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Oahu Real Estate, Education & Lifestyle

Oahu Real Estate Market Outlook – June 2017

Oahu Real Estate Market Outlook – June 2017  – Courtesy of the Honolulu Board of Realtors, local economist Paul Brewbaker with TZ Economics recently shared his view regarding the general US economy as well as his outlook for the local Hawaii economy and the Hawaii real estate market. Paul’s presentations are always insightful. Check here for last year’s summary: Oahu Real Estate Market Outlook – June 2016, and compare with …Read More

New Hawaii Property Tax Rates 2017 – 2018

New Hawaii Property Tax Rates 2017 – 2018 – We saw it coming, City Council just adjusted Hawaii’s new property tax rates for fiscal year July 1st 2017 through June 30th 2018. The big change for Honolulu County / Island of Oahu is the now two tiered Residential Rate ‘A’: $4.50 per $1,000 (0.45%) of the net taxable value for Oahu Residential A property up to $1Mill. $9.00 per $1,000 (0.9%) of the …Read More

‘Buy Before Sell’ vs ‘Sell Before Buy’ – Best Strategy For A Sideways Move In Real Estate

‘Buy before Sell’ vs ‘Sell before Buy’ – Best strategy for a sideways move in Honolulu’s real estate market – “Can we buy a home subject to the sale of our existing home?”  That’s what I get asked often from clients that already own a home and have the need to move into their next home. Let’s say you do not have  a.) enough cash, or  b.) financial strength to …Read More

Diamond Head Home for Sale: 2819 Coconut Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

If you are interested in this home, please contact Kristian (808) 372-6184 or kristian@honoluluhi5.com. 2819 Coconut Ave is a home in Diamond Head, arguably the most exclusive and sought after neighborhood for any homes in Honolulu. This home is located in a very quiet and private “niche” section of Diamond Head – oceanside of Diamond head Road and adjacent to the prestigious Gold Coast. In this part of Diamond Head most lots are …Read More

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 purchased another rental property at the Ilikai Apartment Building, one of my favorite condo of all Waikiki condotel buildings, allowing short term vacation renting . This unit was in original condition and needed a complete remodel. It has been several years since I did …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