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Pros and cons of proposed constitutional amendment

UPDATE: The Hawai‘i Supreme Court on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, ended the future of a proposed Hawai‘i constitutional amendment aimed at raising investment property taxes for education, making the question invalid and preventing it from being voted upon during next month’s general election. The Governor, Legislative and education group representatives expressed their disappointment and vowed to still pursue school funding.  Hawaii residents will be asked to vote to make a change to Hawaii’s consti [...]

Condorama IV

The DCCA's Hawaii Real Estate Commission will host Condorama IV, a free educational seminar, presented by CAI Hawaii on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9 AM to 11 AM at the Hawaii State Capitol auditorium on Oahu. This seminar’s topics include the sprinkler ordinance, service and assistance animals, mediation, and the new laws that impact them. Speakers include attorneys from Ekimoto and Morris, LLC, Anderson Lahne Fujisaki, LLP, and a representative from the Honolulu Fire Department. See the [...]

Education and career path to work in cybersecurity

Everything we do is impacted by the internet, so it is critical that we have humans as well as technology safeguarding how our data is being accessed and shared. October marks the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It is a good time to remember our shared responsibility in protecting the internet. The National Security Alliance will be covering topics such as online safety at home and at work, and safeguarding the nation’s technology infrastructure. This article takes a deep d [...]

Why Maui condos generally don’t test for radon

Radon is a colorless, odorless, cancer-causing radioactive gas. It forms naturally from the decay (breaking down) of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found in different amounts in soil and rock throughout the world. Radon gas in the soil and rock can move into the air and into underground water and surface water. In many parts of the country, radon emanates from concrete so can be especially prevalent in condos. Radon can also move from the ground to upper floors of condos via [...]

New Workforce Condos Under Construction in Kihei

The critical shortage of affordable housing makes the purchase or rental of a home by the majority of Maui’s working residents extremely difficult. As a result, the resident workforce is leaving Maui in search of affordable housing and any incoming replacements are dissuaded by Hawaii’s high cost of living. Residential Workforce Housing (“RWH”) was established by the Maui County Council under Chapter 2.96, Maui County Code (“MCC”). The purpose for creating RWH is to maintain a sufficient resid [...]

Condo prices rise while homes remain flat

The median price of a condominium on Maui jumped 27.5 percent last month, compared to August 2017, while the median price of a single-family home on the Valley Isle was unchanged, according to statistics from the Realtors Association of Maui. The median price of a Maui condo last month was $509,998, compared $400,000 in August 2017. That was based on sales of 146 units, which was 32.7 percent more than the 110 units that sold in August 2017. Sales of single-family homes on Maui rose 2.8 percen [...]

Saving structures in balance with protecting the environment

Sea levels are rising, with a 3.2-foot increase on Maui shores projected by 2100. The 304-page “Sea Level Rise Vulnerability & Adaptation Report,” released in December 2017 by the state Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, identified West Maui, Waihee, Hana and Kihei as communities most susceptible to rising ocean waters, resulting in flooding, submerged lands, coastal erosion and new wetlands. Residents in vulnerable areas are already dealing with ocean waves lapping at their doorste [...]

Should You Condominiumize?

Even those savvy about real estate may not know the full words or meaning of acronyms HPR or CPR. These stand for Horizontal Property Regime (HPR) or Condominium Property Regime (CPR), and refer to filing documents created when a condominium project is developed. However, you don’t have to be a big developer to create a condominium. An increasing number of homeowners have been condominiumizing residential properties in Hawaii over the past 15 years. Condos were created to make property more af [...]

HARPTA Increases to 7.25%

  The State of Hawaii Department of Taxation has announced that the rate will increase from 5% to 7.25% of the sales price for the withholding of tax on the sale of Hawaii properties by non-Hawaii resident persons/entities on or after September 15, 2018.  This withholding is commonly known as “HARPTA”. According to Tom Yamachika, President of the Tax Foundation, HARPTA is not a tax, but rather “a means for the state to collect capital gains taxes from absentee owners.” The increase was an [...]

Market Report through June 2018

Maui County’s June real estate statistics are great news for condo sellers, not so great for median income home buyers. According to monthly figures released by the Realtors Association of Maui, the median price of a single-family home in June was $727,500, down 1.7 percent from the $740,000 posted in the same month last year. However, at the same time last year, home prices had topped $700,000 four times in the year ending in June. This June, housing prices have gone over $700,000 five times. [...]