DeLeon Insight May 2019

GLOBAL REAL ESTATE TRENDS – PART TWO: JAPAN AND FRANCE

By Ken DeLeon

I have always found that many of life’s greatest lessons are learned through traveling. Since discord is a greater teacher than concord, it is by challenging yourself and seeing new and distant lands where most growth and knowledge occur. By traveling to many countries and learning about their real estate models, I have gained novel insights into our innovative business model. And by understanding real estate in the countries where my clients have grown up, I can better understand and implement their real estate goals.


COUNTERTOPS – NATURAL VS. ENGINEERED STONE

By Ryan Saroca and David Burckhard

If a home’s heart is its kitchen, then its soul may be its countertops. They’re the surfaces upon which domestic memories are made. There’s no doubt that the workspaces of the busiest place in the house are also one of the first things you and visitors notice. Of all the preferred countertop material available today, stone is the top choice. But even then, which stone type is for you: natural or engineered? Many new and remodeling buyers choose natural stone only because they believe it to be superior in all respects compared to engineered stone. However, a growing number have come to realize the benefits of engineered stone.


FENG SHUI – NOT SO MUCH A MYSTERY, BUT A METHOD TO JOY AND COMFORT

By Audrey Sun and David Burckhard

Feng Shui is not so much about mysterious guidelines dictating furniture arrangement and rules on which direction our doors must face as it is about, “making your home or property a comfortable and joyous place in which to live,” according to Aelita Leto, a Feng Shui expert.


TINSLEY VOLUNTARY TRANSFER PROGRAM

By Audrey Sun

Ask any real estate agent what the most important criteria are when it comes to buying a home, and you’ll likely hear “location, location, location” – a phrase that’s been used for decades. In Silicon Valley, we live among the most successful and highly-aspiring workers in the country. These homeowners and buyer


NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: OLD PALO ALTO

Locally regarded among the Bay Area’s most prestigious and esteemed areas, Old Palo Alto sits at the center of this famous and affluent city. Whether you’re out for a morning walk or hovering along on the latest piece of cutting-edge personal transportation, residents of this historic and coveted neighborhood can find any location in the city within only a few miles of their front door. From Stanford’s campus, prominent California Avenue, vibrant downtown University Avenue, and renowned Town & Country Village, destinations await residents in every direction with unbeatable walkability.


EXCLUSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

By Anthony Halawa

DeLeon Realty breaks the business mold, yet again, by employing staff photographers.

Lead photographer Anthony Halawa brings a unique blend of talent and experience to his role. A strong visual aesthetic, Fine Arts Degree, and experience in motion pictures all inform and fuel Anthony’s passion for visual storytelling. He has the ability to transform a great shot into an unforgettable image using his artistic eye and command of the technical aspects each job requires.