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

Real Estate Update and Stats from Realtors Association of Maui

Below are the updates, statistics, and market summaries provided by the Realtors Association of Maui for February 2012. Key excerpts from the entire report have been cut and pasted to this blog for quick review. Enjoy!
Here is a LINK TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN FULL

Maui February 2012 Sales Statistics

February’s Sales Volume – February’s Residential Sales rose to 77 homes sold, while Condo Sales declined to 79 units sold. Land sales came in at 12 lots sold.

February’s Median Sales Prices –The Residential home median price rose significantly to $535,000, while the Condo median price declined to $287,000. Land median price was $333,925.

Days on Market Residential homes = 150 DOM, Condos = 172 DOM, Land = 371 DOM.

IN A NUT SHELL…… the good, the bad….. AND THE ROAD AHEAD ……
Well priced properties are attracting multiple offers making for a quick sale. Inventories have declined 14-22% over the past 12 months in Residential and Condo classes. Many short sales and REO (bank owned) properties will need to be absorbed as sales before we can move ahead to a more normal marketplace. Interest Rates are remaining near historic record lows which may help motivate would-be Buyers to go ahead and buy IF they can qualify. Current World and US events will have ripple effects on cost of living, consumer confidence, and our Real Estate Market.

FOR SELLERS

Sellers who don’t really need to sell (just “fishing?”) should stay off the market, and clear the
marketplace for those who REALLY have to sell. UNLESS- you are motivated to Upsize, Downsize or
Upgrade – While selling now will “net” less, your next property will cost less. Sharpen your pencil, talk to your CPA and Realtor® to explore the hidden benefits or consequences. Make no assumptions that will sting later.

To be successful, Sellers need to beat competing properties with better property condition, REALISTIC pricing, good marketing, and flexible, creative terms Days on Market figures show that properties priced right will sell in a reasonable timeframe. “Priced Right” is still the determining factor.

THE BEST Deals are selling, everything else is getting old.
Pro-Active Sellers are getting their properties appraised, inspected and surveyed in advance to encourage realistic offers from knowledgeable Buyers. This can prevent unanticipated escrow fallout or Buyers whittling your price down during the transaction when previously unknown facts come to light. Unrealistic Sellers continue to be ignored by the market and miss current opportunities that later become woefully apparent.

FOR BUYERS

Very Low interest rates prevail, however could inch up. Buyers should get Pre-Approved so
they can shop in confidence (fewer last minute disappointments due to non-funding loans).
More “short-sales” and foreclosures are happening in the marketplace, yet they can be less of a bargain than they seem, requiring more hurdles to leap and more time (often 4-6 months) to close, if at all. Be prepared, but BE REALISTIC. Lenders are much more stringent now on requirements for loan approval.

First-Time Home Buyers – Many programs are available….. Attend a First-Time Home Buyers workshop, get familiar with the process, get qualified/approved, do your homework to get your own home. Many current ownersnever thought they would be able to own until they attended a workshop, discovered they could own a home, and are glad they did.

This low point in the market is your rare chance, so check it out carefully.

Meghan Clair is a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Island Properties Shops at Wailea Office. She is pleased to represent you in the sale of your home or 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 Golf Course Homes and Estates

Golf Fanatics will love any of these properties located on stunning Golf Courses thoughout our beautiful “Valley Isle”.
Current prices range from $410k-$21million.

LINK TO MAUI GOLF COURSE HOMES UNDER $700,000

LINK TO MAUI GOLF COURSE HOMES AND ESTATES $1M+

The King Kamehameha Golf Club
LINK TO WEB SITE

In addition to Maui Golf courses with surrounding residental opportunities, serious golfers curious about Maui should know more about our newsest centrally located and private member course: King Kamehameha. “King K” as the locals call it, is the only private club on Maui with an established and growing community following.

The King Kamehameha Golf Club is the only private 18-hole golf course in Maui, Hawaii. The club’s 74,000 sq.ft. clubhouse is designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and sits at 750 feet above sea level offering Haleakala, as well as bi-coastal ocean views. The golf club was named to honor the greatest king in the history of the Hawaiian Islands

EcoBroker, Realtor Meghan Clair of Coldwell Banker Island Properites specializes in assisting BUYERS find great Maui properties. For more information on Golf Course Homes or Condos on the island of Maui, or any other property please contact Meghan for more information!

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

Vacant Land: Maliko Gulch, North Shore Maui Sold

For those of us that drive to Haiku often, you can’t miss the for sale sign at the top of Maliko Gulch headed towards Haiku. After 757 days on market the land has a new owner.

This unique Vacant Land Property listed by Island Sotheby’s International Real Estate, was 2.5 acres and was originally priced at $1,295,000. Property sold this past Thursday for $800k.
LINK TO PROPERTY SALE INFO IN MLS

Are you curious about what land is for sale on Maui???? LINK TO LAND FOR SALE NORTH SHORE MAUI

For information on Vacant Land for Sale on the North Shore or anywhere else 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

Links to the Best Ocean Front Wailea, Maui Condos

Here are links to the best ocean front Vacation Condo Opportunities in highly sought after Wailea, Maui!

Wailea Ekahi Village

Wailea Elua

Wailea Beach Villas

Wailea Point (short term Vacation Rental not permitted)

Polo Beach Club

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
MauiGreenRealtor at gmail.com
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

Wailea Home Only $719,900!!!

Almost to good to be true! Here is a new listing #22 Kanani Wailea!

3 Bedroom/2.5 bath Wailea Home offered at only $719,900

Live the Wailea Lifestyle with out the big price tag

Not an REO or Short Sale


Lanai

Kitchen

Living Room

Master Bed

Master Bath with Tub

Public Remarks MLS:
Best value at Kanani Wailea, an exclusive community of luxury residential condos in resort town of Wailea, Maui. Enjoy the pool, spa, fitness center, and enclosed two-car garages. Superior quality of construction includes steel framing, Monier tile roof, dual-glazed windows, 9 ft ceilings, travertine tile, Wolf stainless appliances, granite countertops, tray ceilings and bullnose corners. Upstairs master suite offers dual vanities, huge soaking tub and shower, pocket doors, walk-in closet, and private lanai with partial oceanview. Open floorplan with multiple lanais (porches) conducive to entertaining. Pet-friendly complex conveniently located across the street from Kilohana dog park. Secure, gated neighborhood with groundskeeping included appeals to those seeking a second home or investment rental property. Dream tenants on month-to-month lease with $2600 monthly income; please allow 48 hours’ notice for showings.

Property is listed with Hawaii Life Real Estate, Meghan Clair is a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Island Properties Shops at Wailea Office, and 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

$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

Ho’olei Luxury Villas Information and Update

    Wailea, Maui’s #1 Selling Luxury Condo!

The Ho’olei community is located directly across the street from the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa. Relax with the comfort and ability to “lock and go” while at the same time enjoy the comforts of a condominium designed to feel like a stand alone residence.

LINK TO ALL ACTIVE HOOLEI LISTINGS
Prices currently range from $1,990,000-$3,195,000
There is no other product like Ho’olei on the market! Contact Meghan for an update on recent sales and the Best Deals at Ho’olei!

On the ocean view lanai the Viking Gas BBQ & sub-zero fridge support that seamless Hawaii indoor / outdoor lifestyle that Maui is famous for.

Interior appointments include a private elevator, a gourmet Studio Snaidero kitchen with Wolf and Sub Zero appliances abundant.

All furniture, electronics, and house ware items are included.

Richly appointed Interiors

On-site amenities include one of the most impressive pools in the Wailea Resort, 24 hour security, shuttle service to the Grand Wailea Resort, a vast pavilion area, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. The purchase of Ho’olei includes a transferable membership to the Kulana Club at the Grand Wailea Resort
Link to Ho’olei Ammenities

Preview the entire Ho’olei site: www.Hoolei.com

EcoBroker, Realtor(S) Meghan Clair can represent you as a Buyer’s Agent on these unique home.

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker
MauiGreenRealtor@Gmail.com
(808) 463-8485 Direct Phone
(808) 874-8668 Office Phone
Coldwell Banker Island Properties

Photos and excerpts from for this blog post are from the Maui MLS,www.hoolei.com

Maui News Article: Home Sales & Prices are UP for 2011


*excerpts from this blog post taken from online Maui News article:
Statistics: ’11 valley for real estate market
January 10, 2012 / By Harry Eagar

Was 2011 the year the real estate market touched bottom and started back up? Statistics published by the Realtors Association of Maui and released Monday suggest it might have been.

After four years of decline and a flood of foreclosures and short sales, the average price of a single-family house on Maui went up 5 percent to $787,552 during 2011. The number of sales rose 10 percent from 817 in 2010 to 898 last year.

Terry Tolman, chief staff executive of the association, said strong sales interest is being confirmed by actual reported sales, “with multiple offers competing for well-priced properties.”

There are still plenty of lender-owned repossessed properties and desperate underwater owners trying to escape via short sales out there.

Broker Billy Jalbert at The Maui Real Estate Team writes a blog about conditions, and he noted this week that half of all single-family sales in December and two-fifths of condo sales were either short sales or bank-owned properties. “It is safe to say buyers are still looking to the bank-owned and short-sale market for opportunities,” he wrote.

For years now, Tolman has been cautioning that until the overhang of distressed properties is worked through, the market cannot return to normal, whatever that is.

Still, prices are low now, even if they go lower still, and mortgage rates are very low So he believes now is a chance for “Maui’s worker bees” who want to own their own homes to buy at comparatively low prices and absolutely low interest rates.

But in doing that, the buyer should be prepared to buy and hold – “at least five years” – and not try to get rich quick, he said.

MAUI HOME VALUES/NUMBER OF SALES WENT UP ISLAND WIDE
In Spreckelsville, Paia and Kuau, (about two dozen sales of single-family homes) average prices zoomed 92 percent from $595,000 to $1.1 million. Somewhere in between were Pukalani (five-dozen, single-family home sales), up 8 percent to $515,000; and Lahaina (about 40 sales), up 17 percent to $967,000.

LUXURY MARKET IS APPRECIATING QUICKLY!!!
Median prices are thought to give a clearer picture, because they are not affected when prices at the very top end are rising faster than the overall market, which was the case in 2011. Kapalua average prices were up 25 percent to $4.3 million; and Wailea-Makena averages were up 20 percent to $4.5 million. Wailea-Makena medians were up 32 percent to $2.3 million.


Makena, Maui Golf Course views of Molokini

HERE IS A LINK TO ALL THE HOMES FOR SALE IN MAKENA AND WAILEA
WAILEA/MAKENA MEDIAN PRICES ARE UP 32%!!!

CONDOS
“The lower ends of the market for homes and condos have relatively limited inventory. As you start to go up in price, you see a greater range of inventory.”

Tolman has an explanation for that: “The majority of condos on Maui are second homes or investments and experienced a steeper price drop as Mainland owners ‘let go’ of them in order to keep their ‘primary’ residences on the Mainland.”

Still, he noted, not all condominiums are for the well-to-do. For aspiring homeowners who find $250,000 too high, a lower-priced condo can be the ticket in, he said.

If Maui real estate prices start going up again (which has been the long-term trend, no matter what the past five years have shown), then the appreciation could generate the down payment that is often the obstacle to buying a single-family house for working people.

For the moment, not only Maui’s real property economy but the general outlook seems to be rosier than it has been for a while.

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For more information on the Maui Real Estate Trends or assistance in finding the best deals on Maui contact Meghan Clair!

EcoBroker, Realtor(S) Meghan Clair of Coldwell Banker-Wailea Shops Office specializes in assisting Buyers find THE BEST South Maui Oceanfront and Luxury Investments.

She is pleased to represent you as a Buyer’s Agent on any unique Maui home or condo.

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker
MauiGreenRealtor@Gmail.com
Coldwell Banker Island Properties-Shops at Wailea
(808) 463-8485 Direct Phone
(808) 874-8668 Office Phone

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