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Debbie Guimond’s Tips on Condos

by Molly Jacobson on April 23, 2012

You can't exactly see our dream home from Molokini -- but this is the most romantic photo I have taken of our little section of Maui. Ah. Home.

When James and I followed our whim and turned onto a quiet side street in Kahana to go to a random Open House, we got quite a surprise. The multi-million dollar property  we’d stumbled upon was the one in the pictures we’d cut out of a Maui real estate magazine to put up on our bulletin board as representative of our “dream home.”

It was bizarre. We walked through the huge kitchen — complete with a counter lift for our stand mixer, two wall ovens, eight burners and subzero appliances — and dipped our toes in the pool overlooking the water. It was out of our budget at the time — like, way out of our budget — but it was one of those magical moments that seem to happen regularly since I moved to Maui in 2005. We didn’t have any idea where that photo had originally been taken. We didn’t know we would be in that neighborhood that day — we had planned on going to a restaurant nearby, but it was closed due to an owner’s illness, so we were just wandering. We stopped just because James happened to hear — and then follow — his little voice that whispered “turn right.”

We drove home feeling very, very content and a little befuzzled. Maybe this visualization stuff really works?

When we told James’s hanai (adopted) mother, an spiritual powerhouse of a woman and a Unity minister in Seattle, about our little adventure, she suggested this tweak to our visualization process: visualize ourselves OWNING it.

Good tip.

We have our dream home now — although it’s not nearly as large as that one, and not as close to the water — but if I were looking for my dream Maui address today, I would check out Debbie Guimond’s website. Debbie is one of our book’s sponsors, and she’s a doll. She’s also a wealth of information about Maui real estate. Whether you’re looking for a Maui condo, a home, or even a  Maui vacation rental, her website is chock full of information. And don’t forget to tell her James and Molly sent you. Her positive attitude and the sparkle in her eye make me think she’s got “the secret” to this visualization thing.

Contact Debbie Guimond, (808) 298-7850,,

About Molly Jacobson

Molly Jacobson contributes 226 post in this blog.

Editor of the second best-selling guidebook to MauiTop Maui Restaurants, Molly has called Maui home since 2005.

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