Maui Meadows EcoFriendly Home Just Sold!

The market is on the move in South Maui!
This 6 bedroom/5.5 bathroom home with 2bed/1bath cottage listed by Meghan Clair of Coldwell Banker Island Proeprties just recently sold in 1/3 of the average days on market for the area.

Here’s what Meghan’s Clients had to say about their agent:
“We were very happy with the service that Meghan provided us. It was First Class all the way. From her sales presentation, to her use of media exposure, to the negotiations, and finally during the escrow process, Meghan worked diligently and professionally to help us. She went out of her way to make the sale happen. We got the deal done in 3 ½ months without any problems. We would definitely recommend her service to anyone who is looking to sell a house!”

Jenwei Luu
Maui Meadows, HI
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If you would like more information on SELLING your home on Maui…
Contact Meghan Clair Realtor(S), EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties-Shops At Wailea.

Quality Marketing, 10 years Experience, Tech Savy, and Produces Results!!!

Meghan is one of the islands “Top Producers” and the current leader in the Maui Realtors Association for closed transactions (sold dollar amount) for 2013 with over $10.3Million in sales by January 2013!

Cell: (808) 463-8485
Email: MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
Coldwell Banker Island Properties Shops at Wailea

Price Reduction on Maui Meadows Home and Cottage

Price Just Reduced on this Wonderful Maui Meadows property
Orignially $1,450,000…Now offered at $1,295,000

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Main Home: 6bedroom/5.5bathroom
Guest Cottage: 2bed/1bath
Private .5acre
Panoramic Ocean Views
Bonus game room and outdoor entertaining kitchen

FOr more information on this listing please contact Meghan Clair R(S), EcoBroker with Coldwell Banker Island Properties

Buyers Guide to Wailea & Makena Property for Sale Now!


Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace. ~ Paul Theroux

As the fall swings into the Holiday Season we are seeing a increase in new listings island wide!There is some fresh inventory and some great price reductions as the Maui Real Estate market transistions into “high visitor season” There are lots of great homes for Buyers on the market now at competitve prices.

Expect the Market Inventory and the Listing prices to increase by Jan 2013.For Buyers it’s a great time to take advantage of the low interest rates and secure the best prices on top properties in the slower season when there are less other buyers to compete with.


Wailea/Makena Condos
Under $2 Million
Over $2 Million


Wailea/Makena Homes
Under $3million
Over $3million


Wailea/Makena Oceanfront Homes
Link to All

If you know you love Maui and you’ve been curious about Maui home or condo ownership, contact me. I’m here to assist you with all your questions, and help you with previewing the right properties for your ownership goals!

If you are curious about pocket listings in the Wailea/Makena area, I am also privy to many unlisted ocean front homes and luxury oceanfront condos.

If you know someone else that might be interested in buying or selling real estate on Maui I would be honored to assist!

Mahalo Nui Loa,
Meghan Clair
Realtor(S), EcoBroker

The Most Effective Green Home Changes for Sellers


The Most Effective Green Changes for Sellers
Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive Green Changes

Green remodeling efforts can make a home stand out on the market.A Green Home Builders and Remodelers study released in February 2012 indicated that the market for green homes is only going to continue to grow.

“Green homes comprised 17% of the overall residential construction market in 2011 and are expected to grow to between 29% and 38% of the market by 2016. By value, this equates to a five-fold increase, growing from $17 billion in 2011 to $87-$114 billion in 2016, based on the five-year forecast for overall residential construction.” LINK TO ARTICLE

The study also pointed to an increase in green home remodeling, something that can definitely help a listed home set itself apart from others on the market. In fact, according to NAR, greening up a listing can improve its chances of selling faster:

“Slow-selling homes could benefit from a green makeover. Take time to educate your home sellers on the benefits of making key energy-efficient upgrades to roofing, insulation, and heating and cooling systems. Smart targeted investments could revitalize the listing and attract green-conscious homebuyers.”


Green Home Upgrades-Lot of options for any budget
■Install a programmable thermostat, which can be programmed to heat or cool the house to different temperatures throughout the day to save on heating/cooling costs.
■Switch to Solar or tankless water heaters
■ENERGY STAR®-rated appliances and light fixtures which can help lower electricity bills.
■Cut heating and cooling resource usage by adding insulation in the home’s attic.
■Windows and doors can be replaced with newer, more energy-efficient models.
■Switch out showerheads for low-flow versions to reduce water usage.
■Repaint with Low-VOC Paints
■Plant a Garden or Fruit Trees
■Plant shade producing landscaping around windows
■Switch to CFL lighting

For more information on Maui Green Real Estate please contact Meghan Clair Realtor (s) EcoBroker with Coldwell Banker Island Properties Shops at Wailea.

NEW LISTING: Maui Meadows Ocean View Home and Cottage


711 Mililani Place Offered at $1,450,000
Maui Meadows Ocean View Home with Detached Ohana

Panoramic views and tranquil breezes abound from this great location in idyllic South Maui. Located in the desirable Maui Meadows Neighborhood this home is just up the road from world famous Wailea/Makena beaches, dinning and shopping.




This tremendous property situated on a Private 1/2 acre features 6 bedrooms and 5.5 baths with covered lanais for all day enjoyment. Outdoor kitchen and entertaining area. Fully fenced Front yard.


Extensively remodeled bathroom, custom built in shelving and entertainment centers, walk in closet, office space and loft in the stunning Master Suite boasting phenomenal views.


EcoFriendly Upgrades through out including solar hot water heater, pv panels, energy efficient appliances, solar lighting, Energy Efficient Split AC units,cfl lights, garden space and numerous fruit and flower trees on site.

Easy to show, please call to schedule an appointment today!

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LINK TO MLS #353572

Brought to you by Meghan Clair Realtor(s) EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties Shops at Wailea
Cell: (808) 463-8485
Email: MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com

Price your house to sell quickly Market Trends Now!

Below is an interesting article I found online addressing “How to price your home in todays market” We are seeing the same trends here on the island of Maui. Maui is one of the best and most desirable home locations on the planet, so when your selling your home, it really does come down to the little nuances in property, and real comparables in surrounding neighborhoods.

Sellers need to understand the market as if they were a Buyer.

Gone, or at least quickly dwindling, are the days of pricing your home significantly over value becuase buyers are low balling offers…Pricing your home to sell is the real trend. Most of today’s Buyers are smart. Their educated on the area, their patient, and they’ve been watching the market for just the right thing at a fair price for possibly years.

Its important for Sellers to know values in the area too, that way the market will move forward. Buyers are awarding properties by chosing the best deals for the overall location, condition, investment potential, and price point. Pride of ownership care for your home combinded with knowledge in the area is sure to gain you top dollar and with less days on market when it’s your time to sell.

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE

A first-quarter survey of homebuyers and sellers done by HomeGain.com, a real estate services website, revealed that 76 percent of homeowners believe their home is worth more than the list price recommended by their real estate agent.

Homebuyers usually have a better grasp of current market value in the area where they’re looking to buy than do sellers who own and live there. Buyers look at a lot of new listings. They make offers, know what sells quickly and for how much, and what doesn’t and why. HomeGain reported that homebuyers still think sellers are overpricing their homes.

Your home is worth what a buyer will pay for it given current market conditions. This may not be the same as your opinion of what your home will sell for, or what you hope it’s worth. Relying on emotion rather than logic when selecting a list price can lead to disappointing results.

The prime opportunity for selling a home is when it’s new on the market. This is when it is most marketable. Buyers wait for the new listings. Usually, listings receive the most showings and have the busiest open houses during the first couple of weeks they are on the market.

This is the opportunity to show your house off to advantage with a list price that attracts buyers’ attention. Listings that sell today are priced right for the market. Buyers need to feel comfortable that they are getting a good deal.

Buyers won’t overpay if they feel home prices are still declining, and in some areas of the country, they still are. In areas of strong sales, buyers may shy away from multiple-offer situations if they feel the recovery is fragile and that prices may slide further before stabilizing. Even in areas where home sales have been strong in the first half of 2012, local practitioners wonder how long the uptick will last.

HOUSE HUNTING TIP: When selecting a list price, it helps to understand how real estate agents and appraisers establish an expected selling price or price range for your home. They research the recent listing inventory for homes similar to yours that sold. The most recent sales give the best indication of the direction of the market.

They analyze these comparable sales giving more value to your home for attributes that it has that the comparables don’t, like a remodeled kitchen. Value is subtracted from your home for features it lacks when compared to the sold comparables, like an easily accessible, level backyard.

It’s difficult for sellers to step back and take an attitude of detached interest in their home. But it’s essential to do so if you want to sell successfully in this market. For example, your home could actually sell for less, not more, than a comparable sale because you added a swimming pool in an area where most homebuyers would rather have a yard with a generous lawn.

If the comparable sale information suggests that the value of homes like yours is declining, select a list price that undercuts the competition to drive buyers — and hopefully offers — to your home. You can take a more aggressive stance on pricing if the comparables show that prices are moving up.

If there is high demand for homes like yours, you may receive more than one offer. But don’t list too high. It’s better to stay in the range shown by the comparables and expose the house to the market before accepting offers. The market will drive the price up if it’s warranted.

THE CLOSING: Don’t rely on rumors circulating in the neighborhood about how high a home sold. Prices tend to get inflated when passed from one person to another. Select your list price based on hard facts.

Dian Hymer, a real estate broker with more than 30 years’ experience, is a nationally syndicated real estate columnist and author of “House Hunting: The Take-Along Workbook for Home Buyers” and “Starting Out, The Complete Home Buyer’s Guide.”

For more information on Buying or Selling Real Estate on the Island of Maui please contact Meghan Clair Realtor (s) EcoBroker with Coldwell Banker Island Properties Shops at Wailea.

Maui Meadows Properties For Sale

Perfectly perched above Wailea rests the community of Maui Meadows. Amazing Panoramic Views abound and there is a nice variety of property on the market to choose from, 27 homes to be precise.

LINK TO PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN MAUI MEADOWS

Maui Meadows is often appealing not just for the views, but also the privacy and spacious lots that allow for personalization. The homes in this neighborhood are all unique and often custom works of art. Bali inspired estates, Hawaiian Plantation style, Ranch style, and Pole houses…truly a unique community.

Many properties feature “Ohanas” or guest houses on site, great for extended family, caretakers, or additional income!

Located just above the Piilani Hwy in Wailea the neighborhood offers access to some of the best beaches on the island of Maui.

For more information on properties in Maui Meadows or to preview a home in person, contact Meghan Clair of Coldwell Banker Island Properties-The Shops at Wailea Office

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

MAUI COUNTY RECYCLING SURVEY

You most likely have heard the ad on the raido lately from Hana Steel the recycling coordinator for Maui County Recyling regarding county assisted pick up for recycling… aka the 3-Can Plan.

Please do take a moment to fill out the survey and contribute your thoughts to how we can best manage waste on Maui.

LINK TO SURVEY

The County of Maui is planning to implement curbside recycling at no additional charge to refuse subscribers. Curbside recycling will begin as a pilot project in two select neighborhoods on Maui. The start date and neighborhoods have yet to be determined. The Dept. of Environmental Management will use the information gathered in phase of the program and this survey as a planning tool for future County-wide curbside recycling. The 3 can plan will take replace twice a week automated refuse collection. Each household will be given a wheeled cart for rubbish, one wheeled cart for compost and one wheeled cart for recycling.

The 3 can plan system works like this: Rubbish is collected once a week, every week, with alternating collection of organics and recycling.

Here is a map and link if you want to take advantage of the existing recycling centers
Where can I recycle?

Here are other helpful links regarding Recycling on Maui County:
www.mauicounty.gov/recycling

Recycling Hotline at (808) 270-7880

For more information on EcoFriendly events or property on Maui, contact Coldwell Banker Island Properties Agent, Meghan Clair.


Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell

Real Estate Update and Stats from Realtors Association of Maui

Below are the updates, statistics, and market summaries provided by the Realtors Association of Maui for February 2012. Key excerpts from the entire report have been cut and pasted to this blog for quick review. Enjoy!
Here is a LINK TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN FULL

Maui February 2012 Sales Statistics

February’s Sales Volume – February’s Residential Sales rose to 77 homes sold, while Condo Sales declined to 79 units sold. Land sales came in at 12 lots sold.

February’s Median Sales Prices –The Residential home median price rose significantly to $535,000, while the Condo median price declined to $287,000. Land median price was $333,925.

Days on Market Residential homes = 150 DOM, Condos = 172 DOM, Land = 371 DOM.

IN A NUT SHELL…… the good, the bad….. AND THE ROAD AHEAD ……
Well priced properties are attracting multiple offers making for a quick sale. Inventories have declined 14-22% over the past 12 months in Residential and Condo classes. Many short sales and REO (bank owned) properties will need to be absorbed as sales before we can move ahead to a more normal marketplace. Interest Rates are remaining near historic record lows which may help motivate would-be Buyers to go ahead and buy IF they can qualify. Current World and US events will have ripple effects on cost of living, consumer confidence, and our Real Estate Market.

FOR SELLERS

Sellers who don’t really need to sell (just “fishing?”) should stay off the market, and clear the
marketplace for those who REALLY have to sell. UNLESS- you are motivated to Upsize, Downsize or
Upgrade – While selling now will “net” less, your next property will cost less. Sharpen your pencil, talk to your CPA and Realtor® to explore the hidden benefits or consequences. Make no assumptions that will sting later.

To be successful, Sellers need to beat competing properties with better property condition, REALISTIC pricing, good marketing, and flexible, creative terms Days on Market figures show that properties priced right will sell in a reasonable timeframe. “Priced Right” is still the determining factor.

THE BEST Deals are selling, everything else is getting old.
Pro-Active Sellers are getting their properties appraised, inspected and surveyed in advance to encourage realistic offers from knowledgeable Buyers. This can prevent unanticipated escrow fallout or Buyers whittling your price down during the transaction when previously unknown facts come to light. Unrealistic Sellers continue to be ignored by the market and miss current opportunities that later become woefully apparent.

FOR BUYERS

Very Low interest rates prevail, however could inch up. Buyers should get Pre-Approved so
they can shop in confidence (fewer last minute disappointments due to non-funding loans).
More “short-sales” and foreclosures are happening in the marketplace, yet they can be less of a bargain than they seem, requiring more hurdles to leap and more time (often 4-6 months) to close, if at all. Be prepared, but BE REALISTIC. Lenders are much more stringent now on requirements for loan approval.

First-Time Home Buyers – Many programs are available….. Attend a First-Time Home Buyers workshop, get familiar with the process, get qualified/approved, do your homework to get your own home. Many current ownersnever thought they would be able to own until they attended a workshop, discovered they could own a home, and are glad they did.

This low point in the market is your rare chance, so check it out carefully.

Meghan Clair is a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Island Properties Shops at Wailea Office. She is pleased to represent you in the sale of your home or as a Buyers agent on any Maui Property! Please contact Meghan for more details.

Meghan Clair
Realtor (S), EcoBroker
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
(808) 874-8668 office
(808) 463-8485 cell