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What Are The Best Things to Do in Paia Maui?

Paia Things To Do on Maui

Located on the Northshore of Maui, the laid-back beach town of Paia is a unique destination with a lot of character. Paia’s local population is under 2,500, so many visitors, especially those heading to the Road to Hana, may be initially inclined to drive straight through the small community.

When you take the time to explore Paia you’ll find that this is one of the coolest and most relaxed areas of the island with many great things to do. Great restaurants, large beaches, boutique shopping, and a variety of extreme and non-extreme sports are easy to find here. 

What are some of the top things to do in Paia?

1. Mama's Fish House

Mama’s Fish House is among the most well-known restaurants…

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Pulelehua Offers Hope for West Maui Housing Crisis

Pulelehua Housing Development

In the wake of the devastating fire in Lahaina, a housing crisis has emerged as one of the single biggest post-fire challenges for the people of Maui. The island is home to a variety of people, most of whom are working-class permanent residents who are the backbone of the tourism industry that support Maui's local economy. As Maui addresses the housing crisis, the need for affordable housing grows as well.

Population growth coupled with a very limited supply of land has driven real estate prices upward. This has made it difficult for many working-class residents to find an affordable place to call home. Currently, a section of the planned community is being utilized as a temporary location for…

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A Ban on Short Term Rentals on Maui Won’t Solve The Affordable Housing Crisis

Short Term Condo Ban Maui

After the Lahaina Fire, one of the main concerns of Maui residents was that we would see disaster capitalism from the ‘mainland’ investors. Many were concerned that there would be a ‘land grab’ by ‘mainland’ investors looking to capitalize on the depressed property values of fire-affected properties. Fortunately, that never happened, but, unfortunately, in a surprising twist to the story, the real land grab just began and it isn’t real estate investors behind the grab.

It’s the County of Maui attempting to take away vested property use rights from existing owners.

In partnership with the hotel conglomerate, Maui County is attempting to repeal the Minatoya Decision

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May 2024: National and Local Headwinds Slow Real Estate Market on Maui

Maui Real Estate Market

Since my last Maui real estate market report in Q4 of 2023 a LOT has happened. The last 4-5 months have been packed full of market impacting events. Many changing variables at the local and national level have contributed to the current market conditions that favor buyers more now than they have in a very long time. I’ll get started with what’s been going on locally. 

May 4th Update: Maui County Seeks To Repeal Minatoya Rights to Apartment-Zoned Short-Term Rentals

Protesters and Hotels Force The Hand of The Mayor to Try to Repeal Property Rights

I originally wrote the rest of this market report about a week prior to the news that Maui County will seek to ban…

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Maui's Best Luxury Condos For Sale in 2024

Luxury Condos on Maui For Sale

Maui’s vibrant culture and exceptional natural beauty are yours to enjoy from the relaxing sanctuary of a luxury condo. While a variety of condo communities are easily found around Maui, several prestigious communities stand far apart from the others. These ultra high-end communities are primarily found in the luxury resort communities of Kapalua, Wailea, and Makena where you'll also discover some of Maui's best beaches, restaurants, and golf courses.

As you explore the possibilities for new luxury condos for sale on Maui, these are the 11 most luxurious developments to consider

1. Montage Residences at Kapalua Bay 

There are elite accommodations to suit most preferences at Montage…

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Condominium Property Regimes on Maui

CPR Property on Maui

When searching for a single family home on Maui, you may overhear your real estate agent use the acronym "CPR", but don't panic, no one is in need of cardio pulmonary resuscitation.   We are referring to a condominium property regime. Believe it or not, the property and home in the picture above is technically a residential condominium. It is unit B of a 3 unit CPR in Launiupoko. You'll notice that many properties are described in listings as being a ‘CPR property’, or have unit A or unit B next to the address, that is there to designate the conforming use of that lot. If that's a little confusing, keep reading to learn more. 

These types of 'condominiumized' properties are not what we actually think of when…

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What is the National Association of Realtors?

National Association of Realtors

Whether you are a new real estate agent, an experienced agent who is interested in advancing your career, or a buyer/seller curious about the organization, the National Association of Realtors is an important organization that not only serves the community of real estate professionals around the country but also provides significant support to consumers.

Originally established as the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges, the NAR now serves more than 1.5 million members and functions in conjunction with approximately 1,400 state and local associations. With a closer look at what the National Association of Realtors does for the real estate industry and its members, you can confidently decide…

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Strategies of Buying and Selling Simultaneously

Buying and Selling a Home at the Same Time

You may have found yourself in a position where you would like to buy one property while simultaneously selling another property. While doing this does present some unique challenges, it's completely possible to pull this off with the proper strategy and some degree of flexibility. 

The reasons and strategies for wanting to buy and sell simultaneously will differ from a primary homeowner looking to relocate to an investor seeking to execute a 1031 exchange to avoid capital gains taxes. In either instance, it's important to have a sound strategy and understand what the undertaking will involve. 

Selling A Primary Residence While Buying Another

There are several different ways to do this and…

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What Are The Costs of Selling My Home or Condo on Maui? 

Cost of Selling a Home Real Estate

Maui is a wonderful place to live or own a second home, but there may come a time when you are ready to sell your home. Perhaps you are moving away from the island or excited to upgrade or downsize to a new home or condo on Maui soon.  Finances play a major role in many people’s decisions to sell. 

While your attention may initially focus on determining a realistic home sale price, there are costs of selling a home that will require your attention. The seller usually pays closing costs like real estate agent commissions, title insurance, and any pre-sale repairs. There will also likely be withholdings for HARPTA and FIRPTA to pay any applicable capital gains taxes. Understanding the costs…

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Title and Escrow Companies on Maui Hawaii

Title and Escrow Companies Maui

Owning your own slice of heaven as a property owner in Hawaii may be in your near future. However, after you find the ideal property and negotiate a deal with the seller, the work isn't done yet and you must complete the escrow process before closing on the property. The timeline for this process varies, but it usually takes between one to two months and is outlined in the Hawaii Purchase Contract.

Buyers and sellers typically work with a title and escrow company based on the island they are buying/selling and since I work primarily on Maui, I always work with a local escrow and title company to go through this process. Given the timeline, your interactions with the title and escrow company will begin…

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