Should I Sell or Leave My Home to My Heirs?

By Michael Repka, ESQ | CEO & General Counsel As an estate-planning attorney, I found that many people make major life decisions based on short-term needs rather than developing a long-term, tax-efficient strategy for their real estate holdings.…

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…

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…

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…

Resolving Real Estate Disputes

By Michael Repka, ESQ. | CEO & General Counsel Most real estate transactions close without a hitch. Agents on both sides explain the rights and responsibilities to their clients, and everyone does as required and expected. By and large, agents…

Strategically Choosing the Right Lender for Your Purchase or Refinance

By Ken DeLeon, Founder Many buyers will wisely interview three or four potential buyer agents before selecting one to represent them with their purchase. Conversely, many buyers stumble into the lender they choose, often relying solely upon a single…

How to Effectively Build Your Dream Home

By: Ken DeLeon, ESQ | Founder The demand to purchase a lot and build a custom home in Silicon Valley is higher than ever before. The three main reasons for this, in declining order, are: The lack of new homes being offered by speculation builders, …

Palo Alto Weekly: Real estate company no longer taking commission from both sides of a transaction

DeLeon Realty first on Peninsula to eliminate possible conflict of interest by Michael Repka / Palo Alto Weekly Recently, DeLeon Realty announced a new policy that sent shock waves through the traditional real estate world. This week, our company…