Who Will Buy My House?

Who will buy my house? This is a question anyone looking to sell their home should ask themselves. Knowing the type of buyer for your home will help give you a better idea of how much you can sell your home for and whether or not you should bother with renovations and updating. There are multiple factors that go into …

Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home

Are you getting ready to sell your home? Does the thought of not being able to sell your house quickly keep you up at night?  Selling your home is a process and it will take some time. Fortunately, we’ve gathered a list of the top 10 tips for selling your home quickly. #1 – Curb Appeal! You know the saying, …

What Does Foreclosure Mean and How To Avoid It

What does Foreclosure mean? Foreclosure – the word has quickly turned into an all too common threat for many homeowners across the country. In 2009, a record breaking, 2.8 million homes were given foreclosure notices. Most people probably know someone who lost their home to foreclosure. It’s the big scary word that keeps homeowners up at night, but what does …

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 …