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Home Selling in Hawaii : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Apr 20, 2017
Srowndedbyh2o asked:
There are currently 3 homes in my neighborhood whose owners do not live in the area. The homes are vacant, but very well kept, and in good condition. Since the owners do not live nearby,…
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Wed Nov 30, 2016
Smharding asked:
Correct info:
2831 KE ALAULA STREET, #13 Koloa, HI
MLS: 601748 Active
Taxkey: 4-2-6-19-13
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Wed Jun 1, 2016
Charlie Lustman asked:
Tue May 24, 2016
Lorant Simon asked:
I'm advertising on Zillow already like for sale by owner, I would like to try
Trulia also
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Wed Mar 30, 2016
MCM_STL answered:
I presume you're asking if there's a problem if the buyer works with the listing agent? It's not illegal. It's not ideal for the buyer. The listing agent probably won't be as helpful and conscious of the buyer's best interests because they have no reason to be.

They just need to do the bare minimum within their legal and ethical obligations. Their primary duty is to make the deal work to the best interests of the person they have a contract with and that person IS NOT the buyer.
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Sat Dec 26, 2015
Eric Santiago asked:
looking for an agent that sells hawaiian homes properties on maui
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Tue Sep 8, 2015
Dikadonis719 answered:
Aloha, when reading thus blog, in it's entirety, it seems as though those of us who are not real estate agents are stupid; rather than giving us advise on the "How to do process." Other than Cissy67; it is all about the buck$$$ ... more
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Tue Aug 18, 2015
Robert Adams answered:
Automated valuation systems are not usually very accurate....a Realtor can provide you with a free CMA which will give you a better idea of the properties value.
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Tue Jul 21, 2015
James Karlovsky answered:
Sorry Justin, only real estate professionals can post properties on Trulia. You could try Zillow or Postlets...
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Mon Jul 13, 2015
Gloriamallory asked:
I have updated photos I would like to include in my home and cant see how to add thm
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Mon Jun 29, 2015
Alex Mason answered:
Hello, as other people said is very important to get an agent that you can work with and feel comfortable with. I suggest you interview three different agents and asked them what they can do for you. Some people are concerned only with the commission that they play so they look for the cheapest commission. This is not always the best idea cheapest commission might end up with the agent doing nothing apart from putting the listing on the multiple listing service. I really wish it was as easy as that but unfortunately it isn't a good agent will do a lot more to market your property. At Coldwell Banker they have brokers in charge that are management and are not in direct competition with the agents and help us with strategies to sell your home. I wish you every success in selling your home and moving on with your life. ... more
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Mon Jun 29, 2015
Alex Mason answered:
You are very lucky that this is a sellers market. If you price your house correctly you will probably get multiple offers and sell quickly. It's all about your motivation and the reasons you have for selling your property. I would be more than happy to do some research and present a listing presentation so you can place your home in the market. This way we can meet your goals. ... more
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Sun Jun 7, 2015
Frank Diaz answered:
Hi Jean,

Not a Realtor question, that's a CPA question.
You can also searching for "1031 exchange gains" in Google.
You're talking about Federal, right? Also taxes depend on several other variables, residency, length you had the property, use, etc.

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Thu May 7, 2015
Jean Connolly asked:
Fri Apr 17, 2015
Pat Kapowich answered:
In Silicon Valley, we have a form that can accompany an offer to purchase that lists the compensation for the buyer's agent. However, you don't have to do anything. You are the "boss." Traditionally, should a buyer's agent bring a ready, willing and able buyer to a For-Sale-By-Owner, he or she is usually compensated by the seller. Regardless of who pays whom; you still need someone to look over the transaction on your behalf.

In California, over 90% of residential real estate claims are files against the big bad sellers by buyers with "real or imagined" problems. So, make sure the buyers and agent(s) involved feel you treated everyone with the utmost honestly and respect. Otherwise, months or years later, a brokerage fee will look and feel like 'chump change."

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Tue Mar 24, 2015
Harry Pritikin answered:
Aloha Friend of a friend, (SCROLL DOWN)
The raw data for the "Average Days on the Market" isn't much use for anything because some houses are small one bedrooms and some are ocean front mansions. Some are over-priced by the owners and languish on the market for over a year and some are priced right and sell quickly
That being said, here's the summary for 155 sales in Hilo over the past 6 months. DOM stands
for Days On the Market.
Summary of Comparable Listings that have sold
# Lowest Highest Average Median Mode
Listings 155 $115,000 $3,950,000 $385,365 $319,000 N/A
MLS Sale $ 155 $105,000 $3,291,667 $364,729 $310,000 N/A
DOM to sale 155 0 784 103 52 N/A
SP to LP % 155 75.4% 108.0% 95.8% 96.7%
This information has been supplied by third parties and has not been independently verified by Hawaii Information Service and is, therefore, not guaranteed.

Thank you for your inquiry. Sometimes Tulia makes it look like the listings you send me are mine, but they are not. Trulia sends me contacts for its listings so I can represent them as their Exclusive Buyer's Agent. If you are seriously looking for a home, land or condo on the Big Island, and want accurate up-to-date information, you should join my daily email newsletter called the UPdate. The Daily UPdate is a unique service that I developed in 1995 specifically to help people who were planning to move to the Big Island but couldn't find all the information they needed in one convenient format. It includes new listings, price changes and sales for the previous 24 hours of real estate activity and covers land, homes, condos and businesses.

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Mahalo, Harry
Harry M. Pritikin R(BIC) Big Island Specialist
Big Island Real Estate UPdates
Broker In Charge at Koa Realty
76-5905 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa, Hawaii 96725
FAX: 808-334-1567
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Tue Feb 24, 2015
Martin Borromeo answered:
Hi Lindylou,

I'm not an agent. I've actually been considering retiring in the Islands and not the hustle and bustle of Oahu. I've considered certain areas of Pahoa, although my college boys would prefer the bright lights of the big city. Maybe I'm missing the full impact of the recent lava flows and insurance costs. Looking at the flow online I didn't think that it had affected Hawaiian Shores? ... more
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