December 2018

There are 4 blog entries for December 2018.

 

Even in Hawai’i, there are few places where you can truly enjoy the islands' natural wonders without the crowds.

But Hana, Maui is one of the state’s most untouched paradises. On all of Maui, Hana is one of the last communities where you can truly live oceanfront without having a neighbor in sight. And nearby, you can explore dozens of tropical waterfalls, often empty beaches and scarcely populated hikes that truly create the feeling that you’re traveling back in time.

For those looking to escape from it all, Hana might be your perfect home. We made a list of a few of our favorite properties in one of Maui’s last undeveloped regions:

Hana Highway | $12 million

Dubbed the “crown jewel” of the Hana coastline, this 61-acre property is

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Even though you won’t find chilly temperatures or snowmen on Maui, the holiday season on the island is full of joy, cheer and warmth. Best of all, you can be merry and bright in your bathing suit, soaking up the sun on a white-sand beach while you escape the frigid temperatures on the mainland. 

From beach days with Santa to volunteer activities, there are a range of events on island that are sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. To make it easier on your family, we made a list of a few activities you should be sure to check off your list this holiday season.

Santa’s coming to town – by canoe!

Before Santa makes his rounds delivering presents across the globe, Santa will be heading to

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Island Sotheby's International Realty is proud to announce that Benjamin Massie has become one of the newest members of the firm's prestigious real estate team. 

Massie began his real estate career more than six years ago in Richmond, Virginia and has been involved in more than 500 transactions. Massie received a bachelor's degree in commercial real estate and urban land development at Virginia Commonwealth University and focuses on developments that improve the economy, infrastructure and the daily lives of individuals who live and work in wonderful updated communities.When he moved to Maui more than three years ago, he opened his own firm as the Principal Broker and has since embedded himself in the island's real estate industry.

Massie can

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A national report released by data analyst CoreLogic showed Hawai’i had the fourth greatest home equity gain of all states in the nation — an average increase of nearly $30,000.

Over the last year, home values appreciated because the economy continues to strengthen — which means many homeowners, especially those in Hawai’i, are raking in equity. Across the country, California led the way with an average gain of $49,000, followed by Washington with $41,000 and Nevada with $32,000.

Generally, western states saw the highest gains, while the average homeowner nationwide gained $16,200 in home equity. The report examined year-over-year equity gain per borrower from the second quarter of 2017 to same period in 2018.

“When aggregated across all

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