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The Locations Foundation Donates over 1,500 Pounds of Food to the Hawaii Foodbank

On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, the Locations Foundation conducted their annual Food Drive, in support of the Hawaii Foodbank, at the Prudential Locations Christmas Luncheon Party.

The Hawaii Foodbank is a nonprofit organization that works to provide food so that no one in Hawaii goes hungry. According to the Hunger in America 2010 report by Feeding America, of the 183,500 unique people in Hawaii, over 14 percent of our population receives emergency food assistance through the Hawaii Foodbank member agency network.


Foreign Investment in Hawaii Real Estate is Growing

Perfect sunsets. Warm turquoise ocean waters. World class surfing. Gorgeous, windswept sandy beaches. This is Hawaii. Would you like a piece of paradise?

Hawaii has seen her fair share of visitors, from Pacific Islanders to the Europeans and Americans… over time the world discovered Hawaii's natural beauty, and over time investors discovered the lucrative beauty in Hawaii's real estate market.

So who’s really investing in Oahu real estate? Which country has the largest draw to our warm sandy shores? Internationally, in 2012, the largest investor in Oahu's real estate market was Japan with over $168 million. Coming in a distance second was Canada with $37 million, followed by China at $11.8 million and then Australia with $9.6 million and rounding off the top five with Hong Kong at $6.5 million.

International investors investing in real estate on Oahu 2012


Downsizing Your Home: Is It For You?

If you've been pondering on the idea of downsizing, you're not alone.

Why Downsize?

As record number of baby boomers reach retirement age, many are asking the question "do I need this much house?" Reasons for downsizing vary widely depending on individual needs and motivations. Some retirees find that stairs have become more difficult to navigate with age while others feel that once the kids have moved out, maintaining a big house no longer makes sense.

One Woman's Reasons

Six years ago, Minh Doran sold her house and bought a two bedroom and two bath condo in Waikiki. When asked what compelled her to make the move to downsize, she responded "the kids were scattered across the country, my husband passed away, maintaining a four bedroom and two bath house on a half acre felt like walking into the wind with a parachute strapped on my back." After buying her condo, Doran had extra cash from the sale of her house which she used to buy an investment condo that now provides her with a positive monthly cash flow.

What About All My Stuff?

There's no doubt that many people feel intimidated by the amount of work it'll take to downsize. After all, they've accumulated a lot of stuff and lived with it for many years. Expunging that stuff can be a daunting and emotional task.

downsizing your home is it for you