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Affordable Lahaina Oceanfront Condo For Sale Right on Front Street

Be in the middle of it all with this 1 bed/1 bath with spectacular ocean views!
May 26, 2017

Affordable Oceanfront Lahaina Condo For Sale on Front Street

If a convenient location is at the top of your priority list, you may want to have a look at this lovely West Maui Lahaina condo for sale at 1403 Front Street. Yes, this tidy little 1 bed/1 bath is located at Lahaina Roads on the northern end of Front Street, just a quarter mile from Lahaina Cannery Mall. That's less than a ten minute walk. A location like this is ideal if you're looking for a laid-back atmosphere that puts you in close reach of some of West Maui's finest beaches, restaurants and shops.

When you step inside this cozy condo, you'll find that it's perched right beside the ocean, above a protective little seawall that separates the water and the green lawn of Lahaina Roads. The covered lanai is an easy stone's throw from the gently lapping "waves" in their sparkling blue green hues. It features pull-down shades so you can adjust to the bright evening light before sunset. Just imagine taking your meals with unobstructed views of the ocean, sunsets and neighbor islands, caressed by the balmy Lahaina breezes.

Inside, you'll find a kitchen with immaculate white cabinets, a bathroom with a walk-in shower, a comfortably open layout and travertine flooring throughout. The appliances include a washer/dryer, dishwasher, and microwave. The unit has been renovated and well-maintained, providing you with a pristine home base from which you can launch your West Maui adventures, and/or enjoy some rest and relaxation.

Lahaina Roads is a five-story building with 42 units. The swimming pool and barbecue areas are situated directly in front of the ocean, and there's even a little set of stairs down to the water. Considering the location and amenities, this unit would make a charming short-term rental, part-time residence or even permanent residence for the true ocean lover.

Within walking distance, you'll find not only the Lahaina Cannery Mall, but also The Old Lahaina Luau in Old Lahaina Town. It's just a short drive to the many charms of Kaanapali and Lahaina, which boast a vibrant assortment of restaurants, shops, art galleries, historical sites, museums, and more. Meanwhile the Lahaina Harbor provides a wide variety of ocean activities like whale watching, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and fishing, among others.

If you're interested, feel free to reach out to us for more details. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have. In the meantime, if you'd like to continue exploring, there are plenty of wonderful Lahaina oceanfront/beachfront real estate properties to view. Happy hunting, and mahalo!

Maui Condo Real Estate Prices Rise 10 Percent in April

Maui real estate is on the rise with condo and single-family home prices on the increase.
May 19, 2017

Maui Condo Prices Rose 10 Percent in April

If you've been following the Maui real estate market trends via the Realtors Association of Maui reports, you may remember that in March, home prices in Maui County were the highest they'd been since September of 2006. The median price of a single-family home was $756,000. In April, prices normalized to $671,000, which is just a 0.9 percent decrease from the same month last year. Because home prices fluctuate depending on time of year, it's best to compare them to the same month in prior years. In this case, home prices are steady.

Condo prices, on the other hand, saw a 10 percent increase in the median price from $444,500 in April of last year to $490,563 last month. It's a respectable increase that will be appreciated by those who purchased a condo in Maui County at the right time. As always, keep in mind that in a small market like ours, a few highly priced sales can swing the numbers substantially. That's why year-to-date trends are the ones that you really want to keep an eye on.

With that in mind, the median price of a single-family home in Maui County was up 11 percent to $685,000 for the first four months of the year, compared to the same period last year. At the same time, the number of sales fell by 4 percent to 329. The change in the number of sales could easily be connected to the increase in prices. Meanwhile, condo sales increased by 10 percent to 458, and the median price was up 9 percent to $480,625.

Back to the month of April, the final tally for homes sold came up at 97, which was just three fewer than in April of 2016. Condo sales totaled 116, which was down 7.9 percent from 126 in April of last year. Again, the year-to-date statistics give a more complete picture of these trends, which are showing relatively minor fluctuations for our market.

West Maui April Stats Monthly Sales Volume

April 2017 April 2016
Area Units Volume Median Units Volume Median
Kaanapali Homes 1 $2,750,000 $2,750,000 2 $3,800,000 $1,900,000
Kapalua Homes 0 $0 $0 1 $2,350,000 $2,350,000
Lahaina Homes 4 $6,129,000 $948,500 8 $14,814,000 $1,444,000
Kaanapali Condos 10 $11,353,500 $778,750 20 $28,623,309 $1,200,000
Kapalua Condos 8 $11,764,800 $870,000 6 $9,520,000 $1,050,000
Lahaina Condos 5 $3,295,000 $490,000 7 $3,515,645 $470,000

If you're interested in searching Maui real estate for sale, you'll find that there are many interesting listings on the market. Sometimes, searching for the right real estate can be overwhelming, however, so if you need our assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to us. You'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Hawaii in Top 5 States For Affordable Home Insurance

A report has revealed that credit has a lower impact on home insurance in Hawaii than 45 other states.
May 12, 2017


Hawaii in Top 5 States For Affordable Home Insurance

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hawaii has the lowest property taxes in the nation at a 0.28% effective rate, a fact that's appreciated by many a Hawaii home owner. This has been publicized by many news articles, including a recent one by Forbes. However, a new report has revealed that Hawaii is also in the top five states in the nation where credit scores influence home insurance the least.

The report comes from InsuranceQuotes.com, which analyzed the effect that credit scores have on getting home insurance, finding that Hawaii was in the top five. This is the third year for the report, which assesses all fifty states to find the average impact credit had on home insurance per state.

The report revealed that premiums for home insurance rise steeply for those with poor credit, versus those with excellent credit. In fact, their rates increase by 114 percent, on average. Hawaii was the fifth least expensive state in this regard, with premiums increasing by 53.1 percent for those with poor credit, as opposed to those with excellent credit.

In North Carolina, premiums increased by just 0.2 percent, meaning they don't really factor credit into home insurance. On the other hand, the highest premiums were in South Dakota, where poor credit raised the cost by 288.1 percent. Hawaii being the fifth most affordable in the nation is definitely another win for the state, and a factor that many home owners and buyers will likely appreciate.

Another interesting facet to the study is that the average U.S. premium is increasing over time. According to the report, the premium increase for those with fair instead of excellent credit was 36 percent in 2016, 32 percent in 2015, and 29 percent in 2014. This trend will likely make Hawaii's conditions all the more appealing to some of those who are interested in buying a Maui home. Of course, if you have excellent credit, you'll be in the best position of all.

Exemplary Condo For Sale at Kaanapali Plantation

Explore the many special qualities featured by this 2 bed/2bath condo in Kaanapali.
May 05, 2017

Exemplary Condo For Sale at Kaanapali Plantation

In the market for a West Maui condo in a convenient location and breathtaking ocean views? At 150 Puukolii, you'll find a delightful Kaanapali condo for sale that offers this and much more. Situated just North of the world renowned Kaanapali Beach, it's just a few minutes from local attractions, activities, and a plethora of shops and restaurants.

This versatile unit is a 2 bed/2 bath that could be used as a full time or part time residence, or as a vacation rental. Because this unit has been the seller's principal residence since 2000, a great deal of care and maintenance has helped to develop its character and sustain its quality.

Some of its finer points can be found in the spacious, open floor plan kitchen, which features butcher block and granite counters and provides space for a full washer and dryer. The Master Bedroom offers gorgeous ocean views, with the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai in the distance, and opens to the spacious lanai where you can enjoy them. The living room has been fitted with warm wood flooring and a built-in entertainment center. The two bathrooms each have a walk-in shower and lovely travertine counter tops.

The second bedroom and bathroom have their own private entry from the outside, making the space convenient for use as an office, or for guests to stay and have their own private space. Extra storage space has even been added all along the wall. These are just a few more features that add to the versatility of this unique gem.

Wonderful ocean views can be admired from many areas throughout, and the unit is on the ground floor, providing easy access to the amenities that the Kaanapali Plantation community has to offer. The orientation of the building allows for excellent air circulation thanks to the trade winds, and for extra cooling, the association has approved split A/C systems.

The rest of the Kaanapali Plantation property is characterized by mature, well-maintained landscaping with tropical species for that classic island feel. The community consists of 62 units throughout a number of low rise 2-story buildings overlooking the Kaanapali Golf Course. The amenities include a swimming pool, BBQ area, tennis court, owner's cabana and shuffle board.

If you're interested in this fantastic condo, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We can easily set up a viewing with less than 24 hours notice. If you'd like to browse through some of the other remarkable real estate nearby, you can find plenty of wonderful properties for sale in Kaanapali. Mahalo!

Hawaii Among Top States for Children's Health Care

Hawaii ranked No. 6 in the nation for best children's health care.
April 28, 2017

Hawaii Among Top States for Children's Health Care


Thinking about raising a family on Maui, or moving your existing family for a healthy, active lifestyle in a cleaner environment? Mountains of scientific literature highlight how sensitive children are to their environment, including the quality of their air, water and food, among other things. If you make healthy decisions, you can enjoy all of the above on Maui. To top it off, based on a recent report from WalletHub, Hawaii provides even more benefits for children.

The report revealed that out of all 50 states, Hawaii ranked No. 6 in terms of good health care for children, leaving the other 44 states behind. This may come as a surprise to a lot of folks, especially considering how many misconceptions surround the Aloha State. It's true that out of all the states in the nation, Hawaii is the most unusual, and so it naturally follows that a lot of surprising assumptions are made about it. The report on children's health care should provide some clarity on the topic.

WalletHub considered 28 criteria that influenced quality, cost and access to children's health care. Using this information, they were able to rank all the states in the nation, and the District of Columbia. The researchers also gathered data to show how many children from age 0 to age 17 were healthy in each of the states. Another criteria was the number of pediatricians and family doctors per capita.

Interestingly, Hawaii was No. 1 when it came to the lowest number of unaffordable medical bills for children. In terms of children's access to health care, Hawaii ranked No. 4. These rankings are absolutely fantastic. Hawaii only lagged in terms of overweight children between 10 and 17 years old, where it came up in 29th place. It's true, Hawaii folks like to eat. But considering how much of the population is Asian and Pacific Islander, it wouldn't be surprising if the cause was directly related to increasing consumption of processed/Western foods, which these ethnic groups aren't adapted to eat.

Top rankings went to Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, in that order, while bottom rankings went to Arizona, Mississippi and Nevada. Maybe this information can help you deliberate on the states where you might want to buy a home. Of course, this is just one of many factors to consider when deciding where to settle down. If you want to buy real estate on Maui, chances are you've fallen in love with the island. You can simply add this good news to your list of reasons to come here or stay here permanently. If you need our assistance finding the right home for your needs, our contact information is located at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Blogs for May 2017

Affordable Lahaina Oceanfront Condo For Sale Right on Front Street

Posted on May 26, 2017

Affordable Oceanfront Lahaina Condo For Sale on Front Street

If a convenient location is at the top of your priority list, you may want to have a look at this lovely West Maui Lahaina condo for sale at 1403 Front Street. Yes, this tidy little 1 bed/1 bath is located… Continue Reading

Maui Condo Real Estate Prices Rise 10 Percent in April

Posted on May 19, 2017

Maui Condo Prices Rose 10 Percent in April

If you've been following the Maui real estate market trends via the Realtors Association of Maui reports, you may remember that in March, home prices in Maui County were the highest they'd been since September of 2006. The median price of… Continue Reading

Hawaii in Top 5 States For Affordable Home Insurance

Posted on May 12, 2017


Hawaii in Top 5 States For Affordable Home Insurance

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hawaii has the lowest property taxes in the nation at a 0.28% effective rate, a fact that's appreciated by many a Hawaii home owner. This has been publicized by many news articles, including… Continue Reading

Exemplary Condo For Sale at Kaanapali Plantation

Posted on May 05, 2017
Exemplary Condo For Sale at Kaanapali Plantation

In the market for a West Maui condo in a convenient location and breathtaking ocean views? At 150 Puukolii, you'll find a delightful Kaanapali condo for sale that offers this and much more. Situated just North of the world renowned Kaanapali Beach, it's just… Continue Reading

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