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Paradise Estates

By Martin Howard on July 31, 2017

I thought it'd be worth taking the time to write a comprehensive post about Paradise Estates Subdivision, since it's probably the most popular place for military families on the island.

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Firearms on Guam

By Martin Howard on June 28, 2017

Many of our clients have questions about Guam's firearms laws, so we'll cover the basics in this post and visit some other related topics next time.

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Within Walking Distance to the Beach

By Martin Howard on March 23, 2017

One of the more popular requests we get is for beachfront property. It's certainly easy to get excited about living on the beach when you think of moving to Guam. We have plenty of it for sure, but, surprisingly few beachfront residential homes.

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Tips in Buying a Luxury Real Estate

By Martin Howard on September 26, 2016

Owning a luxury real estate investment comes a huge junk of money that the investor is willing to spend on. And while a gorgeous luxury home set on several rolling acres sounds as stunning as it looks like, there are a number of points an investor should consider.

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Having a baby? Here's how to make your home baby-friendly

By Martin Howard on September 20, 2016

Whether you and your partner are first-time parents or you're expecting your fourth child, it is a must to make (and keep) your home a baby-friendly environment.

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Things to consider before undertaking a home renovation

By Martin Howard on September 15, 2016

Thinking of remodeling your home? Before you even pick up the phone and call your contractor to ask for a quotation, we would like to give you give you a rundown of the things you really need to consider before tackling a home renovation.

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Small bedroom hacks that can change your life

By Martin Howard on August 24, 2016

There are primarily two types of homeowners - one who likes to spend most of her time in the kitchen and whip up lovely meals, and one who likes to spend her time in the bedroom watching her favourite series or reading a good book.

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10 Small Space Storage Solutions

By Martin Howard on July 28, 2016

Believe it or not, more and more interior designers prefer designing living spaces with limited floor area than the massive ones.

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Getting Into Guam: Settling In

By Martin Howard on July 11, 2016

Guam has strict rules implemented in moving in pets. It is a rabies free island mainly as an effect of its quarantine efforts.

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Getting Ready for Guam: What should I do?

By Martin Howard on June 15, 2016

Guam is a small tropical island in the western Pacific Ocean and is a territory of the United States.

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Guam's Food & Culture

By Martin Howard on May 23, 2016

Summer and Christmas are two of the most awaited seasons of the year.

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Gotta Go To Guam

By Martin Howard on May 2, 2016

Travelling is definitely an expensive hobby, but the money you are going to spend will be worth it for all the pleasurable experiences you will acquire, people and cultures you will get enthusiastic about and the heart-stopping scenic landscapes and overall semblance of the different parts of the world you will go to.

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Pre-Home Shopping Tips: Research!

By Martin Howard on April 5, 2016

Choosing to live outside your comfort zone, like literally leave your humble abode, friendly neighborhood or revered country, will require extensive research and hours to spend weighing all available options that uncontrollably branch out instead of narrowing down to the best choice.

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Things to Remember When Preparing for a Flood

By Martin Howard on November 20, 2015

Floods are a very real danger. Some people lose their lives because they are taken off guard by this kind of tragedy. Keep your family well informed so that they know what to do in case of emergency.

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How To Spot A Successful Real Estate Agent

By Martin Howard on October 26, 2015

The right agent can help you purchase your dream home or sell your house quickly. In a way, they can be similar to chefs. Those who are successful display exceptionally-prepared cuisine in a high-end restaurant, while others end up overpricing and missing the mark on marketing their listings.

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Is Investing In Rental Properties Worth The Trouble?

By Martin Howard on October 9, 2015

Investing in a rental property is one of the best financial moves you can make.

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7 Things Your Landlord Wants To Tell You

By Martin Howard on September 24, 2015

There are a number of ways you can maintain a positive relationship with your landlord or property manager as you settle into your new rental property. Here are 7 simple things you need to learn to build that lasting relationship with your landlord.

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The Unsung Function of Property Management: Tenant and Occupancy Management

By Martin Howard on September 15, 2015

The profitability of property relies not only on its desirability and design, but also on two very important things: firstly, how well the current tenants are managed and secondly, the property's occupancy level.

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7 Essential Tips in Transforming Your Kid's Room into a Teen's Room

By Martin Howard on July 1, 2015

Every child's dream is to have a room that showcases his or her personality and personal interests.

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Hit the Roof: Life Hacks on Roof Maintenance

By Martin Howard on July 1, 2015

For your body to remain in tip-top shape even as you grow older, for instance, it requires a healthy lifestyle.

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Turn up Your Home

By Martin Howard on June 18, 2015

Saving up is good. But it isn't always good to keep yourself from making life better.

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Remodel Your House like A Pro

By Martin Howard on June 9, 2015

Want to give your home a facelift? Are you new in the neighborhood and want to differentiate from the houses in the block? Let this article help you decide what's best and cost-efficient in renovating your home sweet home.

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Electrical Home Safety Superhero 101

By Martin Howard on June 4, 2015

Basic knowledge about electrical safety bridges impending catastrophe to the home and your family's security. Accidents from grounded electrical cords and faulty temporary wiring contribute to over 25% of approximately 81,000 incidents of electrical system fires annually.

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Floor the Win!

By Martin Howard on May 20, 2015

One of the biggest decisions a new homeowner faces is selecting the right flooring. Before making any crucial choices, it is important to note that the floor is one of the more permanent aspects of a room.

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All About Solar Panels

By Martin Howard on May 7, 2015

We are surrounded by an endless barrage of innovations. It has been ongoing for the past decades and will continue for possibly the rest of the years. One of the most outstanding innovations science has provided us is the search for renewable or cost-efficient sources of energy.

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Upgrading the John

By Martin Howard on May 1, 2015

If you are looking for worthwhile investments of your hard-earned money, the answer might just be inside your own home.

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9 Home Projects that are best Left to the Experts

By Martin Howard on April 7, 2015

Buying or having a residential property is already costly in itself. Thus, it's no surprise that most homeowners consider and choose to DIY some home projects instead of consulting with and letting professionals do the job.

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10 Easy Steps on How to Increase your Home Value on a Budget

By Martin Howard on March 30, 2015

When it comes to sprucing up your home's property value, always keep in mind that real estate developers would primarily look at three things: your property's location, accessibility to vehicles and outsiders, and the overall condition of your property.

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Asthma-proof Your Home

By Martin Howard on March 18, 2015

A lot of people associate shortness of breath or coughing to physical strain, obesity, allergies or lack of exercise. What people may not know is that these could already be symptoms of a very common illness called asthma.

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Tips on Having a Pet-friendly Home

By Martin Howard on March 13, 2015

It has become common knowledge that keeping pets in your home is not only great for stress relief, but it also teaches pet owners how to be responsible and how to care for their furry friends.

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Home Loaner's Guide

By Martin Howard on March 6, 2015

They say, "Home is where the heart is", so it is essential to have a home of one's own.

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Condo vs. House and Lot

By Martin Howard on March 2, 2015

Imagine yourself 10 years from now.

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Your Wallet vs Your Dream House

By Martin Howard on February 17, 2015

Take a look at every real estate flyer or brochure.

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Wham, Bam, Thank You Guam!

By Martin Howard on February 11, 2015

One man's trash is another man's treasure will be the mantra of any resident or traveler interested in checking out the flea market in Guam.

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No nailing on the wall: Storage Fixes for Those who Rent

By Martin Howard on November 29, 2014

Finally! You were able to find the apartment that suits your taste and lifestyle. However, you always have to remember that you do not really own the place.

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When and Where to Sell Your Stuff in Guam

By Martin Howard on November 25, 2014

Get rid of that unnecessary stuff. Give your house a breather, your pocket some money, and other people's hearts with happiness. Learn when and where to sell you stuff now!

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Go Pro: House Inspecting

By Martin Howard on November 21, 2014

As if finding the perfect house was hard enough, you also need to inspect to make sure you are getting your money's worth.

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Affordable Home Holiday Decor

By Martin Howard on November 13, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year, as one of the most popular Christmas songs would say.

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Ready, Set, Furnish!

By Martin Howard on November 3, 2014

Here are a few of Guam's reliable online shops (with physical stores, too!) which offer functional and stylish furniture, as well as appliance stores selling the world's most trusted electronic appliance brands

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9 Pest Prevention Tips That You Should Apply Today

By Martin Howard on October 27, 2014

How do you keep your home fresh and clean? Here are 9 practical tips you should apply today to keep your home free from all sorts of pests. Read our blog post now!

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Keep Calm and Buy Your Perfect Home

By Martin Howard on September 29, 2014

If you're in the thick of house hunting and feel the pressure of low supply and high demand, keep calm.

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Real Estate Agent

By Martin Howard on September 18, 2014

Here are a few reasons why hiring a real estate expert is essential to successfully navigating the market in this changing economy.

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Real Estate 101: Maximizing Your Investment

By Martin Howard on September 8, 2014

There is one investment option that won't leave you shuddering at the thought of a risky stock market and economic crisis: residential real estate.

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Design Ideas: Guest Bedrooms

By Martin Howard on September 3, 2014

Welcome guests into a comfortable and gracious guest room. An added perk: If you're not expecting company, you'll still be able to enjoy a luxurious space to kick off your shoes and stay awhile. So, be the host with the most, and try any of these easy designs.

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To Buy or Not to Buy?

By Martin Howard on August 19, 2014

This is a do-over post from a few years ago, updated to reflect what's going on with Guam's real estate market today. Lots of things have changed since last time, so I thought it's time to put out some new information.

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A Guide: Moving-In Made Easy

By Martin Howard on August 14, 2014

Moving into your place shouldn't have to be as difficult as Frodo's treacherous journey through un-mapped territory in Lord of the Rings. Here's how you can make the move into a new home easier and more efficient.

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Home Design Trends For The Year Ahead

By Martin Howard on August 11, 2014

Update your home design now and then to keep it feeling fresh.

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How to Effectively Save Energy at Home

By Martin Howard on June 13, 2014

One of the things most people find themselves complaining about when it comes to their homes is the electricity bill that comes their way like clockwork every month.

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Keeping a Good Credit Score

By Martin Howard on June 9, 2014

If you are not aware of it yet, having a good credit score is important for a great number of reasons.

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Redecorate Your Home for the Summer

By Martin Howard on June 3, 2014

Summer is probably the one season of the year people look forward to the most, what with the sun, sand, and sea beckoning during these hot months.

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Home Inspection: What Advantages Do You Get From One?

By Martin Howard on May 6, 2014

Should you have a home inspection done before you contact a real estate agent to put your house on sale?

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Mortgages: What Options Do You Have?

By Martin Howard on April 28, 2014

Finding out about mortgages, and what options you have when it comes to these, is necessary when you are contemplating buying a house in the near, or even distant, future.

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DOs and DON'Ts for First Time Home Sellers

By Martin Howard on April 23, 2014

So you are finally thinking of selling your first home after a few years of living in it. Whether you are leaving to move to another state, or are moving to a bigger home due to a growing family, selling your first house can be a rather emotional, and somewhat daunting, task.

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Home Staging Basics: Tips for Getting Your House to Sell Fast

By Martin Howard on April 15, 2014

What exactly is home staging and why is this seen as something important by people in the real estate world? Home staging is when you renovate and redecorate your home to make it look better, both inside and out.

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What About Back-up Generators

By Martin Howard on April 8, 2014

We get a lot of questions about back-up generators, whether you should bring one, buy one when you get here, or how many homes on Guam have generators.

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Home Buying Guide for Newly Weds – Do's and Dont's for Buying Your First Home

By Martin Howard on March 24, 2014

So you finally tied the knot! Congratulations! Now, you and your spouse have decided to purchase a place you can both call home.

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Buying Foreclosed Property: What Buyers Need to KnowFirst Home

By Martin Howard on March 19, 2014

Ever wonder why people find the idea of buying foreclosed property worth their while? Before you join that particular bandwagon, here are some tips that you should probably take note of before starting.

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8 Things to Consider for Your PCS (Infographic)

By Martin Howard on February 25, 2014

Permanent change of station or PCS takes a lot of effort and preparation. So here are 8 things you should consider to have a stress-free relocation. Or visit our website for more info!

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Military Buildup & Guam Real Estate

By Martin Howard on February 17, 2014

Looks like the military buildup is back "on" again. The President has signed the military spending bill, which includes money for the Guam buildup, so it looks like after 7 years of anticipation, we'll start seeing some changes on the island.

Dealing with Real Estate Agents

By Martin Howard on February 4, 2014

Working with real estate agents is inevitability for everyone at one time or another. In the Guam real estate market, you'll find real estate agents are heavily involved in the market of rental properties.

8 Things to Remember for your PCS (Permanent Change of Station)

By Martin Howard on February 4, 2014

So you just found out you're getting orders to Guam. It's natural to have a lot of questions, and you're finding out that the answers aren't so easy to find. Sponsors are sometimes hard to get a hold of, the time zone difference makes it difficult to make phone calls, and waiting for people to get back to you via email is making you crazy.

Investing on Property Rental as a Source of Income

By Martin Howard on January 17, 2014

Investing in real estate for the purpose of renting these out to others for income is something a number of people do on a regular basis. They find that they can make good money out of buying homes or offices and leasing these out. Does this mean that you should also hop on this particular bandwagon? Before you do consider investing in real property for income purposes, there are a few things you need to think about, and to consider before going ahead with such a plan.

Budget Friendly Home Renovation Tips

By Martin Howard on January 17, 2014

Home renovation projects that are budget friendly can be very fulfilling for two reasons: you get to fix up your home and you don't have to shell out a huge amount of money to do so. While there are a lot of renovation projects out there that you can undertake, it is easy to get carried away and start doing too much at the same time, which essentially burns a hole in your pocket. Here are some tips for home renovation that will help you keep your budget low, but still give you the satisfaction that you are indeed improving your home.

Top 3 Things to Consider When Buying a Condo

By Martin Howard on January 13, 2014

There are many reasons why people consider buying a condo instead of a house. Some of these include convenience, security, and investment potential. Whatever reasons you may have, trying to find one to suit your specific needs can be overwhelming, especially for first time buyers or those with financial challenges. Here are a few tips and tricks that you may find useful for such an endeavor.

Key Factors You Should Consider When Buying Pre-Owned House

By Martin Howard on January 13, 2014

Buying a house is something that requires some careful thought and deliberation, and there are a lot of options. One of the things to consider is whether you want a new construction home or a home that was previously owned. While it may be a "no brainer" for some, there are some people who believe that buying a pre-owned or second-hand home is a much better option. One of the main reasons is lower cost, but often clients find older homes have more "character" than the newly built.

Being Prepared

By Martin Howard on January 6, 2014

It's been quite a while since Guam suffered any major disasters. In my time here, which just past ten years, we haven't experienced anything more than a tropical storm. This morning I was flipping through some websites and came across the Joint Information Center's "preparedness fact sheet," which is one of many you can find on the internet. This one in particular was focused on providing information sources during disasters, which is an important piece of the being ready puzzle.

Preparing for Storms

By Martin Howard on January 4, 2014

It's been quite a while since Guam suffered any major disasters. In my time here, which just past ten years, we haven't experienced anything more than a tropical storm. This morning I was flipping through some websites and came across the Joint Information Center's "preparedness fact sheet," which is one of many you can find on the internet. This one in particular was focused on providing information sources during disasters, which is an important piece of the being ready puzzle.

Rent to Own on Guam

By Martin Howard on October 11, 2013

Rent to own has been done on Guam, but it hasn't really caught on yet. There are a number of reasons that rent to own is beneficial to both buyers and seller, and some drawbacks too. As with anything, carefully consider all your options before making a decision to sign any agreements. Read several articles readily available on the subject and think it through carefully.

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Getting Through Your First Week on Guam

By Martin Howard on October 2, 2013

So you've been on an airplane, somewhere between 4 and 27 hours, and you finally arrived on Guam. More often than not, you'll arrive somewhere between 10pm and 2am, that's just when most of the flights arrive. Now you're off to your hotel to find there's no microwave, there are two single "twin" beds, and the mini fridge is packed with $6.00 a can beer (or there's no mini fridge at all).

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Rental Contracts

By Martin Howard on August 24, 2013

Rental contracts (aka leases) is something we do quite a bit around here. Most of Guam utilizes a standard rental contract from a service that makes standard forms which seems 10748941-shark-businessman-holding-a-flaming-bad-contract-in-his-handto work pretty well.

Tipping on Guam

By Martin Howard on July 3, 2013

I know the custom of including a gratuity for your service person along with the bill varies widely depending on what country or city you're in. I'm all for tipping for good service, but don't feel like I should have to if service was crap. And although it's been a while since I paid a restaurant bill in the States, I remember that there was generally a service charge for larger groups, but here it applies to any size group or even an individual. So, most of the time here on Guam, expect some form of service charge to be added to you bill already. Then you can decide if you want to leave anything extra or not.

Including Cable, Internet & Other Services

By Martin Howard on July 1, 2013

I wanted to put a little information out on including utilities or other services in the cost of rent. There's been a few people this year that have found themselves in hot water with the housing office and thought it's worth a little time here.

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North Korea Threat to Guam

By Martin Howard on April 6, 2013

I've got four emails in the last week about the threats North Korea has made to the Island of Guam, so I thought I'd put a little blurb here and maybe put things in a little perspective from at least my point of view.

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Getting Around on Guam

By Martin Howard on April 5, 2013

One of the biggest issues people have during their first days and weeks on Guam, is how to get around.

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Including Utilities in the Rent

By Martin Howard on April 2, 2013

There are a few things that you should think about when shopping for a home on Guam that you might not have thought of when choosing your last home in other parts of Earth. We've been getting more email now that the summer move season is on the horizon, so I thought we'd touch on the “top three” questions here.

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A Few Things to Think About

By Martin Howard on March 29, 2013

There are a few things that you should think about when shopping for a home on Guam that you might not have thought of when choosing your last home in other parts of Earth. We've been getting more email now that the summer move season is on the horizon, so I thought we'd touch on the "top three" questions here.

Real Estate 101: House Hunting

By Martin Howard on March 25, 2013

Summertime is coming and that means lots of new residents will be moving to Guam. So I thought we'd talk a little about how to get started in the house hunting process.

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What Should We Bring?

By Martin Howard on March 11, 2013

Some people travel light, others bring everything except their own kitchen sink. When I landing on Guam on August 4, 2004, I had two suitcases and that's it. Everything else I left in San Diego, and it's still there. I'm just waiting to see my stuff on "Storage Wars".

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Mold & Moisture on Guam

By Martin Howard on March 11, 2013

Particularly when you first arrive, you might notice the humidity here is pretty high and it will take some getting used to. After a short time you probably won't notice it much.

www.GuamRentals.com Gets a Facelift

By Martin Howard on March 4, 2013

After a couple months of work and spending more money that I care to admit, www.GuamRentals.com is up and running with it's new facelift and all new functionality.

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Feeling The Need for Speed… on Guam

By Martin Howard on January 31, 2013

One of the things that will take some getting used to when you get here is the speed limit.

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That's Out of My Price Range

By Martin Howard on January 26, 2013

We try to do as much research on homes that might suit you via email before you even arrive on the Island, this streamlines the process and saves us time when you get here and have other things to do. One thing we'll do, more often than not, is send you information on homes that are a little above whatever budget you set for your rental property. Lately a couple people have sent me sharply worded email back as a result of it.

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Craigslist on Guam

By Martin Howard on January 6, 2013

With Craigslist's growing popularity on the island, and it's increased use by real estate agents, I wanted make a quick post about something that happened over the weekend.

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Average Home Prices on Guam

By Martin Howard on December 17, 2012

I spent about 20 minutes today talking to a pretty concerned non-military new arrival to the island about the cost of rent and explaining options to him.

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Coconut Crabs

By Martin Howard on December 10, 2012

Was just reading the latest edition of "The Guam Guide" newsletter and it's list of must do things on Guam. One of which being "pet a coconut crab." I got a bit of a chuckle out of this, as the thought has never occurred to me, not even in passing.

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Tap Water Vs. My Water Filter

By Martin Howard on November 27, 2012

As I boasted a few months ago, I continue to love my water softener and filtration system that we had installed. Although I didn't have any problems with the water other than the occasional stain on a shirt, the water never really tasted very good. I spoiled myself with soft water years ago living in San Diego and I've missed it ever since.

Transportation on Guam

By Martin Howard on October 6, 2012

One of the major problems most people have when they arrive is transportation. There is no public transportation on Guam to speak of, and the hotels are far enough away from either base that you don't have any choice but to rent a car, if you don't have one already that is.

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Don't Look for Potatoes

By Martin Howard on September 11, 2012

One of the things that took some getting used to for me was the abundance of rice coming at me from all directions on Guam, and the conspicuous lack of anything that ends with "potatoes" (i.e. mashed potatoes, au gratin potatoes, etc). Having come from the south east ("read:" redneck) the only kind of rice I was ever exposed to when I was growing up was the kind that you boil in a bag. I happened to be in the commissary on Sunday, and saw a young man shouldering a 40lb bag on each side of his head and it gave me something to write about.

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The Cost of Housing on Guam

By Martin Howard on September 10, 2012

Thumbing through the latest edition of "Casa Guam" Magazine I saw some statistics that I thought I'd share.

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Power Bills on Guam

By Martin Howard on September 9, 2012

Everyone that moves here is concerned about the high cost of electricity. Rumors abound of $1,000+ power bills that have no explanation. I don't doubt that there is some unexplainable high utility bills out there, but I've never seen a bill for $1,000 before and I think I would have in almost 8 years of doing this.

Short Term Leases on Guam

By Martin Howard on August 20, 2012

Every other day I get an inquiry about short term (aka "month to month") leases on Guam. So I thought it was time to cover it again here.

Paying the Rent

By Martin Howard on June 26, 2012

One of the issues we commonly face just before move in is how to pay the rent, especially the first month's rent and security deposit.

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Stuff To Do on Guam

By Martin Howard on April 9, 2012

Lots of people ask what's there to do on the Island. There is plenty to do on your off time, so I'll start a series posts to give you some ideas.

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Utilities Included

By Martin Howard on April 1, 2012

Quite a few people, military and otherwise, inquire about properties that include utilities in the rent.

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Which Cell Phone Company is Best?

By Martin Howard on March 1, 2012

One of the most common questions I get asked while I'm showing clients around is "what cell phone company is best?"

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Living On Base Vs. Living Off Base

By Martin Howard on February 16, 2012

This topic should be of some interest to all, as it's directly related to your biggest monthly expense: Housing.

Less Marines Moving to Guam

By Martin Howard on February 15, 2012

Big news this week is that the projected number of Marines that will be transferring to Guam has been reduced from 8000 to 4700.

Cost of Living On Guam

By Martin Howard on February 15, 2012

One of the most common questions I have is about the cost of living on Guam. Having been here for almost 8 years already, I really don't have a clue what basic necessities cost back in the U.S. anymore.

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Bellagio Resort and Spa

By Martin Howard on January 19, 2012

A couple years ago I posted about the old Sherwood Hotel that looms on the hill overlooking Tumon. I was always interested in getting inside and having a look, I love going into spooky old buildings since I was a kid. Sherwood had been boarded up since I got here in August 2004, never saw a soul on the grounds. I believe the phrase I used to describe it was "the only thing missing is zombies."

Backup Generators: What's the Story?

By Martin Howard on January 10, 2012

A lot of my customers will list “back-up” generator on the housing wish-list they email me, so I thought I'd write a bit about it here. When I moved here it was on my list too. I still don't have one.

www.GuamPCS.com Website Update

By Martin Howard on December 11, 2011

After a tough PCS season with 2011 coming to a close I'm finally finding the time to update our websites. In an effort to get the word out to as many as possible, I just wanted to write about the most significant change in what we do and how we can help make your move to Guam as painless as possible.

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Guam Rentals: Paradise Estates 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Home

By Martin Howard on November 24, 2011

Just on the market, this immaculate 3 bedroom 2 bath home located in Guam's most popular subdivision Paradise Estates.

Buyer Beware: Shame On You Gta

By Martin Howard on October 5, 2011

Normally I wouldn't speak out against a local business but I've spent some time and justified this to myself. It didn't really take that long.

Getting Moved In

By Martin Howard on August 2, 2011

One of the issues that seems to surface time and time again on move in day is the availability of funds to cover move in costs.

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Guam Relocation Assistance

By Martin Howard on April 18, 2011

Maybe you know people on Guam, maybe you don't.

Guam Home Schooling

By Martin Howard on April 15, 2011

We get a fair number of inquiries asking for information about Guam's public and private schools. Certainly this is a big factor in making the decision to bring your family to Guam if you have school age children.

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Guam For Rent: Hotel Okura

By Martin Howard on April 13, 2011

Looks like Guam's Hotel Okura is now available for long term lease or month to month rental. Looks like prices are starting at $1900 and going up from there depending on the specific unit.

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Leo Palace Resort Now Available for Long Term Lease

By Martin Howard on April 11, 2011

This isn't breaking news, they've been up for rent for a while now. I just finally got ahold of the agent for the owner and got permission to post the photos.

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My New Favorite Coffee Shop!

By Martin Howard on April 11, 2011

It's got a really nice atmosphere, clean, comfortable, and the food is great, albeit a little slow at times. You can't complain it though, because the view from the balcony is fantastic. I could sit out there and eat cheesecake and drink coffee all day.

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OHA Vs. BAH

By Martin Howard on April 5, 2011

Since it's happened twice this week already, and it's only Wednesday, I though it'd be appropriate to talk a little bit about Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) vs. Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH).

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Why Use a REALTOR®

By Martin Howard on April 5, 2011

I know I've wrote something on this before, I just don't remember where. Comes with middle age I guess, just like all the pretty young girls calling me sir now. Anyway.

Living on Base Vs. Living Off Base Part II

By Martin Howard on April 3, 2011

I thought it was time to revisit the topic of what has turned out to be the most popular post to date.

Rental Car Reimbursement

By Martin Howard on April 2, 2011

One of the major hurdles that everyone faces when they move here is what to do about transportation. Your car is probably on the boat and will be here in about 6 weeks, if you're lucky.

Gas Report

By Martin Howard on March 7, 2011

Gas Prices are Up Again!

Split Air Conditioner

By Martin Howard on February 22, 2011

What is A Split Air Conditioner? Something that you will probably see if you live off base on Guam is a "split ac". I'd never heard of them before I got here myself.

Downsizing for Island Life

By Martin Howard on February 18, 2011

One of the issues many people face when they transition to Guam is moving into a smaller living space. Unless you're coming from a large metropolitan area where space is at a premium, it may take some adjustment on your part. The fact is, that many of the homes on Guam are quite a bit smaller on average than that found in the mainland. While builders have recognized that fact and have started putting up more "western style" homes, they also come with premium price tags. Given the extremely high cost of rent on the island, downsizing may be the best option. And it doesn't have to be the end of the world.

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Saving Money: Magic Jack is on Guam!

By Martin Howard on February 17, 2011

Saving money is always a good thing. We get lots of questions from our clients that are moving here about the cost of calling home, and they relate horror stories they heard from someone w$37.99 at the Navy Exchangeho's been here about the outrageous costs of dialing U.S. number.

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3G Service, iPads and Trying to Stay Connected

By Martin Howard on February 16, 2011

There was once a day that I swore I'd never use a computer. I wanted to say it wasn't long ago. But in thinking about it, I guess it was. In fact, my very first recollection of using a computer, which was more of a word processor I guess, was one of those with the keyboard and monitor all in one piece. I think i saw one on an old episode of "Lost in Space" the other day. Well, that's enough dating myself.

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Gas Prices Navy Base Guam

By Martin Howard on February 12, 2011

To Buy or Not to Buy

By Martin Howard on February 11, 2011

Is it a Good Time to Buy a Home on Guam?

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Only on Guam

By Martin Howard on January 24, 2011

Well, I'm sure it's not really only on Guam, but it's the first time I've seen it. This guy must be hard core.

Downsizing

By Martin Howard on January 1, 2011

Moving is probably one of the top 3 most dreaded tasks that we all hope to avoid as much as possible in our lifetime.

Car Washes

By Martin Howard on December 28, 2010

I'm personally one of those people that would (if I could) spend an entire day cleaning my car, and think it was time well spent. Some people, like my wife, thinks its ridiculous. You can look at her car and tell.

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No Birds on Guam?

By Martin Howard on December 25, 2010

They cling to power lines and cause power outages. Hide out in the landing gear of planes (apparently able to withstand - 40 temps) and if you're not careful, you'll trip over a pile of them when you get off the plane. And there are no birds, the snakes ate them all.

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How Clean is the Water?

By Martin Howard on December 13, 2010

A few people have asked via email about the water quality on Guam.

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Guam Gas Prices

By Martin Howard on November 21, 2010

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Guam For Rent: Alupang Cove Condominiums

By Martin Howard on November 16, 2010

Alupang Cove Condos are located in the central Village of Tamuning. This was my home for the first 3 years I was on Guam and I loved it.

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Is it a Good Time to Buy on Guam?

By Martin Howard on November 9, 2010

Is it a Good Time to Buy a Home on Guam?

The Honeymoon is Over

By Martin Howard on October 28, 2010

Well it looks like it finally happened... Navy housing took over the Air Force. We've all known it's coming for a long time, but I didn't really expect it to be so bad.

Rental Car Reimbursement? Too Good to Be True?

By Martin Howard on October 25, 2010

Rental Car Reimbursement? Too Good to Be True?

Relocation Assistance on Guam

By Martin Howard on October 25, 2010

I've had a few emails lately asking about Relocation Assistance, so I thought I'd write a bit about it here.

Guam For Rent: Tumon Bel-Air

By Martin Howard on September 6, 2010

Finally had the opportunity to check out this new condo development over the weekend.

Rainy Season is Coming

By Martin Howard on August 29, 2010

Well, it's been made quite clear over the past few weeks that rainy season is coming. Saying "its going to rain today" is almost always a true statement this time of year.

Guam's Overlook Hotel

By Martin Howard on August 12, 2010

Well it's actually the Sherwood Hotel, but it kind of reminds me of the Overlook Hotel made famous in "The Shining" (1980) with Jack Nicholson.

Here's Your Sign

By Martin Howard on August 11, 2010

Well it's not your sign, but you can't help but notice all the signs on the side of Guam's roadways.

Road Construction

By Martin Howard on August 9, 2010

In the six years I've been here I've never seen a lot of improvements being made to the roads on the island. There's been some here and there, but hardly noticeable.

Hot Tapioca and Corn?

By Martin Howard on August 3, 2010

Over the weekend we once again found ourselves with things to do on our family day that we shouldn't be doing. Namely, work. So while out doing last minute errands we found ourselves hungry and at the Fiesta Resort's World Cafe.

Only on Guam Part V

By Martin Howard on July 24, 2010

On what turned out to be the beginning of a pretty descent Sunday as far as weather is concerned, I saw this slightly unusual site on my way to the Westin Resort.

Wi-fi Hotspots

By Martin Howard on July 6, 2010

(This is a 404 page from the old website)

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The Story on Back-up Generators

By Martin Howard on July 1, 2010

A lot of my customers will list "back-up" generator on the housing wish-list they email me, so I thought I'd write a bit about it here.

Only on Guam Part IV

By Martin Howard on June 13, 2010

Not something you'd really expect to see on a tiny island. I really don't know what the story is on this place, but it seems to be someone's home. Has a few pretty sweet vintage cars parked underneath too.

Only on Guam III

By Martin Howard on May 28, 2010

This is what I call efficiency... walking your dog and your carabao at the same time.

Only on Guam II

By Martin Howard on May 27, 2010

As I understand it, tourists from different parts of Asia (mostly Japan and Korea), come to Guam for a little fun in the sun and some high-end shopping at DFS (that's Duty Free Stores – I'd never heard of it until I got here either). They stay here for a few days and head back home.

Controlling the Cost of Your Move to Guam

By Martin Howard on May 22, 2010

One of the factors that might come into play when you're considering your move to Guam (if you have a choice in the matter) is the cost of moving here. Not just the cost of moving your personal property, but there's that period of time that you're living in a hotel and out of a suitcase, eating in restaurants and trying to figure out where to wash your clothes until you find a more permanent place to live. On the website, there's a section on short term (month to month) rentals. You'll see they are in short supply. So you'll probably be stuck in a hotel for some number of days.

Guam Living Part I: Why You'll Hate the Tour Bus

By Martin Howard on May 21, 2010

On of the things you'll least like about living on Guam is getting stuck behind a tour bus.

Cost of Living on Guam Part II

By Martin Howard on May 13, 2010

Along with everything else, the cost of buying gasoline on Guam continues to rise. I have no idea what it's like in the U.S. Mainland at the moment, but I noticed a widening gap between the prices on base and the prices off base for a gallon of gas.

OHA Increase for Guam

By Martin Howard on February 3, 2010

If you're considering living off base but are still "on the fence" so to speak, the decision might have just become a little tougher.

Ultra Pasteurized Milk?

By Martin Howard on January 17, 2010

If you're coming from the U.S. mainland, you'll probably notice there are a lot of items you're not used to seeing on the shelves at our local supermarkets. You'll get accustomed to seeing labels in different languages, more kinds of instant noodle bowls than you thought could possibly exist, and you may be surprised to learn how many types of rice there really are.

Short Term Leases on Guam

By Martin Howard on January 15, 2010

A lot of people write asking about the availability of short term leases on Guam, so we thought we'd cover a bit about that here.