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Makakilo Neighborhood Spotlight

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Makakilo is one of the eleven neighborhoods within the city of Kapolei – Oahu’s “second city” located on the Westside. In the Hawaiian language, maka kilo means “observing eyes”.  Perched on the southern slopes of the Waianae mountain range, many Makakilo residents enjoy the hilltop breeze and spectacular blue water ocean views looking towards Diamond Head, overlooking the town center …

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Smarter Living

Brandon Lau Buyers , Homebuyers , New Developments , Sellers Leave a Comment

Smarter living is a move to harness your potential through designing a simple and less stressful lifestyle.  Capitalizing on the idea that quality is better than quantity, there is a way that editing your living arrangement can really make you happier.  Though it may be difficult to imagine downsizing from 4-bedrooms to 2, it all comes down to understanding what’s …

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The Tiny House Movement

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There’s a tiny movement that’s sweeping the nation, The Tiny House Movement that is. More and more Americans are opting out of living in traditional size home, about 2,600 sq. ft., and instead, choosing to live in a residential structure less than 400 sq. ft. Now that just for one person right? Wrong, these tiny homes are built to fit …

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Ko'olina Neighborhood Spotlight

Ko’Olina (“place of joy”) is located on the leeward coast of Oahu, approximately 17 miles northwest of Honolulu International Airport.   Long ago in the history of the islands, this area was a sacred place used for rest and relaxation by Hawaiian chiefs and royalty.  Kamehameha the Great and Queen Ka’ahumanu enjoyed the protected waters of the shoreline coves for …

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How the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction Works

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While we wait for details on President Trump’s new tax plan, the important thing to note is that there has been no change to the home mortgage interest deduction…yet and it is still available for your 2016 individual income tax filings. The mortgage interest deduction, in general, allows homeowners to deduct the amount of interest expense paid on secured loans …

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Kāne'ohe Spotlight

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     Kaneohe is one of the largest cities located on the Windward side of Oahu. In the Hawaiian language, kāne ʻohe means, “Bamboo Man” which was named after the legend of the man who discovered the sounds of the ohe hano ihu, bamboo nose flute.  In the late 1940’s King Kamehameha redistributed the land to commoners which became farming …

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Is 2016 The Top Of Oahu's Real Estate Market?

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What may be different about the top of the market in this cycle is that you won’t find dramatic drops in the interest rates followed by home buying hysteria.  You also won’t see much NINA (no income no asset verification) financing, or a double digit appreciation which we experienced in 2005.  The current interest rate of 3.75% for a 30 …

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Airbnb & You

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Airbnb is one of the most popular online alternative accommodation companies which has led the way for House Bill 1850 to pass the legislature. House Bill 1850 allows transient accommodation companies to act as brokers to register as tax collection agents to collect and remit general excise and transient accommodations taxes on behalf of operators using their services. It also …