Exciting news, after years of going to Washington DC and our State Capitol to advocate for homeowners rights, we have another victory under our belt, oh, it's nothing as big as our wins for, Fair Housing, National Flood Insurance Policy, Mortgage Tax Deductions, in fact it's a rather small victory, a local win, but is a good one and long overdue!

Handyman Exemption : (Senate Bill 767, CD1 - Act 283 07/10/19)

Raises the handyman exemption from $1,000 to $1,500. The handyman exemption enables persons other than licensed contractors to perform tasks for which the aggregate contract price is less than $1,500. However this does not apply to projects which require a building permit or electrical or plumbing work. Also, the handyman exemption will only apply to labor and materials. “Taxes and all other items” was removed. Effective July 1, 2019.

On that note, next time you hire a Realtor to represent you, remember they are not just selling your home, they are out there advocating for your homeownership rights!

Here is a quick glimpse of what your Hawaii Realtors are doing right now:

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Below: One of my trips to the State Capital to advocate for homeowner rights.

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A little about the author: Lance Owens (RS) is currently the acting "Past President" for West Hawaii Association of Realtors, a Director on the State Board "Hawaii Association of Realtors" an RPAC Trustee for WHAR, and as the 2018 Acting President last year for WHAR, he followed the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) went to Washington DC and the Hawaii State Capitol to advocate for this bill and many others.