As we welcome in the first days of summer, it seems the hectic start to 2016 has become more of a mixed bag of steady growth in the majority of the market, with some declines in the upper-priced homes. [Read more…] about Slow, Steady, and Mixed Growth Show Summer Moving Strong
Change is coming (whether you like it or not), and the legalization of marijuana will have an impact on the local real estate market. Over the next couple of decades, and with earnings estimates in the hundreds-of-millions of dollars, it will become a legitimate business and a part of our daily lives. Here are five major ways that it will affect Hawaii real estate, and what to look out for in the years to come. [Read more…] about 5 Ways Marijuana Legalization Affects Hawaii Real Estate
Along with the overall stats released for last month, the Honolulu Board of Realtors also releases a neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdown. Here’s a few highlights, which may shed some light on the overall market health on O’ahu. [Read more…] about Neighborhood Update for December 2015
2015 finished strong in the local real estate market, with all indicators posting positive gains vs. 2014. [Read more…] about Condo Sales Help 2015 Finish Strong
Local people, for the most part, avoid Waikiki like it’s the unpopular girl at the party. No one wants to acknowledge it, and nobody wants to be seen with it! But for the past ten years, I have been performing weekly in Waikiki, and realizing that it’s actually not that bad! Yes, there are a lot of tourists and parking can be fairly expensive, but if you’re like me, it’s a really great place to escape normal island life!
Recently, I took a client around Waikiki to look for inexpensive condos that he could use for investment purposes. The whole experience got me thinking about the feasibility of having a permanent “staycation” spot, so I whipped up a quick search for properties that would fit my criteria. It would need to be affordable, relatively convenient to most of Waikiki, and in good enough shape that I would be able to use it right away! Well, here’s what I found! [Read more…] about This is a Permanent Waikiki “Staycation” Spot!
The weather’s been weird, right? Blazing hot temperatures turned into weeks of torrential rains, which turned back into a scorcher, which turned cold, which turned back hot. “Damn you El Niño, leave us alone!” Unfortunately, it’s not leaving anytime soon, so here’s some steps you can take to prepare for the turbulent Pacific winter ahead! [Read more…] about How to Prepare for El Niño in Hawaii
The good folks over at SmartAsset have recently posted interesting infographics regarding the most & least expensive cities to retire in. Not surprisingly, high-end metropolis’ dominate the expensive list, while more urban cities dominate the least expensive list. Where does Honolulu rank? [Read more…] about How Much Will You Need To Retire?
Did you know, during World War II and the conflict with Japan, the US treasury issued special currency to the islands? [Read more…] about Hawaii History: Special WWII Bank Notes