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By Barbara Abe
(East Oahu Realty)
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An article in the Honolulu Advertiser today quoted Mike Sklarz, a well-known economist on Oahu.  He said home prices are flattening, following the steep increases of the last few years, creating a stairstep effect. In the first 6 months of this year, the median price for single-family homes islan...

By Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE
(Liberty Homes)
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It's 4:05 am on July 4th, 2008 and he gets up and stumbles to the bathroom. After he's finished he climbs back into bed and snuggles close to her. Just when he's starting to doze off again she startles him wide awake with a "let's get up and drive to the other side of the island to look at the s...

By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
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July 2nd, 2008 categories: Honolulu Condominiums A very interesting project is under construction next to Honolulu’s Lexus dealership. The developer is refitting the majority of the old National Cash Register Building at the corner of Cooke and Kapiolani. It is part of the growing “metropolitiza...

By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
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July 1st, 2008 categories: Honolulu Real Estate 101, Rants & Riffs “Gov. Linda Lingle signed the measure, Senate Bill 644, SD 3, HD 3, CD 1, into law yesterday to reduce Hawaii’s dependence on imported oil. It requires all building permits for single-family homes issued after Jan. 1, 2010, to inc...

By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
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June 30th, 2008 categories: Reasons To Sell I love what you could do before the tightening of the building codes. More than likely, the rail above would not be allowed under current building codes. The gaps between the leaves are too wide and a child could fall through. If ...

By Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE
(Liberty Homes)
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My belief is that ALL housing markets differ and the circumstances are going to depend on the housing markets in each of the states &  local cities; and right down to each neighborhood which will show a significant difference in number of sales and of course the sales prices too. I also believe ...

By Ronda Ching Day, Call "Help Me Ronda" for your Real Estate Needs!
(Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties)
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What to eat after sunning at the beach? Need a snack after surfing? Willing to give your taste buds a test?  Stop by Hank's Haute Dogs across from the Volvo car dealership and behind the Sprint office on Ala Moana, that is, at 324 Coral Street...(between Officemax and the former Comp USA site) in...

By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
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June 27th, 2008 categories: Honolulu Real Estate 101, Rants & Riffs I am a Honolulu Realtor because I have seen how home ownership changes the lives of those who own them. Certainly, the financial aspect of potential long-term appreciation is enticing, but property rights are fundamental to the f...

By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
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June 26th, 2008 categories: Buying Honolulu Real Estate, Rants & Riffs I have great respect for anyone who attempts to build a home or develop real estate in Hawaii. The list of projects that have been approved and then strung out endlessly via the courts is very, very long. Yesterday’s Honolulu ...

By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
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June 25th, 2008 categories: Rants & Riffs, Views of Honolulu For the last few months I have been writing that the Chinese are on their way to Honolulu! Here is an article confirming the first group is here.   CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE VISIT TO HONOLULU.

By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
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June 24th, 2008 categories: Rants & Riffs We are our own worst enemy! Believe it or not we drive the economy! If we want it to change, then we need to move our attitude away from pessimism and toward optimism. Maybe I am showing my age, but I lived through recessions in the early 80’s and middle ...

By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
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June 24th, 2008 categories: Honolulu Condominiums Fairway Villa is centrally located in Waikiki. It is a building that is in the process of upgrading its common areas, is well managed and has a very bright future. This 1 bedroom 1 bathroom unit is priced at $300,000 and is being sold furnished (i...

By Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
(eXp Realty)
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Have you ever heard that joke? Unfortunately this is not a joke.  After three weeks of trying to reach an agent to schedule a showing, I am still waiting.  A little over three weeks ago, I set up appointments for my buyers to view 6 of 8 properties they wanted to see in a particular neighborhood....

By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
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  June 20th, 2008 categories: Reasons To Sell It seems the further one gets outside of the core of Honolulu, the worst the traffic gets. A recent report on Honolulu’s traffic confirms that this is the case. “Forty hours sounds like a typical workweek. But that’s how long motorists are stuck in tr...

By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
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June 19th, 2008 categories: Buying Honolulu Real Estate, Honolulu Real Estate 101 I have been fortunate to represent a number of U.S. Bankruptcy Trustees in the sale of Honolulu real estate. I find that many people think that the bankruptcy sales process is the same as a foreclosure. In some ways...

By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
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This 3 bedroom 1.5 bathroom condominium is offered at $249,000. It has an interior square footage of 1113 square feet, as well as a large lanai with views of Kapolei. The unit needs work and the price reflects the room for you to invest your time and energy to make the unit the way you like it. ...

By Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
(eXp Realty)
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While showing properties this weekend it hit me.  The reason so many properties seem to be improperly identified is there are not enough categories in the MLS system. For example let's look at the condition of homes.  We definitely need some more categories here.  Instead of just excellent, we ne...

By Barbara Abe
(East Oahu Realty)
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The Honolulu Board of Realtors statistics for the 1st Quarter of 2008 show 46 sales in Hawaii Kai, with a median sales price of $865,300.  This compares to 51 sales in the 4th quarter of 2007, with a median price of $919,000. Median list prices were considerably higher:  $1,269,700 for the first...

By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
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June 17th, 2008 categories: Honolulu Real Estate 101, Rants & Riffs More and more reports are coming out pondering significant economic inflation. As much as I don’t want to see the inflation of the late 70’s and early 80’s, I would be remiss to turn a blind eye to its possibility. Two recent art...

By Keahi Pelayo
(KU Realty)
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June 16th, 2008 categories: Honolulu Real Estate 101 A blog by Cynthia Hoskins, of Clark Realty on the Big Island, inspired me to write about off island lenders. Cynthia writes the following. “ Local lenders understand the Hawaii Purchase Contract and its contingencies and have established relati...

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