real estate: Schofield Barracks (EWA BEACH AND WESTLOCH) and Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii: An Introduction to The Surrounding Area (Chapter 2) - 04/24/07 06:46 PM
EWA BEACH AND WESTLOCH 
Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii:  An Introduction to The Surrounding Area (Chapter 2)  
By: David Kucic, First Sergeant, USA (Ret), Hawaii Real Estate Agent, VA Specialist, Military Relocation Expert  
My last blog covered Schofield Barracks and Kunia Road down to the interchange with the H-1 Freeway.  In this blog, we will go beyond that interchange and continue in a southern route.
"Kunia Road" turns into "Ft Weaver Road" at the interchange.  Ft Weaver Road continues south and goes past "Westloch", "Ewa Villages", "Ewa", "Ewa by Gentry" and "Ewa Beach".  You will also find the military housing areas of Iroquois … (3 comments)

real estate: PCS Orders to Hawaii? Make Lodging Reservations Early! - 04/09/07 11:00 AM
PCS Orders to Hawaii?  Make Your Reservations Early
By:  David Kucic, (RA) GRI, ABR
        First Sergeant, USA (Retired)
        Hawaii Real Estate Relocation Expert       
 
Did you receive orders or are you about to get them for a PCS move to paradise in Hawaii?  Where will you stay when you get here?  There are several options for you to choose from.  Schofield Barracks, Pearl Harbor, Hickam Air Force Base and Marine Corp Base Kaneohe all have their own on post/base temporary lodging.
The key is to make your reservations ASAP after getting your assignment.  As you are aware, Hawaii is a major tourist destination and a … (0 comments)

real estate: Im thinking of buying real estate but I am scared of taking the first step - 04/05/07 10:09 PM
One Way to Purchase Hawaii Real Estate
by: 1SG(Ret) David Kucic, Hawaii Real Estate Agent
Serving the Schofield Barracks Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Hickam Air Force Base, Wheeler Army Airfield, Tripler Army Medical Center and Fort Shafter Military Communities
  Dont be intimidated if you are a first time homebuyer.  Consider using your VA Loan Eligibility.  Purchasing a condo, townhouse or single family in Hawaii is not difficult at all as long as you have a professional REALTOR(R) on your side.  It can be done for very little or sometimes no out of pocket expenses. 
•1)      Find a REALTOR® to represent you.  It doesn't cost you anything to … (8 comments)

real estate: Buy Real Estate First Then Buy A Nice New Car, Truck or SUV - 03/29/07 09:41 AM
Buy Real Estate First Then Buy A Nice New Car, Truck or SUV
by: 1SG (Ret) David and Tonya Kucic, Hawaii Real Estate Agent
Everyone must have somewhere to live whether it is their own home, a friend's home, military barracks, college dorm or their parent's home.  While I like to drive a nice car just like anyone else, I am well aware of the difference between something that is going to increase my wealth rather than have me take a loss.
"It's tangible, it's solid, it's beautiful. It's artistic, from my standpoint, and I just love real estate"Donald Trump
What happens when you buy a … (6 comments)

real estate: Welcome to Fort Shafter, Hawaii: Home of the United States Army Pacific Command (USARPAC) - 03/24/07 10:07 AM
Welcome to Fort Shafter, Hawaii Home of the United States Army Pacific Command (USARPAC)
By: 1SG (Ret) David Kucic, Hawaii Real Estate Agent
Ft. Shafter, Hawaii is located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.  It is home to the United States Army Pacific Command (USARPAC) and commands most of the Army forces in the Asia-Pacific region with the exception of the Army forces in Korea.
There are approximately 5,000 Soldiers, civilians, contractors and family members that live and work at Ft. Shafter.  The units that fall under the command of USARPAC are: 25th Infantry Division and US Army Hawaii, US Army Alaska, US … (1 comments)

real estate: Military Recreation and Shopping in Hawaii - 03/20/07 05:26 AM
Military Recreation and Shopping in Hawaii
By:  1SG (Ret) David and Tonya Kucic, Hawaii Real Estate Agents
In addition to the military installations that dot the island of Oahu, there are also several facilities that offer recreation and shopping opportunities for service members that are stationed in Hawaii.  Here are some of the more popular ones:   Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii, Bellows Air Force Station Beach Cabins, Hawaii,  Barbers Point Beach Cottages, Hawaii,  Pililaau Army Recreation Center formerly known as Waianae Military Recreation Facility, Hawaii.   
There are also cabins that you can rent on the big island of Hawaii.  These are located … (3 comments)

real estate: Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines: Aloha and Welcome to Hawaii! - 03/15/07 06:11 PM
By: 1SG (Ret) David and Tonya Kucic, Hawaii Real Estate Agents
How did you end up with the ultimate assignment to Hawaii?  Did you get it because it was on your enlistment contract?  Maybe you re-enlisted in order to get it.  Or do you know someone up at your branch headquarters that was able to put you on orders?  In any case, you are here and you are lucky!
The island of Oahu is home to more military organizations than you could imagine.  Here is a brief list of some bases by their branches:
Army and Army Guard
Schofield Barracks: Wahiawa, HIWheeler Army Airfield: Wahiawa, HIFort … (5 comments)

real estate: Ethics, Real Estate and a PGA Tour Player - 03/11/07 01:18 AM
Most of you are probably not golfers.  Some of you are golfers and understand that there is some sort of an unexplainable reasoning that draws us to this crazy game.  It goes much further beyond hitting a great shot when your buddies are watching, having the first tee time on a Sunday morning when the dew is still present or making a hole-in-one with shanked 5 iron on a 140 yard par 3 with the wind. 
  
There is something different about this sport that makes it different.  While baseball, football, basketball, hockey and boxing are exciting to watch, they are also the the sports … (23 comments)

real estate: "Buyers Market" Still Hasn't Sunk In Yet - 02/06/07 02:58 AM
by: David Kucic, Hawaii Real Estate Agent
Hawaii Real Estate
This is not news to any REALTORS but it seems as though the general public still isn't grasping this yet.  I know that their listing agents are telling them that we are in a buyers market but they don't want to listen.
What part of the country are you from?  Are you seeing the same thing or is it only in Hawaii?
I am still finding sellers that will not give credits to buyers EVEN IF the buyers agree to a higher purchase price in order to get the rebate!  The appraisal at the higher … (4 comments)

real estate: Accept Criticism About Your Listing - 01/24/07 04:08 PM
by David Kucic, Hawaii Real Estate Agent
Hawaii Real Estate
Do you give the lockbox code to buyers agents and tell them to "please give me some feedback" after they see your listing?
I think that it is a really good way to make the seller aware of what the general public thinks about the property and that it is not just the sellers agent that thinks this way.
This happened to me again today.  I scheduled some showings for my buyer client.  Three listings......two were listed at "above average" and one was "excellent".  When I called to get the lockbox code for the excellent … (6 comments)

real estate: Do Your Sellers Consider Themselves to be "Tim the Toolman"? - 01/07/07 05:17 PM
by David Kucic, Hawaii Real Estate Agent
Hawaii Real Estate  
Is it just here in Hawaii or do a lot of other states seem to have more and more homeowners that go to a local home improvement store, take a free 2 hour class and then consider themselves an expert in that particular area?
The amount of homes that I enter is considerably high.  Most of them fit their description that is given to them on the listing as posted on our MLS.  However, even though it says "newly installed wood laminate flooring" or "freshly painted" does not really tell the whole truth. 
Have you … (2 comments)

real estate: Property Condition: Excellent or Poor? - 01/06/07 11:05 PM
There are many things that tick us off about our peers and this will get added to that list.  My buyer is very specific:  I want a home in excellent condition because I don't want to fix or upgrade anything nor do I have the time to do that.
How hard is that to find for him?  Not hard at all.  After all, our MLS has a description block that allows the listing brokerage firm to rate the property as Excellent, Above Average, Average or Fair. 
Some brokerage firms are very good about giving a proper rating to the property.  I find that … (5 comments)

real estate: Florida: Disneyworld, Alligators and For Sale Signs - 01/06/07 11:03 PM
Wow!  I couldn't believe the amount of homes for sale over there.  The steel industry is going to flourish as they keep up with orders for new signs.
Every street has at least one house for sale.  Okay maybe you will find a street without one but chances are there will be one.  Why is that?  I went to visit a realtor in New Port Richey which is in Pasco County.  I asked him why so many homes for sale.  He explained that it has a lot to do with the current market conditions but another major contributing factor is that the … (2 comments)

real estate: Military Buyers in Hawaii are Growing in Numbers - 11/14/06 01:59 PM
By: David Kucic RA, ABR, AHWD, e-PRO, GRIFirst Sergeant, USA (Ret)Tropic Lightning Real Estate, Oahu, Hawaiihttp://davidkucic.commailto:david@davidkucic.com
As more servicemen and women learn about the benefits of home-ownership, they are more willing to take that big step into their first purchase.  Some TV shows such as "Flip That House" and those late night infomercials about how you can "get rich" by purchasing real estate are a big factor in motivating some of them.  If you have a chance to work with a service member, you will not regret it.  Unfortunately, some of those TV shows are far fetched and only represent a very small percentage of … (2 comments)

real estate: Husband and Wife Real Estate Teams (and marketing) - 11/08/06 06:45 PM
For those of you that are operating as a husband and wife team, do you find it effective to market yourselves as individuals or as a team?
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real estate: How often do you do an open house? - 11/08/06 06:34 PM
If you only had one listing, would you hold an open house every Sunday (typical in Hawaii)?  How long would you let it cool off for?  Do you feel as though you are doing an injustice to your seller if you do not hold their home open every week?  Thanks for the input ahead of time! … (1 comments)

real estate: Trump Tower Waikiki - 11/06/06 08:07 PM
It is finally here!  Mr. Donald Trump is beginning construction on a new project in Waikiki that promises to be the future of our favorite beach.  Reservations have been accepted and the "drawing" will be on Nov 9th to see who gets first pick of properties.  If you have investors or clients that are interested, visit the website.  With no 5 star hotels on a famous beach like Waikiki and a 10 billion dollar beachwalk renovation project, this will be a winner for anyone!  Aloha!
 
 
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real estate: Seller Paying Buyers Closing Costs - 11/04/06 06:01 PM
This is a great way to sell a property whether you are representing the buyer or the seller.  While the market has changed recently, sellers are needing to be more creative in finding ways to sell their properties.  Why not give a credit to the buyer to pay for a large portion of their closing costs?  The majority of my clients use VA loans because they are all veterans.  Its a win-win for everyone involved.  Seller sells, buyer buys with no out of pocket expenses.  What a great feeling to have a buyer move into a property and have zero out … (2 comments)

real estate: Hawaii Military and VA Loans in Hawaii 101 - 10/30/06 03:50 PM
By: David Kucic RA, ABR, AHWD, e-PRO, GRIFirst Sergeant, USA (Ret)Tropic Lightning Real Estate, Oahu, Hawaii
We have the privelege of working with the nations finest men and women of the Armed Forces.  All of my clients are qualified to use their eligibility under the VA home loan guaranty.  Here are a few bits of information to get you started in case you run across a qualifed VA borrower:  1)  The max loan amount in Hawaii is $625,500 in 2007.  2) VA does not generally judge a Veteran on their credit score alone.  The VA looks at debt repayment and if they have been current … (1 comments)

real estate: The Ramblings of a Hawaii Real Estate Agent - 10/28/06 06:09 PM
By: David Kucic RA, ABR, AHWD, e-PRO, GRIFirst Sergeant, USA (Retired)Tropic Lightning Real Estate, Oahu, Hawaii 
It is unfortunate that some real estate owners in Hawaii are being working with an agent that is clearly not representing them well.  They have no idea that they may have missed a potential buyer because their agent failed to either answer their phone, check their email or return a phone call. 
This morning I had two showings, both of the homes were occupied by tenants.  The sellers agent (same one for both properties) assured us that the tenants would be home and they would gladly let us in to … (4 comments)

 
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