Real Estate

Landlord-Tenant Issues 101

I’ve had my fair share of maniacal landlords (you know who you are), and, as a result, I’ve acquired a thorough knowledge of Hawaii’s Residential Landlord-Tenant Code. But when I had my first crazy-landlord run-in, I didn’t know where to turn. The following information has saved me from a number of bad situations.

Schrader’s Windward Country Inn in Kaneohe Sold

Schrader’s Windward Country Inn, the only hotel on Kaneohe Bay, has sold for $3 million, $900,000 less than the asking price. For 30-plus years, owner Ralph Schrader, who recently passed away, welcomed guests to the intimate-though-aging inn, which is situated at Laenani Point in Kaneohe.

Japan Meets Hawaii Loa Ridge

Traditional Japanese homes are fairly common in Hawaii, though with 3,441 square feet of livable space, this authentic Japanese estate in Hawaii Loa Ridge is done on a much grander scale than most.

LOST Kahala Manse Off the Market

CNBC.com ran a fun story last week highlighting several houses featured in popular TV shows and movies that have recently sold or are currently on the market. Included on the list is the mansion featured in the Lost Season 3 episode, “Tricia Tanaka is Dead.”

This Week’s Open House Pick: Kahala

Hale O Manu I Palekaiko, or House of Bird of Paradise, stands out among its Kahala neighbors.

Old Pineapple Hut Property for Sale

They may be something of an eyesore at the moment, but these three adjoining Matson Point lots in Kaneohe are brimming with history.

Number Crunching: October Real Estate Stats for Honolulu

The October real estate numbers from the Honolulu Board of Realtors were just released yesterday, and the news is shruggable. Here are a few notable points.

Historic George D. Oakley Residence Back on Market

Architectural gems like this don’t often come on the market. In fact, this is the first time since it was built in 1929 that the George D. Oakley house in lower Manoa has been listed for sale. The residence, which was designed by architect Miles H. Gray, an engineer with the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps., is considered one of the state’s best remaining examples of houses built in the English cottage style, and is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

Proposed Changes to Taxes on Historic Homes

If you’re interested in the preservation of historic homes on Oahu, today’s column is for you. This Wednesday, Nov. 10, the Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee, chaired by councilmember Nestor Garcia, will hold a public hearing to discuss Bill 55 and Resolution 10-274, both of which will impact residences placed on the Hawaii Register of Historic Places after Jan. 1, 1977.

Flipping Houses in This Economy? You Bet.

Many local real estate experts would say that you’d have to be flippin’ crazy to flip a house in this economy, but that’s just what two investors did with this Coconut Grove home.

So, You Want to Live in the Trump Tower Waikiki Beach Walk?

The Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk doesn’t allow open houses, so unless you decide to stay as a hotel guest, you’re not getting in to see the building’s ultra-swanky abodes. Trump’s debut in Waikiki has not been smooth sailing: The condo-hotel, which has 462 units, sold out in record time, but then, as the opening neared, the economy sank deeper into a recession and the buyer cancellations began. Rather than lose the large down payment, many owners chose to close on the properties, only to almost immediately put them back on the market. So, for a while it seemed that the MLS was awash in Trump listings. But things are looking up for Trump. In October, there were 41 units active in MLS, and seven units have sold in the last six months, with an average days-on-market of 54.

Hilton, Back in the Day

As I mentioned in a recent post, I’ll be sharing some vintage HONOLULU Magazine real estate ads from time to time. This Hilton Lagoon Apartments ad, from the August 1966 issue, caught my eye thanks to its highlighter-yellow backdrop and eye-catching black-and-white illustrations, drawings meant to convey the good life in Honolulu.

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