Hawaii Life merges with top-tier Honolulu boutique Choi International

Hawaii Life principal broker and CEO Matt Beall says the deal is “a huge acknowledgement of who we are and what we’ve achieved.” …

FinCEN extends all-cash buyer rules to Honolulu

Welcome to the club, Honolulu! The Hawaiian metropolitan area is the latest to join a list of cities and counties that have to report all-cash real estate deals above a certain dollar amount to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) …

Climate change could sink two million homes by 2100, Zillow says

If climate change didn’t scare you before, the predicted and dramatic effects of melting ice sheets are not that far in the future. Climate research shows that sea levels could rise six feet by the year 2100, with a follow-up Zillow analysis saying it could impact $882 billion of U.S. housing stock …

Mortgage fraud risk high across Florida, NYC and SoCal, report says

Mortgage application fraud risk in the second quarter of 2016 is considered to be fairly stable, according to a new report released by CoreLogic. Measuring the top metros with the highest mortgage fraud risk, the data company released its quarterly ins…

Cities where single parenting costs most

It’s not easy raising one child, let alone two, without a dual income. Now imagine single parenting in a pricey housing market, where most high paying jobs are concentrated. Unfortunately, the dollar amount required for a secure household in some of the biggest cities reaches far beyond mid-range wages, according to a new report …

RealtyTrac reports less than 1 percent of delinquent homes qualify for FHFA program

In April, the Federal Housing Finance Agency unveiled a new mortgage modification program to offer homeowners who are seriously underwater on their housing payments the opportunity to swim their way out and avoid foreclosure …

Why this successful broker-owner returned to selling full-time

When Mary Anne Fitch sold her high-end boutique business, Maui Estates International, to Hawaii Life, she didn’t know much about the vacation rentals side of the Hawaii Life business. But Hawaii Life owner, Matt Beall, made a point of introducing her t…

Markets where sellers are reaping big profits from price gains

Nationwide homeowners who sold during the third quarter of 2015 sold for an average of $40,658 more than what they purchased their home for, translating into an average gain of 17 percent. That was the biggest percentage gain for U.S. home sellers sinc…

Markets where sellers are reaping big profits from price gains

Nationwide homeowners who sold during the third quarter of 2015 sold for an average of $40,658 more than what they purchased their home for, translating into an average gain of 17 percent. That was the biggest percentage gain for U.S. home sellers sinc…

Markets with the most home equity haves and have-nots

The number of U.S. homeowners seriously underwater — owing at least 25 percent more on combined mortgages secured by their home than the estimated market value of the home — dropped by 1.2 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to a year ago, …