Solutions for International Buyers

By Kim Heng | Realtor®, MBA, Director of Sales According to Forbes magazine, the United States was the most popular destination for Chinese homebuyers, who spent over $14 billion on US properties in 2016. However, given the shifting monetary policies…

Palo Alto's New Ordinance

By Huy Vu | Realtor®, Attorney, Buyer Specialist Affordability issues persist in Silicon Valley as supply and demand for housing continue to put upward pressure on prices. Demand for housing here likely won’t change soon. Our communities boast…

Transfer Taxes

By Alex Seroff, ESQ. | Realtor®, Attorney, VP of Listings There are many so-called “hidden” taxes paid by Californians. You may not even know that you pay some of them. For instance, did you know that you pay a tax of $.036 per gallon on gasoline?…

Apple's New Campus and its Anticipated Effect on Home Prices

By Darrell Martin | Realtor®, Buyer Specialist for Sunnyvale & Mountain View The new Apple “Spaceship” campus in Cupertino, now officially known as Apple Park, is nearing completion and warrants some well-deserved recognition. The concept…

Hidden Dangers

By Michael Repka, ESQ. | CEO & General Counsel Whenever homeowners mention the possibility of selling their home without using a professional real estate agent, various agents are quick to counter with the argument that a lot of legal pitfalls…

Best of Both Worlds

By Ken DeLeon | Founder When Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Market recently made headlines, I was reminded of my desire for a combination of the quality of Whole Foods with the pricing of Trader Joe’s. That wish may be granted due to the aforementioned…

Bang For Your Buck

By Margie Fontanilla | Interior Designer If you’re planning to sell your home, it’s important to think about how to emphasize your home’s most attractive features and deemphasize any perceived flaws. Interior design trends are constantly changing,…

Determine Your List Price

By Ken DeLeon | Founder A famous empirical study by Steven Levitt, one of the authors of the famed Freakonomics, discovered a fundamental difference between listing prices that real estate agents choose for the homes of their clients and their own…

Investment Trends: Redwood City, Out Appreciating Silicon Valley Since 2014

By Ken DeLeon | Founder and Rob Parish | Realtor®, Attorney, Buyer Specialist The fundamentals of residential real estate in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Los Altos haven’t changed over the past five years: Declining Inventory + Strong Demand =…

Tesla's New Solar Roof

By Adrian Tan | Realtor®, MBA, Buyer Specialist for Palo Alto Tesla, Inc. started taking $1,000 deposits for its new solar roof tiles back in May and will begin installing roofs in California any day now. So, what do you need to know about their…