About nickensmaui

Aloha my name is Steven Nickens, Maui has been my home for 41 years. I been a Realtor on Maui for 20 years, with experience in the up-country, and north shore Maui real estate market. I also have worked the last five years for top Wailea firms working on sales teams with Wailea Beach Villas, Hoolei, Papali Wailea, and Wailea Golf Villas. I have the pleasure of working with Island Sotheby's International Realty in Wailea Maui. We have offices at The Shops at Wailea and Upcountry in Makawao town. So give me a call with any Maui real estate questions you might have.

How to Buy a Condo on Maui

How to Buy a Condo on Maui.

Wailea Maui Real Estate

Wailea Maui Real Estate

I wanted to feature this article by Nathan Garret, that covers the finer points of buying a condo.  Many of my clients are looking to buy a condo in Maui, and I think this will be of great benefit if you’re in the Maui real estate market, it will be of great value, enjoy.

How to Buy a Condo: 10 Essential Tips to Get You Started

Posted by Nathan Garrett on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at 11:00am.

 

When buying a condo for the first time you will find that there is a slight difference between buying a single-family home and buying a condominium.

First. What is Condominium?

condo is an individual unit that is inside a larger building, similar to an apartment building. An HOA governs and maintains the common areas that are funded by a monthly maintenance fee that is gathered from the residence living within the association.

Kaanapali Alii Maui

Kaanapali Alii

Steps to Buying Your First Condo

Let’s take a quick look at what to expect during the process of buying a condominium, downtown loft or a townhome. Keep in mind that every transaction is different and can present different obstacles along the way.

  1. Find an Agent

Look for an experienced agent to help you through the process of buying your first condo. Do your due diligence! Make sure that the real estate agent you hire has the experience that is needed when it comes to purchasing a condominium. Doing so will help make the process easier and more manageable considering they understand the process more.

Important Questions to Ask Your Real Estate Agent:

? How long have you been in the Real Estate business?

? What areas do you serve?

? Do you have a list of past client testimonials?

? How many Buyers are you currently working with?

? Why should I use you to help with Buying a condo?

 

Condos in Kihei

Condos in Kihei

  1. Get Financing

It is always important to talk with a lender before buying a home or a condo. Fully understand what your budget should be. Finding out what type of loan you will have can also make an impact on choosing a condo community.

There are numerous condos for sale in Louisville that are not VA or FHA approved and may require different financing in order to purchase the condo.

What kind of Loan should I get?

One of the most important things to consider when buying a condo in Louisville is – what type of loan should I get? Below we will take a quick look at the different kinds of loans that may be available to you.

Different types of Loans:

Fixed Rate Mortgage

A fixed-rate mortgage carries an interest rate that is locked in and stays the same throughout the life of the loan.

Adjustable Rate Mortgage

As for the adjustable rate mortgage (ARM’s), the interest rate can change periodically and your rate can either increase or decrease from time-to-time.

Conventional Loans

A conventional loan usually requires a larger down payment and has its benefits. This type of loan is not guaranteed or insured by any government agency, such as the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)

FHA Loans

Federal Housing Administration mortgages have its benefits, such as lower down payments. These loans are available to all borrowers and not just limited to first-time homebuyers. One disadvantage for an FHA loan is the additional expense of mortgage insurance.

VA Loans

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers mortgage loans to eligible military service members and their surviving spouses as long as they do not remarry.

 

Honua Kai Kaanapali Maui

Honua Kai Kaanapali Maui

 

  1. Start Searching

If buying a condo is right for you, it’s time to narrow down your search parameters to the perfect condo for sale. Do some research on what you can buy based upon the price range your budget can afford. Then simply refine your search to the area you are wishing to live and amenities and nearby attractions that you may want live in close proximity to.

Refining Your Condo Search…

 

  1. Make an Offer

Now that you are ready to move forward on that perfect condo — it’s time to make an offer. It should be easy to find other comparable units if it is a larger community with an average or above average turn around. Meaning, there have been other condos within the community that have been bought and sold to help your agent determine a current market value.

Things to Consider When Making an Offer:

? How much are the Property taxes?

? What is the monthly Maintenance fee?

? Is there a set increase (percentage wise) every year for the Maintenance fee?

? Is there an up to date or revised copy of the Restrictions/ByLaws?

? Are there any upcoming special assessments that the current condo residents may have to pay?

? Is there an actual company managing the Condo Association or is it self-ran by Condo residents?

? Can I see a copy of the Condos Association Budget/Balance sheet?

Kaanapali Alii Resort Maui

Kaanapali Alii Resort Maui

  1. Condo Inspection

Just like when you are buying a home it is crucial to have a home inspection. Even though, majority of condominiums have exterior maintenance that is handled by the HOA. It is still important to have an inspection when purchasing a condo.

If you are not sure who to hire for the home inspection, ask your real estate agent for recommendations. Typically you will receive a list of different professionals that you can choose from.

 

  1. Appraisal

Now that you are past the inspection and the repair request has been made. It’s time for the lender to order the appraisal.

An appraiser will come out to the condo and verify that the value of the condo meets or exceeds the amount of the loan. This protects the lender so they are not loaning money on real estate that is less than the actual loan amount.

 

  1. Condo Insurance

When buying your first condominium you will want to reach out at least three or four different insurance companies to get different quotes.

Obtaining insurance on a condominium is considerably less than the typical cost of homeowners insurance. Even though the association may have its own insurance policy. That usually only covers what is beyond the exterior walls of the condo unit. Having your own insurance policy in place helps protect the things on the inside of the unit.

 

  1. Set Up Utilities

Getting your condo ready for the day you move in. Contact the local providers in the area to set up the utilities in your name. It is recommended to have them transferred over the day before the closing. Not the day after!

Typically, condo associations don’t allow satellite dishes so you will want to check to make sure you are familiar with the bylaws and restrictions.

 

  1. Final Walk-through

Getting closer to closing time. Now that you got the ok to close you will want to schedule a final walk through. At this time it is important to make sure all of the repairs have been completed and there are copies of all invoices.

You’re soon to be, new condominium should also be broom cleaned and ready to be moved in at this point.

 

  1. Closing

It is now time to close on your new condo. Dont forget to bring your license and be ready to sign pages and pages of documents.

Congratulations on the purchase of your new condo. Be sure to have the contact information for the HOA association in case you need to contact them for any reason. Also, find out arrangements that are in place to pay the monthly maintenance fee and any mailing addresses.

Kaanapali Resort Maui

Kaanapali Resort Maui

 

Closing Thoughts on Buying a Condominium

Hopefully this article provides the general information needed for anyone who is considering buying a condo. One downfall I have noticed here locally is that condos don’t usually appreciate at the same rate as a home naturally would. What are your thoughts on living in condominium? Again a big Mahalo to  Nathan Garrett for taking the time to write such an informative article.

If you happen to be looking to buy a condo on Maui, I work in Kihei Maui, Wailea condos and Kaanapali area’s for purchasing condominiums on Maui.  I work with Elite Pacific Properties, we have offices in Wailea and Lahaina, serving all your Maui real estate needs.

Maui Realtor

Maui Realtor

Steven C. Nickens RS-54097 GRI ABR

Elite Pacific Properties

Cell: 808-280-2208

Email: nickens@maui.net

Website: nickensmaui.com

Island Resort Living in Kaanapali Alii Maui

Island Resort Living Kaanapali Alii Maui

Oceanfront Condos Kaanapali Alii

Oceanfront Condos Kaanapali Alii

 

Relax in tropical comfort at Kaanapali Alii oceanfront condominium, inspired living in Kaanapali Resort.  There is nothing better than turquoise waters and pristine white beaches.  Kaanapali Resort has so much to offer, from beach activities, fabulous restaurants, and unforgettable sunsets.

Kaanapali Alii Resort Maui

Kaanapali Alii Resort Maui

What makes Kaanapali Alii stand out is it’s the premier oceanfront condo in the Kaanapali resort area.  I hate to wear out the saying location, location, location.  But it is true, tucked away among world class hotels, such as the Westin Hotel and The Hyatt Regency.  There is only so much beachfront real estate.

Kaanapali Resort Maui

Kaanapali Resort Maui

When you check in as a guest you have a very nice receptionist at the front desk, and bell service.  I love how they designed the building to really enhance the ocean views from your lanai.  The grounds are endless with tropical flowers and Hawaiian palms, not to mention the gentle trade winds that keep things cool.

Kaanapali Alii

Each unit is uniquely designed with easy going sophistication, designed for pure luxury.  There are a number of condos for sale in Kaanapali Alii.  One of the most stunning oceanfront units is currently for sale in a direct beachfront unit.  Beautifully decorated with an island flare, and beautiful designer cabinets.  What is really amazing about this unit is its front row, beachfront real estate.  Unit #506 in building one, price at $4,950,000.  Two bedroom, 1,676 sq.ft. of luxury living.  You can view addition photos of this unit from my website.  If you were to compare a like kind unit in Wailea the price would be much higher. All Active Kaanapali Condos Currently For Sale.

Kaanapali Maui

Kaanapali Maui

Another factor in buying a condo in Kaanapali Maui anywhere, is they pretty much are busy year around.  So as an investment property it can be very promising.  Word of advice, always review income statements from rental history, pay attention to HOA fees and property tax.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So if you’re looking for impeccable island getaway.  Kaanapali Alii could be your next island experience.  Kaanapali also has a number of luxury homes in gated communities.  You can search the mls for Kaanapali homes and condos for sale in all Kaanapali Maui.  If you’re thinking about selling your home or condo, give me a call.  I would love to talk to you about the advantages working with Elite Pacific Properties, #1 in the State of Hawaii for luxury sales.  So for now Aloha Nui Loa.

 

Kaanapali Alli Condos For Sale    Kaanapali Homes For Sale

 

Maui real estate

Maui Realtor

Aloha Nui Loa,

Steven C. Nickens RS54097 GRI ABR

Elite Pacific Properties

Offices in Wailea and Lahaina.

Cell: 808-2880-2208

Email: nickens @maui.net

Website: nickensmaui.com

Selling Maui Real Estate for 22 years

 

 

Embracing Island Living in Wailea Resort

Embracing Island Living in Wailea Resort

Wailea Maui Real Estate

Wailea Maui Real Estate

Purchasing a Wailea home or condominium in Wailea Resort can a defining moment in your life.  Turquoise waters, gleaming white sand beaches, and ideal weather are the characteristics of Wailea, a beautiful piece of paradise.  Are you ready to make that dream come true?

Wailea Oceanfront Homes

Wailea Oceanfront Homes

There is nothing like catching an unforgettable sunset from your lanai, or entertaining around your poolside, enjoying a tropical setting, with lush Hawaiian flowers and palm trees.  Finding your own bit of paradise in Wailea Resort can have many challenges.  That is where local knowledge can make a difference, understanding home construction and the ins and outs of building a home, or what it takes to make a home into your island getaway.

Beach front homes in Wailea Maui

Beachfront homes in Wailea Maui

My job as a Wailea Realtor, is to help you find that dream home.  There are many neighborhoods to choose from.  Maybe you’re looking for an oceanfront home or there are a number of gated communities that offer exquisite estate homes in Wailea.  Or you may desire the exclusive area of Makena Beach, a definite world of its own.  I’m here to provide you with everything that you need to know that pertains to purchasing or building a home.  I was a licensed contractor for 16 years on Maui prior to my 21 years of selling real estate, so I can share my knowledge or definitely refer to you contractors, lenders and escrow companies that can serve you.

Condos in Wailea Maui

Condos for sale in Wailea Maui

Are you seeking seclusion in a private residence, or a second home to carry you over in the winter months?  My goal is to help you find that perfect place in Wailea, Maui that will suit the aloha spirit and island lifestyle that you may be seeking.  Below are links from my website of different luxury homes in gated communities in Wailea.  You can sign up to receive email updates on all new Wailea homes for sale in Wailea Resort, and throughout Maui.  If you’re going to be on Maui, set up an appointment at our Elite Pacific Properties office in Wailea Gateway Plaza.  So discover for yourself, the best of Wailea, Maui.

Homes in Wailea Maui

Homes in Wailea Maui

Aloha,

Maui Realtor

Steven Nickens

 

Active Wailea Homes For Sale-  Wailea Pualani Wailea KialoaWailea Golf EstatesWailea Golf Vistas  Wailea KaiWailea Higlands _ One Paulua Place –  Makena Place Wailea Makena Oceanfront Homes

Happy New Year Maui 2017

Happy New Year 2017 from Maui

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As we move ahead into 2017, I would like to take a moment to reflect on 2016.  This year has been an interesting year.  I been blessed with working with some amazing clients.  Many of my clients have become lifelong friends with my wife Ivy and I.  I been selling real estate going on 22 years now, and I have to say I enjoy what I do.  Living, working and raising my family on Maui has been a surreal experience, going on 44 years living on Maui.

Maui Real Estate

Maui Real Estate

Looking ahead into 2017 I am feeling that the future is looking good.  Maui contractors have all been busy, which is a good sign.  There has been a shortage of good inventory, with land prices being pretty reasonable, we should see an increase in residential building going on.   Myself I been remodeling my house.  26 years in my Haiku home.  Just rebuild my front porch, and the first of the year remodeled my cottage, which now is a B&B.

Pineapple cottage vacation rental Maui

Pineapple Cottage Vacation Rental Maui

We have had some great events lately on Maui.  Maui Arts and Cultural Center always offers a variety of entertainment.  My wife and I enjoyed country singer Eric Church, was a great night of music.  Then we listen to Uncle Willie K and friends Christmas show inside the Castle Theater.  If you’re around next Christmas season, make sure you catch his show.

Upcountry Maui

Upcountry Maui homes for sale

Another big event for me this year has been joining Elite Pacific Properties.  Elite is the largest luxury real estate company in the state.  They pretty much are on the cutting edge of real estate.  Being a technology geek myself I really appreciate the company.

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Maui Friends at Elite Party

Baldwin Beach Maui

Baldwin Beach Maui

On personnel note this year I have added another granddaughter to my quiver, Violet she is eight months old, and spending the holidays with our family.  My family was all together for Christmas, it’s amazing how time flies, kids become parents and my hair is a bit whiter.

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Christmas with Granddaughters

 

So my goals for 2017 include rebuilding my website which I started today.  Worker smarter, make good use of my time, get up early and surf when the waves are good, and afternoon windsurf sessions at the end of my work days when the wind is blowing.

 

If you’re looking for real estate in 2017, keep me in mind and I love referrals.  If you happen to be on Maui, give me a call.  So here’s to an incredible New Year, may you be Healthy, Prosperous and Realize all your dreams this new year.

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Maui Family

Aloha,

Maui real estate

Maui Realtor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Nickens RS-54097 GRI ABR

Elite Pacific Properties

Cell: 808-280-2208

Email: nickens@maui.net

Website: nickensmaui.com

Honua Kai Oceanfront Luxury Condos

Honua Kai Oceanfront luxury condos in Kaanapali Resort Maui.

 

Honua Kai Kaanapali Maui

Honua Kai Kaanapali Maui

Honua Kai Resort and Spa offers elegance and comfort on the beach.  I really like how they layout the project with meandering landscape, intertwined with pools and spas for basking in the the Hawaiian sun.  If you’re looking for condos in Kaanapali Maui, Honua Kai Resort and Spa is a great place to treat your self to an island getaway.  Owning a condo in Honua Kai is a great value for oceanfront condos in Kaanapali, or even in Wailea Maui.

Kaanapali Resort Maui

Kaanapali Resort Maui

Pretty much the weather on west side of the island is consistently sunny, and the water pristine.  I use to sail my Prindle out in front and it offers picture perfect days on the water. You are also just minutes away from Whalers Village for shopping, great restaurants and live sunset music on the beach.

Kaanapali Maui

Kaanapali Maui

Honua Kai offers studio units to three bedroom luxury units.  If you’re thinking about buying a condo or home in Kaanapali, you can search all active condos for sale in Honua Kai.  There are also other fabulous oceanfront condos in Kaanapali, I really like Kaanapali Alii.  I just sold an inner court unit this fall.  My clients love Kaanapali Alii located in the heart of Kaanapali Resort.

Honua Kai Maui

Honua Kai Resort and Spa

Many of Maui visitors after coming here for years are looking for 2nd homes on Maui.  Kaanapali offers a variety of luxury homes for sale in Kaanapali.  You can also view all active homes for sale in Kaanapali from my website.

kaanapali oceanfront condos

Keep in mind if your looking for Maui real estate, I been selling real estate on Maui for over 21 years.  I have worked on some of Wailea Resorts finest developments, sold many homes in Kihei and Upcountry Maui.  So give me a call if you’re thinking about buying or selling real estate on Maui.

Aloha,

Maui Realtor

Maui Realtor

Steven Nickens RS_50497 GRI ABR

Elite Pacific Properties

Cell: 808-280-2208

Email: nickens@maui.net

Website: nickenmaui.com

Selling Homes As-Is Pros and Cons

 Selling Homes As-Is Pros and Cons

Maui Island Homes

Maui Island Homes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maui realtorI wanted to feature Bill Gassett a leading national Blogger and respected real estate agent, works with Re-max from Massachusetts.  I really like how Bill shared the Pros and Cons with selling your home As-Is.  I hope you enjoy the article. If you’re thinking about selling your home on Maui give me a call, love to work with you.

Contributions as well from Kevin Vitali and Kyle Hiscock.

http://www.maxrealestateexposure.com/selling-home-as-is/

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What are the pros and cons of selling a home as-is? This is a question you may have thought about if you’re planning on selling a home. Sometimes when you are selling a house that has some issues, selling it “as is” may seem like the easiest course of action.

Most homeowners assume that selling a home as-is means they will not have to make any repairs to the property (which is true) and that selling as-is will be practical and involve the lease amount of stress (which may be far from true).

Before you make the decision to sell your home as-is, you should be aware of what selling as-is entails. There are some significant downsides to selling as-is. Once you understand your options, you may decide that there are better ways to sell your home that will lead to outcomes you can be truly satisfied with.

What Selling As-Is Means

To sell a home as-is means that you are selling the property in its current state, with an understanding that no repairs will be made and that the home will come with all its current faults and issues.

“As is” actually has a legal definition, and the buyer will probably have to sign paperwork indicating that he or she understands the exact terms of the transaction. When you are buying a home “as is” it’s typically spelled out in the purchase and sale agreement.

Launipoko Homes Maui

Launiupoko homes

What Selling As-Is Does Not Mean

Unfortunately, many homeowners are under the mistaken impression that selling as-is relieves them from all the general obligations that come with the sale of a home. They imagine that they can unload the property for whatever price they can get while avoiding the need to talk about or disclose any issues with the home.

Selling as is does not relieve you from your legal obligation to answer questions honestly concerning the existing problems with the home per the rules of your state.

Home in Wailea Maui

Home in Wailea Maui

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Massachusetts, sellers do not have to disclose defects, but they do have to answer any questions honestly about the condition of the home. Non-disclosure is what’s known in real estate circles as “Caveat Emptor” or “let the buyer beware.” The only disclosure a seller is required to make is their knowledge of the presence of lead paint.

Sellers in Massachusetts are also not allowed to hide defects intentionally. Even when you are selling as-is, you have to obey these rules. Sellers have a duty to avoid making misrepresentations of fact or failing to respond truthfully to a specific question from a buyer.

Selling As Is Doesn't Mean Non Disclosure of ProblemsHome sellers should understand, however, that real estate agents are held to a higher standard when it comes to disclosing a home’s defects. Realtors being held to higher standards is due to the Consumer Protection Act which is also known as Chapter 93A.

Realtors, therefore, have an obligation to disclose any fact that could influence the buyer not to enter into a real estate transaction.

For example, if a real estate agent knows that the seller’s basement floods every spring this is something a Realtor has to disclose!

Here are some other examples of issues a real estate agent must disclose to a prospective home buyer:

  • Evidence of a structural defect like a major crack in the foundation.
  • The appearance of mold in the home.
  • Termite damage.
  • The roof has leaked, or there was a prior ice dam that caused damage.
  • The radon levels in the home are higher than the acceptable EPA limit.
  • A major known plumbing or electrical issue.
  • A significant external issue such as obnoxious noise levels.
  • A known legal issue such as a cloud on the title or the property is a short sale.

Obviously, not all problems with a home are clearly evident. Real Estate agents do, however, have a duty disclose if they discover some problem or the owner lets them know.

Over the years while selling property in Metrowest Massachusetts, there have been times where a seller has asked to sell as-is because they have never occupied the home and therefore have limited knowledge of its condition.

Real Estate agents should be particularly careful in this situation. Again, while a seller is not required to disclose potential problems, real estate agents must disclose.

Most sellers are honest and voluntarily provide real estate agents with any known issues they are aware of. In the case of never occupying a home, however, this is much harder to do.

Instances, where sellers have never occupied a home, could include an estate sale or a fix and flip. The latter of which the seller probably could know more than the former.

Most real estate companies ask sellers they are representing to fill out a document called a Sellers Statement of Property Condition. This report outlines what an owner knows and doesn’t know about their home. It allows agents to represent a property more accurately. Filling out this form also lowers a real estate companies errors and omission insurance.

The Problems With Selling As-Is

Drawbacks of Selling a Home As IsYou might be thinking to yourself what on earth could be the issue from a buyers perspective on purchasing a home as-is. Well, unfortunately, there is a negative connotation with buying a home as-is.

These are the potential problems with selling a home as is. Below you will find the disadvantages of selling a home as is.

1. Buyers will perceive your home negatively.

If you are selling as-is, you can bet that most buyers will view your home negatively. They may still try to purchase it, but the moment they see the as-is they will assume that there is something seriously wrong with the property – something bad enough that you can’t afford to fix it, or that it is not fixable.

2. Buyers will low-ball you.

Under the assumption that your home has serious defects, the buyer will bargain with you like you are desperate. You can expect offers that are probably less than what you want, or what your home is worth.

3. You will have to work harder to demonstrate why your home is worth paying for.

You or your Realtor will have an uphill battle to demonstrate to potential buyers that your home is worth a fair price. Because buyers will be coming into the transaction with so much negative baggage, it will be difficult to break through the assumptions to show that there are plenty of reasons why your home is desirable.

Keep in mind there may be a trust issue on the buyers part as to why you are selling your home “as is”. Buyers may automatically assume you are trying to hide something.

4. You will attract fewer buyers.

Because your listing says as-is upfront, you are going to drive away a lot of potential buyers. Even if you are in a position where you want to put minimum effort or money into the home to make a sale, you could still benefit from avoiding the as-is designation in the listing. Let buyers come and make offers, see how you feel, and go ahead and turn down requests to make repairs if you feel it is the right choice.

Reasons To Sell As-Is

Most homeowners should avoid starting off a sale with as-is. However, there are certain situations where selling as-is really is desirable. These reasons include:

1. You really cannot afford to make any repairs.

Why Sell a Home As IsYou may be in a financial situation where repairs – any repairs – are just not feasible. If the property has defects and you have no way to repair them, you may have no other choice but to sell as-is.

However, try to keep an open mind and talk to your Realtor before you make a hard decision on selling as-is. Your Realtor may be able to come up with some creative solutions that will allow you to avoid selling as-is, or at least avoid putting it in your listing right from the beginning.

2. You really cannot handle the stress of a home sale.

Sometimes homeowners find themselves in situations where they have to sell their home, but they are truly unable to deal with the stress that a drawn-out sales process entails. If you are seriously ill or otherwise incapacitated and do not believe you are capable of dealing with the selling process, you may decide that selling as-is makes the most sense.

Again, make sure to explore all your options before making a final decision on selling as-is. If you can get help from friends or family, or if your Realtor offers to take care of all the stressful aspects, you can probably get a better price for your home if you avoid selling as-is.

3. Financial distress.

Sometimes an owner will find themselves in serious financial distress and needs to sell their home immediately in as is condition. One viable option in this scenario is contacting an investment company like We Buy Ugly Houses or another one like them. These type of companies are perfect for those distressed sellers who need an immediate sale.

Investment companies like We Buy Ugly House usually pay cash and purchase in as-is, where-is condition. The downside, of course, is that these kind of home flipping companies are going to be looking to purchase your home for pennies on the dollar. Do not expect them to pay anywhere close to the market value.

Accepting an Offer and The Subsequent Home Inspection

There other time selling “as is” comes up is after an offer is received but before the buyers home inspection takes place.

Sometimes in a home sale, the negotiation between a buyer and seller can be arduous. From a sellers perspective, the thought process is “I just gave the buyer an incredible deal”. Over the years, many sellers have said to me during the last round of negotiating an offer to tell the buyer’s agent there will not be any further seller concessions after the home inspection.

In other words, let the buyer know they are buying the home “as is” and I am not coming down another dime on the price or making any repairs for any defects discovered. Many sellers having sold homes in the past understand that a home inspection can be a second round of negotiations. Sellers try to head off these unreasonable home inspection requests before they ever happen.

The Compromise

There are times when a seller has a little bit of money to invest into their property prior to listing it for sale. In this circumstance, it may make sense to do a few improvements prior to listing for sale.

For example, nothing goes further when selling a home than a fresh coat of paint. If you have rooms that need painting or wallpaper that should be removed, doing so can be one of the highest returning investments. Selling as is when you can afford to compromise a bit may make some sense. This is something you should discuss with your real estate agent. Your agent should also be able to point out other

Selling as is when you can afford to compromise a bit may make some sense. This is something you should discuss with your real estate agent. Your agent should also be able to point out other things that should be fixed before putting the home up for sale.

Pricing Properly

Pricing a home properly is a skill and an art. Unfortunately, some real estate agents do an absolutely horrible job of pricing a home correctly. Putting the right price tag on a home is even more difficult when selling a home as-is. Many Realtors are not skilled at estimating repairs and improvements that are necessary. Given this, lots of homes end up being overpriced when selling as-is.

Be sure to look at the agents list price to sale price ratio and average days on market statistics before hiring them. It would be a good idea to specifically ask for this information on any homes they have sold as-is!

Talk To Your Realtor

Every home sale is unique – involving a unique property, and a unique seller(s) that have specific needs, goals and limitations. You may really need to consider selling as-is. Or, you may just need a sales plan that caters to your specific situation. The best way to determine what your options are is to speak to your Realtor. He or she can look over your specific home and you can explain what you want/need. Then, your real estate can help to guide you through the steps of selling your home, on your terms.

Condos in Kihei

Condos in Kihei

Additional Helpful Home Selling Articles

Use these additional resources to make smart decisions whether you are selling as-is or on your own.


About the Author: The above Real Estate information on the pros and cons of selling a home as is was provided by Bill Gassett, a Nationally recognized leader in his field. Bill can be reached via email at billgassett@remaxexec.com or by phone at 508-625-0191. Bill has helped people move in and out of many Metrowest towns for the last 29+ Years.

Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise!

I service Real Estate sales in the following Metrowest MA towns: Ashland, Bellingham, Douglas, Framingham, Franklin, Grafton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northborough, Northbridge, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sutton, Wayland, Westborough, Whitinsville, Worcester, Upton and Uxbridge. If you’re looking for real estate in Massaschusett, you can visit Bill Gassett website, he is a wealth of information.

Maui real estate

Maui Realtor

Looking to buy or sell real estate on Maui, I have been selling real estate on Maui for 21 years. You can visit my website at nickensmaui.com.

Steven Nickens RS-54097 GRI ABR

Elite Pacific Properties

Cell:  808-280-2208

Email: nickens@maui.net

Condominiums in Kihei Maui

Condominiums in Kihei Maui

Maui real estate

Maui Realtor

Life’s a beach, if you live in Maui.  Finding the right condominium to buy can be a challenge.  I would like to recommend condominiums in Kihei, Maui from the Mana Kai oceanfront condominiums to the Royal Mauian oceanfront condos in Kihei, Maui.  Kihei is one of Maui’s most popular destinations.  There is something for all Maui visitors, from affordable to luxury beach front condos along the Kihei coastline.  North Kihei has oceanfront condos like the Sugar Beach condominiums or the popular Kihei, Beach oceanfront condominiums.  North Kihei is a little quieter with less traffic with beautiful beaches for morning walks and evening Hawaiian sunsets.

Condos in Kihei

Condos in Kihei

If you’re looking for luxury oceanfront condos in Kihei, the Royal Mauian is the queen of the coast.  They are older but well maintained condominiums offering panoramic ocean views from most of the units.  You are also right in the heart of Kihei, with so many fun things to do.  Kamaole Beach Park II is right there for morning swims and to enjoy a little Hawaiian sun.  The Mana Kai sits in the gateway to Wailea on Keawakapu Beach.  The Mana Kai oceanfront condominium has it all.  You have Five Palms restaurant, a receptionist to better serve you, an amazing pool, and one of Maui’s beautiful beaches, Keawakapu Beach.

kamaole sands kihei maui

Kamaole Sands Kihei Maui

Another popular condominium in Kihei, Maui is Maui Kamaole.  Maui Kamaole offers spacious condos with two pools.  Kamaole Sands condominiums are popular because of the location. The beaches, shopping, markets and restaurants are all in close proximity.   Kamaole Sands is also located across from Kamaole III Beach Park, great for sunsets, a grass park with barbecue grills and showers & public bathrooms.  Kamaole Sands is a very popular island destination, with tennis courts and pools.  Kamaole Sands stays pretty busy year around, making it one of my top picks for vacation rentals.

Kamaole Sands Maui

Kamaole Sands Maui

Maui Banyan is another of my picks if you’re looking at buying a condo in Kihei, Maui.  Maui Banyans offers great value for your money.  There are so many other condos on my list so if you are interested to hear more of what is available, give me a call, I would love to help you find that right condo in Kihei, at the right price.  You can search all homes and condos for sale in Kihei from my website.  You can sign up for email updates on all new homes and condos in Maui.  If your looking for condominiums in Kihei, you can search for all active condos for sale in Kihei from my website.

Condos in Kihei Maui

My name is Steven Nickens, I have been lucky to call Maui home for 43 years and I’ve been selling real estate here for 21 years.  I am proud to say I work with Elite Pacific Properties, who is #1 in luxury sales in Hawaii.  If you need to sell a condo you own on Maui, I will definitely be able to assist you.  Talk to me about our six-point marketing plan, and how Elite Pacific Properties will market your condominium to the world.  If your looking for a vacation rental on the Paia, Haiku side of the island, visit Pineapple Cottage.  Two bedroom cottage on 2.5 acres, private and relaxing on Maui’s north shore.

 

Aloha,

Maui Realtor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving on Maui

Thanksgiving on Maui

windsurfing maui

Windsurfing Maui

It’s hard to believe that winter is here and it’s Thanksgiving on Maui.  It’s actually been pretty exciting with a couple of big events on Maui’s Northshore.  The Nova Nova Aloha Classic windsurfing event was recently completed.  We had very exciting conditions at Hookipa Beach Park with lots of surf and strong winds.  Winning the event was Maui’s Kevin Pritchard, beating out an international field of competitors.

Maui oceanfront homes

Maui Oceanfront Homes

Another event on Maui’s Northshore was the Peahi Challenge, held at what is known among the locals as Jaws.  Waves were 25 ft. and very challenging.  I was thankful to get a VIP pass to the event.  Conditions were perfect with glassy waves and big surf.  It was a little tough for the women, but the men were charging to claim the title.  Surfers from all around the world competed for the title.  The honoring titles went to Billy Kemper of Maui for the men and Paige Alms for the women.

Honua Kai Resort and Spa

Honua Kai Resort and Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maui has so much to offer, so many things to do.  Here are a couple things that you might want to check out while on Maui:

 

If you’re driving out to Lahaina side of the island and you like Hawaiian music, head out to Napili Kai Beach Club to catch the George Kahumoku slack key show.  I am a big fan of George, his slack key guitar playing is amazing, not to mention his beautiful voice.  They have a dinner show, and also another show if you want to pass on dinner, a great way to spend the evening.

Upcountry Maui

Upcountry Maui homes for sale

If this is your first trip to Maui, the Lahaina Luau is a must.  Experience Hawaiian food, Hawaiian dancers and music.  They really put on a great show and you will love the Hawaiian food.  This is the #1 ranked Luau on Maui.

 

If you’re in Wailea, and love live music. The Shops at Wailea on Wednesday nights at 6:30 is the place to be.  They feature local Hawaiian artist, dancers, a very popular way to spend that afternoon in Wailea Resort.  After the show there are a number of great restaurants in the Shops at Wailea.

 

This Nov 26th at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center starting at 6pm in the Castle Theater.  New movie Distance Between Dreams, Maui Premiere captures the historic journey of Ian Walsh and big wave surfing.  Should be a fun evening experiencing at art of big wave surfing.

Kula Homes For Sale

Kula Homes For Sale

Always a Maui favorite is a trip up to Haleakala Crater.  Make sure it’s a clear day to enjoy a sunrise, or sunset.  One tip is bringing some warm clothes.  This might be a tropical island, but it can get freezing.  If your feeling adventurous, bring your hiking boots.  Inside the crater is like nowhere on the planet.

 

homes in upcountry maui

Kula homes in Maui

So as Thanksgiving is upon us, I want to wish you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.  If you’re thinking about buying or selling real estate on Maui, give me a call.  21 years selling real estate on Maui.

Maui Realtor

 

 

Kihei Homes in South Maui

Luxury Homes in Kihei Maui

 

Maui Realtor

Maui Realtor

Life on Maui’s south-shore is a popular island destination for Kihei homes. Kihei Maui is known for its beautiful beaches, sunny weather throughout the year, great restaurants and shopping.  Many people like to call Kihei home.  You have a variety of options if you’re thinking about buying a home in Kihei Maui.

Kilohana Ridge is the perfect place to call home.  What is great about Kilohana Ridge, is it’s a new subdivision and within walking distance to Keawakapu Beach, one of Kihei’s most popular beach. You have quality constructed homes, one and two story homes.  ( Search all homes in Kilohana RidgeI also like that it’s just a few minutes away from Wailea Resort and all that Wailea has to offer from golf, pristine beaches, shopping and dining.

Homes in Maui

Homes in Maui

Other popular neighborhoods include Moana Estates luxury homes.  Moana Estates is another development that offers quality homes in a recently completed neighborhood.  You can search all homes for sale in Kihei from my website.  Kea Alii Kai is just up the road from Kamaole Beach II.  Located in South Maui, again close to schools, beaches and shopping.  Working with some clients they prefer living close to the beach, compared to living say in Wailuku or Upcountry Maui.  There are also some amazing oceanfront homes in Kihei in Keawakapu Beach, just a stone’s throw to Wailea.  North Maui also offers some quality Kihei homes to choose from.

Beach front homes in Wailea Maui

Beachfront homes in Wailea Maui

You need to do some research as far as what you’re looking for in a home as far as location, size of lot and quality of finishes.  Many times, 2nd home buyers looking for home want to get away from cold winters in the mainland, desiring warmth and easy access to the beach.  They don’t necessarily need a large property to take care of, but a home that is easy to lock up for the season till they return. That is why places like Wailea, and Kihei are so appealing to many home buyers on Maui. Search all homes in Kihei Maui from nickensmaui.com.

Kihei Oceanfront home Wailea

Kihei Oceanfront home Maui

So, on your journey to find that perfect Kihei home on Maui, that’s where a good Realtor with years of experience can really make a difference finding the right home on Maui.  My name is Steven Nickens, and I work with Elite Pacific Properties.  I been selling homes on Maui for 21 years, and calling Maui home for 43 years.  You can sign up to receive email updates on all new Maui homes coming on the market in Wailea, and Kihei Maui.  Many Maui buyers start their search first on the internet, but there can be many challenges finding the right property and timing is everything.  So, give me a call I would love to help you find that perfect home on Maui. I also work all over on the island of Maui, from Upcountry to Kaanapali Maui.

Aloha,

Maui Realtor

Maui Oceanfront Homes Northshore

Luxury Oceanfront Homes on Maui’s Northshore

Paia Maui Oceanfront home

Paia Maui oceanfront home

 

The North Shore of Maui is known for windsurfing, kiting and surfing.  You also have Maui oceanfront homes on the northshore for unique island living. You have a lot of world class action that takes place in Spreckelsville, Hookipa Beach Park and Peahi Maui, or known as Jaws.  If you happen to be looking for ocean front homes on Maui’s Northshore, there are several oceanfront homes to choose from. 

windsurfing maui

Windsurfing Maui

Just recently we had a couple big events on Maui’s Northshore. First off is the Nova Nova Aloha Classic windsurfing event.  It lasted for about a week in a half, with excellent conditions.  Couple Maui boys took top honors, Kevin Pritchard taking the win and exhibiting some amazing windsurfing skills in all kinds of conditions.  Second place finisher was Marcillo Browne beating out Maui’s Levi Siver taking third place.  I was at the event on a couple of the big days, these guys were ripping.

Maui oceanfront homes

Maui Oceanfront Homes

In-between the Aloha Classic, they held the Peahi Challenge Big Wave Event.  My son Micah Nickens is the marketing manager and handles the international pro surf team.  He manages to get his dad a VIP PASS.  Yes, I was excited to hang out with the best big wave surfers in the world.  Maui boy Billy Kemper took the win for the men’s in 20 to 25ft waves.  Maui’s Paige Alms took the win in the women’s division taking a few on the head and showing real skill surfing big waves at Jaws Maui.

Homes in Paia Maui

Homes in Paia Maui

So, the north shore of Maui is a very exciting place to call home.  There are several amazing oceanfront homes currently on the market.  One of my favorite properties is 22Waa Pl.  Beautiful oceanfront home, with 1.28 acres.  Luxurious two story residence that offers sweeping views of the Northshore. Home offers 7,384 sq.ft. of luxury living space overlooking the pool area.  There is also guest quarters build on this property.  Originally listed at $10,000,000, price has been reduced to $8,500,000 which at this price would be hard to buy the land and build out this impeccable island home.  You can view this manicured oceanfront home in Kuau Maui.

windsurfing Maui

My wife Ivy and sister  Vida, Maui girls

Recent sales also include 594 Stable Rd. 3.61 acres, three tmk’s, with three homes.  This oceanfront estate in Spreckelsville Maui sold for $18,000,000.  Another great ocean front home in Kuau Maui, was 23 Waa Pl. Another brand new oceanfront home with 6,258 sq.ft of living space, pool and guest quarters sold for an amazing price of $6,000,000 which was a steal.  You can view all oceanfront homes for sale from my website.

windsurfin on maui

Steve & Swiss clients and good friends

So if you’re looking for oceanfront real estate on Maui, Spreckelsville, Paia and Kuau area have a wide selection of unique island homes for sale.  You can visit my website to view all homes from Paia to Haiku Maui.  I have called the Northshore my home for over 40 years, selling real estate for 21 years.  So, give me a call and we can discuss about buying a home in Maui.  I also work all over the island from Wailea, to Kaanapali Maui.  Living on the north-shore is all about lifestyle.  I raised with my wife four kids, two are experience Maui watermen.  I took up windsurfing in the last five years, been surfing all my life. I love the life style Maui has to offer.  Keep in mind if you’re going to visiting Maui, I have a licensed B&B 2BR cottage that has a 5-star rating on VRBO & Air B&B.

Aloha see you soon.

Maui Realtor