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As remote work has grown, so too have the opportunities to move to once prohibitive locations. For some, that has meant taking up their laptops and flip-flops and heading to the beach.

One might expect markets to take a hit during a global pandemic, but for some desirable locations, including Hawaii where the case-count is low and the real estate market hot, inventory has rapidly narrowed and prices risen.

Once reserved for retirees, the trek to warmer climates has become an alluring possibility for the remote worker. With school remaining online, and employers willing to work around schedules and safety measures, now is the time for many looking for a change. While Airbnbs and and short-term rentals are the first choice of workers looking to just dip their toes in the water, many have taken the plunge and made the move permanent.

Call today if you are considering a move. Michelle Wood can assist you with navigating Covid restrictions and all your luxury real estate needs.

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Michelle and her team were absolutely amazing! Over the last 20 years I have purchased a home every time the Army has moved me and at this point can be quite picky when it comes to home buying.

She was knowledgeable, patient, and supportive. She never tried to push any properties on me and never rushed my buying process. I highly recommend her and her team to anyone moving to Oahu!

-Ian Northrup

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When thinking about selling your home, one of the easiest and most affordable ways to spruce up your property and revamp a tired space is to paint. Painting a room is a relatively simple DIY-friendly project but it does have some challenges.

Here are 3 ways you can mess things up (and how to avoid it):

1: Inconsistent coverage

It's tempting to go straight to paint and skip priming but taking the time to prime will save you headaches down the road, especially if you're trying to cover a bold color in favor of something more neutral and real estate-friendly. Primer not only masks prior color, but it also provides a bond for the new paint to adhere to.

If you've already painted and but results aren't ideal, sand any drips and carefully apply another coat, paying attention to any thin sections.

2: Sloppy edges

Did you skip the tape? Yes, taping is tedious and takes time to prep, but wavering lines and paint on your baseboards aren't a professional look either. Do the prep and reap the rewards.

Don't forget to remove the tape promptly, though. Painters tape left on too long can bring sections of your fresh paint with it. Wait a few hours and then enjoy the satisfying reveal.

3: Finish matters

Selecting your finish is almost as important as picking your color. Different situations require different sheens and durability, and the right sheen can hide imperfections. Eggshell is the go-to for most jobs. It provides a soft look with only minimal gloss, while a flat paint can hide many imperfections. Tread carefully when choosing full gloss. It reveals all your walls' sins.

Don't be afraid to update your home's look with paint. It's the fastest way to update your home and the easiest to recover from should it all go wrong. Don't forget to get the right tools for the job, either. High quality paint and supplies will help you get the job done right the first time.

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