Our blog isn't the only way to keep up to date on what's happening in the West Maui real estate market. Have you listened to Betty's Maui Real Estate Video Blog yet? These are posted regularly as a way to keep the community and prospective buyers up to speed on our observations about the market.
Featuring some of our favorite listings in Kapalua real estate, reasons why we expect them to sell fast, inside tips that every savvy buyer should know and much more, these are a much watch for anyone considering a home purchase on the west side of Maui. Our casual conversations are a great way to discover our candid thoughts on what's happening in the market as changes continue to unfold.
Another focus of these sessions is what's happening around Maui, like community events, holiday celebrations and all the fun and excitement of high school sports with a special focus on Lahainaluna High School. Each show is full of unique little tidbits that can help you get familiar with Maui's culture and current events.
For some, it's easier to watch and listen than to read, but for those of you who actually prefer to read, our sessions are transcribed below the videos for your convenience. We hope you enjoy these shows, and that they enrich your Maui real estate search while familiarizing you with who we are and what we do.
You can follow this link to Betty's Maui Real Estate Video Blog where you can find our latest session at the top of the page and our past sessions below. Check back regularly for our latest, or subscribe to the Sakamoto Properties Youtube channel so you'll know when our latest sessions are released. Mahalo!
Hawaii is the No. 1 state in the nation for potential savings through mortgage loan refinancing, according to a study recently released by NerdWallet. The report revealed that Hawaii homeowners could save $300 or more every month if they refinance. If you're a Maui home owner with a mortgage, this might be of interest to you.
The homeowner habit seems to involve refinancing if the rate is one to two percent lower than the original, but based on the analysis of mortgage loan data, borrowers can save significantly even if the interest rate drops less than one percentage point. It doesn't hurt to check with your lender to find whether you can get even a slight interest rate reduction through refinancing. As they say, waste not, want not.
The report highlighted the average interest rate in 2008, which was 6.03 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. This rate fell to 3.35 percent in 2012. Based on data from BankRate.com, the national average is at 3.84 percent, while Hawaii's is 3.54 percent. Depending on when you entered into your mortgage agreement, especially if it was before or in the early years of the recession, current interest rates could be lower than your current arrangement.
According to the study, around 5.2 million Americans are paying higher interest rates than they would be paying if they refinanced. Cumulatively, that adds up to $13 billion in savings for American homeowners.
Hawaii being at the top of the list for potential savings makes this a worthy topic of conversation. Interest rates are still low, but not likely to remain so for much longer. Being locked in to a lower fixed interest rate can lead to substantial cumulative savings over the years, especially if you're in a 30-year mortgage.
Hopefully, this information will help lead Hawaii homeowners to better savings. As for you prospective Maui home owners, the state's low average interest rates are likely a motivating factor for investing in real estate now rather than later. If you need assistance with that process, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!
Thinking about buying West Maui real estate? If you're exploring listings online from off-island, there is a wealth of information that can help you narrow down your choices. Once you've done that, the next step is to visit Maui so you can view those properties in person. For that, we suggest that you take a look at the remarkable Kapalua vacation rentals that we have available.
While shopping for Maui real estate, you may as well have a comfortable and convenient home base so you can make the most of your experience. What better place than Kapalua? Here, you'll find tranquil white sand beaches, championship golf courses, elegant resorts, a 10-court Tennis Garden, gourmet restaurants, beautiful art galleries and exquisite places to shop.
Kapalua Bay has even been voted "America's Best Beach" in the past, with its two teeming reefs and calm protected water. Whether you feel like indulging in a languid sunbathing session, venturing out for a snorkeling exploration, or getting some exercise with a nice swim, Kapalua Bay is an ideal spot.
As for the accommodations, we have several units at The Ridge at Kapalua, and a unit at the Kapalua Golf Villas. They range from 2 bed, 3 bath to 1 bed, 1.5 bath, with convenient features such as fully upgraded kitchens, ocean views, free WiFi, beaches and golf courses in walking distance, and access to free shuttle transportation within the resort.
Take a look at our Kapalua vacation rentals if you're interested in booking a beautiful and luxurious place to stay as you explore some of Maui's finest real estate. If you need assistance with either, you'll fine our contact information at the bottom of the page. We look forward to putting our many years of expertise to work for you. Mahalo!
Looking for the perfect luxury condo in Kapalua? If you haven't explored the Kapalua Ridge Villas and their many beautiful listings, now might just be the right time. This remarkable development is perched on a promontory overlooking the enchanting Oneloa Bay and the sapphire ocean waters beyond. The neighboring islands of Molokai and Lanai add majestic dimension to the views in the distance, lending dramatic flair to the blazing red sunsets.
The villas are comprised of low-rise buildings that contain five to six spacious condos, all of them designed with meticulous attention to convenience, privacy and visual appeal. These luxury units feature breezy interiors, private lanais, elegant lighting, and clever floor plans. You'll find one- and two-bedroom units, with a current price range of about $700K to $1.6 million. Check each listing for its individual price, and keep an eye on the listings for future price changes and new listings as they come up. You can do that by bookmarking one of the links above.
Kapalua Ridge Villas come with all the luxurious amenities of the Kapalua Resort, featuring a recreation room, a large meeting room and two recreational pavilions with swimming pools and barbecues. Kapalua's scenic golf courses aren't far away, and you'll also find shopping and fine dining nearby.
A short drive south will bring you to the many charms of busier Kaanapali, and beyond that, all the excitement of Lahaina Town. West Maui is full of restaurants, places to shop, art galleries to explore, and powdery white sand beaches. Let's not forget the activities. Lahaina Harbor anchors numerous ocean charters that can take you out on sunset dinner cruises, whale watch tours, snorkel adventures, scuba trips, and neighbor island outings. On land, you can go horseback riding, ziplining, hiking, biking and sight seeing.
If this sounds like the perfect getaway that you'd like to own, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. You can reach us to set up a viewing, or with any questions you might have. We look forward to helping you through every step of the buying process. Mahalo!
Kapalua condos are among the most beautiful, luxurious, tranquil and private on the island. Situated at a variety of elevations on the lower rambling slopes of the majestic West Maui Mountains, the views of those lush green peaks are answered by the soothing azure waters that stretch to the edge of the horizon and beyond. In the distance, the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai add interest to the scenery and all the dramatic natural beauty that makes this such a special place. A remarkable setting like this deserves the stunning real estate to be found here.
As for the lifestyle, you can expect less of the hustle and bustle that you'll find in Lahaina and Kaanapali on your way to the more remote Kapalua area. Luxury and exclusivity set the tone for these homes, condos and the nearby hotels within the resort. Fortunately, you won't have far to go for the necessities and conveniences that you may want to enjoy, such as shopping, golf, beaches, fine dining, ocean activities and health care services, among others.
If you're considering a West Maui condo purchase, we hope you'll explore the options in Kapalua, because there are so many amazing units to choose from. They typically feature sprawling views of the Pacific Ocean, vibrant sunsets, lovely swimming pools, expansive floor plans, robust fitness centers and a host of other amenities. You'll find them impeccably maintained in the interest of their long-term quality and value.
The majority of these listings are located within the 23,000 acres of the luxurious Kapalua Resort, spread among a mix of exquisite gated communities. Privacy is a prevalent theme alongside the quality you'll find in Kapalua condos. Variety is another trademark, with a wide array of choices in style, character and size.
Click one of the above links to browse through the listings, if you feel so inclined. See something you like? Contact us to set up a viewing. We would be happy to put our many years of expertise to work for you as you search for the right real estate for your needs and desires. You'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!
Our blog isn't the only way to keep up to date on what's happening in the West Maui real estate market. Have you listened to Betty's Maui Real Estate Video Blog yet? These are posted regularly as a way to keep the community and… Continue Reading
Hawaii is the No. 1 state in the nation for potential savings through mortgage loan refinancing, according to a study recently released by NerdWallet. The report revealed that Hawaii homeowners could save $300 or more every month if they refinance. If you're a Maui home… Continue Reading