Ken DeLeon is the founder and visionary behind DeLeon Realty. Ken was a scholar – he has a degree in mathematics and economics, and graduated from Berkeley Law. Ken was a lawyer – he practiced law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of the nation’s most prestigious law firms and the largest firm in Silicon Valley. Ken is a real estate rockstar – it took him less than ten years to skyrocket from a brand new agent to one of the country’s best and most successful, with over $275 million in sales in 2011 alone. In June 2012, The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc. announced that Ken DeLeon was the nation’s #1 real estate agent out of over 1.2 million agents, the only agent in Silicon Valley to ever be ranked the nation’s top agent. Ken and his team sold over $330 million in 2013, over $550 million in 2014, and over $700 million in 2016, when REAL Trends/Wall Street Journal ranked the DeLeon Team as #1 in California. He also regularly appears in newscasts and features in national shows and publications. First, Ken mastered the game of how to successfully sell real estate; now, he is ready to change the game.
What is so visionary about Ken’s real estate brokerage? Ken has taken the combination of creativity, originality, and ingenuity that made him successful as an agent and built an entire organization around it. Simply put, over the past 28 months, Ken has dissected the entire home buying-and-selling process and identified ways to streamline the process, improve the results, and demystify the steps. It really is not hard. Hire only the very best and brightest people, equip them with the most powerful tools, and support them with the best management and training. And, make sure the experience is pleasant for the client. Expensive, but not hard. Expensive, but worth it!
As you navigate around this website, you will notice an impressive group of people. Many have graduate degrees (e.g., law degrees, MBA, master degrees) and attend some of the nation’s best schools (Berkeley, UC Hastings, Boalt Hall, NYU, UCLA, UC Davis). Also, you will notice that each is a specialist in his or her area. For example, DeLeon agents are specialists in their designated neighborhoods or cities. The design team has accredited interior designers, project managers, and licensed contractors, and all are experienced in transforming the homes in ways that maximize a homes’ beauty. The marketing team has graphic designers, professional writers, and a marketing manager, all dedicated to marketing our homes. But what really makes the difference is that all members work together with the clients’ best interests at heart. This is not the norm in real estate.
When founding the company, Ken kept a focus on compiling and sharing information within the company. Because Ken is one of the biggest selling agents in Silicon Valley (and the clear leader in the sale of homes under $8 million), other agents routinely contact him about “off-market” opportunities. Everyone knows that Ken has the most buyers. Because of this, he also has the most information, which Ken shares with everyone in the office in a remarkably efficient way. Finally, DeLeon Realty maintains a library of marketing, negotiation, legal, and tax books that is unheard of in the real estate industry.
Ken has seen more challenges in his personal life than most people in their whole lifetime. His only sister died in his arms when they were both teenagers; a drugged-up driver going 45 mph plowed into him, leaving him nearly dead on the side of the road; he was diagnosed with and overcame cancer. These challenges taught him to live each day to its max.
Ken takes great pleasure in spending time with his four children, playing with them, and teaching them life’s values. When Ken is not with his kids, he enjoys spending time with friends over a glass of champagne or wine, and of course, his favorite activity, dancing. It is rare to see anyone who can outlast Ken on the dance floor. Ken has given real estate speeches to audiences of over 2,500 people and is humbled to have shared the stage with Tony Robbins, America’s most renowned speaker.