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How to Gain the Upper Hand in Real Estate Negotiations

In a typical real estate transaction, numerous factors may be negotiated, and the terms of the purchase may be negotiated at different times throughout the process. Both parties want to have the upper hand in negotiations, but those who focus on a few points are more likely to walk away feeling satisfied with the results of the negotiations. Continue reading

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Signs Your Variable Mortgage Payment Is About To Increase

For many homebuyers who are new to the market, it can be very comforting to be on a fixed rate mortgage where fluctuating interest rates cannot have an impact on your monthly payments. While a variable rate mortgage can sometimes lead to significant savings at the end of the day, there are a few ways you can tell if your monthly payment is on the upswing. Continue reading

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Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Slows in May

According to the S&P Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index, home price growth in May dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.20 percent as compared to April’s reading of 5.40 percent. Analysts said that low mortgage rates continue to support housing markets, but also noted that affordability due to rising home prices is sidelining some would-be buyers. High demand for homes coupled with slim supplies of available homes have driven prices up for months; analysts said that “tentative signs” of slower gains in home prices were seen. Continue reading

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4 Ways to Safeguard Your Home While on Vacation

Everyone needs a vacation at some point, and worrying about your home should be the last thing on your mind while you’re out of town. Here are 4 ways to boost home security when you’re not around. Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 25, 2016

Last week’s economic news included readings on builder confidence in housing market conditions, housing starts, building permits issued and existing home sales. Weekly reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims were also released. The National Association of Home Builders reported that home builder confidence fell one point in July to 59 as compared to an expected reading and June reading of 60. Builders again cited shortages of buildable lots and labor. Continue reading

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4 Reasons Why Your Home Isn’t Selling

Selling your house can be hard. Emotionally, because it’s become your home, but also economically. If your home isn’t selling, there are usually specific reasons – which means there are ways to amend them and make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Here’s a short list of reasons why your home might be stalling on the market. Continue reading

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Wailea Kai Home – Designed for Maximum Natural Comfort

This practical, unpretentious, and deceptively large Wailea Kai home is designed for maximum natural comfort, taking full advantage of Maui’s mild climate and cross-breezes. It is a pleasant 4-minute stroll from celebrated Keawakapu Beach.

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Budget-Friendly DIY Projects That Boost Curb Appeal

We’re told not to judge a book by its cover, but there’s no such rule in the housing market. Curb appeal is the external attractiveness of a home, and if you’re in the market for a house that first impression has a lot to do with your final decision. Alternatively, if you’re looking to sell, it’s an easy area to boost the attractiveness of your home. Continue reading

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Custom Luxury Home at Kalihiwai Ridge

This immaculate custom luxury home at Kalihiwai Ridge was carefully thought out by the owners seeing to each and every detail. The property sits on a three-acre estate. County records show it has two bedrooms, however this large and spacious … Continue reading

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The 4 Most Common Mortgage Questions, Answered

Making the decision to purchase a home is one of the most significant investments most people will make in their life, and this automatically means there are a lot of questions that need to be answered before putting any money down. If you’re considering making the leap, here are some insights into some of the common questions you might have. Continue reading

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