Buying a New Home – The Complete Budget

As a new homeowner, you are excited and ready to sign those papers and get your new home’s keys. But before you do so, you need to make sure you are also ready for the “new” bills you will also be getting with the purchase. To help you prepare your budget for your new home, here are ten expenses that …

Answer These Questions Before You Buy a Second Home

People across the nation have decided to join the movement in owning a second property. According to a survey by the National Association of Realtors in 2013, second property sales were up 30% from 2012. Are you thinking about joining this second-home movement?  Before deciding on purchasing a vacation home or rental property, here are 8 questions to ask prior …

Finding the Right Real Estate Solution for You

A real estate solution specialist is much more than just a person who helps you buy or sell your home. A real estate solution specialist is a person who will be there for you during a very important financial decision, someone who can lend an ear when you are frustrated, and work with you to find your potential future home. …

8 Quick & Easy Bathroom Upgrades

Topping our country’s list of home renovations projects is the bathroom. This is not all that surprising given how much time we actually spend in there! With this in mind, it might be time to give your bathroom a makeover. While the average bathroom renovation is over $40,000, it doesn’t mean you have to spend that much to get a …

Selling Your House in the Spring

Deciding to sell your home in the spring time can mean joining a pretty competitive landscape as many home sellers opt to get through the winter months before listing their homes. Putting yourself and your home in a position to stand out is a must for a spring sale, so to help you do so, here are our Three Cs …

Ask Yourself THESE Questions

Is 2019 the year you make the transition from renter to homeowner? As a first time homeowner, it’s important to know what you’re in for. Here are six questions to ask yourself before taking the plunge to owning a home. 1. Are you really ready to own a home? Owning a home is a serious commitment. Before buying, you have …

Hawaiian Weather: Changing Landscape

For homeowners, extreme weather cycles can be frustrating. Think about it,  the effects of weather literally changing the landscape and property trends. The U.S. seems to be increasingly buffeted by extreme weather from coast to coast and island to island. While Hawaii has seen the physical landscape and some fortunes affected already, we really haven’t even begun to see the tip of …

What Makes a Honolulu Real Estate Expert?

As Honolulu real estate markets rebound, many are becoming real estate agents and investors, marketing themselves as the ‘local experts.’ It’s great to have so many bright minds working towards a common goal. However, it can be very confusing from a consumer stand point, and even for others in the industry. Who are those that are really experts, and who are just …

Green Homes – The Good, The Bad & The Green

As Homes become greener, great efforts are continually being made to introduce sustainable features into mainstream construction projects. “Going Green” is certainly an idea worth entertaining.  Its benefits can have a lasting impact for generations. However, what is really the good, the bad and the true green of embracing sustainable housing trends? More importantly, are green homes the next evolution in the …

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Tips on Hiring A Contractor

Remodeling a home can be an exciting time and also a very stressful if the right people are not hired for the job. The difference between hiring a good contractor and a bad contractor is how organized, efficient, and seamless the process is. Hiring a good contractor takes time and effort and is well worth it. Hiring a contractor is …