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 […]
The recent headlines about the abduction of Sherri Papini, a runner in Northern California, has generated conversation about the precautions runners should take when they venture out alone. But personal safety is something that everyone should think about, so it begs the question: how many Real Estate Agents have safety protocols in place? Nobody wants […]
When looking at listings in the Maui MLS, you’ll come across the term Ohana. You may also see the term Nohana, and get confused…so what’s the deal? What’s an Ohana? Ohana is the Hawaiian word for “family,” and in the real estate context it means another place for family members to live. An Ohana can be […]
There’s no question in my mind that the smartest man in the world was indeed a Hilo boy. He wasn’t a judge, the former Civil Defense Administrator, or even my Miles (indeed a genius for having married yours truly). Nope, smart as they all are, in my book, none competes with the former custodian of […]
Ahh, peace and quiet. Recall, if you dare, the days prior to October 1, 2003. No dinner was complete without a huge helping of telemarketing! Worse, when they called, there was just no graceful way to get them off the phone. Didn’t they get it?! They were invading our space.
Are you married to your client…literally or figuratively? Or is your client married to you? .
Listing Your Property For Sale: 3D Tours When listing your Maui property for sale, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the latest presentation tools and evaluate whether or not they help or hinder the sales process.
Ever wonder why when you drive down a local Hawaiian street you see more cars than homes?