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Luxury Developments at Ward Village

Have you visited Ward Village yet? Locals and visitors alike have come to regard Ward Village as one of the most exciting new destinations on the island. With its diverse blend of luxury condos, retail, boutique shops, dining, parks, and proximity to Ala Moana Shopping Mall & Beachpark, Ward Village truly has something for everyone.

Developed by the Howard Hughes Corporation and recently voted as the “Best Master Planned Community in the Nation” by Architectural Digest, Ward Village is a carefully planned 60-acre walking community in the heart of Honolulu, between downtown Waikiki and the Kaka’ako district. Residents are a short drive or bike ride to Honolulu’s business district, while still in the heart of Oahu’s premier vacation and resort destination.

Within the village are six mixed-use luxury residential towers (Waiea, Anaha, Ae’o, A’Ali’i, Ke Kilohana and Gateway Tower) offering stunning ocean views where island life can be lived at its finest. Residents can walk out their door to play at the beach, stroll along the newly renovated Kawalo Harbor, enjoy free yoga classes or a hula performance at Ward Village’s 4-acre central commons park, and experience any number of carefully curated shopping experiences. The neighborhood also boasts an elegant outdoor movie theater already hailed as the best in the state, plus plans for the largest Whole Foods in the Pacific. Best of all? No car needed.

With a variety of price-points starting in the mid $800s, the luxury condos at Ward Village offer one of the greatest lifestyle choices on the island. Homeowners in two of the towers (Waiea and Anaha) have already begun moving in, while homes in the under-construction Ae’o, A’Ali’i, Ke Kilohana and Gateway Towers are coming up for sale this year. Ke Kilohana is particularly exciting for its affordable residences starting in the $300s ~ an opportunity many have taken advantage of!

Contact Hapa Realty to schedule a tour of Ward Village’s condos and neighborhood today!

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Kitchen Remodels for 2015

Kitchens have become the primary social hub of the home. It’s become a place where friends and family come together for meals and conversation. Because of this, an upgraded and inviting kitchen can be a huge selling point in a home. If you’re thinking about selling your home in the next few years, it’s worth thinking about updating your kitchen. On average, the return on a kitchen remodel is about 70%. But in Honolulu, this remodel can give you a return of up to 152% for a minor kitchen remodel and 108% on a major upscale kitchen renovation.

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Choosing Between A New Or Old Home

When looking for a home, you might be wondering if it’s better to go with an older home or a newly built home. There are many factors to consider when making this decision such as price, amenities, functionality, maintenance costs, aesthetics and location. The best thing to do is to sit down and make a list of factors that are most important to you. This will help simplify your decision in the end.

 

source: southdownhomes.wordpress.com

source: southdownhomes.wordpress.com

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Home Insurance Tips For First Time Buyers

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1. Assess your credit

Having a strong credit score can lead to big savings on your home insurance premiums. Be sure to assess your credit and take steps to improve your score. At the very least, make sure everything on your credit statement is correct.

 

2. Shop around

Standard home insurance policies typically offer protection from a variety of potential risks, ranging from liability to damage from weather-related perils. If you live in areas that are more prone to natural disasters, you may want to adjust or add coverage depending on your needs.  No matter what, it’s important to know what you need, what will be covered and what wont. Most insurance companies will offer similar packages but the algorithms they use to provide you with a quote can be different. Because of this, you could save hundreds by simply shopping around and getting at least three different quotes.

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Understanding Short Sales

source: doctorshortsales.com

source: doctorshortsales.com

 

A short sale is the sale of a property for less than what the owner still owes on the mortgage. This is often used when a homeowner needs to sell and can no longer make the mortgage payments but would like to avoid going through a foreclosure. Lenders with sometimes agree to short sales because they believe that it get net them more money than going forward with a lengthy and costly foreclosure process.

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How To Get A Mortgage If Self-Employed.

source: internations.org

source: internations.org

 

For many, the benefits of being self-employed are obvious. You get to make your own schedule and there’s no reporting to a boss. You are the boss. And, possibly the best part, there’s no salary cap. You can make as much as you want depending on your ambition. In fact, self-employed borrowers report that they make 81% more than other potential borrowers and that their incomes are one the rise! Zillow just recently reported that income for self-employed borrowers is up 28% since mid-2012, while other borrowers’ incomes are down an average of 17%! So why then, do those who are self-employed find it so hard to secure a mortgage?

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