So Your Home Didn’t Appraise, Now What?

by Michael Repka, Esq. When a buyer submits an offer on a home, they need to decide which, if any, contingencies they will include in the proposed contract. Naturally, the more contingencies, the better for the buyer, but an offer with fewer contingencies…

The Chinese Trade War's Impact on Silicon Valley Real Estate

By Audrey Sun Currently there is a lot of concern and consternation about the potential looming trade war with China. While there have been numerous scholarly articles addressing the current geo-political environment, this article will focus on…

Global Real Estate Trends – Part One: Russia and The UK

by Ken DeLeon First you master the game, then you change it! For the first 10 years of my career, I practiced real estate under the traditional model and became the #1 ranked agent in the nation by REAL Trends Inc. as published in the Wall Street…

Fixing a Decedent's Mistakes After Death—The Heggstad Petition

By Michael Repka, Esq. It is well publicized that the DeLeon Team provides clients with access to real estate and tax attorneys as part of our standard listing agreement. To our knowledge, we are still the only major brokerage in Silicon Valley…

Deductibility of State Taxes and Interest Under the New Tax Law

By Michael Repka, Esq. (LL.M. (Taxation) NYU School of Law '01) On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into legislation public law 115-97, more commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 ("TCJA"). The majority of commentators feel,…

The Hidden Dangers of "Off-MLS" or "Pocket" Listings

By Michael Repka, C.E.O. & General Counsel, DeLeon Realty Last year, 2018, was the first year that the Deleon Team was number one in Menlo Park. We also outsold all other agents and teams in Portola Valley for the first time. Although we are consistently…

What is an EB-5 Visa and How Does it Affect Silicon Valley Real Estate?

by Audrey Sun Nowadays, it is hard to open a newspaper or turn on the television without receiving a crash course on geo-politics and immigration policy. Whether it be President Trump’s wall or the associated government shut down, immigration…