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Hawaii Real Estate & Relocations Blog

Reading my blog will give you the human side of this Real Estate Industry Professional as well as allowing you to walk beside me through my writing about Hawaii Real Estate & our Local Area. As a resident of Honolulu County Hawaii for 42 years you will get a tour of a lifetime. Specializing in Hawaii Relocation Military VA Home Buyers you can be rest assured you will be in good hands. I LISTEN to YOUR needs and give you sound advice.

NEWEST FANNIE MAE GUIDELINES REGARDING PV PANELS

The following link (and the table below) are the federal guidelines from Fannie Mae ?set forth on March 29. 2016 regarding leased solar panels and the first paragraph is if the PV Panels are OWNED.  All sellers will face this same dilemma (if the solar company is not agreeing to these terms) when selling their properties with leased panels.  https://www.fanniemae.com/content/guide/selling/b2/3/04.html      This means all the difference in the world in obtaining a great mortgage for a home with PV Panels that are LEASED. Even PREPAID Lease for 20 years doesn't mean much if the Solar Company does not comply with these terms! Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

A HUGE Milestone ----- 9 Years On ActiveRain

So, the majority of ActiveRain members claim that they are ?just? blogging for business;  although for me, it goes much further, much deeper than that.  In fact, the majority of us started out blogging, commenting and eventually, doing Active Rain Meet Ups and Gatherings. These ?getting to know each other? events are called ?connecting?. In March of 2007 I joined ActiveRain (Randy Prothero invited me!) and took a baby step forward in writing my first post ever. That post was in fact, the epitome of the start and then the depth of how an ActiveRain Blogger blooms.  The larger reality is that that first post opened up more than just the idea of ?blogging for business? and writing about real estate. Back when I started, there were about 19 or 20k members, so we ?connected? quickly. (Can you imagine what started as so small a real estate platform that went forward to having thousands upon thousands of  members???) The ActiveRain staff welcomed all posts from Group themed blogs to real estate agents, loan officers, stagers, home inspectors and well, you name it and the real estate industry has it.  The ActiveRain staff was and still is a HANDS ON Real Estate Industry Platform. You see, REAL estate is ALL AROUND US. I write about real estate, the market, advertising and everything real estate related.  I also write about our Hawaiian Islands history, the island sites, the businesses and everything around my neighborhood.  That is the REALITY of REAL estate. When driving around to show properties to buyers and they ask me what is a HEIAU, or what great Italian Restaurant in Mililani would I suggest; or even the best Acupuncturist/ Massage Therapist ever is?  YES, we HAVE to know what is going on around in our neighborhoods in order to be the best Real Estate Local Specialist ever!  To this day, I still get calls from posts I wrote back in 2007 and the first Newspaper story that became a repeat client 3x over ! I could never have progressed in the world of real estate blogging without ActiveRain and the help of the staff members and even the ?founding fathers? Jonathan Washburn and Matt Heaton who got involved with our members!  I've met many members face to face when they came to Oahu to visit...too many to mention here but I've written about mostly every meeting. I mostly give LOTS of credit to my mentor, Bob Stewart, for my blogging success. He ALWAYS called me back and there was never a stupid question in his eyes. He didn?t (and still doesn?t) judge people and instead, gives full attention and a listening ear to any member who needs his help. He then gives suggestions on how to approach the situation and solve the problem. If anyone can give a helping hand, it?s ?.Bob Stewart.  Without a hands on approach in helping members understand the world of real estate blogging, there would be no continuance of the ActiveRain as I know it. THANKS BOB!!  (And...thanks Erin. With you by his side he's where he is today.... a happy guy!  Well, you know what I mean!.....And Baby Chase will be here SOON!) This time around we give thanks to Ben Kinney for stepping up and getting ActiveRain back to ACTIVERAIN. I will try and blog more and get back into being a productive member of this community ActiveRain will always be?.the PEOPLE BEHIND THE WORDS.   Happy Birthday to me Happy Birthday to me Happy Birthday WooHoo Sally Happy 9th Birthday to me. WOOHOO! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   P.S. The last week of February 2016, Bob Stewart, his wife Erin, my husband Gary and I?FINALLY got to meet. Erin had a work trip scheduled in Honolulu and of course they both scheduled a meet up for dinner. Both Gary and I were flattered that they invited us to dinner?..and  that I finally met Bob and his wonderful, beautiful wife Erin.  Here?s the post Bob wrote about ?our story? and ?Gramma Sally in Hawaii?: ActiveRain Is About Relationships Where Geography Is NO Barrier      Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

ActiveRain Is About Relationships Where Geography Is No Barrier

BOB's story....is only a portion of what ActiveRain and he are all about!  More will come from my story....but in the meantime...read Bob Stewart's story about our meetup here on Oahu!!!Talk about being friends for almost a decade...and finally meeting face to face!!!!You can all comment on his post!!!********************************************************************************************** (I'm an abject blogging failure. At the start of the year, I planned to post something once a week.......this is my second post this year to my personal blog. #FAIL. I can do better!) Last week, I had the awesome opportunity to finally meet one of my closest friends here in the Rain. Sally has been an ActiveRain member since 2007. She joined in March of that year and soon after, she started blogging in the Rain. Some months later, in June of 2007, my son Kelan was born. Sally and I had talked on the phone a few times by that point as I helped her learn the ropes of blogging on ActiveRain. I hope she doesn't mind me sharing that at that point in her life, Sally didn't think that she was going to have the blessing of grandchildren. So, she adopted Kelan as her grandchild. In the beginning, she was 'Grandma Sally in Hawaii'. Today, she is just 'Grandma Sally'. As Kelan got older, Sally got in the habit of sending him a gift on his birthday and on Christmas. She would also send along goodies for the rest of the family. There is never a shortage of macadamia nuts in our house! Out of the kindness of her heart, we always knew we were never too far away from a Grandma Sally care package with an assortment of awesome treats unique to Hawaii. A few years ago, Sally's daughter had her own son. Grandma Sally was now official. But even that didn't stop her from including Kelan and our family in her heart. I remember that when she found out she was was finally going to be a 'real Grandma' (although in our house, she already was) she called and asked me if it was still alright if she could keep being 'Grandma Sally in Hawaii'. (talk about melt your heart....."ABSOLUTELY" was my response) Over the years, we've gotten in the habit of recording Kelan opening his presents from Grandma Sally and sending the videos along for Sally to be able to enjoy. One time, around 2008 or 2009, I had the good fortune of being invited by the Hawaii Association of REALTORS® to speak at their annual conference. Unfortunately, that year it was held on the Big Island, and Sally wasn't able to attend. It would be another 7 years before I would find my way back to the Islands. As luck would have it, last week we ended up on Oahu! (Sally's island) When I found out that my wife, Erin, had a work trip that would take her to Honolulu, I knew that we had to meet Grandma Sally. It was the one (and only) thing we put on our schedule besides Erin's work appointments. While Erin did her appointments during the day, I worked from the lobby of the hotel. But Thursday night was set aside to finally get to meet Sally and her gracious husband Gary. We made reservations to eat Korean BBQ at a little spot in Honolulu. The food was great! The company was a hundred times better. Finally, after all the phone conversations, the text messages, and the amazing Grandma Sally care packages, we got to properly say "thank you Sally". Thank you for adopting Kelan and showing him that people can impact your life without actually being there. Thank you for letting my son know that love has no physical boundaries. Thank you for supporting my marriage to Erin. Thank you for sending coffee to my mom. Thank you for being you! It was a great night, albeit too short! I promise the next time we come back, we'll bring Kelan along, and you can finally get to meet him.........and his brother Chase! (due April 27th, 2016)Bob StewartActiveRain Make sure you check out the ActiveRain Facebook Page Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

Mililani Condos, Townhouse, Homes | Mililani Current Market Report for 2016

Mililani Town is the only community in Hawaii to receive the distinction of All American City in 1986 and is centrally located on the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and to all US Military Bases as well. About 5-10 minutes up Highway 99 is Schofield Barracks and Wheeler AAF and Hickam AFB and Pearl Harbor Navy Base are about 20 to 25 minutes down H-2 to H-1 Freeway and Kaneohe Marine Corp Air Station is on the Windward side of Oahu over the H-3 Freeway.We?ve definitely have a healthy Mililani Oahu Housing Market. We have had our ups and downs but our market is in a buyer AND seller mode now and still a negotiating market to say the least.Let?s take a look at the months of January to to today???..2016 Market Report for Mililani Condos, Townhouses, Homes Mililani Single Family Home 2016 Monthly Market Report:  We currently have 23 Active listings and 25 in contract for the beginning of February 2016. There were 30 Mililani Sold Homes in to start 2016 off with a bang! Sales Prices ranging from $555,000 (3 bedroom home) to $1,052,000 (4 bedroom Mililani Mauka) luxury style perimeter home. Average Days on the Market was 60 days for the first part of 2016. Mililani Condo/Townhouse 2016 Market Report: We have 12 Active condos/townhouses on the market and a promising 26 properties in contract for the first part of 2016. There were 17 sold condos/townhouses in the first part of 2016 with Sales Prices ranging from $231,500 (1 bedroom condo) to $530,000 (3 bdrm townhouse in Mililani Mauka). Average Days on the Market were approximately 52 days for the first part of 2016.Mililani has had a consistent housing market during the first part of 2016. The start of 2016 shows a promising active market with many properties currently in contract and getting ready to close. The only difference this first month of 2016 compared to the same time period last year is that buyers are out and putting in multiple offers on properties! For those Hawaii Home Buyers who are sitting on the fence: Lenders are quite strict, making for a healthy buyer?s market and needless to say, transactions run smoother! VERY low interest rates are still hanging around and interest rates determine a lot on your monthly mortgage. Prices are stable in our Mililani Housing Market and the math is clear. If your current situation is in a buy mode I would say?.. jump off that fence! If you are thinking about selling or buying a home on Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii email me at sally@hawaiihomesmarket.com. Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

MILILANI HOME FOR SALE! 94-305 Makohilani St.

MILILANI HOME FOR SALE!!

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

HAWAII OCEAN SAFETY: EDUCATION is a MUST for ALL!

For the past few days we've had HIGH SURF WARNINGS on the North Shore and West Shores of Oahu (all other islands have the same going on except the Island of Hawaii "Big Island" has most North, East and Southeast shores with HIGH SURF WARNINGS!What does that mean to all of us?  It means to stay out of the water that has LIFE THREATENING surf?  What part of that do those that have died or had to have been rescued over the last few days?   On the evening news there are many injuries and even deaths from getting caught in the dangerous surf and strong undertows.  There was a video of senior visitors getting too close to the water with posted signs all over the beach. An Austrialian mother and daughter entered the surf and immediately got caught in the undertow and a lifeguard had to put his life in danger rescuing them. On a more sorrowful note, a younger man on the East side of Oahu, climbed down the steep rocks so he could swim in the surging waters.....and died.  On the rocks along this same coastline a few years back, another young man stood over the Blowhole (water splashing from underneath the rocks and shoots upwards through the hole) and when the water came back down, it sucked the young man in and under the rocks. Please be careful and read up on Ocean Safety and PLEASE...take note of the signs.....if not, it could cost you your life! Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

Love Tasting New Cuisine!

Many of us like to taste a new item on the menu in our favorite restaurant and we enjoy taking that first step (risk) in delving into a new cuisine for sake of being bold and open minded to others. In Hawaii, our cultures are so diverse and with ethnicities galore it shall bring in many types of dishes that will tweak ones palate at evey taste. As most of you know, I delve into the role of Grandma for not only my own two grandsons, but have been 'Gramma in Hawaii' to Bob Stewart's son Kelan long before my grandsons came along.Brayden, my 4 year old grandson and Kelan my 8 year old 'grandson' must have gone through the tasting period of sticking anything and everything that they can find into their inquisitive little mouths.My daughter sent me this picture two days ago. Baby Levi decided he wanted to try this shiny smooth knob of the kitchen cabinet.  He obviously thought it quite interesting and 'hung' on the knob for enough time for my daughter to grab the camera and catch this shot.  Note:  The baby safe locks went on the cupboards and drawerers that baby will not be able to do any tasting until he gets the hang of what is/isn't a type of cuisine. Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

Top 3 Blogging Tips on ActiveRain

Seeing as this is a post on the emotional aspect while blogging, please note that these are things I learned in the beginning of my blogging life on ActiveRain. It helped me to realize that just because people commented on my post, I had to step in the other person?s shoes so I could see the possibilities of where the person was coming from.I once had a post (a whole page long post) about me and why I kicked their posts out of the group I created, ?Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul? (PAWS for short). I didn?t realize how negative and mean some could be until it happened to me. I even had members get mad because I didn?t pick their post to be featured in the group, or even get this?because their post didn?t win in one of the contests I hosted.Bottom line, is this isn?t all about me?.or you. It?s about getting our information out to the consumer. We can all write about the same topic but bottom line?.the information coming from each of us will (guaranteed) be different and maybe even better than the next person.So, here?s my Top 3 Blogging Tips (Negative or Positive?you make that choice) Don?t Assume What the Blogger is ?Thinking?. If you are only looking at the scenario with YOUR thinking instead of stepping in the other person?s shoes and finding out their side to the story, then THIS is the ultimate ASSUMPTION in any ?conversation?. PICK UP THE PHONE AND TALK TO THE PERSON. You may find that your thinking (assumptions) had the person all wrong! Don?t Take it Personal When a Commenter Gives Constructive Criticism. How do you even know if the Commenter is GIVING any criticism at all? Wow! Does this all lead back to ASSUMING? Give the benefit of the doubt before ?striking back? and making a fool of yourself with your bantering and online slaps. IT REALLY ISN?T ALL ABOUT YOU OR ME. We?re so vain, we probably think this song is about you. LOLBe Kind and Considerate. We are being straight forward in all our online writing as in real life face to face.. Be it writing a post or commenting on another?s, we are kind and considerate because after all, we are here to write about our real estate industry knowledge and even about our local area.. Ranting in a post or in a comment shows your true colors. BOTTOM LINE IS OUR ONLINE WRITING IS ONLINE FOREVER! Pause and wait until your mind has let go of the ?stinking thinking? mentality. The scenario changes! We leave our Legacy Behind with every written word we write online. We are born and we pass away, but it?s what we do in between those 2 life events is what REALLY matters. When in doubt?.. Pick up the phone?. Be the better person. Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

Am I Engaging My Readers?

What do I think makes a great real estate blog?  Obviously, the content has to be very interesting and the title grasps the reader from the get go.  There are many topics to write about and though many may disagree, MANY of these topics are Real Estate related.  REAL ESTATE IS ALL AROUND US! REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY INFORMATION:    EVERY STATE has its own real estate laws and contracts.  No matter if writing about the latest laws,  markets for single family, condo or townhouses in any given neighborhood on Oahu, I will write as if I am walking alongside the reader and ?talking through my writing?----- as if conversing with that person face to face. In this way it gives a personal touch to the information I am giving the consumer. A market report can have some pop if a couple of pictures of the complex, neighborhood or even a gazebo at the neighborhood entrance to a community.  Giving information on the real estate transaction process or even a VA Loan Transaction Process can be exciting if I deliver the information with excitement. I love what I do and it shows. Again, words are only words unless I put those words into life!  LOCAL AREA and NEIGHBORHOODS:  I believe I am the ?local expert?. I know my area, the neighborhoods and my island of Oahu (Honolulu County). I grew up in the Mililani Community and can tell you the HISTORY OF OUR MARKET throughout the years from the time my parents bought their first home in 1971 (which by the way, my mom of 87 yrs. still lives in!) Being a long time resident of the area gives me the extra expertise on our local area and neighborhoods of Mililani. I can also let you know how many shopping centers and strip malls are in our area and that Mililani has 7 Centers; 5 of which have pools.  If my client asks about the theaters, Walmart, City Mill and all the wonderful restaurants, THIS Local Area Expert can give you the scoop! PERSONAL POSTS:   Writing about myself does not mean I only let the public know about what I will do for them. Some clients want to know about the person they are thinking about working with! I write about my family, experiences, trials and tribulations and showing a bit of me and who I am throughout my writing.  I love to write about some of the history on Oahu and even the colorful and exotic areas here. Letting the consumer have a peek of who I am may most likely be the determining factor that tells them to pick up the phone and call this ?person behind those written words?!  Yes, REAL ESTATE IS buying and selling property. It?s also about education with the most recent laws and updated contracts. It?s about my community and ??. The person behind these written words. I really try and engage my reader??DO YOU? Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

How Do You Manage Your Time?

Being an independent contractor (agent) gives me more flexibility in scheduling my days, weeks and sometimes as far as a month or even a few months ahead. Or so I thought. Many years ago, I grasped the concept of a pie chart to help me look at the hours in a day and working out my own time to balance work, family and definitely some me time and ?.of course time to rest my body and mind; otherwise known as SLEEP. A while back I wrote a post on time management and how to balance my time using a pie chart. I have to admit I had planned and had every intention of following through but stuff happened the last 5 years.  My time was definitely sucked up by more than I could have imagined and I had no time left for blogging (which is one of my biggest passions to market Sally!) Long story, trying to keep short! Three months ago, my husband had a talk with me. He said, ?The company you work for is NOT your company so stop revolving your life around the company?.  In other words, I was not only trying to keep ahead with my sales, BUT, I was working in the office with property management, sales support and office duties 5 days a week too! There is NO pie chart now but I do make sure that all work is completed within the 3 days I am in the office. (YES?I did put myself first and gave notice to limit myself to 3 days in the office) I work from home for my sales (which by the way hasn?t been too shabby for the first 7.5 months of this year) and I now have more time to get things done in the comforts of my home. How do you manage your time?   Note:  Sally to make sure that the important things are taken care of so I also have time to spend with family.  Going to see the Grandsons in about 2 weeks ?stay tuned. Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

Kuilima Investment Properties On the North Shore of Oahu!

My grandsons, daughter and son in law came to Oahu, Hawaii to visit us this past May.  Our time spent with them (they live in California now) was priceless and of course with my 3 yr. old (soon to be 4 next month!) grandson running to meet me (almost fell down he was going full speed ahead!) at the airport was a sight in itself! We also had the chance to stay in the beautiful Turtle Bay-Kuilima West. My good friend owns one of the townhouses and we had a ball over their last weekend on Oahu!  We had a unit that had a master bedroom, full bath and a loft style bedroom with another full bath on the second floor.  Everything in this unit was FULLY FURNISHED and FULLY STOCKED with anything and everything you could think of. The only things that we had to bring were personal items, clothing and food. FULL kitchen, bicycles, use of tennis courts and pools, boogie boards, blow up water rings..you name it, it was there. Anyone coming to visit Oahu?  Maybe just want to get away for the weekend?  CLICK ON THE LINK FOR MY FRIENDS ---Kuilima West Townhouse! It just so happened that I had a transaction going on down the road at ?Ocean Villas @ Turtle Bay?  at the same time and that closed the next couple weeks at $799.000 and it was a great foreclosure STEPS AWAY FROM THE BEACH!  Another studio is on the market for 1.1 million!  Needless to say, the Kuilima West townhouses are a lot of investment property but there are some owners (we were smack next to the golf course) and the Ocean Villas has one owner occupant! Looking for investment, retirement or just your vacation get away?  These are just two of the luxury style townhouse and condos at Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu. Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

Pricing Is Crucial, Planning is Key for ANY Market

We live on an island in the Pacific and our Oahu(Honolulu County) neighborhoods  vary in price from neighborhoodto neighborhood and county (each island) to county.  Our neighborhoods are so densely populated (especiallyfrom Ewa to East Honolulu) and in areas where the inventory is low, that to determine pricing for the sale of the property or comps for a buyer is indeed, quite thechore. More often than not, I will meet the appraiser at the property with my own comps and if there are not at least 3 properties close to the same criteria as the subject property, then I will have to go outside of the complex or around the neighborhood within a mile radius at most. In the past 6 months I?ve hadto ?get really creative?. With my list of comparable properties, a summary of these comparable properties to the subject property, and my ?Highlights and Upgrades? List (noting everything and anything, room by room),I am well prepared to ensure that the price on a listing or the price in my buyer?s contract meets close to market value.......and......I know what I am talking about when I meet the appraiser.   Pricingis Crucial. Planningis the key. Note:  THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

What Does ActiveRain Mean to All of Us?

Over the course of the last month, I have seen our ActiveRain ?old timers? or even the new timers (who left the platform for a few months), start trickling back in to meet and greet the old and new?including me. WHY?  Because we started seeing the ActiveRain we grew up with appear once again before our very eyes. I started blogging on ActiveRain in March of 2007 (after lurking about a few times from the November before) and it was then that I took that leap into writing my first post.  I had read a negative post and wanted to let the community know that I would not be lurking about but continue to write and bring positivity into this wonderful place called ActiveRain. Back in November of 2007, the CO-FOUNDER of ActiveRain, Jonathan Washburn compared ActiveRain to an Italian Piazza. He goes on to say....quote: "At the piazza, the local community gathers for camaraderie after the workday, and now, blog communities are online social hubs where people of similar interests gather to share and exchange ideas, as well as form relationships". It IS true. We share information and ideas and through our writing and commenting on others posts we connect. We have even met some of our other members and even referred clients to those we met and trusted.  ActiveRain meant so much to me for years?.and it slowly changed to something that clearly was not the ActiveRain that was intended. Jonathan Washburn asked us this question in July 25, 2009:   What is ActiveRain?   Bob Stewart gave his answer on July 01, 2015 in ActiveRain 2.0: The Next Decade.  These two men created the Weltanschauung and as I reread this document, I too am reinvigorated to return  with the passion I once had for this great Real Estate Industry Platform?.ActiveRain. Now?let me ask you this.  What is ActiveRain to you? For Me?   Plain and Simple. The People That Are Behind ?Their Written Words? That We Connect With? In this Global Community called? ActiveRain. Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

IS IT WORTH LOSING YOUR REPUTATION OVER?

I was commenting on Greg Nino?s post on Should Realtors Be Required To File Complaints On Fellow Real Estate Agents? A very poignant realization on how other agents affect not only their own business but others who are involved in the transaction.It?s almost like we HAVE to check out the agent working on the other side of us before accepting an offer for our sellers, or even the client who is hiring the agent! Bottom line is that a real estate agent KNOWS if they are licensed or not, and practicing real estate without a license falls on the head of the Principal Broker.  ?The Principal Broker shall see to it that all licensees are currently licensed at all times during employment or association?.  Again, the real estate agent KNOWS if they are licensed or not.  Not sure how it works in other states but the CE credits play a huge role if your license will be renewed or not. Other stuff you can lose your license or have heavy fines, jail time ------ In our real estate commission monthly newsletter they use real estate agents violations as an example of ?what not to do".  The agent, the brokerage (who is responsible to ensure all their agents are licensed) get their names splashed all over the newsletter as well as the outcome (fines, suspension etc).  Your DUI can If any Independent Contractor doesn?t pay their General Excise Tax (yes, we have an extra estimated tax to pay besides Federal and State) they most certainly will have free advertising as their name and charges are splashed all over the tax site, including the judgment of the case.   Is it worth it? Live your life right? Your choices follow in real estate. Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

FROM CONTRACT TO KEYS....YEAH, BUT NOT BEFORE CLOSING!

I have heard of ASKING for an Early Occupancy but not actually SEEN it happen before the close of escrow.....without the agents knowing!  Well, now I have.  In one instance the seller and buyer were residents of the same community complex. In fact, they were really good friends and the buyer decided to put in an offer for the sellers townhouse. Right before closing, the seller's agent discovers that the buyer moved a lot of her furniture in after the seller gave the keys to the buyer!  That was a mess!IN another case, the buyers somehow found out the seller's email address and started contacting them a couple of weeks before the scheduled closing date.  In fact, the ended up edging their way into a private meeting and then managed to coerce the seller into allowing them to move the 'big stuff' one day before recording....except recording was postponed.Well, it takes all kinds in this business....I'm just glad we know how to handle it.Oh, how?  Well, if we're fortunate to catch it in time, draw up the Early Occupancy Agreement to protect our clients from all liability, make sure the buyers have homeowners insurance in place, no alterations, pets, and so on....until the close of escrow. Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

Life Changing Decisions and the Top Ten Ways to Lose Your License

I?m glad that the law was passed to DOUBLE our Continuuing Education credits to 20.   It is critical for all those ?know it all agents? to continue to learn and grow but it is also critical for those same agents to realize that in order to become a seasoned agent?we have to put that information into use.  In other words, what is all that information worth if one cannot put it into ACTION? Having a head full of information and no transaction to use it?  Marketing ourselves (i.e. blogging, website, social media sites) in order to utilize the information stored in the bowels of one?s mind has to be an ongoing process.  Bear with me in my ramblings please?? I found myself with no time to engage in ?conversation? because I stretched myself too thin. I also lagged in getting some health issues resolved?or at least to start the process with some. I missed ActiveRain and it was not only the issues stated above, it was that I no longer felt that ActiveRain was?.ActiveRain. So, here I am.  I feel ike ActiveRain is ActiveRain again. IT LOOKS LIKE ACTIVERAIN AGAIN. It FEELS like ActiveRain again. Please bear with me?my mind is scattered in 10 different ways. All my pent up need for blogging over the last year is coming to a head. J I REALLY felt the need to write about a topic that has long since been on my mind but came to the surface after watching those around me ?doing it all wrong?.  Let me just say this?.we live and we die?but it?s what we do in the middle is what matters. We obtain our real estate license after going to real estate school and taking our state exams.(BIRTH of a REAL ESTATE AGENT)  I then worked for 12  years in residential sales and when I did not know the answer to something, I ASKED. Many transactions later and I am ?STILL doing everything the right way?. I am in the ?in between? stage of my real estate career and I am in no way ready to die.  So this ?In between? stage will continue on while I make my way forward in creating a legacy they will be proud of.  My kids are already proud of me and in the future my grandsons will say, ?I miss my gramma because I love her so much? (Brayden told my daughter this the other day) They will say, my gramma had her ups and downs, but she was one great lady! In the meantime, most of us know why we don?t do certain things because we value our licenses and choose to do real estate ?.the right way. Those that choose to mess up ?the in between? part of their real estate lives will choose risking their licenses because?..THEY?. Talk about how that particular neighborhood is in a high crime area?.or used to be. (Fair Housing Laws) Move a client into a home that you are selling as a short sale and have them pay just the maintenance fees until it?s sold.  (GASP! NO authorization, no rental agreement or early occupancy agreement) Bully the seller into accepting the deal for a client renting for maintenance fee payments only. (Double GASP! And you think you are doing nothing wrong????) Do BPO?s on the side and not tell your broker. (All monies are to go through your brokerage?if they even allow doing BPO?s) Tell all that you are giving referral fees by way of standing in front of Walmart with coupons. (Are you serious?) Don?t pay your state, federal and GET tax until they come after you. (HA!  You get your name splashed all over , heavy fines?.maybe even jail time) Don?t pay your child support. (YUP! You can get your license taken away or not be awarded a license period) Blog online about how much commission you charge (in reality your brokerage receives the commission AND commission is always negotiable?but?why the heck are you blogging about it?) Don?t comply with all your CE classes or pay your renewal fees. (Yes, you are an independent contractor and you pay your own fees and attend your own classes) Get arrested breaking and entering?..AND you used one of your vacant listings to meet your boyfriend (REALLY?) This is obviously not a good thing) All of the above examples you may or may not have seen in the past where one  risked losing their license.  The majority of us do real estate the right way. No cutting corners or talking smack. Because our reputation is all we have! Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

Ocean Villas @ Turtle Bay Luxury Resort - North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

I had not ever had the chance to sell an Ocean Villas @Turtle Bay Resort Condo in my whole real estate career. Because of this, I researched and found out everything there is to know about an Ocean Villas @ Turtle Bay Resort Condo and specifically, THIS unit, so I could guide and advise my resort condo buyers. The best advice I could give them was, ?This is a foreclosure, but if you WANT to do a home inspection, a mold inspection, an appraisal, a termite inspection (even though you are paying all cash and the bank says no to paying for all) then by all means,  I will be there to ensure that we had access to the property!? Ocean Villas @ Turtle Bay Luxury Resort Gated Community, Fully Furnished and ON the ground floor so that the lanai is facing the ocean. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.  That IS true!  Steps to the beach, steps to the BBQ area, steps to the pool, amenities galore! The sale was a 30 day closing and we recorded ON THE DAY IT WAS SUPPOSED TO!  Luckily, I had escrow, inspectors, buyers and of course me?working as a team to meet the common goal. CLOSING THE TRANSACTION!.  This Studio Condo sold for a steal away price of $799,000.  You can see why with the comparable properties actively on the market for sale or sold below     If you want to learn more about the Ocean Villas @ Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of the island of Oahu, give me a buzz Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

MILILANI 4 BEDROOM HOME FOR SALE! 94-1030 Ahiu Place 96789

   MILILANI 4 Bedroom Custom Home for Sale! 94-1030 Ahiu Place, Mililani, HI 96789 ENERGY EFFICIENT Features while GORGEOUS! Unique and Original in design ....and TOTALLY REMODELED! (all upgrades and remodeling took place between 2003 to PRESENT) Enter this Corner Lot 4 bdrm, 2.5 bath custom upgrades and remodeled with the best materials! The Polywood Plantation Shutter Insulation Systems are on ALL windows (keeps 30% UV Rays OUT) ...including the garage and split a/c's in living, dining and all bedrooms! All tiled flooring is sealed with epoxy grout so you will not ever have to reseal again. All wood laminate is PERGO. The MASTER BEDROOM SUITE is on the 1st Floor and has DOUBLE Walk In Closets and closet systems. Pergo Flooring and large door (with built in Polywood Shutter) The Master Suite Wet Room Shower has travertine tiles throughout.(no resealing or mildew with the epoxy grout!) Honey Onyx Pedestal Sinks with matching framed mirrors. The Hansgroh bath fixtures have a lifetime replacement and the Broan bathroom exhaust fan is a Broan eco friendly fan. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite counters, wood cabinets and the pass through (kitchen to dining area) has a granite counter too. The other 3 bedrooms, full bath (upgraded too!) are on the second floor. The stairs and bedrooms are all Pergo flooring, the Polywood Shutters & Split A/C's. The OWNER OWNED- 26 PV Panels (installed 2010-2011)makes your electricity bill a mere $15 a month! Alongside a hybrid water heater, 2013 energy efficient roof, the POLYWOOD Insulated System Shutters...AND all these custom features.....what more could you ask for?!! YOU KNOW.....THIS...is the home you've been waiting for!! *Note: Please click on MENU or button on the left for Additional Photos! Asking Price: $835,000 MLS: 201506370 Sq. Feet: 2110 Lot Size: 6414 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5 # of Floors: 2 HOA/Maintenance Fees: 35 Garage Size: 442 Subdivision: Mililani Town-Islander Maui Year Built: 1989Property Amenities - Range/Oven - Sink Disposal - Full Refrigerator - Microwave - Washer/Dryer - Dishwasher - Attic - Patio - Grass Lawn - Yard - Fenced Yard - Sauna - Tool Shed - Walk-in closet - Tile floor - Living room - Dining Room - Granite Countertops - Stainless steel appliances - Laundry area - garage - Front Loading Washer and Dryer - Ceiling Fans - Pergo Wood Laminate Flooring - Travertine Tile Shower Walls/Floor - Slated Tile Sidewalks and Patios - Polywood Shutters (Insulated System) - HydroMassage SPA - Split A/C: Living and Dining Room - Split A/C All BedroomsCommunity Amenities - Swimming Pool(s) - Recreation Center - Mililani Town Association 7 Recreation Centers - MANY PARKS - MANY PlaygroundsCeleste "Sally" Cheeseman, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® AHWD CRS e-PROHawaii Real Estate & Relocations Main (808) 625-1776 Cell (808) 375-1404 Dir (808) 375-1404 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

TOP 3 Things That May Hurt Your Contract Negotiations

Going through the ?negotiating period of a contract? (or in our case, multiple offers on any one property in a low inventory market) is a stressful situation for all.  I know that I will represent my client in contract negotiations without divulging personal/contract information that could hurt my client?s chances of receiving or accepting an offer. Why the seller is moving is NOT part of the negotiating period. Quite often, I am questioned by buyers at an Open House or agents flat our asking about the seller?s personal life.  ESPECIALLY WITHOUT (better yet) WRITTEN PERMISSION! WHY they are moving is none of their business.  Okay, to be a little more courteous?.let?s just say I politely tell them, ?I am not authorized to divulge personal information about my client?. An agent creating a ?Cover Letter for Their Buyers are not a good idea. When it is personal information about the buyer and the terms of what the buyer will or will not do?WITHOUT their permission is not a great idea.  When it says, ?my client will not ask for further credits, no repairs, no anything? and then during the home inspection the buyers start asking for credits and upgrades, I kind of figure the buyer didn?t know the letter was written. That tactic certainly will be on the edge of losing a contract. The Seller does not forget that detailed two page cover letter from the agent detailing why the Seller should accept their offer.Giving away the status of the # of offers may hurt our chances of receiving multiple offers. Right off the bat a buyer?s agent/ or buyer will ask me how many offers did you receive so far? Sorry, again, I am not authorized by the seller to tell anyone the # of offers, the price of offers, what my seller will accept and so on.  What IS acceptable is writing up an offer with the terms your buyer wants and me presenting it to my seller.My client relationship is sacred.  So, stop asking silly questions. Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

MILILANI "Laulea Townhouse" for Sale!!

MILILANI Townhouse for Sale 95-096 Kipapa Dr. #439, Mililani, HI 96789 View Map Townhouse living at its finest! Enter this Centrally located in Mililani Town "Laulea Townhouse". A tropical landscaped entryway is already inviting...what lays beyond the entry door? The dining area to the left (with additional closet under the stairs) and the upgraded kitchen to the right. The kitchen boast granite counters, Kitchen Aid wood cabinets and plenty of room for that culinary artist! Past the right side of the kitchen is the laundry area (front load washer/dryer) with shelving above and storage cabinet too. The half bath completes the first half of the first floor....and what lays beyond is the VERY spacious living area with Pergo laminate flooring. Out the glass doors off the living area leads to the fenced in courtyard and covered patio. BBQ anyone? Up to the second floor and we have a very open, natural lighting second floor landing/floors. All halls and bedrooms have the Pergo flooring as well. The walk in closet/storage has plenty of room and a bonus closet above this walk in surely utilizes the space here. Two smaller bedrooms/closets and a hall guest full bath on top of the Master Bedroom Suite and Master Full bath complete the second floor. But Wait! There's more! All bedrooms have covered lanais. How about a relaxing way to drink your first cup of java in the am or an ice tea at the end of the day. You know what? THIS IS THE HOME FOR YOU! Details Asking Price: $410,000 MLS: 201502363 Sq. Feet: 1408 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 # of Floors: 2 HOA/Maintenance Fees: 336 Subdivision: Laulea Town Houses Year Built: 1972 Property Amenities - Range/Oven - Sink Disposal - Full Refrigerator - Washer/Dryer - Dishwasher - Balcony - Patio - Grass Lawn - Yard - Fenced Yard - Tool Shed - Walk-in closet - Living room - Granite Countertops - Laundry area - inside - Ceiling Fans Community Amenities - Covered parking - Swimming Pool(s) - Recreation Center Contact Info Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE AHWD CRS e-PROHawaii Real Estate & RelocationsMain (808) 625-1776 Cell (808) 375-1404Dir (808) 375-1404Email | Website All information is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed. Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

TOP 10 Priorities to Consider When Selling Your Hawaii Home

The Hawaii Home Seller will need to be aware that there are TOP PRIORITIES for selling your home and  getting the best representation for that job!  It's not just about marketing your home, selling your home at market value or expecting that everyone else has the same sentiments that you do with your home. A Home Seller HAS to have an open mind with an abundance of concerns that need to be considered and addressed in the process of Selling Your Hawaii Home. Another thing to consider is that there is just only so much buildable land on Oahu.  The home located on a nice piece of land (say 5,000-10,000 sq/ft) in say Mililani, is worth more than the home itself! 1. The interior/ land square footage is important.  You may have an excellent condition home but 700 sq/ft interior vs. 2,500 interior sq/ft interior is a HUGE difference in under the roof size and will HAVE to be priced right. Same with the land sq/ft. Listen to your Realtor® when they are presenting comparable properties on the market. 2. The Year Built is important.  The year your home was built is a huge difference if it were built in 1920 vs. 2015!  Some older homes in Hawaii are single wall construction, have aluminum wiring and the plumbing (if not done previously) will need serious updating. Single wall construction may be harder to get homeowners insurance. 3. Selling Your Hawaii Home in "As Is" Condition Will Raise Eyebrows.  If you have a home that has structural, electrical, plumbing or hazardous issues; not to mention termites.  You'd be better off getting an independent home inspection and making the necessary repairs. 4. Market Value of Your Home Does Matter!  I keep hearing many who insist that appraisers do not use short sales  and foreclosures for comps in their appraisals. Gee, wonder how prices went down in certain neighborhoods compared to others? Then why do appraisers give a summary of "this neighborhood is in a declining market" in their report? 5. Neighborhoods Do Matter!  There are some Oahu neighborhoods that were in severely declining markets with MANY short sales and foreclosures.  Your Realtor® should know your neighborhood and give you sound advice on the housing market in your neighborhood. 6. Loan programs available do matter!  Most loans may not approve a loan if your home has unpermitted bedrooms, baths or additions. VA loans will not approve a loan for a home that is in disrepair as well.  Just because your home is in a high priced neighborhood does not automatically mean that you can sell it and a loan will be approved if you have serious conditions going on. 7.  Lower inventory may not matter if:  You have your home so overpriced that it will not appraise. Our inventory is seriously low in Mililani,  but it does not mean you can overprice by 100k and people will grab it!  You need to be realistic and listen to your Realtor®. 8. Marketing Your Home Does Matter!  Approximately 90% of all home buying/selling consumers are online looking at the values of Hawaii Homes. Your Realtor® should have an extensive marketing plan geared online for selling your Hawaii Home and also do Open Houses (which by the way do work here) to expose your home to many advertising possibilities. 9.  Allowing for Showings of Your Home DO Matter!  If you demand to be there for all showings or only allow showings during certain times you will definitely cut the amount of exposure for your home. Make sure your agent uses electronic lockboxes that register all agents who are showing their clients. 10. It Does Matters Which Realtor® Represents You!  You may want to interview a few Realtors® to make sure that you will be represented well.  Experience, knowledge, personality, detailed, organized, prompt, keeps you informed, marketing techniques, laws/contracts are just a few of the traits to look for. You may be relocating, upgrading to a larger home or downgrading because of personal reasons. Whatever your reasons are for Selling Your Hawaii Home these points above are REALLY something to consider. You do want to be a happy and successful Hawaii Home Seller, right? Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

HONOLULU COUNTY ---NEW 2015 VA HOME Loan Limits

The 2015 VA Home Loan Limit for Oahu (Honolulu County) Hawaii is $721,050!  Of course if you are buying a Honolulu County Home that is of greater amount there will be a down payment for that portion that exceeds the $721,050.00 VA Home Loan Limit. Below is the 2015 BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) for Honolulu County rates by rank Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

WINNERS For the Defining GRATITUDE and Goals Contest!!!

Defining Gratitude and Goals Contest was a success! Not only can other members read for years to come but these topics give the member an eye into ?self? that will help in business as well as personal relationships as well. I want to give the Judges particular attention and as you read past the Winners of the Contest?you will understand why this contest is VERY special to me as well. Jeff Dowler has done all of us the honors with (again) being the Lead Judge for our contest and he did a wonderful job keeping it all together and deserves a HUGE THANK YOU!!!  He has walked along side of me throughout a few years of my contests and I can?t thank him enough!! The other Judges were Tammy Lankford, Tom Arsingstall and Debe Maxwell, who along with Jeff worked hard and diligently to read EVERY entry and come up with the top place winners !!!  I can never thank them enough either.  PLEASE KEEP READING! I want to personally thank all my judges for this contest. The especially took all the time it takes with the hard task of reading 94 entries. They also took much of their time in the excruciating task of making sure their top picks had followed each and every rule and come up with the winners. First Place:  Can Gratitude Be Planned? By Gail Robinson ---2500 points Second Place:  Living with Gratitude Everyday. By Kathleen Luiten--2000 points Third Place:  Gratitude and Why By Dagny Eason---1500 points All other entries will receive 1,000 points for their participation in the contest!  Thank you so much for your time and effort!!! In my NON ENTRY for this contest, I wrote about a particular situation. I am grateful for Bob Stewart (former LONGTIME Community Evangelist for ActiveRain) allowing me into his family and particularly his son Kelan.  Long Story Short (famous line) he allowed me to be a ?Gramma Sally in Hawaii? to his son Kelan. I had no grandchildren until September of 2011 when our miracle Grandson arrived by C-Section.  I still send Kelan Birthday and Christmas Boxes?.and GRATEFUL what that experience has taught me. I especially  am filled with gratitude for what happened now?during this very contest. My 2nd grandson arrived 3 weeks early (we had a scheduled C-Section for December 8th and baby just wouldn?t have it!) on November 25, 2014.  It was a particularly hard labor for my petite 4?10? (usually 90 lbs) daughter and she ended up nearly passing out with the loss of blood. In turn she had a blood transfusion and recovery took two hours. I had it all planned out. OR so I thought?..I had my ticket for Dec. 4th, the contest would be over and I would have read the majority ?if not all of the entries. As it turned out, I didn?t have much time to do anything during that last week of November?.and I arrived the morning after Baby Levi entered into this world on November 25. It has been an ?experience? to say the least but I want to especially thank Tammy Lankford, who supported me during those crucial hours of ?not knowing? what was going on with my daughter?.until I reached my destination; cradling my new grandson Levi and hugging my 3 year old Grandson Brayden.  Most importantly, to see with my own eyes that my daughter was indeed all right?.just like she said. MAHALO (Thank You) again for all of you sharing what your idea of Gratitude is and how /or do use it in business and personal life. Happy Holidays!!! Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

ACTIVERAIN CONTEST: Defining Gratitude and GOALS

November ?. In the Fall Season, leaves change colors, Halloween just passed, a bit of cooler weather after a long heat wave so we put on that sweater in chilly evenings. One may also think of the Thanksgiving Feast and a Day of Gratitude. Regardless if we celebrate the upcoming holidays or not?. I know that 2014 will be coming to an end and I need to start planning for the year 2015!   I can safely presume that the one way to achieve this is?..POSITIVE THINKING.  I am grateful for what I DO have?.and try not to focus constantly on everything I do not have. Negative Thinking will only get me negative results.  Focusing on what I don?t have or not enough of will keep me stuck in that mode. If I choose to use the negatives as a positive then I can focus on what I need to do to MAKE things happen. POSITIVE =  GRATITUDE  /   GRATITUDE + A PLAN = GOAL  Sounds simple right?  Think about it??..If I have a positive attitude about about things I have (qualities) have it equals gratitude for things I DO have.  If I create a plan out of  something that I am grateful for then it equals a goal.  With a goal?.ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! Gratitude MEANS? How can I use gratitude to plan for success in 2015? 1)  Write about the following 2 topics (in 1 post).   a)  DEFINE GRATITUDE-  Pick an instance or a series of events that Defined  Gratitude for you.         (example in ?Sally?s Story?) b)  How will I use GRATITUDE to Benefit Work and/or Personal Life?  After writing about     Defined Gratitude and think about how you can use these events for future planning?GOAL or GOALS if you will.  Business Plans, Personal Plans?.we all need goals to accomplish something and GRATITUDE can be the base of your plans. 2)   Contest starts November 01, 2014 and ends November 30th ?Midnight ActiveRain time.  (12 midnight PST means 3am EST and of course 9pm in Hawaii!). 3)   NO copied quotes, poems or any plagiarized (stolen, borrowed or bought) material allowed. All submissions have to be your own content. 4)    Your entry posts must have at least one picture, slideshow or a video for visual appearance. They have to be YOUR OWN visuals to enhance your post. 5)    ENTER YOUR ENTRY LINKS in the comment section of this post. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thanks to Kerrie La Guardia for supporting this contest and approving the award of points. 2500 points for FIRST Place 2000 points for SECOND Place 1500 points for THIRD Place >>>>>>>>>All other entries will receive 1000 points   IF the RULES are Followed  (i.e. you cannot get additional points if you slapped a post in the contest and it does not even relate to the TOPICS. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

NON ENTRY for the FALL SEASON and Defining GRATITUDE CONTEST

MY NON ENTRY (I am hosting the contest!)  ACTIVERAIN DEFINING GRATITUDE AND GOALS CONTEST FALL SEASON---Defining Gratitude  (Sally's Story for the November Contest) I have a 3 year old grandson, and one more grandson due the first week in December.  It took ten years for my daughter to have a child and frankly, we all didn?t think she would bear any children at all. Miracles happen, and I truly believe that if I let go of the things I have no control of, then mysterious things ?.most likely positive ones?will happen in its wake. In other words, I do live by the following: I do NOT have control over anyone or anything else in this world, EXCEPT??MYSELF. Living by those words, I concentrate on my thoughts?each and every day. (Especially if those thoughts are negative I process it. i.e. WHY I am thinking that way??)  If I am ?thinking? that others ?should do this or that? then my thoughts are the need to control over others.  (KEY WORD HERE IS ?SHOULD?) Every human being is different?therefore, everyone has different thoughts. I will act on those thoughts and ultimately the end result is either a negative or positive one.  I HAVE CONTROL OVER ME (ONLY) AND CHOOSE to live by being aware of those thoughts. Going back to my POSITIVE =  GRATITUDE  AND THEN, GRATITUDE + A PLAN = GOAL. The day I found out I would be a Gramma is the day that my daughter called me crying (of course I couldn?t understand her at first and she had to repeat herself twice) to let mom know?.she is pregnant! After 10 years of letting go and accepting that I may not be a Gramma I find out I WOULD INDEED BE A GRAMMA.  Brayden came on September 20, 2011 and not only that, Baby Levi will be in here in a few short weeks! Prior to that miraculous day, I had ?adopted? Kelan, Bob Stewart?s son, as my Grandson and have been celebrating his birthday and Christmas since 2007. Bob always sends me a video with Kelan opening his presents and I have watched him grow from baby Kelan until present.  A fine young lad indeed!  Just so you all know, the celebrations haven?t stopped ?and won?t stop.  Even if I am a Gramma of 2 of my own grandsons?I am still celebrating as if I have 3. WHY?? You see, I am soo grateful for Bob and his family allowing me into their family and to be ?Gramma Sally in Hawaii?. That empty void ?that space in my heart that was waiting to be filled as a Gramma, is a gift that keeps on giving, by Bob and his family and even the love of his life Erin. I continue to honor what I have and the miracles that fill my life since.  Yes, MIRACLES do happen starting with kindness?and gratitude. We all can create a plan from a simple act of kindness, (something that we are immensely grateful for) and then a plan turns into a goal.  The miracles that follow, the successes that follows (the rewards experienced within or even in the form of grandchildren)  can turn ones whole life around. Gratitude in our Fall Season; There is no rhyme or reason. Gratitude is what one feels And clearly cannot conceal? For it begins? From deep within. ???.Sally ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers. © 2007-2015 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate and Relocation Blog. All rights reserved.    

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