Based on recent investigations by Trulia’s economic team, Honolulu is doing quite well compared to other cities in the U.S. with regards to sales contracts going through to completion. Nationwide, the percentage of homes that go into contract and then revert back to being for sale is increasing. Trulia has labeled this situation a “sale […]
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 […]
As a seller, you might not know all the work done behind the scenes to market your property. One thing we do as agents with Hawaii Life Brokerage is market to other agents. Being a part of the Honolulu Board Of Realtors gives me a distinct advantage in the marketplace. 91-2023 Kamakana St., Ewa Beach […]
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.
According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 4.09%, which is still very low in comparison to recent history! With each quarter of a percent increase in interest rate, the value of the home you can afford decreases by 2.5%, (in this example, $6,250). Experts predict […]
If you haven’t worked with a real estate team before, be prepared to be impressed! The level of client care and efficiency of the process will be well above the “one-man show” business model most agents use.
It is common knowledge that a large number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year. Click image to enlarge The three months in the second […]
When showing a house, it’s all in the details. At times, a potential buyer can make a quick negative opinion over the littlest things. Stop and smell the flowers Below are some tips to help set you up for a successful showing: 1. Declutter. One of the biggest challenges when a family is living in […]
If you’re PCS’ing from Hawaii and own a home, selling it before you move can be nerve-wracking with all of the other logistics involved. How do you make sure you have the best experience when you sell? Call a Realtor. I happen to be one…And every member of my team happens to have PCS’d many times. Monica Schaefer, Jason […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Are you married to your client…literally or figuratively? Or is your client married to you? .
It’s been a busy few months on Maui, with myself and my team representing both buyers and sellers island wide. Stretching from West Maui, Opukea at Lahaina offers great investment opportunity for those looking for passive income. I’m grateful to have assisted 2 purchases in this new construction with opportunities currently available. Upcountry had its share of a frenzy […]
Picture this. It’s almost moving day. It’s your first home. Your agent explains the purpose of this last visit is to simply make sure the home has been left reasonably clean and that it has been maintained as it was when you viewed it initially.