Leasehold in Hawaii

The purchaser of leasehold property in Hawaii should be aware that they own the improvements made on the land, such as a condominium or a house, but they do not own the land. The land is leased for a set period of time from the original date the development took place. Most leases fall within a time period from 50 to 90 years during which time the pre-stated raises and renegotiation dates may take place. Renegotiation is done fair and equitable as outlined in the condominium documents. An appraisal of […]

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5 Tips for Staging Your Home Yourself

So you’ve decided to sell your home. While you’re preparing for this next chapter in life, keep some of your attention and energy on the importance of preparing your home to outshine all others on the market. Selling your home in the shortest amount of time, receiving your asking price and having an all-around flawless sale can be achievable if you properly prepare this (very large) item you’re about to sell. Here are my tips to ensure that success. 1. Emphasize the idea of move-in ready A neutral palette (regardless […]

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Four Things You Should Know Before Buying a Vacation Rental on Maui

According to a National Association of Realtors survey, an estimated 1.13 million vacation homes were sold in the US in the last year. If you’re considering ownership of a Maui vacation home that will also serve as an investment property, there are four things you should know before buying. 1. If you’re buying a Maui vacation home and plan to rent it out when you’re not on Maui, make sure you have the financial backing to care for the property without the income from the rental. The good news is that buying any kind of […]

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Credit Scores 101

Credit scores are the shorthand that banks use to make lending decisions. If your score is high, you get better terms for borrowing. If your scores are low you might not get a loan at all, or you’ll have to pay interest rates that would make a loan shark blush. First comes your credit report. Three credit reporting bureaus, Experian, Equifax and Transunion, independently gather information from landlords, government agencies, credit card issuers, and other creditors. The reports are divided into four main sections, personal information, credit history, public records, […]

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Homeowner’s Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter’s

Every three years the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs. $5,400). In a Forbes article the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun predicts that in 2016 the net worth gap will widen even further to 45 times greater. The graph below demonstrates the results of the last two Federal Reserve studies and Yun’s prediction: Put Your Housing Cost to Work For You […]

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Home Sales Up Year-Over-Year

Some Highlights This is the 48th consecutive month with year-over-year price gains. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist says that, “The main issue continues to be a supply & affordability problem. Finding the right property at an affordable price is burdening many potential buyers.” Inventory is still below historic norms at a 4.4 month supply. The best time to purchase that dream home is now. Check out these amazing properties you’re just going to love.

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Vacation Home Sales Reach 2nd Highest Mark Since 2006
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Barry and Carol are responsive, knowledgeable, super pleasant to tour with and a great representation of the Aloha Spirit. They knew all of the ins and outs of each neighborhood and had great local insight for places to check out on our vacation. We plan to buy on Maui eventually and will definitely be back to use them! Jackie R. San Francisco, CA   See below for available properties in West Maui:

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Real Estate: 2016 Will Be the Best Year in a Decade

A few weeks ago, Jonathan Smoke, the Chief Economist at, exclaimed: “All indicators point to this spring being the busiest since 2006.” Now, Freddie Mac has doubled down on that claim and is saying that 2016 will be the best year that the real estate industry has seen in a decade. In their March Housing Outlook Report, Freddie Mac explained: “Despite the challenges facing the housing market, we expect this to be the best year for housing in a decade. Home sales, housing starts, and house prices will reach […]

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