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SB Buyer, Home Buyer in Lahaina, HI

Buyers Broker wanted for Maui?

Asked by SB Buyer, Lahaina, HI Mon Feb 14, 2011

I am looking for a straight shooting broker, who isn't going to insist it's a great time to buy. Willingness to provide full MLS stats not just median, sales and DOMs will be very important. I am looking for a 3/2 SFH in the $400-$600k (all cash buy) price range for 6 months of the year. Would prefer to be in a more mature area, on grid, not too isolated (need advise on areas). May consider a condo if HOAs not too high, and has some vacation rental potential.

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Aloha, SB Buyer, if you will send me an email, I’ll send you area stats. I don’t see a way to attach files to this response format.

In your $400-600K price range there are properties all around the island. The west side, Lahaina to Kapalua, will be limited in terms of homes. There are a few, but they are older and will need some work. Residential condos will be your best bet if you want the west side and some “reasonable” maintenance fees.

Kihei, south Maui, is more affordable if you want something close to good beaches, sunnier and a chance of nice sunsets.

The central area, Kahului and Wailuku, are near business, shopping and medical centers. There are some good values there in newer established neighborhoods. That area gets more rain and is cooler than Lahaina or Kihei. The central location is nice and prices are even more affordable.

Upcountry offers good values and panoramic views. It is cooler which is why a lot of people like it. It has its own character. It ‘s more like country living, but there are some well developed neighborhoods, golf courses and some shopping.

You asked about weather, coquis, vog, natural disasters, shopping/dining and other things that I’ve covered a bit. We don’t have coquies on Maui they tell us. I’ve never heard one. When the tradewinds aren’t blowing, we tend to get vog. We get it, Honolulu gets and they complain, we all get it. It’s no better or worse anywhere on the island that I know of. It rarely is thick enough to affect breathing, but it does affect your views.

In terms of natural disasters, last year we had a pseudo-nami, which affected the mood and the traffic on the whole island, but didn’t do anything else. We have an occasional earthquake, no big deal for a Californian. In the last 5 years I’ve seen or heard of 2 water spouts.

The island offers something for everyone. It will really come down to how you want to spend your time, what you like to do and what you plan to do with the house or condo when you are off island.

If you want some additional resources go to http://www.AlohaPotts.com and look at the Maui Real Estate Advisor year end resort. If you want to search the MLS go to http://www.AlohaRealtyGroup.com.

Call or email me.

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Lee Potts, Realtor Broker, MBA, ABR, CDPE
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Dear SB,
I am certain that you will enjoy living on Maui. I was born and raised here, then lived in Los Angeles for 25 years (selling real estate for 20) and moved back home a couple of years ago. It may be a little more expensive to live here, but it's worth it in the long run.
I work for an amazing firm called Hawaii Life Real Estate Services. Our website is one of the most friendly and easy to use sites out there. Please check us out online. (Don't inquire about anything yet because you may get assigned to another Realtor). I can set you up with an account so you can look at listings whenever it's convenient for you. I am also able to send you listings directly from our MLS. That info is more detailed than our website's info, but you can use the website as a start.
I will also be able to help you narrow down your search to different areas. I have opinions of some of them. I had a lot to consider when I bought my home here 15 years ago.
If you are interested, contact me either on my cell 808.344.6421 or by email kenjmolina@yahoo.com.
Ken Molina
Web Reference: http://www.hawaiilife.com/
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OK, nobody wants to offer stats. Anyone want to volunteer a break down of areas. Lahaina/Kihei, vs central, vs Wailuku/Kahului, from the perspective of weather, coquis, vog, natural disasters, shopping/dining, quality and price of homes, best/worst neighborhoods?
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Aloha S. B.

Let me know if I can be of help. I have lived on Maui for 38 yrs, 17 years Realtor. Lived and worked in Upcountry and Lahaina area, and office in Wailea. Will provide all the information that you need to make a wise choice.

Steve Nickens
The Wailea Group
Cell: 808-280-2208
Email: nickens@maui.net
Web Reference: http://www.nickensmaui.com
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Wow, as I was looking out my window at all the lovely snow here in Chicago, I came across this post. I'm jealous. First, of all the agents here who work in Hawaii, and 2nd, of you SB Buyer who is looking to buy in Hawaii.

Good luck to you, and hope your search goes well!

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SB Buyer,

I focus on South Maui area - that includes Kihei, Makena and Wailea. There is a great property and most agents aren't aware of it. Please contact me direct at JeffGraves@clearwire.net
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Please contact me directly for information about the pre foreclosure and post foreclosure inventory. I have statistics from every Foreclosure Auction on Maui over the past 2 1/2 years. Mahalo Jeff
Web Reference: http://mauiredlist.com
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Hello SB Buyer,

First off not looking to waste your time or mine but need more focus on your wants, needs and desires in a property beyond MLS stats.
If you would like to discus further and see if there is a fit please feel free to give me a call or email me.

Look forward to speaking with you,

Robert Paulson
Realtor (S)

808.264.0741 Direct
423 BUY MAUI(289-6284)
808.879.1511 Office
808.874.3482 Fax
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Aloha SB Buyer!
I would be more than happy to assist you. You'd be the boss, and not me in when, what, where and how to purchase anything here! I'm here to assist you and not tell you what to do. Call or email me at your convenience (808) 281-6749 or NalaniMom@hotmail.com.
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!
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Aloha SB Buyer,
Would be happy to help you. I an one who just likes to get the job done. I don't try to steer clients to properties to ones they can't afford or not what they specified. Lived here all my life. You can go to http://www.hawaiipp.com for my bio if you want. Let me know if you think we can work together.
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