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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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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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The Emergence Of The Smart Home

source: Business Week

source: Business Week

 

It’s 6:00am. Your alarm clock starts making the familiar beeping sound that signals it’s time for you to get up and start your day. But before your wake up call even sounded, your home was able to sense that you’d be getting up shortly. So it turned the thermostat up a bit and started brewing a fresh pot of coffee. As you clamber out of bed and over to the kitchen, you’re notified of how your schedule is looking for the day and anything that needs to be taken care of. Urgent emails and messages are read to you as you’re preparing for the day. No longer are mornings a battle with the snooze button, but instead, skillfully orchestrated perfection.

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9 Tips for Photographing Real Estate

source: adorama.com

source: adorama.com

 

Nowadays, most individuals start their real estate search online. Most people will skip right by listings with poor or no photographs. This makes real estate photography incredibly important in the marketing of your property. Here are some tips to get better photos that will lead to more buyer interest and hopefully a quick sale!

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Chinese Visas Changes May Lead To Increase in Real Estate Sales

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New policy changes for Chinese visas went into effect this past November 12th.  The agreement made between the US and China made it so 5-year, multi-entry visas can be issued to business travelers and tourists. Prior to this agreement, Chinese citizens had to renew their American business, tourist and student visas annually.

This change was made with the intention of strengthening our economy and our ties with China. US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker said, “With the help of this change, up to 7.3 million Chinese visitors—more than any other country except Canada and Mexico – are projected to visit the US in 2021, contributing roughly $85 billion per year to the US economy and supporting 440,000 American jobs.”

So what does this change mean for real estate? With China being one of the largest growing sources of international clients for real estate, these new laws will make it easier to mitigate challenges for those investing in property abroad. Many real estate agents are seeing Chinese parents interested in purchasing property for their children studying in the US.

With these new laws in place to help the Chinese purchase property in the US, realtors are bound to see sales and inquiries from this demographic increase in the years to come. The main challenge will be approaching these clients as if they’re first-time homebuyers and assist them and offer as much knowledge as possible during the process. Legally, the process is often not the same in the US as it is when purchasing in their native country. A period of explanation and walking through the steps will be critical when fostering these new relationships.

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Market Recovery Update

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15 Minor Fixes For Selling Your House

Looking to sell your house? Here’s a list of 15 low-cost improvements that will have all your viewers swooning!

1.)    Pay attention to landscaping. Good curb appeal can go a long way to lure in potential buyers.

2.)    Have a beautiful porch? Make sure it’s well kept. Eliminate all the unnecessary objects that don’t add value.

3.)    Mow the lawn.

4.)    Touch up old paint. You want both the inside and outside of the house to look clean and kept up.

5.)    Thoroughly wash down all windows and doors.

6.)    Clean the countertops in the kitchen and bathroom.

7.)    Make all the beds. This should be obvious.

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