hawaii home buyers: FROM CONTRACT TO KEYS....YEAH, BUT NOT BEFORE CLOSING! - 07/16/15 12:07 PM
I have heard of ASKING for an Early Occupancy but not actually SEEN it happen before the close of escrow.....without the agents knowing!  Well, now I have.  In one instance the seller and buyer were residents of the same community complex. In fact, they were really good friends and the buyer decided to put in an offer for the sellers townhouse. Right before closing, the seller's agent discovers that the buyer moved a lot of her furniture in after the seller gave the keys to the buyer!  That was a mess!
IN another case, the buyers somehow found out the seller's email … (22 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Yes, MY Services Surpass Others…and HERE’S Why! - 06/29/14 08:21 AM
Why Do My Services Surpass Others?......
I answer my phone.   At the very least I return a call asap!  Yes, many long distance numbers are telemarketers trying to sell me something, but I do call back and say, “I just missed a call from this number”.  Half the time it’s a person looking for a rental, someone trying to sell me the “FIRST PAGE ON GOOGLE”. 
Bottom line, if I didn’t answer the phone that one special time I would not have had that listing. In fact, I had to beat out another agent for that listing and the seller … (3 comments)

hawaii home buyers: BE REALISTIC With Your Listing and Offering Prices!!! - 11/10/13 03:56 AM
While inventory is slim pickings in Mililani Town, Ewa, Kapolei or ANY market on Oahu, there are multiple offers being had by every listing. The silliness is that the listing agents who are suggesting price ranges for any one property may be listing with prices in the norm of a slowly rising market, but then there are buyer’s agents who are suggesting to their buyers to put in offers 30k or more so that their contracts are accepted.
WHY DO THIS WHEN YOU KNOW IT MAY NOT APPRAISE?
We’re seeing this scenario with many VA buyers who have no money down … (35 comments)

hawaii home buyers: What WE Need From Our Clients - 09/07/13 02:50 AM
We all know what our home sellers and buyers usually want.  A garage, BIG rooms but want to pay low end prices, big yard, single family home at townhouse prices and and and…WHAT ABOUT WHAT WE NEED FROM OUR CLIENTS?
This is by far a comprehensive list of what we, as real estate industry professionals NEED from our clients:
1)    Complete honesty. Trying to hide the fact that you (seller) had a leak in the upstairs bathroom of a home built in the 1960’s.  Just because it was fixed does not exclude you from adding it to your Seller’s Real Property … (22 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Mililani Real Estate | Mililani Condos, Townhouse, Homes | Mililani Market Report for 2011 - 01/03/12 03:48 AM
Mililani Townis the only community in Hawaii in 1986 to receive the distinction of "All American City" and is centrally located on the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and to all US Military Bases as well. About 5-10 minutes up Highway 99 is Schofield Barracks (Army) and Wheeler AAF (Army), Hickam AFB and Pearl Harbor Navy Base is about 20-25 minutes down H-2 to H-1 Freeway. Kaneohe Marine Corp Air Station is up and over the H-3 Freeway.

We’ve definitely had a turn of events throughout 2011 in regards to our Mililani Housing Market. We’ve had ups and downs and … (4 comments)

hawaii home buyers: The REAL Scoop on Oahu Properties for Hawaii Home Buyers - 06/23/11 03:51 PM
Calling for showing appointments are a very timely part of a Realtors® list of tasks for home buyers. We have more than enough on our plate when thinking about our Zoning Laws and then take into consideration the type of loan the  Hawaii home buyer is acquiring for that home out in the ocean. Searching for those ‘special and specific' types of properties is another big task.
We can spend hours upon hours beating the MLS to death. Then we call for showing appointments and do not get a response for half the calls or emails we have made.  (WHY? I … (12 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Should Buyer and Seller Agents BOTH Present an Offer to the Seller? - 01/21/11 04:03 AM
Some buyer's agents request that the seller's agent ask the seller if they can be physically there to meet with the seller when presenting their buyer's offer.  We think in the best interests of our clients and want to do everything for them in the negotiating process, right?  There are two sides to everything and I've been contemplating both those sides.
Pro's of the Buyer's Agent presenting their buyer's offer to the seller with the seller's agent:
Negotiate for the buyer in price (meet halfway?) Negotiate for the buyer for closing costs (VA loan and no money down) Negotiate for the buyer in terms (i.e. contingent on home for sale) … (56 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Top 10 Tips to Being a Team Player | Being Part of the Solution vs. Being Part of the Problem - 09/19/10 08:34 AM
How many of you believe you are a team player?
My definition of a team player is simple:  Being a team player means to recognize the strengths of all involved within a particular group and meeting a common goal.   I learned early on that working together to meet that common goal of getting to closing with our clients is THE most important part of the transaction.
We can rant and rave about the other agent, the loan officer, the buyer, the seller, the home inspector, the stager, the escrow officer, the attorney, the pest inspector, the surveyor (and the list goes … (22 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Honolulu Real Estate | Home Sales Market Report For August 2009 | In Memory of Harvey Shapiro - 09/09/09 07:29 AM
Honolulu County Real Estate Market Report
August 2009  
**Dedicated in memory of Harry Shapiro, research economist for the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®, who passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2009**
Honolulu County Housing Market Statistics for August 2009  definitely shows activity. Our market is stabilizing and we do hope that we just may have bottomed out.
In the  our sales numbers for single family homes showed an increase from 225 in May to 254 in June. Now for July we have had 265 sales and the Median Sales price rose from $569,000 in June to $595,000 in July. For August we … (6 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Brain Teasers for Real Estate Professionals - 08/18/09 08:56 AM
Being in the Real Estate Industry has been an interesting road to say the least. We cross paths with MANY different personalities with clients and other professionals that we work with along the way during just one transaction. Other agents, loan officers, escrow officers (some deal with attorneys), home inspectors, surveyors and the list may go on and on depending on what kind of transaction it is.
Just ‘getting by' is not going to cut it in this industry and a true professional makes sure that they get into every detail, nook and cranny in every transaction.  A good Realtor®, Realtor-Associate® … (34 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Ewa Gentry Ocean Pointe Real Estate | June 2009 Sales Numbers - 07/12/09 07:22 AM
With a high inventory of homes in the Ewa Gentry and Ocean Pointe Communities in the Ewa Beach South Shore area of Oahu (Honolulu County), Hawaii Home Sellers are offering Hawaii Home Buyers incentives galore! From offering lower prices to sellers offering credit back to buyers for closing costs this makes for a great deal for the Hawaii First Time Home Buyer, Hawaii Residents or the individuals Relocating to Hawaii from the mainland.
Military Relocating to Honolulu County Hawaii are utilizing their Hawaii VA Home Loan benefits (which allow for 100% financing and providing they have good credit) with little or no money down. (Read more here:  VA … (11 comments)

hawaii home buyers: The Bull Hockey Excuses While Parked on Hope Street - 07/10/09 04:53 AM
We KNOW that a real estate transaction will ALWAYS have glitches and bumps and rolls and turns. Right? There are no two real estate transactions alike and the whole concept is to keep learning through each. Right?  Real Estate Professionals and all involved in the transaction have patience, understanding and the knowledge to guide their frustrated clients from beginning to end. Uh Huh.
Little do they know how much we are doing behind the scenes to make sure everything is moving along in a timely manner according to the timeline in our contract.  Do they know that we are doing our … (13 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Honolulu County Real Estate | YTD Condo Market Report for Period Ending June 30, 2009 - 07/03/09 07:22 AM
Honolulu County Real Estate  Numbers Are Out! 

Condo/Townhouse Resale Numbers:  The Year to Date sales numbers for condos/townhouse significantly decreased since 2008 for the same YTD time period. A -778 decrease in number sales for the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) or -36.1% drop. 

Condo Average Sales Prices:  The Year to Date sales prices shows a decrease from 2008 sales prices for the same YTD time period. An -11.9% drop in sales prices for the island of Oahu (Honolulu County). 
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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear … (7 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Honolulu County Real Estate | YTD Single Family Home Market Report for Period Ending June 30, 2009 - 07/03/09 06:32 AM
Honolulu County Real Estate  Numbers Are Out! 

Single Family Home Resales Numbers:  The Year to Date sales numbers are starting to climb and are just under the 2008 sales numbers for the same YTD time period. A -306 decrease in number sales for the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) or -21.7% drop. 

Single Family Home Average Sales Prices:  The Year to Date sales prices shows a decrease from 2008 sales prices for the same YTD time period. A significant -14.9% drop in sales prices for the island of Oahu (Honolulu County). 
 
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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate with … (9 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Featuring - New & Improved Hawaii Homes Market - 04/11/09 05:42 PM
After months and months of diligently working on my new website I got to the point...right now... to finally publish it and share it with you all.  I humbly request your consideration to view my website www.hawaiihomesmarket.com and give me your expert advice for any changes that I may need to do.
Below is a screen shot of my Photo Gallery and I intend to add more photos as well as some of my shows created from www.realestateshows.com.

Website created by Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman, with Microsoft Expressions Web 2
I did it all by myself....for that I am proud.
So...what … (26 comments)

hawaii home buyers: A Step in the RIGHT Direction - 02/02/09 03:28 PM

What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Not necessarily so say I. Each individul has their own perception on how to run their business or how they conduct themselves in the Real Estate Industry arena.
I held an Open House on "Super Saturday" (the day before Super Sunday Superbowl) for a current listing. The turnout was great! And the first ones to view the home were two Realtors® who claimed that they had a buyer flying in shortly and that they were going to bring the buyer back in a hour or so. Never did show back … (41 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Mililani Real Estate, Mililani Home Buyers, Hawaii Military Relocations - 01/12/09 10:11 AM
For the majority of the professionals in the Real Estate Industry we love our 'jobs'. We want our clients to either achieve the American Dream of home ownership or help our sellers get the best price for their homes.
Real Estate Professionals thrive on going above and beyond.
The most important reason of them all is the heartfelt comments and a happy smile on my clients face at the end of the transaction to express their appreciation for the hard work and effort I put into it. Whoever said that we should not put any emotion into our business is not how I … (46 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Mililani Mauka (Honolulu County) - Hillsdale Townhouse IV OFF MARKET - 01/06/09 03:47 AM
MILILANI MAUKA TOWNHOUSE FOR SALE!  Mililani Mauka Townhouse for Sale! 95-1163 Makaikai Street., #183, Mililani, HI 96789 View Map Entering the Hilldale Townhome complex through 30 foot high palms bordering each side of the entrance. No doubt you will feel like you're in paradise! With well maintained lush landscaped grounds it becomes more appealing. You then enter Unit #183 and you are now ooo'ing and ahh'ing. A spacious ground floor level townhouse with an additional 150 sq/ft fenced in courtyard you are that much more delighted! The possibilities for the amateur gardener await... and this humble abode occupy your memory bank! … (13 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Hawaii VA Loans | Hawaii Home Buyers | The GIFT of Hawaii Military Relocations, - 12/27/08 12:43 PM
You received a wonderful gift!   It is the gift of receiving orders to your new duty station and you're moving to paradise!  Hawaii, with its tropical breezes, blue sunny skies, breathtaking scenery and warm weather year round IS all you dreamed of...and more. What's more of a dream than working and living in paradise?
You're an Active Duty, Retired or Veteran of the Armed Forces and you are Relocating to Hawaii. It's not easy picking up and moving to another state let alone across the Pacific Ocean but you sure can do it with ease when you have a sponsor who … (15 comments)

hawaii home buyers: Honolulu County Real Estate | Oahu Housing Market October 2008 - 11/07/08 05:41 AM
Yes, we all are experiencing some difficult times as the rest of the nation but you, the buyer, need to be informed properly so when you are looking to purchase that Home in Hawaii you will know that KILLER NEGOTIATING WILL CAUSE YOU TO LOSE THE HOME YOU LOVE! 
In Killer Negotiating & Losing the Hawaii Home You Love!  I started with how our market differs locally and not nationally. The media has depicted a dreary look for the NATION...not for every market and especially different neighborhoods. But Hawaii has prevailed with only a small portion of subprime loans during the booming months. It was … (23 comments)

 
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman

(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE

Mililani, HI

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Reading my blog will give you the human side of this Real Estate Industry Professional as well as allowing you to walk beside me through my writing about Hawaii Real Estate & our Local Area. As a resident of Honolulu County Hawaii for 42 years you will get a tour of a lifetime. Specializing in Hawaii Relocation Military VA Home Buyers you can be rest assured you will be in good hands. I LISTEN to YOUR needs and give you sound advice. Hawaii Relocations, Hawaii Military Relocations, Mililani Hawaii Real Estate, Living in Hawaii, Army Navy Air Force Marines in Hawaii. Read more at www.cheesemanhomes.com


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