The 7 Shocks “Witch” Will Send Shoppers Screaming!

by Brenda Williams

Walking into a home, Buyers can be shocked by many different things.  If you want them to be shocked by how much they LOVE your home, then avoid these 7 Shocks which would send them away screaming.

The most attention a home will get while it is for sale is within the few week or two it is listed.  Make sure your home is ready when it hits the market so you can capture that momentum and sell it fast & for top dollar.  The more time that passes, the harder it is to sell.

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We are a people-first and community-focused real estate company in the Kaka’ako region.

We walk clients through every step of the buying and selling process, providing responsive and genuine advice.

No sales pitches, no pushiness, ever.

www.okikagroup.com

Home Buying: The 4 Most Important L’s!

by Brenda Williams

When you are buying a home, it is easy to get swept away by a special feature or turned off by something small.  Look past the ugly carpet or awful paint color because those are easy fixes!

Focus on the four most important things that cannot be changed easily:  Light, Location, Lot and Layout.  Look at your current living situation and think about what you like or don’t like about the 4 L’s.  Build your home search around what light, location, lot and layout you DO want!  Use it to narrow down and compare potential homes.

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Please visit our website for more information on current listings.

We are a people-first and community-focused real estate company in the Kaka’ako region.

We walk clients through every step of the buying and selling process, providing responsive and genuine advice.

No sales pitches, no pushiness, ever.

www.okikagroup.com

10 Real Estate Terms to Know!

by Brenda Williams

As Realtors, we use these terms in our daily lives and may sometimes forget to stop and define.  Below is a list of the top ten words people stop and ask about that are commonly used when buying or selling a home.  This is just a quick overview and by no means a legal definition!  Please feel free to reach out for further definition as we are always happy to help!

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We walk clients through every step of the buying and selling process, providing responsive and genuine advice.

No sales pitches, no pushiness, ever.

www.okikagroup.com

Kaka’ako Market Report – September 2017

by Brenda Williams

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Kaka’ako saw 45 real estate sales with a sales volume of just over $48M in the month of September.  Almost double last September’s volume of $26M.  Average sales price was just over $1M at $1,069,378 vs. an average sales price of $748,277 last year.  For a breakdown by building, please see below.

The market was healthy with 6 months worth of inventory.  Days on market ranged from 0 up to 339 days with a third of the condos on the market for less than 30 days. Kaka'ako Sept Sold Query Min Max Avg CountUnits closed at 97.8% of their list price in September and have closed at 98.6% of their list price year to date in 2017.

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Please visit our website for more information on current listings.

We are a people-first and community-focused real estate company in the Kaka’ako region.

We walk clients through every step of the buying and selling process, providing responsive and genuine advice.

No sales pitches, no pushiness, ever.

www.okikagroup.com

Today in Kaka’ako for Less than $1M!

by Brenda Williams

Kaka’ako can be affordable!  There are 76 units on the market today under $1M, starting in the mid-$300K’s.

The challenge most Buyers face is that those units go FAST!  We are talking less than three weeks on the market as of last month.

So you need to have a game plan in order to make it to the signing table for one of these condos.  Please contact us to get started today!

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We are a people-first and community-focused real estate company in the Kaka’ako region.

We walk clients through every step of the buying and selling process, providing responsive and genuine advice.

No sales pitches, no pushiness, ever.

www.okikagroup.com

4 Things Your Buyer’s Agent Should Do

By Brenda Williams

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Looking for a perfect match to help you close on your perfect home or investment can be tough! No wonder since it is one of the biggest purchases in your life (if not the biggest)!

You can navigate through the dozens of agents you meet at open house, see on Facebook, find at work or through friends in hopes of avoiding the WRONG agent. Or you can click here for the RIGHT agent!

7 Things To Do Before Moving to Hawaii

by Brenda Williams

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One day my husband surprised me with a casual,  “Hey, how about we spend 3 months on Maui?”  The bags were packed the next day.  Seriously. The. Next. Day. Our initial three months turned into 2+ years.  And then 5.

Prior to making any decisions about moving from the mainland, we were fortunate to have had the opportunity to work here for a short time.  We learned the area.  We met amazing people, locals and transplants.  And we started to understand the uniqueness of island life.

We fell in love with it all!

Also, because we are marginally insane, we moved five times in five years.  Inter-island, island-to-island.  You name it, we did it.  Will we be moving anytime soon?  Um, no.  What did all that moving teach us?  Happy you asked, let me share.

blurb-numbers_1Bold, italicize, underline. Seriously cannot emphasize this enough.  Living spaces in Hawaii are tight.  When we first moved to Maui, we were in a two bedroom apartment that was approximately 750 square feet.  With two kids.  We later moved into a “spacious” 1200 sq ft condo and felt like kings.

Anticipating the minimized space, we had a huge garage sale before leaving California.  Then we gave a ton of stuff away.  We were moving ourselves, and so this was a huge cost savings.  We thought we had eliminated all the fluff with our first move, but continued to toss things out five moves later.  Nothing makes a space feel more cramped than clutter.

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Look at the area you are planning to move to and make sure it fits your lifestyle.  Consider things like: cost of living, commute times, schools, demographics, accessibility to hospitals (oddly important when you have 2 of your 3 kids on the islands, just saying.)  It is expensive to make that trip across the Pacific, so be sure to evaluate if the lifestyle will work.

Many people have made the move, only to turn around and move back to the mainland within a year or two.  For us, moving from an area in California that catered to retired folks and early-bird specials to a more family-friendly area of Hawaii was a lifestyle change for the better.  We can’t imagine living anywhere else!

blurb-numbers_3One of the many surprises people find once they move to the islands is how different each island is from another.  Maui was great for us when we first moved here and is the favorite island for many of our friends.  We love Honolulu and Oahu because of the city-feel and abundance of great food and entertainment. And Volcano Village on Big Island is where we will probably retire.

They each have their own personality!  And within each of the islands there are pockets, or neighborhoods, with their own individual styles.  If working with a realtor on your big move, be sure to find an agent who can talk to you about your lifestyle and help you find the best location for you.

blurb-numbers_4Look through old bills, insurance policies, and magazine subscriptions.  Pretty much anything you would get in the mail and not immediately throw away will need an address change.  Start with your stack from the last month and then think back 12 to 18 months. Some important notifications are only sent quarterly, or yearly (like 401k account updates).  Speaking from experience, one of our life insurance policies lapsed during a move, and they didn’t reach out to us as a courtesy. A real shocker.  And lastly, complete an address change with USPS.

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Our furry four legged friends can also move to Hawaii, but there is a process to get them here. The process is a little complicated.  So complicated that there are businesses (and this is all that they do) who assist people in moving their pets to Hawaii.  We are a rabies-free state, so the program is in place to keep us that way.

For more information, check out http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/animal-quarantine-information-page/

Important reminder that not only are we rabies-free, but Hawaii is also a SNAKE-free state.  So, keep any pet snakes on the mainland.  A few have made it to the islands, but if you see one on a very rare occasion, report it here: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/info/reporting/

blurb numbers_6 copyIn our first year here, we had over 6 sets of visitors. We loved it, and we still do!  Our closets store several inflatable mattresses and we keep a calendar visible, marking dates and making sure no one overlaps on visits.  We’ve learned not to worry about being cramped with visitors, because home is only used for sleeping when friends and family come to the islands.  The weather is so amazing that staying inside is nearly impossible.  And the sunshine and breezes are way too enticing for visitors to stay away for long.

blurb numbers_7 copyMoving anywhere is a big deal. Moving to Hawaii is a HUGE deal.  Find people who have made the move, and ask a million questions.  Find businesses that assist with relocation, and ask a million more questions.  Call your insurance company, the local barista, your dog walker.  And just ask.   

One of my favorite things is offering assistance to others making the move from the mainland to Hawaii.  Questions about your big Hawaiian move?  Ask away: brenda@okikagroup.com.  – Brenda