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Rather stock your local food bank forever and still get your Big Island Hawaii oceanfront home? Don't drop $25m on the home featured on the prior post. Get this one. It's a current listing and it IS oceanfront. It's only $700k. I'd love to show it to you. Go on. You don't need those 10 extra rooms. This Kehena home is a 2/1 with 1000+sf under roof on 8752sf lot. It's a great spot for a vacation retreat.

2012 - record year for home affordability

Housing Affordability Index Set Record in 2012 & 2013 Projected Close. 2013 a Great Time to Buy if You Can Get a Loan.

What the tax code changes mean to you

Fiscal Cliff - Great outline of updates to the tax code by Saul Klein, NAR.

The 2012 federal income tax rates have been extended permanently for singles with annual income below $400,000 and married couples with less than $450,000 of income. For taxpayers above those thresholds, the maximum tax rate is rising from 35 to 39.6%.

Trulia's #1 tip for Sellers - Staging

It's official. Trulia's #1 item on "the 6 top things sellers should know" 1//8/13
1. Your staging will make or break you.
“Homes that don’t show well don’t close well.”
Your sellers won’t know the importance of staging unless you first, tell them and second, show them.
And that's where Kohala Property excels, because with an experienced Designer in house we know how important this is and we know how to get this #1 point right, first time, and save you time and money. We call it Real Estate by Design.

Your smart phone - friend or foe?

There are over 1 billion smart phones in use now. Sounds like a lot, BUT, there are over 5 billion cell phones in use. That means 'growth opportunity' for all things smart phone related. This year (2013) mobile internet use is set to surpass desktop internet use. There are advantages; we might spend more time at home connecting with each other around the dinner table for example, and as Realtors and buyers integrate more on mobile systems, finding homes will get easier. It does come at a price though. Advertising will be hitting your smart phone with a vengeance.

Out with the old - In with the new

I'm a firm proponent of sustainability. Re-purpose, re-use, re-cycle. Where I grew up we never threw anything away. I am often amazed at what is discarded here as worthless. As President of the Association for a large condo complex I am appalled to learn of the contents of our trash dumpsters - often boxed, brand new, unopened and unused; like flat screen TVs, power tools, chain saws, furniture, small case goods, luggage, etc.. The best (worst) had to be a tender - small boat carried on yatchs for safety - still in the box and in perfect condition! We live on an island.

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