When my husband and I relocated from Dallas to Honolulu, we had to adjust to a much higher cost of living. One of the ways we adjusted was by learning to shop like a local. In Texas, we would typically go to our local supermarket and buy everything we needed in one place. On Oahu, […]
When in Hawaii, using a few Hawaiian and pidgin expressions shows respect for our culture and keeps the language alive while spicing up the vocabulary…here are a few of my favorites along with some tips: Honolua Store in the early ’80s with gas pump out front | Photo by my dad, John Severson
Every state in the nation requires full disclosure of material facts. The requirement in the State of Hawaii applies only to residential properties. A buyer is entitled to information regarding things that might affect the value of the property or influence a buyer’s decision to move forward with a purchase.
If you really want to throw a party and prepare a meal for 100 people, please read on. 5 hours after lighting the fire I participated in my first Imu (in-the-ground hot rock oven) in 1984 celebrating the 1st birthday of my son, Jeremy. Naess Betts, a Hapa-Hawaiian friend of mine, showed me how to […]
Up City Lana’i just got a new outlook on their future. It was announced in the Pacific Business News on Jan. 8th that the Lodge at Koele will reopen later this year as a Four Seasons Resort Hotel. This news has prompted some movement in the Villas at Koele, a condominium luxury district just a […]
Travelers come to Hawai’i every year to rejuvenate, enjoy the outdoors, relax on the beaches, have fun with many water sports and countless other activities. When these travelers arrive, they begin to hear the word Aloha. What is Aloha? Where does this feeling come from and how can I get some?
Four fun facts about the Hawaiian Islands: 1. Hawaii is the most isolated population center on Earth. 2. Hawaii is the only U.S. state that is permitted to grow coffee commercially. 3. If measured from East to West, Hawaii is the largest state in the country. 4. More than a third of the world’s supply […]
In today’s market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising, some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.
This past year I had the opportunity to work with luxury home buyers from Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle. They look at homes a little differently than your average buyer. Luxury home buyers have different concerns today than they did a few years ago. Having just sold the two highest priced Diamond Head […]
Check out Hawaii Life’s new home value tool for your free evaluation In my experience, automated comparative market analysis (CMA) systems are oversimplified and cannot take every factor of a particular property into account. No formula can accurately calculate details like the property’s views, proximity to prime surf spots, interior design, finish details, landscaping, etc. […]
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.
It’s that time again! It’s time to remind sellers that, especially in Hawaii, property does, in fact, sell during the holidays! Conventional wisdom would dictate that the holiday season would be the worst time to sell. In Hawaii, however, this has not historically been true. While home sales in the rest of the nation lag […]
We might take it for granted at times, but while elsewhere in the world the temperatures are dropping and the snow is falling, we may only consider a light jacket when stepping outside in the later evening. Living so close to the equator, we might miss out on the changing colors that the fall season brings, and […]
With the Oahu real estate market being so hot, it’s a great time to sell. If you are thinking about selling and want to get your home into escrow right away, knowing some pre-selling tips would be very useful. Here are some tips that are very helpful for making your home look spic and span, […]
Are you upset when you receive a low offer? When an aggressive low-ball offer comes through, often the first reaction is for you to feel insulted. Don’t. Low offers are commonplace. It comes with the territory. A low-ball offer doesn’t necessarily mean the buyers aren’t serious. Buyers have a way of moving up in price […]