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Like most folks, my first impressions of a living near an active volcano came from an old "B" movie. Those of us who live on Hawaii Island would certainly take exception to that "run for your life" characterization. Years ago, water catchment was an immediate disqualifier for many buyers. The "B" movie effect elevated lava zones to the same level. The thing is, then, as now, buyers focus on privacy, ambiance....and price! In East Hawaii, what they seek is often found in Puna where catchment is the norm and well, as they say, lava happens. These days, REALTORS® rarely hear (1 comments)
50 Ways to Lose Your Buyer - 02/18/11 03:26 PM
When it comes to real estate, it's easy to see how the term "high touch" can have a double meaning. Attorneys, accountants, escrow people, title folks, architects, pest control people, home inspectors, insurance agents, surveyors, contractors, electricians, plumbers, home warranty insurers, engineers, property managers, 1031 exchange accommodators, estate planners, wastewater engineers, even environmental engineers and land use planners get involved. Buying or selling is rather like taking an airplane flight. Even the best pilots can't guarantee a smooth ride. Market shifts and swings cause constant route changes. One lender cautioned me that the day will come when termite inspections and (probably) (3 comments)
Hawaii Foreclosure Basics - 02/11/11 05:30 PM
Last week's front page article, related to a bill winding its way through our State legislature, may have confused those needing a primer on the basics of foreclosures. While many states limit foreclosure proceedings to either judicial or non-judicial, most Hawaii homes may be subject to either. Interestingly, the homeowner has no say in the type of procedure initiated, but the lender does. The unintended consequence of the non-judicial process has caused the legislature to re-think this unilateral arrangement. Non-judicial foreclosure laws in Hawaii have been in effect for only about 10 years, and yet most foreclosures today follow these abbreviated (0 comments)
Winning When Sellers Finance - 02/04/11 10:44 AM
It's Super Sunday! Today's winner takes home all the marbles! Do kids even play marbles anymore? Is there an electronic version? Even though that particular game isn't as popular as it once was, like football, seller financing is always in vogue. In fact, if I had a marble for every reason a seller might offer to finance, I'd have a sock full. I'd have a "no other way to finance" marble and one for "I want to earn the interest". There'd even be an "outside the ring" marble for distressed sellers. But not all marbles are regulation marbles. In fact, players (0 comments)
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