February 2018

There are 11 blog entries for February 2018.

 

Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Candi Matthews has become a licensed real estate broker after weeks of studying and a lengthy exam.

“It’s kind of like the MBA of real estate - like having your masters degree,” Matthews explained. “I think it just shows for me that I'm in it for the long haul.”

To become a broker, real estate professionals must commit to education and training beyond the agent level in order to pass an exam that's required by state law.

In Hawaii, usually only 25 percent of real estate professionals pass the test on the first try, said Matthews. After two weeks of stressful and lengthy study sessions, she was still able to pass the test on the first attempt.  

“It’s not for everybody,” said Matthews.

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce that Ryan MacLaughlin, Realtor-Broker has become one of the owners of the prestigious real estate brokerage.

MacLaughlin is a third generation realtor who has consistently been named as one of Island Sotheby's International Realty's Top 10 agents on Maui and in the Top 100 Realtors island wide. MacLaughlin is now part owner after purchasing part of the company from his aunt, Mary Worrall, of LIST Sotheby's International Realty on Oahu. 

“I feel humbled and honored to be a part owner,” said MacLaughlin. “I always envisioned being an owner one day, as I always admired my dad and aunt and the way they built their businesses.” 

MacLaughlin, who has sold real estate in Hawaii since

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This is great news for Maui Condo Owners! If you don't own a condo yet, be sure to keep these numbers in mind. Maui’s Kāʻanapali (#3), Nāpili (#15) and Wailea (#16) beaches all made TripAdvisor’s 2018 list of the 25 Best Beaches in the US.

The travel planning and booking site announced its Travelers’ Choice awards, which also included the following Hawaiʻi locations (along with their respective rankings): Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve on Oʻahu (#5), Lanikai Beach in Kailua (#10), Waikīkī Beach in Honolulu (#12), Kailua Beach Park (#13), Hāpuna Beach in Puakō, Hawaiʻi (#17) and Poʻipū Beach Park on Kauaʻi.

Many Tourists visit TripAdvisor when planning their yearly holidays.  If I owned a vacation rental, I would be sure to post this on my website.

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What could be better than spending an evening enjoying one of the most authentic Hawaiian luaus? My friend and I were treated to a night out of island music, great food, drinks and entertainment at the Feast at Lele held beach-side at 505 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui. Whether you arrive by land or by sea - this is a special island treat.

The Feast at Lele is a first class luau under the stars, complete with intimate dining and white table linens - not the usual fare at most luaus. Every table had a great view of the dancers with the backdrop of the setting sun over West Maui. Couples enjoy individual table side service while feasting on 4 courses of local island cuisine and a very entertaining and educational trip thru the South Pacific. We tasted

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There are 2 types of properties in Hawaii - fee simple and leasehold.  It is very important to know the difference.  You are familiar with fee simple as its probably what you own now. This means you own your home/condo and the land under it.

Leasehold is a bit more complicated.  In a condominium complex that is leasehold you own your unit, others in the complex of course own their units, and collectively you own the building.  However, you don’t own the land under the building.  Someone else owns it and each month you pay that owner a lease payment.

Over the term of the lease your monthly lease payment is usually renegotiated every 10 years.  There will be terms in the lease that describe how and when the lease payment amount is to be renegotiated.

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It’s again that time of year when the sounds of firecrackers and drums fill the air while Chinese lion dancers parade through the streets.

Chinese New Year, which is also known as the Lunar New Year, rings in on Feb. 16 when celebrations will kick off across the island. Maui has a rich cultural history with the festival, which is undoubtedly one of the largest seasons of festivities on island.

The celebrations have been associated with the Chinese Zodiac for about 2,500 years, and have been deeply rooted in Hawaii’s history for decades. Chinese New Year is celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar, which usually falls between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. 

This year marks the Year of the Dog, which commemorates one of 12

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In Hawaii AOAO fees - (also know as maintenance, strata or HOA fees) are a part of condominium life.  AOAO which stands for Association of Apartment Owners.  In Hawaii, every condominium development is required to have an AOAO (Association of Apartment Owners).  The association is comprised of the condo owners who are responsible for running and maintaining the condominium complex.  So, when you become an owner, you get a vote in how the complex is managed and you have some responsibility for maintaining the property.

With AOAO fees, you need to know not just how much you have to pay, but what do you get for your money, i.e., what is paid for by the AOAO, what are the extra costs that come out of your pocket, are there any assessments pending (and how

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From white-sand beaches that stretch more than a mile long to secluded red-sand coves, Maui is home to dozens of breathtaking beaches that are some of the most stunning across the globe.

While all of the beaches are beautiful, there are some that rise above the rest. These are a few of our favorites:

Big Beach

Pristine, white-sand stretches composes what is one of Maui’s most breathtaking beaches, which spans more than 3,000 feet long. Most residents know this natural wonder as Big Beach, but it’s also known as Makena Beach or Oneloa Beach.

Big Beach is located past Kihei and Makena, and is one of the furthest-south beaches on island. In addition to boasting more than a half-mile of perfect wide sand, the beach is also one of Maui’s

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I have been asked this question recently and thought I'd give you my experience.

A few years ago my Mother, girlfriend and I ventured over to the island of Molokai to visit Kaulapapa Settlement where St. Damien preformed his lifesaving work with the Lepers and to experience the island of laid back island of Molokai.

We rented a room at Hotel Molokai, its not a 5 star resort but it has all of the amenities, including a beachfront pool, wifi, cell phone service, bar & restaurant and is styled after a Polynesian Village.

Hotel Molokai is full of character, reminiscent of a slower time, is quaint, as well as reeks of the aloha spirit.  Our room included a small kitchen, bedroom, a loft and a large lanai with table and chairs.  It is a genuine 

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When you live in Hawaii life is definitely at a slower pace and most of us do not have family living here so we build our own family or "ohana".  This is a fun sampling of life in the islands.

There's FRIENDS…then there's "HAWAIIAN FRIENDS"

FRIENDS: Ask what to bring. HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Always bring food even if you say we don't need to.

FRIENDS: Will say "hello". HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a kiss
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FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs. HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Call your parents’ aunty & uncle or mom & dad

FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry. HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Cry with you or make you cry

FRIENDS: Will listen and tell you what you want to hear. HAWAIIAN FRIENDS: Will tell you da truth whether you like it o' not AND

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