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The Question Is What Is the Question?

 

HELLLLOOOO My Wonderful Beeeeuuutiful Bay Area!!… How are you doing today?… I mean it… I want to know how you’re doing!… I was thinking about you and pondering on what I should post today… something fun, something interesting, something specific to real estate, what should I post??… I realize just about anything you might want to know can be found easily on this thing we’ve all come to rely on… the internet – google – yahoo and everything else available to us… just couldnt decide on a topic… my goal is to inform and enlighten you,  perhaps resulting in a  conversation with you via blog, email, phone or even text… what a great concept!!… so today my question to you is… Do you have a question regarding your home?… I’ll be pleased to give you a response… email me at isiwu@comcast.net or call/text  me at 925.997.2426 or go ahead and post your question here!  Would love to hear from you… Cheers!… Isi

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Most Recent Real Estate Factoids…

 

HELLLLOOOOO MY WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL BAY AREA!!… Have I told you lately how much I appreciate living and working in this awesome area we call the San Francisco Bay Area?… Having resided in other parts of  this US of A… sorry cant help it… we are blessed we are truly blessed to call this area HOME!!….

At a recent training I learned more real estate related factoids...(we can never get enough factoids… correct??… )  in the state of California there are…

  • 6.8 million Mortgages
  • 2.04 million Homes Underwater
  • 435,000 Delinquent Mortgages
  • 183,600 in Foreclosure
  • 75,000 Bank Owned
  • 18,000 Distressed

Do you fit into any of these categories?… let me hear your story… let me try and help you… WE ARE ABSOLUTELY THE LAND OF 2ND CHANCES… with rules changing every day there are No Rigid Rules!! Nothing is written in stone… I’m happy to hear your story… lets work together to get things straightened out…

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What Your Burglar Wont Tell You…

 

 HELLO MY BEAUTIFUL WONDERFUL BAY AREA!!… We’re going into that time change thing again…  —MOVE your CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR this Saturday night… That’s an extra hour of sleep for everyone! 

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 13 THINGS YOUR BURGLAR WON’T TELL YOU … 

 1.      Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2.      Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

 3.      Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste… and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

 4.      Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..

5.      If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house.. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6.      If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

 7.      A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom – and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

 8.      It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door – understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

9.      I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)

10.  Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11.  Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

12.  You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

13.  A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television.   (Find it athttp://www.faketv/.com/) 

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Our Wonderful Tree…

Hellooooo My Beautiful Wonderful Bay Area…  All throughout the country and our neck of the woods on the west coast specifically the San Francisco Bay Area… we’ve all been experiencing some unusual weather… Any time we experience unusual times as these … it certainly causes us all some unplanned for situations…

This was our prized “shade” tree… over time & incremental weather… no more trimming back… its time to cut down and remove today… we received this tree as a little baby as a wedding favor… they asked us to plant it in our yard… we did & were amazed at its growth & majesty over the years… & enjoyed spending time under her cooling branches…we’ll miss her… Thanks for the memories our wonderful tree…

Thanks for checking in… Your comments are always welcome…

Isi

Isi Wu… the realtor for you…

Serving clients throughout the Eastbay

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Walkability

Good Day my Wonderful Beautiful Bay Area!!… 

Have you ever heard about Walk Score?… This is a trend that is finding a place in the search parameters for a growing number of homebuyers… just thought it would be of interest to you if you’re not aware of it…

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Life as a Game…

 

Good Morning My Wonderful Beautiful and Very Wet Bay Area!!…

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them –

Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit

and you’re keeping all of these in the Air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.

But the other four Balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass.

If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered.

They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.”

WORK EFFICIENTLY DURING OFFICE HOURS AND LEAVE ON TIME.

GIVE THE REQUIRED TIME TO YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS & HAVE PROPER REST.

30 second Speech by Bryan Dyson (CEO of Coca Cola)

Thanks for checking in… your comments are always welcome…

Isi

Isi Wu… the realtor for you…

Serving Clients All Over the Eastbay…

 

More Money Help… for First Time Homebuyers…

 

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Greetings and Happy Happy Monday to You My Beautiful Wonderful San Francisco Bay Area… Hallelujah Hallelujah… the recent extensions for the up to $8,000 tax credits will certainly encourage first time homebuyers to become proud homeowners… but did you know there are other incentives established in various cities throughout our beautiful Bay Area?  Cities that participate have their own set of requirements and money allotments to help low and moderate-income households receive extra monies… to assist them in buying their first home… some of the cities will also allow folks who have previously owned homes within a certain time frame to apply … (each city has their own set of rules and guidelines, each city has different maximum amounts of money they will award each applicant and each have their own repayment plans … all depending on need… keep in mind its usually first come first serve until all the allotted amount of monies are used up… you will be required to attend workshops and attend a seminar or two to get into the program… all designed to inform and educate about the process)…

Lots of people have no idea these programs exist or they cant believe they exist.

Lets take the City of San Leandro as an example… when you attend a city run First Time Homebuyer Seminar you will learn ways to get up to $65,000 in home purchasing assistance!!… Over the past 2 years some 20 San Leandro households have made their first home purchase through this program.

San Leandro offers down payment loans up to $30,000 at 3% interest for 20 years. No payments are due for 5 years, nor does any interest accrue during that period. In addition the Federal Home Loan Bank WISH Program may also contribute $15,000, which is forgiven… you never have to pay that amount back. On top of this, the California Housing Finance Agency may lend an additional 3% of the purchase price… which is deferred for 35 years… and with the new extended federal tax credit of $8,000… makes this a huge opportunity for those who qualify for the help!!… San Leandro’s program allows a maximum of $75,000 for 1 person to earn in wages & $85,700 for a 2 person income per year… Buyers must also provide at least a 3% down payment… the home must be purchased in the city limits… more detailed information will be given at the seminars. You may download the city’s First Time Homebuyer Brochure in several languages at…

http://bit.ly/gddxt

Please pass this information on to those who can use it and most definitely look into cities you’re interested in… just google City of _______________________…

This is a wonderful thing…

As always… Thanks for checking in… your comments are always welcome…

Come back and visit all the time!!…

Isi

Isi Wu… the realtor for you…

Serving Clients All Over the Eastbay…

You May Not Have a Car At All…

 

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Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!  Although this year has been a rough one here in our beautiful, wonderful San Francisco Bay Area and all around this world of ours, a very good friend reminded me of the eloquent words of William DeVaughn which bears repeating:

“Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac, Gangsta whitewalls, TV antennas in the back. You may not have a car at all. But remember brothers and sisters you can still stand tall… Just be thankful for what you’ve got…”

Do you recall the song??…

Thanks for checking in… your comments are always welcome… Come back and visit all the time!!…

Isi

Isi Wu… the realtor for you…

Serving Clients All Over the Eastbay…

 

 

Real Generosity…

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  “Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” ~ Frank A. Clark

 

Helloooo My Beautiful Wonderful San Francisco Bay Area…  Just sharing this wonderful thought with you… Isn’t this one of the most loveliest, thoughtful gifts we can ever aspire to do for someone?… It definitely inspires and challenges  me to be a better person…

Happy Happy Friday… the weekend is here!… Cheers!!…

Thanks for checking in… your comments are always welcome…

Come back and visit all the time!!…

Isi

Isi Wu… the realtor for you…

Serving Clients All Over the Eastbay…

  

Stop Buying Crap…

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Just read this article by Gil Linton and thought it was pretty insightful…  It struck me that this same train of thought could be applied to how we view the business of real estate here in our beautiful cities by the San Francisco Bay … check it out..

http://tinyurl.com/yfy9onb

Your thoughts???…

As always… would love to hear back from you… I welcome your feedback… Lets Start a Dialogue!…
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Thanks a Bunch for your time today…
Isi Wu… the realtor for you…

Serving Clients All Over the Eastbay…