The Trend: Home Pre-inspections

Gaining in popularity, the home pre-inspection can save sellers money and lead to faster, headache-free sales.

2010 Honolulu Real Estate Recap

The Honolulu Board of Realtors just released the 2010 Annual Report for the Honolulu housing market, and things are looking sunny.

Negotiation Tricks of the Trade

When it comes to submitting a final offer on a property, research and due diligence are key. Here, we share a few trade secrets in the art of negotiation.

Rental Stats: Oahu’s Most Expensive & Most Affordable Neighborhoods

Here's a breakdown of the most expensive and least expensive Oahu neighborhoods for apartment and single-family home rentals.

Kailua House Flip Sold for $730K

A couple of investors picked up a run-down property in Kailua for $491,000, spent three months completing a top-to-bottom rehab and, last week, sold the property for $730,000.

A Presidential Kailua Estate

The famous-person-stayed-here sales strategy is always tricky because, as any high-school teen could tell you, popularity is a fickle thing. For instance, I highly doubt that “house once rented by actor Charlie Sheen” would be a strong selling point. Whether “President Obama vacationed here” is an enticing enough tagline depends, these days, on where you fall in the red-and-blue divide.

Flipping Houses in This Economy? You Bet.

Many local real estate experts would say that you’d have to be flippin’ crazy to flip a house in this economy, but that’s just what two investors did with this Coconut Grove home.

Lanikai House Reduced, Listed for Under $1.6 Million

“I’ve had eight sales in Lanikai in the past year, all good properties,” says realtor Annie Kwock, as she gestures toward a new-ish, 4,000-sq.-ft. residence down the road that sold, without ever coming on the market, for $3,350,000. Another nearby listing, this one also a private sale, went for $1,665,000. So, a house in this neighborhood priced at $1,580,000 is something of a good deal? “It’s a phenomenal deal,” says Kwock of this Koohoo Pl. listing.

Tour Kailua Real Estate by Bike

Start your house hunt off on the right foot with realtor John Stallings’ Pedal Buy Bike Tours of Kailua. The two-hour tours will have you searching for homes from the seat of a Schwinn, an economical, environmentally friendly and good-for-your-waistline approach to shopping for real estate. It’s also, quite simply, a lovely way to see one of the most beautiful corners of the island.

Kailua Beachfront Estate Reduced by $1.8 Million

Perhaps the third time is the charm for this Kailua beachfront estate, which recently had its third price drop. The nearly 8,000-plus-sq.-ft., Kailua residence designed by architect Peter Vincent was originally listed at $21 million, reduced to $14.8 million and has now settled in at a little less than $13 million.

An Oceanfront Classic in Kailua for $2.8 Million

It’s Friday, which means the weekend’s open houses are upon us. Of the 384 opens listed on www.hicentral.com, this oceanfront six-bedroom, five-bath Kaimalino-neighborhood residence caught my eye. I guess you could say I’m a sucker for an ocean view, and this house has that in spades, as well as views of Kailua Beach, the Mokulua Islands and the Koolau Mountain range.

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