Expedia Group & Airbnb Signed Agreement with Kauai County

Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami has reached landmark agreements with Expedia Group and Airbnb, two online hosting platforms for vacation rentals that will help the county enforce its vacation rental laws. It is the first time that a Hawaii government has entered into a cooperative agreement with a travel platform. Kauai allows short-term rentals to operate […]

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May Housing Data Largely Encouraging News for Economy

As the economic recovery proceeds, the housing market will be a big factor in the recovery’s pace according to Curtis Dubay, Senior Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The latest numbers are encouraging. They suggest consumers are willing to take the risk of buying a new home and have the resources to make purchases. Interest rates […]

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COVID, Income, and Loan Qualification

Let’s review some basic requirements on income if you do decide to seek a refinance or also to purchase a property. Government regulators are not dumb, and the folks at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are constantly monitoring the economic situation and tweaking the steps lenders must complete to ensure every loan funded meets the […]

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Life Changes After COVID-19: Where will you be?

Ever since COVID-19 we have been quarantined in our homes, re-purposing areas within our homes into spaces we might not of ever consider before. The dining room table became the new office, the kitchen a school room, a corner of the bedroom your sanctuary. The density of the community felt smothering. Our homes may be […]

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Kauai, Hawaii Island Real Estate COVID-19 Analysis

Economist unpacks disruptions to Kauai, Hawaii Island real estate Paul Brewbaker shares his COVID-19 analysis and forecast with a joint meeting of three boards of REALTORS®. HONOLULU (APRIL 13, 2020) — In an historic joint presentation to three REALTOR® associations on two islands, prominent Hawaii economist Paul Brewbaker provided his insights on the impact of […]

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Forbearance – Don’t Skip That Payment till You Read This!

Thousands in Hawaii, and millions across the country are now unemployed and unable to make their mortgage payments.  There are also those that own investment property where the tenant is in the same situation and can no longer pay rent. The Feds have come to the rescue and are telling millions of Americans to skip […]

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10 Simple Ways to Engage Kids Struggling with Social Distancing

March 19, 2020 As schools begin shutting down, parents are wondering how to balance working at home with children. Here are some ideas you can implement to alleviate cabin fever BY MARIAN MCPHERSON | The spread of the coronavirus in the United States hit a major milestone this week — it’s reached all 50 states and Puerto Rico. […]

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