An Owner's Guide To Self-Managing Your Own Airbnb

Managing a short-term rentable condo on Maui is a great way to earn passive income on a property and have a second home in paradise at the same time. Most of our clients that purchase these types of properties are from the US mainland or Canada and use a local property management company to ensure everything runs smoothly.

While there are many benefits to using a property management company, there are some who elect to manage the unit themselves with great results. However, managing an Airbnb when you can't consistently visit the property to make sure it's in good shape can be difficult, but it can be incredibly profitable once you have a system in place.

Here are some useful tips I’ve…

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The Best Coffee On Maui By Area

Best Coffee on Maui

The 'magic bean', as one of my former chiropractors used to lovingly refer to coffee, is a ubiquitous part of many of our daily lives. And for those of us that live on Maui and for the millions that visit every year, knowing where to find the good stuff is all part of being a connoisseur.

Sure, Maui has many Starbucks locations conveniently located around the island and I'm not above the occasional Nitro Cold Brew from the coffee giant. But, Maui is blessed with so many great locally-owned coffee spots that it's almost a crime not to check them out.  I've narrowed down several of my personal favorite local coffee shops to drop into when I'm in these different parts of the island and the next time you're in the…

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Lahaina Best Restaurants

Situated on Maui’s western coast, Lahaina has been a melting pot of cultures over the last few hundred years. Today, this fascinating range of cultures is on full display through the eclectic cuisine available in some of the area's most popular restaurants. Whether you are planning a trip to Lahaina soon or you are a local resident, the best restaurants in Lahaina will undoubtedly delight your tastebuds. In no particular order, these are some of the popular restaurants that are rightfully known for their delicious dishes.

Mala Tavern

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The Annual Gourmet Event Returns to Kapalua

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival Maui

From June 9th through June 12th, 2022, Maui’s food lovers and wine enthusiasts will join together at the 41st Annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival. This exciting event will take you on a savory journey through the island’s culinary culture while delighting your taste buds at every turn. This four-day event will be held at the beautiful Kapalua Resort with special events and seminars held at popular venues in the area.

From wine tastings and seminars to prepared meals and walk-up tastings, this spectacular 4-day foodie event offers something for everyone. Whether you are coming from your home in the nearby Pineapple Hill neighborhood or you’re visiting from much farther away, you can also explore the…

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Getting Home Financing Can Be Easier or Harder Than You Think

Homebuyer Misconceptions in Real Estate

Recently, LendingTree, an online lender for mortgages and loans for home improvement, released a survey showing the misconceptions many first-time homebuyers have about the process of purchasing a home. 

The survey included over 2,000 U.S. consumers looking to purchase their first house, and its results show how little personal finance education is taught, especially regarding buying a home. Here are the top four misconceptions the survey found:

1. A 20% Down Payment is Always Required for a Mortgage

Over 40% of those surveyed felt that it was an absolute requirement that the homebuyer put down at least 20% of the purchase price before a lender would approve their mortgage.

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What's the Difference Between Fee Simple and Leasehold Properties?

Fee Simple and Leasehold Maui

In most areas of the United States, when you purchase property, you are buying the land and all of its improvements in perpetuity. However, this is not always the case in select states and vicinities. Before you buy real estate on Maui or in any other area, it is important to know exactly what your purchase includes and how long you will have access to that property. With this in mind, a closer look at the differences between fee simple vs. leasehold ownership is in order.

Understanding Fee Simple Ownership

Fee simple ownership, which may also be referred to as a freehold, is the type of real estate ownership that most people are familiar with. With fee simple ownership, you…

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Financing on Maui

Whether you’ve lived here all of your life or just spent a fabulous two weeks relaxing at an oceanside condo, it’s safe to say you’ve already discovered that Maui is paradise. A uniquely beautiful island with a variety of things to offer. A haven for wildlife, adventurers, and nature enthusiasts.

A diner’s delight, especially if you enjoy eating Mahi Mahi at dinner that was caught the same morning. So if you're considering moving to Maui and making Maui you're permanent home or you're considering a second home/investment property here is some important information to consider about financing that dream property 

It Sounds Simple, But… 

Buying a home can sometimes be complicated, particularly for first-time homeowners. It’s often one of the…

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Moving To Maui: Live Your Best Island Life

A Guide To Moving To Maui

Updated 7/12/2023: Having just recently celebrated my lucky thirteen-year 'Mauiversary', I look back and realize I knew nothing about Maui when I moved here! I had never even been to Hawaii or Maui before. Prior to deciding to move to Maui, I had been living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and if you've ever spent much time there you know it's amazing, but year-round the weather and career opportunities can be challenging. So, I made up my mind to sell my car, pack my stuff, and start a new life on Maui really knowing very little about the island. 

This may sound a little wild, but it is not as uncommon as it may sound, many Maui residents will have a similar story of how they came to love island life. Every…

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Wailea Point Unit 102 Will Blow You Away

Wailea Point Unit 102

Wailea Point, located at 4000 Wailea Alanui Drive, is deemed by many in the real estate world on Maui to be the crown jewel of Wailea. This ultra-luxury, oceanfront condominium complex was originally conceived and constructed in the mid-1980s. In 2021, 15 units were sold in the complex with a range from $1,495,000 for unit 3401 to $16,000,000 for unit 402. Unit 1601 also sold in 2021 for 12.5 million.

The complex is exemplified by the highest degree of engineering and construction. Structural walls are 8 inches thick and were built with steel-reinforced concrete while structural floors have another 3 inches of steel-reinforced concrete. The excellent construction is often overlooked though, due to Wailea…

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Discover 9 Bay Drive in Kapalua

9 Bay Drive Kapalua

Situated on almost 10 acres in the heart of West Maui, 9 Bay Drive is a coastal estate unlike any other. This single-story home includes more than 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space with an infinity pool and an incredible array of fine features and amenities. This remarkable piece of luxury Maui real estate is for sale today at $41.9 million, an 18 million dollar reduction from its previous list price.

An Exquisite and Rare Piece of Maui

While you can find a variety of homes for sale in Kapalua in subdivisions like Pineapple Hill and the Plantation Estates, the 9 Bay Drive estate is in a league of its own. One of its most extraordinary features is its setting. Its 10 acres sits on a…

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