Attention to Details: Lessons from Japan

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Konichiwa! I'm here in Atsugi, Japan on mostly family business and wanted to get out this quick post while I had a minute (amid my jet lag). This is my third time to Japan this year with my girlfriend to visit her family, and I've learned a thing or two about this fascinating country.I've learned that Japanese culture is very much about paying attention to details! Case in point: individually … [Read more...]

Why Real Estate Beats Stocks for Investors – Part 2

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In yesterday's Part 1 of this two-part post, we talked about the incredible amount of 'noise' hitting us constantly in today's tech-forward information-overload world. More so than ever, we need to tease out the logic from the mere (unsolicited) advice. This is a time for reason, and sometimes being reasonable means breaking away from the masses. The Showdown: Investing in Real Estate vs. … [Read more...]

Why Real Estate Beats Stocks for Investors – Part 1

Edvard Munch's The Scream

The Setup If you're wondering what to do with your money, you're not alone. There are many choices today for people with money to invest and it can be difficult to make true apples to apples comparisons. The barrage of marketing and social media noise about this company versus that combines with our own intuition, family responsibilities and concern about the future to often lead to either … [Read more...]

The Role of a Great Realtor

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Even though as Hawaii real estate investors our company can buy your house directly, there is still PLENTY of room for working with quality real estate agents and brokers. In fact, savvy real estate investors know that having ROCKSTAR AGENTS on your power team can put you leaps and bounds above the competition while also helping to keep you from making some big mistakes. For homeowners, … [Read more...]

TOP 4 REASONS WHY HOUSE LISTINGS EXPIRE

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Did you try to sell your house in Hawaii the traditional way on the MLS without any success? Did your listing agreement actually expire?Everyday -- and I literally mean everyday -- there are homes for sale on the Hawaii MLS that reach their expiration. Most have been listed for a full year -- 365 whole days! -- without resulting in a sale. While this is no doubt disappointing (and to your … [Read more...]

Reading the Tea Leaves

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Aloha, friends. It sure is an interesting time for the economy and real estate, both in Hawaii and across the nation. If you're a news junkie, then you no doubt are aware of the see-saw performance of the stock market. Today it's up, tomorrow it's down. It's basically dependent on two key items: HOUSING and JOBS, the two of which are themselves intrinsically linked together.But how reliable … [Read more...]

Working With Real Estate Agents and Brokers

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There's a misguided idea out there that investors and realtors/brokers can't work together, that they're at the opposing ends of some kind of real estate spectrum. One has to profit at the expense of the other.It couldn't be further from the truth.It takes a lot of muscle to make a real estate market move, whether it's here in Hawaii or anywhere else. Investors, realtors, brokers, escrow … [Read more...]

The Pros and Cons of Owning Beachfront Property

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It's a beautiful place we live in, here in Hawaii. We're the envy of much of the world with our abundant sunshine, trade winds, green mountains and gorgeous beaches. However, despite the glamour attached to coastal living in magazines and TV shows, actually owning beachfront property isn't necessarily all it's cracked up to be, despite beachfront homes being somewhat synonymous with many people's … [Read more...]

Top 3 Ways to Lose Your Shirt Investing in Real Estate

illustration of Monopoly guy losing his clothes and money

So you want to invest in real estate -- maybe a little or maybe a lot -- but you're not sure of how to get started. Maybe you have no plan at all or those late-night infomercials didn't quite deliver on the step-by-step promises they were pitching.Getting into flipping houses or any other real estate investment strategy isn't one to take lightly. Recent history is full of people with dollar … [Read more...]

Technology for Real Estate Enthusiasts

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Let's grind some gears. After all, it's a techie world out there, no way around it. I'm sitting here in my neighborhood Kapahulu Starbucks and there are half a dozen Macbook Pros crunching away on the tables in addition to whatever iPhone or Android is in everyone's pockets (btw, these are consistently some of the nicest folks working here).Apple, Ice Cream Sandwich, MIFI, Galaxy, … [Read more...]