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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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Fri Mar 20, 2015
Marie Cruz answered:
I am sorry about your mom been scared over this mis-understanding. Based on the limited facts that you have provided it sounds to me that there is a mis-administration on the HOA side. You can call and provide verification and or proof that the HOA's were paid 1 day late and hopefully the whole ordeal would be closed and remedied.

Technically, the HOA do have the right to put a lien on the property, but in this case, they may have an error that you need to dig in further.

Good luck,

Marie Cruz, Keller Williams Jacksonville Realty
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Fri Apr 13, 2012
David M Nash answered:
Here is a video blog I did about this subject. Please call me after you watch this to clear up any remaining questions. It is a common practice in big cities but most of the US does not have experience with it.

David Nash
808 271 2223
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Thu Apr 19, 2012
Kate Braden answered:
It depends on how comfortable you are with the total mortgage amount, or are you interested in paying cash? Depending on the rate and points a 20% down payment would allow for a mortgage of 800,000 on a 1 million purchase. Depending on what you wanted in a home, you could find a home in most neighborhoods. The neighborhood you'd be most comfortable in and that would meet your needs is more a personal criteria. I'd suggest Kailua, Manoa, Kapolei, Aiea Heights, and many other areas depending on your needs and preferences. Contact me if you'd like to discuss your criteria and we can narrow the search to an appropriate neighborhood.
Kate Braden R 808-265-6803
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Tue Apr 24, 2012
Mike Schrieber answered:
Wind is good but not reliable. Don't knock PV. We have 28 panels and feed back into the grid. Electric bill is around $50.
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Tue Mar 15, 2016
Frank Diaz answered:
Hi Cindy,

What is the VA Inspector using as their standard for that driveway? I would ask to see it in writing.
Also, call a few lenders and ask them for their VA appraisers' phone numbers. Make a few calls to verify that info.

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Tue Dec 6, 2016
David Cooper answered:
It's called a quit claim deed. Only those named on the deed need to sign. A lawyer should not charge a lot to get this done

David Cooper Las Vegas Foreclosure Investor in Bank Owned REOs with Cash Flow. Call +1-7024997037
not a real estate agent
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Thu Jan 28, 2010
To my knowledge, you can as long as you are the owner occupied. If you contact a lender, Brian Baptiste, , w 883-1171 or cell 960-7082, he can provide FHA loan requirments. Mention my name, David Swanson, Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty, 808-430-4109
If you need an agent, let me know, mahalo....David
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Sat Jan 16, 2010
Kathy Weber answered:

You may want to include the address for the answer...........
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Fri Sep 25, 2009
Beth Thoma Robinson R(B) BIC answered:
Hi Mountaineer.
Can you be more specific about the second home requirements? What does the "right property" look like? Single family or condo? Size? Bedrooms?
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Sun Mar 4, 2012
Frank Diaz answered:

Here is an older article. I'm sure a local agent can give you better info.
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Thu Apr 29, 2010
Maggie Huang answered:
Currently, the houses in Kalaheo are selling from $650000 to $900000. There are lot of factors affecting selling price. If you can provide me with your house's TMK, I can provide you with more accurate information. ... more
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Fri Aug 7, 2009
Michael Hege answered:
Here is my blog about what's heading our way.
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Sun Feb 17, 2008
Erik Hook answered:
I hope you enjoy your visit to Massachusetts, the beaches are remakably disimilar to those in Hawaii. Are you looking to swap concurrently? Is "Spinnaker" a particular area in Hull ? I might be able to help with some more info on your needs. Happy travels. ... more
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Thu Jan 31, 2008
Jayney Arden answered:
Ocean View is at the southern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii, where I happen to be licensed as well as California. There is a new grocery market that just opened, video stores, pizzaria, burger joint, bar and grill, Ace Hardware, a vet clinic, chiropractor, medical clinic, quick stop stores, laundramat, several gas stations and a new plaza being built as I type this! The homes are all on "catchment" system for water, meaning you have a large "pool" type of container and rain gutters that catch your water, and that can be a challenge during drought periods. That being said, most people on catch love it, its free and there are water companies who deliver when you are low and no rain is in the forecast. Lots above the highway in Ocean View are almost always one acre and lots on the ocean side of the highway run 3 acres and more

Ocean View is very local and about an hours drive to either Kona or Hilo and the airports in both. The housing is the most affordable on the island for sure, and there are some really lovely homes there. There are several different subdivisions in Ocean View, some below the highway and one very large one above. Beaches are a short drive and so is Golfing, 2 courses within minutes. Volcano National Park is about a 25 minute drive.

You may want to consider Na'alehu and Waiohinu just a few miles south as well. Discovery Harbour is a wonderful subdivision (I am a homeowner there) built around a Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf Course with all city amenities built in: water, fire department, electricity, Roadrunner cable tv and high speed internet, paved roads, terrific views, a very active homeowners association. Mark Twain Estates is right across the street from Discovery Harbour, but lacks many of the city amenities. Most homes there do have water and power available though. Those who value their privacy and being a bit more isolated prefer Mark Twain. Lots in these 2 subdivisions run from 1/4 acre to almost 1/2 an acre.

Of course, Hawaii is a special market unlike any other in the United States and I can't stress enough the importance of working with a good REALTOR who knows the area. There are always concerns here that mainlanders don't have: ie: lava zones, tsunami zones, vog, water catchment areas, rainfall amounts, etc.
I would love to be of any assistance if you have any other questions or concerns regarding the Big Island....I know it well!
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Sun Jun 8, 2008
Carrie Crowell answered:
Lucky Ducks! I have no suggestions I just want to wish you well! I am about six years from having an empty nest!
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Fri Jul 31, 2015
Grace Manio answered:
Ewa Beach has the most inventory of home in the island of Oahu. There are several ocean front homes here that have been built recently and do have very expansive and breath taking views. There are several developers in the area that also offer homes that are very near the beach and beautiful golf courses. Buyers get a lot value in these homes because of the superb quality and the affordability. Although, Ewa Beach has its unique challenges, most homebuyers are attracted in the area because you get more home for your money. The homes are newer and offer more features compared to other homes in other parts of Oahu. Developers offer a lot of incentives to assist potential buyers with financing and customizing their home. If you have more questions, you can e-mail me directly at I hope this was helpful. ... more
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