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    Home Buying

    Locations uses 50 years of Hawaii real estate experience to help guide you through your real estate journey. Knowledge of tax benefits, loan services and Hawaii's unique neighborhoods help secure the home that’s right for you, no matter where you want to own. Where do you start? First thing is to find an experienced agent who will explain your options and help you discover the best path forward.

    First Steps

    Becoming a Homeowner

    The importance of having a professional real estate agent guide you through the process.

    Determine your ability to own

    Organize your finances and see if it's time to start shopping.

    Future Homeowner Seminars

    Learn everything you need to know about Hawaii real estate for free.

    Top 10 Tips for Hawaii Homebuyers

    Owning a home in Hawaii doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are 10 tips from Locations to help you get into your new home!

    8 Steps to Owning your First Home

    Purchasing your first home can be intimidating, but the process is much easier than it looks.

    6 Tips for First Time Homeowners

    Start the process off right with information every first-time homeowner should know.

    Renting vs. Owning

    Invest your rent check into building wealth for your own future. Stop paying someone else's mortgage every month.

    How an Agent Aides Homeownership

    How to work effectively with your real estate agent throughout the process.

    The Value of Hawaii Homeownership

    Most people will agree that investing in your own home is one of the smartest financial moves you can make. That’s even more true for investing in a home in Hawaii.


    Home Loan Basics

    Your home loan is an important part of owning your first home, begin by learning the basics.

    What to Ask a Lender

    The affordability of your new home depends on your monthly home loan payment. Get a quick estimate today.

    Types of Home Loans

    Read about the many different types of loans and find the right one for your unique financial situation.

    Locations' Trusted Home Loan Partner

    Learn about Compass Home Loans, our trusted home loan partner.

    What About the Down Payment?

    Tips from home loan experts on how to afford your down payment

    How Interest Rates Affect You

    How interest rate changes will affect your home-buying power and how much you pay over the life of your loan.

    How to Refinance

    We've outlined 8 easy steps to guide you through refinancing your home loan.

    Rent Accumulation Calculator

    Discover the true cost of renting someone else’s home instead of buying your own.

    What is an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?

    Is an adjustable-rate mortgage right for you?

    Searching for a Home

    Download the Locations App

    Hawaii's most powerful real estate search tool in your pocket.


    Where to find Oahu foreclosures and how to buy them

    How To Value a Home

    The Locations Home Valuator (LHV) tool gives you instant, accurate property estimates on any address in Hawaii.

    Leasehold Properties

    Leasehold properties are when you own the structure (condo, SFH) but not the land on which the property sits.

    Finding a Good School District

    Find the best Oahu school district for your current or future kids.

    Reserved Housing

    Affordable housing in an ideal location

    10 Questions First Time Condo Owners Should Ask

    Condos offer an attractive lifestyle at a great price. Perfect for a starter home or if you're looking to downsize.

    Five Benefits of Homeownership

    Homeownership is a proven way to build long-term wealth-and there are other benefits, too!

    Closing and Escrow

    Home Inspections

    The most crucial item of the home buying process is the home inspection, and it’s often the one that gets the least attention

    Closing Costs

    Everything you need to know about closing costs


    Read how home insurance works and why you may need it

    How Escrow Works

    You've made it to the final step, learn how escrow works

    A First Time Homeowner's Perspective on Closing

    Insights on the closing process from somebody who's recently been through it

    Moving Checklist

    Congratulations on your new home! Here are some tips for your upcoming move.