8 Things You Should Know When Selling Your Home (It's Hard to Know What You Don't Know)

Selling Your Home

By Guest Author: Matt Cassadona

Selling a house can be just as exciting as purchasing one. The bittersweet moment that it's time to say goodbye to your house is emotional. From listing your house, running open houses, and sifting through offers, selling your house can be a ton of work, especially if you're doing everything yourself. Selling a home is not an easy task. If you’re planning on selling, here's what I wish I knew before I sold my house to help you prepare.

1)Selling a House Costs Money

While the term "selling" typically means that you'll be getting money in return, many people don't realize that selling anything takes both time and money,…

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What To Know About the Maui Real Estate Market Heading Into The Summer of '21

Maui Real Estate Market Kay 2021

Since the initial easing of the Coronavirus travel restrictions in October of 2020, the Maui Real Estate market has been on an unprecedented run of increased sales, increased sales prices, and historically low inventory in both the single-family home market and the condominium market.

Single Family Homes 


In May, the median sales price for a single-family home on Maui has skyrocketed to $1,039,000 a staggering 29.9% increase of the median sales price in May of 2020, while the average sales price soared 35.1% over May 2020 at $1,739,177. The luxury home market has been just as hot as the median-priced market.  There were 121 closed sales in the single-family…

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4 Beautiful Ideas for Small Rooms 

Home Improvment

When you finally have a house of your own, there are a lot of things that you need to do. And interior decorating is one of those on top of that list of tasks. 

However, interior decorating may seem like an intimidating task, especially for a newbie like you. After all, how exactly do you transform your small rooms from claustrophobia-inducing spaces into fantastic wonderlands? After all, you can use these tips for home staging to increase your property’s value.

As a result, you might be tempted just to hire an interior decorator to do the work for you. But unfortunately, hiring an interior decorator doesn’t come in cheap — an average decorator’s fee usually ranges between $2,000 to $5,000. 

Because of…

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Makena Will Take Your Breath Away

Makena Maui

One of the most appealing aspects of real estate in Makena is the presence of some of the most breathtaking white-sand beaches anywhere in the world. The splendor of the oceanfront property in Makena makes it some of the most sought-after real estate anywhere in the world. 

While there is certainly plenty to do in the area thanks to the presence of great restaurants, world-class shopping facilities, snorkeling, hiking, and more, most people who choose to buy Makena real estate do so because they love the quick access to some of the world’s most glorious beaches. While all of the beaches in Makena are incredible, these are my five favorites.

Big Beach

Big Beach is the most prominent beach in the…

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Experience The Best of West Maui

Montage Residences Kapalua Maui Real Estate

Maui is home to some of the world's most beautiful scenery, from beaches to mountains, from stunning waterfalls to humpback whales. Maui is also home to some of Hawaii's most impressive luxury properties. With breathtaking views, world-class golf courses, white sand beaches and five-star restaurants, the luxury condos of West Maui are some of the most sought after in the world. Take a quick tour of 5 of the most impressive condo complexes on the Western part of the Island of Maui in the areas of Kapalua and Ka'anapali.

Coconut Grove

The condos for sale at Coconut Grove allow you to live in one of the most exclusive complexes on all of Maui. With only 36 total units, Coconut Grove is considered a “micro…

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If you just bought your dream home, you've likely heard from family and friends about getting homeowners insurance. However, if it's your first time getting one, you may have no idea what home insurance policy is best for you. 

For first-timers, getting the right homeowners insurance can be tricky. However, asking the right questions can get your search off to a fantastic start. Below are 10 of the most important questions you should ask to ensure you're on the right track.

1. How much will homeowners insurance cost?

Home insurance rates often vary based on location. However, other factors may also affect rates. The average yearly premium in the United States exceeds $1,200, according to the Insurance Information Institute. 

The insured value…

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The debate is as old as time. For decades now, people have been comparing renting vs. buying and trying to decide which is better. People are arguing on both sides, and each has some solid points.

Both renting and buying have been made infinitely easier and better thanks to the internet. For example, you can have online apartment locators working with you from the comfort of home if you check out The Urban Avenue here! There are also several great tools for buyers, too.

But the question still remains, which is best? Well, the answer truly is, it depends. While the right move for one person might be to buy a home, it might make more sense for another to rent an…

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Making Eco-Friendly Decisions Doesn't Have To Be Cost Prohibitive

Eco Friendly Homes

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Leading an environmentally-friendly lifestyle is becoming more significant with every passing year. While no individual can make as much change as big companies, the personal responsibility of preserving the natural surroundings to uphold society for future generations is a reality for everybody.

One of the fundamental ways for people to make a difference is through homeownership. You can limit your energy consumption and reduce your impact on the environment by implementing sustainable practices in your daily life. 

What Is Home Sustainability?

Home sustainability is a practice that incorporates…

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Real Estate Shifts Beyond the Pandemic

Millenials Buying Real Estate

Despite the 'slacker' stereotype sometimes ascribed to Millennials, this age group is taking the real estate market by a storm. They're now shifting careers and paying off student debt, leaving financial insecurity behind.

Environmentally conscious, tech-savvy, and looking for stability, Millennials are reshaping the housing market. As the largest pool of potential buyers, this generation is becoming a focal point for agents. 

Let's explore the trends that they're bringing to the table in 2021.

#1 Abandoning Urban Living

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began, homebuyers of all ages started flocking around walkable, green areas. Millennials seem to be embracing this trend with open arms,…

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Makena's Hottest New Development

Makena Real Estate

This lovely coastal spot in the southwestern part of Maui enjoys a scenic setting with privacy and elite properties. Nestled between world-class beaches like Maluaka Beach and the lush green foothills of Haleakala, many of the outstanding properties surrounding the Makena Golf and Beach Club will command exceptional Pacific Ocean views.

An Exciting New Development

Planning continues for the construction of a number of proposed residential enclaves in the Makena area. The Maui Prince Hotel stood along this section of coastline for many years. The 310-unit Makena Beach and Golf Resort subsequently replaced it. Recently, Discovery Land Company commenced renovations near the site to erect a luxury Makena…

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