Prospective buyers for Maui real estate want to do their own research, and one of the main topics is property taxes. Depending on where you are relocating from, you might be pleasantly surprised to see we have relatively low rates here in the islands, with Maui having some of the lowest. When you own property […]
Are you considering upcoming home building or remodeling projects? If so, this show is for you! If you’re considering building or remodeling your own home in the near future, you’ll want to check out the 2017 Living + Design Show on Saturday, February 25th, and Sunday, February 26th, at the Sheraton Kona Resort Convention Center in […]
The short answer to the question is yes. Most people that you would meet in a new construction sales office are licensed realtors. These agents are employed by and work for the developer. Projects such as the new construction Hoopili from D.R. Horton in West Oahu do offer broker consideration to outside agents.
I am super excited to let folks know about the new butcher shop that just opened last Friday in Waimea! Photo Courtesy of Waimea Butcher Shop There is More! Waimea Butcher Shop is more than just fresh, local, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats. Mills worked for years as a private chef and says he’ll be offering […]
Part of a residential REALTOR®’S job description relates to providing an estimate of value for prospective buyers and sellers. Buyers look to us to ensure they are not overpaying for their purchase. Through a tool called a “CMA,” or competitive/comparative market analysis, we try to evaluate properties to predict a value.
In my last post, I talked about How Fo’ Ack (how to act) in Hawaii regarding relationshipping. Because I grew up here on the Big Island in Kohala, my clients and friends often ask me about island etiquette and local customs. In this second part of my How Fo’ Ack series, I tackle the ever […]
During my last tour of active duty, I commuted to Oahu. It’s funny the things you miss about home. I missed hearing the rain, but most of all, I missed our Hilo water.
So you made an offer on an Ewa Beach home, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. More often than not, your agent may have made your offer contingent on a clean home inspection. This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price paid for the home, ask […]
At Four Seasons Ko’Olina Resort In December, Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers hosted our 6th annual conference, called Worthshop. When you hear “real estate conference,” you may imagine polyester blazers, comb-overs, strong sales tactics, and to top it off, bad pick up lines at the Convention Center bar. Or did I repeat myself? I’ve been […]
One of the most common questions I get asked, besides which side of the island is best, is: “Can I afford to move to Kauai?” People are naturally concerned with the cost of living on Kauai. Hanalei Sunrise Over Taro Patch (Unedited) Yes, our gas rate is higher. We do not have freeways – it […]
With my blonde hair and fair skin, my clients who are new to Hawaii are often surprised to learn that I grew up on the Big Island. My parents moved here from Puerto Rico when I was three after my father accepted a job at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Having grown up in the melting […]
Continued from Part 1: How Are You Going To Buy It? If you have been searching for a property to purchase on Oahu during the past few years, you will know that it is a seller’s market. As you see new listings come on the market, you probably aren’t surprised anymore that the property is […]
I’ve been asked lately, “What’s the difference between ‘Assessed Value’ and ‘Fair Market Value’ of a home? Shouldn’t they be the same? Why is the assessed value so much lower than the asking price of a home?” To help clarify, the assessed value and fair market value is a monetary evaluation of a property. One is used […]
Much like many businesses, real estate has changed drastically in the last 10 years and the majority of this change is derived from improvements in the field of technology. Whenever I express frustration about our MLS system being down for maintenance, my dad, Tracy Stice, reminds me that our MLS used to consist of a […]
When looking at listings in the Maui MLS, you’ll come across the term Ohana. You may also see the term Nohana, and get confused…so what’s the deal? What’s an Ohana? Ohana is the Hawaiian word for “family,” and in the real estate context it means another place for family members to live. An Ohana can be […]