December 7, 2008

Tonight! Dec 7th Local Fun. Billabong pro open at the Ritz

What is Billabong you may ask? bil·la·bongn. Australian

1. A dead-end channel extending from the main stream of a river.

2. A streambed filled with water only in the rainy season.

3. A stagnant pool or backwater.

Billabong a large surf clothing company… hosting an event here on Maui! 

Our island is surrounded by water and it brings many events to enjoy.  Tonight is one of those nights that you may enjoy here on the Upper West Side.  At the Ritz in Kapalua at 8pm there is a celebration for the Billabong Pro Maui Opening night.  Ticket’s to the concert that starts at 8pm, are $20 each and are available at the gate or at the Billabong store in Lahaina

The Tenth Annual Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines, with a holding period of December 8 – 20, the $85,000 prize purse promises to provide plenty of incentive for those invited to compete.

The Billabong Pro Maui delights in having Honolua Bay’s perfect right point as a stage and is free to the public. From the 8th to the 29th drive up to Honolua Bay for the free event, waves willing!

Enjoy the day!

Mary on Maui 808-283-4688

C21 ALL ISLANDS-WAILEA…..Your Maui Realtor!

December 6, 2008

If you aren’t making enough money, you aren’t helping enough people!

In the current economic times and with people all around the world feeling the stricture of the world financial crises it is now the time to pay attention to the people who may need help.  Buyers and sellers are looking for a professional who can help them achieve their goals both immediate and long term with investment opportunities.  Price points, income potential, forecasting the market shifts, providing past data, and often times just listening are all key factors in providing a service that clients can feel confident in. 

I know so many people who are needing loan modifications, to sell, to qualify for a loan…the list goes on and on.  If you think you may need some help..  Need help finding a price point for selling your home, need a great loan officer…..anything Just ask!  I will try to guide you to the right professional for your needs.  Mangum Mortgage in Kihei is soon to open up a loan negotiation program to help out with modifying loan terms and rates.  Call Steven Mangum today to see if he and his team of experts can help you.  808-891-0415

Mary on Maui 808-283-4688 

C-21 All Islands-Wailea  Your Maui Real Realtor

December 2, 2008

For the love of sharks….Jawz that is. Jawz with a Z in Kihei

I love Mexican food.  I have my old favorites and my new favorites…they all serve a purpose.  The favorites have to have good fresh food…..and I can have more than one because of the many distinct areas here on Maui.

Another “favorite” reason is ”that one dish” that I can’t live without.  For the freshest of the fresh in Kihei and the largest portions, the best Salsa bar….and my favorite taco salad ever!  Piled high with fresh cabbage, lettuce and more….. YOU HAVE got to go to JawZ.  I am telling you…you will not be able to compare “the others” in town once you have eatin’ whatever you order with the huge amount of stuff from the large salsa bar that you can pile on high—including the avocado sour cream!  They are on South Kihei Road.  1279 S Kihei Road to be exact.  AND if you are on the go you can hit up one of the lunch trucks on the side of the road in Makena.  MMMM good.  Open 11-9pm daily. 

We have to support our local spots.  And the ones we don’t want to see get eatin by the big sharks (no pun intended) we need to speak up for.  WE ALL KNOW that if we stop going to our favorite spots….they will not be there for long.  So as I look around at store fronts closing left and right in small towns like Paia I have to stop and wonder if I had ever gone in there and how much of their business was tourism.  If they are closing or have closed you know that they have not catered to the “locals”, as well as,the tourists.    Our regular slow time here (off-season) has been multiplied by the over all economic slow down and if you have a choice of going to a chain restaurant  or a local favorite  please do the latter. 

So the next time you are craving something really good, go to Jawz or some place like it that is your favorite…by doing this you will help our small businesses here on the island stay in business…. 

Mary on Maui!-

Your Wailea Realtor!



November 30, 2008

Island Spirit, now that’s the spirit. A New Shop in Kihei by Sansei Sushi

Step inside and check out the beautiful shell jewelery, shoes, handbags and clothes….The prices are right and the girls who work there are super helpful and know thier merchandise.  The beautiful silver and shell jewelery is made with quality in mind and what a cool gift to bring someone back home.  With Santa on his way you could just bring someone a smile!  Right by Sansei Sushi and Foodland across the street from the whale at Kalama Park.  From there you can walk on over to Wok Star in Kihei and have a wonderful rice bowl of yummy fresh veggies and more.  Keeping business local with help everyone on the island.  Don’t internet order…keep our communities thriving. 

Mahalo, Mary on Maui

Century 21 All Islands-Wailea

November 29, 2008

10 things you should know (and so should your Realtor!) about your neighborhood!

HISTORY-when it was developed and by whom.  Ever wonder what was there before?

BUILDING HAZARDS-anything prevalent in your neighborhood?

IMPROVEMENT INFORMATION-what are the types of homes that will help or hurt your value…models, types and styles!

NATURAL DISASTERS-can and what can affect your home and what are the costs involved.

HOA AND COMMUNITY BYLAWS-know the rules and regulations that your investment…building restrictions, pet rules, on street parking…know these so, as the owner,  you can benefit and have “ultimate enjoyment” of your home

TAX ISSUES AND OR CREDITS-Know what your taxes will be (do you know at what you will be taxed or if you are currently being overtaxed based on ownership) and if you qualify for a homeowners exemption.  (you can call me  at 808-283-4688  if you don’t know about this $300K tax break benefit for reduction of your property taxes)

BUILDING PROJECTS-pay attention to things that are happening in your neighborhood-additional buildings or a gas station across the street from your home could have a huge impact on the value of your home.

DEMOGRAPHICS-you want to love where you live and you also want to know what you will be eventually selling too!

OWNER/RENTER MIX-find out who your neighbors will be…if you tend on renting out your investment find out ahead of time about regulations and monthly rental rates….if you don’t intend to rent still pay attention to this so you know what to expect from the neighbors.

SCHOOLS-know the districts…even if you don’t have kids.  Buying a home in a more desireable school district may affect the sales price when you go to sell

Have a wonderful day here on Maui (or where ever you are!).

Mahalo, Mary on Maui

Century 21-All Islands-Shops at Wailea

November 25, 2008

TVR-if you can’t vacation rental your property what does that mean?

Well first of all it means that you can not legally participate in our local economy (providing to tourists)…..second it means you are going to have to struggle through finding long term tenants on this island that love and respect your property and that want to pay you on time, every month!  You may laugh but really its getting tough here.  I hear about horror stories all of the time…in fact I just lent my truck to someone so they could haul two truck loads of garbage out of one of their rentals.  Above and beyond the garbage there was a large amount of other costly damage to the property and a disgusting amount of dirt and complete neglect.

The signs for rentals in my neighborhood are popping up daily.  Rentals are many….jobs and people to take possesion of these rentals is at an all time low here.  With income  falling and jobs scarce rental prices are falling many  property owners are going to have to come up with creative ways to pay bills and rent properties. 

Long term, not being able to rent out your property means that the property value may drop.  With the past sales being justified by income that a property may collect many homes were sold at a premium.  Caveat emptor, let the buyer beware….my hope is that all sales based on this kind of income was disclosed by Realtors in Maui Co.  

Have a wonderful day

Mary on Maui

Century 21 All Islands-Wailea

November 24, 2008

Hawaii on Sale. Hot deals for those who want to travel

I have not called to check on this information in this link….. however, I thought it was interesting to see what some hotels and other local establishments were doing to attract bussiness.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday week.

Mary on Maui

November 23, 2008

Kihei Maui, Resort Area weather says rain….

I know most people come here for the sun and the activities that come with the ocean, mountains and good weather but Mother Earth may have a different plan for the next few days.  Or perhaps even until the first of Decemeber.  The good news is the temperature is wonderful with the highs remaining at 80 or above with only light showers predicted here in Kihei.  What does this mean for your vacation….you may have to look into doing different things than you had planned.  Go shopping, take a walk in the rain, go to the ocean center with the kids, check out Warren and Annabelles magic show or Ulalena over in Lahaina town.  Hey, your still on Maui after all….you can enjoy so many different things.  Pick up a magazine, ask a local there is a lot to do, even with raindrops falling on your head….


Mary on Maui

November 22, 2008

Most Real Estate Agents Promise the World to Get Your Business.

Century 21 All Islands-Shop at Wailea Realtor, 

Mary M Kerstulovich  R(S)   Delivers   Satisfaction Guaranteed

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed or My Commission Back

I don’t know of anyone else on island that is doing this.  I think this shows the commitment that I have to my clients and the love that I have for Real Estate. 

 When it comes to buying and selling real estate, lots of agents promise you the world.  Unfortunately, you do not know if they can deliver on those promises until the transaction is over.    That is why I give you Satisfaction Guaranteed win writing that says if, for any reason, you don’t feel I have earned my commission as your real estate professional, I will give it back to you.  No hassles, no loopholes, simply Satisfaction Guaranteed.   Before you buy or sell your next home don’t you owe it to yourself to at least find out more about Mary on Maui’s real estate service?  Call me today and ask for a copy of the Satisfaction Guaranteed program and a copy of my personal brochure that introduces you to Mary on Maui and highlights what I can do for you.  Call today.  You’ll be glad you did, it’s guaranteed.

November 17, 2008

What’s worth keeping?

You can tell more about a person by what they toss out than what they keep!

Many people strive to become more organized but find it difficult to get rid of clutter. People may hang on to things because they are afraid to throw them out for fear they may want to use them later. Most professional organizers, however, advise that if you haven’t used something in a year, it’s time to get rid of it!!!  Really go to Ace Harware in Kihei and put those old clothes in the Big Brother Big Sister bins, Rainbow attic for re-sale, or Salvation Army for the stuff that’s worth passing on to someone that may be a bit more needy than you.

Some tips to help you eliminate some of the clutter and get organized are:

* Donate items to charitable organizations, and use your receipts for tax deductions.
* Schedule a garage sale to sell your gently used items, but know that shoppers expect a hefty discount on price.
* Consider offering electronic gear, sporting equipment, or designer clothing to a consignment store.
* Throw out old papers and useless items.


Mary on Maui