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Gifting Property

Bobby Kargula Buyers , Hawaii Real Estate Update , Homebuyers Leave a Comment

Planning to gift money to a family member for a real estate purchase and want to know the tax implications it may have? Keep reading to get the facts: 1)What is a gift? According to the IRS website (see https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses- self- employed/frequently-asked- questions-on- gift-taxes#2), a gift is “any transfer to an individual, either directly or indirectly, where full consideration (measured …

Sunset Beach is on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii and known for big wave surfing during the winter season. In summer, the sea of Sunset Beach is calm and suitable for snorkeling in the coral reef.

North Shore Neighborhood Spotlight

Brandon Lau Buyers , Hawaii Real Estate Update , Homebuyers , Homesellers , Investors , Makakilo , Sellers Leave a Comment

The North Shore of Oahu is renown for it’s legendary surf, historic sites and friendly neighbors who embrace this community’s timeless appeal.  When you think of the North Shore the first thing that comes to mind are the big waves and Winter swells which draws thousands of people who gather to watch events such as the Vans Triple Crown of …

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Is Building A Home A Good Option For You?

Andrew Leong Buyers , Hawaii Real Estate Update , Homebuyers Leave a Comment

With rising home prices and growing competition for homes on Oahu, one might ask: Is building a home a better alternative? The answer is complicated. There are many factors to building a home. The three main factors are location, size, and budget. The challenge with finding vacant land to build on Oahu is the availability. The availability of buildable land …

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Makakilo Neighborhood Spotlight

Nancy Katayama Buyers , Hawaii Real Estate Update , Homebuyers , Homesellers , Investors , Makakilo , Sellers Leave a Comment

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 …

Aerial view of Diamondhead and the city of Honolulu Kaimuki Kahala and oceanscape on Oahu on a nice day.

Kaimuki Neighborhood Spotlight

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Kaimuki, which is nestled between well known neighborhoods of Kahala and Diamond Head, means “tea root oven” was known to have ovens which baked Ti roots into a food similar to candy. The neighborhood was once King Kalakaua’s Ostrich farm in the 1800s with rolling hills that later became the State’s farm for carnations and flowers. In 1925, Kaimuki had …

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A’ALI’I: “Smart Living” in Kaka’ako

Bobby Kargula Buyers , Hawaii Real Estate Update , Homesellers , Investors , Kakaako Leave a Comment

Oahu has seen many new condominiums built in the past few years. From Kapolei, to Honolulu to Kailua, property development is widespread throughout the island. Amid the housing shortages on the island, the Howard Hughes Corporation has played an active role in developing many new properties in the Kaka’ako district of Oahu. So far, the Howard Hughes Corporation has completed …

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Ko'olina Neighborhood Spotlight

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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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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 …