Renting your home on Airbnb, is it right for you?

Ahhh Hawaii, the sand, the beach… the tourists. Living in paradise means having to share it with those who want to visit. Many Hawaiians have taken advantage of constant flow of tourists and renting out their homes on vacation rental sites such as Airbnb. At Sturdy Foundations, we’re no stranger to renting out homes, so we know what it really …

How to do a 1031 Exchange

Making the most out of your investment means knowing how to prepare yourself come tax season. One of the best tax-deferment strategies for real estate is known as a 1031 Exchange. This strategy is used by the best real estate specialists across the nation.  If you’re not taking advantage of a 1031 Exchange then it’s time you learn how. What …

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Secure Your Real Estate to an LLC

To make the most out of you personal investment, consider securing your real estate to an LLC. Have you ever considered securing your real estate to an LLC? Today, real estate education is becoming increasingly available; in fact, many homeowners are gaining access to more advanced tips to make the most out of their personal investment.  Unfortunately, attempting to piece …

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IRS and Title Company Mistakes Costing You Thousands

IRS and Title Company mistakes can cost big bucks.  Protect your wealth and be vigilant of errors. Imagine calling the IRS to check the status of your tax refund. You’re informed that they applied it towards a $404,000 tax bill you had no idea about!  This all could have been avoided by catching the IRS and Title Company Mistakes. This …

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Can I Switch My Hawaii Real Estate Agent?

“If I’m unhappy with my Real Estate Agent in Hawaii, can I switch and what are the penalties?” These are questions many home sellers and buyers ask, sometimes knee deep in the middle of a transaction. As the Hawaiian housing market heats up, more novice real estate agents are entering into the industry, while experienced real estate agents increase their …

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Poor Home Improvement Choices

Poor Home Improvement Choices Can Lead to Poor Home Value. Considering some home improvements to increase property value? Whether you’re experienced or a beginner inspired by those home improvement commercials, some home improvement choices should be avoided: Certain Color Schemes – Listen to the experts on this one, neutral colors sell.  Not everyone likes the red and green striped background …

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Tightening Mortgage Standards on the Horizon

There is no doubt about it, Mortgage standards are tight, and it will only get tougher. Will it ever get better?  What will happen to the housing market? These are all very important questions, and with Fannie Mae’s continued effort to tighten it’s qualification mortgage standards, the following criteria are the basics to be met: Loan-to values, lowered Extensive income …

Increasing Interest Rates on Home Loans: What does it mean for buyers and sellers?

Increasing Interest Rates on Home Loans are expected to rise within 2 years. Find out what this means for you as a buyer and/or seller. If you’re thinking of buying a home within the next couple of years, listen up. There are increasing interest rates on home loans, especially within the next two years. Before you panic, let’s figure out …

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The Hawaii Foreclosure Process

Living in paradise comes at a price. It’s no wonder we see homes going into foreclosure all too often in Hawaii. If you’re struggling to make your mortgage payments, and worried about foreclosure, make sure you understand how the Hawaii foreclosure process works. The Hawaii Foreclosure Process In Hawaii, there are two types of foreclosure processes, judicial and non judicial. …

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Home Improvements to Make Before Selling Your Home

Home Improvements At Sturdy Foundations, we’ve been renovating homes for years, and we know what it takes to get a home ready to sell for top dollar. Making home improvements can be expensive but it can pay off when it comes time to sell. Here’s our top 10 home improvements to make before selling your home.   #1 Update the …