O’ahu Real Estate

Aug. 1, 2020

Why you should use a local lender in Hawaii


When a client asked me why I insist on using a local lender, it made me think that person is probably not the only one who has this question. So why do I insist that you use a local lender? There are four reasons I insist on a local ...

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May 30, 2020

ADU and Residential Zoning


I get questions all the time about building an ADU on a property. So you might ask what is an ADU? ADU stands for Accessory Dwelling Unit.

It is an individual home on a single-family lot. It can be attached or detached and it must have a kitchen, a bathroom, and sleeping ...

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April 28, 2020

Seller Seminar


I often get asked the question .. What am I supposed to do when I need to sell my property?

On average in the United States it is about every 7 years that people trade properties. For a lot of us it is a lot longer than that or sometimes it ...

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April 13, 2020

City & County of Honolulu Permit Process


On this post, I will be reviewing permitting process for the City & County of Honolulu. 

Are you planning on renovating your home or buying and selling? If so you may want to know a little bit more about the permitting process with the City & County of Honolulu Department of ...

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March 25, 2020

Can I still list or see a property during the COVID-19 "Stay at Home" order?


In the last week or so, I have been getting the question:  Can I still buy or sell a home during the COVID-19 pandemic and especially now that the State of Hawaii has issue a Stay At Home order? And the answer is yes.

Even during the current ...

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March 25, 2020

Buyer's Closing Costs in Hawaii


Today we are going to learn about the buyer costs incurred during of the course of a real estate transaction in Hawaii.

Prior to closing the buyer is going to have to come up with money three separate times.  

Up Front Payments:

1. Initial Deposit. The buyer is  ...

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March 4, 2020

Painting Advice for Sellers and Homeowners in Hawaii

When it comes to paint, everyone has a different opinion, but there are some things you cannot argue about when it comes to paint:

1. The quality of your product

2. The application of the product to make sure it looks smooth and even

3. The tools you use to make sure that application is ...

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Jan. 22, 2020

Should You Buy a Home When You PCS to Hawaii?


I often am asked the question "Should buy a home when you PCS to Hawaii?" I have a personal bias when it comes to using your BAH to buy a home. My husband and I have bought four homes in Hawaii. We also bought a condo in Washington State and a single family ...

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Jan. 12, 2020

How to Spot and Remove Termites

Let's talk termites: whether you have them and if you have them how we can help get rid of them.

There are two kinds of termites in Hawaii. We have drywood termites and ground termites.

Ground Termites: Ground termites will find a way from the ground up into your home, and you will ...

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Jan. 11, 2020

How to Hang the Right Sized Art

Have you ever walked into someone's home or looked around your own home and said that art does not necessarily fit in that space. Sometimes you will walk in and there will be a little tiny piece of art on a gigantic wall. Well, what are some guides that will help you hang ...

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