Preparing Your Home for Sale – 5 Key Tips

5 Keys to Preparing Your Home for Sale

Thinking of selling your house? Inventory is shrinking in Hawaii and you may do well from the sale, depending on your circumstances and needs. Whether you're listing your house with a licensed agent or attempting to sell your house yourself, there are some things you must do to make the sale as efficient and effective for you as possible. Preparing your home for sale requires both plan and … [Read more...]

FortuneBuilders Coming to Oahu and Maui

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This real estate blog attracts quite a few different types of readers. There are those who are looking to sell their house fast and easy, those looking to buy a house in Hawaii at discount, and those looking for smarter ways to invest their capital, like private lending.But there are also those who want to learn how to flip houses. After all, with an unpredictable economic future and fewer … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Real Estate Investors Should Be Flipping Condos

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In yesterday's post, I stated three main obstacles that real estate investors have to overcome when flipping condos. After all, most people who get into the business of real estate investing intend to learn how to flip houses. But flipping condos can bring its own rewards -- if done with the right mindset and game plan. And as Hawaii has more than its share of condos, this is a great thing! 3 … [Read more...]

3 Obstacles to Flipping Condos Instead of Single Family Homes

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When most new real estate investors get into this business, the main types of properties they focus on are single family houses. After all, the popular show is called "Flip This House", not "Flip This Condo" (by the way, if you want to learn how to flip houses from my friends actually on the TV show, just click this link). Everyone pictures the typical 4-bedroom 2-bath house going through a major … [Read more...]

Hoarding – A Problem and Solution for Hawaii’s Troubled Homeowners

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There's been a recent interest in "hoarding", the name given for amassing enough possessions in one's home to the extent that it becomes a challenge just to walk from the kitchen to the front door. A&E has a TV show now called, appropriately, "Hoarders". Just a couple days ago I read an article in which "hoarding disorder" was actually recognized as a separate diagnosis of psychological … [Read more...]

Starting a Big Honolulu Luxury Condo Renovation – Royal Iolani

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Exciting news here at Big Rock Investments as we just closed recently on a major luxury condo property in the Royal Iolani building of Honolulu. Just off the intersection of Kapoliani and Date Street, the Royal Iolani is a two-tower building on the edge of the Ala Wai, Iolani School and golf course. Needless to say, we've got some darn nice views up there on the 37th floor! (I need to figure out … [Read more...]

A Cold and Deadly Winter?

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I sit here writing this post in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, about an hour west of Philadelphia. I'm from here originally and I'm visiting my parents for the Thanksgiving holiday. The air is brisk, typical for this time of year, and while most of the fall colors are gone from the trees, there are still a few holding on to their reds and yellows while the brown of already-fallen leaves gently blanket … [Read more...]

Will Your Next Four Years Be Different?

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Yesterday the nation hit the polling stations and voted to re-elect President Barack Obama  for the next four years. Hawaii, Obama's childhood home and current vacation spot (Kailua), predictably went 'blue' (Democrat), but for anyone who was glued to the sets for much of the day, like me, it was a nail-biter until about 6:00PM Hawaii time. No matter how you voted, as long as you voted then … [Read more...]

Should You Sell Your House Yourself? FSBO?

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Is a 'For Sale By Owner' the Right Approach?Today's housing market is very tricky, including right here in Hawaii. There are lots of mixed signals out there. Is it going up with a shrinking inventory? Or is it going to stay flat or even go back down? It's hard say. Undoubtedly the winner of the 2012 Presidential Election will have some influence on that answer.However, no matter what the … [Read more...]

Free Seminar on Investing in Real Estate With Your IRA at the Bishop Museum!

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Learn How to Invest in Real Estate With Your Retirement Funds!Aloha, friends. Did you know that you can invest in real estate -- with your IRA?? It's true! The IRS does not restrict you to the typical stocks, bonds and mutual funds. So why does everyone think that's the bulk of their choices when trying to build up their 401(k) or IRA?Because that's where the Vanguards and T. Rowe Prices … [Read more...]