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HREV Adds New Search Honolulu Real Estate Available Listings By Zip Code Map
Honolulu Real Estate Views, KU Realty, LLC has introduced yet another innovation to their interactive maps! Honolulu home buyers can now search for available properties by Zip Code. With three Zip Code Map master pages that break down your search, (All Properties For Sale, Homes For Sale and Condos For Sale), Honolulu Real Estate shoppers can easily zoom in on a specific location they are interested in and find available properties that fit their criteria. More...
Honolulu Real Estate Buyers ... Buying Leasehold Real Estate In Honolulu
I recently received an email from a client regarding a Honolulu real estate leasehold apartment that they were considering for a purchase. I wrote a detailed response to their questions and I thought it might be helpful for you to re-print an edited version of that email here. More...

Honolulu Real Estate Buyers ... Get A Better Buy / Price In Today's Market

Keahi Pelayo discusses a new feature the at allows buyer's to get the latest updates on listings that have reduced the asking price. This is a very good way to buy Honolulu real estate at a lower price. More...
Honolulu Real Estate Statistics By Neighborhood
There are many variables that could impact the real answer for your individual goals with buying or selling property on Oahu. Here are just a few to consider. More...
Lessons From A Honolulu Home Sale - 2
This past September I was hired to sell a home located on Honolulu's Waialae Nui Ridge. It was a 3 bedroom 3 bathroom split level home that sat on 7,700 square feet of land. The list price was $1,145,000 and it sold in 5 days for $1,200,000. There are many questions that arise from this sale and here are a few of them. More...
Yikes! To Attorney Or Not To Attorney!
In Honolulu, initially, it is not typical to have an attorney involved in the structuring of a normal contract for the purchase of a property. So when should a buyer or seller bring an attorney into a transaction? More...
The E-I-E-I-O of E & O in Honolulu!
If you are a buyer or seller of a house or condo in Honolulu, it is prudent to ask a potential broker or agent who may represent you if they maintain Errors and Omissions Insurance (E & O). More...
Honolulu Industrial Investments
Last week's Pacific Business News reported that supplies of Honolulu industrial space are very low too. Surprise, surprise, surprise it seems there were no significant additions to inventory either. More...
Diamond Head Cutie!
Fabulous Diamond Head home. A friend of mine used to live in this home. In fact, the musician Henry Kapono was a tenant downstairs. It was purchased by the owner of Kahala Construction. More...
Honolulu Condo Sweet Spot!
Diamond head vintage home photo plus my thoughts on what section of the Honolulu market to target when thinking about buying in Honolulu. More...
Silver Lining To A Dark Cloud For Buyers
I find it interesting that a person who is now renting would not buy in this market. Values and interest rates are down, inventory is up and the negotiation process generally favors buyers. More...
In Honolulu Real Estate Zoning Rules Matter!
When developing real estate in Honolulu, be sure your architect and engineers factor in all of the pertinent zoning rules. More...
Now May Be The Time In Honolulu
Find your courage. If you are a long-term investor, now may be one of the best times to buy real estate. A recent Wall Street Journal article talked about an investment bank in San Diego that sees opportunity amidst the town's slow real estate market. More...
Be A Contrarian!
There is an old saying that goes something like this, "The time to buy is when the blood is in the streets!" The blood is not necessarily in the streets in Honolulu, but values are down some, selection is up some and there are opportunities to get more value. More...
Ways Condominium Associations Can Help Or Hurt Your Value - Honolulu Real Estate
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. More...
Reasons Not To Own Your Home In Honolulu!
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. More...
In Hawaii, You May Want To Buy Existing Rather Than Build!
With all of the risk associated with developing, I think you are better off buying existing homes. If you don't like an aspect of the house you buy, then remodel it. In the long run you may have less stress and save money and time. More...
Buying Property Through the Bankruptcy Court
This is an overview based on my experience in selling property through the Bankruptcy Court. I do not mean it to be comprehensive nor to take the place of any legal advice one may need. More...
Off Island Lender... Or Not?
Hawaii is not the mainland and because there are many unique aspects to our real estate law an off island lender can have difficulties. More...
Honolulu Is Becoming Even Safer!
Great news. Even though Honolulu seems safe, according to the Honolulu Advertiser, the crime rate has been declining over the last four (4) years. More...
Building a Honolulu Real Estate Empire!
Here are a few nuances of FHA mortgages. More...
Can A School Have An Impact on Honolulu Real Estate Values?
Punahou school, in Honolulu, was founded in 1841 and is considered one of the best schools in the country. More...
Honolulu's Twin Brothers of Different Mothers!
The more I thought, the more I understood that sellers who price their homes to high are like buyers who make "low ball" offers. More...
What Price Should A Buyer offer On A Honolulu Home?
The price to be offered can be driven by many things and what follows is a list of 28 important questions to weigh when deciding on an offering price. More...
Can Honolulu's Newest Safeway Change a Neighborhood?
This past Mothers Day I had the chance to shop at the new Safeway on Kapahulu. As I drove to the convenient rooftop parking, I considered that this store is going to positively change the face of this desirable Honolulu neighborhood. More...
Lessons in Pricing Honolulu Real Estate
This Manoa cottage closed at $800,000 on April 30th. I represented the buyer and it was originally listed for sale at $799,000. There are many great lessons that can be drawn for from this sale, but the most important lesson for sellers of Honolulu real estate is that pricing is the key to creating activity and ultimately selling your property. More...
"X" Marks The Spot in Honolulu
Paragraphs C-41, C-42 and C-43 of the Purchase Contract (PC) have to do with surveying a the corners and/or perimeters of the lot. More...
Knob & Tube Wiring it comes with the territory!
Many insurers will not offer policies at reasonable rates on homes with this type of wiring. So during your inspection period, be sure to confirm the availability of affordable home owner's insurance. More...
Honolulu Foreclosures, Is This A Good Way To Get A Good Buy?
That is a definite maybe or maybe not! Let me start by saying that in Honolulu these are two methods of foreclosing on a mortgage. More...
Oahu Rent Highest in the Nation
If you rent, with current interest rates, you may be able to buy. After the tax benefits of the mortgage interest deduction, you may end up paying less per month and not have to deal with a landlord... Hawaii is the most expensive state for renters. More...
Home Inspections & Negotiating in Honolulu Real Estate
Once a price and Purchase Contract (PC) are agreed to by the Seller and Buyer in the sale of Honolulu real estate, the next major hurdle to get over is the inspection of the property. More...
Honolulu Real Estate & Hospitals
Almost all of the major medical care available in Hawaii is located in the core of Honolulu. Not only is there a great deal available in Honolulu's center, but I am told that we have very good health care. More...
Closing & Signing, What Do They Mean in Honolulu Real Estate?
In some states closing a real estate transaction is very different from closing a sale in Honolulu. I am told that in other areas closing is when the buyer and their attorney and seller and their attorney meet to finalize the sale. More...
Termites in Honolulu Real Estate?
If a termite could eat wood, how much wood could a termite eat? Well, it depends whether or not the termite is of the ground variety or from the tribe of the dry wood termites. More...
Surveys and the case of Encroachments in Honolulu
Some planning ahead of time may help you to avoid problems with encroachments. By having your property surveyed prior to coming on the market for sale. More...
Honolulu Real Estate Is A Great Long Term Investment!
Given all of the news regarding the economy, sub-prime loans and real estate prices a great rhetorical question is "Why buy Honolulu real estate now?" More...
Surveys... We Aren't Talking A Gallup Either!
In Honolulu real estate it is customary for a home a lot to be staked and surveyed by a licensed surveyor. More...
The Canadians Are Coming to Honolulu!
Read this article on the growth in Canadian visitors to Hawaii and Honolulu. The weakness in the American dollar makes Hawaii a bargain for those foreigners whose currency has strengthened. More...
Schools and why the matter to values in Honolulu!
Where are the majority of Oahu's private schools, good public schools and higher education institutions in the Honolulu real estate market. More...
Don't Assume Your Insurance Will Cover Your Loss!
Great article at the Wallstreet Journal talks about the impact of language in your Homeowners insurance policy. More...
1031's and TIC's... No Not The Bugs!
The Wall Street Journal's Jason Zweig gives a great history and the down falls of investing in institutional Tenant-In-Common interests in commercial real estate. More...
Buyers Of Hawaii Oceanfront Properties Beware!
If you are thinking about buying an oceanfront home or parcel be sure to do your homework. The Honolulu StarAdvertiser is reporting a clarification and change in the SMA Rules. More...
Buying A Home? Don't Buy Anything Before You Close
The Los Angeles Times online recently reported that lenders are very wary of buyers buying incidentals on credit. More...
Opposition To New Construction Will Increase Prices
A recent article in the Honolulu Advertiser shows the opposition that almost all new development faces on Oahu. More...
Bopped By A Lead Pipe?
If you are buying old Honolulu homes or condos for rehab or remodel, then you want to pay attention to this blog post. Many sources have been reporting new EPA rules regarding working with older paints and products that contain lead. More...
Hawaii Bankruptcies Up
The Honolulu Advertiser is reporting that Hawaii's bankruptcies have risen. More...
Honolulu Foreclosures Up & We're Still Better Off
Pacific Business News is reporting that Honolulu's foreclosure rate increased by 123% year on year! More...
More Good News For The Honolulu Market
Latest research reveals that the Honolulu residential real estate market had one of the fewest and smallest real estate price drops in the US this month. More...
Spike In Honolulu Home Prices Coming?
In my opinion, the 2009 slowing in core Honolulu real estate sales had more to do with fear than too many homes for sale. A recent article in the Honolulu Advertiser confirms this. More...
Betting On Lower Foreclosures For Honolulu
Pacific Business News is reporting an increase in the number of foreclosures in Hawaii. More...
Wait On Your Short Sale. Help Is On The Way!
The Wall Street Journal is reporting short sale help by the government. If your thinking of buying one or doing one, probably best to wait a few weeks. More...
Home Tax Credit Rules Honolulu Buyers
The Federal Home Buyer Tax Credit has been extended through the end of April 2010. As you can imagine there are a great many rules and conditions to consider when using it to complete your purchase. Here are some helpful links. More...
VA Loan Limits Change For Honolulu and Hawaii
VA loan amounts went down for Hawaii. Depending on the part of Oahu that you are looking in for a house, you may find that the new amount will be just fine or it could mean you will have to settle for a condo. More...
Sellers Having To Cut Less, Could The Tide Be Turning?
The Honolulu Advertiser had an article earlier in the week that said Trulia.com's recent report showed Honolulu sellers were making fewer price reductions than many other parts of the country. More...
Economic Seers See Honolulu Bottom
Here's some major points that I picked up from attending the breakfast sponsored by the Honolulu Chapter of the NAIOP with guest speakers Byron Ganges and Paul Brewbaker. More...
Is Roost To Nesting In Honolulu Real Estate?
Pacific Business News is reporting that Roost.com, a new real estate search engine, is launching its service in Honolulu. More...
Guru Calls Bottom In Honolulu Real Estate
The Honolulu Star Bulletin is reporting that Paul Brewbaker, former Bank of Hawaii chief economist, has called a bottom in "Oahu's Housing Market". More...
Interest Rates Hit All-Time Low!
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that mortgage interest rates have hit an all-time low. More...
More Analysis Of The Honolulu Real Estate Stats
Here's a summary of the November Honolulu Board of Realtors statistical report. More...
Honolulu Home Inventory Down To 2005 Levels!
I just did a quick review of the November 2009 Honolulu Board of Realtors statistical report and I was surprised to see a drop in available single-family home listings to 1,199. More...
Heartland Connected To Honolulu Real Estate
The Chicago Tribune is reporting a significant increase in Chicago area home sales. More...
Crime Way Down In The Aloha State
Until I read a recent article in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, I would have told you that crime in Honolulu is higher than it used to be (not that it was bad). More...
Stabilizing Neighbor Islands Will Help Honolulu Real Estate
The Maui News reported that their tourism market would stabilize in 2010. As I have said in the past, it is my perception that the neighbor island real estate and tourism markets have been hit much harder than Oahu's. More...
Honolulu Best Place To Raise Kids
This is just another reason to own a home or condominium in Honolulu. Business Week names Hawaii as the best place to raise kids. More...
10 Good Questions & Answers About The Real Estate Market
Today's Wall Street Journal had an excellent article in a question and answer format. Much of it applies to Honolulu real estate and it is well worth the read! More...
Waiawa Cancellation Has Losers and Winners
Gentry Development, Alexander and Baldwin and Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate (KSBE) have just pulled the plug on developing 12,000 housing units in Waiawa (West Oahu). More...
Digerati Bell Weather May Ring In A Good Future For Honolulu
Little Atherton California's housing market may be a precursor for good things in the Honolulu housing market. More...
Some Honolulu Homes Selling... Very Fast!
I had two Honolulu homes that both sold within days of coming in the market! Here are some reasons why it sold faster than other homes. More...
End Of Year Great Time To Buy Honolulu Distressed Property
The Wall Street Journal reminded me of a terrific opportunity between now and the end of the year. More...
Lessons From 911 Apply To Honolulu Real Estate
With Trulia, Zillow and other sources for real estate information, I am reminded of the problems created by technology in the pre-911 world. More...
National Housing Construction Trends
Here is a good update on national construction trends. More...
7 Things To Consider Before You Buy Your Honolulu Home
As a Honolulu Realtor, I have generally believed that owning your home or condo is better than renting it. However, a recent Washington Post article, made me think again. More...
Blaspheming!
My thoughts on the impact of national tax policies and attitudes on the value of homes and condos on Oahu. More...
What Happens To You When Your Landlord Is Foreclosed?
Last week's Wall Street Journal online had an interesting Q and A regarding your rights if a landlord should happen to be foreclosed on while a home or condo is rented to you. More...
National Pending Sales Good For Honolulu Home Sellers
Forbes is reporting that the National Association of Realtors has seen a significant increase in the number homes and condo's that have been put under contract, but have not yet closed. More...
Distressed Honolulu Homes, Are They Really The Best Buy?
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on buying distressed homes. More...
FHA Is Key To Low Down Honolulu Home Buyers
Forbes has an interesting article about recent growth in the use of Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans. More...
If You Rent, You Are Killing Your Financial Future
Robert Shiller is well known for being part of the Case Shiller home price index and in today's Wall Street Journal on-line he is very candid in an interview concerning the current state of the national real estate home market. More...
Honolulu Real Estate & Life Expectancy
A recent Honolulu Advertiser article notes that Hawaii's life expectancy has been pegged as the longest in the United States. More...
Why Pay More? Buy Your Honolulu Home Now!
If you are a buyer waiting for the Honolulu home market to bottom out, then you may not want to wait much longer. If the factors suppressing more market exuberance disappeared, then the Honolulu market could turn on a dime. Here is what to watch out for. More...
Analysis of Core Honolulu Real Estate Statistics
Here are a few numbers that you may not find reported in the Honolulu Board of Realtors' latest report. More...
Honolulu Real Estate Core Value Strength Explanation!
The Honolulu Advertiser reported that Oahu has the highest hotel occupancy rate of "the top 10 competitive international island destinations", this may mean that Waikiki's hoteliers have had to cut back less than the neighbor islands. More...
Flood Insurance Could Drain Your Bank Account
My friend Ed Chu, an insurance agent with ACW Group, emailed me an article concerning possible increases in flood insurance rates for Honolulu properties. More...
Learn From This First Time Buyer's Experience!
Here's a Wall Street Journal article about mistakes that can be made by first time buyers not doing homework or rushing into a sale. Worth reading, even for seasoned buyers. More...
Low To Middle Market Leading The Charge!
Today's Wall Street Journal laments that the upper end of the real estate market is still slow. The recent good news of increased sales and, in some cases, prices is taking place in the low to moderate price ranges of a given market. More...
New Rules Make Planning A Must For Honolulu Buyers And Sellers
In previous posts, I have talked about the crazy appraisal rules enacted at the beginning of May. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that the rules have been creating problems. More...
Finally! Clarification Of The Appraisal Code!
Since the May 1 institution of an "appraiser code", the real estate community has seen a large number of contracted sales fail due to low appraised values. New rules have now been proffered that should help Honolulu transactions to have a higher probability of closing. More...
Membership Benefits You!
Whether you are thinking about buying or selling a property is Honolulu, I recommend working with an experienced member of the Honolulu Board of Realtors. Here are some reasons why. More...
Honolulu-Time To Buy A Home?
Before we consider whether or not it is advantageous to buy a home in the Honolulu real estate market, let's look at where someone might live that is considering a purchase. A buyer might meet one of these profiles. More...
Honolulu Trump Tower-Maybe Not! Read The Contract!
My thoughts on the Trump Tower in Waikiki. More...
Honolulu Building Permits and Plans
Hawaii Real Property Research is a professional document search firm that can provide you a complete research package. More...
Helping Your Kids Into Honolulu Real Estate!
This Wall Street Journal article gives you a number of ways to help your family to get into Honolulu real estate. More...
Honolulu Growth Projected Slow!
Pacific Business News reports a projected growth of Honolulu residents by 2025. Here are some reasons why I think this growth is a good thing. More...
Honolulu Wearing Crown Again!
Pacific Business News is reporting that Honolulu home prices are one of the most expensive in the US. I believe this shows the staying power of our real estate values and, therefore, is confirmation that a condo or home in core Honolulu is a great place put one's investment dollar. More...
HARPTA Could Be A Surprise For A Honolulu Seller
If you are not a resident of Hawaii and you are thinking about selling a property that you own here, then beware of the withholding tax under HARPTA Tax Law. Here is the short and simple version of the law. More...
Good For California Is Good For Honolulu!
The Wall Street Journal is reporting a shift in the California real estate market that should make followers of the Honolulu market very happy. More...
Honolulu Coop Flip Tax?
I had a conversation with a person in New York City and I surprise to learn that cooperatives charge a "Flip Tax" when a unit in the building is sold. More...
Hidden Honolulu Neighborhoods
Pacific Business News has an excellent article on a few of Honolulu's lesser known neighborhoods. More...
Housing Market Bottoming?
This mornings Forbes.com had an article written by Robert Lenzner, a forecaster at Economic Cycle Research Institute. He is bullish on the stock market and home prices. More...
Home Valuation Code of Conduct
As of May 1, 2009, new rules have been put in place to try to curb pressure on appraisers to arrive at higher values for properties. More...
Are Bidding Wars Next?
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the parts of the mainland are experiencing bidding wars for certain properties. More...
Buy Honolulu Real Estate Versus Stocks?
Short-term, real estate values can go down and if you need short-term appreciation you could be a very unhappy investor in any market. However, over the long haul, in Honolulu, real estate values have risen. More...
Leverage Is Still Good!
One of the beauties of real estate is that you can use a few dollars to control a much larger number of dollars. More...
First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit?
I finally found a decent explanation of the recently passed first time home buyer tax credit. If you are a first time home buyer, don't automatically assume that you will get a $8000 tax credit. More...
Re-sale Should Be Part Of Purchase Plan
For any buyers, especially military buyer's PCS'ing to an Oahu military base, it is very important to consider how salable a property will be when it is time to sell. Here are the nine things that will make it easier for you to sell when you leave Hawaii. More...
Better To Buy In Honolulu Than To Rent!
If you are going to live in Honolulu for less than 2 years, in any real estate market, I have always believed you are better off renting than buying. A recent Wall Street Journal article, confirmed that recent drops in values and interest rates have made owning more beneficial than renting. More...
A Beautiful Place To Live! But The Traffic!
The local blog "Aloha Update" has an excellent post on the traffic one faces when commuting from the windward side. More...
Selecting Your Honolulu Home
If you are not from Oahu and you are in the process of transferring to Honolulu as part of your military PCS or company transfer, it is important to select the right home. Here are 5-macro considerations about Honolulu real estate. More...
A Plan for Military Transferees Moving Honolulu
If you are in the military and your orders have you moving to Honolulu, here is an 8 step plan to help you make your move smooth and easy. More...
Low Down FHA Financing For Honolulu Real Estate
Conventional lending guidelines in Honolulu have tightened dramatically. Below is an outline of current conventional lending rules. More...
BAH-Basic Allowance For Military Housing On Oahu
BAH amounts for military housing on Oahu are much higher than the mainland. You may be surprised how much is available for your off base housing. More...
Military Moving To Honolulu-Things To Know!
If you are in the military and your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is one of Oahu's seven active military bases, then you may want to read the following 16 things to know. More...
Friends Buying A Honolulu Duplex?
A real estate agent in Minneapolis, Kari Lundin, posted a blog concerning a question from her clients regarding using FHA financing to purchase a duplex with a friend. More...
Buying Honolulu Short Sales... Or Not!
There are many buzzwords in the Honolulu real estate market, REO, short sales, foreclosures and pre-foreclosures. It seems these words put dollars in many buyers' eyes, as they think properties experiencing these problems can be purchased at really low prices. Here are a few random thoughts. More...
Three Rentals
Live in one in and rent the other. Three properties, one in Brooklyn, San Francisco and London. More...
Honolulu Condos With 70% Or More Owner Occupancy
Lenders are now requiring a owner occupancy of 70% or more, if a buyer is using a down payment in a purchase of less that 20% of the price. More...
Owner Occupancy Requirement UP For Honolulu Condos
With all of the shifts in financing over the last half year, in cases where buyers are using a down payment of less than 20%, lenders are now requiring an owner occupancy percentage of 70%! To find a Honolulu condo with this high of an owner occupancy level is very rare. This new requirement may have the some implications. More...
Honolulu Renters Should Always Buy!
I find it surprising that someone who is renting in Honolulu would ever consider not buying when circumstances give them the chance to do so! For renters, my arguments for buying are as follows. More...
5 Rules For Buying Honolulu Short Sales
If you haven't bought a Honolulu house or condo via a short sale here are some things to remember and prepare for. More...
Good Advice on Bank Owned Properties (REO's)
Tyler Wood, of Coldwell Banker Mountain Gallery Realtors, has an excellent post and video on REO's (or bank owned properties in his area. Watch the video. More...
Hawaii's Rental Rates Highest In The Nation!
The lack of supply in core Honolulu, high values and low vacancy have driven rental rates. These same factors should drive long-term (5 to 10 years) real estate values up. More...
Not The Pirate Code!!!
The 17 terms in the Code (National Association of Realtors (NAR) Code Of Ethics) provide a set of standards all Realtors agree to play by. More...
The Hard Conversation - 1
When interviewing a realtor to represent you, be sure to determine that they were bringing the professionalism necessary to have the easy and, more importantly, hard conversations that will protect your interests. More...
Honolulu Crash Pad Could Help With Mortgage Payments!
Do you have an extra room in your home or apartment being used to store dust or junk? Given Honolulu's International Airport, your room could be turned into a cash flow cow. More...
Honolulu Foreclosures... Good News!
Read this article which shows Honolulu having the second lowest foreclosure rate in the U.S. More...
Chinese Money Strengthens Against The Dollar
Yesterdays Wall Street Journal noted that the Chinese Yuan strengthened against the American dollar. A weakening dollar can mean increasing costs for consumers (this is not good). More...
The Chinese May Be Coming to Honolulu Too!
For the last several years, I have been waiting for the newly minted Chinese middle class to discover Hawaii. Based on an article in Pacific Business News concerning a recent agreement between our two governments, Honolulu may soon see more arrivals from China. More...

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    The stock market craziness of the past few days and even that last few years has made me a true believer in owning Honolulu real estate. Here's my video blog on this.

  • Honolulu Real Estate Could Stop The Stock Roller Coaster

    It is common knowledge that real estate is not very liquid. However, I see this as a positive because it allows panics to run their course and can help to protect your investment dollars. Watch my video blog.

  • Is Low Interest Rate Window Closing?

    I've been thinking about interest rates and how low they are now.

  • Key To College Investment-Plan First

    This is the third in my series on buying a home or condo at college for you child to reside in while they are attending school. Though this post focuses on planning a college acquisition, it really pertains to buying almost any piece of Honolulu real estate. Watch this video.

  • College Condo & House Buying Caveats

    Today's video blog augments yesterday's by talking about a few parameters to implement when considering buying your college bound student a college housing unit.

  • Using College Housing Costs To Buy

    In today's video blog, I discuss the idea of using the money you might pay for room and board at college to buy a home or condominium.

  • Honolulu 18 Unit Apartment Building

    With safe returns hard to find at banks and other places it may be time to reconsider a Honolulu multi-unit apartment building as part of your investment portfolio. Watch this video.

  • Is Number One, Really Number One?

    Keahi discusses how it is that more than one real estate agent can claim to be number one in a market and how every Realtor making the assertion could be technically correct. Plus I share some simple guidelines that will help you pick the agent that is going to work out best for you.

  • Spy Vs. Spy? Broker Vs. Agent?

    In Honolulu, what is the difference between a real estate broker (I am one) and a real estate agent? Both can help you buy or sell a home, and theoretically, one has more experience. I explain further in this video.

  • In Hawaii, Your Agent's Job Is To Protect You!

    In today's video blog, I discuss the nature of fiduciary duty and how it SHOULD by applied by real estate agent's and brokers in Hawaii.

  • Goliaths Not So Important

    In today's video blog, I discuss how the Internet Data Exchange (IDX) has balanced the playing field between smaller real estate companies and large franchise organizations.

  • Not Knowing What You Don't Know Can Be Expensive

    In today's video blog, I discuss how representing yourself in the purchase or sale of a Honolulu home or condo could end up costing you way more than the commission paid to an experienced and professional Realtor.

  • Aiea 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Apartment For $215,000?

    Located walking distance to Pearl Ridge Mall and central to Pearl Harbor, Fort Shafter, Hickam and believe or not Kaneohe Marine Base (via the H-3), this unit is perfect for those in the military to use their BAH or the first time buyer.

  • Terrific Mililani House! Just Listed For Sale!

    If you have been looking for a like new home this is the one for you. The owner has been very particular about maintaining all of the details of the 3 bedrooms 2.5 bathroom home and you can just show up and move right in.

  • Does AS IS Exempt A Seller From Disclosure?

    In today's video blog, I discuss whether or not selling a property "AS IS" will exempt seller having to tell a buyer about known issues or problems with a property.

  • BAH Great Tool For Building A Financial Empire

    In today's video blog, I discuss using the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) to your financial advantage.

  • 1031 Exchange: Introduction

    In today's video blog, I give you an overview of the Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange (1031 or 1031 exchange). This is the first of a series breaking down the 1031.

  • The Distress Property Fallacy

    In today's video blog, I discuss whether or not looking for a distress Honolulu property is the best way to get a good buy.

  • Too Attorney Or Not, That Is The Question?

    In Hawaii, attorneys play a much smaller role in day to day real estate transactions. In today's video blog, I share my experience and a gauge that might help you determine if you should get your attorney in the loop.

  • Does a Buyer Really Need A Realtor To Represent Them?

    In today's video blog, I discuss why a buyer in Honolulu may want to have a Realtor representing them.

  • Are Honolulu Realtors Paid Too Much?

    In today's video blog, I discuss the idea of whether or not Honolulu Realtors are paid too much. Clearly, on the surface, it looks as though our fees are to high, however, when you look deeper there may be a different answer.

  • Deposit? How Much Should It Be?

    In today's video blog, I discuss how much deposit should be made with an offer on a Honolulu home or condominium. I talk about ways a buyer or seller can use the deposit made with the offer to their advantage in the negotiating process.

  • Why Worry About An Exit Strategy From Your Honolulu Home?

    In today's video blog, I discuss the importance of determining your exit strategy BEFORE making an offer on a Honolulu home or condo.

  • Lenders Are An Even More Important First Step For Buyers

    In today's video blog, I discuss how lending guidelines have changed and how it is even more important to meet with a lender before you start searching for you Honolulu home or condo.

  • Buy Now? Or Save More Money For A Bigger Down Payment?

    In today's video blog, I discuss whether you should buy a Honolulu condo or home now, or wait a few years to save more money for a bigger down payment.

  • Why Buying More Home Might Make Your Retirement Better

    In today's video blog, I talk about why stretching to buy more Honolulu house or condo, may help to make your financial retirement much better.

  • What If You Bought Real Estate In Honolulu 10 Years Ago?

    In today's video blog, I talk about how well you would have done if you purchased a home or condo in Honolulu 10 years ago.

  • Low Supply Puts Pressure On Core Honolulu Home Values

    Today's video talks about how Honolulu's overall existing single-family home inventory has not had a significant increase in long time.

  • Honolulu Home Median Prices at $1,000,000?

    A local economist, Paul Brewbaker, is predicting a median price of $1,000,000 for homes on Oahu and in Honolulu by 2020. Today's video blog talks about Mr. Brewbaker's past accuracy and why one should believe him.

  • Why You Shouldn't Buy A Honolulu Home Or Condo!

    Today's video outlines 3 reasons why someone should remain a renter, live at home and definitely not buy a Honolulu home or condo.

  • Honolulu Condo Beats Bank Returns

    Today's video blog goes into detail as to how one of my clients bought a Honolulu condominium and greatly increased the return that they were making on their money that was deposited in CD's at the bank.

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