Chih Wu, Realtor

I was born in Taiwan, raised in South America and educated in the United States. In addition to English, I speak fluent Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese. My fluency-and my understanding of cultural nuance-allows me to carefully interpret my customers priorities and be an effective advocate. I earned a B.A. in Economics from Mills College. Full-time, licensed Real Estate Professional Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Certified Internet Professional (e-PRO) National Associations of REALTORS California Associations of REALTORS Alameda Associations of REALTORS East Bay Regional Data Information (EBRDI)

08/30/2016

It is all about schools

Study Illustrates Importance of School Districts
A new study by realtor.com identifies the price premium to buy a home in a strong public school district, as well as the top 10 districts garnering the highest home prices and demand from buyers.

Realtor.com® compared homes located in school districts rated nine or 10 on the GreatSchools.org 10 point scale to homes situated in districts rated six or less. The analysis shows homes within the boundaries of the higher rated public school districts are, on average, 49 percent more expensive – at $400,000 – than the national median of $269,000 and 77 percent more expensive than schools located within the boundaries of the lower ranked districts with a median of $225,000.

Location, Location, Location
08/09/2016
Schools Rule

Location, Location, Location

When it comes to purchasing a home, school districts and proximity of house to school are ruling the home search for parents.

351 Laurel Avenue Apt #19, HaywardOpen House Sat & Sun 6/18 & 6/19 from 2-4 pm
06/17/2016

351 Laurel Avenue Apt #19, Hayward
Open House Sat & Sun 6/18 & 6/19 from 2-4 pm

3109 La Cresta Open House 6/5 from 2-4 pm4 BD 2.5 BA Townhouse in Las Casitas, Alameda
05/31/2016
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3109 La Cresta Open House 6/5 from 2-4 pm

4 BD 2.5 BA Townhouse in Las Casitas, Alameda

JUST SOLD1140 OLD ALAMEDA PT | ALAMEDALISTED @: $818,000SOLD @: $878,0007.5% OVER LIST PRICE...WWW.1140OldAlameda.com
05/31/2016
1140 OLD ALAMEDA PT Presented by Chih Wu - Home

JUST SOLD
1140 OLD ALAMEDA PT | ALAMEDA
LISTED @: $818,000
SOLD @: $878,000
7.5% OVER LIST PRICE...

WWW.1140OldAlameda.com

Listing Producer House for sale. ListingProducerPro ListingProducer ListingPromoter Harbor Bay Isle. Columbia Near Ferry. Near Shoreline. Light and Bright. Newer Construction.

NEW LISTING - Open Sat (5/28) @ 2-4 pmWonderful 4 bed 2.5 ba townhouse in Las Casitas. See 4 yourself!
05/24/2016
3109lacresta.com

NEW LISTING - Open Sat (5/28) @ 2-4 pm
Wonderful 4 bed 2.5 ba townhouse in Las Casitas. See 4 yourself!

1140 Old Alameda Pt is a comfortable retreat—open, and warm, it’s ready to be your home. Open Sun 4/24 from 2-4 pm
04/22/2016
1140 OLD ALAMEDA PT Presented by Chih Wu - Home

1140 Old Alameda Pt is a comfortable retreat—open, and warm, it’s ready to be your home. Open Sun 4/24 from 2-4 pm

Listing Producer House for sale. ListingProducerPro ListingProducer ListingPromoter Harbor Bay Isle. Columbia Near Ferry. Near Shoreline. Light and Bright. Newer Construction.

DSTs – An Option to Keep on Your 1031 RadarDSTs offer an intriguing option for investors who are looking for propertie...
04/20/2016
DSTs – An Option to Keep on Your 1031 Radar

DSTs – An Option to Keep on Your 1031 Radar

DSTs offer an intriguing option for investors who are looking for properties to complete their 1031 Exchanges.

A DST (Delaware Statutory Trust) is an “arm chair investment”, or a passive investment opportunity that allows individuals to own fractional shares in institutional grade properties. A DST is a legal entity created as a trust under Delaware law that can hold real estate. In the context of real estate, DSTs are formed pursuant to private governing agreements under which a property or several properties are held, managed, administered, and/or operated for profit by a trustee for the benefit of the holders of the DST’s beneficial interests.

https://www.ipx1031.com/fb/April2016-Insider.htm

DSTs offer an intriguing option for investors who are looking for properties to complete their 1031 Exchanges.

04/19/2016

On April 30, 2016 WHIMSY, a creative arts festival at Alameda Point will celebrate the unveiling of several large-scale murals, craft vendors, live music, and local beer and wine. The event runs from 1-6 pm. Admission is free.

04/12/2016

Structure Fire, 400 block of Greenbrier Road, Alameda

03/28/2016

Traffic Delay in Alameda
Expect traffic delays during the week of 03/28/16-04/01/16 in the areas of Otis/Broadway, Fernside Blvd, and Webster St. for Sewer Rehab Project construction.

03/14/2016

Webster Tube Closed for Maintenance and Graffiti Removal

The Webster Tube, coming into Alameda, will be closed as follows:

Monday, March 14, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning,

Tuesday, March 15, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning,

Wednesday, March 16, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning,

03/11/2016

Golden State Warriors are sending their Fan Van to Off The Grid at Alameda South Shore Center this Saturday from 11am-3pm. Here are just a few of the things that you can do there:

1. Test your skills on the custom basketball court
2. Walk away with Warriors merchandise (while supplies last)
3. Watch a LIVE performance from the Golden State Warriors Drumline Aftershock
4. Meet the Warriors Dance Team and other special guests
5. Eat at the Lobsta Truck, Senor Sisig and more (mmm!)

03/11/2016
City of Alameda - File #: 2016-2582

City of Alameda Council Adopts Rent Stabilization and Eviction Limitation Ordinance



On March 1st, the Alameda City Council adopted a new ordinance to protect local tenants from the rapidly increasing cost of rental housing that is the result of rising rents and a tight rental market. The new policy is a hybrid of other rent stabilization models, while building on the City’s existing rent mediation framework. The new ordinance goes into effect on March 31, 2016.



Rather than creating a cap on rent increases, as in traditional rent control, this ordinance sets a “trigger” of five percent so that property owners must initiate a rent mediation process through the City’s Rent Review Advisory Committee (RRAC). The role of the RRAC in examining all rent increases above five percent is expected to curb the rapid rise in rental costs. The new ordinance also includes a requirement for a binding hearing if both sides do not reach agreement. Due to state law, the binding hearing would only apply to multi-family rental units built before February 1, 1995 (i.e single family homes are exempt). If a rent increase is five percent or less, the ordinance requires landlords to notify tenants of the availability of the RRAC’s rent review process.



The ordinance also implements eviction protections to reduce the number of tenants who are evicted solely to raise rents and provides for payment of relocation benefits. It contains limitations on “no cause” evictions, in which the landlord gives no reason for the eviction. It also requires relocation assistance for “no cause” evictions and for “no fault” evictions, which are not due to any fault of the tenant but may be needed by the landlord, such as to move in a family member. These protections cover all rental units with limited exceptions.



The City Council also continued the existing moratorium prohibiting residential rent increases of eight percent or more and “no cause” evictions, until March 31, 2016, to continue to stabilize the rental market until the new ordinance becomes effective.



The staff report is posted on the City’s website and can be found at the following link: https://alameda.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2564230&GUID=81B1B232-FFCC-4B60-A98E-C3AB7633C41D&Options=&Search=&FullText=1.

The ordinance can be found at: https://alameda.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2574143&GUID=8252A82B-4489-43E8-A560-5BC9B29541B0&Options=&Search=&FullText=1



More information about the moratorium and the City’s current rent review process (RRAC) can be found at http://alamedaca.gov/city-hall/rent-review-advisory-committee-rrac.

Title: Summary title: Consider: 1) An Ordinance regarding Rent Review, Rent Stabilization and Limitations on Evictions, Amending the Duties of the Rent Review Advisory Committee (RRAC), and Deleting the Current Article XIV to Chapter VI regarding Rent Review, 2) A Resolution Adopting Policy Concerni…

03/11/2016

Public Service Message

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13 and don't forget to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time they change their clocks.

Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent.

The moral of this story is to do your homework and know what you are doing before becoming a landlord.Background informa...
03/02/2016
Eviction system 'allows itself to be gamed,' frustrating landlords

The moral of this story is to do your homework and know what you are doing before becoming a landlord.

Background information: City of Los Angeles has strict rent control policy just like Oakland and Berkeley.

Craig Miller is chief executive of a Los Angeles office-leasing firm. He's also a landlord, with seven houses for rent around the region.

The city council is voting on 2/16 and it will affect everyone in Alameda. It is a misconception that landlords are rich...
02/10/2016
AHN (Alameda Homeowners Network): Preserve our City, No Rent Control !!!

The city council is voting on 2/16 and it will affect everyone in Alameda. It is a misconception that landlords are rich. Very few are but most are hardworking individuals who are counting on rental income for retirement. Rent control studies has shown over and over again that it harms communities. Just look at Oakland, Berkeley and SF and the blight. Ever wonder why are there so many dilapidated buildings? I don't want Alameda to turn into another Oakland. Do you? Read the link if interested. Sign the petition if you are against rent control.

Alameda is a Beautiful City. It's safe, harmonious, peaceful, with the Best schools. We want to keep the Best & Safe neighborhood for our family & children to live in. We, homeowners, deserve the control of our properties, the freedom to select and keep the best tenants, the ability to keep…

02/09/2016

Alameda City Council to Vote on Rent Review, Rent Stabilization and Eviction Protections Ordinance at its February 16th Meeting

It is OPEN this Sat & Sun from 2-4 pm. Great starter home in an attractive neighborhood near San Leandro Bart
01/15/2016
528 Pershing Drive Presented by Chih Wu - Home

It is OPEN this Sat & Sun from 2-4 pm. Great starter home in an attractive neighborhood near San Leandro Bart

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Alameda and Oakland are #39th
01/11/2016
52 Places to Go in 2016

Alameda and Oakland are #39th

It’s a big world out there, so we’ve narrowed it down for you. From the temples of Malta to the crystalline waters of the Yucatán, explore our top destinations to visit this year.

More jobs coming to Alameda...Google eyes former Alameda Naval Air Station for expansionwww.sfgate.com(AP) — Google is...
12/31/2015
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More jobs coming to Alameda...


Google eyes former Alameda Naval Air Station for expansion
www.sfgate.com
(AP) — Google is looking to expand at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, where the company plans to lease a third building. The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bayareane.ws/1Ouo9o1 ) that on Tuesday the City Council considered approving a lease to allow Google to take over a 65,400-square-foot building in the complex.

via SFGate.com

SFGate: Local news & information, updated weather, traffic, entertainment, celebrity news, sports scores and more.

12/28/2015

Road Closure - Avoid Section of Lincoln between Webster & Constitution.

The Alameda Police are investigating a suspicious package in the 700 block of Lincoln Ave. Please avoid this area until further notice as there are road closures.

12/27/2015

Cost Plus moving Headquarters to Alameda. Cost Plus World Market is moving its corporate headquarters to Marina Village Business Park, occupying two buildings for a total of 107,000 sq. ft. Cost Plus expects to complete its move by late 2016

12/15/2015

High Street bridge,Alameda will be closed Friday 12/18 from 9am - 7 pm for emergency repairs.

12/07/2015

City of Alameda Sandbag Station Opens Tuesday, December 8

Days of the Week: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (except for Christmas Eve, New Year Eve, and during storms)

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: On Lexington Street just off West Tower Avenue

(former Alameda Naval Air Station)

12/05/2015

On January 1, 2016, AB 139 - The Transfer on Death Deed takes effect. This would allow a property to be transferred to a named Beneficiary and avoid Probate.

Sunny and Bright Home in Harbor Bay Isle Alameda
12/04/2015
Alameda Home For Sale

Sunny and Bright Home in Harbor Bay Isle Alameda

For sale: $988,000. Vaulted ceilings & high windows invite the light to stream in.The floor plan flows easily from room to room then directly out to the landscaped backyard & sunny patio at this terrific Harbor Bay home.Great location so close to Ferry & Bay Shoreline.

12/04/2015

Posey Tube closure schedule for December 2015.

The Posey Tube, leaving Alameda, will be closed as follows:

· Wednesday, December 9, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning.

· Thursday, December 10, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning.

11/25/2015

Two Structure Fires in Alameda (11/23)
2400 block of Roosevelt Drive & 500 block of Buena Vista Avenue

11/23/2015

This Friday, November 27th, Santa Arrives South Shore Center. Strolling carolers, jazz band, tree lighting and more.

Happy Gobble Gobble Day!

11/20/2015

Avoid High Street Bridge. It is CLOSED Monday thru Friday from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm through Nov 25.

11/06/2015

I was at the city council meeting last night. Many of us got scared and left after the assistant city manager was attacked by some activists. Bob Hahn, was left with broken hip. Violence is never acceptable in our peaceful city of Alameda.

Council Adopts Urgency Ordinance Prohibiting Rent Increases over 8% and No Cause Evictions for 65 Days.

Yuba City made it to the list. Now, that is a surprise.
11/04/2015
It's Hot, Hot, Hot in California

Yuba City made it to the list. Now, that is a surprise.

Of the 20 hottest U.S. real estate markets identified in a new survey, more than half were in California.

Tell your lawmakers to support the HANG UP Act!
11/03/2015
Tell your lawmakers to support the HANG UP Act!

Tell your lawmakers to support the HANG UP Act!

Buried in the budget bill, a provision authorizes debt collectors to robocall cell phones. Tell Congress to support the HANG UP Act, which will repeal this budget provision. End Robocalls!

10/22/2015

FREE Event - The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival – Shakespeare On Tour will be bringing Hamlet to the Alameda Free Library (Main Library) on November 15, at 2 pm.

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