, businesses have been thriving but there have been some hiccups along the way. In the spring, a variety of local tech companies found themselves answering questions about data usage and online influence, especially in light of the 2016 presidential election…[READ MORE]
Historically, there have always been three important reasons why affluent California residents should establish a family trust. First, probate costs in California are extremely high and, if properly executed, a trust can eliminate the need to go through the time-consuming and expensive probate process…[READ MORE]
by Michael Repka, Esq.
DISHONESTY IN REAL ESTATE — FRAUDULENT MARKETING TECHNIQUES
There are an awful lot of real estate agents out there and they all seem to be scrambling for the same potential clients. Given the low barriers of entry in the real estate industry, and the tremendously high commissions, some agents give in to the temptation of fraudulent marketing…[READ MORE]
Silicon Valley has always been known as the tech hub of the world, where many innovative and entrepreneurial tech CEOs begin their journey in some garage lacking heat but full of passion. More so than anywhere else, Silicon Valley is home to a lot of powerful tech CEOs and many of them are immigrants. Indian-born Sundar Pichai (CEO of Google), South African-born Elon Musk (CEO of SpaceX and Tesla), Taiwan-born Jerry Yang (Co-Founder and former CEO of Yahoo), and Soviet Union-born Sergey Brin (Co-Founder of Google) are some of this area’s most renowned immigrants…[READ MORE]
While more famous as the center of contemporary, high-tech achievements, Palo Alto is also rich in local history. Nothing better demonstrates that than the diverse and remarkable collection of its iconic homes. Locals and soon-to-be locals are fortunate that the presence of historically significant residences provide character and a sense of place, integrity, and value to their communities…[READ MORE]