Enforceability of the “As-Is” Provision in Residential Real Estate Purchase Contracts

Given the hot housing market in Silicon Valley, buyers, in the face of multiple all-cash offers, feel pressured to make their offers as appealing as possible. Not only do these buyers make offers with no contingencies, they also take the property “As-Is.” Many people assume that by checking the “As-Is” box on the real estate […]

Atherton 2014: The Evolving Expectation of Privacy

By Ken DeLeon and Rob Parish In October 2014, Forbes named Atherton, California (94027) the most expensive zip code in the country for the second year in a row. The local market has been experiencing incredible appreciation, which is directly attributable to both the vibrant local economy and the continuing investment of international buyers seeking […]

Ideas for Outdoor Living

With summer upon us, getting your outdoor spaces looking beautiful doesn’t have to be stressful and demanding. No matter how big or small your outdoor space is, here are some helpful and simple ideas that can get you ready for some low maintenance entertaining and relaxing with family and friends! When looking at your outdoor […]

Grand Boulevard Initiative

El Camino Real has a deep history of change in California, and it’s about to change again. Stretching back farther than the establishment of the State of California, El Camino was originally named “The Royal Road” by the Missionaries who used the route as a connection between their 21 Franciscan missions. Since then, the route […]

Some Like It Hot

While summer temperatures are going up, what is rising more rapidly are local home prices. Even after 4 years of appreciation, this year’s market shows no signs of weakening with multiple offers for many homes resulting in double-digit appreciation for the majority of prime Silicon Valley cities in the first half of 2014. Historically, the […]

Savvy Use of the 1031 Exchange

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin, 1789 Could Mr. Franklin have been half wrong? The answer is yes for individuals willing to make systematic and disciplined use of tax deferred exchanges pursuant to Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. Why 1031 Exchanges are Popular […]

A Bright Idea in the Sky

Lighting in a house is important when buying a home. In the current competitive seller’s market, buyers can’t always find the ideal home with the lighting they dream of. Luckily, with today’s technology, homeowners are able to bring in more light via different types of renovations. Adding skylights is the most common and easy way […]

All is Fair in Love and Community Property

Marriage and love generally form a simple equation – two people meet, they fall in love, and then they wed. However, for married couples residing in California, before reaching “happily ever after,” each spouse should consider California’s law on property characterization. While many are aware that California is a community property state, what exactly does […]

The Push and Pull of Pricing

While a rising tide raises all boats, the wave of appreciation that is hitting Silicon Valley housing is uneven and has ebbs and flows based on consistent trends in the marketplace. Overall, most prime cities in Silicon Valley have seen double digit growth in both 2013 and in the first quarter of 2014. However, this […]

Pick Your Pipe for Plumbing

Before owners put the wrench to a leaking pipe or decide to replace portions of a pipe itself – STOP! Was the house built before or in the 1960’s? Are there galvanized steel pipes, copper pipes, clay pipes, or cast-iron pipes? Before they decide to take on the job themselves, knowing the kind of pipes […]