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6 Tips For Downsizing To An Efficient Condo For Retirees

Getting Ready to Retire? Six Tips for Downsizing from Huge House to Efficient CondoIf you’re getting ready to retire, you may be thinking about downsizing. Having a large house makes sense when you’re raising kids, but once you reach your golden years, it usually makes sense to move into a smaller, more efficient condo. While downsizing may seem impossible, these 6 tips will help you reach your goal. Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 14, 2014

What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week July 14 2014Last week brought news from the Fed as two Federal Reserve Bank Presidents made speeches and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Fed released the minutes of its last meeting. The minutes reveal the Fed’s intention to wrap up its bond-buying program in October with a final purchase of $15 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and Treasury bonds. No economic news was issued Monday following of the 4th of July holiday.

Further indications of a strengthening labor market were seen. May job openings reached their highest level since June 2007, and quits and layoffs fell from April’s reading of 4.55 million to 4.50 million. Weekly jobless claims fell to 304,000 against expectations of 320,000 new jobless claims and the prior week’s reading of 315,000 new jobless claims. Continue reading

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Luxurious and Beautiful Kauai Plantation Home

Executive Style Kauai Plantation Home in Kawaihau

This gorgeous, executive-style Kauai plantation home has mesmerizing views of two of the best craters on the island – Makaleha and Mt. Waialeale. Relax and enjoy counting all the waterfalls from the 500+ sq. ft. covered lanai. This Kauai home is true Hawaii luxury real estate.
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Tips to Assessing the Value of Your Home in Today’s Market

How Much is Your Home Worth in Today's Market? Three Key Tips for Assessing ValueIf you’re thinking about putting the house on the market, or are simply curious about its value in the current economic atmosphere, it’s essential to get an honest assessment of its value. An overly inflated figure won’t hold up and will only turn potential buyers away.

It’s best to get a fair assessment in order to ask a reasonable price or avoid over-extending oneself when it comes to taking out a home equity loan. Consider these three key tips to assessing the value of your home in today’s market.

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Buying or Selling? Three Traits You’ll Want in Your Real Estate Agent

Buying or Selling, Here Are Three Traits You'll Want in Your Real Estate AgentFor both buyers and sellers, choosing the right real estate agent is an important and difficult decision, but making the right selection is critical. Consider the following essential characteristics for a real estate agent before signing a contract:

Experience

An agent must understand the real estate market as well as the practices and processes of buying and selling. While a new agent may have energy and desire, experienced agents will be able to offer insights and experiences which are likely to give their clients the edge in their deal. Experience also indicates negotiating skill.

Of course an agent must be licensed, but they must also be knowledgeable about the specific neighborhoods and types of property their clients are interested in buying or selling. Commercial properties are much different than residential properties, for example, so find an agent with the experience you need.

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Big Island Real Estate – Experience Hawaii at Keauhou View Estates

Keauhou View Estates – The Perfect Big Island Real Estate at this Kailua-Kona Location

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Keauhou View Estates on the Big Island is the perfect place to experience Hawaii’s lifestyle. The property is just a short distance to Magic Sands Beach (La Aloa Beach Park) and only 1.5 miles to one of Hawaii’s best known snorkeling beaches, Kahaluu. It’s also just minutes to the Keauhou Kona shopping center, restaurants, entertainment, sightseeing and ocean activities.

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Why the Terms of a Home’s Sale Are Far More Important Than the Price Paid

Giving and Getting: Why the Terms of a Home's Sale Are Far More Important Than the Price PaidOne of the most significant factors home buyers and sellers focus on when buying real estate is the negotiated sales price in the purchase contract. While the sales price is undeniably important, the fact is that other terms in the sales contract may have more far-reaching and significant effects on the transaction. Continue reading

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Views Abound for Kauai Ocean View Home

Gorgeous view of mountains and the Pacific for Kauai Ocean View Home in Hanalei

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This charming, remodeled Kauai Ocean View Home is across the street from the beach in the Hanalei District at Wainiha. A perfect two-story home, this is a true delight in Kauai real estate.

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Sellers, Beware: 5 Reasons You Might Not Get Top Dollar when You Sell Your Home (And How to Avoid Them)

Sellers, Beware: Five Reasons You Might Not Get Top Dollar when You Sell Your Home (And How to Avoid Them)For most people, their home is their largest asset, so they want to maximize that asset by getting top dollar when they sell. Here are a few reasons you might not get top dollar when you sell – and how to avoid them! Continue reading

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – July 7, 2014

What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week July 7 2014

Last week’s economic news was mixed, but economic reports for Non-Farm Payrolls and the National Unemployment rate suggest a strengthening labor sector. Pending Home Sales surpassed expectations in May and conversely, construction spending was lower than expected. Here are the details. Continue reading

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