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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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Courtney Brown Island Sotheby's International Realty R(S)
Real Estate Professional in West Maui | Serving Lahaina to Kapalua

"Realtor (S) of the Year, 2014"
- Realtor's Association of Maui.

Born and raised on Maui, Courtney Brown is a graduate of Smith College in Massachusetts. She returned to her island home and began her real estate career in 1997, specializing in the West Maui resort areas of Kapalua, Napili, Kaanapali, Lahaina and Launiupoko. Since then, she has represented buyers and sellers of some of the finest resort, golf course, oceanfront and ocean-view properties across the island of Maui. In the past decade, Courtney has personally sold well over $250 million of real estate, often working with international and mainland US buyers who are dreaming of a second home on Maui. "The relationships I have formed with my clients over the years are some of the most rewarding and important in my life. I enjoy this profession immensely - it allows me to use my knowledge of the island and the nuances of living in various areas and communities to fulfill my clients' wishes."
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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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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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Four Things You Should Know Before Buying a Vacation Rental on Maui

Posted April 15, 2016, 09:52 AM HST Updated May 2, 2016, 08:16 AM HST
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According to a National Association of Realtors survey, an estimated 1.13 million vacation homes were sold in the US in the last year.

If you’re considering ownership of a Maui vacation home that will also serve as an investment property, there are four things you should know before buying.

1. If you’re buying a Maui vacation home and plan to rent it out when you’re not on Maui, make sure you have the financial backing to care for the property without the income from the rental.

The good news is that buying any kind of property on Maui is a great investment—just make sure you have all your financial ducks in a row.

2. You also want to choose a property in a community that can be permitted as a vacation rental. In Maui County, vacation rentals fall into three categories: Permitted Bed & Breakfast Homes, Permitted Transient Vacation Rentals and Permitted Short Term Rental Homes. Not all homes on Maui can be used as legal vacation rentals, and Maui’s Short-Term Rental Home (STRH) permits can be tricky to acquire.

An approved Maui vacation rental permit is based on a community plan by region (pursuant to subsection 19.65.030.R Maui County Code), Maui County Code Zoning and abiding by Maui Planning Department restrictions, standards, sign requirements, boundaries and inspections—to name a few. For more information about applications, go online.

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3. Buy a home that can be rented frequently to cover expenses. On Maui, visitors want convenience, beautiful year-round weather and a property that isn’t too far away from beach life.

Think about choosing a property that’s not too far from restaurants, grocery stores, banks, gas stations and other vacation conveniences.

For example, if you buy a vacation rental in Kā‘anapali, you will surely rent it more frequently than a vacation property in Huelo. You will still get renters at a Huelo vacation home, but not as often, because the typical visitor wants to stay near activities and popular things to do in Maui. Pending property location, you may not always be able to get the top rental dollar that you’re looking for.

4. Assess all costs of owning a Maui vacation rental beforehand. Be realistic about the possible rental income profits after calculating costs. Purchase price is one thing, but then there are many more costs to consider: permit fees, condo or HOA fees; resort rental program fees; utilities; maintenance costs; security; property taxes; insurance; professional photography; advertising (something like VRBO); property management fees; furnishing the home (also consider adding activity items like ocean sports equipment); and professional cleaning services between renters.

Mahalo for reading Maui Now’s “Four Things to Know Before Buying a Vacation Rental on Maui.” What additional tips do you have about owning a vacation rental in Maui? Please let us know your thoughts in the comment section below…

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