Jan. 7, 2020

Should You Use Zillow to Buy or Sell a Home in Aiea, Oahu

Buy a home with zillow in Aiea Oahu

The internet has opened up a world of possibilities. You can do your shopping online. You can do your banking and taxes online. You can reconnect with old friends. And it’s not surprising that almost every industry is trying to get a leg-up when it comes to the online marketplace. It’s all about convenience, and real estate is no exception. Many e-commerce real estate companies have turned to the internet to handle house buying, selling, and advertising processes. Zillow offers exactly that. But should you use it?  What are the disadvantages? We’ve got the lowdown on why we frequently don’t recommend using Zillow, particularly in Aiea, Hawaii, and why we recommend turning to a traditional real estate agent instead. Let’s dive in!

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Posted in Family
Nov. 29, 2019

The Definitive Guide To Moving To Oahu, Hawaii

Guide to moving to Oahu Hawaii

Hawaii is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth. Constant sunshine, velvet sand beaches, salty waters, as well as a laid-back lifestyle, Hawaii is pure paradise. If you’re considering moving to Oahu, here is what you need to know.

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Posted in Hawaii
April 5, 2019

Tiger Woods to Help Design Makaha Golf Course

 

Pacific Links International has enlisted the help of Tiger Woods and his company TGR Design to design one of two gold courses at the Makaha Valley Resort on the Leeward Coast of Oahu. Woods and TGR Design will be the lead architects for the Makaha North Course, while Gil Hanse of Hanse Golf Course Design will design the Makaha South Course. Both courses are part of a mixed-use redevelopment that will include a golf club, restaurants, a health and wellness center, time share units, golf villas, and residential units. 

 

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April 5, 2019

Your Preapproval Does NOT Equal Your Budget

 

Pre-approvals are the best tool to understand your buying power. However in most cases, your pre-approval limit will not reflect how much of a mortgage you can actually afford when you consider your overall budget. If you max out your home buying budget you could end up house poor - meaning you have little cash left over to cover other day to day expenses, or even other bills. And what's the point of living in Hawaii if you don't have a little cash to go out and enjoy paradise! Luckily, we won't leave you house poor. Once you get pre-approved, we make it a point to go over what your ideal budget is, so that you can feel comfortable in your monthly payment. 

 

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April 5, 2019

What is the Kama'aina Discount?

 

Pretty much anywhere you get stationed on the Mainland, you will not get any perks for becoming a resident of that area. On Oahu, because of the huge amount of tourists and visitors we get to the island, residents often receive discounts at stores, restaurants, and especially on recreational activities like helicopter tours and at most state parks and recreational facilities. This discount is called the Kama’aina (kah-mah-aye-nuh) discount – kama’aina referring to locals or residents.

 

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April 1, 2019

Don't Let FEAR Keep You from Home Ownership!

March 29, 2019

Hawai'i's Sunscreen Ban: Everything You Need to Know

 

In July 2018, Hawai'i lawmakers passed a bill that will prohibit the sale of over-the-counter sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. These chemicals have been found to contribute to the destruction of coral reefs and other ocean life. And if you know anything about Hawai'i ocean life, you know how vastly important it is to the life of the entire islands. The bill takes effect January 1, 2021, but many folks are already making the switch to reef-safe sunblock.

 

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March 29, 2019

How to Buy a Condo Using Your VA Loan Benefit

 

On the island of Oahu, condominiums come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. On Oahu, the median condo price in February was $415,000, as opposed to a median price of $789,000 for a single-family home. Just because a home is a condo, does not mean that you have to sacrifice size, a yard, or even that your home will be attached to another! That's because on Oahu, developers have figure out how to condominium land instead of just units in a building. What might surprise you is that every home pictured below is considered a condo! With your VA loan benefit, you increase your buying power and potential greatly when you consider purchasing an Oahu condo.

 

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March 29, 2019

How Often Does Your Credit Score Change?

 

When you are monitoring your credit, especially if you are working to improve your credit score, improvements can seem like they take forever. But if you are like many folks who monitor your credit with the multitude of apps and programs available to help you check your credit score daily for free, you might have noticed that your score actually changes quite a bit over short periods of time! Fluctuations of a few points are totally normal, and can be caused by a variety of your daily financial activities.

 

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March 15, 2019

A St.Patrick's Day Party that Gives Back!

 

Murphy's Bar and Grill located on Merchant St. in downtown Honolulu raises thousands of dollars for Hawai'i charities with their annual St. Patrick's Day block party. But that's not all! Owner Don Murphy estimates the pub has raised about $3 million for charities over the past three decades. If you're looking for something to do this weekend to celebrate St. Patty's day, definitely pay a visit to Murphy's for some grub and drinks!

 

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