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. […]
It’s a no-brainer, right? We all know that green is the thing! With Hawaii’s goal of becoming energy independent, you’d think that adding panels that create energy using the power of the sun would be a no-brainer. Let’s review.
The primary purpose for ADUs (Bill 20 (2015)) is to increase the quantity of affordable rentals for residents. ADUs are allowed on residential zoned lots (zoning codes R-3.5, R-5, R-7.5, R-10, and R-20) as well as country district lots which are 1 acre or larger*. If you’re interested in finding out if your property is […]
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 […]
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 […]
“Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Isn’t this what we are all working so hard for? Here in Hawaii, every day can be enjoyed just like you are on a permanent vacation. People come here because they are attracted to the pristine beauty. They return time and time again because of […]
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 freedigitalphotos.net/smarnad The purpose of any real estate advertisement is to make the phone ring. Hmmm…fat […]
Whether it’s a small garden, a big yard, or a tropical retreat, the outdoor botanical experience is a huge part of why many people buy homes in Hawaii. Our unique climate offers the opportunity to create exquisite gardens that potentially bring value to the sale.
How does it make you feel when you walk into a home that has some amazing and beautiful wood work? I get the feeling of welcome and warmth. Designing and building your home is all about creating a place of usefulness and also a place of sanctuary. Wood has so many amazing uses and qualities […]
Here at Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, the Spirit of Aloha is alive and well. Just look at the name that we have chosen to represent our mission…Hawaii Life. Our vision is to welcome you into our culture and lifestyle and share with you what Aloha is all about. From the moment we make our […]