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All Kailua & Kaneohe Private & Public Schools: Kindergarten to High School

A lot of people are drawn to the relaxed, ocean-oriented lifestyle of the Windward Side, especially families. Homebuyers with children looking at real estate in Kailua or Kaneohe have a deeper concern, which is the education options. We’ve assembled all of them below, public, charter and private, with the essentials laid out on each as well as some background that distinguishes that school. Take a look at this guide to …Read More

Attention! – Honolulu Luxury Property Deals Above $3 Mill – New FinCEN Order

-Effective 8.22.2017 Title & Escrow companies handling Honolulu County real estate transactions with a $3 Mill purchase price or more are now required to file FinCEN Form 8300. The form shall contain the identity of the individuals primarily responsible for representing the buyer. E.g., if the buyer is an entity, Corporation, Partnership, LLC, Trust or a Shell Company, the form shall contain the identity of the beneficial owners. Title & …Read More

GET & TAT In Hawaii – The Easiest Way To File & Pay

GET & TAT in Hawaii – The Easiest Way To File & Pay – Regardless where you live, if you collect income from rental properties located in the State of Hawaii you need to file and pay: General Excise Tax (GET) on all rents, and Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT) on rents from rental terms less than 180 days per tenant. If you receive income from a Waikiki condo, or Oahu …Read More

New Rules And Filing Deadline To Dedicate Your Condotel For Residential Use

– Honolulu City Council recently adopted Ordinance 17-013 to include condominium units in the residential use dedication program. A condominium unit with multiple legally permitted uses will automatically be classified based on the units ‘highest and best use’ (means taxed at the highest of the multiple property tax rates), unless approved for residential use (you can not rent out your unit for shorter than 30-day rental terms), after the owner files by …Read More

7 Residential Real Estate Investment Strategies

7 Residential Real Estate Investment Strategies – Here are 7 real estate investment strategies to help build your real estate portfolio. These strategies could work anywhere in your local US real estate market. I personally have applied these strategies repeatedly with great success over the years (except strategy #2). Careful execution could yield amazing results.   Strategy #1: Buy a fixer home as an owner occupant, move in and use sweat equity to …Read More

Oahu Real Estate Market Outlook – June 2017

Oahu Real Estate Market Outlook – June 2017  – Courtesy of the Honolulu Board of Realtors, local economist Paul Brewbaker with TZ Economics recently shared his view regarding the general US economy as well as his outlook for the local Hawaii economy and the Hawaii real estate market. Paul’s presentations are always insightful. Check here for last year’s summary: Oahu Real Estate Market Outlook – June 2016, and compare with …Read More

New Hawaii Property Tax Rates 2017 – 2018

New Hawaii Property Tax Rates 2017 – 2018 – We saw it coming, City Council just adjusted Hawaii’s new property tax rates for fiscal year July 1st 2017 through June 30th 2018. The big change for Honolulu County / Island of Oahu is the now two tiered Residential Rate ‘A’: $4.50 per $1,000 (0.45%) of the net taxable value for Oahu Residential A property up to $1Mill. $9.00 per $1,000 (0.9%) of the …Read More

‘Buy Before Sell’ vs ‘Sell Before Buy’ – Best Strategy For A Sideways Move In Real Estate

‘Buy before Sell’ vs ‘Sell before Buy’ – Best strategy for a sideways move in Honolulu’s real estate market – “Can we buy a home subject to the sale of our existing home?”  That’s what I get asked often from clients that already own a home and have the need to move into their next home. Let’s say you do not have  a.) enough cash, or  b.) financial strength to …Read More

Waikiki Condo – Remodel Journal

Waikiki Condo – Remodel Journal – As some of you know, I have been an advocate for building wealth with rental properties since the early 1990s. Recently I purchased another rental property at the Ilikai Apartment Building, one of my favorite condo of all Waikiki condotel buildings, allowing short term vacation renting . This unit was in original condition and needed a complete remodel. It has been several years since I did …Read More