June 2011

There are 24 blog entries for June 2011.

Buying a Vacation Rental Property on Oahu, Hawaii - Part 4queen emma gardens condos

Ok, now that we've answered some FAQ's,let's return to the topic of using a Property Manager vs. Renting Your Vacation Home By Owner

Using a Property Manager vs. Renting Your Vacation Home by Owner

According to an article written by a community editor at "Community from HomeAway" an online organization that deals with optimizing your vacation rental business, the following points were made:   When you are thinking about how you will manage the rental of your vacation home, you have to choose which management style will work best for you.

Using a Property Manager   Should you choose to worth with a property manager, you should start by researching management companies online.  Analyze the results

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Honolulu Board of REALTORS® Market Information: Oahu May 2011waikiki beach

The May 2011 Residential Resales Statistics Press Release* can be downloaded HERE.

The May 2011 Monthly Statistical Report* (MSR) is comprised of three types of reports:

1. Monthly Indicators ~ Reports will include number of closed sales, median sales prices, new listings, pending sales, days on market.
> Download the May 2011 Month Indicators HERE.

2. Housing Supply Outlook ~ A detailed analysis by property type and price range demonstrating current trends.
> Download the May 2011 Housing Supply Outlook HERE.

3. Local Market Updates ~ Individual reports for the various neighborhoods which display both single-family and condominium sales activity.
> Download the May 2011 Local Market Updates HERE.

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One month after reporting that its home price gauge had officially double dipped, Standard & Poor’s says prices have inched up, in line with the expected seasonal boost that accompanies the spring buying season.

The 20-city composite reading of the S&P/Case-Shiller indices posted a 0.7 percent increase in April versus March. The 10-city composite was up 0.8 percent. It’s the first time the two measurements have posted monthly gains in eight months.

Both indices are lower than a year ago. The 20-city composite remains 4.0 percent below April 2010, while the 10-city reading is down 3.1 percent.

Looking at the monthly movement, even in the midst of the spring season, it wasn’t all up and up.

Seven cities experienced lower prices compared to March,

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Honolulu Condos - Quick Market Statistics

(All data is compared to the same month last year.)

Number of Sales

Condominium:             330 (10.3% DOWN)

Median Sales Price

Condominium:             $290,000 (4.9% DOWN)

Days on market

Condominium:             36 days (8 days INCREASE)

Inventory

Condominium:             1,919 (8.7% DECREASE)

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Great rates are here - for a little while anyway!

Investors focused on the Fed meeting and Greece this week. A reduced growth forecast from the Fed and continued concerns about the situation in Greece helped mortgage rates move a little lower.

As widely expected, the Fed made no change in the fed funds rate, and Fed policy appears unlikely to change in the near-term. The Fed lowered its forecast for 2011 GDP growth to 2.8%. This is down from 3.2% at the last meeting, but it does assume faster growth during the second half of the year. Inflation is expected to remain low. The Fed gave no indication that it will provide additional monetary stimulus any time soon. In short, it will likely take a major improvement or deterioration in the economic outlook for

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It's Aloha Friday Again:  Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival

According to Travel Video News, "Waikiki Beach Walk and Outrigger Enterprises Group are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival this July as part of Outrigger's ongoing Na Mele No Na Pua Music Heritage Program. The month-long celebration will feature some of the islands best steel guitarists, as well as artists new to the instrument, on stage at Waikiki Beach Walk every Sunday evening during the month, with performances on July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31."

"Waikiki Beach Walk and Outrigger Enterprises Group are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival this July as part of Outrigger's ongoing Na Mele No Na Pua Music Heritage Program. The month-long

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WASHINGTON — Fixed mortgage rates were mostly unchanged this week, hovering near yearly lows.

The average rate on the 30-year loan held steady at 4.50%, Freddie Mac said Thursday. It hit 4.49% two weeks ago, the lowest level this year. The average rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage, popular for refinancing, inched up to 3.69%. Last week it reached a yearly low of 3.67%.

Rates typically track the yield on the 10-year Treasury note. That yield has been dropping in recent weeks based on weak data that points to a slower economy.

Low mortgage rates and falling home prices have done little to boost the troubled housing markets. Tougher lending standards and bigger down payment requirements have prevented many people from taking advantage of the ultra-low

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Hawaii Sees Fewer Foreclosures in May 2011

According to Pacific Business News and RealtyTrac, "Foreclosures in Hawaii fell nearly 15 percent in May compared to the same month last year."

There were a total of 900 homes with foreclosure filings last month, including 87 notices of default, 438 trustee sales and 375 bank repossessions, according to Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac. One in every 573 housing units in the Islands received a foreclosure filing. That placed Hawaii 12th in the nation, meaning that only 11 states had worse foreclosure percentages.

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Mortgage Applications Surge Amid Falling Rates

According to "RealtorMag", found online at www.Realtor.org, "More people are applying for mortgages: Applications for home mortgages had their largest increase in three months due to falling record-low interest rates, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports.

MBA's seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity increased 13 percent for the week ended June 10. That marks the index's biggest gain since March. The index measures applications for refinancing and purchase demand."

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