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228 Crestview,  Lahaina, Hawaii 96761

Home For Sale In Pineapple Hill Estates – Casual Elegance only begins to describe this brilliant 4+ bedroom, 4.5 bath luxury home, the ‘Prince of Polynesia’, in exclusive, gated Pineapple Hill Estates, offering magnificent 180 degree ocean & island views from a totally private poolside setting. Luxurious yet functional, with an ocean view master suite, 3 guest suites, & 2 bonus rooms available for use as additional bedrooms, every possible amenity is included–gorgeous granite counters, travertine & Brazilian cherry wood floors, mahogany cabinets, top of the line appliances, rich inlaid […]

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The Fear Of Change In Your HOA

There is an expression, “If you ever truly want to understand something, just try to change it.” When a new board takes charge, pumped full of ideas and enthusiasm, it’s often met with resistance. Do these sound familiar? Pay higher fees? Are you nuts? We should lower them! Take down my 40 foot flagpole? I’m entitled to Free Speech! What do you mean “change the paint color”? If it was good enough in 1985, it’s good enough today! Tow my wrecked ’68 Ford Pinto out of the Fire Lane will […]

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The Equity Boom Might Be Making You Money

Have you ever checked out your bank account online only to discover you’re $50,000 richer than you were yesterday? That may sound like the sort of thing that happens only in fairy tales and lottery advertisements, but it’s happening right now to millions of homeowners across the nation. How does it happen? Homeowner equity is the largest source of wealth for many Americans, and as I speak, an equity boom is underway, raising homes values over the past three years as prices recover from the housing crash.The evidence suggests we’re […]

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Lawmakers to discuss funding for housing, long-term care

HONOLULU – Facing down a projection that Hawaii will need an additional 60,000 housing units to meet long-term demand over the next five years, state lawmakers plan to chip away at deciding how much money they’re willing to spend to solve the problem. The legislative committees that make decisions about money will take up a slew of bills related to housing development, public housing repairs, rental assistance and low-income tax credits today. Sen. Jill Tokuda, chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, wants the state to set a goal […]

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Barry and Carol Made It Happpen

Barry and Carol made it happpen – an ocean front condo (with a million dollar view) in a specific West Maui complex for the price we wanted! What else can you ask for? They wouldn’t drop the ball even when the deal seemed dead and we were no longer on the island. They were always available; honest, hard-working, personable, and ultimetly effective agents. We would highly recommend them. They are experts on the Maui scene. – Loren & Mary Moorhead

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The New Math on Reverse Mortgages

The reverse mortgage has won some new respect. A decade ago, most financial advisers would roll their eyes at the mention of reverse mortgages, loans that give homeowners an advance on their home equity and allow them to delay repayment until the home is sold. Such products, these advisers used to say, weren’t for their clients, but rather for those who didn’t prepare financially for retirement. One important change, the Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act of 2013, prevents homeowners in most cases from taking all their equity at once—roughly 40% of […]

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Lahaina Home For Sale, 80 Iliahi Lot 2 Unit A

A fabulous new 5 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath, uniquely Contemporary Plantation Design home with gourmet kitchen, pool, & 3 car garage, to be completed in February of 2016 (call for updates). Click Here to Schedule a Showing: Offering stunning whitewater ocean & sunset views, with the beautiful West Maui mountains & frequent rainbows as a backdrop, this private, pristine 2.57 acre homesite is in one of Maui’s most desirable neighborhoods. Located minutes from historic Lahaina town’s shops, activities, harbor, & award winning restaurants, with family-friendly swimming & surfing at popular […]

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The Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner

In today’s market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising, some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are five of those reasons: 1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale By Owner: The buyer who […]

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Resort installs photovoltaic system

Jeff Bedard, managing partner of Resort Energy Ventures, speaks Feb. 22 at the dedication of a new rooftop photovoltaic system at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. The system that took three years to plan but only six months to install will supply more than 6 percent of the resort’s annual power needs, the equivalent of supplying 158 homes, resort officials said. Resort Energy Ventures was the project manager and designer of the system and HNU Energy was the contractor. The partnership also included Hyatt Hotels Corp., Host Hotels […]

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Maui Ocean Front

OCEANFRONT! PRIME OCEANVIEW!   LARGE 1 BEDROOM IN KAHANA ROYAL 4365 Lower Honoapiilani – Napili/Kahana/Honokowai   $549,000 Fee Simple MLS: 366474 This brilliant beachfront apartment in one of Maui’s most popular condominiums has it all: southwest exposure offering stunning views of sunsets, surf, & whales in season from both the living room AND bedroom; recent, custom renovation with new stainless appliances, granite counters, etc. (over $50,000 in upgrades); central AC; W/D; extra storage; with furnishings included, ready for your enjoyment as a great vacation rental, second home, or your personal home […]

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