So you want to be a real estate investor or at least get your feet wet into the exciting world of real estate. After all, with so many TV shows out there exalting the rags-to-riches stories of average Joes striking it big, why can't you do the same? Aside from the fact that TV is not intended to be a proxy for reality, despite the misleading moniker 'reality television', rarely do millionaires … [Read more...]
Over 100K in Renovations – Large Home for Sale in Honolulu NOW!
We just finished a long project in Moanalua Gardens, Honolulu. We put over $100,000 into rehabbing this large 2-story, 5-bed 3-bath home at 1720 Ala Amoamo Street behind Fort Shafter. A long journey but well worth it as we turned out a BEAUTY of a house! Kudos to general contractor Sam Kim and KO Builders for all the hard work they did. This stunner just hit the local real estate market on … [Read more...]
Are You Committed to Hawaii Real Estate?
Are you committed to Hawaii real estate? I mean really committed? What does that even mean and why would I even ask? Well, the word "commitment" has special meaning for me lately as I just got married last week to the most wonderful woman. To be committed to anything -- or anyone -- means to pursue, devote and persevere toward a worthy goal. Well, that may not be the Webster's definition but it … [Read more...]
Creating Wealth with Hawaii Real Estate – Part 2
In the previous post, we talked about why people may not get started yet investing in real estate even with all the amazing opportunities in today's market, especially the Hawaii real estate market. After all, real estate has one heck of a track record, especially when compared to other investment options like risky stocks and bonds. But many people think that jumping into real estate is beyond … [Read more...]
Why Real Estate Beats Stocks for Investors – Part 2
In yesterday's Part 1 of this two-part post, we talked about the incredible amount of 'noise' hitting us constantly in today's tech-forward information-overload world. More so than ever, we need to tease out the logic from the mere (unsolicited) advice. This is a time for reason, and sometimes being reasonable means breaking away from the masses. The Showdown: Investing in Real Estate vs. … [Read more...]
Why Real Estate Beats Stocks for Investors – Part 1
The Setup If you're wondering what to do with your money, you're not alone. There are many choices today for people with money to invest and it can be difficult to make true apples to apples comparisons. The barrage of marketing and social media noise about this company versus that combines with our own intuition, family responsibilities and concern about the future to often lead to either … [Read more...]
How Can My Money Make Money
In today's economic environment of failing banks, dubious lenders, volatile markets and shrinking 401(k)s, many people are left wondering how they're going to invest for both short-term and long-term needs. With only so many hours in the day to be in an actual job, an important question on people's minds is: "How Can My Money Make Money"? It's a legitimate question and it comes down to the power … [Read more...]
National Debt Crisis and Your Investment Choices
Aloha, friends. It's no secret to anyone within reach of the media that the United States finds itself in quite the pickle now as Congress wrestles with the question of whether to raise the debt ceiling. Just today, Republican House Speaker John Boehner's bill was passed by the House of Representatives but subsequently killed by the Democrat-controlled Senate. The big question is: will the U.S. … [Read more...]