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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The search for a new home with the Pachecos

Last week, we met Fernando, Sarah, and Lola Pacheco, who are looking to buy their first home. It’s an interesting time to be looking for a home, with inventory at record lows in Oahu’s market.

I recently ran into them after they saw a condo in Salt Lake, which they immediately turned down.

“It was definitely not someplace we would live,” Fernando laughs. “But at least we knew from there that we have standards!”

They did find a two-bedroom, one-bath, 661-square-foot unit in Piikoi Villa that they liked. It came with an extra 300 square feet of outdoor space, which could be used as a play area or garden. (Click here for details.)

“It’s located close to where we currently live, so our routines wouldn't change if we bought there,” Sarah says. “We also liked the enclosed outdoor area which would be great for our two-year-old. Plus, the parking stall was right in front of unit and there were guest parking stalls, too.

“There’s no washer/dryer in the unit, which has been a deal breaker previously,” Sarah adds. “But that outdoor area overrode our preference!”

The unit is listed for $280,000, which is what the Pachecos offered. However, the seller accepted an offer that was over asking price (we aren’t sure how much) from a buyer that had more money for a down payment.

“We learned that having a larger down payment gives you more buying power,” Sarah says (which is something I didn’t know, either). “So, while we are still on the search, we'll continue to save.”

If you have any tips or leads for the Pachecos, leave them here in the comments!

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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