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Let me be your trusted guide in Maui County (Maui, Molokai, Lana'i) and Oahu, communities in which I have lived, worked, and specialize.
I provide the highest level of personal service possible to each of my clients.
Whatever your real estate needs are – first time homebuyer, investment properties, selling your home to relocate, upgrade, or downsize – you can depend on me to help in every step of the way.
Investment Communities in Paradise
Incorporating my strong sense of place for the islands in which my daughter and I call home, supporting causes that impact our community, and pairing them with proven approaches from a diverse array of experiences, I am committed to my future here in Hawaii.
Having lived on Maui more than a decade ago before following my career path across the country, only to land on Lana'i for several years before once again calling Maui my home, the discoveries continue.
Hawaii and its people are special indeed, and there is no doubt that being seen as a permanent member of a community by those multi-generational local families takes a great deal of time, and is most defining in rural and less transient areas as with any state. But this level of "acceptance" is not what you should be seeking anyway. The islands are filled with wonderful people, from all across the globe, a vast majority of whom will welcome you with true aloha spirit. There are strong business partnerships, multinational corporations, entrepreneurial opportunities, and more. Whether you focus on the negatives or the positives, you will always find them; it's just a matter where you place your efforts.
It's this simple: Present yourself as being truly understanding of local culture, respect diversity through your actions, work hard, contribute positively to the community, embrace life, and live aloha. (No different than succeeding anywhere)
Each of the islands offers truly magical experiences. The rich array of cultural history, natural beauty, and activities all contribute to creating lasting and very positive memories.
Maui takes the prize however, as it offers the broadest sampling from each of the components listed above.
The island has numerous micro-climates from the lush and rain nourished windward side, attributing its moisture to the trade winds blowing in the ocean air, to the leeward areas located in what's known as a rain shadow and displaying a drier and typically warmer environment.
The trades blow from the northeast, leaving the southwest sides of the island dry and warm and producing rain forests on the north facing slopes.
Our West Maui Mountains include the second wettest location on the planet with over 400 inches of rainfall annually. Lahaina town averages just over a foot of rain per year.
Social activities abound and residents take full advantage of what the sea and mountains have to offer. Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) has risen quickly up the list for novices and experienced adventurers alike. Surfing, cycling, swimming, diving, hiking, and intramural team sports are just some of what a day in the life of a Mauian may include.
Beginning at sunset, barbeques and world class restaurants share the stage, each with a focus on farm to table ingredients and talkin' story...
Community engagement is ever present and non-profit organization has a high percentage of support on a per capita basis. A focus on family and sustainability are the most common topics for such group’s agendas.
Quality education led by progressive private schools including Maui Preparatory Academy and Seabury Hall, are challenging the public system to keep pace, all benefitting the youngest citizen of paradise.
The island is growing and stringent supervision of development is ensuring that we do not overwhelm the land. At the same time, managed growth allows businesses and their employees to prosper.
Just a few sources to begin with as you plan:
The Maui Real Estate market is ripe for purchases, with all of the components required of a solid base from which to launch a real estate portfolio.
Money is available at your financial institution and the rates as you know are near all time lows. A cash down payment on a home provides a rate of return superior to wall street by a ratio of 4:1.
Remember too that the FHA has options available that in many cases cannot be beat and provide access to the arena for newer seekers of the family dream.
The benefits of owning a home on Maui are numerous for the secure investor, providing personal accommodations and steady income from a large pool of renters that continue to maintain the islands thriving retail sector.
Vacation Rental Agencies abound and have succeeded in marketing private homes as a truly superior alternative to the typical hotel room. Location always prevails and West Maui seems to stay poised at the top of popularity lists both for the home owner and renter. I recommend the areas of North Ka'anapali with Honua Kai, Napili, and Kapalua. With Montage now managing what was formerly known as The Ritz-Carlton Residences and Kapalua Villas offering a multitude of options, selections for the buyer and vacation renter provide the destination experience and revenue flow expected.
Real Estate is not a short term investment vehicle and I always suggest that you consult your accounting and legal partners prior to making any such purchase. Once done and you are comfortable with the risk level, follow up by partnering with a trusted and neighborhood wise Realtor, they can provide guidance with far more depth and personal focus than the resources found online. Have them define their area of focus and ensure that your needs are clearly understood and match well with their expertise.
For those buyers looking to reside on Maui, timing is equally as good. The county has worked hard on its infrastructure, schools are improving and private options are some of the best in the entire state, employment is strong and getting better still with the hospitality service industry setting the pace, communities are welcoming to new families and the diversity of the island makes for a wonderful environment to grow and enjoy, the lifestyle is supported by all of the required social and cultural necessities, and above all, it's paradise...
Maui is a great place to raise a family, and to enjoy many year's once the family has grown, it is
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