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Illegal vacation rentals under scrutinyMany condominium associations are stepping up enforcement of vacation rental laws in 2017.  Recently I spoke with an investor who used to own and operate one such rental.  Illegal rentals are common on Oahu, talk to enough people and you'll find somebody who...
Waialae GardensLocated in Waialae Nui Valley,  many consider Waialae Gardens and the neighboring townhomes (Tropic Gardens and Tropicana Village - Makai) as part of the Kahala neighborhood.  After all, Kahala Towers are adjacent to Tropic Gardens.  The Kahala Mall is on the makai side of the H1 f...
What qualifies as affordable?  Oahu's median home prices were $745,000 in May, 2017.  The more popular neighborhoods in town (Honolulu, that is) are often priced near $1 million and  higher.Looking for a home in the $300,000's is challenging.  Common "wants" for buyers include: No homeowner assoc...
This morning I received an e-mail titled "wire transfer instructions" and it appeared to be sent by Docusign.  I wasn't expecting wire transfer instructions and suspected this is a "phishy" e-mail.Checking the spam folder, there were two more identical e-mails from the supposed author, Cameron Sm...
This morning I received an e-mail that appears to be from a realtor in Arizona and I live in Hawaii. Here's the message:Hello, how are you ? Please review attached Cash offer for the above property, let me know if you have any questions or if you need any other information. Buyer is very motivate...
There are a lot more Trump supporters out there than I and many others thought! Let's congratulate Mr. Trump and hope for the best!Yesterday (one day after the election) two of my clients called expressing concern about the value of their real estate investments.  Are we going to be okay?  My res...
Bluestone townhomes are on a hillside in Kailua, overlooking Mid Pacific Country Club.  The Kaelepulu Drive entrance in Lanikai is adjacent to Mid Pacific's club house.  The other entry point, on Kamahele Street is in Enchanted Lake near the Enchanted Lake Shopping Center.  Bluestone is gated and...
Diamond Head is one of the more popular areas on Oahu.  And Pualei Circle is one of the more affordable places to live in this relatively expensive neighborhood.   Here's a comparative market analysis of Active listings, in escrow and recently sold (3rd quarter - July 1 to September 30, 2016.)Not...
I have been a Palolo Valley resident for nine years of residency and counting!  This is a middle class community where we are friends with our neighbors.  Some people have lived here for decades - going back to the 1940's and 1950's when their homes were first built.  Newer residents are warmly w...
Last year I wrote about the many listings available at Makaha Beach Cabanas.  Prior to 2015, the building tolerated short term vacation rentals - less than 30 days at a time is illegal in most condos.  Makaha Beach Cabanas' board of directors decided they wouldn't allow it starting on January 1, ...

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