Dani's Kauai Homes and Land Blog

Do Your Due Diligence: Get a Home Inspection

Congratulations, your offer has been accepted! Here's what happens next . . .
Posted by Dani Dooley on September 01, 2020 in   Hawaii  Dani Dooley  FAQs  For Buyers  Frequently Asked Questions  Home Inspections  Kauai
Your offer has been accepted and now it is time to do your due diligence. One of the first things I recommend is to get the property inspected by a professional home inspector. Your inspector will help you identify potential hazards or problems that you were not aware of so you can make an informed decision on the purchase of your new property.Most real estate contracts in the state of Hawaii are written up to include an inspection period. During the inspection period you are allowed and expected to thoroughly insp... read more

Focus on Curb Appeal to Sell Your Home For More

Improving curb appeal is the number one thing a homeowner can do to boost the marketability of their home.
Posted by Dani Dooley on February 23, 2021 in   Hawaii  Curb Appeal  Dani Dooley  FAQs  For Sellers  Frequently Asked Questions  Kauai  Seller Tips  Tips
Curb appeal describes how your house looks from the curb; is it attractive, welcoming and enticing to potential buyers? For buyers your home's outdoor appearance can be a huge factor in whether they pursue the property and make an offer. If you do nothing else to get your home ready to sell, at least make the outside look great.Curb appeal is about making a great first impression. A Princeton research study found that people's first impressions of people and objects are made within 1/10th of a second, and... read more

Get Set To Sell

Prepare your property to sell for more
Posted by Dani Dooley on May 18, 2020 in   Hawaii  FAQs  For Sellers  Frequently Asked Questions  Kauai  Staging  Tips
During uncertain times you want Buyers to be certain your house is the one for them. Before shooting photos, videos or showing your home get ready to sell by doing a few things that will set your property apart from the competition. REVIEW YOUR HOUSE INTERIOR ROOM BY ROOM In general, a de-cluttered home helps the buyer mentally "move in" with their own things. Aim to make your home look like a hotel or vacation rental by clearing clutter and removing all unnecessary items from throughout the house. If you need roo... read more

House Hunting with a VA Loan

Is it right for you?
Posted by Dani Dooley on July 06, 2020 in   Hawaii  Dani Dooley  FAQs  Financing  Frequently Asked Questions  Kauai  Lending  Mortgages  VA
Are you a veteran or active member of the U.S. military? If so you may qualify VA financing.VA stands for Veteran's Association and is a loan program available only to United States military veterans, active-duty, or eligible surviving spouses. It is not run by the Veterans Association but rather it is guaranteed by the government and administered by private companies. Most banks and mortgage brokers offer VA loans but not all, so ask ahead. To get the loan you will need to get a Certificate of Eligibilit... read more

The Comparative Market Analysis

What is it and Why you should ask your Realtor for one
Posted by Dani Dooley on February 16, 2021 in   Hawaii  CMA  Dani Dooley  For Sellers  Kauai  Selling Your House
So you're thinking of selling your home. How much do you think it's worth?No doubt you've heard you should figure this out by asking your real estate agent for a CMA, or Comparative Market Analysis. But what is a CMA? A comparative market analysis estimates a property's value based on recent closed sales of similar properties in the same market. When you're hoping to sell your place, understanding the CMA is essential. Here's what you need to know.As your real estate agent, when I create a CMA for your propert... read more