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

Hoarding in Hawaii

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

View of Waikiki over the Ala Wai Canal

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?

Michael Borger standing next to a cut-out of President George Washington

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?

Photo of a sunset in Hawaii with sailboats

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?

Sell Your House in Hawaii aqua button

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...]

Meeting of the Real Estate Minds

Photo of the FortuneBuilders Real Estate Coaches at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Aloha, friends. I recently had the pleasure of spending a couple days in Hawaii's favorite destination -- Las Vegas! -- with some of the brightest real estate investment minds around. This was a gathering of the founders and coaches of the FortuneBuilders Mastery real estate investment education program.I'm talking about people like Than Merrill and Paul Esajian, who you may have seen on the … [Read more...]

Attention to Details: Lessons from Japan

photo of a Japanese sashimi meal

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

table comparing stocks to private lending

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...]