Top Ten Concerns for the Hawaii Home Seller

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Liberty Homes RS-#62825

There are tips, tricks and top selling niches that the Hawaii Home Seller needs to be aware of to get the best representation and get their home SOLD!  It's not just about selling your home for market value or expecting that everyone else has the same sentiments that  you do with your home. It's about keeping an open mind for all sorts of concerns that need to be considered in the process of Selling Your Hawaii Home

  1. Square footage does matter! You may have an excellent condition home but 700 sq/ft interior and 2,500 on the land is small and should be priced accordingly. Listen to your Realtor® when they are presenting comps.
  2. The Year your home was built does matter!  The year of your home in Hawaii will make a difference. Some older homes are single wall construction, have aluminum wiring and plumbing and may need updating. Single wall construction may be harder to get homeowners insurance.
  3. Selling Your Hawaii Home in "As Is" Condition Doesn't matter if:  You have a home that has structural, electrical, plumbing or hazardous issues; not to mention termites.  You'd be better off getting an independent home inspection and making the necessary repairs.
  4. Market Value of Your Home Does Matter!  I keep hearing many who insist that appraisers do not use short sales  and foreclosures for comps in their appraisals. Gee, wonder how prices went down in certain neighborhoods compared to others? Then why do appraisers give a summary of "this neighborhood is in a declining market" in their report?
  5. Neighborhood to Neighborhood Does Matter!  There are some Oahu neighborhoods that were not in a severely declining markets and the ones that were are still going through a lot of short sales and foreclosures.  Your Realtor® should know your neighborhood and give you sound advice for what your neighborhood market is doing.
  6. Loan programs available do matter!  FHA and VA loans (and even some lenders for conventional loans) will not approve a loan if your home has unpermitted bedrooms, baths or additions. They will not approve a loan for a home that is in disrepair as well.  Just because your home is in a high priced neighborhood does not automatically mean that you can sell it and a loan will be approved.
  7.  Lower inventory may not matter if:  You have your home so overpriced that it will not appraise. Even though our inventory is lower than a year ago, it does not mean the market is back at 2005 prices.  You need to be realistic and listen to your Realtor® who can show you what the market is doing right now in  your specific neighborhood.
  8. Marketing Your Home Does Matter!  Over 85% of the consumers go online to search for  a Hawaii Home. Your Realtor® should have an extensive marketing plan geared online and do Open Houses (which do work here) to expose your home to as many avenues as possible to sell your Hawaii Home.
  9. Allowing for Showings of Your Home DO Matter!  If you demand to be there for all showings or only allow showings during certain times you will definitely cut the amount of exposure for your home. Make sure your agent uses electronic lockboxes that register all agents who are showing their clients.
  10. It Does Matters Which Realtor® Represents You!  You may want to interview a few Realtors® to make sure that you will be represented well.  Experience, knowledge, personality, detailed, organized, prompt, keeps you informed, marketing techniques, laws/contracts are just a few of the traits to look for.  

You may be relocating, upgrading to a larger home or downgrading because all the children are grown and gone. Whatever your reasons are for Selling Your Hawaii Home these points above are concerns that need to be addressed and thought being a happy and successful Hawaii Home Seller.



Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves all Hawaii Home Buyers and Sellers on the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) including all Hawaii Military Relocating to Hawaii, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents.


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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Sally - Every one of your points is important for all sellers.  It is the same in most other areas as well as Hawaii, and my sellers must take the same things into consideration.  Excellent post!

Aug 17, 2010 08:24 AM #1
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Thanks Susan....these concerns are just a few of many but I think I got some good ones for thought :)

Aug 17, 2010 08:30 AM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Sally - these are concerns of sellers (and buyers) in many areas. I thought it well worthy of being featured, and suggested so.


Aug 17, 2010 08:35 AM #3
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Thanks Jeff....Need to start on that buyer one now :)

Aug 17, 2010 09:01 AM #4
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Aloha....and good need to know is clear you are the "go To" for all Hawaiian Real Estate needs.....

Thank you and happy sunsets.....

Aug 17, 2010 09:32 AM #5
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

Oh! Sally,

Sounds rather unervisal except for "double wall constution" and "aluminum wiring."  I haven't seen aluminum wireing since the mid 70's. I'd like to know more about double walls.


Aug 17, 2010 10:17 AM #6
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I will be driving around those declining neighborhoods all the way to Waikiki beach next month during my vacation. . .I can't wait!

Aug 17, 2010 01:59 PM #8
Raj Dhaliwal
Century 21 Coastal Realty Ltd. - Abbotsford, BC

11- It doesn't matter how much you paid for the home.

12 - Your mortgage amount doesn't matter.


Aug 17, 2010 03:25 PM #9
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

Sally, you always do such "spot on" work for your clients and The Consumer. Relevant points! It's always good to go back to the "basics" in helping our clients. We've said it before but we can never say it enough. Hope you are well. Always a pleasure to visit!

Aug 17, 2010 03:28 PM #10
Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
Dilbeck Real Estate - Burbank, CA

Jane - Nice to reblog this. You beat me to it. This was a wonderful post and she put in a lot of work.

Aug 17, 2010 04:19 PM #11
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

This is a great list for any part of the country!!! Have a wonderful weekend!

Aug 20, 2010 03:11 AM #12
Lori Bowers
La Quinta, CA
The Lori Bowers Group

Well written and good advice for sellers and agents everywhere

Aug 20, 2010 04:26 AM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Sally!  Wonderful list that I am going to re-blog.  I have to say that I'm having trouble with one of mine and #9 right now.  The words, "You're fired" aren't far from my lips!

Aug 20, 2010 01:20 PM #14
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Sally--these points apply in PA, too.  Thanks for your creative style in presenting the information.

Aug 29, 2010 04:50 AM #15
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Front Gate Realty ~ 601-991-2900 Office

These are great seller tips regardless of location. Nice job, Sally.

Sep 03, 2010 07:07 AM #16
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