Archive for September 2012

How Tequilas Premium finds its fans   Leave a comment

Research has proven that the Don Jullio Tequila  mentioned in this article is the finest of Tequilas.  Researchers were very  diligent in this very difficult and slow study, so many to sip…. while limited by  human tolerance limits that prevent intensive, scientific  study.  This cognac of Mexico deserves to be sipped, not shot.  The marketing these purveyors of fine spirits have developed  is quite targeted and very sensible, a wonderful way to expand a customer base.    Try a little for a little more before you spend a lot.

How Tequilas Premium finds its fans

 

How Tequilas Premium finds its fans.

The Glue Network   Leave a comment

Have you ever heard of the Glue Network?  It is a virtual bulletin board to raise funds for very specific projects.  Got to the site and check it out, very interesting.  Its an amazing how a little can add up to a lot…to big differences in lives.  Donate yourself or buy gift cards for friends.  Let then pick which project they want to fund with your gift.  Perfect gifts for any occasions.  Amazing what can be accomplished!

Waikoloa Village Real Estate Market Report   Leave a comment

The sweet sound of recent Waikoloa rains is truly welcome music! The last 90-days have seen the sale of 20-homes from a low of $255,000 to a high of $535,000. With only 38 homes on the market, this equates to a less than 6-month supply of homes. The fact that only 8 homes are listed as distressed or bank owned indicates that stability may be returning to the market place. The average price has increased 9%, from $290,962 to $317,900 although number of sales dropped slightly from the 26 sales of the previous 90-day period. 31-homes in escrow is also a sign of good market activity. Having a few higher priced homes is escrow is encouraging even if they are brand new Sunset Ridge homes which should be closing within the next 4 to 6-weeks.

While 25 of these homes claim to have some ocean view (market report covering ocean view homes), the quality of the view varies. Views from narrow corridors obstructed by landscaping and roof tops, perhaps the view is only visible from a far corner of the back yard to wide expansive views such as at this brand new house on Hai’a St. or this spectacular home on Kaupapa Place We just saw a sale of a home with an excellent view close at $535,000, making the home on Hai’a all the more attractive priced at $439,000. The sales price of $535,000 on a 1,574 home built in 2007 proves the value of a view. The price paid by the seller when new was over $700,000. Whether financially or emotionally, this seller probably felt distressed.

Land Sales really perked up over the last 90-days with 17 total sales compared to 4-sales in the previous 90-day period. As you can see from this report, many were only on the market a very short time although some that were on the market for what seems forever finally sold. The 7-lots on the market now mostly have been on the market some time with the exception of one listed only today on Auhili Loop and the one on Hai’a St. that’s been for listed about 25-days. The Hai’a Street lot has the best view potential, is fairly level and easy to build on . The Auhili lot is also very level, no views but located near Waikoloa Park which is a plus for families with children! The average price of the previous 90-days is higher at $101,700 compared to the present average of $74,176. This may not mean as much it sounds given that one the four sales in the previous 90-day period closed at $200,000. It was an acre with great views. The range in lot sales price this last 90-day period lowers the average as none were as large nor sold for as much.

Waikoloa Condo sales remained fairly stable between the two last 90-day reporting periods. There were 16 sales this last period compared to 17 the period before. Sales ranged from a low price of $71,000 in Fairway Terrace for a 1-bedroom to an absolutely gorgeous, well furnished 2-bedroom plus loft condo at the Pointe at Waikoloa with fabulous views as the highest sale at $512,000. The high sale is welcome, but none of the other sales closed above $300,000. Expect to see an increase in volume here too with these low interest rates encouraging purchases.

Recent reports identified almost the same rate of increase in Oahu home sale prices. This is always a good sign as the rest of the islands follow Oahu market trends in a general sense. It’s interesting to note that a few months ago, average Oahu home prices dropped to the lowest level in many years. It may be safe to say that Hawaii Real Estate prices may have bottomed out. The flat line at the bottom of the curve is beginning to head north. Buyers are still in good shape because the low interest rates offsets the effect of price increases. Another interesting note is that usually in an election year, activity slows until after the election. But not this time.

Would love to hear from you about your Real Estate plans.  Until then, live aloha and a hui hou.

Big Island home prices up 7.9% in August, but condo prices slumped – Pacific Business News   Leave a comment

Big Island home prices up 7.9% in August, but condo prices slumped – Pacific Business News.

BIG ISLAND HOME PRICES UP

News like this is always great to hear.  Looking a little deeper we see that the home sale price average is up just about everywhere due to shrinking inventory and increasing demand.   Mauna Lani Resort and Puako had some very large sales in the month of August.  However, the diversity of the markets on the Big Island does not translate into an evenly distributed 8% increase.  Just as the nearly 11% slump in condo prices does not equate to  a decline in condo prices at Mauna Lani Resort, Waikoloa Beach Resort or Mauna Kea Resort.  There we are seeing prices creeping up, sometimes leaping, as inventory shrinks and prices naturally head north.  There are fewer distressed properties hitting the market and when they do, the rising of the market price floor brings these prices up as well.

MARKET HEATING UP

For the first time in years we are seeing very competitive markets.  Multiple are offers coming in and less discounting in all sectors of the market.  Kailua-Kona is the best example of this on the Big Island.  There FOR SALE inventory is almost half the amount of homes in escrow (pending sales).  We seem to be following the recent Statewide trend where homes that have been on the market as long as 18 months are now receiving multiple offers….bidding wars have returned.  The super low, and I mean SUPER LOW, interest rates may be the call to action!!  As the reality sinks in the the economy has been slowly recovering for years and is gaining momentum, fewer and fewer buyers are taking the wait and see approach.  They don’t want to be wishing next year that they bought this year.

Because statistics lump all of the Big Island together;  properties from Puna to Hualalai ResortKukio and all that lies in between, the rate of increase will be higher on the West Side and lower on the east side.  This being my second Big Island Real Estate Roller coaster ride, I feel pretty comfortable encouraging buyers to leap now on that property of their dreams.  Take advantage of these extraordinary low interest rates before the tide changes….rolling in with both higher prices  and higher rates.  Leap now while the water is warming up, before it’s hot enough to get burned!