honolulu: Halloween wasn't Enough to Scare Away Home Buyers in Honolulu - 11/21/12 03:42 AM
October statistics provided to be another strong month for Sellers on Oahu. The median home price was up 7.9% to $625,000 and the median condo price was up 6.6%. What’s even more impressive is the sales volume with home sales up 26.5% and condo sales up 32.4% from last year!
Halloween in Honolulu this year felt like summer in more ways that one
Oahu Shows Strong Signs of Seller’s MarketThe real estate sales and weather we experienced last month felt as if summer never ended. In addition to strong buyer traffic, we had some of the hottest days of the year. It’s as … (0 comments)

honolulu: Ilikai Condos in Waikiki - 06/27/12 06:17 AM
The Ilikai Hotel (also known as Ilikai Apartment Building in MLS) is a mixed use building in Waikiki that has commercial and residential condos. It was made famous in the original intro of Hawaii Five-O.
Original Hawaii Five-O Intro featuring Jack Lord at the Ilikai in Waikiki
With a storied history, the condo market at the Ilikai in Waikiki has seen its ups and downs over the years. When it first went to market, it was an iconic building, far larger than anything in its immediate vicinity. In hindsight, anything bought back then was a bargain to today's standards.
During the peak of the … (0 comments)

honolulu: Trump Tower Waikiki Luxury Condos - 06/26/12 03:05 PM
It's been a few years since Trump Tower Waikiki has been built. When the project first went to market during the height of the last boom, they sold "like hotcakes". Due to several timing of completion and the turn in the market, many buyers couldn't perform and lost their deposits...
Today, the building has a track record. Those looking to purchase a condo at Trump Tower Waikiki can look both at sales comps and rental history, neither of which existed prior to 2009. There are only 3-4 vendors that are allowed to manage the units as a hotel, so it's important to … (0 comments)

honolulu: Waialae Nui Ridge Homes in Honolulu, Hawaii - 06/26/12 10:16 AM
Waialae Nui Ridge is directly inland from one of Honolulu's most luxurious neighborhoods of Kahala. What is nice about homes on Waialae Nui Ridge is that they are a fraction of the price of those in Kahala. Most of them also have ocean views.
Views over Kahala from a Waialae Nui Ridge Home I recently sold
Waialae Nui Ridge homes in Honolulu have also been known for their mid century modern architecture. What I like about Waialae Nui Ridge is the homes are more affordable than the ridge to the east, which is Waialae Iki. They are also newer homes than the ridge … (0 comments)

honolulu: Waikiki Landmark Condos in Honolulu, Hawaii - 06/25/12 05:41 PM
The Waikiki Landmark is a highrise condominium in Honolulu, Hawaii that has been an architectural spectical for nearly 20 years now. The building can be seen from miles away. 

Over the course of the last real estate cycle, values have increased as the fee simple interest became available to homeowners. The penthouses at the top are something else... They used to have great views of the ocean, however once the Allure Waikiki was built across the street, some of those views are now obstructed.
Although one could argue the value of the Waikiki Landmark condos have gone down since the … (0 comments)

honolulu: Black Point Market Update - 05/28/12 05:15 AM
Over the past 6 months, there have been 2 sales at Black Point in Honolulu for $2.4 and $4 million. Those two sales took an average of 52 days to sell. Today, there are 4 available listings. There is also another one that is a short sale in escrow that has been on the market for 84 days. Feel free to contact me for more information on Black Point real estate in Honolulu.

honolulu: Oceanfront Living at Honolulu's Diamond Head Ambassador - 02/14/12 07:25 AM
Enjoy Gold Coast living from this charming oceanfront building at Diamond Head. Relax on your balcony as you check the surf at Tongg's.. The original Penthouse level: This 5th floor unit boasts higher ceilings than lower floors! Additional storage included for surfboards, kayak, etc. Great value & priced to sell. Priced $285,000 under 2005 sales price! $575,000 for this 2 bed, 1 bath unit. Listor Owner


honolulu: Oahu Median Sales Price up 8.6% - 02/14/12 05:44 AM
Oahu’s median sales price for homes jumped 8.6% in January to $618,900, which is the highest we’ve seen since September of 2010. Meanwhile, sales volume was down 12.1% from last year and its lowest since February of 2010, indicating signs of less inventory = higher prices.
Oahu Condo Statistics On the condo front, the median price was also up 4.8% to $305,000 and sales volume was up just slightly at 1.9%. After 4 months of pending sales dropping in volume, they picked up significantly in January as I think both Realtors and Buyers are coming through on their New Year’s resolutions.

honolulu: 3 Highest Priced Honolulu Condo Sales of 2011 - 01/11/12 10:56 AM
As 2011 is officially in our rear view mirror, here are the 3 highest sales for Condos in Honolulu last year:
Diamond Head Apartments #403/404 closed on 12/8/2011 for $4,673,300 Hokua #36K closed on 11/3/2011 for $4,550,000 Hokua #34 B/C closed on 2/15/2011 for $4,550,000 Although 2011 saw 4 condo sales on Oahu at $4.5 million and higher, none were as high as 2010's sale of Nauru Tower PH4303 in 2010. It will be interesting to see what 2012 has in store...
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honolulu: Waialae Iki Living in Honolulu - 05/02/11 07:51 PM
Waialae Iki is one of the most sought after ridges in Honolulu.
View of Waialae Golf Course and the Kahala Hotel from 1350 Laukahi St. (MLS# 1102160)
Not only does Waialae Iki offer captivating views of the ocean, its location is really convenient. Only minutes from Kahala Mall, Waialae Iki is the 3rd traffic light you hit after H1 Freeway ends heading East. Waialae Iki was developed with the oldest homes built at the bottom of the hill in the 1960s. The main road that runs up the ridge is Laukahi St.
You don't have to drive too far up to start realizing some … (0 comments)

honolulu: Honolulu Marathon another Success - 12/13/10 02:34 PM

The Honolulu Marathon was another success yesterday. Here's a photo I shot as the leaders passed by Diamond Head on their way towards the finish. As you can see, it was still pitch black with the sun rising in the distance... For those that weren't running around 2 hours, there was some great Luxury Real Estate to View along the course.

honolulu: Forbes Ranks Honolulu as 3rd Safest City in U.S. - 10/14/10 09:00 PM
Forbes magazine recently ranked the safest cities in the U.S. and Honolulu came up #3!
According to Forbes, Honolulu is considered to be one of the safest cities in the U.S.
Plano, Texas took the top spot, followed by Portland, Oregon in second. Who would want to live there though? Just kidding...Really though - when you think about it - where else would you want to be that is safe, has clean air, beautiful weather all year, and is a lot more affordable than you think? Contact me to start living your Hawaii Life in Honolulu today!

honolulu: Does Housing Help the Economy or Does the Economy Help Housing? - 04/12/10 11:16 AM
If "the economy helps housing," Honolulu's housing market may be in for a rebound.
According to an article in today's paper, Honolulu is ranked 6th in the nation for metro areas. The report was composed by the Brookings Institution. Coupled with low inventory, it will be interesting to see what happens. Will this drive our housing market or not? When the government money for first-time homebuyer credits is shut off at the end of this month, will housing slow and take the economy with it? Only time will tell...

honolulu: Honolulu Named One of Nation’s Best Places to Raise a Family - 11/17/09 07:42 AM
Children's Place Magazine recently wrote an article titled The 100 Best (and Worst) Places to Raise a Family and Honolulu ranked #7!
I must say I'm not surprised. I was born and raised here and don't have much to complain about. Clean air, beautiful weather & the Aloha Spirit- what more could you ask for? Although our housing prices have traditionally been higher than national averages, the "price we pay to live in paradise" has been worth it.

honolulu: Honolulu's Gold Coast has a lot to Offer! - 09/13/09 08:57 PM
Just beyond Waikiki at the base of Diamond Head is  Honolulu's "Gold Coast". The Gold Coast is the last strip of buildings at the end of Kalakaua Ave. across from Kapiolani Park. Unlike the "hustle & bustle" of Waikiki, the Gold Coast is a little more quiet. The buildings consist of:
A few hotels such as The New Otani, The Diamond Head Beach Hotel (individually owned as condos) and The Lotus at Diamond Head (formerly a "W" hotel) Private Clubs such as the Elk's Club and the Outrigger Canoe Club The best oceanfront condos and co-ops on Oahu, the majority of … (0 comments)

honolulu: Honolulu, HI has the Smallest Carbon Footprint Amount U.S. Cities According to Study - 12/16/08 10:34 AM
I recently read an article titled "What Carbon Studies Tell Us-So Far" in Urban Land Magazine.  What caught my eye and was interesting was that Honolulu had the smallest carbon footprint among U.S. Cities, according to "Shrinking the Carbon Footprint of America" study published by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

According to the study, Honolulu had 1,356 metric tons per Capita.  Lexington, Kentucky was the highest with 3,455 per capita.  What was also interesting was that Los Angeles was ranked 2nd behind Honolulu for the lowest.  This is great news for us if the study is accurate! Are you surprised? … (0 comments)

honolulu: April 2008 was Actually Pretty Great! - 05/12/08 09:39 AM
It is pretty typical in any residential real estate market across the country to see sales volume and activity pick up.  A lot of buyers are out there looking in the Spring & Summer and this year was no different.  I had 4 transactions close in April and almost 6 (2 closed March 31st).  As far as the Honolulu, HI real estate market as a whole the month wasn't so bad either.  The median sales price for a single family home was $639,000 and $327,000 for condos.  In addition, days on market were back down to 43 days for homes & 33 … (2 comments)

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