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Gorgeous Estate Home in Hana, Maui

Custom Handcrafted Estate in Hana’s Gold Coast

Located in the gold coast, this gorgeous custom handcrafted estate home in Hana has sweeping 180-degree ocean views. Perched on 3.5 lush acres, this pristine home is a work of art with the finest of quality throughout. The owner/contractor spared no expense. Enjoyment of the outdoors includes an ocean view hot tub and outside handcrafted stone shower. This is one of the few properties in Hana with a private water well with a new pump and pressure bladder (30 gallons per minute) – installed this year. Plenty of land available to build another residence while maintaining the privacy and beauty of the existing home.
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Understanding Mortgage Closing Cost Fees

Closing Costs: Understanding What It Costs to Close on a Home and What You Can Expect to PayIf you’re in the process of buying a new home, you’ve likely heard the term “closing costs” in regards to the many different fees and taxes that you’ll be required to pay during the purchase process.

In this post we’ll look at a number of these closing costs and what you will be expected to pay when you buy that next dream home.

Taking out a Mortgage? There Will Be Mortgage Closing Cost Fees Attached

If you’re taking out a mortgage to finance the cost of buying your home you’ll end up incurring a variety of fees. Nearly all lenders will charge a mortgage application fee, which covers the cost of processing your application and all of the necessary paperwork.

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Ocean Pointe Townhome with Polynesian Flare

A Tropical Oasis in Ewa Beach

This Ocean Pointe townhome was professionally remodeled and upgraded with a strong Polynesian flare. A full tropical oasis was created in the backyard complete with koi pond, mood lighting, and outdoor shower.
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Home Selling Methods Other Than Open Houses

Are Open Houses Still Important in Selling a Home? Three Reasons You May Want to Save Your TimeWhether you’re in the early stages of the home selling process or your home has been on the market for some time, you may be considering hosting an open houses or two in order to welcome potential buyers in to see your property.

Let’s take a look at three reasons you may want to pass on the idea of open houses in order to invest your time in other areas which may lead to a faster sale.

Most Buyers Start Their House Hunt Online

According to statistics from the National Association of REALTORS®, the majority of home buyers begin their house hunt by browsing through online real estate listings.

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How to Compare Mortgages from Different Lenders or Underwriters

Shopping Around: How to Compare Mortgages from Different Lenders or UnderwritersBuying a home is a major financial transaction, especially if you’re going to need mortgage financing to help cover the purchase cost.

The only way to know if you’re getting the best deal on a mortgage is to shop around, but with so many different lenders vying for your business it can be very tough to choose which mortgage is the best fit for your own situation. Continue reading

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Luxury Waikoloa Beach Resort Condo on the Big Island

Turnkey Condo at the Luxurious Kolea

This gorgeous 2-bedroom luxury Waikoloa Beach Resort condo is just steps away from the beautiful beach at Anaehoomalu Bay. Here’s your chance to enjoy the luxurious Kolea lifestyle on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. Kolea is an exclusive gated community located in the heart of the Waikoloa Beach Resort.
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Buying a New Home Versus Buying Pre-owned

The Pros and Cons of Buying a New Home Versus Buying Pre-ownedAre you thinking about buying a new home? Congratulations!

Buying a house, condo or townhouse is an exciting and rewarding time which tends to be a lot of fun. However, along the way you’ll need to make a number of decisions – including whether you want to buy a pre-owned home or one that has been built recently and is brand new.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the pros and cons of buying a new home versus buying pre-owned. Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – October 6, 2014

Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week October 6 2014Last week’s economic news included multiple reports on housing and the labor sector. The good news is that job markets appear to be stronger, with new jobless claims and the national unemployment rate lower. Unfortunately, housing continues to struggle in its recovery.

Pending home sales slumped in August and the S&P Case-Shiller Housing Market Index reports for July showed slower growth in home prices with 19 of 20 cities posting lower gains than for June.

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Determining How Much Mortgage You Can Afford

Setting Your Budget: How to Analyze Your Finances to Determine How Much Mortgage You Can AffordWhether you’re buying a home for the first time or you’ve decided it’s about time that you upgraded to a larger, more expansive house, if you’re making a real estate purchase you’ll need to be aware of how much you can reasonably afford to borrow in a mortgage. In today’s post we’ll take a look at a few ways that you can analyze your financial situation to help decide how much mortgage you can afford.

Prepare An Honest Monthly Budget

The first step in understanding how much of a monthly payment you can afford is to create an honest monthly budget which includes all of your family’s income and spending. Although you won’t have to pay them every month, it’s also important that you include costs that show up irregularly like car repairs, Christmas gifts or tuition bills as these still need to be paid. The more information you can place in your budget, the more accurate your financial picture will be.

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Why Residential Solar Panels Are Becoming a Popular Renovation

Looking for a Value-adding Upgrade? Why Residential Solar Panels Are Becoming a Popular RenovationIf you’re looking for a home upgrade that can add resale value to your home while paying itself off over time, look no further than solar panels. In the past few years, the cost of installing residential solar has declined while the efficiency of the panels has increased. This combination has made home solar one of the best investments that a homeowner can make – provided they live in an area that receives a good deal of sunshine.

Solar Adds Immense Value To Your Home

While solar panel installations are not inexpensive, in almost every case they add at least their total cost to the value of the home as soon as they are installed. If you decide to sell your home, it will be very attractive to those who are interested in leaving a lighter footprint or for anyone who was thinking of going solar after they bought their new home.

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