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Makaha Beach Cabanas foreclosure

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Who doesn't like the idea of having a place on the beach?  Would you like your condo on a nice beach? How about a foreclosure, are you looking for a good deal? We have dug out of the recession and prices are gradually rising. Foreclosures and short sales are less in number, however they are still around. As the market improves owners are less likely to get stuck in upside-down situations where it's difficult to sell. At Makaha Beach Cabanas, this is the first foreclosure listing sinc...

Living in Kahala

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Kahala is an upscale neighborhood in Honolulu, Hawaii.  There are many appealing features of the region. On an island infamous for traffic gridlock, Kahala is conveniently located east of Diamond Head, a few miles from downtown Honolulu and near shopping centers.  The majority of Kahala's homes are older, built in the 1940's and 1950's and well maintained.  Now and then a newer home comes on the market - and we have one for sale now.  This home was built in 2006, with...

Makaha Valley Towers - Still Affordable Hawaiian Living

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When it comes to finding a bargain high-rise on Oahu, Makaha Valley Towers is the place to buy. Prospective buyers are looking at prices, seeing that they could have gotten a better deal a few years ago and well you know...  We can't go back in time, let's see if there's a deal to be found. The Honolulu Board of Realtors has great tools which allow us to pull up sales statistics.  My first project is a graph of sales prices of one-bedroom condos at Makaha Valley Towers from the ...

Kapahulu home for sale

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What makes Kapahulu such a popular neighborhood?  For one thing, Kapahulu is right next door to Diamond Head.  If you're shopping for homes at Diamond Head, the starting prices are around $2 million and that will buy a fixer upper.  In Kapahulu, homes in move-in condition can be found for less than $1 million (although some of the nicer homes in Kapahulu are selling for over $1 million). Kapahulu is on the back side of Diamond Head, a short distance from the beach and the...

Hurricane Iselle heads towards Hawaii

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Hurricane Iselle is about 1,200 miles east of the Big Island this morning and heading in our direction at 9 miles per hour.  If we're lucky, Iselle will dissipate in the coming days and we might just get some rain and winds this weekend.  If we're not... well imagine what 140 mph winds can do.  Things start flying around that you don't expect, like branches from trees, trash, etc.  If houses start getting blown apart, there might be roofing shingles, glass and more. ...

Are you using Windows 8.1?

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My laptop computer had Windows 8 installed when I bought it.  The first time I fired it up, I spent awhile figuring out how to get to the desktop.  After spending some time getting acquainted with the software I tried turning it off.  Unlike previous versions of Windows, the "off switch" was not in plain sight.  I actually went to my desktop computer with Windows 7 and searched to find out where the secret switch was.  If you haven't experienced Windows 8 yet, the se...

Makaha Valley Towers affordable Hawaii living

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May we interest you in an ocean view condo in Hawaii, ocean views, central air conditioning, completely remodeled, needing nothing?  And priced less than $200,000, fee simple?  Here it is.  The owner bought this as a project, putting his heart and soul into it.  When I stepped into the condo yesterday I had to catch my breath.  This is the nicest unit I've ever seen at Makaha Valley Towers. Features of this unit include: Porcelain wood-grain flooring througho...

Waialae Avenue Improvements near completion

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The City and County of Honolulu has been working on Waialae Avenue for a couple of years and finally the work is nearly done! The stretch of road being repaired spans from around 18th Avenue to the corner of Waialae and Kapiolani Boulevard.  Some sections, near City Mill for example, have been rough for so long that we routinely plan other routes getting home to avoid the bumps and potholes.   SMOOTH PAVEMENT ON WAIALAE AT LAST This picture was taken in late May, 2014. ...

Makaha Valley Towers Sales in 2013

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Improvement in Oahu's condo market is spreading west to Makaha Valley Towers.  Prices for most of Oahu have reached pre-recession levels.  Makaha Valley Towers still has a way to go - in other words, it's not too late to get in on a great deal.   Prices for studios and one bedrooms rose significantly in 2013.  Units sold decreased, not unusual in times of rising prices.  Prospective buyers are wishing they had bought sooner.  The number of two bedrooms so...

Pualei Circle at Diamond Head

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Located at the base of Diamond Head, Pualei Circle consists primarily of eleven condominiums built in the 1960's.  Some other buildings nearby while not in Pualei Circle, are often considered as part of the neighborhood. An investor client bought a two bedroom condo at Diamond Head Plaza and I thought I'd post some pictures for anyone looking for a rental.  This unit is on the second floor of a walkup building.  It's on the back side, away from the street noise.  The la...