Entries by DeLeon Team

Finding a Real Estate Bargain—Fixer-Uppers

W ith home prices surging in the thriving Silicon Valley real estate market, buyers are constantly on the hunt for—and turning to us for advice on—the ever-elusive bargain. At DeLeon Realty, our team of in-house designers, contractors, handymen, and a construction consultant all collaborate on our listings because we have found that the majority of […]

Birdland Appreciation

Sunnyvale home values have soared since 2011. This phenomenon is especially noticeable in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Sunnyvale, Birdland. The median sales price in Birdland also jumped from $1,126,500 in 2013 to $1,394,000 in 2014 as of October, reflecting a 23 percent increase. DeLeon Realty projects that Birdland will experience continued appreciation […]

Trading Up in Portola Valley

For young families who want to raise their children in tranquil Portola Valley, one of the best ways to enter that market is by purchasing a home in the nearby, unincorporated Ladera neighborhood. It is minutes from Interstate 280 and Stanford University, and walking distance from Portola Valley’s shopping center, the Ladera Country Shopper. In […]

Buying A Condo Now

  Many first-time homebuyers often debate whether they should buy a condo or townhome now, or wait a few years so that they can buy their ideal home in their preferred location. Others contemplate the options of buying a condo or townhouse in their desired location versus buying a single-family home in a less desirable […]

Game Plan For Home Renovations

Creating a water-tight game plan is crucial when working on home improvements or renovations. Four fundamental steps should typically be followed in order to build a successful renovation plan. First, gather ideas and concepts for your home. Next, calculate your budget. Third, recruit your renovation team and, finally, establish a realistic timeline. Following these steps […]

Rebates and Freebies for Your Water Conservation Efforts

  In the preparation and maintenance of your home for the coming year, you may want to consider taking some water conservation steps such as retrofitting your sprinkler system with high-efficiency nozzles, hooking up your clothes washer to a graywater system, replacing your washer or toilet with a high efficiency model, installing a rain barrel, […]

Tips for Creating Personal Style

Style is the expression of an aesthetic, whether in writing, film, music, or interior environments. Ideally, the style expresses the personality of the inhabitant. Below are 5 design principles you can use to create spaces that are personally congruent and visually impactful. 1. Identify What Resonates  Identify a few aesthetic qualities to which you are […]

Liquidated Damages, Initial with Care!

These days, it seems like every small transaction requires long and complex forms filled with legal jargon. It is often difficult to tell exactly what certain contract provisions mean, and even harder to understand how the provisions operate. This may be somewhat acceptable if you are purchasing the newest cell phone, but much riskier if […]