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Explore Our Helpful Hawaii Real Estate Glossary of Terms

As expert Hawaii Realtors, we have put together a real estate glossary of definitions for common terms that will help you learn the lingo in no time!
May 01, 2020

Whether you are an avid real estate buyer or just starting to shop the Maui MLS search, there is always more to learn. As expert Maui realtors specializing in luxury West Maui real estate sales, we value education and information. This is why we have put together a real estate glossary that will help you learn the Hawaii real estate lingo in no time. 

This special glossary of terms is unique to Hawaii real estate specifically and can help you navigate the landscape of the island chain with confidence and ease. If you are new to the Pacific and are wanting to learn new and helpful words associated with the real estate market, we can help you by providing simple definitions for some of the most common terms and some Hawaii-specific terms you can expect to hear during the closing process.

For instance, if you are looking at a property for sale, maybe you’ve been eyeing out a Kapalua condo or Kaanapali home, and you see that the listing comes with an ohana. This word isn’t being used in the same way that it was used in Disney’s Lilo & Stitch! Yes, it is true that ohana means family, but not in this reference. Instead, ohana means an extension of the home and is often used as a guest house or vacation rental. 

Is your new home on the leeward or windward side? Is it mauka or makai? Find out what it all means and more in our helpful Hawaii real estate glossary of terms.

Often you will see listings that mention lanai, such as this property at 1212 Summer Road. This location and so many others you may see reference an oceanfront lanai, and that my friends simply means you can enjoy your own selective view of the ocean from your outdoor porch. 

But that is not all you will learn through our Hawaii Real Estate Glossary. You can also learn new phrases about the business as well.  In terms of real estate definitions, you will find some helpful language descriptions about words you may want to know during your homeownership process, such as leaseholder or no-close loan. Spend some time looking through the glossary and see what terms are intriguing and useful for you. 

If you have any more questions about real estate or real estate language on Maui, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Give us a call or contact us through a message and one of our staff will be in touch with you shortly. In the meantime, keep checking back to our blog for the latest on Maui listings. 

Blogs for May 2020

Best Food in Maui for Curbside Takeout

Posted on May 29, 2020

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Exclusive Hawaii Luxury Condos for Sale in Kapalua, Maui

Posted on May 22, 2020


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Top West Maui Real Estate For Sale in Kapalua

Posted on May 15, 2020


Are you spending your time scrolling through different real estate listings trying to find your ideal home on Maui? Chances are you at the beginning of your Maui MLS property search and may be in need of a little direction. We’d like to draw your… Continue Reading

Million Dollar Home in Hawaii for Sale in Maui Pineapple Hill Estates

Posted on May 08, 2020

As expert Maui Realtors, we showcase luxury Maui real estate that embodies what Hawaii living really is all about. That means having plenty of space, privacy, and views to enjoy the relaxing energy found only here in the beauty of Hawaii. And if you are looking… Continue Reading

Explore Our Helpful Hawaii Real Estate Glossary of Terms

Posted on May 01, 2020

Whether you are an avid real estate buyer or just starting to shop the Maui MLS search, there is always more to learn. As expert Maui realtors specializing in luxury West Maui real estate sales, we value education and information. This is why we have put… Continue Reading

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