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The current trends are all about utilizing rich color, maximizing texture and creating comfortable interiors you can’t wait to relax in. Use these trends to get inspired to makeover your home’s interiors and create spaces you love that also appeal to your personal style. Remember, if you plan to sell in the next few years, you may want to avoid doing anything dramatic and instead incorporate small changes that would appeal to buyers.
Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighborhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home or just want to make your home the envy of your neighbors, here are several ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.
The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth Wealth is within reach for many people; however, according to a recent study, 63 percent of Americans said it’s not likely they’ll become rich.1 While younger people are more likely to say they’ll achieve wealth one day, only 34 percent of people aged 30 to 49 and 21 percent of people aged 50 or older say the same. There is no secret to becoming rich: it takes time, sacrifice and good financial sense. Here are a few ways to build your household’s wealth.
5 Reasons to Sell Before the Selling Season Picks Up A common thought in real estate is never list your home in the winter offseason. Perpetuated by industry experts, agents and repeat sellers alike, this saying encourages many would-be sellers to wait until the spring peak to list their homes. However, studies show that homes listed in the winter offseason not only sell faster than those in the spring, but sellers also net more above their asking price at this time.1 Don’t wait until spring to sell. If you’ve been thinking of selling your home, here are five compelling reasons to list now.

Home Equity seems to be a very simple calulation - the total amount of mortgages owed subtracted from the current market value of a home.

Cut Utility Bills by $2000 or More With Smart Home Tech The ‘Smart Home’ is the new ‘Internet of Things’ or objects that can communicate with each other. The ideal version of the wired future might look like this:
Home Inspections are an important part of real estate transactions
The decision to buy a turnkey home or build your dream house is always a daunting one.We explore the pros and cons of each, in today's Blog
Mirroring national trends, Kauai's vacation home market appears to be rebounding. This article from CNN details the upswing being realized countywide. On Kauai, our personal experience tells a similair story with demand for vacation rental properties clearly "on the rise".
Kauai's Real Estate Market is clearly moving. Below, we have attached all of the latest market statistics (for February 2013). As you can see, 2013 is not yet keeping pace with 2012, year to date wise, in number of sales. But, median prices are showing marked changes. For those of you who have been on the fence, now may be the time to make the move to paradise!
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) After years of wild swings, the U.S. housing market is slowly returning to normal.
Chickens, Chickens,Chickens! Apparently Kauai is not the only Island where our local chicken population is causing havoc. Read this fowl story of the damage they caused, and inconvenience to travlers, on Maui.
Social Media, i.e.Twitter, finds that Hawaii is the happiest place in the United States!
Will Insurance cover your property if it is hit by a Meteor? Cnn gives a great accounting of who pays the bill.
  The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Ron Phipps.

"As the leading advocate for housing and home ownership issues, NAR firmly believes that the mortgage interest deduction (MID) is vital to the stability of the American housing market and economy.

"The MID must not be targeted for change. NAR is actively engaged on behalf of the nation's 75 million home owners and 1.1 million Realtors® to ensure that the current deduction is not modified as was recommended in the Deficit Reduction Commission report released today.

"The tax deductibility of interest paid on mortgages is a powerful incentive for home ownership and has been one of the simplest provisions in the federal tax code for more than 80 years. In a new survey commissioned by NAR and conducted online in October 2010 by Harris Interactive of nearly 3,000 homeowners and renters, nearly three-fourths of homeowners and two-thirds of renters said the mortgage interest deduction was extremely or very important to them.

"Recent progress has been made in bringing stability to the housing market and any changes to the MID now or in the future could critically erode home prices and the value of homes by as much as 15 percent, according to our research. This would negatively impact home ownership for millions of Americans, including those who own their homes outright and have no mortgage.

"Any further downward pressure on home prices will hamper the economic recovery, raise foreclosures and hurt banks' abilities to lend and likely tip the economy into another recession resulting in further job losses for the country. It will effectively close the door on the American dream.

"NAR will remain vigilant in opposing any plan that modifies or excludes the deductibility of mortgage interest."

The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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Third Quarter 2010
Kauai's Market Statistics are speaking volumes about the state of our island real estate market. Sales are up from a year ago as is overall sales dollar volume. However, median home, land, and condominium prices are generally continuing to plummet. These statistics remind us that we are firmly entrenched in a buyer's market. Inventory also remains extremly high. Yes, sellers are competing for every buyer. additionally, distressed property, short-sales and REO (bank owned) property are driving the market. it may just be the perfect time to invest in Kauai for the long run!