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Guide to Honolulu Private & Public Schools: Elementary, Middle & High-Schools

Buying Honolulu real estate comes with some different factors than than the rest of Oahu. As the business, political and population center for not just our Island, but all of Hawaii, it’s a singular part of the State. That extends to the Honolulu school system, too. There are a lot more schools here, both public and private, bringing educational choices to you that are unequaled across the Islands. That includes …Read More

Ewa Beach & Kapolei Private & Public Schools: Elementary, Middle & High Schools

You’ve heard all the talk about the new neighborhoods, the bottomless options of the 2nd City’s shopping and recreation and the convenience of the Rail system that begins here. But what about your kid’s education? The schools of Kapolei and Ewa Beach fall right in line with the historical track of the area. You’ll find institutions that date to the late 19th Century, created to serve the families of the …Read More

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