How to Compete Against an All Cash Offer

By Caroline Wong | Realtor®, Attorney, Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Buyer Specialist I often hear of buyers’ fears of competing against cash buyers. As a Bay Area native, I have witnessed many of my friends move away to more affordable cities, partly due to high real estate prices and the frustration of competing […]

How to Maximize Your Profit From Homeownership

By Ken DeLeon | Founder One of the fundamental reasons why I left the practice of law for real estate was because I felt that real estate as an investment asset class had not been optimized. While stocks and other assets can be good, profitable investments, there is no better asset class to purchase in […]

Summer Splash: Buy a Home Before the New School Year

By Michael Repka, ESQ. | CEO & General Counsel Buyers often say they would like to purchase a home over the summer and settle in before the new school year starts. Nevertheless, the majority of listings are brought onto the market during two windows of time: spring and fall. In effect, the summer becomes a […]

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 are competent and thorough, and buyers and sellers are reasonable. But, things don’t always go […]

Neighborhood Spotlight: Green Gables of Palo Alto

By Rob Parish | Realtor® | Attorney | Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto Buyer Specialist For savvy buyers wanting access to the premier schools located in North Palo Alto, the Green Gables neighborhood has traditionally been viewed as the value option. With beautiful parks, tree-lined streets, easy access to commute corridors, and two neighborhood-focused shopping […]

Homeownership for Millennials

By Darrell Martin | Senior Buyer Specialist – Sunnyvale & Mountain View This article is written for the benefit of those Silicon Valley millennials who have not yet purchased their first home. Would you like to transform your housing cost from a monthly expense into a monthly investment? Buying your own home can do just that. […]

100-Percent Appreciation in Just Over Five Years

By Ken DeLeon, ESQ. | Founder Due to the very strong Silicon Valley housing market, I find that most first-time buyers cannot purchase their dream home immediately. Since it is likely they would have to settle to some degree when purchasing their first home, some buyers consider delaying their purchase and saving to eventually purchase […]

One Less Thing to Worry About With Our One-Year Maintenance Plan

When buying or selling a home, it has always been important to select the right Realtor®. However, the home itself usually remains the same, irrespective of which agent represented the property. That has all changed with the introduction of the DeLeon Realty/HomeSmiles maintenance program, which will be offered on all DeLeon listings. Naturally, we haven’t […]

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 recommendation or perhaps using a familiar lender they worked with in the past. Most buyers underestimate […]

SFGate: Want to live like royalty in Silicon Valley? Here’s a castle on the market for $9 million

By Amy Graff, SFGATE (Source) Stretched across a Saratoga hillside, an out-of-the-ordinary home on the market for $9 million looks like a miniature version of England’s Windsor castle. The yellowish-tan stones carefully forming the exterior resemble those on the 11th century royal residence built after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conquerer. There’s […]