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Condominiums sales are quickly outpacing those for single-family homes, according to the Realtors Association of Maui.

Condominiums sales have soared recently on Oahu, the Big Island and Maui. On the Valley Isle, sales are up 7.3 percent compared to last year, while the median sales price rose 10 percent. Sales of single-family homes, on the other hand, only crept up by 1.6 percent.

“The condo market is definitely on an upward swing with sales,” said Ryan MacLaughlin, Broker at Island Sotheby’s International Realty. “The inventory is actively dropping and we are not even in our winter or busy market yet.”

This unit offers the most breathtaking views found at Wailea Point.

According to real estate data, there were 812 closed

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When many people hear the name Island Sotheby’s International Realty, the images that come to mind may include luxury mansions or multi-million condominiums.

But that’s not the only type of properties that our agents represent.

"People think that because we work for Sotheby's international Realty, we only deal in high priced and over the top homes,” said Ron Silva, Realtor-Broker, Island Sotheby's International Realty. “Instead, my mantra to the agents is Sotheby's Realty is a level of service, and not a level of price.”

Just because the brand is known for luxury home sales, it doesn’t mean that’s all that agents specialize in, said Silva. In fact, the average sales price is about $700,000, and many sales fall far under that

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There are few reasons why one would ever want to leave their home when it offers an entirely private oasis. 

At these elite estates, it's hard to find a reason why one would have to venture to resort pools - or even to the beach - when crisp, clear waters are located in the privacy of your own home. From exotic water features to elegantly designed jacuzzis, we selected a few homes that offer the finest pools in paradise.

7505 MAKENA ROAD, MAKENA HI

There are few homes on Maui with as perfect a pool as this expansive Makena Estate. The pool is nestled on a 4,000-square-foot lanai, which overlooks the clear, azure waters of South Maui.

This massive 10,000-square-foot estate is perfect for entertaining family and friends. An epic private

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents joined in a night of celebration at the 2017 Realtor Association of Maui’s Installation Banquet.

In part, the banquet celebrated the Realtors Association’s Scholarship Fund, which has awarded $610,000 in scholarships to Maui County’s high school students since 1989. This year, the realtor association created a sponsorship program called Mea Kako'o to further benefit the fund.

Island Sotheby’s International Realty donated $1,000 to the fund, which is awarded to Maui’s high school students to assist them with their tuition and other college expenses. This is just one of several donations to the community that Island Sotheby’s International Realty has made so far this year.

But Island Sotheby’s Realty

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Just like the rest of the nation, Maui is two years into a sweeping trend of dropping housing supply and soaring sales prices.

According to a recent report by the Maui Association of Realtors, inventory dropped 9.9 percent for single-family homes and 21.9 percent for condominiums in August. This comes as the median sales price is hovering around $700,000 for a single-family home.

Alex Cortez, Broker with Island Sotheby’s Realty Wailea, said this is a sign of a seller’s market, largely created by increasing demand for homes.

This Kapalua estate in Pineapple Hill recently came on the market. 

“Even though new listings are still up sufficiently year over year, it's not enough to keep up with the demand,” said Cortez.

Right now, it’s

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Ryan MacLaughlin, R(B) has been named a board member of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.

Last week, MacLaughlin became a member of the chamber’s board, which works to promote and sustain Hawaiian culture by nurturing Hawaiian values and enhancing business and education opportunities. The group also focuses on boosting benefits available for Native Hawaiians from business, education, government, community and housing.

"I wanted to be apart of what they were doing, as they seemed to be a resource for Maui residents in support of business and education efforts," said MacLaughlin. "Being Native Hawaiian myself, and being born and raised here on Maui, it really made sense."

From left

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It’s that time a year again when parents celebrate and children dig in their heels: back-to-school.

From rushing to beat school traffic to signing up for after-school activities, the season brings in quite a change for both parents and children. But that transition can be much smoother when you live within minutes of the island’s finest schools.

“Generally, if you live Upcountry, you’re going to be 15 to 20 minutes away from all the great schools,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Mino McClean, R(B).

This elite estate on Lower Kula Road is nearby schools ranging from Seabury Hall to Haleakala Waldorf.

McClean was raised on Maui, and graduated from Seabury Hall. She explained that most of Maui’s top schools are located

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From lush, tropical waterfalls to pristine, secluded beaches, Hana is one of the last regions on Maui that truly feels like Old Hawaii. There are, however, so many natural wonders to explore that it's often hard to choose what to do once you get there. 

Fortunately, there are a couple Island Sotheby's International Realty agents that know the quaint town like the back of their hands. With years of experience selling real estate and spending time in the area, we asked agents Dan Omer and Megan Bouhey for some insider knowledge on their top picks in Hana town: 

Hamoa Beach

Hamoa Beach by Dan Omer.

Dan Omer, who has been selling real estate for nearly 40 years, said there are ample opportunities for surfing, fishing and diving at Hana at

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When many people picture the idyllic Hawaiian Islands, the first image that comes to mind is a colorful sunset on the horizon, framed by gentle waves of the Pacific Ocean and swaying palm trees.

At these luxurious estates, the view is even more spectacular. With panoramic vistas that span from Moloka’i to Kaho’olawe, these magnificent homes have vantage points that are simply intoxicating.

322 Waakaula Place, Wailea, Hawaii

With endless ocean views and 3,400 square feet of spacious living area, this home is the epitome of indoor-outdoor living. Located in the Wailea Golf Estates, the home overlooks Maui's azure south shore, in addition to one of the finest golf courses in the resort community. 

The single-level home offers an open

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Maui is celebrated as one of the world’s most luxurious travel destinations, with dozens of elite accommodations and resorts to explore. Thus, it may come to no surprise that its condominiums and expansive estates are undeniably world-class, too.

In the second quarter of 2017, Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents represented several buyers and sellers of absolutely magnificent homes, closing millions of dollars in transactions. While there are dozens of notable homes, we selected a few of our favorite high-end sales of the most recent quarter to spotlight for you.

Coconut Grove Condominium | $5,000,000 

The oceanfront, three-bedroom unit in Coconut Grove overlooks one of the finest beaches in the country - Kapalua Bay. The condominium

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