REALTORS® are routinely asked by sellers why their homes haven’t sold. After two and a half decades in this business, I’ve learned that there is a buyer for every property. Sadly, the traditional seller’s goal of selling for the highest price in the least amount of time can be sometimes be an elusive concept.
Much of my personal real estate career between 2008-2012 has been shaped by the ubiquity of distressed properties. I obtained my real estate license in 2006 as a 23-year-old punk who wasn’t quite sure how hard or intelligently I wanted to work. However, I knew that if at some point I could get it together, […]
Reading this blog post will ruin your real estate day. You’re welcome. #foreclosurehell Contrast is a valuable life tool. Looking at the unsavory can sometimes help to reinforce the savory. For this reason I’m going to ruin your day by asking you to check out the trailer for this outrageous real estate horror movie “99 Homes,” […]
Aloha and welcome to 233 Crestview Rd. (MLS# 364783) in Kapalua, which is a 4 bed/4 bath single level home with roughly 4,400 sq.ft. of living area (about 6,000 sq.ft. under roof) in Pineapple Estates; one of West Maui’s most revered gated luxury home communities. This residence sits on a lush and well manicured 0.42 acre […]
As the year began, my 2014 review concluded that Kolea sales were on an upward trend in both numbers and price. So far 2015 looks much like 2014, with most of the sales in the more moderately priced 12-plex buildings. We had 10 condo villas sold in 2014, and year-to-date there are five sales, exactly […]
Last night I had dinner with friends at their home in an oceanfront community at Mauna Lani Resort. They are full-time residents who downsized after their proverbial nest was empty and retirement on the horizon, and they take full advantage of the Hawaii resort lifestyle. After the sun sank into the Pacific and the colors faded, […]
This week I released the listings on four nearly-oceanfront ag-zoned lots near Kapana’ia Bay in North Kohala (MLS# 272835 for example). The question I’m getting asked the most is, “What is the process for buying one of these lots which are subject to bankruptcy court approval?” Two of the lots have already been sold…and they’ve […]
As a real estate professional, I see many properties go into foreclosure unnecessarily. Homeowners Associations, or HOA, have the right to foreclosure in 20 or more states, many of them before the mortgage lienholders.
In my latest blog about the Halii Kai real estate market, I noted that in September 2014 sales appeared to falter, with nothing in escrow. As it turned out, one more sale did occur before the end of the year. Our ocean view three-bedroom listing Halii Kai 11F sold for $1,075,000, slightly raising the average sales […]
As I mentioned in my companion blog about the North Kohala market for raw land in 2014, I exclude the lower North Kohala gated communities like Kohala Ranch and Kohala by the Sea from my reports on “Kohala.” When I say Kohala I mean from Puakea east through Hawi and Kapaau to the end of the […]