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Show Me The Money: How to Finance Your Home Purchase and Compete with All-Cash Deals

March 6, 2017
Home sales in Silicon Valley continue to be fast-paced and competitive with multiple offers and quick closings being the norm. Buyers who need to finance their home purchases are often competing with cash buyers who have a clear advantage for a quick closing without a financing contingency. So, how can...

House Hunting By Plane Taking Off In Bay Area Luxury Real Estate Market

House Hunting By Plane Taking Off In Bay Area Luxury Real Estate Market October 4, 2016
ATHERTON (KPIX 5) — The high-priced, luxury Bay Area real estate market is soaring for some Bay Area realtors… literally. They give many of their foreign buyers an aerial view of their most exclusive properties, from 2,500 feet above the ground in a Cirrus SR20 plane. Michael Repka, CEO and...

New Tang Dynasty Television Interview

February 17, 2016
Exclusive Interview With Kim Heng of DeLeon Realty on New Tang Dynasty Television, discussing the 2016 housing market forecast, and the impact of capital outflow control in China, stock market volatility, and RMB devaluation on the real estate market in the Bay Area.

International Buyers Ride Skyrocketing Bay Area Real Estate Market

December 1, 2015

DeLeon Realty ePoch Times Interview with Kim Heng

September 2, 2015

In San Francisco’s Bidding Wars, Home Prices Go Ballistic - In the San Francisco Bay Area, selling a house is easy. The trick is getting $100,000 or more over the asking price

WSJ: In San Francisco’s Bidding Wars, Home Prices Go Ballistic August 27, 2015
In the San Francisco Bay Area’s hot real-estate market, the question for many sellers isn’t whether they’ll get an offer. It’s how much over the asking price the offer will be. “It’s easy to sell,” said Ken DeLeon, a real-estate agent based in Palo Alto. “The key is getting the...

Realtors Worry Downturn In Chinese Economy Could Cool Red-Hot Bay Area Real Estate Market

Realtors Worry Downturn In Chinese Economy Could Cool Red-Hot Bay Area Real Estate Market August 23, 2015
August 23, 2015 3:54 PM MENLO PARK (KPIX 5) — Chinese money has been helping power the local real estate market for years. According to a Real Capital Analytics study, Chinese buyers have spent more than $600 million on Bay Area real estate in the past two years. But even...

DeLeon's real estate model innovates in surging Silicon Valley housing market

Los Altos Town Crier August 19, 2015
"Unflappable and unpretentious, Ken DeLeon doesn’t simply want industry success. He wants to completely rewrite it. So far, so good."

Los Gatos, Saratoga: Luxury summit peeks into lifestyles of ultra-high end buyers

August 5, 2015
Over 100 real estate professionals gathered at the Rosewood Hotel in Menlo Park to listen to top producers, such as Ken DeLeon, speak about marketing to super affluent buyers from around the world. "Stay positive. Understand yourself, optimize yourself, push yourself to the next level," DeLeon told Realtors. "Real estate...

CNBC - New money pours into California wine country

CNBC July 31, 2015
Sonoma County luxury homes have increased almost 90% year over year in terms of their value. According to Ken DeLeon of DeLeon Realty, this market is the second home dsitination of those who have already made purchases in Silicon Valley.

Ken DeLeon: Silicon Valley's real estate rock star

San Jose Mercury News June 12, 2015
LOS ALTOS -- Ken DeLeon parks his Rolls-Royce outside the Georgian-style mini-mansion that he anticipates selling for a whole lot more than its $5.49 million asking price. It's his latest listing. Inside, a tour for fellow real estate agents is in progress. There's an expensive catered spread in the kitchen...

Ken DeLeon — Come for the real estate, stay for the slick dance moves

May 12, 2015
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Residence: Palo Alto Age: 42 Family: Married, four children Education: Math and economics, U.C. Santa Barbara; U.C. Berkeley School of Law Career trajectory: Wilson Sonsini, Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, DeLeon Realty If you’ve picked up a Palo Alto-area newspaper, chances are you know of Realtor Ken...

Los Gatos-Saratoga: Chinese buyers prominent in Silicon Valley housing market

San Jose Mercury News March 11, 2015
At a recent event hosted by the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors Young Professionals Network and Global Business Council, Realtors said Chinese overseas buyers continue to play a prominent role in the Silicon Valley housing market. The government's changing policies, its money restrictions and recent crackdown on corruption have driven...

China's elite buy Bay Area properties at record rate

ABC 7 News February 10, 2015
It's one of the most lucrative matchmaking events on the planet where realtors from 26 countries meet some of the wealthiest people in China. An invitation-only real estate trade show, highlighting elite properties from around the world, was held last December in Shanghai. But American realtors have the upper hand...

Small homes sell for big bucks in Palo Alto

CNBC Business News - Josh Lipton January 16, 2015
In the heart of Silicon Valley, there's been a big jump in the price of small houses. Palo Alto, California, is one of the most sought-after communities in the Bay Area, with its elegant downtown, respected schools, and proximity to the headquarters of technology giants such as Facebook and Google...

New York Dominates 2014 List of America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes

Forbes October 8, 2014
Atherton 94027 is the only California ZIP code to make it the top 10 Forbes' 2014 list of America’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes. Ken Deleon says, "Atherton is drawing a lot of young executives: CIOs, CFOs, and CEOs.” Ken's firm, DeLeon Realty, has $480 million in sales (closed or pending)...

CNN Money - America's top-earning zip codes

CNN Money June 12, 2014
Atherton, CA 94027, is the most expensive neighborhood on the West Coast, with residents who make top-dollar in the tech industry and at venture-capital firms. The median adjusted gross income is $1,063,888, and the median home price is $3,475,000. Ken DeLeon, a local broker, recently sold a $14 million home within 72 hours.

UK Mail Online - Welcome to the richest place in America that you've never heard of: Average house price in Atherton, California rockets to $6.7m as Silicon Valley moguls and Chinese tycoons battle for its mansions

June 10, 2014
Atherton, California has overtaken Beverly Hills and uptown Manhattan to be the richest place in America. Silicon Valley moguls and Chinese tycoons vie for Atherton's mansions. Local realtor, Ken DeLeon, says most homes are being purchased at the $10 million mark with 80 percent of buyers paying in cash.

CBS KPIX 5 News - Los Altos Resident Recalls Life Before Real Estate Explosion

CBS KPIX 5 News May 16, 2014
Los Altos resident recalls her parents buying their home for $18,000. A home nearby recently sold for over $2 million. Ken DeLeon provides insight into home sales in the area, and the decisions of both sellers and buyers.

CNBC - Atherton mansion madness: Homes of the rich and (tech) famous

May 9, 2014
Homes prices and demand in America's most expensive zip code, Atherton, has surged according to data compiled by local real estate agencies. Home prices have increased by almost 40% year over year. Brokers say last year's sales were in the $5 million range, but the demand this year is for...

Forbes: Ken DeLeon, Top Silicon Valley Sales Agent: Why Chinese Buyers Love Palo Alto

Forbes December 20, 2013
More Chinese are interested in residential properties in the Bay Area, due to safer ground for investment and good schools. According to Ken DeLeon, in 2006, "the average home sales price in Palo Alto was only 3.34% higher than neighboring Menlo Park ... Now it’s over 38.96% higher." For example,...

Forbes: Microsoft Billionaire Paul Allen Buys $27 Million Home In Atherton, America’s Priciest Zip Code

Forbes November 26, 2013
Top Silicon Valley technology workers, as well as wealthy Chinese and Indian buyers cause high demand for homes in the area. “According to Ken DeLeon, a top broker in the area,” buyers from Mainland China comprise about 20 percent of the luxury demand.

Realty/Builder Connection: To be the best, you need to study

Realty/Builder Connection November 12, 2013
In order to stand out and be a top real estate agent, you must take chances and stray from the norm. Ken DeLeon, took leaps through his bold advertising campaign, and it paid off- as he was named the number one agent in the country in 2011.

The Atlantic: Why Chinese People Buy So Many Homes in Palo Alto

The Atlantic November 7, 2013
Palo Alto real estate is being driven by Chinese buyers, who are attached to the city’s strong education, investment and immigration possibilities, and its location in the center of the tech industry of the Silicon Valley. The influx of Chinese buyers, who typically pay with all cash transactions, is driving...

Baodautu: Thung lũng Silicon "sốt" đất do nhà giàu Trung Quốc

baodautu.vn November 6, 2013
(Article in Vietnamese) Chinese buyers are driving up the home prices in the Silicon Valley because of their willingness to pay over $2 million in cash for each home. As a result, the average price of homes have increased more than 27% in the past two years.

Bao Moi: Thung lũng Silicon "sốt" đất do nhà giàu Trung Quốc

Bao Moi November 6, 2013
(Article in Vietnamese) Chinese buyers are driving up the home prices in the Silicon Valley because of their willingness to pay over $2 million in cash for each home. As a result, the average price of homes have increased more than 27% in the past two years.

NBC Bay Area: Chinese Capital Snaps Up Silicon Valley Firms -- and Homes

NBC Bay Area November 5, 2013
A flood of capital from China is inundating Silicon Valley, where homes in the $2 million plus range are being snapped up by buyers from Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Beijing -- and where Chinese tech behemoth Tencent has just sunk $200 million into messaging app Snapchat, according to reports.

CNBC: Wealthy Chinese Gobbling Up Silicon Valley Homes

CNBC November 4, 2013
Chinese buyers are attracted to the tech industry in the Silicon Valley, buying homes with all cash transactions. Ken DeLeon, named the top real estate agent in the country by the Wall Street Journal, has sold so many homes to Chinese buyers, his business invested in a Mercedes bus to...

Forbes: Silicon Valley Dominates 2013 List of America’s Most Expensive Zip Codes

Forbes October 16, 2013
Atherton has become the most expensive zip code in America. Ken DeLeon, who closed $285 million in sales in the first three quarters of 2013, says of all the high-end luxury cities in the Silicon Valley, Atherton is doing the best. “There’s so much money being created here by the...

HITC Business: Zuckerberg spends $30 million protecting his privacy

HITC - Here Is The City - Business October 12, 2013
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spent $30 million to purchase the homes surrounding his Palo Alto home to ensure his privacy. According to Ken DeLeon, the top agent in the area, says the trends in the Silicon Valley are unlike anything else in the country. With the billions of dollars being...

CNBC: Zuckerberg Snatches Up Palo Alto Homes In Privacy Bid

CNBC October 11, 2013
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spent $30 million to purchase the homes surrounding his Palo Alto home to ensure his privacy. According to Ken DeLeon, the top agent in the area, says the trends in the Silicon Valley are unlike anything else in the country. With the billions of dollars being...

Morning Sun: Asian Buyers Scoop Up 'Bargain' Million-dollar Homes

Morning Sun October 1, 2013
Bay Area real estate agents are stepping up their marketing efforts to Chinese buyers. DeLeon Realty bought a 14-person Mercedes-Benz van and is using it for tours of Palo Alto and neighboring cities with a Mandarin-speaking agent. Other agents in the area are also working to market to potential buyers...

Palo Alto Online: Chinese homebuyers hone in on Palo Alto

Palo Alto Online September 6, 2013
Chinese buyers are interested in investing in homes in Palo Alt. Ken DeLeon, the top realtor in the area, purchased a 14-seater Mercedes limo bus in which he, Michael Repka, managing broker and general counsel, and Kim Heng, director of Asian operations, take numerous prospective buyers on tours of various...

The Epoch Times: Remodeling the Real Estate Industry

The Epoch Times April 25, 2013
Ken DeLeon shares his ideas for changing the real estate industry. After several near death experiences, DeLeon, who beat cancer and was hospitalized due to a bizarre car accident that made news, wanted to leave a positive legacy. “‘I am not driven by money, I am driven by the goal...

NBC Bay Area: Real Estate "Flash Sales" Prove Market Is Hot

NBC Bay Area March 23, 2013
With historic-low mortgage interest rates and an inventory that’s also hitting record lows, competitive cash offers are no longer limited to the high-end homes. The new trend, dubbed by realty experts as “flash sales.” Homes that sell on the same day they are listed -have become common in the Bay...

The Denver Post: Calif. man seeks $100 million for his house -- but he'll keep living there

The Denver Post February 21, 2013
The heir of a villa in Hillsborough, Calif., was seeking to sell the villa for $100 million, but the buyers could not move in until the owner dies – the latest listing into a very strong Silicon Valley market. Ken DeLeon, of DeLeon Realty, shares insights that the strong Silicon...

Forbes: Softbank's Billionaire CEO Reportedly Behind U.S.-Record $117 Million Silicon Valley Home Buy

Forbes January 30, 2013
“Silicon Valley real estate continues to appreciate and is buoyed by strong hiring, an increasing flow of capital from Chinese investors and strong earnings from most tech firms such as Google, LinkedIn and Facebook,” says Ken Deleon of Deleon Realty, a luxury real estate firm that has brokered some of...

NBC Bay Area: Chinese Capitalists Help Fuel Housing Rebound

NBC Bay Area December 20, 2012
Silicon Valley home prices remain high, and are constantly increasing, with home buyers offering non-contingent and all-cash deals. Chinese investors make up around 70 percent of all home buyers, according to Ken DeLeon, the top agent in the area.

RealEstate.com: Get a Niche – The New Wave in Real Estate Marketing

RealEstate.com November 19, 2012
To be the best agent, you need to take a step back and see what you can do to differentiate yourself from the rest. Ken DeLeon, the top real estate agent in the country, became the best by looking at how he could stand out among the 700 other agents...

The Wall Street Journal: Silicon Valley Reboots

The Wall Street Journal October 24, 2012
As young tech workers start to snatch homes in the Silicon Valley, style preferences change. Most are looking for contemporary style homes, and are willing to pay well above asking price, usually in cash, to get their dream home in the Valley.

Palo Alto Online: High-end Market Goes Global

Palo Alto Online October 10, 2012
Realtors cast their nets wider to find right buyer. The high-end housing market is drawing in clients from around the world. Ken DeLeon, the top agent in the country, is using the world-wide interest in homes in the Silicon Valley to his advantage, but advertising and directing sales initiatives directly...

RealEstate.com: Real Estate Pro of the Week: Ken DeLeon, Silicon Valley

August 6, 2012
Shannon O'Brien provides a compelling overview of Ken DeLeon in her Real Estate Pro of the Week article. One in a million – that’s what Ken DeLeon is, according to the Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc. Well, that’s not all he is – he’s a crazy dancer as...

Bloomberg News: Zuckerberg’s Loan Gives New Meaning to the 1%

Bloomberg News July 15, 2012
The Facebook IPO spiked home prices in Palo Alto, but prices settled after the “Facebook fizzle,” according to Ken DeLeon, a top real estate agent in the area. Mark Zuckerberg purchased a home in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Palo Alto, and refinanced a $5.95 million mortgage with...

CBS News: Bay Area Realtor Nets $275M In Sales, Tops Nation

July 3, 2012
Kiet Do talks to Ken DeLeon about the analysis and insight it takes to be the Nation’s #1 agent, beating out more than a million agents across the country.

Deadline News: Silicon Valley Agent DeLeon tops in U.S.

Deadline News July 3, 2012
Ken DeLeon, a Palo Alto realtor, was names the top real estate agent in the United States by Real Trends Inc. and the Wall Street Journal. DeLeon, who was previously a lawyer, began his real estate career 9 years ago, and sold almost $275 million this year. This is the...

Palo Alto Patch: Palo Alto Realtor Named Top In Nation By Wall Street Journal

Palo Alto Patch July 3, 2012
Ken DeLeon, a Palo Alto realtor, was names the top real estate agent in the United States by Real Trends Inc. and the Wall Street Journal. DeLeon, who was previously a lawyer, began his real estate career 9 years ago, and sold almost $275 million this year.

PR Newswire: Realtor Ken DeLeon Takes Top Sales Spot In The U.S.

Stephanie Kelmar - DeLeon Realty June 22, 2012
Silicon Valley Broker beats adversity... and the market. The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc. today announced that Ken DeLeon of DeLeon Realty is the nation’s #1 real estate agent out of over a million agents with approximately $275 million in sales volume in 2011. DeLeon is still in...

Palo Alto Online: Local Realtors dominate national rankings

Palo Alto Weekly June 22, 2012
Ken DeLeon, a Palo Alto realtor, was names the top real estate agent in the United States by Real Trends Inc. and the Wall Street Journal. DeLeon, who was previously a lawyer, began his real estate career 9 years ago, and sold almost $275 million this year. Five other Palo...

The Wall Street Journal: REAL Trends Top Sales Professionals

The Wall Street Journel June 22, 2012
The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends, Inc.’s list of the top 250 real estate agents passed on the amount of closed transactions in 2011.

CBS News: IPO makes Facebook employees milllionaires

May 18, 2012
Ken DeLeon discusses all cash buyers from FaceBook IPO…

KTVU: Facebook shareholders begin spending future IPO earnings

May 17, 2012
Ken talks with Mike Mibach about how Facebook employees are changing the home marketing in Silicon Valley.

CBS News: Upcoming Facebook IPO Drives Up Silicon Valley Home Prices

March 14, 2012
Ken talks with KPIX Channel 5 about "The Facebook Effect" and the competition between buyers in Silicon Valley.

Fox Business: The Facebook Effect

February 24, 2012
Ken DeLeon talks with Adam Shapiro from Fox News on location about the impact of the Facebook IPO on local home prices and the Silicon Valley real estate market overall.

The New York Times: If Silicon Valley Costs a Lot Now, Wait Until the Facebook Update

February 8, 2012
…When Ken DeLeon, a Silicon Valley real estate agent, recently sold an 8,000-square-foot house to a Facebook employee, he said, the movers showed up at the client’s old 1,000-square-foot home and asked, “Did you win the lottery?”…A steady stream of would-be buyers walked through the open house Mr. DeLeon held...

Live Better America: Living Forward: Ken DeLeon on Resilience in the Face of Personal Tragedy

January 3, 2012
They say life isn't fair, and it seems likely that no one knows this better than Ken DeLeon. At age 40, the successful Palo Alto-based real estate agent has already had to overcome the suicide of his sister, a cancer diagnosis and a violent hit and run incident that landed...

PR Newswire: DeLeon Realty Launches and Changes the Silicon Valley Real Estate Market

January 1, 2012
Bringing together some of the very best agents from several different offices, DeLeon Realty sets its sights on a remarkable first year market share. By the end of 2012, our first year, DeLeon Realty expects to be the second largest real estate office in Palo Alto.

NBC News: Silicon Valley Sparks Another Gold Rush

July 21, 2011
Ken DeLeon is quoted in this piece by Tom Brokaw about the economy in Silicon Valley and home prices. ...There is no housing crisis in Silicon Valley. “You're having homes sell over list price,” said Ken DeLeon, a real estate broker...“But not only over — sometimes several hundred thousand over."...