Why Good Home Design Matters

Many of my clients are encouraged to learn that I worked as an architect and construction manager for many years. After designing, redesigning, and remodeling homes (as well as commercial properties), I felt that my experience as a designer would only help me become a better Realtor. I enjoy helping a person’s ideas come to reality. […]

Is a Bamboo Home in Hawaii Right For You?

Ten years ago, bamboo home building in Hawaii was not as common as it is today. An influx of bamboo builders have brought their expertise to the islands and a number of homes on the Big Island and Maui have popped up with beautiful design and construction. There are several bamboo homes in my oceanfront neighborhood, Puako. Pakalana Sanctuary, recently on […]

Special Tax Considerations for Foreigners & Non-Residents of Hawaii

The Federal government requires withholding 10% of the gross proceeds any time a foreign seller conveys property. Escrow will also withhold an additional 5% if the foreigner is not a Hawaii resident. Foreigners or out-of-state owners who make even a penny on the sale of real property are subject to withholding. Buyer and seller alike should be […]

Handy Little Reference Guide to Real Estate Acronyms & Abbreviations

At times, a handy abbreviation index would be helpful. Most classified line ads are difficult to understand. Try this one: “3 br/2 ba, P&P home, quiet HPP C-D-S. Spac grt rm, grmet kit, great dk, even a/c and FP!” Photo courtesy The purpose of any real estate advertisement is to make the phone ring. Hmmm…fat […]