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Home sales on Maui skyrocketed last month, with more 50 percent more sold than the same month the year before.

According to recent data from the Realtors Association of Maui, 95 single-family homes were sold in Feb. 2018, up from 63 during the same month in 2017. February also saw a slight increase in sales prices with about a 2 percent rise.

“Markets are poised for increased supply so there is hope that more sellers will take advantage of what appears to be a ready and willing buyer base,” according to the realtor association.  

Single-family homes aren’t the inventory that saw soaring sales on the island. Condominiums sales rose by nearly 9 percent with 122 units sold in February compared to 112 the year before. This comes as condominiums

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After months of design and construction, Island Sotheby’s International Realty has opened a new, South Maui Headquarters.

The new office is located in the heart of South Kihei, perfectly situated in the midst of shops, businesses, restaurants and condominiums. In February, the company celebrated the office’s opening by having it blessed and welcoming the public into the space.

Situated on 2463 South Kihei Road across the street from the azure waters of Kamaole II Beach Park, the office is centrally located to serve Maalaea, Kihei, Wailea and Makena markets. With more than two dozen agents who specialize in both residential and vacation properties, the firm is poised to connect extraordinary estates with extraordinary clients.

The new

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A new study says Sotheby’s International Realty is the most trusted residential real estate brokerage in the nation.

The study, which was conducted by Lifestory Research, was based on nearly 6,300 opinions collected over a year period across the country. Data was gathered by people submitting anonymous opinions about whether they trusted the businesses they interacted with.

“Sotheby’s International Realty produced the highest score,” according to the study.

Source: Lifestory Research 2018 America’s Most Trusted® Study

After comparing the results to other organizations of similar size, the study found that Sotheby’s International Realty is the most trusted real estate brokerage in America.

The rank order of trust of the

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There are few properties in the Hawaiian Islands that rival the natural beauty found at this Makena estate.

Perched on the point of Makena Place, this jewel recently sold for $9.3 million in one of South Maui’s most coveted oceanfront communities. Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Wendy Peterson R(S) was one of the listing agents who facilitated the sale of this magnificent home. 

“Makena Place is just extremely special,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Wendy Peterson. “This residence is on the point and has an unobstructed five-island view.”

With four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, this beautifully-designed estate provides magnificent vistas of the azure Pacific Ocean and islands that span

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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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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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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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Running a farm can be hard work, but there’s nothing that compares to the feeling of being self-sufficient and helping to provide for your community.

From raising grass-fed cattle to growing tropical flowers and produce, there are plenty of opportunities on Maui to invest in agricultural properties. Along with the perks that come with working in the sun and the fresh air is the fact that you’re also helping the community become more sustainable.

For the sake of boosting your mental health and the health of the 'aina, here are a few farms and ranches properties ready to be your next agricultural adventure.

UPCOUNTRY NURSERY

Located on the slopes of Haleakala, this 27-acre property is home to Howard’s Nurseries, one of Hawaii’s top

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One of Wailea Golf Estates’ finest homes has sold for $4 million.

Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Ryan MacLaughlin represented the sellers of the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home. Located in the heart of Wailea, the 3,400-square-foot single-level home looks out to panoramic views of Maui’s azure south coast.

“It boasts unobstructed 180-degree views,” said MacLaughlin. “The lot was chosen by the original owner specifically because of those views.”

With seemingly endless vistas of the clear, blue waters of the Pacific oceans and colorful South Maui sunsets, the indoor-outdoor floor plan leads residents from the comforts of the indoors to spa and pool surrounded by tropical foliage. Perched directly atop the  17th

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