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Sharon Robinson Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Branch Manager
Sharon Robinson has been a manager for Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corporation since 2014. Previously, she worked for Guild Mortgage, Caliber Funding and Central Pacific Bank.

As a manager serving realtors & homeowners in the Maui, Hawaii area, Sharon enjoys assisting customers to obtain the correct financing.

Her success as a manager is supported by her hard work and availability, combined with a passion for explaining the loan process.

Sharon's greatest strengths are her knowledge and availability. Just as important, she enjoys her job, particularly building customer relationships. Also, providing the right loan brings tremendous satisfaction.

She brings 34 years’ experience in the mortgage field to her work as a manager. She has completed numerous courses in CE for MLO license.

NMLS# 310189
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Locations Maui Locations Maui R(B)
Locations has been helping people buy and sell real estate for over 45 years. On Maui for 25 years, we have a fabulous team of agents who live all over the island. So no matter where you are thinking about buying or selling, we have a local expert.

Our agents are responsible and knowledgeable, providing our clients with the tools to keep them informed of what is happening in the market. Locations is a great resource when considering investment property, and able to counsel foreign buyers on U.S. purchases. Locations Maui also has a Property management division to assist you with your long term rentals.
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Lee and Barbara Potts Aloha Group Maui KW Island Living
Agents of Aloha Fulfilling Your Maui Dreams


Whether you are buying or selling, you deserve an experienced savvy negotiator on your side. We have successfully negotiated and closed hundreds of transactions, representing both buyers and sellers. Our clients say we are patient, good listeners who know how to get the deal done and achieve their goals. We understand what's at stake for you and the importance of your transaction.

Aloha Group Maui with KW Island Living (formerly Aloha Realty Group) has won the prestigious "Best Real Estate Company in Lahaina" award for 8 years running. The familiar faces you know are now aligned with 139,000 Keller Williams agents worldwide, providing access to more services and global marketing clout. Our diverse group of licensed and highly trained agents serve West Maui, South Maui, Central Maui and Upcountry clients. Aloha Group Maui agents have one thing in common - ALOHA!

Our commitment to excellence, integrity and the community has been rewarding to our clients, and the company has grown. Having survived and thrived through the great recession, Aloha Group Maui grew an average of 33% per year since 2009 in large part because we always put the interest of clients like you first. We are proud to have served clients from Hana to Kapalua and Wailea to Wailuku. We have been honored to help first time homeowners, luxury buyers and sellers, and domestic and international investors of all types make their Maui real estate dreams come true.

You want to know that your real estate is being handled in the most professional way possible. Aloha Group Maui takes excellence and knowledge seriously. That’s why 6 of us have Broker’s Licenses. We have 3 MBA's (Masters Degree in Business Administration), an appraiser, an attorney, and a former CPA. Several of our Realtors hold advanced certifications in representing buyers, ABR – Accredited Buyer's Represented; seller's - Seller Resource Specialist; RSPS - Resort and Second Home Specialist, and many other advanced certifications.

Aloha Group Maui holds strong values and a cooperative culture with a commitment to the community.

Our values are:
- Pono, integrity, do what's right
- Communication, cooperation, collaboration
- Competence and confidence through education
- Community aloha
- Health and fun.

The Maui Community has been very good to us, and one of our core values is giving back to the community. Our agents are founders, board members, volunteers and/or donors for the following organizations:

- Grow Some Good
- Lahaina Complex After School Tutoring Project
- People for Educational Equality
- Wishing Well for Maui Schools
- Habitat for Humanity
- Maui Food Bank
- Women Helping Women.

Aloha Group Maui began as Aloha Realty Group , which was founded by its co-owners and brokers, Barbara & Lee Potts in 2006. Both Barb & Lee have their MBA's and have been business owners and managers in both small companies and large corporations in CA before they moved to Maui in 2005. As a couple they hold multiple certifications and designations, including ABR, SRS, E-Pro, GRI, RSPS, CDPE, CNE, CIAS; Barb is a former CPA with Arthur Young & Co (now Ernst & Young) in the San Jose, CA office.

You can see more about our track record, values, culture and commitment to the community at our website - www.alohagroupmaui.com. You can also search the MLS on our website and find tips about buying and selling real estate in Maui and the latest Maui market analysis.


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Ciara Quam Quam Properties R(S)
“Let me deliver you to your Piece of Paradise”

Ciara has a great wealth of knowledge about Maui and what it has to Offer…
The Maui lifestyle is what she exudes. Born & Raised on this beautiful island of Maui, she knows it well! Growing up on the West side of Maui in Napili she grew up going to some of the best beaches in the world and eating some of the freshest fish on the island.

Maui has so much to offer! And I love to share its diverse culture and climates with people from all around the world. Maui has such a tight community and we all take pride in caring for the ‘Aina (Land) and Wai (Water) for without those two things maui will not survive. Maui is such a beautiful place we need to Malama the ‘Aina!

Ciara works for Quam Properties Hawaii, INC. as the Lead Real Estate Agent. Her uncle & aunty own Quam Properties Hawaii, INC. it is a family owned and operated company.
Based in Napili we offer over 30 years of experience. Vacation rentals, real estate sales, property management, long-term rentals just to name a few we are here to assist you! Open 7 days a week and a full team to care for all your needs.

Ciara has been selling real estate on Maui for almost 5 years! A 2003 graduate of Lahainaluna High school and college graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Business administration and minor in advertising she is more than qualified for the job. Whether you are looking to sell or buy a piece of paradise here on Maui! I can offer you a near seamless transaction! Whether you are looking to purchase or sell a $5 million dollar oceanfront home or a $150,000 condo in Wailuku I’m happy to help!

She is a happy and proud mother to Kaine Christopher, 5 years old and Kalia Aiyana, 3 years old. I work to provide for my family and to give them all the best opportunities! Chris, her husband of 2 years in love for the past 10 years is also self-employed. He works in the wedding and corporate entertainment business. We truly enjoy being apart of the West Maui community!

Feel free to contact me direct at #808-298-7719 or by email [email protected] personal website www.ciaraquam.com and company website www.quamproperties.com

I look forward to hearing from you! Mahalo Nui! It’s always a great day on MAUI.





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Real Estate MauiNow, Ask the Expert: What Are the Benefits of a 1031 Exchange?

Posted February 29, 2016, 01:35 PM HST
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Keoni Fursse. Kokua Realty photo.

Keoni Fursse. Kokua Realty photo.

Tax aficionados may be able to spout Internal Revenue code sections and forms, but most of us never get beyond Form 1040. Still, “Section 1031” is slowly making its ways into daily conversation, tossed about by realtors, investors and surfers.

Although some might identify 1031 as the best time for a coffee break, a 1031 exchange (also called a like-kind exchange) is actually a swap of one business or investment asset for another. Although most swaps are taxable as sales, if you come within 1031 guidelines, you’ll either have no tax or limited tax due at the time of the exchange.

In effect, you can change the form of your investment without recognizing a capital gain. That allows your investment to continue to grow tax-deferred. You can roll over the gain from one piece of investment real estate to another and another, creating a snowball affect.

You avoid, or defer, tax until you actually sell the investment for cash years later. This allows the taxpayer to keep the “earning power” of the deferred tax dollars working for him or her. Many buyers are turning their attention to single-tenant, triple-net properties (known as STNL deals) for their replacement asset for the security of an investment-grade asset.

Here are a few reminders:

A 1031 isn’t for personal use. The provision is only for investment and business property, so you can’t swap your primary residence for another home. There are ways you can use a 1031 for swapping vacation homes, but this loophole is much narrower than it used to be.

But wait… some personal property qualifies. It can get confusing. Most 1031 exchanges are of real estate. However, some exchanges of personal property (for example, a painting) can qualify. Interests as a tenant-in-common (sometimes called TICs) in real estate qualify.

“Like-kind” is broad. You can exchange an apartment building for raw land, or a ranch for a strip mall. But there are traps at every turn. The term refers to the nature or character of the property rather than its grade or quality (so real property is not considered like-kind to personal property).

You must designate replacement property. Within 45 days of the sale of your property, you must designate replacement property in writing to the intermediary, specifying the property you want to acquire. You must close on the new property within 180 days of the sale of the old.

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If you receive any cash, it’s taxed.

Don’t get tricky, because it has probably been tried before you even thought of it. The IRS knows.

Some have attempted to use a 1031 to swap one vacation home for another. Later, they moved into the new property, made it their primary residence and eventually planned to use the $500,000 capital-gain exclusion. Congress tightened the loophole. Please consult your CPA and legal advisor prior to selling your property so you have all the facts ahead of time.

So is a 1031 exchange a tax-free exchange? Well, courtesy of the IRS website: “Gain deferred in a like-kind exchange under IRC Section 1031 is tax-deferred, but it is not tax-free.”

Taxpayers should be wary of individuals promoting improper use of like-kind exchanges. Typically, they are not tax professionals. Sales pitches may encourage taxpayers to exchange non-qualifying vacation or second homes. Many promoters of like-kind exchanges refer to them as “tax-free” exchanges, not “tax-deferred” exchanges.

Taxpayers may also be advised to claim an exchange despite the fact that they have taken possession of cash proceeds from the sale. These are all red flags and another reason why you should consult with your financial and legal advisor prior to selling your property.

A 1031 tax-deferred exchange is an excellent investment tool for property owners. Investment properties are great additions to any asset portfolio; they can be held to generate income and appreciate in value.

If you have any further questions regarding this topic, contact Keoni Fursse, CCIM, R(PB) and the Kokua Realty LLC investment team at (808) 280-6556.

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