Maui Voted #1 Island in the World…for the 20th time in a row!

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Maui iS #1
Readers’ Choice Rating: 93.9

Scenery: 98.1
Friendliness: 92.6
Atmosphere: 95.8
Restaurants: 88.9
Lodging: 92.1
Activities: 95.2
Beaches: 95.6

Readers rave about this “veritable paradise,” calling it a “combination of tropical ambience and American comforts.” With an abundance of activities offered, from whale-watching to nature hikes to watersports, “you will never have a dull moment.” To experience Maui’s unending natural beauty, drive along the Road to Hana, a 68-mile scenic route featuring awe-inspiring waterfalls and ending at the breathtaking Seven Sacred Pools.

For information on Maui Real Estate and making the #1 Island in the World your home or vacation home contact Coldwell Banker Top Producer Meghan Clair Realtor(s) EcoBroker
Meghan Clair
Realtor(s) EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties-Shops at Wailea
808 463-8485
MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com

Makena EcoFriendly Luxury Plantation Style Estate

JUST SOLD!

Custom Plantation Style, Eco-Friendly Makena Estate. This beautifully handcrafted single story home is situated in a private gated community directly across from world famous Oneloa (Big Beach) Makena. Truly a fantastic family oriented paradise, completed in 2005. There are luxurious features throughout this custom built 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home, including a detached office, spacious 2 car garage, multiple pantries, walk in closets, storage, bonus rooms and large custom saline pool/spa and outdoor kitchen, BBQ area.

Unique features, materials, and eco-friendly design throughout including Photovoltaic panels, solar hot water heater, electric car changing station, Pine flooring, 20” vaulted ceilings, Granite, Travertine, Subzero, Wolf, and Bosch energy efficient appliances, stunning lanais and large tropical gardens. There is also space to build a 700 sqft Ohana.

Directly across from Big Beach, Makena
Minutes away from the world renowned Wailea/Makena Resort featuring golf, tennis, 5 star dinning, shopping, and more!

Offered at $3,995,000

Please call to schedule a showing today!

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For more information Contact Meghan Clair Relator (s) EcoBroker at Coldwell Banker Island Properties Shops at Wailea. 808-463-8485 or MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
Co-listed with Damien Zanolini Realtor (S) Coldwell Banker Island Properties
Cell: 808 281-4669 or Damien@sellmaui.com

Keawakapu Beach- New Coldwell Banker Listing $13.9M

New listing from Coldwell Banker Island Properties on Keawakapu Beach.

LINK TO 3116 SOUTH KIHEI ROAD

Offered at $13.9 Million
3 Bedroom/2 bath main home with detached 1 bedroom/1bathroom guest house and garage.

Location is everything in real estate! The best island in the world, the best location on Maui, the best beach on Maui, the best lot on famous Keawakapu Beach. Approximately 34,848 Sq. Ft. lot with older structures on the property consisting of Main house, guest house, and garage. Very private location on this white sandy beach.

Property is listed with Coldwell Banker Island Properties Gateway Office. Meghan Clair can asssist you as a buyer’s agent for this or any other Oceanfront property on Maui.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WAILEA/MAKENA PROPERTY CONTACT
MEGHAN CLAIR REALTOR (S) ECOBROKER

The Most Effective Green Home Changes for Sellers


The Most Effective Green Changes for Sellers
Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive Green Changes

Green remodeling efforts can make a home stand out on the market.A Green Home Builders and Remodelers study released in February 2012 indicated that the market for green homes is only going to continue to grow.

“Green homes comprised 17% of the overall residential construction market in 2011 and are expected to grow to between 29% and 38% of the market by 2016. By value, this equates to a five-fold increase, growing from $17 billion in 2011 to $87-$114 billion in 2016, based on the five-year forecast for overall residential construction.” LINK TO ARTICLE

The study also pointed to an increase in green home remodeling, something that can definitely help a listed home set itself apart from others on the market. In fact, according to NAR, greening up a listing can improve its chances of selling faster:

“Slow-selling homes could benefit from a green makeover. Take time to educate your home sellers on the benefits of making key energy-efficient upgrades to roofing, insulation, and heating and cooling systems. Smart targeted investments could revitalize the listing and attract green-conscious homebuyers.”


Green Home Upgrades-Lot of options for any budget
■Install a programmable thermostat, which can be programmed to heat or cool the house to different temperatures throughout the day to save on heating/cooling costs.
■Switch to Solar or tankless water heaters
■ENERGY STAR®-rated appliances and light fixtures which can help lower electricity bills.
■Cut heating and cooling resource usage by adding insulation in the home’s attic.
■Windows and doors can be replaced with newer, more energy-efficient models.
■Switch out showerheads for low-flow versions to reduce water usage.
■Repaint with Low-VOC Paints
■Plant a Garden or Fruit Trees
■Plant shade producing landscaping around windows
■Switch to CFL lighting

For more information on Maui Green Real Estate please contact Meghan Clair Realtor (s) EcoBroker with Coldwell Banker Island Properties Shops at Wailea.

Price your house to sell quickly Market Trends Now!

Below is an interesting article I found online addressing “How to price your home in todays market” We are seeing the same trends here on the island of Maui. Maui is one of the best and most desirable home locations on the planet, so when your selling your home, it really does come down to the little nuances in property, and real comparables in surrounding neighborhoods.

Sellers need to understand the market as if they were a Buyer.

Gone, or at least quickly dwindling, are the days of pricing your home significantly over value becuase buyers are low balling offers…Pricing your home to sell is the real trend. Most of today’s Buyers are smart. Their educated on the area, their patient, and they’ve been watching the market for just the right thing at a fair price for possibly years.

Its important for Sellers to know values in the area too, that way the market will move forward. Buyers are awarding properties by chosing the best deals for the overall location, condition, investment potential, and price point. Pride of ownership care for your home combinded with knowledge in the area is sure to gain you top dollar and with less days on market when it’s your time to sell.

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE

A first-quarter survey of homebuyers and sellers done by HomeGain.com, a real estate services website, revealed that 76 percent of homeowners believe their home is worth more than the list price recommended by their real estate agent.

Homebuyers usually have a better grasp of current market value in the area where they’re looking to buy than do sellers who own and live there. Buyers look at a lot of new listings. They make offers, know what sells quickly and for how much, and what doesn’t and why. HomeGain reported that homebuyers still think sellers are overpricing their homes.

Your home is worth what a buyer will pay for it given current market conditions. This may not be the same as your opinion of what your home will sell for, or what you hope it’s worth. Relying on emotion rather than logic when selecting a list price can lead to disappointing results.

The prime opportunity for selling a home is when it’s new on the market. This is when it is most marketable. Buyers wait for the new listings. Usually, listings receive the most showings and have the busiest open houses during the first couple of weeks they are on the market.

This is the opportunity to show your house off to advantage with a list price that attracts buyers’ attention. Listings that sell today are priced right for the market. Buyers need to feel comfortable that they are getting a good deal.

Buyers won’t overpay if they feel home prices are still declining, and in some areas of the country, they still are. In areas of strong sales, buyers may shy away from multiple-offer situations if they feel the recovery is fragile and that prices may slide further before stabilizing. Even in areas where home sales have been strong in the first half of 2012, local practitioners wonder how long the uptick will last.

HOUSE HUNTING TIP: When selecting a list price, it helps to understand how real estate agents and appraisers establish an expected selling price or price range for your home. They research the recent listing inventory for homes similar to yours that sold. The most recent sales give the best indication of the direction of the market.

They analyze these comparable sales giving more value to your home for attributes that it has that the comparables don’t, like a remodeled kitchen. Value is subtracted from your home for features it lacks when compared to the sold comparables, like an easily accessible, level backyard.

It’s difficult for sellers to step back and take an attitude of detached interest in their home. But it’s essential to do so if you want to sell successfully in this market. For example, your home could actually sell for less, not more, than a comparable sale because you added a swimming pool in an area where most homebuyers would rather have a yard with a generous lawn.

If the comparable sale information suggests that the value of homes like yours is declining, select a list price that undercuts the competition to drive buyers — and hopefully offers — to your home. You can take a more aggressive stance on pricing if the comparables show that prices are moving up.

If there is high demand for homes like yours, you may receive more than one offer. But don’t list too high. It’s better to stay in the range shown by the comparables and expose the house to the market before accepting offers. The market will drive the price up if it’s warranted.

THE CLOSING: Don’t rely on rumors circulating in the neighborhood about how high a home sold. Prices tend to get inflated when passed from one person to another. Select your list price based on hard facts.

Dian Hymer, a real estate broker with more than 30 years’ experience, is a nationally syndicated real estate columnist and author of “House Hunting: The Take-Along Workbook for Home Buyers” and “Starting Out, The Complete Home Buyer’s Guide.”

For more information on Buying or Selling Real Estate on the Island of Maui please contact Meghan Clair Realtor (s) EcoBroker with Coldwell Banker Island Properties Shops at Wailea.

MAUI COUNTY RECYCLING SURVEY

You most likely have heard the ad on the raido lately from Hana Steel the recycling coordinator for Maui County Recyling regarding county assisted pick up for recycling… aka the 3-Can Plan.

Please do take a moment to fill out the survey and contribute your thoughts to how we can best manage waste on Maui.

LINK TO SURVEY

The County of Maui is planning to implement curbside recycling at no additional charge to refuse subscribers. Curbside recycling will begin as a pilot project in two select neighborhoods on Maui. The start date and neighborhoods have yet to be determined. The Dept. of Environmental Management will use the information gathered in phase of the program and this survey as a planning tool for future County-wide curbside recycling. The 3 can plan will take replace twice a week automated refuse collection. Each household will be given a wheeled cart for rubbish, one wheeled cart for compost and one wheeled cart for recycling.

The 3 can plan system works like this: Rubbish is collected once a week, every week, with alternating collection of organics and recycling.

Here is a map and link if you want to take advantage of the existing recycling centers
Where can I recycle?

Here are other helpful links regarding Recycling on Maui County:
www.mauicounty.gov/recycling

Recycling Hotline at (808) 270-7880

For more information on EcoFriendly events or property on Maui, contact Coldwell Banker Island Properties Agent, Meghan Clair.


Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

$299k a Screaming Deal on Wailea Ocean View Condo!!!

Lowest Priced Condo in Wailea

Grand Champions Villa 132 for ONLY $299,000!!!

This price is a deal! Next price in the development is $499,000! Act Quickly as this won’t last long!

This beautiful 1bed/2bath Condo is located at Grand Champions Villas a peaceful development located on the golf course in the heart of wailea.


Dinning Room


Living Room


Kitchen


Bed

Per Maui Listing Service:Great income potential & nice ocean views. This is a Short Sale, Proceeds received may be less than the amount required to satisfy lien holder and transaction costs, possibly requiring lien holder’s approval of sale price and terms for the transaction to close. Please be certain to read Realtor Remarks for additional information prior to making an offer. Furnishings are not included.

Meghan Clair is a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Island Properties Shops at Wailea Office. She is pleased to represent you as a Buyers agent on any Maui Property! Please contact Meghan for more details.

Meghan ClairRealtor (S), EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

Energy Pyramid: Guide to Energy Efficient Living

BENEFITS OF MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES ISLAND WIDE

Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency are presently the most powerful tools in our transition to a clean energy future. As depicted in the Energy Pyramid, renewable energy is an important piece of our energy future, but the largest opportunities are currently in energy conservation and efficiency.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency investments carry remarkable benefits including lower environmental impact, greater price stability, and greater energy security, when compared to investments in fossil fuel generation. In addition to those substantial benefits common to all clean energy solutions, Community Energy has several distinct advantages including:

*Greater economic benefit to local communities
*Increased local awareness and involvement in clean energy
*Communities are strengthened through their collaborative efforts


Maui’s Kaheawa Wind Farm provides 9% of Maui’s Energy


Solar Panel Fields

Learn More about Community Energy

Meghan Clair is a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Island Properties Shops at Wailea Office. She is pleased to represent you as a Buyers agent on any Maui Property! Please contact Meghan for more details.

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties
MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

Maui No Ka Oi! Living the Maui lifestyle

Conde Naste magazine voted Maui the Best Island in the World 16 years in a row…Ever wonder what you are missing???

Maui  Lifestyle

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Contact Maui’s EcoBroker Meghan Clair to find your Dream Home…and your Dream Lifestyle here on Maui.

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell