Oahu Real Estate, Hawaii December 2012 Sales and Hot Spots

January 20, 2013 by  
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According to the Honolulu Board of Realtors, there were 291 closed housing sales in Oahu during December 2012, representing an increase of 8.6%, and 401 closed condo sales representing an increase of 20.4%. The median housing sales price was $600,000, down .08%, and the median condo sales price was $393,083, up 19.3%.

Tips to Finding the Right Oahu Neighborhood

Since statistics don’t really help buyers choose the right neighborhood to purchase a home or condo in, it is recommended that you work closely with an Oahu Realtor. Your Oahu real estate expert understands today’s market conditions and can help you find the right property at the best price, as well as get you in touch with a reputable mortgage broker or lender if you need financing for your purchase.

Here are some tips to help you get started in the right direction. If you are looking for higher end properties, there definitely is more inventory around the Island. However, there are a couple areas in particular that are worth investigating that offer good value as well as amenities that are in stages of development. So you may just want to check these out. Many real estate experts will tell you that these are the next up and coming real estate hot spots:

Kapolei and Ewa Plain

According to statistics released by Data Analysts Hawaii Inc., housing availability has nearly tripled in Kapolei since the year 1990, with 11,722 units to approximately 31,730 in 2010. There are 16 master-planned communities planned for the area, some offering luxury homes, including golf course amenities, at a fraction of the price compared to Kahala Avenue. This area has become popular with mainland buyers relocating to the Island looking for brand new construction. There are also several new attractions and many family oriented shops and restaurants for residents and visitors across the Ewa Plan. Businesses and professionals have also relocated to the area looking for affordability, comfort and convenience. Retirees are also flocking to this destination to get away from the noise and congestion of metropolitan Honolulu.

Kakaako  and Ward Area

Kakaako is the next hot spot to buy and invest in. With urban trendy businesses developing in the area and social events like Pow Wow Hawaii and Eat the Street, this area has become one of the most popular places to hang out, live and work in. There are condos avaliable here and more residential and condo developments coming. It is certainly an area you should keep your eye on and thinking about investing in while prices are affordable.

Contributed by Jeff Manson from www.adrhi.com/oahu-real-estate/

Kauai vacation rentals are at your disposal

April 23, 2012 by  
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When visiting a magnificent place like the majestic island of Kauai, it is important to know where you are staying and what amenities you will have available to you. For this reason, always plan ahead of time. For the very best vacation possible, Kauai vacation rentals are at your disposal. Offering all the amenities of home, this is definitely the way to go when you choosing a vacation rental on Kauai.

Kauai vacation rentals are not only some of the best places to stay when vacationing on Kauai, but they are also the most luxurious places to stay. Offering most – if not all, the amenities of home, Kauai rentals should be on the top of your list when it comes to choosing a vacation rental on Kauai.

Sure there are hotels. While many of the hotels on Kauai are nice, they don’t offer the same experience or homely feeling that Kauai vacation rentals do. It is always good to get away, and what better place than Kauai. However, just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you have to give up the comforts and amenities of home. All of these can be has if you choose to book one of the many Kauai vacation rentals available.

Still on the fence? Lets take a look at all that Kauai rentals can offer you. These are especially important after you have spent the day exploring Kauai and having a great time. You want to come back and feel like you are able to really access everything you need to be comfortable. Kauai vacation rentals offer this, as some of the amenities at your fingertips include:

  • Extreme privacy
  • More square footage
  • Multiple bedrooms
  • Full kitchen
  • Separate living room
  • Separate dining room
  • Fitness room
  • WiFi
  • Big screen TV
  • DVD player
  • Game/Movie room
  • On sight laundry
  • Your own pool and/or Jacuzzi
  • Yard

Why not make the most out of your vacation time of Kauai? Instead of booking the cliché hotel room, why not consider booking one of the many Kauai vacation rentals available on the island? There are an assortment of different Kauai vacation rentals, each offering their own unique flavor and unique guest experience. For something that gives you all the luxuries and amenities of home, while at the same time providing a comfortable getaway from the norm, check out all the available Kauai vacation rentals today! Make you trip what it should be.

Princeville real estate market

June 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Hawaii Homes

The Princeville real estate market, a part of the Kauai housing market, rallied according to some indicators in the month of May, although in other respects it showed continued weakness. According to a June 7, 2010 article from Pacific Business News, “Single-family home sales on Kauai were up by 80 percent in May, while condo sales were up 38 percent compared to the same month last year. There were 27 homes sold on the Garden Isle last month, up from 15 in May of 2009, according to statistics from Hawaii Information Service.” The piece went on to state that “The median price for a single-family home, however, fell 30 percent in May to $420,000, down from $600,000 in May 2009. Condo sales were up last month, with 18 units sold compared to 13 units sold in May 2009. But the median price dropped 50 percent to $164,000, down from $330,000 in 2009.”

The number of distressed properties in the Princeville real estate market increased in the month of May, although the number of foreclosures seemed to be declining. According to a June 10 2010 article in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, “The figure was 29 percent higher than the 816 filings in May 2009, and though the increase was significant, it represented the smallest percentage-point rise for any month in more than a year. ‘The pace of increase appears to be slowing,’ said Daren Blomquist, marketing communications manager for California-based RealtyTrac.” The piece, composed by Andrew Gomes, went on to say that “Hawaii’s rate was one foreclosure filing per 486 households…Kauai had the next-best rate atone filing per 372 households, based on 80 total filings.”

If the rate of foreclosures did indeed slow in the most recent tracking period, Princeville homes for sale are likely to be sold for higher (non-foreclosure) prices in the future. According to a June 9, 2010 article from Pacific Business News, “The number of Hawaii homes receiving foreclosure filings in May was on the rise, but the rate of increase slowed from the month before. The number of foreclosure filings in Hawaii, which include default notices, public foreclosure auctions scheduled and bank repossessions, was up by 29 percent in May…”

Hawaii Real Estate – Your Next Move

June 3, 2010 by  
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View along Na Pali Coast (from trail) with cli...
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With all the incentives being offered these days in the United States to buy a new home, many people are thinking about taking the opportunity and moving to another area or buying new homes. If you are one of those people, you may want to consider Hawaii Real Estate. Consider the main island of Hawaii, or the others next to it – Oahu, Kauai, or Maui. Since the prices for Real Estate in Hawaii fluctuate, this offers an excellent opportunity for investment. Hawaii has many good points to make it your next home. Some of the best characteristics of this Island Paradise will help you make the decision.

Hawaii has the best climate and weather. The weather is warm, pleasant year round and the skies are clear. The beaches are pristine and the natural beauty of the island is breathtaking. You will have perpetual summers in Hawaii and will feel that you are on vacation permanently.

If you are a nature lover, Hawaii will capture your soul. Hawaii Real Estate is perfect for nature lovers and people who like the outdoors. The most beautiful beaches in the world, gorgeous mountain views, and lush and green forests that invite you to explore them will surround you. You will also enjoy a variety of activities such as hiking, surfing, snorkeling, body boarding, and much more. You will enjoy the city life and nightlife as you will find some of the best nightclubs in the city. Shopping will be a rich and diversified experience as you will find upscale malls, but also downtown areas where you can find small markets with special treasures and items that are special to the culture and made by local artisans.

The people of Hawaii are diverse and you will find a rich culture with many roots. If you love diversity, Hawaii will give you that as it attracts people from all over the world and with different backgrounds. You may say that the population is eclectic at this point, and the natives are proud of their heritage and willing to share it with newcomers. You will experience different beliefs, races, cultural backgrounds, ethnicity’s, as well as many tourists from all over the world who are on vacation, or that come to visit often. Many people have second homes in Hawaii too – people from many other countries. You will have the opportunity to enrich your knowledge of different cultures as well.

The Hawaii Real Estate Market offers you the opportunity to buy a home to live there, but also an investing opportunity as well. You can buy land for future use, or to rent it. You can also buy a second home for vacations, or to rent it when you are not occupying it. The possibilities are countless, and the best thing is that the prices have come down in this paradise destination due to the recent economic changes in the United States and abroad.

Think Hawaii for your next home or investment opportunity. It has much to offer and it is a desirable real estate market.

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Popular Hawaiian Beaches

January 8, 2010 by  
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Waikiki Sunset (24)
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Hawaii beach vacations, put simply, miles of Hawaiian coastline are pristine sandy beaches and sunny shores. The number one reason visitors travel to the islands is to experience the wonderful beaches and cool oceanic waters. For people on a limited stay in Hawaii, selecting the best beaches might be one of the hardest decisions to make. Lanikai Beach, a small stretch of thing white, sandy beach on the windward side is known for its two spectacular and gorgeous offshore islands, known as the Mokuluas. Sunset Beach, named so for its beautiful sunsets, has one of the island’s longest running white sand beaches and is one of the best surfing spots on the island. Perhaps the most well-known beach in Hawaii is Waikiki Beach, literally “sprouting water.” Often filled with tourists, the beach is known for its exciting catamaran rides, beach boys, calm surf, and shallow waters that are perfect for first-time and experienced beachgoers.

Kailua Beach Park is located on the windward side of Oahu and is famous for its excellent swimming, wind surfing, kayaking, and relatively calm waters to enjoy. Kahana Bay Beach Park is across from Ahupua’a O Kahana State Park on the windward side and is quite popular with those beachgoers who’d like to avoid the crowds. The secluded beach cove is one of Oahu’s best kept secrets for its calm waters and plenty of sandy beach. Ehukai Beach Park is home to the famous Bonzai Pipeline on the North Shore and in the winter months hosts some of the best surfing competitions.

Contributed by www.hawaiianrealestate.com a Oahu realtor.

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Big Island

July 2, 2009 by  
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Oahu from the air.

Although Oahu is the more commonly known Hawaiian Island and the more popular tourist destination (with Honolulu and Waikiki being located on Oahu), the island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island, is another popular destination for those who wish to experience the paradise of Hawaii.

The Big Island is the largest and youngest of the eight major islands that make up the Hawaiian archipelago.

According to Hawaiian legend, the island was named for Hawai’iloa, the legendary Polynesian navigator who was believed to be the first person to discover it. With a population of about 200,000, the Big Island is located in the County of Hawaii, and the county seat is Hilo, the Big Island’s largest town located on the eastern coast.

For most of it’s history, the Big Island’s main economic force was sugarcane, but today, like the rest of the State of Hawaii, tourism is the backbone of the island’s economy.

The island is most famous for its volcanoes and black sand beaches, with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park being home to the active volcanoes of Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Kailua-Kona and Hilo are the two major communities on the island, both of which offer great dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities to residents and visitors.

Other popular attractions throughout the island include Hulihe’e Palace, Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, Onizuka Space Center, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo, and Rainbow Falls State Park.

Diamond Head

May 24, 2009 by  
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Diamond Head is one of Hawaii’s most prolific icons and graces the island of Oahu’ssouth shore.  Known to Native Hawaiians as Leahi, the volcanic tuff cone received its current name after British sailors noted calcite crystals embedded in the mountainside and mistook them for diamonds.  Part of the Koolau Volcanic eruptions that created the eastern half of Oahu, Diamond Head today is a defining feature of the Waikiki shoreline and is preserved as a United States Monument.  Fort Ruger , the first United States military reservation in the state, is located inside of the Diamond Head crater.

A beautiful hike will take tourists to the peak and affords those who make it to a top a gorgeous 360-degree panoramic view of the deep blue seas below, the green mountains to the north, and sometimes long-distance vistas as far as the islands of Molokai and Lanai.  A lot of real estate in Hawaii takes advantage of this natural beauty, making for an immeasurable island living experience.  No where else in the world can one climb dried out mountain cliffs, swim in the warm blue seas, sun on sandy beaches, and explore green forests within such a small area.  Diamond Head, one of the most recognizable places in Hawaii, truly graces the sights of Hawaii with its beauty and prestige.

Catholic Churches Hawaii

May 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Hawaii Marketplace

Blessed Sacrament

Cathedral Of Our Lady Of Peace

Catholic Campus Ministry

Catholic Diocese

Catholic Diocese

Chuukese Catholic Community

Co-Cathedral Of St Theresa

Hispanic Ministry

Holy Family Parish

Holy Trinity

Korean Catholic Community

Newman Center

Our Lady Of The Mount

Sacred Heart

Saints Peter & Paul Church

St Anthony-Kalihi

St Augustine

St James

St John The Baptist

St Patrick’s Catholic Church

St Philomena’s Early Learning

St Pius X Parish

St Stephen Church

Star Of The Sea Catholic Chr

Vietnamese Catholic Community

Catholic Charities Community

Catholic Charities

Christ The King Church

Christ The King Convent

Holy Rosary Church

Maria Lanakila Parrish

Molokai Catholic Community

Our Lady Queen Of Angels

Scared Hearts Catholic Church

Sacred Heart Church

St Ann’s Church

St Anthony’s Church

St Francis Church

St Joseph’s Church

St Joseph’s Outreach

St Mary’s Church

St Rita’s Church

St Theresa’s Church

Holy Rosary Church

Immaculate Heart Of Mary Chr

Our Lady Of Lourdes Church

Sacred Heart Church

St Anthony’s

St Joseph Church

St Mary Gate Of Heaven

St Theresa Catholic Church

Shopping in Hawaii

May 5, 2008 by  
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Are you looking for a tropical destination to travel to? If so you may want to consider Hawaii. This beautiful state has everything to offer including the finest dining, best shopping, many activities, and shopping beyond the imagination. The views that are offered here are majestic and should only be experienced firsthand.

Depending on which island you are visiting you will have a variety of stores and shops to choose from. Also it will depend on who you are shopping with or what you need. For those who are looking to make a quick trip for items such as toiletries or extra clothes you will be able to find them at your local retail stores.

Each of the islands offers unique shops ranging from expensive clothing boutiques, specialty shops, and electronic stores. Some areas of each island only have small stores while other areas have huge elegant shopping centers. Regardless of your budget you will find a store to shop in. You have the ability to purchase small inexpensive souvenirs or costly art and Hawaiian artifacts. If you are a shopper at heart you will feel right at home in the Hawaiian shopping area. Keep up with your favorite brands and latest trends.

For those looking to cook a fresh meal you will be pleased with the many markets that are setup to supply you with fresh fish and fruits allowing you to prepare a traditional Hawaiian meal of your own.

The shopping experience is endless in Hawaii and can be enjoyed daily.

Dinner Cruises

May 1, 2008 by  
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Are you a local located in Hawaii or maybe thinking of finding a vacation sometime soon? Whether call the Hawaiian Islands home or plan to visit there are an amazing opportunity waiting for you.

Activities in Hawaii are unlimited and will be sure to please even the most adventurous.  You can enjoy your days golfing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, or just lying around on the beach.

Maybe you are here celebrating your honeymoon or anniversary with your special partner.  Why not surprise them with something unique by planning an evening out enjoying a dinner cruise.  What is a dinner cruise?  Imagine you and your spouse being aboard a large ship sailing along the beautiful Hawaiian waters.  You will have the privilege of enjoying the beautiful sunset while dining at sea.  What would be more romantic than surprising your mate with a magnificent dinner cruise and the chance to explore the majestic coastal waters surrounding Hawaii.

There are a variety of companies that offer dinner cruises throughout state of Hawaii.  The are are some that have live entertainment, live bands, performers, swimming pools aboard the ships, and serve five course meals.  Regardless of your budget you will be able to find a dinner cruise that will put a smile on your companions face.
You will be happy to know that dinner cruises also allow you to the enjoy things such as whale watching.  There is nothing like observing these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
The experience of being a part of a dinner cruise is something that you will never forget.  It will allow you to take photos and video footage of views that you may not have the chance to see from land.

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