Honolulu, HI Real Estate News

July 14th, 2008 categories: Honolulu Real Estate 101, Rants & Riffs A Honolulu apartment owners association can positively or negatively affect the value of the units in a particular building. Here are four ways they impact your property. #1. Maintenance fees. We all know that it is desirable to have as low a maintenance fee as possible, however,     CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE POST.
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By Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE
(Liberty Homes)
Dedicated to Bob Stewart (who is attending the Hawaii Association of Realtors®  2008 Pacific Rim Conference & Expo on the Island of Hawaii on September 18 & 19th, 2008 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village )   Yes, Hawaii is a State that was admitted into the Union on August 21, 1959 and making it the 50th State. Now, for those that have never even stepped foot in Hawaii.... let's clear up a few things. First of all, it's widespread near and far that Hawaii is an island paradise. Right? Full of trade winds blowing through your hair and beautiful balmy sunny skies above. We have beautiful beaches and lush green valleys and wonderful hiking trails through our mountainous ridges. Oh, yes. Hawaii is all of that and then some. We do not live in grass shacks and sip Mai Tai's with little umbrellas a...
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By Barbara Abe
(East Oahu Realty)
Sunday, June 22, 2008 was a fun day for lots of folks and their dogs, as you'll see from the photos below.  We raised funds for the newly-created Hawaii Kai Dog Park and Hui 'Ilio Hawaii, the non-profit so instrumental in making the park a reality. This year we had 350+ walkers and a great variety of dogs and (some of us) had to be there at 5:00 am to start setting up - in the dark! Photos courtesy of Monica Schwartz, who advises, "Wag More, Bark Less!" My web site has a page devoted just to pets in Hawaii - be sure and visit if you are thinking of moving to our Paradise.  Contact me for real estate on Oahu, and especially Hawaii Kai. Barbara Abe, REALTORbarbara@barbarashawaii.comwww.movetohawaiikai.com808-226-2537
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By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
July 11th, 2008 categories: Rants & Riffs Real estate is a great business. As a Realtor, I have the opportunity to represent people in the sale or purchase of one of their most significant sets. As a result, I am required to have ongoing consulting and advisory conversations concerning various aspects of a transaction. I classify these conversations into to groups, easy and hard. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE POST
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By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
July 9th, 2008 categories: Reasons To Sell Even though this blog came from a Cleveland Ohio real estate company, most of the reasons not to own a home in Honolulu are applicable. None of these reasons may apply to you, however, read the entire list for a great laugh. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE POST.
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By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
July 8th, 2008 categories: Reasons To Sell Today’s Wall Street Journal reported that the Fed would not require Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to increase their reserve deposits. Thank goodness. In my opinion, much of the last major financial meltdown that occurred during the Savings and Loan crisis of the 1980s was a result of regulators increasing the deposit requirements for those companies. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE POST.
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July 7th, 2008 categories: Honolulu Real Estate 101, Reasons To Sell Generalities. In general they can be right and in specific they can be wrong. A prime example is the general condition of most real estate markets in the U.S. Most news reports and people espouse the idea that the housing market is not doing well. In general they may be right and in specific they can be wrong. This year I have been selling lots of houses and condos. Most of my sales have been my listings and a number have been buyers that I represented. Many of my listings (not all) have been selling within weeks of coming on the market (how is this in a “soft” market?). I have found there to be three keys to having a property sell fast and thus make it a “good” market. READ IT ALL
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An article in the Honolulu Advertiser today quoted Mike Sklarz, a well-known economist on Oahu.  He said home prices are flattening, following the steep increases of the last few years, creating a stairstep effect. In the first 6 months of this year, the median price for single-family homes island-wide was $629,000, compared to $645,000 last year in the same period. For a stark contrast, consider that the median sale price in 2001 was $299,900, and in 2005 $590,000. Sales on Oahu are down 26% so far this year, and if that continues, the decline will create the lowest level since 1998. Shouldn't prices follow volume downward?  Local economists credit population growth in the islands, low unemployment, stable personal income, and low interest rates for keeping prices close to those of 200...
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By Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE
(Liberty Homes)
It's 4:05 am on July 4th, 2008 and he gets up and stumbles to the bathroom. After he's finished he climbs back into bed and snuggles close to her. Just when he's starting to doze off again she startles him wide awake with a "let's get up and drive to the other side of the island to look at the sunrise"! Huh? He rubs his eyes and asks her, "Are you serious?". YUP! She jumps out of bed and hops in the shower with the poochie running after him while he turns the automatic coffee pot to 'brew' NOW. They check their emails and sip coffee for a few minutes and he hops in the shower. She gets off the pc and finishes getting ready. Cameras...check. Flip Video .....check. Put a puppy pad down and feed the dog. Check. Off we go! It's 5am and we're on the road. A cool crisp morning and it's still...
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By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
July 2nd, 2008 categories: Honolulu Condominiums A very interesting project is under construction next to Honolulu’s Lexus dealership. The developer is refitting the majority of the old National Cash Register Building at the corner of Cooke and Kapiolani. It is part of the growing “metropolitization” (my word) of Honolulu. READ HONOLULU'S LOFTY CONDO PROJECT
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By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
July 1st, 2008 categories: Honolulu Real Estate 101, Rants & Riffs “Gov. Linda Lingle signed the measure, Senate Bill 644, SD 3, HD 3, CD 1, into law yesterday to reduce Hawaii’s dependence on imported oil. It requires all building permits for single-family homes issued after Jan. 1, 2010, to include solar water heaters. READ HONOLULU SOLAR LAW POST
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June 30th, 2008 categories: Reasons To Sell I love what you could do before the tightening of the building codes. More than likely, the rail above would not be allowed under current building codes. The gaps between the leaves are too wide and a child could fall through. If this home were for sale and you purchased it, be ready for your professional inspector to note the irregularity.
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By Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE
(Liberty Homes)
My belief is that ALL housing markets differ and the circumstances are going to depend on the housing markets in each of the states &  local cities; and right down to each neighborhood which will show a significant difference in number of sales and of course the sales prices too. I also believe that it is up to everyone in the Real Estate Industry to keep the market moving. With our professional attitudes shining through in all communication and contact with our clients and peers and being thorough in our process through each and every transaction are just a few points to always be aware of. How well we all perform will determine the level of service "they" will rate us as well. The most important factor to consider regarding our housing market in the United States is that it is truly ...
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By Ronda Ching Day, Call "Help Me Ronda" for your Real Estate Needs!
(Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties)
What to eat after sunning at the beach? Need a snack after surfing? Willing to give your taste buds a test?  Stop by Hank's Haute Dogs across from the Volvo car dealership and behind the Sprint office on Ala Moana, that is, at 324 Coral Street...(between Officemax and the former Comp USA site) in Kakaako.  Near the Kakaako Waterfront Park and Ala Moana Beach Park.  Close to One Waterfront.   Opened by Hank Adaniya, aka restauranteur of Chicago's five star dining experience Trio, you will be wowed by the menu and dogs here.  Genuine Chicago Vienna all-beef hot dogs with its famous snap!  Portuguese, Andouille, Chorizo, Chicken, Bratwurst, the No Dog, Polish and Chili Dogs (currently priced from $3.75 - 6.25).  For the more adventurous, you can find the daily special and be surprised on M...
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By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
June 27th, 2008 categories: Honolulu Real Estate 101, Rants & Riffs I am a Honolulu Realtor because I have seen how home ownership changes the lives of those who own them. Certainly, the financial aspect of potential long-term appreciation is enticing, but property rights are fundamental to the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. One of our great founders, James Madison, writes about our property rights. READ WATCH YOU HONOLULU PROPERTY RIGHTS.
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June 26th, 2008 categories: Buying Honolulu Real Estate, Rants & Riffs I have great respect for anyone who attempts to build a home or develop real estate in Hawaii. The list of projects that have been approved and then strung out endlessly via the courts is very, very long. Yesterday’s Honolulu newspapers had separate articles concerning a project on Kauai and one here in Nuuanu. Both had received approval to move forward and then a fight ensued. READ THE ENTIRE POST ON BUILDING AND DEVELOPING IN HONOLULU.
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By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
June 25th, 2008 categories: Rants & Riffs, Views of Honolulu For the last few months I have been writing that the Chinese are on their way to Honolulu! Here is an article confirming the first group is here.   CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE VISIT TO HONOLULU.
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By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
June 24th, 2008 categories: Rants & Riffs We are our own worst enemy! Believe it or not we drive the economy! If we want it to change, then we need to move our attitude away from pessimism and toward optimism. Maybe I am showing my age, but I lived through recessions in the early 80’s and middle 1990’s and what we are now experiencing is nothing worth crying over. READ MORE ABOUT WHINING.
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June 24th, 2008 categories: Honolulu Condominiums Fairway Villa is centrally located in Waikiki. It is a building that is in the process of upgrading its common areas, is well managed and has a very bright future. This 1 bedroom 1 bathroom unit is priced at $300,000 and is being sold furnished (including a flat screen television). Enjoy washing your clothes in the stacked Bosch washer/dryer. Including the large open and very usable lanai the unit has a total are of 706 square feet. A tenant has just moved out, so it is ready for you to move in now! The unit was last rented for $1695 and, given the shifting market, we are projecting a rent of $1,595. The following is a brief analysis of a possible investment scenario based on a rental rate of $1,595 per month. MORE ABOUT FAIRWAY VILLA
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By Randy L. Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
(eXp Realty)
Have you ever heard that joke? Unfortunately this is not a joke.  After three weeks of trying to reach an agent to schedule a showing, I am still waiting.  A little over three weeks ago, I set up appointments for my buyers to view 6 of 8 properties they wanted to see in a particular neighborhood.  The reason for 6 of 8 was that one the owners had a family gathering and the agent for the other one did not return my calls. The following week I called again and got no response.  We continued to look in other neighborhoods and my clients gravitated back to that property.  They really want to see this one before making their decision.  It is a short sale, which they are not excited about. The home is larger and lists more upgrades than the others. This week I left voice mail and e-mail messa...
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