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Mon Jul 17, 2017
Charlotteconwayz43 answered:
We bought in house NC with my Mother we shared shared the down payment she ended up moving back to Michigan and took our names of the deed without us knowing it. We make all the payment,taxes and insurance can she do this legally? ... more
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Wed Dec 7, 2016
Nicoleinea asked:
I signed into Zillow to get the process started, but don't know how to navigate any of this and never saw a chance to add description or photos.
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Wed Aug 3, 2016
Cancel my account answered:
I have no clue how trulia has my name associated with this property. I can't find any way to delete it either. Trulia you need to delete this listing and my account.
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Thu Aug 27, 2015
thomasjohntaylor answered:
I am 68 years of Healthy LifeStyle and Creative Activity. I live on a V.A. Pension. HUD Helped me with the Rent for 18 years and No Legal Problems. I am a lifelong Artist/Painter and live at ReedsBay Hotel in a 400 sq.ft. Studio, and need some space and fresh air. I wish someone would contact me because I Need a New Place and always pay the rent on time. ... more
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Fri Mar 20, 2015
Deborah Arguello answered:
Sorry about your mother, she should only have to worry about getting well. However, with that said, the condo documents should have the terms spelled out on paying association and maintenance fees. If she is living alone, and had to go to hospital, I can see where this can get overlooked. As stated below get a hold of those documents and read what they state and speak to the management company who collects the dues. Hope all goes well. ... more
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Sat Feb 14, 2015
Carol Ruettinger answered:
You will need to check with the lender who holds your mother 's mortgage to see if there is an "arm's distance clause". This means if you are related to the seller you may not be able to purchase it. Your agent in Oahu can write the offer because he/she is licensed in the state of Hawaii, but I wouldn't recommend it unless he/she has considerable experience with short sales. Short sales are easier to get to the closing table if there is only one lender involved. It's gets trickier if there is a second mortgage or home equity line of credit tied to the home. You will want to check with your Mom on that. Also, there has to be a life changing situation in your Mother's life that is keeping her from making her payments to be able to do a short sale. Those can include loss of job, death of another family member who is on the deed, job transfer, etc. Your Mom will need to fill out a plethora of information for the bank. I live in Hilo part of the time but I am a realtor in Colorado. ... more
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Wed Sep 17, 2014
Doriann asked:
I am looking for a rental that accepts section 8. Is there anyone that takes section 8 I am looking for a rental in the Pearl City area a one bedroom.
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Tue Mar 25, 2014
Cathy Pierce answered:
Ko Olina is a wonderful community. Because it is a resort community, it has many wonderful amenities that don't require you to even leave the property. There are 6 distinct gated communities within Ko Olina and these include Kai Lani (where I have lived), Coconut Plantation, Ko Olina Kai, Fairways, Hillside Villas and Ocean Villas. There are also hotels (the Marriott and the new Disney Aulani) and time shares.

The management company spent a lot of money making Ko Olina a picturesque place to visit and live. Ko Olina has tree lined streets, flowers in abundance, wide sidewalks, and 4 man made lagoons that are protected from the surf and are calm and great for snorkeling in , paddle boarding on or just relaxing by. The town center has a few nice restaurants (The Monkeypod is fabulous as is Roy's) as well as some shops and an ice cream store and of course, an ABC for groceries, knickknacks and subs. Want more choices to eat? Each hotel has multiple ptions and most of them are fabulous.

You can also rent out most of the homes on a vacation length basis (1 month) so you can recoup some, or all, of your monthly expenditures when you're not occupying the residence. The maintenance fees are a little high but there are so many things that you get as a benefit. We really loved the gym, the fitness classes, the beach activities and golfing/tennis as well. If you want to be active, this is a great place to live!

One last note, invest in a golf cart. It makes getting around the property lots of fun and parking at the beach is so much easier with a cart. We loved driving down to the Marriott on Sunday mornings to have breakfast at the little lagoon side restaurant, Longboards.
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Wed Jan 1, 2014
Galyn Williams answered:
Aloha Cindy,

My fellow Realtor is correct in that when a market is moving upwards, rarely does it benefit the seller to do 'rent to own or lease to own'. You find some sellers will consider caring a portion of the mortgage/note, because they do not need all the funds from the sale immediately and the interest rate on your loan is a better return than most 'saving options'. But on most owner carry loans, the seller will require substantially more down (than a conventional lender) due to the risk they take.

There are loans out there that require little or no down, as well as special programs for first time buyers. If you would like to chat about those options...please feel free to contact me (my information is below)....mahalo Galyn

Galyn Williams REALTOR® Salesperson, SFR® RS 66905
(Direct Number ) 808-756-7986
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Aloha Coast Realty LLC....101 Aupuni Street, Suite 248...Hilo Hawaii 96720
'O ke ahe lau makani, 'o ke kai malino,
'o ka lani mala 'ela'e... E malu ko ke ao a pau.

Your source of Professional Real Estate Representation on the Big Island of Hawaii
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Wed Oct 9, 2013
Thalia Naidu answered:
Typically no homes in Hawaii have "basements" in the mainland sense of the term.
The substrate of all the islands is eventually lava rock (much of it is "blue rock", so hard and dense it
is extremely difficult to pierce through, OR the opposite problem, loose cinder or water permeated
coastal marshes or lowlands that were filled in (Waikiki was built over swamplands) . Another "underground" hazard of grading or digging into the lava is the existence of lava tubes, created when molten lava during an eruption is fast flowing and a crust forms and hardens over the lava flow. When the eruption activity through that tube ceases, it forms a hollow tube. A famous lava tube exists in Volcanoes National park, it's the size of a train tunnel. Because of these potential hazards and the expense of digging "basements" it's never been a traditional building practice in Hawaii. Homes are typically built on concrete slabs, or "post and pier" as noted in previous responses.
Another advantage of building on post and pier is that it discourages critters that normally live in the ground from invading your living space (centipedes in particular). When building our home on a concrete slab, a requirement was treating the ground area for termites, and I'm sure it eliminated
other pests in the process. Quite frankly, I've lived here for 35 years and have never seen a home description as such. One of my listings is a 2 story house on slab, and that's exactly what it is, 2 stories of permitted living space.
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Sat Oct 20, 2012
Frank Diaz answered:
I would try the studios in Makiki Jeff. Email if you need a list of management companies for the area.
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Wed Oct 17, 2012
Kirsten.snook answered:
First floor is for smokers, if you don't mind smoke you should be okay. A lot of rooms are shared bathroom on the first floor as well.

Room 312 is the best value in Hawaii :)
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Tue Apr 24, 2012
Sally_beauchamp answered:
hello, I spent time in this area, and there are weeks with NO SUN, RAIN!!!! many have wind mills too.
It does get cold. This is also a CPR, I found it under robin Parmley condo and see his part has no finals!!! You should check the cost of pv's, wind, and to burn generator @ price of $5 plus on diseal, good luck! on 911 no planes or boats could come here 3 days.

Know to the county road is POISIONED! FOR WEEDS, ya! that parcels water tank sits right on the road!! the house is all 110 volt, so you will burn the gasoline. No water panels either, so enter propane with its dangers.

No grid line or phones, att is the service. internet is expensive too.

Last week all the building codes were changed to mainland so ?? Solar water is now a MUST!

MY time in this area, I heard so many guns and saw hunters with pigs, it scared me. I was shown this place and it is poorly built, it leaks. I am not a Realtor trying to make a buck, just do not want to see someone stuck with a big head ache.
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Thu Apr 19, 2012 answered:
$200K would be 20% of $1million. 20% is the standard down payment for a loan. You can buy a decent 3/2 right across the street from the ocean, maybe even ocean front if it's a fixer upper. If you don't mind island country living I recommend all along the windward side. Kanehoe up to Haleiwa.

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Fri Apr 13, 2012
Bill Parecki answered:
Lease holds are an option but may not be the best option. I am a little concern about something that is worth less the longer I own it. Depending on the property when the lease expires it may or may not be renegotiated. You can almost count on the lease going up if they do decide to renew. If I were looking at a long term investment I personally would not be looking at a lease hold property. The upside is you might be able to get in much cheaper but it is still a lease hold property. Understand I am not an investment broker but if it were me I would be looking at fee simple if I had sufficient funds to buy. If you have any additional questions feel free to give me a call.

Bil Parecki, RS, ABR, E-Pro, SFR, CFRA, RDCPro
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Sun Mar 4, 2012
Bill Parecki answered:
Laupahoehoe is indeed a beautiful area. The annual average precipitation in Laupahoehoe is 99.99 inches a year and the rainfall is somewhat dependant on the elevation. With elevation going from sea level to over 2,000 ft and rainfall of over 157.48 inches a year. The winter months tending to be wetter that the summer. It is located on the eastern side of the island or as we say in the islands, on the windward side. this allows you to enjoy the spectacular trade winds and avoid most of the VOG (volcanic emissions). This area is beautiful and it has streams, waterfalls and of course it's hard to beat the ocean to say nothing of the deep soil. Not all of the Big Island has soil and there is a saying "Big Island, Lava or Leave It"

If your thinking of buying property I would strongly suggest working with an agent that lives and works in the area. Judging from your questions I would also strongly suggest that if you are thinking of purchasing property that you spend some time and come over and investigate for yourself or with an agent. Get to know the areas and not just the weather conditions. They do not call it the Big Island for nothing and there are a lot of beautiful areas and your really need to experience them for yourself to know which area suits you and your needs the best. If you need a local agent or have more questions give me a call.

Bill Parecki, RS, ABR, RDCPro, SFR, E-Pro, CFA 808-345-8818
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Tue Jul 5, 2011
Katie Minkus, R(B) answered:
Aloha Gwen... yes 3 of 4 owners can simply convey their interest to a 4th person if it is unencumbered by a lien - mortgage, tax lien, or any other cloud on title. How is title held - as individuals or in a trust? Is there an estate involved? A real estate attorney should draft the deed to be sure that all elements are included in the conveyance so that there are no issues later down the line. My suggestion would be to sit down with a local real estate agent or real estate attorney so that you can get clear concise answers to your questions. Best of luck to you! Warm aloha, Katie Minkus, R(B) Broker-in-Charge, Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers. ... more
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Thu Jun 16, 2011
Jackson Willis answered:
If an inspector said it wasn't okay, you're probably not going to get a better opinion. You could talk to a different inspector or some kind of professional in the field if possible. I think that's going to be your best bet at getting this kind of thing figured out. I hope you can figure out a way to have a driveway that you'll enjoy.
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Thu Apr 29, 2010
Rebecca Supon answered:
To give an accurate estimate of the price of your home, more information is needed. However, on just a general scale, an updated home with newer appliances, landscaping, etc would be 700,000 to 900,000. The lot is large at 26,000 square feet, so there is a possibility of having the right to CPR it or have guest house rights. I work in this particular area and I am familiar with this market. ... more
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Thu Jan 28, 2010
Savannah Scott answered:
Keep in mind that different neighborhoods have different restrictions. Sometimes the C,C & R's of a neighborhood prohibit rentals.
Savannah Scott
Hawaii Paradise Properties, Inc.
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