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The Cat and the Phat

2010.10.19 06:00 AM

What You Need to Know: HOA Fees

According to the Community Associations Institute, there are nearly 310,000 association-governed communities (this includes homeowners’ associations, condominiums, cooperatives and other planned communities) in the United States, representing approximately 25-million individual housing units. The general role of a homeowners’ association is to maintain a community’s common areas—roads, parks, landscaping, recreation centers, swimming pools, clubhouses—and homeowners are required to pay association dues to fund the upkeep and contribute to the association’s reserve. On Oahu, homeowners’ association (HOA) fees can cost anywhere from $9 to $3,000 per month, depending on the services and amenities covered by the association.
2010.10.18 07:03 PM

The Cat And The Phat

2010.10.18 05:06 PM

Baby Got Mac

2010.10.18 10:30 AM

The Cat and the Phat

2010.10.18 06:50 AM

This Week’s Open House Pick: Ewa Beach

I wrote about the Ka Makana at Hoakalei resort community a few weeks back. If you’ll recall, I mentioned that the community’s most affordable housing options, the Lehua Series town houses, were temporarily sold out. Well, lo and behold, the first town home resale has hit the market, and it will be open this Sunday.
2010.10.15 03:01 PM

Soy Wonder

2010.10.15 10:03 AM

Leather Handbags Go Eco-Friendly

A new line of leather clutches, made from eco-friendly leather remnants, has arrived in Honolulu.
2010.10.14 08:53 PM

"Get a Job!" at HIFF

Here we've listed all of the locally-made films showing at the Hawaii International Film Festival, and interviewed Brian Kohne, director of Get a Job.
2010.10.14 05:32 PM

Weekly Waikiki Real Estate Walking Tours

The latest home-buying trend has legs, er, feet. As evidenced by two of my recent posts (see my stories on Kailua real estate bike tours and Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties’ Waikiki is Open event), eco-friendly real estate tours are popping up left and right. But it seems I missed one: Century 21 All Islands has long been hosting weekly real estate walking tours in Waikiki.
2010.10.14 05:24 PM

Weekend Picks - October 14, 2010

2010.10.14 10:50 AM

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.
2010.10.13 07:16 PM