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Clearing Up Closing Costs Confusion

You qualify and have been approved for a mortgage and you are excited to be on your way to owning a piece of Kauai real estate. You search the homes for sale and finally find “the one.” You’ve been setting…

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The Benefits of Property Management

With today’s volatile real estate market, many homeowners on Kauai and across the country are seeking to rent out their homes instead of putting them up for sale as they wait for the economy to recover. One factor they may…

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Prepare to Succeed

Why is buying a home such a nerve-racking experience for many people? Are there ways to cut down on the stress of buying your biggest single investment? Yes there is, as long as you do your homework. A large part…

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To Tattoo or not to Tattoo

Have you ever seen someone’s tattoo design and thought, “What were they thinking?” Or maybe you have a tattoo and questioned your choice of ink art. Now have you ever gone to someone’s house or seen one on TV and…

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A bomb?…No, just cheese.

“Sir, is that a bomb in your bag?” “No, it’s my cheese.” I’m sure the conversation wouldn’t be quite so cordial, but that’s a situation I potentially faced at the airport. I was bringing different gourmet-type cheese from Oahu to…

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Eliminating Vampire Power Costs

No, it’s not the title of the latest Twilight movie. It’s the reason we shell out billions of dollars without even realizing it. With the cost of oil and gas prices on the rise, everyone is looking for ways to…

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Surviving Small Spaces

How much would you pay for 86 sq. ft. of living space? Probably not much, but a young woman on “House Hunters International” on HGTV toured that studio apartment in Paris. The list price…about $140,000! Can you believe that?!? Sure…

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Predictions at Punxsutawney

Spring is just around the corner, or so says Punxsutawney Phil who did not see his shadow during today’s Groundhog Day festivities. While we may not understand the significance of an early spring in Hawaii, it’s music to the ears…

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