By Joe Di Condina

  November Honolulu numbers show a steady market for sellers, with prices up 6% for single family homes and 8% for condos compared with this time last year.    Median sale prices in Honolulu have gone up 3 and 4% since Nov 2017 for single family homes and condos respectively.    Even though the number…

Winter in the Islands

Winter in Hawai‛i is almost like Summer in Hawai‛i. That’s what happens when you live near the equator. Hawaiian weather isn’t divided up into “seasons” like it is in other places. The Hawaiian summer known as “kau” runs from May to October and has a daytime average temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter, known as…

5 Design Trends you’re About to see Everywhere

Airbnb has analyzed users on their platform to find the trendiest buzzwords that hosts are writing and guests are searching. Check out their findings in this Airbnb blog post: Rustic Chic to ‘Staying-In-imalism’: Airbnb Plus’ 2019 Design Trends Featured image courtesy of Airbnb.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Kapolei

Kapolei is the fastest growing area in the state of Hawai‛i. With urban Honolulu approaching full build-out, state and county governments have designated Kapolei as “O‛ahu’s Second City,” and West O‛ahu’s hub for business, commerce, and government. A master-planned community with almost 12,000 homes, condos and townhouses, the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting expects…

October numbers show it continues to be a great time to sell in the Honolulu market with an absorption rate of three months, buyers snapping up homes that hit the market in less than a month, and single family homes achieving 97% of asking price while condos achieved 97.7% in October.

It’s November in New York and that means three things: Q3 Market Updates are out, holiday shopping begins, and it’s time for a feast of food. New York City is a special place to be during the holiday season, and it’s an even more special place to own a home. The market has shifted considerably…

Eco-Friendly Holiday Shopping in Honolulu

Because living on an island challenges Hawai‛i residents to live in harmony with the environment, I’ve grouped together some eco-friendly places that locals love to shop for the holidays. I’ve also included some online shopping venues, because shopping online saves gas, time, and the stress of long lines. And everybody loves that! Eco-Friendly Shops Roberta…

Fall 2018 Food and Drink Events in NYC

With the weather consistently around 50 – 60 degrees and the sun setting around 6:00 pm, it seems that fall is in full force in New York City. Plenty of us are looking for ways to get out and enjoy this nearly-perfect season before it begins to get too cold to leave our apartments. Luckily,…

Eco-Friendly Holiday Shopping in New York City

NYC is a haven for innovators, and artisans inspired by climate change have stitched together more than one way to make fashion and home products eco-friendly. This sustainable shopping safari will guide you from the Upper West Side all the way down to Brooklyn. If you get hungry, stop by your closest Sweetgreen, a NYC…

A Brief History Of New York City Subway Performers

Performers and musicians are as fundamental to the character of the New York City subway as train delays. And yet, the issue of subway and even street performances has been highly contested in the city for decades. In fact, in the 1930s, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia referred to these musicians as “beggars” and banned…

5 Hiking Spots on O’ahu

One of the great things about being on O‛ahu is that, despite the crowds in downtown Honolulu and the traffic snarls daily, just 5 or 10 minutes outside of town you’ll feel like you’re in a remote area far away from civilization. And there’s nothing quite like standing on a mountaintop or hill and looking…

41 West 72nd Street #7H

Offered at $1,195,000, this beautifully renovated large one bedroom is bright and spacious with a well-configured layout, all on a prime Upper West Side block. This unit has been completely gut renovated to the highest standards and offers solid oak floors, a kitchen outfitted with custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, solid wood doors…

The three most telling indicators about the strength of Honolulu’s real estate market are: 1) steadily rising average and median home prices; 2) an absorption rate under 3 months; and 3) 810 Honolulu home sales closed last month, and single family homes received 99.1% of asking price while condos received 98.6% of asking price. It’s…

45 Lispenard Street #2E

$3,695,000 / Enjoy wide-open loft living with abundant sunlight in this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom quintessential historic Tribeca loft. No detail was overlooked in the full renovation, designed by Raad Studio. From the moment you enter the home, you are greeted by southern sunlight that floods the entry and great room. Fourteen foot barrel vaulted ceilings, blonde…

Big Wave Season: Fall Honolulu Events

Fall is in the air! In Honolulu, we celebrate the month-long Aloha Festival in September. Throughout October there are art, music and food events unlike any you’ve seen before. And then it’s ‘all eyes on the ocean’ as locals and visitors eagerly await the big surf competitions in November. And to make this a season…

The Honolulu Market remains hot, with condos and single family homes still spending an average of ~ 2 weeks on the market before selling at 99% of the listing price. Less than 3 months of an absorption rate for single family homes and condos indicates extremely high demand for the approximately 3,400 homes currently on…

Boat Rides around Hawai‛i

The author Mark Twain called Hawai‛i “the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.” And one of the most memorable ways to view the islands is from the ocean. Distractions melt away. There’s only the seashore, the lapping waves, the mountain tops…and you. Each of the Hawaiian islands is unique. From the…

Neighborhood Spotlight: Kaka’ako

Photo courtesy of Kaka‛ako Improvement Association Kaka‛ako is one of O‛ahu’s most vibrant urban neighborhoods. Nestled on the south shore of O‛ahu between the financial hub of downtown Honolulu and the tourist hub of Waikiki, Kaka‛ako is an ideal location for the mix of high-rise condos and businesses developing to meet the needs of young…

Welcome to summer! July 4th is here, Q2 is behind us, and the market is still in the midst of a correction. After median Manhattan sales prices increased 40% from 2011 to 2017, submarkets in NYC have been correcting themselves for between 12-24 months. Since this time last year, median prices are down 4%, sales have dipped 11%, and there…

New York City Pizza

In New York City, pizza can be a more contentious topic than politics. NYC is home to some of the greatest pizza geniuses of all time, so the competition for making the perfect pie is stiff. With delicious, creative options in seemingly every neighborhood, the pizza scene in New York City can be overwhelming, even…