5 Tips to Use Google for Real Estate Searches

Google Related Searches for Real Estate

It seems like technology is running our lives these days. How many couples do you see at restaurants or Starbucks not conversing with each other, but each on their cellphone instead? How many kids are pacified at dinner tables with their iPads? Too many, in my opinion! However, not all tech is bad - it's certainly enabled us to achieve more in life, from medicine to transportation … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Good Real Estate Agent

Luxury condo Honolulu - Nauru Tower 3001 - dining kitchen

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...]

Oahu Real Estate Market News

Big Rock Investments - Hawaii real estate investors

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...]

Does Price Alone Sell Your House?

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The Hawaii real estate market continues to sizzle, with estimates of median single family home prices in Honolulu County toppling $700K by the end of the 2014. Low mortgage interest rates and low inventory have combined to create a supply and demand combo that has created a house-buying fever. Of course, we don't know how long this run-up will occur (remember the housing bubble, anyone?), but for … [Read more...]

Oahu Real Estate Market Update – February 2014

Hawaii Real Estate 2014

The Oahu real estate market is the most closely watched market in Hawaii and one of the top markets in the country. After all, with roughly 90% of the state's population living here, shows like Hawaii Life getting significant TV airplay and the glitz factor that's been embedded into the Hawaii brand over the decades, it's no surprise. I was recently interviewed for a potential house flipping TV … [Read more...]

Intangibles When Selling Your House in Hawaii

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Aloha, friends. I just got back home from visiting a few potential homes for purchase here on Oahu and wanted to share some quick thoughts. When analyzing a home to buy (or if you're selling your house), there are some obvious and not-so-obvious factors to consider when trying to figure out its true market value. The normal way to figure out how much your home is worth is by "running comps". … [Read more...]

Realtors and Investors Working Together

Owner Michael Borger

There are a lot of real estate investors who have a somewhat combative, almost hostile relationship with the concept of realtors. It doesn't make sense to me. Investors and realtors play different yet incredibly complementary roles in local real estate transactions. I understand on the surface where some of the friction comes from -- to a large extent, we market our services to the same people. … [Read more...]

Putting Together a Real Estate Superhero Team

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We all have different real estate goals. Some of us just want to buy a house while interest rates are still relatively low. For some, it's a first house for a new family, maybe a condo in Salt Lake, Honolulu or a townhouse in Makakilo or Kihei. For others, a vacation house on the North Shore of Oahu or just off the beach in Poipu, Kauai is just what we want. Others have significantly different … [Read more...]

So Long, Mr. President

Hawaii state flag

Come tomorrow, President Obama and family will head back to their usual residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in our nation's capital. It's been a surprisingly quiet visit for the First Family compared to previous years. While they stayed in Kailua on the windward side as they always do when visiting Oahu (in a legal rental, we hope!), there weren't as many of the typical stories in the paper and … [Read more...]

Preparing for Hawaii Real Estate in 2014

Hawaii Real Estate 2014

We're only 2 days away from ringing in 2014. Can you believe an entire year has once again passed us by? Tempest fugit, indeed. How did the year shape up for you? As we get ready to watch the fireworks light up the Hawaiian skies in just over 48 hours, let's take a look back over the past 12 months and where we may be going from here. Improving Your Home Value Many residents in Hawaii have taken … [Read more...]