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  • Ryan O.

July Updates


The real estate industry is evolving at a rapid pace, driven by changing demographics, technological advancements, and shifting market dynamics. As we look to the future, it is essential to stay ahead of the curve and understand the latest trends and opportunities in the real estate market. Here are four key trends that are shaping the future of real estate and how you can leverage them to make informed decisions.

  1. Sustainable and Green Buildings: In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on sustainability and environmental consciousness. This trend is transforming the real estate landscape, with an increasing demand for green buildings. Sustainable features like energy-efficient appliances, solar panels, and green spaces not only contribute to a healthier planet but also attract environmentally conscious buyers and tenants. As a real estate investor or homeowner, incorporating sustainable practices in your properties can enhance their value and appeal in the market.

  2. Smart Homes and Internet of Things (IoT): The rise of technology has given birth to the concept of smart homes, where various devices and appliances are connected and controlled remotely. From voice-activated assistants to smart thermostats and security systems, IoT is revolutionizing the way we live and interact with our homes. Real estate developers and investors are increasingly integrating smart home technology into their projects to provide convenience, energy efficiency, and improved security. Embracing smart home technology can make your property more attractive to tech-savvy buyers and renters.

  3. Urban Revitalization and Mixed-Use Developments: As urban populations grow, there is a renewed focus on revitalizing city centers and creating vibrant, walkable communities. Mixed-use developments, like what is happening in Kaka'ako, are combining residential, commercial, and recreational spaces. These developments offer convenience and a sense of community, as people can live, work, and play in the same area. Investing in properties located in revitalizing urban areas can yield significant returns, as they cater to the evolving preferences of modern urban dwellers.

  4. Remote Work and Flexible Spaces: The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of remote work and highlighted the importance of flexible spaces. Many companies have embraced remote work arrangements, and individuals are increasingly seeking homes with dedicated office spaces or co-working facilities nearby. Real estate investors can capitalize on this trend by targeting properties in suburban areas with good connectivity to urban centers. Additionally, transforming underutilized commercial spaces into flexible workspaces can tap into the growing demand for remote work solutions.

The future of real estate holds immense potential for those who adapt to the changing trends and embrace new opportunities. Sustainable and green buildings, smart homes, urban revitalization, and flexible spaces are just a few of the key trends reshaping the industry. By staying informed, open to innovation, and strategically aligning with these trends, real estate professionals and investors can thrive in a dynamic market and build a successful portfolio for the future.


When your homes belongs to a homeowners association, there are two main insurance policies. The first is the association policy and the second is the homeowner policy.

State law requires the association to purchase following insurance:

  • Property Insurance

  • Commercial General Liability Insurance

  • Fidelity Bond

  • Directors And Officers Liability Coverage

In addition, the master insurance policy usually covers the following:

  • Property Damage To The Building And Common Elements

  • Original "As Built" Individual Unit Construction

"As built" refers to how the unit was originally constructed. For example, let's say the as built consisted of basic carpet and formica countertops. If you remodeled and upgraded to luxury vinyl plank flooring and quartz counter tops, you should probably speak to your insurance agent to ensure you have the proper homeowner's coverage.

Every year, your HOA will send you the updated master insurance policy. When you receive this document, it might be good to send it to your insurance agent so you can adjust your personal H06 policy.


I recently re-caulked our kitchen sink. This was a pretty straightforward, DIY project. Like many home maintenance projects, doing the proper prep work is very important.

When we purchased our home, I totally forgot to re-caulk the sink. Doing this will ensure water does not seep between the top of the sink and the bottom of the counter top.

Here is what I did:

  1. I used a caulking removal tool and a 5-in-1 tool to remove the old caulking.

  2. I dried the surrounding area with a microfiber cloth. If there is moisture, the new caulking might not dry properly.

  3. Since I was re-caulking the sink, I used a waterproof kitchen and bath caulk. It's important to know there is different types of caulk for different tasks.

On a side note, you can buy a caulking gun for a few dollars. However, I would recommend you purchase something a little better because this will make the application process a lot easier.

Also, there are clear caulks. However, I chose to use white because sometimes clear will get murky over time. To me, the white color has a cleaner and sharper look.


Inventory is still tight and high interest rates are making it more difficult for some homebuyers. So far, I've noticed well priced homes are still selling quick. The days of homes selling for $100,000 are long gone, but sellers are not accepting lowball offers.

With summer in full swing, it will be interesting to see how the market plays out.


There will be a lot of construction in the Moiliili and Kapiolani neighborhoods. First, Kamehameha Schools will be redeveloping Puck's Alley. The project will be known as "Waianuenue" and the goal is modernize the area to bridge community, education, and commerce into a pedestrian centric neighborhood.

Second, the City & County of Honolulu will be building a bridge over the Ala Wai. The feedback about this project has been mixed. Many residents on the Kapiolani side of the Ala Wai have expressed their concerns with the project. Nevertheless, the city hopes the bridge will create a connectivity between Waikiki and Kapiolani.

Stay safe and healthy.

-Ryan Oda


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