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One thing that excites me about starting a new year is the chance to participate in and support some of my favorite events. And one of those events just happens to be the Sentry Tournament of Champions that’s scheduled for January 2nd through the 6th!

This west Maui event attracts golf pros from all over and tickets are currently on sale. The special tournament will be held at the Plantation Course in Kapalua and you don’t want to miss it! Prices vary but residents can get a special kamaaina discount for a $25 all day pass. 

Are you new to the idea of the Sentry Tournament of Champions? Well let me fill you in. This annual tournament is available only for champions from the 2018 PGA TOUR so you know you’ll be seeing the best of the best. Since the late 90’s, this event has been held on Maui bringing together golf lovers all around the USA. Before being held on Maui, the Tournament of Champions was held at the Las Vegas’ Desert Inn Country Club in started in 1953. The idea came to the tournament leaders to form an event out of the winners from the previous season. For years it was held in Las Vegas before being moved to the La Costa Country Club in Carlsbad, Calif. For 30 years this event was held there until it moved to Maui and bringing with it more than $6 million in donations to the Maui community. Now that’s an event I can get on board with!

This year’s schedule includes a Pro-Am which will begin on Wed., January 2. The professional competition will start the next day (Jan. 3) and on Jan. 6 there will be a 72-hole individual stroke play with the defending champion as Dustin Johnson. For those of you who are looking forward to watching this event, please know there will be complimentary shuttles and free parking at Lahaina Civic Center. Tickets are currently on sale at the official PGA Tour website.

I hope to see you on the green in 2019! Perhaps if our paths cross we can talk real estate on Maui. It’s events such as this one that make it worth living here in paradise. If you’re in the market for a new home, let me help you. I have plenty of listings to view on my website. Simply click Jo’s Listing above or visit my contact page where you can send me your questions. Hope to hear from you soon and aloha!

Everyone knows that buying your next home is a huge commitment. When starting off on your journey to invest in a vacation home or to buy your first home, there’s a lot to study, research and understand. At times it can seem overwhelming but with the right research you are sure to feel confident in your investment. And of course we all want to get the best bang for our buck so that’s why it’s important to see whether or not you are paying the right price for your home. If owning a home in Hawaii has caught your attention lately and you’re wondering if you can do it, then you’ll be happy to know that Maui has some of the best mortgage rates in all of Hawaii.

According to a recent report conducted by SmartAsset, a web-based financial technology company, Maui is among the top counties in the state for mortgage approval. The study ranked counties across America by assessing the ratio of total mortgage applications to mortgage approval rates and in Hawaii, Maui came in second behind Oahu. In third place came Big Island and Kauai County ranks fourth with Kalawao County on Molokai coming in last. That’s great news for all you new home buyers. According to the report, Maui County has a 59.81 percent loan funding rate.

So if that doesn’t help you feel better about your next home purchase then I don’t know what will. If you’re looking for a new home in Maui and haven’t found the right fit, then please take some time to explore my website. Whether you’re looking for an oceanfront home, oceanfront land, or an oceanfront condo, you can find all of that and more on here. With decades of experience in real estate here on Maui, I can help you meet all you Maui real estate needs. As a past honoree of the top 100 realtors in Hawaii by Hawaii Business “Who’s Who in Hawaii Real Estate,” I continue to hold my standards high so that I may deliver the best service possible to future home owners such as yourself. If you’re interested in learning more about my professional background then contact me today! I hope to hear from you soon. Have a great day!


Are you on the lookout for your next oceanfront townhome in Maui? Well you’re in luck because I have a new listing at 500 Bay Drive in Kapalua that you’re going to love.

At this listing of unit 24G3, you will have all your townhome needs met in one incredible setting. With up-to-date amenities, an amazing view, and a great location, you’ll be so happy to settle into your next home in Maui.

One of the best aspects of this unit is its amazing view that looks out over the nearby pool and towards the awe-inspiring Pacific Ocean. Here you can enjoy views of whales during the winter months and picturesque sunsets all from the comfort of your own window. Aside from the epic view, the home also comes furnished and as an owner here you will also have access to the grounds’ tennis courts, three pools and pickleball court! Unit 24G3 also happens to be located in the middle of the Bay Villa project area so you’ll be conveniently located near many beautiful Maui beaches and one of Maui’s best five-star hotels, The Montage, as well. Napili Kai is also near so you’ll have choices for beach outings and dinner dates nearby. These spots are also great for sunsets, as well.

Inside the unit you’ll be pleased by the porcelain tile floors on the ground level and comforted by the carpet along the stairs and upstairs portion of the home. The home also comes with incredible views from the upstairs bedroom as well as on the upstair lanai, which also happens to be a perfect location to sip a nice, warm cup of coffee and soak in the sun before starting each day. This unit is a one bedroom, one and a half bathroom home with 993 square feet.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about this incredible offer on a great piece of real estate on Maui. This island is such a beautiful place to call home and I’m pleased to hear that you’re looking into settling down here. While this unit at the Bay Villas is certainly worth looking into, if you’re still open to other homes on Maui then please take a few minutes to explore my website. Here you will find plenty of homes for sale in Maui and other helpful information for your housing search, such as a real estate glossary and a Maui Real Estate Map.  If you have any questions about this unit or others, you can get in touch with me via my contact page or by giving me a call at 808.276.9015.

Blogs for December 2018

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