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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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4 Reasons To Use a Real Estate Agent in Hawaii

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As you know, in the past ten to twenty years, we have seen significant technological advancements, specifically in computers and communications. The convergence of various technologies has made life more convenient which has changed the way many businesses operate. It should not come as a surprise that technology has facilitated the way we purchase and sell real estate. In this …

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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 …


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 …

Broker’s Opens

Why Broker’s Opens Work

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Aside from the Sunday open house that most people on Oahu are familiar with, there are viewings called broker’s opens which the Realtor community typically schedules throughout the week. These broker’s opens allows other brokers to preview a property which they can then tell their clients about. Being that many agents are hosting their own open houses on Sunday, broker’s …

Attract Homebuyers

How To Attract Homebuyers Online

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When marketing your property you will likely have two primary means of reaching prospective buyers. One will be through a direct approach of using various media channels to promote your home directly to buyers. This might be through the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), Broker Websites, Agent Websites, Search Portals (Zillow, Trulia,, etc.), Syndication Services like Listhub or E-mail Property …

FIRPTA Withholding Rate Increasing to 15%

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[NAR Issue Brief] FIRPTA Withholding Rate Increasing to 15% BY EVAN LIDDIARD January 14, 2016 The recently-enacted Protecting American Taxpayers from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act (H.R. 2029, P.L. 114-113) includes two very positive FIRPTA provisions that are conservatively estimated to boost foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate by $20- $30 billion per year. However, as part of a package …

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Amid this week’s declared state of emergency by Hawaii Governor, David Ige, it is clearer now more than ever that there is a dire need for affordable housing in the state of Hawaii. In an effort to remedy Oahu’s housing shortages, the City Council of Honolulu passed Bill 20 in an effort to facilitate the development of Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADU’s. According to …

Senior Housing Options

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Many adults find the responsibility of owning a home difficult to manage as they get older. They want to remain living in their community, but in an environment that can support their individual needs and abilities. Looking for housing options for you, an aging parent, relative, or friend? Do some research first to determine what kind of assistance or living …