Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 9:09pm. 1092 Views, 4 Comments.
Last week I was walking from the Ilikai to my office and noticed a sign in a store that said "Ashley's Collection". I thought about it for a few seconds and realized I know the owner, Kim. Her store used to be at Aloha Tower Marketplace. So I walked upstairs and said "Hi Kim!"
Ashley's Collection is located above an ABC store on Ala Moana Boulevard, next to the new Fat Greek restaurant that recently opened. If you don't know where the Fat Greek is, well it's a few steps away from Kobe Steak House. Now you've got an idea, right?
Kim displays some of her handiwork
Ashley's Collection (named after Kim's daughter) primarily markets women's aloha wear. Kim buys the fabric and sews the clothing herself. This is a hard working…
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 10:29am. 3910 Views, 1 Comments.
While visiting some family friends last year I came across an old book with historic photos taken in Hawaii. I love Hawaii nostalgia - always wanting to know when buildings were constructed, how streets were named, etc.
I borrowed the book and read through it now and then. Here's a sample of some of the interesting photos.
This is an aerial photo of the University of Hawaii, Manoa campus taken in 1924. There are two academic buildings and a physical education track. The photo was taken looking east. The upper building is Hawaii Hall, which was built in 1912. The lower building is Gartley Hall, named after Alonzo Gartley, chairman of the university's first board of regents. In his career he managed Hawaiian Electric Company and C.…
Friday, November 12th, 2010 at 11:07am. 759 Views, 0 Comments.
Waikele continues to be a popular neighborhood with its great location near town and contemporary homes. Housing inventory is tight.
In October, four homes sold in Waikele. Average time on market was just 26 days - that is fast! Home sizes averaged three bedrooms with two and a half baths, 1,460 square feet interior on 4,640 square foot lots.
The average Waikele single family home sale price was $582,500, which was 97% of the listed price.
Today there are five active listings, ranging from $500,000 to $699,999. Four homes are in escrow with list prices from $499,000 to $715,000.
Homeowners, if you are thinking of selling in Waikele, the neighborhood is HOT even though other areas have slowed. Contact us today and we'll arrange a…
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 at 5:15pm. 621 Views, 0 Comments.
Oahu's Real Estate Market is Alive and Well
September 2010 Oahu's median single family home prices increased to $622,400, up 2.9% from $605,000 in September 2009. Median condo and townhome prices increased 8.2%, to $335,000 versus $309,500 a year earlier.
Sales Volume and Price Trends on Oahu
Oahu had 274 single family home sales in September 2010, UP 8.3% from 253 homes sold in September 2009 .
Condo and townhome sales on Oahu rose to 298 sales in September 2010 versus 354 a year earlier - a 15.8% decrease.
Here's how Oahu's home sales and median prices in September 2010 compared with the same period last year by neighborhood.
|Oahu home sales September 2010 vs. 2009|
Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 at 12:29am. 770 Views, 0 Comments.
The calls come in every week. Almost everyday. Recently I had three calls in one day.
"Hi, I'm just wondering if any of these homes are available for rent".
"I saw some homes on your website and I'm interested in those in Kailua for $2,000 per month".
Our website does not offer any of these listings for rent, and somehow people look at them and think they are rentals. To reiterate, the listings on our website are for sale. We work with buyers and sellers. Only. No rentals.
If you're looking for rentals on Oahu, here are some places to check:
Honolulu Star Advertiser rentals
I wish you luck in finding the right rental property.
Michael Bates (RA)
Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 at 3:13pm. 13151 Views, 2 Comments.
How to Remove Broken Wood Screws
Have you ever had a screw broken off in wood? This happened to me recently. A carpenter had hung a new door for me. I was happy with the work, paid him in full plus a tip and then...
Weeks later I took the door down to prime and paint it. I noticed that FIVE screws were broken off in the wooden door. The carpenter had taken the screw heads and put them in the door so it wouldn't be noticeable. Bummer. Well I didn't want to call that guy to come back and fix it, he might make matters worse.
The hard part is that the screws were broken off below the surface of the wood. They were buried in there and and I couldn't pull them out or unscrew them.
First I tried "Screw Outs" from Sears. Screw outs…
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 at 4:27pm. 1683 Views, 1 Comments.
We made some upgrades to the OahuMLS website over the last several weeks. The new site started up on August 24, 2010.
For long-time users of the site, you may have noted that you were prompted to create an account. We had thousands of people with accounts under the old site template and only the more recent logins were transferred over. If this was an inconvenience we apologize. We also think you will be pleased with the changes.
And here are the changes:
- Each listing indicates whether the property is fee simple or leasehold. Need to find out what these terms mean? Take a look at our leasehold page.
- View is displayed (ocean, mountain, Diamond Head, coastline, garden etc).
- Property Frontage is displayed (sandy beach, golf…