Is your home for sale? Are you thinking of putting your home on the market? Is your home ready to have a professional photographer come take pictures? Do you have clutter? Clutter you think is pretty, but a potential buyer might not think so, or it takes away from what they are looking at in your […]
I’ve been both a Seller’s and Buyer’s agent for over 25 years…27 to be exact. There is a trend that I’ve been noticing for a while – that trend is fewer and fewer under 30 are getting into the real estate market.
I have been surfing for a while now. Nothing serious, I just go out with my longboard 5 or 6 times a month with friends. I can navigate just fine. I can bottom turn, ride in the meat of the wave just after the white water, and can ride top to bottom. While I feel […]
A 1031 Exchange allows you to defer paying capital gains tax on the sale of an investment property if you use the proceeds of the sale to acquire a similar replacement property. There are several benefits to taking advantage of this option: Capital gains taxes can be a significant amount of money! Using money that […]
While the median cost of a home ($746,000 in July 2016) and condo ($400,000) seems to keep rising, the VA loan limits have not always done so. Fortunately for 2016, the loan limits for the State of Hawaii have remained constant. The following are the limits for the different counties: Honolulu County: $721,050 Honolulu: $721,050 Kauai: […]
Nature’s Gatorade Why it’s good to drink fresh coconut water: Save the islands by keeping containers and plastic bottles out of our limited landfills and oceans Support local farmers – Vita Coco and Zico are manufactured by Pepsi and Coke! Improve your skin tone and look younger by drinking coconut water or using as an astringent Quench […]
When we moved to the island two years ago, we couldn’t believe we received orders to Hawaii. We never dreamed this was an option for us, but when the time came, we were given the choice of Hawaii or Japan. We jumped on Hawaii and have been living in paradise since. Sticker Shock: Everything is […]
Pidgin English is unique to Hawaii and varies island to island, and even by region. Pidgin not only is based on how you speak but how you act and the shared cultural knowledge. Dollar Tree Eighty kine fabric design by Anna Imua! (Let’s Go!) Following my last blog on how to speak mo’ bettah pidgin, here […]
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.