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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

Comprehensive Guide to Purchasing Real Estate on Oahu

This is a step by step guide to the process of purchasing real estate on Oahu – single-family homes and condos. Before we get to the guide, let’s review some ‘good to know’ items for homebuyers: What is the MLS? Real estate agents on Oahu subscribe to a service called the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), which enables real estate agents to share their listings online with all other real estate …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

Mililani Mauka History: From Farmland to Modern Real Estate

Central Oahu’s place in the history of Pre-Contact Hawaii, showed that its literal role as the center of Oahu often paralleled its significance in other ways. The lands of today’s Mililani Mauka was a part of this, though what is recorded doesn’t tell us much about specific areas except for truly noteworthy instances. The fertility of these lands, combined with the cooler temperatures made them exceedingly attractive. This resulted in …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

Items to Review When Buying a New Condo

If you are considering purchasing a new condo – yet to be built – there are several aspects to analyze and evaluate that does not apply to existing condos. Depending on the project, specific unit, location, developer etc there will be a variety of questions unique to such particular situation. However, the list we have compiled in the below should serve as a good starting point of items to keep …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

How To Lower Your Honolulu Property Tax

Here are two tips how to lower your Honolulu property tax: 1.) How to lower your Honolulu property tax – Declaration Regarding Condominium Use.  You might own a Honolulu condo in a building that is zoned for hotel use and allows short term vacation rentals. We call them ‘condotels’ because the condo could also function as a hotel room.  That is if the building allows short term rental terms of less than 30 days.  Some of …Read More

Oahu Real Estate Market Outlook – June 2016

Paul Brewbaker with TZ Economics is one of the sharpest and most respected economist here in Hawaii. His analysis on Hawaii economics and Oahu real estate is candid and insightful. Summarized below are a few key takeaway points from his presentation during the 6/8/2016 HBR regional meeting in Honolulu. These are subjective notes we took during the presentation with particular focus on Paul’s current Oahu real estate market outlook. But …Read More