Hawaii Real Estate Links: Where to Find Everything You Need

June 04, 2021

Ascend Pacific has compiled this list of the links we use that will save you time and help you accomplish your goals. Contact us anytime. We'll achieve your real estate goals, bigger and faster together.

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT BEST METHODS

1031 Exchange

Trade, not sell your investment property with no tax upon transfer. There are multiple variations of actual strategy, but these are the basics.

Homeowner’s Exemption

Pull up to $500,000 equity out of a principal residence occupied at east the last two out of five years completely tax free, dependent on marital status and equity thresholds.

Capital Gains

Sometimes the best thing to do to maximize ROI is to pay the tax and move the equity to another project or financial instrument. Careful analysis and due diligence is vital throughout this process.

IRS Summary of Capital Gains treatment

BACKGROUND RESEARCH AND BUSINESS IN HAWAII

eCourt* Kokua

Resource for foreclosure records, traffic citations and almost any legal filing in the State of Hawaii.

Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP)

Determine the status of a permit on a particular piece of property as an important part of due diligence and creating the “highest and best use” plan. Includes any notices of violation, who filed it, which contractors were involved and other details in the city and county of Honolulu.

Professional & Vocational Licensing Search | Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs (DCCA)

Establish whether a contractor, real estate broker or agent has an active license, insurance and other requirements in place with the State of Hawaii, Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs.

Business Registration | Division, Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs (DCCA)

Determine if a business is properly licensed in the State of Hawaii.

GE Tax License Search

Lookup and manage your State General Excise tax license numbers.

Register a Business

This is a one-stop site to initiate opening a business in Hawaii, as well as manage other governance issues with the State. Requires a registration.

Business Filing (BB-1 Form)

This is the actual PDF form required by the state required to register a business. Good to review to compile the information required when submitting docs online, of course you can opt to submit a hard copy with this form as well.

GE Filing Information

A State-sponsored FAQ on common General Excise Tax questions. Frequently first-time investors have a ton of basic questions that can be answered here.

PRELISTING INFORMATION

These sites give background information to prepare your home for sale, can also be used by buyers for due diligence. 

Developer's public reports

Access to biennial condominium and project reports with information like Public report number, owner occupant ratio, and board management information. 

Schools Map

Look up school districts by property address.

Docutrieve

Order condominium documents.

Condocerts

Order condominium documents.

OPPORTUNITIES, FORECLOSURE SEARCH SITES FOR HAWAII

There are different phases of properties in distress; some of these sites are good for one type of content, but redundant for others. Generally, don’t rely on these for judicial foreclosure auction information or information you can find in MLS.

PREFORECLOSURE SITES

These are properties that have begun the foreclosure process, but have not completed the sale yet. These are generally the same classification of properties. There is no “one stop source” that captures all properties in each stage. Also, this is judicial process specific (the method of foreclosure in Hawaii does change from time to time.

HUBZU.COM

AUCTION.COM

XOME

Hudson and Marshall

HUD Homes

SPSREO

Department of Treasury auctions

LAWS AND ORDINANCES

These are laws at the State, County and administrative level. Hawaii is one of the few states that allow agencies to change rules at the administrative level. It can affect you and rules can change quickly. In our experience we have found it best to actually refer to the law before forming our position on our procedural handling.

Hawaii Revised Statute 467

Real Estate Specific Administrative Rules, Title 16, chapter 99

Link to Legislature/Hawaii Revised Statutes

Browse Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS)

Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Table of Contents

Revised Ordinances of Honolulu

Land Use Ordinance

Rules about how you can use a piece of property. It is long, look for the master use table, starting on page 31.

Landlord Tenant Code

This is actually the summary of rules including performance timelines for owners and tenants.

Hawaii Administrative Rules

COVID 19 Rules for Hawaii and Honolulu County

Governor's Emergency Proclamations

Mayor of Honolulu Proclamations, Orders and Rules

MAPS

State Map with Tax Map Key Layer

Puna Subdivision and Lava Flows

Look up Lava zones. It’s not as bad as you might think, good for determining insurance rate and costs.


REFERENCE TAX TABLES

2018 State Tax Table

The latest one available as of this publishing.

2020 IRS 1040 instructions and tax table (PDF)

Federal Tax Table

Foreign Investor Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA)

A withholding at closing imposed on the BUYER of Hawaii real estate to ensure the Seller, who is likely a foreign national pays the taxes due on the sale. Filing an exemption is possible dependent on timing.

Hawaii Real Property tax Act (HARPTA)

A withholding at closing imposed on the BUYER of Hawaii real estate to ensure the Seller, who is likely a non-Hawaii resident, pays the taxes due on the sale. Filing an exemption is possible dependent on timing.

State of Hawaii Real Property Tax Rate Tables

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT HOT TOPICS

Emotional Service Animal Guidance

CONSTRUCTION AND PERMITTING RESOURCES

Parcel and Zoning map Initial due diligence, Map for Parcels and zoning. 

Map for sewer Shows manholes, mains and laterals. 

Construction

If you require a permit, this brochure, distributed by the department of planning and permitting, makes the requirement somewhat clear. There are lots of exceptions, so it is always best to consult with a professional

Remodeling Happiness Factor

If you are remodelling for your own benefit, rather than increasing the value of the property, happiness, not return on investment, is the reward.

Presentation on State Land Use and Permitting

A fairly comprehensive PowerPoint presentation on navigating permitting approvals. State and all counties included.

Department of Planning and Permitting Organizational Chart

Here you will find detailed information on who to reach for various functions within the agency.

Permit Information

This is a private company that researches permit records for you. Quite extensive and reasonably priced.

Audit of Department of Planning and Permitting (November 2019)

This is an article, depicting current background of current state of the agency.

Biennial Registration Form for AOAO’s

Condominium associations register their association documents every two years. This is where they do it.

SOLAR

HECO Customer Interconnection Tool

Where to check on the status of your system’s interconnection agreement approval through Hawaiian Electric. (Secure login, account required-use icon).

Federal Solar Tax Credit Schedule

Federal credits are on a reduction plan, this is the time table.

State Energy Incentive Programs Available

Check on State credit and other benefits of solar energy, including financing and grants.

Solar Locational Value Maps

Check your home’s eligibility for solar by address.

Interconnection Agreement Options Offered by the Utility for Private Residences

Determine which interconnection agreement (contract with the utility) is for me?

Albert Joy maximizes profit for real estate and business opportunities in Hawaii. Learn more about Albert. Watch the video below.

Al standing along the shoreline

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