A Realtor's Guide to the Hawaii Real Estate Purchase Contract

Hawaii Purchase Contract

If you’re buying or selling real estate in Hawaii, you’re going to encounter the Hawaii Association of Realtors Standard Form, which was most recently updated in May of 2022. The Hawaii purchase contract is 14 pages long and has 20 separate sections that are labeled with the letters A-T. Each section covers a different working element of the contract and they all collectively establish the terms of the deal, price, any and all contingencies for the sale, and the parties involved. 

As you can probably imagine, buying property on Maui has a few nuances as does our purchase contract. In this article, I’m going to take a look at each section from A-T and explain the purposes and nuances…

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Kapalua Impresses Visitors With Luxurious Resort Hotels and Condos

Kapalua Hotels and Resorts

Beautiful Kapalua sits on Maui’s stunning west coast, and it provides the ultimate vacation experience. From the luxurious condos and hotels in Kapalua to the many enjoyable ways to spend your free time, everything that you need for an amazing stay in one of Maui's most beautiful resort areas is within reach.

As you start planning your trip, your attention will naturally turn to explore the elite places to stay in Kapalua. Whether you have a hotel resort experience in mind or you prefer to stay in a spacious condo with home-like amenities, there are many prestigious options to choose from. While you're in Kapalua, you'll be looking for some fun things to do and we've included a…

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The Best Hikes on Maui

Best Hikes on Maui

Since I moved to Maui back in 2010 I’ve had a chance to do virtually every known hike here on Maui and have done a few of the relatively unknown hiking adventures as well.

From the very western end of Maui in Kapalua to the very eastern end of Hana up to the 10,000 ft summit of Mt. Haleakala, there are a great variety of great hiking trails to choose from. I’ve assembled a list of my favorite 7 hikes on Maui to help you narrow down your choices and get the most out of your time. 

Preparing For a Hike on Maui

Being Considerate of a Delicate Ecosystem

Before getting into the list I should cover a few bases on a few things to be aware of about hiking on Maui in general.  First, it’s important to remember that…

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Where Are Things with Wailea 670?

Wailea 670 Honua'ula

Originally referred to as Wailea 670, the development that is now known as Honua'ula is more than three decades in the making. This is a mixed-use development that would span across 670 acres in South Maui. This area, which is located just south of Maui Meadows and across the highway from the existing Wailea community, is both culturally and environmentally sensitive.

While opponents of the development say that the project is not advantageous for the communities, others say that it will provide much-needed affordable housing to the area. Recently, a major agreement has been reached as a result of years of stressful negotiations, but more negotiations are underway.

Balancing The Environment with Housing Needs

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The Best Luxury Resorts on Maui For Families

Best Maui Luxury Family Resorts

Maui is a world-class vacation destination, with activities and attractions for everyone. The island has something for everyone, from the quiet serenity of the north shore to the bustling resort lifestyle on Ka’anapali Beach. For those looking for that ultimate luxury resort experience for the whole family, Maui has a lot of great options to consider, particularly in the Wailea and Kapalus resort areas. 

Here are five of the best family resorts to consider if you want to book a family vacation on Maui:

  1. The Montage Residences in Kapalua

The Montage Residences in Kapalua is one of the finest Maui family resorts. It's a luxury resort that offers all kinds of activities for kids and…

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AirDNA Uses Data To Help Investors and Owners on Maui

AirDNA Maui

For those that already own or are looking for an AirBnB/short-term rentable condo somewhere, you’re likely familiar with AirDNA. If you’re not, you should definitely check out the tools they have available. It’s an amazing suite of technology that can not only help you vet potential vacation rental opportunities by giving you specific, hyper-local data about comparable nightly rates, occupancy percentages, etc, but it can also help you manage and scale your operation if you are self-managing. 

AirDNA regularly publishes articles about short-term vacation rentals and recently published an article ranking the top 10 markets to invest in a short-term rental condo. To the surprise of very few,…

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The Wailea Beach Path Walker’s Guide

Explore the Wailea Beach Path

If you’re staying in Wailea or living in Wailea, I can’t think of a better way to start the day than a morning stroll along the famous Wailea Beach Path. Even if other plans keep you from enjoying the path first thing in the morning, a mid-day or sunset stroll can be just as enjoyable.

In this article, I’m going to go over a couple of the highlights of the Wailea Beach path as well as some of the best places to stay and fun things you can do along the way.

Getting There and Where To Park

Getting to the Wailea Beach Path is very simple. If you’re staying in the Wailea Resort area you’ll just walk towards the water and find yourself on the path! If you’re a little further away than walking distance,…

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The Joys of Homeownership on Maui

Owning a Home or Condo on Maui

After purchasing a home on Maui comes the many joys of homeownership. The first ones that come to mind are enjoying a sunset from your lanai, having friends over for fun events, and enjoying the financial rewards. The other joys are, of course, either performing your own regular maintenance on your property or securing reputable service providers to take care of that for you. Finding the right team of home maintenance professionals is especially important for second homeowners who will need landscaping, pool maintenance, pest control, HVAC service, and cleaning service performed in their absence. 

If you own a condo there will be fewer items that you’ll need to stay on top of. Typically your association will…

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Dos And Don’ts To Remember When Buying A Tiny Home

Tiny Homes on Maui

Many people are buying into the notion of downsizing their home life because they realize they could get away with having less than they thought. Those who follow a minimalistic lifestyle would agree that with smaller homes, there’s less clutter and stress. Regardless of your reason for buying a tiny home, it is clear from the market research that the sales of these little houses are on the increase, according to Business Wire.

Building a tiny home is often more cost-effective. However, you may consider buying a tiny house instead if you don’t know how to go about it. Furthermore, there are some dos and don’ts that homeowners should look at before making the final move:  

Remembering the Dos…

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When It's Time To Sell Your Maui Home or Condo

Selling a Home or Condo on Maui

Making the decision to sell your home or condo isn’t always easy. Many times sellers are not selling because they really want to let go of the property. They sell because something happened in their life where they are either moving off the island, need to rebalance their real estate portfolio, or need the equity elsewhere. Just because the decision to sell isn’t always easy, doesn’t mean that the process of selling needs to also be difficult. 

In fact, it can actually be quite simple when you work with an experienced agent. In this article, I’m going to go over all of the steps of the selling process as they relate specifically to Maui as well as discuss a few of the key considerations sellers will…

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