Having just closed a bankruptcy sale on Maui representing the buyer, some serious issues came up that would be difficult, if not impossible, for a first-time buyer to deal with. Bottom Line The best thing a buyer can do who is contemplating buying a REO or trustee sale is to hire an experienced Realtor who […]
Whether you are selling to move up to a nicer home, different neighborhood, or downsizing because your last child has gone off to college, now might be the best time to sell.
When it comes to real estate, it’s easy to see how the term “high touch” can have a double meaning. Attorneys, accountants, escrow people, title folks, architects, pest control people, home inspectors, insurance agents, surveyors, contractors, electricians, plumbers, home warranty insurers, engineers, property managers, 1031 exchange accommodators, estate planners, wastewater engineers, even environmental engineers and […]
All real estate agents and all real estate offices are not the same. If you have orders to move to or from Hawaii, it’s vitally important to use an office and an agent that has the knowledge base necessary to help facilitate a smooth military transition. Some against an office say they are military agents, […]
Many people that I have come across know that there are shows on TV that feature Hawaii. There is no show better than our Hawaii Life series on HGTV. Being on the show, I have run into people that know me from my episode, know the concept, know all the other episodes, but aren’t really […]
Matterport is a 3D mapping service, which uses a scanning camera to create immersive views of interior spaces, similar to the way Google Street View maps the outdoors. Currently, the virtual tour technology is used in residential and commercial real estate, the travel industry, and in news and entertainment. Still shot from the Matterport tour […]
Why shouldn’t I price my home at whatever I want for it? I’ve read several good articles lately that explain the need for good comps. Your realtor should be able to provide you with comps to use as the basis for pricing your home correctly. A correctly priced home will sell.
Every homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the highest price possible. Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price […]
Although not a new concept as an investment vehicle, many seem to find the idea of purchasing a property within a Real Estate IRA as something recent. We have been hearing about this approach for some time, and after I attended a recent RAM session that featured a speaker discussing the tax aspects of home […]
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?