How to Choose a Good Real Estate Agent

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With all the glamour and buzz around the Hawaii real estate industry these days, it's no wonder that more people are getting their real estate license. With one of the most expensive markets in the country, many eyes are on our island home. For home buyers and home sellers, having more agents to choose from can either increase competition for your services or lower the standard of the profession … [Read more...]

Hurricane Protection in Hawaii

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It's 3:20pm on this Aloha Friday in Honolulu. What was supposed to be a damaging Hurricane Iselle has come and (mostly) gone with less than the damage forecast. That's not to say there haven't been signs of the storm throughout the islands. The Big Island has been drenched on both sides of the volcanos and trees have fallen across all islands. One even fell outside our window, taking down the … [Read more...]

Oahu Real Estate Market News

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Remember the ups and downs that used to characterize the local real estate market not too long ago? Well, those climbs and dips appear headed to distant memory, because the Oahu real estate market continues to rise without any signs of slowing down (albeit to the concern of some).Earlier this month (July 2014), the Honolulu Board of Realtors stated that the median single family house price for … [Read more...]

The Power of Real Estate Mastery

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If it seems like it's been a while since the last real estate post, then you're correct and I apologize. Most of June was spent with family in Japan while the past week has been here in San Diego; in the meantime, the blog somewhat fell by the wayside but is hopefully now right back on track.One of the key forces behind anyone who becomes a truly successful real estate investor is the … [Read more...]

Renovating to Sell Your House

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If you're renovating to sell your house, then you may wish to take care of some renovations first. Of course, you always have the option to sell your house as is, without doing any work at all if your budget doesn't allow, but if you have the time and money then taking care of these matters will likely help you sell for more money.Paint Touch-UpsOf course a full paint job will be better, … [Read more...]

What is an Agreement of Sale?

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You may have heard the term Agreement of Sale and wondered what it is and how it can be used to buy a house or sell a house. What is it? When is it used or not used? Is it even legal?An Agreement of Sale is simply an agreement between a buyer and seller to a sell a piece of real estate. That's it -- it doesn't need to be complicated. However, the terms of the Agreement are what really … [Read more...]

Summer Real Estate Tips

Summer Real Estate Tips

Memorial Day Weekend is generally considered the tip-off to summer, and that means time with the kids, family vacations, long days at the beach and possibly buying a new house. Summer can be a great time to take a big step in your real estate plans, whether you're looking to sell your house or buy a new one. Here are some summer real estate tips for you: If you're selling your house, start … [Read more...]

Real Estate Investment Information Sources

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People are always interested in real estate -- it's the one industry that will never fail to draw attention and get people talking. "What's the market doing? Are prices doing up? What's happening with foreclosures? Did you see that the mansion by the lake is up for sale? What's the Fed doing to interest rates? Do you watch Flip This House or Property Brothers?"But where do you actually go to … [Read more...]

Invest in What You Know

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The term "real estate investor" gets thrown around a lot. Many people who get started learning how to flip houses immediately give themselves this label. That's ok - I'm all for the 'fake it 'til you make it' approach. But the term itself is rather vague, no matter whether you're a seasoned veteran or new investor --  after all, there are countless ways to invest in real estate. Calling yourself a … [Read more...]

Should You Sell Your House As Is or Renovate First?

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It's a standard question once you've decided to sell your house: should you sell your house as is or renovate first? One look on the Oahu MLS shows a mix of properties both renovated and fixer uppers requiring some -- or a lot -- of TLC. What does that mean? It largely means that any house can sell, given the right price. After all, even if your house is a true fixer upper, there's a current … [Read more...]