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April 6, 2020

Getting Anxious because of the Coronavirus Headlines?

There’s a lot of anxiety right now regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The health situation must be addressed quickly, and many are concerned about the impact on the economy as well.

Amidst all this anxiety, anyone with a megaphone – from the mainstream media to a lone blogger – has realized that bad news sells. Unfortunately, we will continue to see a rash of horrifying headlines over the next few months. Let’s make sure we aren’t paralyzed by a headline before we get the full story.

When it comes to health issues, you should look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most reliable information.

Finding reliable resources with information on the economic impact of the virus is more difficult. For this reason, it’s important to shed some light on the situation. There are already alarmist headlines starting to appear. Here are two such examples surfacing this week.

1. Goldman Sachs Forecasts the Largest Drop in GDP in Almost 100 Years

It sounds like Armageddon. Though the headline is true, it doesn’t reflect the full essence of the Goldman Sachs forecast. The projection is actually that we’ll have a tough first half of the year, but the economy will bounce back nicely in the second half; GDP will be up 12% in the third quarter and up another 10% in the fourth.

This aligns with research from John Burns Consulting involving pandemics, the economy, and home values. They concluded:

“Historical analysis showed us that pandemics are usually V-shaped (sharp recessions that recover quickly enough to provide little damage to home prices), and some very cutting-edge search engine analysis by our Information Management team showed the current slowdown is playing out similarly thus far.”

The economy will suffer for the next few months, but then it will recover. That’s certainly not Armageddon.

2. Fed President Predicts 30% Unemployment!

That statement was made by James Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. What Bullard actually said was it “could” reach 30%. But let’s look at what else he said in the same Bloomberg News interview:

“This is a planned, organized partial shutdown of the U.S. economy in the second quarter,” Bullard said. “The overall goal is to keep everyone, households and businesses, whole” with government support.

According to Bloomberg, he also went on to say:

“I would see the third quarter as a transitional quarter” with the fourth quarter and first quarter next year as “quite robust” as Americans make up for lost spending. “Those quarters might be boom quarters,” he said.

Again, Bullard agrees we will have a tough first half and rebound quickly.

Bottom Line

There’s a lot of misinformation out there. If you want the best advice on what’s happening in the current housing market, contact your local real estate agent.

Posted in News
Oct. 25, 2019

Halloween is coming – BE SAFE ON THE STREETS!


We all know that Hawaiians celebrate Halloween with a unique island mix of cultural heritage and fun. Still, it’s best to remind ourselves and our kids to stay alert while they’re enthusiastically hunting their ‘Halloween candies.’


Halloween is an infamously jam-packed day on city streets. Vehicular volumes surge as parents rush home to get their jubilant kids to trick-or-treating, and at the same time, families start to hit the sidewalks in search of those holiday candies.


Let’s alert our children that what’s scarier than goblins, witches, vampires, and zombies are ‘car accidents.’ With the constant rise of pedestrian deaths all over the US (not to scare anyone), it’s always best practice to teach our kids to be mindful of the road – including ourselves.


The synchronized burst of increase in pedestrian and vehicles, and darkness can be a ‘deadly’ combination. According to a study by University of British Columbia researchers, Halloween night was 43 percent deadlier for pedestrians than other autumn nights – with kids aged 4 to 8 having fatal crashes around 6 p.m. This is not including commuting drivers, but when included deaths seem to go down.


But, don’t let this spoil your Halloween Spirits! This is just a reminder that there are numerous ways to prevent this, from road redesigning or to simply wearing bright costumes. Thus, knowing that these can happen to us on Halloween, being safe should always take priority no matter what day it is.



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Posted in News
Aug. 20, 2019

Hawaii Millennial Home Buyers - Zillow and GoBankingRates

Using data from Zillow, GoBankingRates ranked all 50 states and Washington D.C. to determine which states were the best — and worst — for millennial homebuyers. For the ranking, researchers analyzed the median list price of homes across the country relative to that state's median income for people aged 25 to 34.

In Hawaii, the median millennial salary is $6,076.25 per month, or $72,915 annually, almost $12,000 more than the median millennial salary for the entire U.S., which is $60,932.

Based on this median salary, researchers then calculated how long it would take to save for a 20 percent downpayment on a home in Hawaii if someone put away 20 percent of their salary each month.

The study found that it would take Hawaii homebuyers a little less than 8.5 years, with an average monthly mortgage payment of $3,256 thereafter, based on a median list price of $615,000 for a Hawaii home.

In California, the state taking the No. 49 spot, it would take 8 years for a millennial to put a downpayment on a home, and in Colorado, No. 48, it would take 6 years.

The best place for millennials to buy a home in West Virginia, where it would take just over three years to save up for a 20 percent downpayment on a home.


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Aug. 7, 2019

Did BILL 89, CD2 take Vacation Rentals to a new plight?

Bill 89 - Lifestyle Homes of Hawaii


On August 1, 2019, The Bill 89 (2018), CD2, which was signed by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell into law on June 25, 2019, had has started taking effect. The new regulation on short-term rentals imposes austere penalties to those who are illegally operating and advertising vacation rentals. Initial violation will face up to a $1,000.00 fine with an additional $5,000.00 for noncompliance each day. Repeat violators will be charged with hefty fines of up to $10,000 for each day and confiscation of rental revenue.


With the rampant increase of the said illegal vacation rentals, the City and County of Honolulu believe that taking this big step will help better regulate short-term rentals and balance competing views.


On the other hand, Matt Middlebrook, Airbnb’s head of policy for Hawaii, said that these will cause a significant blow on the local economy and small businesses - removing thousands of transient units from Oahu’s inventory. In addition, Hawaii tourism, thousands of local jobs, millions of household income and state taxes will now be at stake.


What are your thoughts on Honolulu’s vacation rental Bill 89? Did it take Vacation/Short-Term Rentals to a new plight? What do you think will be the effects of the ordinance on our local community?



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BILL 89 (2018), CD2 




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July 31, 2019

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March 5, 2018

Captivate the Spirit of North Shore Property

Ponder life in paradise on horseback. Oahu Horseback Rides takes lucky souls alongside gorgeous scenery on North Shore property and beyond. Lush landscapes meet up to oceanfront trails perfect for trotting or cantering through. Horses are a blend of gentle and spirited. A professional team evenly matches animals to their riders. A variety of trips are designed to suit individual needs.

Sunshine rides take advantage of lovely Hawaiian days. Riding up close to the water’s edge folks may get a glimpse of sea turtles, dolphins or other amazing aquatic animals in the waves along the beautiful beaches of North Shore property. A sunset ride is the ideal way to wind down the day. Romantic moments are frequently inspired by brilliant shades of pinks, purples and blues blending together and melting into the sea. Private rides are perfect for those seeking some alone time. Great for couples or small groups wanting time to themselves, private rides are available for two or more patrons. All rides last about an hour to an hour and a half. Guests should arrive thirty minutes prior to scheduled ride times. Closed toe shoes are strongly recommended. Children as young as eight years old can mount up making this a wonderful family friendly activity.

Learn the “Sport of Kings” when Living in North Shore

Residents living in North Shore can learn to play polo like a pro with Oahu Horseback Rides. Active polo ponies are enthusiastic about their sport. Trainers are devoted too and experts on the “sport of kings”. Participants with little riding experience can saddle up and become impressive polo players in no time. After a lesson or two many become hooked, fall in love with polo and become inspiring members of the Hawaii Polo Club.

Awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Oahu Horseback Rides is the only Oahu company to take the trails straight to the beach. Picture perfect memories are constantly in the making. And, friendly trail guides willingly commemorate occasions by capturing moments on film when requested. Reservations can be made online or by calling 808.220.5153 for more information. Seize the day and spent the ultimate hour in paradise. Don’t let the magic of life pass you by.


Posted in News
July 31, 2017

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