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Is Hawaii a good place for gay people to live?

I have found over the years that many gay people feel more comfortable working with, or otherwise have a preference for working with a real estate agent that is also gay. As such, the percentage of gay clientele I work with has steadily grown over the years that I have been selling real estate in Hawaii. Something…

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Why the median sales price for the Big Island is useless.

Every month the median prices for residential and condominium sales are widely reported for each Hawaiian Island. But is this number useful? The median price is simply the point at which half the homes sold for more and half sold for less. Median prices are useful in terms of helping identify what you might expect…

alii park place

Condominium Spotlight: Alii Park Place

Alii Park Place Y-T-D Residential Sales Information (08.05.14) Median Price: $399,700 Average Price: $386,400 High Sale: $415,000 Low Sale: $340,000 Avg Days on Market: 62 Avg Sold Price to List Price: 98.3% Approx Monthly Fees: $430 [View Active Listings at Alii Park Place] Useful Links for Alii Park Place House Rules Project Map Condominium Guide

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Wait… the monthly maintenance fees are how much??

Many people I encounter as a Realtor® in Hawaii are taken aback by condominium HOA and/or maintenance fees. Basically the “monthly fees” are the combined fees assessed to homeowners by the association of owners that is elected to manage a condominium project for upkeep and other costs incurred by the community. I think that a…

LaAloa Beach in Kailua Kona

LaAloa Beach in Kailua Kona

LaAloa Beach is a small but very popular beach located on Alii Drive right in Central Kailua Kona. It is a popular destination for tourist and locals alike due to its convenient in-town location. This beach is also known as White Sands Beach, Magic Sands and Disappearing Sands, the later two names referring to times…

Central Kailua Kona

Q2 2014 Market Trends for Central Kailua Kona; Prices Up, Volume Varied

As the trend has been for several years now, prices in Central Kailua Kona (CKK) increased across every segment (residential, condominium and vacant land). For the first time in a while however, MLS data shows a decline in combined sales volume and number of transactions, dragged down by a decrease in sales of residential properties. Is this…