Seller's Guide

Everything you need to know about selling your home from out of town.

Out-of-Town Owner Property Sales: Our Specialized Expertise

Selling a property from out of town can be complicated. That's why it's crucial to work with a team that specializes in serving out-of-town sellers. A specialized team understands the unique challenges and can manage the entire selling process on your behalf, providing the support and guidance needed for a successful sale.

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1. Understanding FIRPTA and HARPTA for non Hawaii Residents

When selling a home in Hawaii, sellers should be aware of FIRPTA (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act) and HARPTA (Hawaii Real Property Tax Act). FIRPTA applies to non-U.S. resident sellers and requires a 15% withholding on the sales price to cover potential U.S. tax liability. HARPTA mandates a 7.25% withholding for non-resident sellers to ensure payment of Hawaii state income taxes. Sellers subject to these tax withholdings should seek professional guidance to understand the implications, explore any available exemptions, and plan for these potential tax withholdings when calculating their expected proceeds from the sale.

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2. Using A Full Service Sales Agent vs. Property manager

A full-service real estate team has expertise in the sales process, including local market knowledge, pricing strategies, and negotiation skills. They also offer comprehensive marketing strategies, personalized attention, and seamless transaction management, ensuring a smooth and successful selling process. In contrast, property managers may not have the same level of expertise in sales, marketing resources, or negotiation skills, making a full-service real estate agent the better choice for achieving the best possible outcome when selling your home.

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3. 1031 Exchange?

A 1031 exchange is a tax-deferred transaction that allows real estate investors to sell one property and reinvest the proceeds into another similar property without paying capital gains taxes. This exchange must meet strict IRS guidelines, including a 45-day identification period and a 180-day exchange period. It's commonly used by investors to upgrade their investment properties without incurring immediate tax liabilities, thus maximizing their investment potential. The process requires the involvement of a qualified intermediary to handle the exchange funds and ensure compliance with IRS regulations. A 1031 exchange can be a powerful tool for building and preserving wealth in real estate investment portfolios. It's important for investors to consult with tax and legal professionals to fully understand the implications and requirements of a 1031 exchange.

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4. Experience?

Talk about our experience with helping off island sellers

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5. Compass Concierge

Compass Concierge is a unique program offered by Compass that helps sellers prepare their homes for the market by covering the upfront costs of home improvement services. This includes staging, deep cleaning, painting, landscaping, and more. The program is beneficial for sellers because it allows them to make necessary updates and repairs to their homes without having to pay for them upfront. By enhancing the visual appeal and overall condition of the property, Compass Concierge can help sellers attract more potential buyers and ultimately achieve a higher sale price. Additionally, the program is designed to be hassle-free, as Compass manages the entire process, from hiring the vendors to overseeing the work, making it a convenient and stress-free option for sellers looking to maximize their home's potential in the market.

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6. Staging

Staging a home for sale is crucial, especially when the property is empty after a tenant has moved out. Firstly, staging helps potential buyers visualize the potential of the space, making it more appealing and memorable. Additionally a well-staged home can showcase the property's best features and layout, helping buyers see how their own furniture and belongings could fit in the space. Furthermore, staged homes often photograph better, attracting more online views and in-person visits. Ultimately, staging a vacant home can significantly increase its perceived value and help it stand out in the competitive real estate market. We offer this service and are continually updating our staging inventory to add perceived value to our clients properties.

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7. Photography & Marketing

Talk about photos and media/marketing.

 

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8. Presence?

Talk about how we are present every step of the way from pre listing concierge service, to showing, inspections, appraisals, etc...

Work With The Specialists

With our specialized knowledge and tailored approach, our real estate team specializing in selling properties for out-of-area owners can provide the support and guidance needed to maximize the value of your property and streamline the selling process.

Our Testimonials

See why our clients love working with us.

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David Huang

Mr. Dan Schuenke is a very professional, honest, and trustworthy real estate agent. I am very happy to work with him. Not only had he made very impressive showing and photography for my property to sell, also he promptly repo...
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John & Alma

Greg Mroz and Dan Schuenke did it again! We had such a great experience with them selling our townhome that they were the obvious choice to help us search for our forever home. Due to this crazy real estate market of 2021, I’d ...
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Asia & Mike

Greg is fantastic! Very patient and organized. It was our first home and we we were very stressed about the whole process. He was able to make it smooth and easy for us. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking...
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Andy

Greg is the best!!! He attended to every detail with absolute expertise!! He certainly goes over the top in his service and has a fantastic understanding of the market. I highly recommend him to anyone buying OR selling a prope...
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Chuck

I have bought and sold several properties over the years. I had several different realtors and Greg was the best of them. He was always willing to go above and beyond what normal realtors would do. He sold our house for full pr...
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Jon

Greg was prompt with all responses. He anticipated questions and had answers ready. I was trying to sell a condo but the market isn't where I wanted it to be. Instead of pushing to sell now and accept my losses, he recommended ...
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Mike

Greg did an amazing job staging and selling my home. They did such a great job that we got a full price offer after the first weekend. Greg made the whole process painless. Living on the mainland and selling a house in Hawaii i...
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Kevin

Knowledgeable about the market and conditions. Dan did a beautiful job staging the unit. Photographs were first class. Communications top notch. I was in contact daily and had two offers in as many days. Everything was handled ...
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Michelle & Mark

Greg has been our agent for two years. He has helped us buy and sell in Hawaii. We live in California and he really made both transactions go smoothly. He is an honest and thorough agent. He always goes above and beyond his job...
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Allison

I bought my condo with Dan and knew I wanted to use him again to sell. He went above and beyond helping prepare my condo for sale during a very stressful move back to the mainland. I can't thank him enough for all his help. He ...
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Jess

Dan was exceptional as my agent! He responded almost immediately to every question I had and went above and beyond in contacting the selling agent to be sure I could close in a very timely manner with my busy schedule. As a fir...
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Buyer | Seller

Greg is extremely diligent and intelligent. His local knowledge of the market is great. He's done a lot of in-depth research beyond what I expected and presented it to me in a clear way that really helped me to evaluate the m...
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Tom & Kim

Greg was helpful throughout the whole process. We moved to the island from the mainland and Greg helped us find a rental property to start with and helped us find the right sized house for our family. We settled on a NEW buil...
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Yayoi & Duane

Greg was an incredible agent to work with. He was very knowledgeable with all the different areas of the island and understood exactly what it was we were looking for. He is well connected in the real estate network and was lik...
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Lisa

Greg did an amazing job listing my condo and I would highly recommend him to any home buyer or seller. Greg is trustworthy, patient and meticulous. He took care of everything: cleaning, staging, photography, negotiations...and ...
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Cate & Todd

Greg represented us as buyers in Kailua, Hawaii. He struck the perfect balance of professionalism and down-to-earth. He was responsive to every one of my questions - large or small - with thoughtful and solid information. He al...
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Micah

Stop... This is the Realtor you’re looking for! Dan understands what a busy young professional requires from a Realtor. I interviewed three of the top Realtors to sell my property and Dan surpassed them handily. He is knowledge...
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Frank

Dan did an amazing job! I originally was with a different realtor (family friend) for over 10 months trying to sell my condo. I was very stressed and anxious over the fact that my condo was listed for so long and we did not rec...
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Philip

My experience with Mr. Greg Mroz was absolutely outstanding throughout the entire process of selling my condominium. Greg’s help was invaluable from market analysis, preparation of the property, listing including multi-media p...
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Dan and Steph

This past spring I had the absolute pleasure of working with Dan for the purchase of our home, here on Oahu. I found Dan to be extremely helpful, answering many questions and getting a feel for the “perfect fit” that my family ...
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