Price Reduction on Maui Meadows Home and Cottage

Price Just Reduced on this Wonderful Maui Meadows property
Orignially $1,450,000…Now offered at $1,295,000

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Main Home: 6bedroom/5.5bathroom
Guest Cottage: 2bed/1bath
Private .5acre
Panoramic Ocean Views
Bonus game room and outdoor entertaining kitchen

FOr more information on this listing please contact Meghan Clair R(S), EcoBroker with Coldwell Banker Island Properties

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.

Maui News Article Update on Kihei Mall Project


Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the decision to move forward with the plans of implementing a large shopping complex in Kihei located Mauka side of the Piilani Hwy at the Kaonoulu St intersection. These plans were approved back in 1999 but actual development was set to begin this year. Although I encourage “smart growth” in communities when there is a demand for expansion to accommodate a growing population on Maui, I personally don’t see a need for an additional development of this magnitude in Kihei. I do appreciate the voices of groups like The Maui Tomorrow Foundation and South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth who are encouraging the county to address the design of the development and how it can be adjusted for 2012 traffic, lifestyle, and preservation of our beautiful aina.

Below is the article recently featured in “The Maui News”:
LINK TO ARTICLE ON MAUI NEWS SITE
Appeals filed to put ‘halt’ to malls project
Initial OK does not match what’s being developed, resident of Kihei, groups say
By BRIAN PERRY – City Editor

KIHEI – Community groups and a South Maui resident have filed appeals with state and county agencies to put the brakes on two megamall shopping complexes planned in Kihei, mauka of the Piilani Highway-Kaonoulu Street intersection.

The Maui Tomorrow Foundation, South Maui Citizens for Responsible Growth and Kihei resident Daniel Kanahele contend that the light industrial project approved in 1999 for then-landowner Kaonoulu Ranch is not what’s being developed by current owner Eclipse Development Group, said foundation Executive Director Irene Bowie.

“We’re trying to halt the project until the requirements that were placed on it are met and reasonable measures are taken to decide whether this is a smart project for South Maui,” Bowie said Monday.

Project consultant Charlie Jencks could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

Bowie said appeals were filed with the county Board of Variances and Appeals last week and with the state Land Use Commission on Monday.

The action comes in the wake of Eclipse Development’s plans to build a 300,000-square-foot project, Maui Outlets, on 30 acres and a 400,000-square-foot shopping center, Piilani Promenade, on approximately 68 acres, according to the developer’s website. Both projects are expected to add about 90 stores and restaurants to South Maui and add more than 1,200 jobs. The developer’s website lauds the projects’ locations adjacent to the planned Kihei-Upcountry highway.

And, “with more than three quarters of a mile of frontage along one of Maui’s busiest highways (Piilani), the site sees roughly 38,000 cars per day,” the website says. “This figure is expected to double once the expansion of the Upcountry road is completed, conveniently connecting Maui Outlets to the area’s residential market and on to nearby Kahului. In fact, the addition of right-turn lanes along Piilani Highway and the installation of two signalized intersections added along Kaonoulu Street will truly make the Maui Outlets’ site ‘Main and Main.’ ”

Because the project was approved in the late 1990s, it appeared early this year to be ready to seek building and grading permits.

But Bowie said the groups challenging the plans to begin construction believe a new traffic study needs to be done. A study was done in the 1990s when the project was a light industrial park, not a large commercial development, she said.

The traffic study “definitely needs to be updated,” she said.

A condition imposed by the state Land Use Commission required a frontage road and connector roads for the project, but “there isn’t anything that shows that in the plans the Planning Department has,” Bowie said.

She said the Kihei-Makena Community Plan requires all retail development to be on the makai side of Piilani Highway, while the Eclipse project is mauka of the highway.

“The public needs to be heard on this,” Bowie said. “There needs to be a public hearing.”

“The community is frustrated because Eclipse Development has so far refused to engage in any public discussion of the shopping center,” she said.

When a development is proposed and approved as a light industrial project and later is being developed as a large commercial project, “it’s something that shouldn’t fall through the cracks,” she said.

Language in the Land Use Commission’s approval of the project required that if there were a change of use in the proposed project that it should return to the commission for review, she said.

“We are looking for administrative relief,” Bowie said of the groups’ appeals to the state and county agencies. “Hopefully, that will be satisfactory.”

Groups challenging the project also are concerned about what Bowie describes as “acres of hard-surface parking lot in a flood plain.”

“This doesn’t seem like a smart way to go forward,” she said.

It was unclear if site work has begun on the project, Bowie said, although she reported seeing “some bulldozers on the project site.”

For more information about new developments on Maui or real estate on the island of Maui, contact Meghan Clair Realtor (s) EcoBroker of Coldwell Banker Island Properties


Meghan ClairRealtor (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

Energy Efficient Home Listing Kihei

GREEN-BUILT FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
“Green” savings include Low energy costs! No condo fees!
2 Bedroom/2 Bath 1,034 Sq Feet, Across the street from the Ocean


Home and Beach Across the Street

Renowned architect Hans Riecke developed this home in 2003, an early example of green architecture. Photovoltaic, net metering, solar water heater, galvanized steel siding to reflect heat, thoughtfully positioned north/east facing windows to reduce heat intrusion, and automatic exterior shades all marry in a great realization of space, with vaulted ceilings, ample storage, and full size appliances including Samsung stacked washer/dryer and split a/c.

The contemporary concrete floor at the first level is buffed to a high gloss, smooth stone finish of lithium silicate complementing Douglas Fir wood trim finishes and stainless steel kitchen cabinet fronts. A partial ocean view can be had from the living room, unobstructed by an intentional re-routing of power lines to ensure this feature.

Upstairs offers bathroom with walk-in shower and master bedroom with Haleakala/ Ulupalakua views. The lot is zoned R-2 for an additional cottage.

Green Design features for heat reduction and energy efficiency include:
– Northeast facing windows
– Automatic exterior shades
– Galvanized steel siding
– 18 Photovoltaic panels
– Net metering
– Solar water heating

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Property is Listed with The Wailea Group.
EcoBroker, Realtor(S) Meghan Clair can represent you as a Buyer’s Agent on this unique home.


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

Upcountry Sustainability Expo!

Mahalo to all the wonderful speakers, sponsors, attendees, and to Kamehameha Schools for hosting this great event. This was a Free gathering where Maui locals got to mingle with established Green businesses, and community organizations to become more educated on sustainability for Maui. Local Kahuna Kimokeo gave an early morning traditional blessing for the event and speakers throughout the day, including Gov. Linda Lingle’s Maui representative, George Kaya and Mayor Charmaine Tavares, spoke of the importance of sustainability and its future on Maui.

Attendees to the event also were able to purchase fresh local fruits and vegetables, sample food and food products, and receive information on the art and science of sustainability.

There was more than 30 vendors participating, including local farmers, renewable energy companies, and state and federal agencies. The expo also examined strategies from different companies on how to be sustainable as well as provide advice for individuals on ideas such as composting, community gardens, home wind and solar power production as well as conservation methods.

*All images taken by Maui EcoBroker Meghan Clair at event 2/21/09

The event was presented by the Kula Community Association and the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui and is sponsored by Dowling Co. and First Wind. Mahalos to Ron Montgomery for organizing this wonderful day upcountry!

Click here to see a recent Maui Weekly Article about the Sustainable Living Insitute of Maui, and a picture of Alex De Roode and Ron Montgomery.

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

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

The Energy Pyramid

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. There are many excellent resources for those researching these options, and a very small list is presented here. Please make conservation and efficiency your top priority, as you work to move your community into our clean energy future.

Benefits of Community Energy
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 Panal Fields
To learn more about Community Energy visit http://www.nwcommunityenergy.org/

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

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

Luxury Green Real Estate:78% of home buyers want more…

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The GREEN HOUSING MARKET is growing lush and luxurious…

According to the National Association of Home Builders, even as the housing market has moderated in many parts of the country, the demand for Green Homes is exceeding the available supply, despite the fact that green home building has risen 50% since 2004.

Why the growing appeal? People are drawn to making their homes healthier, living more lightly on the planet, and experiencing the economic benefits of saving energy.

IN A NATIONAL SURVEY 78% OF CONSUMERS SAID THEY WOULD CHOOSE ONE HOME OVER ANTOTHER BASED ON IT’S ENERGY EFFICIENCY, AND THE MAJORITY WOULD PAY MORE FOR ENERGY-SAVING FEATURES.

Maui’s First Female EcoBroker: Meghan Clair of Windermere Real Estate Wailea, can strongly assist SELLERS by making their Home stand out amongst the crowded inventory. Meghan is professionally certified to highlight the eco-aspects of their property to potential buyers, market their property on a variety of GREEN specific websites, and overall earn them top dollar for their home.

Meghan Clair can also assist BUYERS in finding homes that are healthier to occupy, more energy efficient to operate, and that are potentially more valuable in a re-sale situation in the future.

IT PAYS TO THINK GREEN, WHEN INVESTING IN MAUI REAL ESTATE!

MClair@Windermere.com

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Green Home Staging will give your Home that extra marketing edge!


One of the latest trends in home staging (preparing a property to get a quicker sale and the best possible price) is to include Eco-friendly practices. While in a market where there is a lot of similar inventory for sale, sellers have to make special incentives to differentiate their property…here are a few EcoFriendly staging ideas to make your home unique, justify pricing, and improve quailty of living!

Eco-Friendly Staging Tips

1. Flooring
Lots of buyers are concerned about allergies. Old carpets are full of chemicals, toxins, and allergens. The carpet should be removed and replaced with a natural carpet such as jute, bamboo, wool, or grasscloth (woven seagrass). Another option is to put down a natural wood floor made of bamboo or cork.

2. Walls
Old wallpaper and the paste must be removed. Moisture gets underneath, particularly in bathrooms, where mold is likely to develop. If there is a mold issue, it must be remedied. Paint the rooms using Non-VOC or Low-VOC(volatile organic compounds) paint brand such as Benjamin Moore Aura. If the seller insists on wallpapering, use recycled wallpaper or ecofreindly options

3. Furniture
Stage the home with furniture that incorporates ecofriendly materials, or stage with recycled and unique items. Also RECYCLE any furniture you want to get rid of at a consignment store, goodwill, or local recycle center. Any furniture surplus should not be thrown away. Donate any pieces that clutter your home.

4. Plants
Remove artificial plants and flowers replace with live plants. This can improve the air in a home and keep allergens from occuping the home. Also if you are improving the landscaping for Curb Appeal, why not use Native Landscaping options that will gorw naturally in the area and reduce water usage. Additionally if replanting, add some fruit trees! Buyers loves them and its ecofriendly to have food growing on the property.

5.Accessories
Any new bedding, towels, rugs, or curtains bought for green staging purposes should be made of natural fibers like cottons and silks. The cost is approximately ten to fifteen percent more than acrylics.

6. A Chemical Free Home is A Green Home
The garage, attic, storage closets and extra buildings on a property are often full of paints, garden sprays, and other chemical-laden products that need to be disposed of. You can also use EcoFriendly alternatives and leave them with the new buyer!

7. Squeaky Green Clean
You have to throughky clean your home when you sell it anyways…why not clean dirty surfaces, remove pet stains, as well as getting rid of odors with EcoFriendly cleaning supplies! Seventh Generation is a great established brand of green cleaning products tha is affordable and readily available in most stores.

8.The Little Things

Use Compact Flouresent Light Bulbs (CFLs) in all lamps and fixtures. RECYCLE!!!! Be aware of your energy and water use…you can report the utility savings that the staging has afforded you to a potential buyer!

****Most importantly use an EcoBroker like Meghan Clair who is professionally certified on how to highlight the EcoStaging to Prospective Buyers and market your home on a variety of EcoFreindly Home Search Websites!!!*****

Please visit www.mauiseashelldesigns.com to learn more about Green Home Staging on Maui!