San Francisco Bay Area: America’s Second City

New York City is consistently viewed as the preeminent city in America, and arguably the world. However, the title of “Second City” has been more fluid, in flux from as early as 1890.

Chicago was originally dubbed the Second City to illustrate its status in America. When Los Angeles surpassed Chicago in population in 1984, the informal title of Second City transferred to Los Angeles.

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, The large profits these builders make when they do build […]

Infographic: How Brokerages Handle In-House Deals

Going forward, DeLeon Realty will not take commission from both sides of the same transaction. If any DeLeon Realty agent represents a buyer on any DeLeon Realty listing, then we will waive 100 percent of the buyer-side commission.* This policy does not merely apply to agents representing buyers on their own listings, which we still prohibit. […]

Neighborhood Spotlight: West Menlo/University Heights

By David Hall, ESQ. | Senior Buyer Specialist, Menlo Park, Stanford, & College Terrace The University Heights neighborhood of Menlo Park straddles Alameda de las Pulgas (which in Spanish means “Avenue of the Fleas”), connecting Valparaiso Avenue to the north and Sandhill Road to the south. Also commonly referred to as West Menlo, it is an […]

Beyond Simple Seasonality

By Alex Seroff, ESQ. | Listing Specialist With local real estate being one of the favorite topics of conversation in Silicon Valley, it is no surprise that sellers are well aware of the seasonality of the market and optimal timing. However, when working with sellers to determine the listing date for their home, DeLeon Realty […]

Neighborhood Spotlight: Ladera of Portola Valley

By John DeOliviera | Senior Buyer Specialist – Atherton/Woodside/Portola Valley The enclave of Ladera was named to reflect the rich Spanish history of the area; “ladera” is Spanish for hillside. This idyllic community was the brainchild of the Peninsula Housing Association, which was formed in 1944 with the goal of developing a housing cooperative. Today, […]

Birge Clark: Palo Alto’s Architect

By Huy Vu, ESQ. | Senior Buyer Specialist – Palo Alto Born at the end of the 19th century, Birge Clark was able to watch Palo Alto transform from the quiet town it once was to the early stages of the technology center it is today. By the time of his passing in 1989, Palo […]

Michael & Ken Go To College

By Michael Repka, ESQ | CEO & General Counsel Over the years, a number of fantastic teachers and professors have inspired me to push myself, explore varied interests, and maintain a thirst for knowledge. To this day, I owe a debt of gratitude to all of them for the time they devoted to helping me […]

Why is The Spring Market Unusually Active in 2017?

by Kim Heng, MBA | Listing Specialist After a 2016 that was plagued by uncertainty, trepidation, and general lethargy on the part of buyers, the 2017 spring season is off to a strong start. While there are a number of different factors that contribute to the newfound surge of the buyer pool, two causes seem […]

Los Altos Hills: Joining The Building Bloom

by Caroline Wong, ESQ | Senior Buyer Specialist – Los Altos & Los Altos Hills From developers building speculation homes to residents designing their custom dream homes, Los Altos Hills has seen a significant increase in new development over the years. In 2015 and 2016, the building department at the town of Los Altos Hills […]