Millions of Dollars Unclaimed

An article in today’s StarAdvertiser focused on the millions of dollars in unclaimed property that the state of Hawaii acquired in the last fiscal year, nearly 18 million dollars to be exact. This money comes from forgotten bank accounts, uncashed checks and stocks. Can you imagine what you could do with that amount of money? And the best part…some of that money could actually be yours.

We sometimes do not know the value of something we possess because we are not aware of it or forgot about it. This is also true with real estate. You may not realize it, but you could be sitting on some valuable property, if you only take the steps to find it. Perhaps you’ve neglected your house for years and the wear and tear has decreased its value. Or you stopped taking care of your yard and the weeds and wildlife have taken over. No one will see the value of your house, including yourself, because it will be hidden due to its deterioration.

Some time and effort on your part could restore the value to your house and even increase its worth, depending on the amount of work you are willing to put into it. You can check out our Facebook page at for today’s tips on increasing the value of your house through home improvements. This will give you some ideas on where you may want to get started and what upgrades could have the highest returns.

Your house may not appear to be worth much now, but with the proper care and maintenance, it could be that hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. Also if you want to check if you are owed a portion of those millions of dollars in unclaimed property, check out the state’s website at

Erin Koshi (RA) is a Kauai real estate agent at Taba Realty & Development, LLC in Koloa. Taba Realty specializes in Kauai real estate, whether residential and commercial sales, residential and commercial property management, development services or consulting. You may contact Erin at

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