#August 2015 Closing Changes #TRIDForms

  On Aug. 1, 2015, the new TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure) forms replace the HUD-1 Settlement and Good Faith Estimate. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s mission is to rebuild the mortgage banking landscape so that the industry will avoid the type of conditions that led to the Great Recession. The CFPB replaces the Department of Housing…

Housing Price Update

Housing Price Update

Three major drives of home prices seem to support current and rising home price levels.  All real estate is local; in fact, in some areas of the country home prices appear to be increasing at a rate that may be too high.  Put differently,  everyone needs to live some place, and right now housing markets…

#Kapalua Finest Lifestyles

#Kapalua Finest Lifestyles

West Maui’s Kapalua definitely provides an unrivaled luxury lifestyle, easily experienced when spending a day enjoying the area–or if you are lucky enough to call Kapalua your home. The offerings in this locale are impossible to duplicate, because it is one of the most exclusive areas in the entire Hawaiian archipelago. Recognized as one of the most…

#Maui Home Prices Rise

#Maui First Islands In US Achieve 100% #RenewableEnergy

Maui County plans to replace its streetlights with more efficient LED lighting, following other counties in Hawaii, including Honolulu and Kauai.Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, a speaker at this week’s Maui Energy Conference, said that at some point, the island will be heading in that direction. He also noted during his speech that the county, which…

#Kapalua Home To One of The Finest Lifestyles in Hawaiʻi

#Kapalua Home To One of The Finest Lifestyles in Hawaiʻi

West Maui’s Kapalua definitely provides an unrivaled luxury lifestyle, easily experienced when spending a day enjoying the area–or if you are lucky enough to call Kapalua your home. The offerings in this locale are impossible to duplicate, because it is one of the most exclusive areas in the entire Hawaiian archipelago. Recognized as one of the most…

Strong Condo & Townhome Market

Strong Condo & Townhome Market

REALTORS’®  outlook for the next six months for townhomes and condominiums is generally strong across these states, District of Columbia, North Dakota, Colorado, Texas, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Alaska.  These states have experienced strong job growth due to the oil/gas and information technology sectors.  Condominiums are frequently the entry point to homeownership for first-time homebuyers, more so with the…

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Canadians the largest foreign group buying #Maui property

Canadians were by far the largest foreign group to purchase property in Maui County in 2014, according to a Title Guaranty Hawaii report. For the year, Canadians bought 94 properties on Maui, Molokai and Lanai for a total sales volume of $84.2 million, the report from the Hawaii title company said. The most popular areas…

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$70M In Renovations Completed At #FairmontKeaLani #Maui

The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui has completed a three-year, $70 million renovation project to create a “luxurious vacation experience for guests” of the 22-acre Wailea resort, according to an announcement. Project highlights include a $5.1 million renovation of the Ko restaurant, “which showcases the diverse culinary history of the sugar cane plantation era with innovative…

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#MauiEateries Make Yelp’s Top 100

Eight Hawai‘i restaurants and eateries ranked in Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the US for 2015, including two on Maui and one on Hawai‘i Island.Shark Pit Maui and Lāhainā Luna Café in Lāhainā ranked prominently at No. 6 and No. 27, respectively. On Hawai‘i Island, Da Poke Shack in Kailua-Kona made the list at No.…

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#NASA Selects #Hawaii #WorldsFirstLaser

    NASA has selected Hawaii as the preferred site to establish the world’s first laser communications ground terminal, which could spur major economic activity in the state, translating to job creation and revenues, according to public documents obtained by PBN. Plans have yet to be finalized, although the terminal, which will communicate with next-generation…