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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

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

Guide to Honolulu’s Ocean View Homes & Neighborhoods

Did you know that 81% of all serious inquiries we receive for Honolulu homes express a desire for ocean views. There is a special allure about seeing the ocean. Perhaps it goes back to our brain’s evolution from primordial times, or the distant unconscious pre-birth memory of us floating in the amniotic sac. Perhaps the calming blue color together with horizon views inspire minds to wander and forget time. Some of …Read More

Hawaii Kai Sailing Lessons

Who says sailing lessons can’t be done in January? Taking sailing lessons for kids is exactly what my 7-year old daughter did in Hawaii Kai during her winter break January 2 to January 6, 2017. This has been the second time we signed her up for one week outdoor fun in the sun offered by the Hawaii Kai Boat Club. And, she is requesting to do it again! We can’t blame …Read More

Waikiki’s Condotel Reality – Cash Flow vs Lifestyle

Condotels are hot!  They offer a unique combination of maximum rental income potential with maximum rental flexibility.  Because you are allowed to do short term (less than 30 days per tenant) vacation renting, your condotel investment property could serve a clever dual purpose: A.) Generate maximum short-term vacation rental income, and B.) Enjoy it as your personal vacation getaway. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too. At least with some properties, up …Read More

New Honolulu Condo Building Boom?

Recently we have been asked to comment about:  “..the explosion of condos going up in the Kapiolani/Ala Moana area. Will they get built? Why or why not? Is there still an appetite for these projects? Why or why not?” Contrary to the what some might think, the recent Honolulu condo building boom is barely a drop in the bucket to satisfy Honolulu’s strong housing demand. The real issue is affordability for …Read More

10 Amazing Streets In Diamond Head & Kahala

One of our well-to-do Beverly Hills client is accustomed to a certain way a neighborhood should look. Occasionally he would go sightseeing in Honolulu and report when he discovered what he referred to as a more normal looking street. Inspired by his keen observations we compiled the following list of fine Diamond Head and Kahala streets. This list is subjective and each street made the list for a variety of …Read More

Top 5 Tips To Succeed Finding Your Dream Home

Finding the right home may seem daunting, especially moving into a new neighborhood. Based on the many inquiries we receive daily, we put together the following recommendations to help you avoid potential pitfalls and prepare you to successfully find your dream home. 1.) Get pre-approved before looking at homes This is by far the most important recommendations we can make, unless you have enough money for an all cash purchase. Buyers often …Read More

Claim Your Honolulu Home Exemption & Save Big

If you live in your home or condo as your primary residence in Honolulu County, that is the island of Oahu, you need to claim your Home Exemption.  This is a tax break that will save you thousands of dollars in property taxes. You need to file by September 30, the annual filing due date. Your tax break will take effect next fiscal year, starting July 1st after the Sept filing deadline. …Read More

Guide to 400+ Ocean & Beachfront Homes in Honolulu

Have you ever dreamed what it would be like to live in a nice home right by the ocean? Would you feel like Magnum P.I. as seen in the famous TV show Hawaii Five-0? Millions have seen the show and have been inspired and awestruck by blue ocean, dancing palm trees and sunny blue skies.  This is not a coincident. Honolulu stands head above shoulders compared to many other coastal locations in America offering …Read More