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About Tom Chiu

Tom Chiu is an angel investor and a member at Sand Hill Angels. He typically invests $10K-30K in startups, often in the mobile space. He is a founder at IPforAsia and Business Development Director at NXP Software.

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California,

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Bay Area home prices surge past $1 million

May 10, 2021

Tom Chiu, a pastor at a local church, needed a bigger house to conduct ministerial work – Bible studies, counseling and Christian fellowship. In Silicon Valley, matching a minister’s salary to a comfortable home with a spacious yard required a minor miracle. Months of searching, lost bids and over-extended budgets led to an all-out plea to his real estate agent and a gracious seller. With those pleas, and another $300,000 added to his budget, Chiu landed a three-bedroom house in San Jose for $1.5 million, complete with a backyard patio and gazebo for faith gatherings. They didn’t have the highest bid, but, Chiu said, “We appealed to the seller.” It worked, but not every would-be buyer is finding grace in the ultra-competitive Bay Area real estate market. Driven by intense demand, low interest rates and few houses for sale, the median price in March of an existing single-family home in the Bay Area rose nearly 15% to $1.02 million, according to CoreLogic and DQNews data. March marked the first year-over-year comparison during the pandemic, showing the dramatic rebound for sales and prices from the initial COVID-19 shutdown. The state prohibited agents from showing occupied homes and limited many real estate transactions beginning in March and April 2020. The market has come roaring back, with prices climbing in all nine Bay Area counties. Less expensive outer suburbs and communities continued to see big increases. Median sales prices boomed 29% in Contra Costa County to $850,000, jumped nearly 13% in Solano County to $500,000, and rose 8.5% in Alameda County to $980,000, according to CoreLogic data. High demand for single-family homes continued to drive prices in the region’s most expensive communities: In Santa Clara County, prices rose 9% to $1.45 million, San Mateo County was up 2.6% to $1.68 million, and San Francisco, up almost 2% to $1.6 million. The Bay Area reflects the national trend of rising home prices during the pandemic, but at an extreme premium. The median price of a single-family home in the U.S. rose 21% in recent weeks to $348,000 in March, according to online broker Redfin. CoreLogic economist Selma Hepp said the demand for suburban space and low interest rates hovering around 3% continue to fuel the market, but there are some signs of slowing down. San Francisco, for example, was one of just four markets in the U.S. to see overall home values, including condos, dip in March. National surveys also show buyers are becoming frustrated with high prices and few homes for sale, she said. As the economy starts to reopen with increased community vaccinations, more homes should come up for sale. “There’s going to be more inventory,” Hepp said, “but I’m not sure there’s going to be enough inventory.” With few homes for sale, buyers are bidding up prices, pitching pre-emptive offers and pledging to take homes “as-is” without comprehensive inspections or contingencies. Sellers have been able to negotiate free rent for weeks while they hunt for new homes. Related Articles

Tom Chiu Investments

3 Investments

Tom Chiu has made 3 investments. Their latest investment was in mon.ki as part of their Seed VC on April 4, 2012.

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Tom Chiu Investments Activity

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Company

Amount

New?

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4/26/2012

Seed VC

mon.ki

$0.4M

Yes

10/18/2011

Series A

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$99M

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11/16/2010

Series A

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$99M

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Date

4/26/2012

10/18/2011

11/16/2010

Round

Seed VC

Series A

Series A

Company

mon.ki

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$0.4M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

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Sources

10

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Tom Chiu Portfolio Exits

1 Portfolio Exit

Tom Chiu has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was Retailigence on April 18, 2016.

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4/18/2016

Acquired

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4/18/2016

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Acquired

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4

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