October 2012

Found 2 blog entries for October 2012.

Inspired by the lush tropical foliage and clear blue waters of the Hawaiian islands, many local interior designers have developed a unique sense of style over the years. Informed by a combination of classical design theory and distinct Hawaiian trends, this popular "Hawaii style" of interior design can today be seen everywhere from the condos of Honolulu to the waterfront bungalows of Oahu's North Shore. I recently asked some of Hawaii's most talented interior designers a few questions about how the state's unique geography and culture impacts their design decisions:

1. What defines the unique flavor of interior design in Hawaii?

"Tony, I believe Hawaii's landscape and changes in the sky integrate a unique filter on the colors of the Islands which

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6a012876842898970c0177440356af970d-800wi_362A couple months ago, economist Paul Brewbaker predicted that Oahu single family home prices would reach $800,000 within 3 years. 

Is he trustworthy?  Well back in 2003, he predicted that the median price on Oahu would increase 60 percent from $380,000 to $600,000 by 2005, and he was exactly right.  Anyone that didn't listen to Brewbaker back then must be kicking themselves. 

So what about next year?  Brewbaker said he now expects median prices in the $700,000s could appear in 2013. That's an increase of nearly $100k in 1 year!

The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) expects the median price to be a little lower than Brewbaker's lofty prediciton.  However, they do predict homes will have a median price of $787,400 in

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