Consider Cashing Out Now

By Alex Seroff | Realtor®, Attorney, Listing Specialist “If only we had a crystal ball” or some similar expression often makes its way into conversations with homeowners who are considering selling their properties. In the hot seller’s market…

Reinventing a Traditional Home

By Leah Li | Interior Designer The process of reinventing a traditional home always excites me. Compared to new homes that are built to look like a Colonial or a Victorian, true Traditional homes with history, character, and a story to tell are…

Winning Preemptive Offers

By Huy Vu | Realtor®, Attorney, Palo Alto Buyer Specialist In a hot seller’s market such as Silicon Valley, many buyers have undergone a bidding war and were rejected, at least once or twice. This process is not only frustrating and stressful,…

Reverse 1031 Exchange

By Annaliese Train | Realtor®, JD, Menlo Park Buyer Specialist People love selling real estate at a profit, but they generally hate paying the associated taxes. Fortunately, IRS Code §1031 allows investors to sell appreciated property and replace…

Move-Up Buyers

By Darrell Martin | Realtor®, Mountain View, Sunnyvale Buyer Specialist Many homeowners have owned their current home for a while and would like to “move up” to a larger, nicer, or more conveniently located home, but they may not be familiar…

Renovation & Re-Sale

By Jillian Mrsny | Interior Designer There is a fine line between creating a trendy home renovation and a lasting home upgrade. Using trendy materials and designs in your next upgrade can be appealing ways to bring your home into the current century.…

Menlo Park: Creating Your Lifestyle

 By Annaliese Train | REALTOR®, JD, Menlo Park Buyer Specialist “Lifestyle” is defined as a “particular way of living; the way a person lives or a group of people live.” A lifestyle is a composite of motivations, needs, and wants, influenced…

Guidelines to Marketing Selling-Points

By Sarah Last | Copywriter Often, when many people tell the same story, it will change slightly each time it’s told. The same holds true for a home. Each buyer who steps through the front door will see the home a little differently than the previous…

Neighborhood Spotlight: Community Center of Palo Alto

By Adrian Tan | Realtor®, MBA, Palo Alto Buyer Specialist Community Center, as it is appropriately named, is just that—a community-centric neighborhood of Palo Alto where residents feel a strong connection to each other and the neighborhood itself.…

How to Compete Against an All Cash Offer

By Caroline Wong | Realtor®, Attorney, Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Buyer Specialist I often hear of buyers’ fears of competing against cash buyers. As a Bay Area native, I have witnessed many of my friends move away to more affordable cities,…