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First Time Home Buyers: 3 Essential Tips That You Won’t Hear from Your Friends

First Time Home Buyers: 3 Essential Tips That You Won't Hear from Your FriendsWhen it comes to diving into home ownership for the first time, it can seem like there are so many things you just don’t know. Whether you’re getting advice from your real estate agent, your friends or your family, there are so many things that seem like common sense that they might be lost in the mix of details. Instead of having to squeeze it out of them, here are three tips that are easily forgotten but still essential. Continue reading

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

Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week January 25 2016Last week’s scheduled economic news included releases from the National Association of Home Builders, Housing Starts, and Existing Home Sales. Weekly reports on new jobless claims and mortgage rates were also released.

The National Association of Realtors® reported that sales of previously owned homes rose to 5.46 million sales on an annual seasonally adjusted basis in December. This reading surpassed expectations of 5.21 million sales and November’s reading of 4.76 million sales. November’s low reading was in part affected by new mortgage rules, which delayed some closings into December. Economic factors pushing housing markets include low driven by falling fuel costs easing consumers’ budgets could provide confidence to move up to a larger home and for first time buyers to enter the market. Continue reading

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What to Consider When Moving

Moving to HawaiiMoving home is a big thing for the entire family. But relocating to an entirely new place like Hawaii will take some serious consideration. Maybe you’re moving for work, or because your partner has a new job, or maybe it’s to be closer to family, just remember to weigh up the pros and cons before making such a drastic decision.

Moving is Change

Giving up your life and moving to a completely new place with a different culture can make you feel seriously homesick. Chances are, you’ll probably miss your friends or family back home or struggle to meet new friends. However, nowadays, there are various clubs and organizations that can help you meet people in your area, and after all, if you don’t try it you’ll never know! Moving to a new location for personal reasons when you’re without a job can be difficult and you may find even find it difficult to gain a new position. With this in mind, take the time to research your options thoroughly when deciding whether to move to Hawaii or not.

If the reason you’re moving is because you’ve secured a new job, consider your partners job prospects in Hawaii. What is their employment status now? If your partner has a great job with good benefits, it may be worth thinking about whether the move would be beneficial in terms of income and lifestyle. If you have children, a long distance move could be disruptive to their lives. Before you go any further, have a look into educational options for your kids.

The Cost of Moving

Moving home can add up financially, especially if you’re moving long distance. Call around different movers and gain quotes on based on your requirements. You’ll soon find that some companies offer more perks than others for the same cost. It’s highly important to establish how much you’ll be expected to pay for your move upfront. You don’t want to get any nasty surprises after your move!

Call us at Century 21 All Islands to speak to an advisor about your upcoming move to Hawaii at 1-800-735-2100.

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Staging Small Backyards to Make Into a Great Selling Feature

Staging Tips: How to Make a Small Backyard a Great Selling FeatureSmall backyards are not the detriment that sellers seem to worry about. By staging small backyards and putting in some work, any homeowner should be able to turn the smallest backyard into a selling feature by highlighting its assets.

Here are some surefire ways to change a cramped backyard into a cozy, outdoor paradise:

Invest In Size Appropriate Outdoor Furniture

Too many people with small backyards make the mistake of picking out patio furniture that is meant for a larger space. While this may not matter for the people living in the house, it will make a world of difference to anybody looking to buy.

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Why Buying a Home Grows Your Wealth Faster Than Renting

Did You Know: Here's Why Buying a New Home Grows Your Wealth Faster Than RentingThere can be many downsides to both renting and buying a home, depending on what side of the coin you are on, but if you’re leaning towards purchasing a home it can have added benefits for your bank account that renting does not. While renting can certainly alleviate many of the costs that go along with property ownership, here’s why purchasing a home can have positive monetary affects in the long run.

The Good Impacts of Inflation

While inflation is often seen as a dirty word, a real estate purchase can see the positive side of inflation with how your home purchase investment will grow over the years. Putting money into rent will mean that money is gone and out the window once you’ve paid for the month, but investing into a property will come back to you in future gains that are made in the real estate market. While buying a home will be more expensive in the short term, it can also provide you with greater financial flexibility and equity in the future.

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Home Builders Remain Confident in January

Home Builders Remain Confident in JanuaryHome builders maintained December’s confidence level according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Housing Market Index for January. The latest reading of 60 mirrored December’s reading, but was two points lower than expected. Readings of more than 50 indicate that more builders were confident about housing conditions than those who were not. Continue reading

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Turnkey Furnished Waikoloa Village Condo

This turnkey furnished Waikoloa Village condo is located at Waikoloa Villas. It is an immaculate, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit. The desirable second floor location provides breathtaking sunset, ocean, mountain, and golf course views. Vaulted ceilings and the open floor plan create a spacious living room and kitchen that make entertaining a delight. The condo has been appointed with a tasteful blend of Asian and island decor and is perfect as a permanent or second home, or as a vacation rental. This is a must see!

Upgrades include a complete kitchen remodel with cherry cabinets, stainless appliances, tile flooring, slab granite counters, and custom lighting. Beautiful Santos mahogany engineered hardwood flooring has been installed in the entry, living room, and dining areas. The downstairs bathroom has also been completely remodeled with new cabinetry, tile floor, tub surround, and a slab granite counter top. Other improvements include Bosch high efficiency, front loading washer and dryer and a 52” LCD TV.

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Golf Course Home at Ewa Villages

This golf course home at Ewa Villages is a former model home at Golf Villas at Lokahi Greens. The home was built in 2014 by D.R. Horton Schuler Homes. Its perimeter 5,000-squarefoot landscaped lot comes with a sprinkler system on the golf course. The covered lanai and deck off the master bedroom overlook the 16th fairway. The house has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. It features central air conditioning, vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans, and recessed lights. Plantation shutters are in every room. There is a bedroom and a full bathroom on the ground floor. Other features include custom tile floors in the living room and dining room; kitchen with Corian countertops, stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinets and a huge pantry.

For more information about this property or to schedule a showing, please see listing detail page in the Oahu Real Estate MLS – 201600085.

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – January 18, 2016

Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week January 18 2016In addition to weekly reports on mortgage rates and new unemployment claims, last week’s economic news included the Fed’s Beige Book report, retail sales and consumer sentiment. January’s Empire State Index showed an unexpected dip and Consumer Sentiment increased for January. Continue reading

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Waipouli Beach Resort Condo

This Waipouli Beach Resort condo is the true gem of Kapaa and the Coconut Coast of Kauai. Waipouli Beach Resort is a destination resort with heated river pool, water slides, and sand bottom hot tubs. There is a full fitness center and spa on property. Gorgeous gardens with a variety of tropical plants surround the property. There is a nice upscale restaurant near the pool called the Oasis.

This is luxury living at its best. You will find granite counter tops, Peruvian travertine tiles, appliances by Subzero, Wolfe, and Fisher, and hot tub. Unit includes central air conditioning, crown molding, double pane windows, and hardwood cabinets.

This condo is a very successful vacation rental, almost obtaining $70,000 in rentals, even with the owner staying 36 nights out of the year. This is a turnkey unit which includes furniture.

For more information about this property or to schedule a showing, please see listing detail page in the Kauai Real Estate MLS – 291757.

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