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    Types of Direct Hawaii Real Estate Investments

    July 31, 2010 // No Comments »

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    If you’re thinking about investing in Hawaii real estate, there are several different methods, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Deciding your goals in advance and being aware of the different investment types can maximize your profits and avoid financial disaster.

    Many traditional real estate investors have built substantial cash flow with rental properties. However, this option is not as popular as it used to be for several reasons. First the day-to-day management issues can be overwhelming, especially if you own multiple properties. You can hire a property management company for a percentage of the rent, but you will still need to oversee their activities. Non-payment of rent and damages to the property are significant risks. You can work with Section 8 and rent to low-income tenants with the bulk of the rent paid by the government agency; however, the rent you will receive is often lower than market value, and the property will be subject to stringent annual inspections.

    Some real estate investment guides tout the procedure of “mortgaging out” to increase profit from rental investments. In this process, you obtain two mortgages for a total amount greater than the price to buy the property. In reality, such deals are rare. Mortgage standards are tougher for investment properties.

    Flipping” often appears to be a real estate investment tactic that offers quick, maximum profits. However, you must be careful that the property you choose doesn’t have expensive structural problems or hidden problems with wiring or plumbing. You will need to work with licensed contractors to make sure repairs are up to code, and you will need to be familiar enough with procedures to adequately supervise their work. Profits will not be “instant”—if you flip the property less than six months after purchase, you will pay capital gains tax on the full amount of profit. If you hold the property more than six months, you will only owe capital gains tax on 50% of your profit.

    Tax sale certificates are sometimes touted as a method for purchasing property below market value. However, most properties are either redeemed by the owner or the lien holder will place a bid high enough to ensure that their interest will be protected. You need to be prepared to pay the full amount of your bid with 24-72 hours of acceptance, and the registered owner may have up to two years to redeem the property. During that time, you will not have physical possession of the property.

    Foreclosures and short sales are two other sources of real estate bargains. Properties may be damaged by vandals after sitting vacant, or may be subject to problems from deferred maintenance the former owner could not afford to perform.

    Investing in real estate can be profitable. It can also be challenging. It is important to consider both the challenges and the potential profit when planning your real estate investment strategies.

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    Visit Hawaii

    January 9, 2010 // No Comments »

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    Located at the Pacific Ocean near the shores of USA, Japan and Australia is Hawaii, a popular group of islands of United States.  Hawaii is a tropical area and a major place for pineapple, sugar and whaling industries. With a total area of 29,311 square kilometer, a population of 1,211,537 and density of 188.6 square meters, Hawaii is divided into eight major islands, namely Niihau, O’ahu, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, Hawa’I, Moloka’I and Kaho’olawe.

    Touted as one of the most beautiful places in the US, this makes Hawaii as a popular tourist spot for Americans and foreigners alike. Hawaii boasts quite a number of places for tourists to visit such as Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Haleakala National Park, and USS Arizona National Memorial. These are just some of the attractive places to visit in Hawaii.

    Given the close to perfect climate of Hawaii, tourists don’t have to worry much about the weather in planning their visit. Still, it is advisable to check beforehand, since Hawaii is also prone to the occasional storms and tropical cyclones. Tourists could make use of Hawaii environmental news service to get to know more about Hawaii’s climate so they could plan ahead their visit.

    Looking up for specific information about a place such as Hawaii has become easier with the arrival of the Internet. Prospective Hawaii tourists can look up dedicated tourists information and portals that provide Hawaii news and information. This is one of the best ways for tourists to keep themselves updated about the latest information regarding their destinations. These web information portals are definitely helpful in planning the most appropriate time to visit the Hawaii Islands.

    Looking to purchase Hawaii real estate for your perfect vacation Homes, there are many sources to search for all islands.

    So, in planning your Hawaii vacation, checking out site that provides Hawaii local news ensures that you will have the latest information with regards to the perfect tourist season and spots. All major broadcasters such as KHON-TV, KITV and many more TV channels ensure that Hawaii is well connected throughout the islands and the world.

    Tourism is one of the most thriving industries in Hawaii. Aside from the places mentioned above, Na Pali Coast, Hanalei Bay, Kilauea, Grand Canyon, Poipu Beach, Wailua Falls and Waimea Canyon are also popular Hawaii tourist spots. Hawaii’s tourists could usually enjoy a variety of water sports such as kayaking, snorkeling and diving. There are also land activities available such as trekking, hiking and horse riding. Another a must activity is island hopping, where visitors could see and experience the ultimate Hawaiian Islands.

    So, get started and plan your wonderful Hawaiian vacation. This will definitely be one of the most memorable trips that ensure quality time within the beautiful Hawaii Islands.

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