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The Coconut Chronicles

The MauiRealEstate.com Newsletter

Volume 16 » page 2 ...

Billy and Pete’s Preparing Your Home for Sale

Last month's Chronicles featured a buyer's guide for Maui. This month we are going to focus on the other side of the transaction. The following are steps that seller's should consider when preparing their home to go on the market. These steps will improve the overall marketability of your home and may raise the likelihood of finding a buyer. There are also a couple of tips that may help you keep your buyer when you go under contract.

  1. Make a good first impression. How does your yard look? What about the exterior paint? Are plants, shrubs and trees well trimmed? Are there any toys or yard equipment strewn about the lawn? These are questions you should ask and address with your home. A well maintained yard and landscaping can make a positive impression. Fresh paint can also make a big difference. You don't need to repaint your entire home, even a fresh coat on the front door can help to make a positive impression.

  2. Purge your clutter. If you are going to be moving, it makes sense to start getting rid of stuff before you put your home on the market. All but those who live a minimalist Zen existence have stuff around the house that they do not need or use. If you don't use it and it's not an heirloom, get rid of it. Have a garage sale, take it to the Salvation Army, Big Brother / Sister or a recycling center, just get it out of the house! The less clutter, the more spacious your home will appear. If you keep a lot of things on the kitchen or bath room counters, find a place for your stuff in your cabinets. That being said, don't overstuff cabinets, closets and storage spaces. If you are struggling to create space, consider renting a space at an off site storage center.

  3. Staging. Staging is an industry that is particularly popular on a number of mainland markets, but it has yet to really grow as a business in Maui. I think that will change in the future. Professionals in the staging business can help home owners with their clutter issues, but they can also help by repositioning existing furnishings, providing fresh flowers and vases and even adding selected furniture pieces.

  4. If you can smell it, you can't sell it! There was a guy who used to show up at our Realtor meetings pitching a product that was good at eliminating odors. I don't know how the product worked, but his line "if you can smell it, you can's sell it" always stuck with me. Pet and animal odors can be particularly offensive. If you have a litter box, clean it frequently! Consider having odor absorbing carpets deep cleaned and treated. Mold and mildew odors can be a big turn off and they could be indicators of a mold problem. Do what you can to have mold and mildew treated. Trash and recycling should be taken out frequently. Plug in scents and candles can also be used to fight odors. However, I would recommend using these products in moderation.

  5. Keep it clean. This is related to points 2 and 3, but worth repeating. Keep your house clean with beds made, laundry put away and dishes washed. If work and other life obligations leaves little time to clean, consider hiring a cleaning service while your home is on the market.

  6. Time to address the repairs and deferred maintenance you have been putting off. Dripping sinks, holes in the wall, tricky appliances, dry rot, faulty light switches and other maintenance issues around the house should be addressed. Individually, these little things may be small, but cumulatively they can plant seeds of doubt about the overall care of your home. If you are not in a position to address deferred maintenance issues, make sure that you consider them when deciding at what price to enter the market.

  7. Does it make sense to remodel? Some sellers will do a complete remodel of kitchens and bathrooms prior to putting their home on the market. While it may make your home look nice, it seldom makes financial sense. Kitchen and bathroom remodels can be expensive. Most sellers are unable to recoup the cost of the remodel on their sales price. You may want to make some lower cost changes like replacing handles on drawers and cabinets or applying a fresh coat of paint. Rather than buying new appliances, consider offering a credit to the buyer so that they can purchase appliances that better suit their tastes and needs.

  8. Home Inspection. 99.9% of all buyers get a home inspection. It makes sense to have your home inspected prior to having it put on market to discover undiscovered/undisclosed defects that could cause problems when you have your home in escrow. Escrow is not the time to find out that you have problems with your foundation or you need a new roof. Find the deal breakers and address them before you go to market.

  9. Survey. Have you had a recent survey of your property? If not, it would be wise to have a survey done. Most buyers will request that the seller provide a survey of the property. If you get a survey done in advance, you would have time to rectify any possible encroachments.

  10. Disclose. Disclose. Disclose. Although disclosure does not happen until a Buyer is under contract, we thought it was an important enough issue to raise here! State law requires that a Seller and their Realtor disclose anything that may "materially" impact a buyer's decision to purchase your home. Our favorite saying is that a Seller was never sued for over-disclosure. Please discuss Seller's disclosure with your Realtor, and when in doubt.Disclose!

In today's market, Buyers are looking for bargaining chips or even reasons to cancel escrows once they get a deal under contract. The more you do up front before listing your home, the greater likelihood that you will have a smooth sales and escrow process.

If you are considering selling your home and would like a price opinion or suggestions on how to spruce your home or condo up.please give us a call.

Taste of the Tropics

Typing this recipe was making my mouth water. Make sure you use real Maui Onions for the best flavor!

Maui Onion Crusted Short Ribs with Carmelized Maui Gnocchi & Maui Onion Demi Glac
Yield 4-6 Portions (for short ribs)
5 lb Short Rib
1 C diced carrots
2 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 C diced celery
1/2 C diced parsnips
1 C Maui onions, diced
1 C vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
3 C Red Wine
1 gal Veal Stock
2 sprigs Rosemary
2 sprigs Thyme

In a large skillet, season and sear short ribs with 1 cup oil. Be sure to brown the meat really well on all sides. Remove meat and add all vegetables and garlic. Saute until golden brown. Return meat to pan and add red wine and simmer until liquid is almost gone. Add stock and herbs, bring to a boil and reduce heat and summer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is very done. Strain stock and reduce (reserve liquid for gnocchi).

Gnocchi
2 potatoes (Russet)
1 whole egg
1 C all purpose flour
2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
1 C Maui onion
1 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Pour 1 cup flour on chopping board. Combine cooked potatoes and flour. Make a mound and indent and pour beaten egg into the indentation. Combine with flour and potatoes mixture, Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese, as well as the Maui onion and chopped fresh parsley onto the flour mixture and fold everything together. Roll fully combined mixture into hot dog size logs. Cut logs into 2 inch pieces. Boil pieces in salted water. When the gnocchi floats to the top, they are done.

Recipe Courtesy of Sure Save

Coconut Cultural Calendar

The following are events scheduled for September at Maui cultural venues like the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) and Hui No' Eau. For a relatively small island, Maui offers a lot both in terms of home grown performers and internationally renowned artists and entertainers.

Exhibits

The MACC Presents...
Custom and Creativity: Arts of the Upland Philippines
October 14 - November 12

Schaefer International Gallery, open Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm; also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermissions. FREE Admission.

Hui No'Eau
Exhibition Dates: September 23, 2006 - November 12, 2006
This multi-media exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to view a survey of the arts community in Hawaii. The Juried Exhibition is an all media juried exhibition for members of Hui No`eau Visual Arts Center who are eighteen years or older.

Gallery Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Saturday, closed on Sundays.

Shows at the MACC

The Macc presents ...2006-07 Rockin' Series
PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO
Tuesday, October 3
Castle Theater, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $35, $45, $55, $65
Supported in part by the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture & the Arts, County of Maui, Pacific Light Net, i-fm and KAOI Radio.

Maui Film Festival presents ... (weekly movie title TBA)
Wednesday, October 4
5:00 & 7:30 pm, Castle Theater
Light dinners, desserts & beverages available at Candlelight Café 4:30 - 7:30 pm, Founders Courtyard. For more info: 572-3456 or www.mauifilmfestival.com
Tickets: $10 single, $8 w/MFF passport

KU MAI KA HULA / "Hula Appears"
Saturday, October 7, Castle Theater, 1:00 pm
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show
Food and music in Yokouchi Founders' Court before the performance.

The Macc presents ...2006-07 Global Rhythms Series
SHOUT, SISTER, SHOUT!
Sunday, October 8
Castle Theater, 5:00 pm
Tickets: $10, $25, $35 , 1/2 price kids 12 & under
Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation for Culture & the Arts, County of Maui, i-fm and KAOI Radio, Latitudes.

Maui Film Festival presents ... (weekly movie title TBA)
Wednesday, October 11
5:00 & 7:30 pm, Castle Theater. Light dinners, desserts & beverages available at Candlelight Café 4:30 - 7:30 pm, Founders Courtyard. For more info: 572-3456 or www.mauifilmfestival.com
Tickets: $10 single, $8 w/MFF passport

The Macc presents ...2006-07 Dance Series

MOMIX: LUNAR SEA
Thursday, October 12
Castle Theater, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $10, $28, $40, 1/2 price kids 12 & under
Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation for Culture & the Arts, County of Maui, Capezio, i-fm and KAOI Radio.

The Macc presents ...2006-07 Rockin' Series
OZOMATLI
originally scheduled for Nov 9 -
show date changed to FRIDAY OCT 13!
Castle Theater, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $23 advance, $28 day of show
Supported in part by the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture & the Arts, County of Maui, i-fm and KAOI Radio, KISS and DaJam Radio.

The Macc presents ...2006-07 Local Voices TalkStory Series
Kumu Kahua Theatre: ALOHA LAS VEGAS by Edward Sakamoto
Thursday-Saturday, October 12-14
McCoy Studio Theater, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $22 , 1/2 price kids 12 & under
Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation for Culture & the Arts, County of Maui, Hawaii Tourism Authority, KPOA and KNUI Radio.

MOHALA MAI 2006
Saturday, October 14
Castle Theater, 7:30 pm
Silent Auction to benefit the halau; outdoor entertainment and food court opens at 5:00 p.m. in Yokouchi Founder's Court . Tickets: $30.

The Macc presents ...
1st annual Starbucks ‘UKULELE FESTIVAL
Sunday, October 15
A & B Amphitheater 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Produced by Roy Sakuma's 'Ukulele Festivals Hawai'i.
Sponsored by KPOA Radio and Maui Time Weekly!.

The Macc presents ...2006-07 Global Rhythms Series
MANILAL & MITA NAG, sitar
Tuesday, October 17
M cCoy Studio Theater, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25, 1/2 price kids 12 & under
Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation for Culture & the Arts, County of Maui, i-fm and KAOI Radio, J. Watamull Fund.

Manhattan Mama's Coconut Cabaret presents
JOEY ARIAS: STRANGE FRUIT
Tuesday, October 17
7:30 pm, Founders Court NOTE DATE AND VENUE CHANGE!
Also featuring Elliot Douglass on piano. For more info: http://www.neocomedy.com/
Tickets $18

Maui Film Festival presents ... (weekly movie title TBA)
Wednesday, October 18
5:00 & 7:30 pm, Castle Theater
Light dinners, desserts & beverages available at Candlelight Café 4:30 - 7:30 pm, Founders Courtyard. For more info: 572-3456 or www.mauifilmfestival.com
Tickets: $10 single, $8 w/MFF passport

POPS FERNANDEZ
Thursday, October 19
Castle Theater, 7:30 pm
Tickets $35, $55, $75, $95, kids 6-12 ½ price

The Macc presents ...
CHRIS ISAAK
Friday, October 20
Castle Theater, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $35, $45, $55, $65

The Macc presents ...2006-07 Dance Series
TAU DANCE THEATER: Naupaka
Saturday, October 21
Castle Theater, 7:30 pm
Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation for Culture & the Arts, County of Maui, Capezio, i-fm and KAOI Radio.

Maui Film Festival presents ... (weekly movie title TBA)
Wednesday, October 25
5:00 & 7:30 pm, Castle Theater. Light dinners, desserts & beverages available at Candlelight Café 4:30 - 7:30 pm, Founders Courtyard. For more info: 572-3456 or www.mauifilmfestival.com
Tickets: $10 single, $8 w/MFF passport

The Macc presents ...2006-07 Theater Series
THE PROPHET
written and directed by Hone Kouka
Thursday-Friday, October 26-27
McCoy Studio Theater, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $28, 1/2 price kids 12 & under
Supported in part by the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture & the Arts, County of Maui, Hawaii Tourism Authority, KPOA and KNUI Radio.

The Macc presents ...2006-07 Theater Series
The End of the Moon
conceived & performed by LAURIE ANDERSON
Saturday, October 28
Castle Theater 7:30 pm
Tickets: $10, $28, $38 , 1/2 price kids 12 & under
Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation for Culture & the Arts, County of Maui, Hawaii Tourism Authority, i-fm and KAOI Radio.

MONSTER MASH with THE MAUI POPS ORCHESTRA
A HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR!
under the direction of Stuart Chafetz
Sunday, October 29 Castle Theater, 3:30 pm
Tickets: $20, $25, $35 "Buy

Classes and Events at the Hui No' Eau Visual Arts Center
 
Adult Classes

Life Drawing Open Studio
Open
Kirk Kurokawa
1st Wednesday of every month
October 4, 2006
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Life Drawing Open Studio
Open
Betsy Brandt
3rd Wednesday of very month
October 18, 2006
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Children's Classes

Tiny Hands: Parent and Child
Age: 2 1/2-5
Jesse Stuart
Tuesdays, 4 weeks
October 10, 2006 - October 31, 2006
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Clay for Kids: Hand Building & Wheel Throwing
Age: 9-17
Nancy Martel
Thursdays, 6 weeks
October 12, 2006 - November 16, 2006
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Make and Bake: Hand Building with Clay
Age: 6-8
Sarah Metz
Thursdays, 6 weeks
October 12, 2006 - November 16, 2006
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Lectures

Free Slide Lecture: Making a Living in Crafts
Donald Clark
Tuesday
October 3, 2006
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Volume 16 » continued in Summer 2006 Real Estate Statistics...