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It’s the most wonderful time of the year - especially for Maui’s real estate professionals.

Each winter, thousands of visitors flock to the islands’ warm weather and white-sand beaches to flee chilly temperatures on the mainland. And some of those visitors - particularly ones that return year after year - decide to invest in vacation properties of their own. 

This Wailea Elua unit is situated one of South Maui's most elite condominium complexes.

Over the last year, condominium sales on Maui soared - even before winter, which is by far the busiest sales season. Now, Maui’s real estate professionals are gearing up for could be some very successful winter months.  

“It’s starting to get cold on the mainland so they come to Maui to enjoy our

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After 22 years, Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar has decided to part ways with his oceanfront estate.

“It’s like island living inside the house,” Hagar told the Los Angeles Times. “This place is like a painting.”

Situated atop the azure waters of Waipio Bay in lush Haiku, Maui, the 9.8-acre, cliffside retreat is being offered for $3.299 million through Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Becky Hanna.

“It can be the most perfect place on earth,” said Hanna.

The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath villa is situated on one of Maui’s most sustainable properties, equipped with solar-powered electricity, a private water well and water catchment. There’s also a tilapia pond, fruit trees and a terraced vegetable garden, allowing for

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Its very important to know your credit score and obtaining a recent copy of your credit report.  You want to make sure all the information listed on your report is accurate and work to correct any mistakes. The higher your credit score, the more likely you will be to receive a better interest rate for your mortgage, which will translate into more ‘home for your money.’

Many potential buyers believe that they need a 750 FICO® Score or higher to be able to purchase a home. The truth is that according to Ellie Mae’s Origination Report, over 53% of loans were approved with a FICO® score under 750 last month!

Here are some tips for improving your credit score:

  • Make payments, including rent, credit cards, and car loans, on time.
  • Keep your
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The third quarter of 2017 was a busy one for Island Sotheby's International Realty agents, who facilitated transactions of millions of dollars in condominiums and homes.

From expansive Kula estates to exquisitely designed condominiums, our real estate agents represented buyers and sellers of some of Maui's finest residences. Here are a few of our favorites:

$4,500,000 | COCONUT GROVE, KAPALUA

Living in Coconut Grove is truly living in paradise. The private, oceanfront community is nestled just above the white sands of Kapalua Bay.

With three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, the elite condominium that sold was designed with pocketing doors that reveal views that sweeps from tropical gardens to the outer islands of Moloka’i and

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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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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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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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Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents Courtney M. Brown and Wendy R. Peterson have been named some of the most productive sales associates in the nation.

REAL Trends was sponsored by Zillow to create a list of “America’s Best Real Estate Agents,” which compared more than 12,600 agents throughout the nation. To qualify for the list, an agent was required to have closed more than 50 transactions or sold more than $20 million in real estate in 2016.  

According to the rankings, Peterson closed more than $22 million in real estate transactions in 2016, while Brown closed more than $20 million in sales. Both agents were also honored this year for being top agents in the state of Hawaii.

“It's an honor to be recognized by REAL Trends as one of

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