Aroner among top villa renters, again
For the sixth consecutive year, Irene Ann Aroner, owner of Maui-based Tropical Villa Vacations, has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the "Top Villa Rental Specialists" in the world.
In the publication's April issue, a few dozen villa rental agents received the recognition based on an in-depth assessment of agents' competency, connections, business practices, user-friendliness, honesty and familiarity with regions and villas they represent.
"Having spent more than a decade as a concierge at various Four Seasons hotels, Aroner brings an obsessive attention to detail to her property evaluations and customer service," the magazine said.
The company founded by Aroner in 1995 specializes in luxury home and villa rentals combined with personal concierge service.
For more information, call 875-2818 or visit www.TropicalVillaVacations.com.
Single-family Oahu home sales decline
HONOLULU - Single-family Oahu home sales dropped 10.8 percent last month compared to the same time last year while condo sales saw a 2.1 percent increase.
Data released Monday by the Honolulu Board of Realtors also show the median sales price of a single-family home in March was $625,000, a 13.9 increase from $548,500. However, the median condo price was $311,750, a 1 percent decrease from $315,000.
Board President Joe Paikai notes condo sales saw a dramatic 48 percent increase compared to February.
According to board data, single-family homes sold at a slower pace last month compared to a year ago, with houses listing for 44 days. Condo sales were quicker at 39 days, down from 46.