The Buyers Agent

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Real Estate Agent with Green Realty Group (808) 630-1828

 

The Buyers AgentI was talking (on Facebook) with a friend this morning and he was mentioning that someday he would want to own a home of his own in Mililani.  I took a quick look at what was available in Mililani and saw that there were many properties in the low $400,000s.  A little quick math and I saw that his monthly payment on one of these homes would be around $2,100 INCLUDING taxes, principle and interest.  When I first looked at the mortgage calculator, it said the payment would be much higher and then I saw that it had automatically set the interest rate at 6.5%.

 

The moral of my story is that home prices are low and interest rates are even lower.  When you use a Mortgage Calculator to figure out what your payment would be, be sure all of the numbers are correct.  In Hawaii, property taxes are among the lowest in the nation.  They are about $3.42 per $1,000 of value, so a home that costs $400,000 would be about $1,400 per year.  Interest rates are a bit below 5% so make sure you put that percentage into the mortgage calculator.  On the mainland, property tax is much higher so the number in that block is probably much higher, CHANGE IT!  Don’t scare yourself away from buying a home because you have bad information!

 

If you would like to see the homes that are available in Mililani, click here.

 

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David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
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You are right Mike - The numbers must be set right. I lived in Kaneohe for 12 years and miss the Islands. Thanks for posting!

Aug 25, 2011 10:03 PM #1
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Kim Logan
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great post!!!! Good point!

 

Aug 25, 2011 10:05 PM #2
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Ellie McIntire
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WOW. You really do have it all. I could sell many more homes if we had the same tax rate.

Aug 25, 2011 10:07 PM #3
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Michael & Gayle Ramsey Fujita
Green Realty Group (808) 630-1828 - Honolulu, HI
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Hi All- Thank you for your feed back.  When you see a Mortgage Calculator that is clearly set up for mainland buyers, you realize how inexpensive our tax rates are.  Have a great week end!

Cheers-

Mike

 

Aug 26, 2011 02:35 AM #4
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