Nothing is more stressful than putting your home on the market while you still live there. With listings hopefully comes showings, open houses, and broker’s opens. These are all things done in order to get the word out about the listing, and then hopefully the end game is an offer and closed sale. This is all extremely difficult […]
We live in a technological world; wi-fi and smart everything have arrived, and much more is on the way. If you’re like me and want to do everything you can to be healthy and happy, not just surviving but thriving, then you may want to know how to be tech-savvy in a high-tech world.
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.
Energy clearing goes way back. Rituals, rites of passages, and ceremonies are common practice in cultures all over the world. In Hawaiian culture, a Kahu is often called to perform these types of blessings. A Priest may be called to perform or excise a negative spirit. We also have people actually trained, like in the Comedy […]
Living on Oahu is amazing. The culture, the family dynamic, the surf, and of course the food make it home to me. And every time I leave, I realize more and more that the Hawaiian islands are my home. There is so much to do here on Oahu that it rarely gets old; however, we […]
When I moved to Hawaii, I lived on a boat for the first 2 years. It was a creative idea, more affordable, exciting, and a great relaxing atmosphere to come home to every day, until the tsunami made it too exciting and not so relaxing anymore (that’s a future blog). It was a great experience […]
In this final blog of this series, I want to go over the aspect of getting the seller to know you – the buyer – in hopes of winning them over emotionally. Before I get into that, I need to update you on a change that occurred since I published part 2 of this series […]
When searching for a new property to buy, at times clients automatically think new is better, but this is not always the case. When looking at new construction, you have to really take a look at what is included, and more importantly, what is not included in the purchase. In addition, you need to know […]
On Oahu, unlike in many other real estate markets, property management is a separate world from buying and selling real estate. So many rental homes and condos exist on Oahu that property managers specialize solely in managing properties and have little to no interaction with the sales market on a regular basis. Since renters are so […]
Visiting open houses on your own? Here are the top 7 initial questions to ask the listing agent. As a professional courtesy, always list your realtor’s name on any sign-in sheet. Find out what you need to know about buying property in Hawaii Hawaii Life is also currently looking for homebuyers to feature on our 2017 seasons of […]
Automation is everywhere, including real estate. It seems that there is an app for almost everything in the world you would want or think you might need, including buying or selling a house. The question is: do you really want to buy or sell a house without an agent? I believe the answer is no.
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 […]
The same question seems to come up often when thinking about relocating to Hawaii: What do I ship there? The question is complex and again simple.
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 […]