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Oahu Real Estate, Education & Lifestyle

Hawaii Kai or Kailua: Which Offers The Better Lifestyle?

One debate that commonly arises for Oahu home shoppers is choosing between Hawaii Kai and Kailua. They sit at comparable distances from Downtown Honolulu, where most make their way each weekday morning and have their own waterfront real estate possibilities to offer. It can be difficult to come down on a favorite between the two, especially if you assume that they aren’t all that different. Maybe we can help. As …Read More

Find, Purchase & Remodel Your Dream Kailua Fixer Upper

This is a step by step guide to finding, purchasing and remodeling your dream Kailua fixer upper. Kailua is a beach community on the Windward side of Oahu which has become wildly popular with tourists and locals alike. The sandy beaches and lovely shops have drawn more and more visitors to this one of a kind neighborhood and have brought with it a number of changes. The old single wall …Read More

Oahu’s 7 Most Expensive Single-Family Home Neighborhoods (ex Honolulu)

Oahu is much more than Honolulu and that applies to real estate as well. It makes sense that the economic and political center of not only the Island, but the entire State looms large in every aspect of life here. That dominance overlooks the fact that there are a number of luxury neighborhoods outside that city’s limits, each with their own charms and natural marvels that put their residences at …Read More

Waikiki Condo – Remodel Journal

– Waikiki Condo – Remodel Journal  As some of you know, I have been an advocate for building wealth with rental properties since the early 1990s. Recently I purchase another rental property at the Ilikai, one of my favorite condotel building in Waikiki. The unit was in original condition and needed a complete remodel. It has been several years since I did my last complete remodel. This journal outlines the …Read More

Ko Olina vs Waikiki: Slow Suburban vs Fast Urban Resort

Ko Olina and Waikiki both present the possibilities and potential of the resort lifestyle. You live where the rest of the world plays. Great beaches, recreation choices you can’t get elsewhere on Oahu and a feeling of being outside the routine daily life. With all of that said, the truth is that these 2 Oahu neighborhoods are very different experiences. It all begins with their histories. That starts on common …Read More

Best Value Newer Oahu Homes Under $800,000

Everyone wants ‘Value’ in their home purchase, especially a new home. The way the Oahu real estate market has consistently moved upward for decades, taking prices with it, you’d think that was an easy thing to measure. There’s another, maybe even more important side to that word, though. It can mean not just the price you pay, it also takes in all the other aspects of real estate, or, more …Read More

Wealth Creation With Real Estate

Wealth Creation With Real Estate –  Much has been written about investing in real estate, yet many buyers have difficulty calculating the return. Here we break down the important components to consider. Each individual wealth building component might amount to modest returns. However, it is the cumulative effect of these, compounded over time that can create impressive wealth. Each component acts like a booster rocket driving your investment, and propelling you towards …Read More

Kaala Highlands: 25 New Homes in Wahiawa

More information about Kaala Highlands homes for sale, call Michelle Johnson (RA) at (808) 352-2469 or email Michelle@honoluluhi5.com. Kaala Highlands in Brief A new single-family homes project in Wahiawa consisting of 25 fee simple homes located on 3 neighboring parcels, totaling ~3.5 acres. The project will have 2 types of homes: Model A = 1,695sf + 500sf enclosed garage and Model B = 1,925sf interior + 500sf enclosed garage. Prices: …Read More

Honolulu Condos With The Best Balconies (Lanais)

Given Hawaii’s year-round idyllic climate, many Honolulu condo buyers are looking for a property that comes with a nice balcony (or ‘lanai’, as it is called in Hawaiian), with enough space to kick back and enjoy the pleasant trade winds. We compiled a list of the condos in Honolulu that offer the most usable balconies, without considering if  that be a luxury condo or more of your average condo. The list only includes high-rise condos, which we have …Read More

Guide to The History of Honolulu’s Real Estate (Past to Present)

Telling the story of development in Honolulu can be reduced down to one thing – Housing was needed, and needed badly. As true as that it is, it’s a much more interesting and much more complex tale. We can’t cover the creation of every neighborhood, but we can tell you the major sea changes that propelled us forward and created an astonishing place in the middle of the Pacific. This …Read More