E Komo Mai

Welcome Back to Kaua’i This week the Governor of Hawaii announced that trans-Pacific travel will resume on October 15th, allowing residents and visitors to return to Kaua‘i without the need to quarantine upon arrival, only if they have followed the pre-testing protocols. A pre-travel testing plan requires that all travelers coming to the State of […]

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Getting a Mortgage – Don’t Stop Paying Your Bills

A Seller living on the mainland decided to sell his investment condo on Kauai. He accepted an offer and escrow was opened. The Seller thought that since the loan was going to be paid off, he no longer needed to continue to make payments on his mortgage. When the Seller failed to make his mortgage […]

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New Safe Travels Hawaii App

A new web application to replace paper documentation for arriving airline passengers to Hawaii went live this past Tuesday. The app is required for all out-of-state arrivals and interisland travel, and can be accessed at www.travel.hawaii.gov. Travelers will be asked to submit trip details, confirm their destination addresses and contact information, as well as a […]

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Hanalei Colony Resort M1- Great Place to Live

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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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