Island Real Estate News

March 25, 2017

Ewa to Kapolei School`s

Here is a comprehensive list of public and private schools located Ewa Beach to Kapolei area.

Ewa to Kapolei Area School Districts

 

Ewa Beach

Aug. 5, 2015

See Historic Ewa Beach Properties on the Hawaiian Railway

Tour Ewa Beach properties.All who own Ewa Beach properties are invited to explore the island on a historic train ride. This is the only historic railroad on Oahu, and the Hawaiian Railroad Society also runs the only railroad museum in Hawaii. Rides are available on Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Guests on the 3 p.m. train have the chance to buy ice cream in Ko’Olina for the return trip. The cost to ride is $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for children ages 1-12 and seniors over age 62. Weekday charters are also available for group outings or special events and starts at a cost of $250.00. A train ride is a fun way for those owning Ewa Beach homes to learn more about their surroundings and is also a great activity for visitors.

Along the route, riders get to hear all about the history of trains in Hawaii. The engineer narrates the whole 90-minute trip and points out historical Ewa Beach properties, including a sisal plantation, Fort Barrette, and Gilbert, a real live ghost town! Riders will also get a breath-taking view of the ocean at the end of the line at Kahe Point.

Food and drinks are allowed on the train and there is also a picnic area available for use before or after each journey. This area is a great place to hold a birthday party or other gathering and can even be reserved. Call (808) 681-5461 to make a reservation and visit Hawaiian Railway to gather more information to plan your trip.

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Aug. 4, 2015

Touring Kapolei Properties? See the Rest of Oahu with Ka Pili Tours

Tour Kapolei properties with Ka Pili.While visiting Oahu to search for Kapolei properties, be sure to explore and learn more about the island with Ka Pili Tours. This guide service will treat you like family and lead you on a full day excursion to learn about Oahu from a real local’s perspective. All of the tour groups have no more than 10 people and are a wonderful introduction to all that this area has to offer those owning Kapolei homes. Learn about the history, food, culture, and architecture of this island. Also, get an insider’s scoop on the most beautiful and breathtaking views.

Ka Pili Tours will gladly pick up participants from their hotel and offer free local pastries, fresh fruit, Hawaiian water, and other fruit drinks. The full-day tour will take you all over the island. Stop at such sites as Kapi'olani Park, Makapu'u Light House, a macadamia nut farm, the Dole Pineapple Plantation, and the State Capital and many many more fascinating places. This is a great way to learn more about Oahu while you are visiting Kapolei properties. The tour guides have a wealth of information to share for those considering owning a home here. Visit Ka Pili Tours for more information about the tours and to book your adventure.

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Aug. 3, 2015

Find Royal Kunia Real Estate and Tour the USS Bowfin

Find Royal Kunia real estate near the USS Bowfin.Anyone interested in Royal Kunia real estate is invited to learn more about the history of this area by visiting the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. This is one of four separate organizations that are members of the Pearl Harbor Historic Partners. They work together to provide an account of the War in the Pacific and to relate the importance that the attack on Pearl Harbor played in WWII. All admission fees and gift shop sales go toward maintaining the museum and upkeep of the USS Bowfin, which is a historic WWII submarine. This could be a great stop when visiting the island to check out potential Royal Kunia real estate options, and a wonderful place to bring out of town guests once moved in.

The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park is open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 4-12, and $8.00 for military and seniors. It is a unique experience to tour a submarine. These beasts are true marvels of technology. It is quite impressive that the brave men on board could stay underwater for so long in the 1940’s during the war. The museum will provide those interested in Royal Kunia homes an opportunity to learn more about the servicemen who labored here and the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Find more information and plan your visit at USS Bowfin.

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April 21, 2015

There's Something for Every Home Buyer in Ewa

 

 

 

If you haven’t been to Ewa lately, you’re missing out on a lot of action. It’s grown. It’s still growing. And it exemplifies the turnaround in the real estate market that everyone has been talking about this year.

The median price of a single family home in Ewa this year has climbed to $492,000, almost reaching the record high of 2006 ($506,000). The median condo price, at $265,000, is also nearing the record high of 2006 ($290,000).

Homes in Ewa are selling faster than ever, too. The median “days on market” for a single family home, a leading indicator in market velocity, is lower in Ewa (17 days) than overall Oahu (24 days), which has been at record lows.

But don’t let these median numbers fool you into stereotyping this large West side community.

“The wonderful thing about Ewa is that it is truly a diversified market. We have something for every buyer,” says Shannon Feliciano Jr., a REALTOR Associate with Prudential Locations who specializes in the area.

“There are million-dollar beachfront homes, golf course communities, and wonderful second-home neighborhoods. There are great places at $250,000 for first-time homebuyers, near newer schools and shopping. And these are all convenient, easy communities to live in.”

When asked about the trends in the current Ewa real estate market, Feliciano lights up with enthusiasm.

Feliciano’s knowledge of Ewa runs deep. “I was born and raised in Ewa Beach. I’ve lived here all my life. In fact, my family has been here since the plantations. The change that is happening in the market today? It’s amazing.”

When he began his real estate career, Feliciano says, “we were in a down market. I went through those times and have seen how the market changes. When I explain to clients what is happening today by contrast, I say: This is a crazy market!”

“There is a lot happening with new developments: Sandalwood is pretty much sold out in Ewa by Gentry. The newest neighborhood of Hoakalei known as Kipuka just opened for sales with 131 single family homes to be built. Wai-kai, the new resort-style community under way, will feature an outdoor promenade, boutiques, restaurants and commercial office space, a hotel, spa and a 52-acre grand lagoon. Ka Makana Ali’i, the new 1.4 million-square-foot shopping center, will be the third largest on the island and it is breaking ground next year.”

Feliciano’s excitement about Ewa is contagious, and recent success stories for both buyers and sellers roll off his tongue:

“One client just listed at $359,000, had the home one day on the market and sold for $17,000 over asking. Another client bought his home for $210,000 in 2012 and just sold for $280,000. He hadn’t planned on selling so soon but saw this as his opportunity to move up. Another client, in Hualani, which has a great spa and amenities, listed at $529,000 and sold for $545,000 in just 12 days on the market.”

The high percentage of sales-over-asking price (around 30 percent of sales) is due to buyer demand, low inventory and the financing environment, Feliciano says.

“Open houses are like a zoo. If a home is priced right, everybody’s on it. Buyers are trying to get in while the interest rates are still good.”

He points out that while many people talk about what this means for first-time homebuyers, the widest opportunity is for current homeowners.

“This is a move-up market – many people bought at higher rates even just a few years ago. They’re taking the opportunity now to move up into a better home with a lower rate.”

Sellers realize the equity from the higher sales price on their current home. Combined with a new home loan at a lower interest rate than they had before, they have increased the buying power to get into a bigger or better home.

 

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