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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.
2011.01.11 04:01 PM

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.
2011.01.10 04:33 PM

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.
2011.01.06 01:45 PM

Sold: Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki

The Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki, a 451-room property located on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki at the intersection of Paoakalani and Kuhio Avenues, was acquired last week for an undisclosed sum by Chartres Lodging Group, a San Francisco-based hotel investment and advisory firm.
2010.12.28 03:44 PM

At Home on Diamond Head

This Hart Wood-designed residence is located on an exclusive street of multi-million-dollar homes tucked away on the lower makai slopes of Diamond Head, with views of the Pacific Ocean and, if you look up, tourists snapping pictures from the top of the trail. The current owner, who resides on the Mainland and has recently had the home rented out, also owns the neighboring property, a low-slung Ossipoff design that I wrote about a few weeks ago.
2010.12.14 05:51 PM

So, You Want to Live in the Trump Tower Waikiki Beach Walk?

The Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk doesn’t allow open houses, so unless you decide to stay as a hotel guest, you’re not getting in to see the building’s ultra-swanky abodes. Trump’s debut in Waikiki has not been smooth sailing: The condo-hotel, which has 462 units, sold out in record time, but then, as the opening neared, the economy sank deeper into a recession and the buyer cancellations began. Rather than lose the large down payment, many owners chose to close on the properties, only to almost immediately put them back on the market. So, for a while it seemed that the MLS was awash in Trump listings. But things are looking up for Trump. In October, there were 41 units active in MLS, and seven units have sold in the last six months, with an average days-on-market of 54.
2010.11.04 03:32 PM

Hilton, Back in the Day

As I mentioned in a recent post, I’ll be sharing some vintage HONOLULU Magazine real estate ads from time to time. This Hilton Lagoon Apartments ad, from the August 1966 issue, caught my eye thanks to its highlighter-yellow backdrop and eye-catching black-and-white illustrations, drawings meant to convey the good life in Honolulu.
2010.11.03 08:28 PM

The Real Deal: The Edition Hotel

In case you somehow missed the massive amounts of media hype, the Edition hotel had its grand opening this past weekend. While trying not to be distracted by the rarefied gathering of Honolulu’s hipster elite and a smattering of Hollywood celebs (hey, was that Kumar?), I found myself wondering: Will the Edition be good for real estate?
2010.10.21 05:12 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

A New Kind of College Dorm in Waikiki

Like LOST, part of the fun in watching last week’s premiere episode of Hawaii 5-0 was trying to identify the shoot locations. The opening sequence was obviously Kualoa Ranch, and I’m pretty sure the team’s office was headquartered in the old Advertiser building, but I couldn’t quite place Danno’s nondescript, retro apartment. A quick Google search yielded a somewhat-surprising result: The Tradewinds Student Suites, located on Hobron Lane across from Ala Moana Beach Park.
2010.09.29 03:12 PM

Waikiki Open House

I’m all about ways to cut back on the stresses of shopping for a new home because, if we’re being honest here, house hunting can be a patience-testing, marriage-wrecking, blood-pressure-raising affair. So I was pretty jazzed to hear about Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties’ Waikiki is Open event on Sunday, Sept. 12 from 2 to 5 p.m.
2010.09.10 02:29 PM

What $250K Buys You in Waikiki

You know when someone tells you, usually in a hushed, conspiratorial whisper, about some too-good-to-be-true deal and you think, ‘Yeah, sure, right. As if?’ That’s pretty much how it went when a friend recently tipped me off that the Niihau Apts. building on Beach Walk Ave. in Waikiki has fee simple condos listed for sale for less than $300,000. And pigs can fly and I own a unicorn, or at least that’s what was running through my mind as she told me. But, lo and behold, the Niihau does exist, and there are currently a couple active listings for units in the building, all for less than $300,000.
2010.09.08 02:35 PM