HPA Education Conference on Real Estate

Date: November 2, 2016 8:30am – 4:30pm
Venue: Fuller Hall, Richards Street YWCA
Location: 1040 Richards Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Seminars: Title Insurance and Title Report Red Flags, Conveyance Taxes and HARPTA,
& Property Tax Exemptions and Tax Credit for Homeowners for the City and County of Honolulu
Speakers: Suzette Nasser, Denise Inouye, Robie-Ann Dorwelo, & Steven Takara
Article by: Laurel Grimes


The HPA Education Conference on Real Estate commenced with “Title Insurance and Title Report Red Flags” presented by Ms. Suzette Nasser, Vice President and Senior Title Officer at Title Guaranty of Hawaii, her employer since 1971.  Ms. Nasser has over 40 years of experience in the title industry and is also a certified Hawaii Real Estate Commission instructor on courses relating to Hawaii land title.  Her comprehensive presentation addressed preliminary title reports, including preparation and how to spot red flags which may cause problems with real estate transactions, as well as title insurance information.

Next up was “Conveyance Taxes and HARPTA” presented by Ms. Denise Inouye, Supervising Income Tax Specialist with the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation’s Rules Office, her employer since 1988.  Ms. Inouye discussed the types of transactions covered by conveyance tax and exemption forms, calculating taxes, and guiding step-by-step on correctly completing these forms.  Ms. Inouye influenced the development of the HARPTA forms, waivers, and related tax exemption legislation when they were adopted into law in 1990.  She also helped to develop the conveyance tax waiver process when DoTax became the exemption administrator in 1989.  In her presentation, Ms. Inouye went over details of HARPTA, such as the responsibilities of the involved parties and the process of completing the necessary forms.

The final seminar was “Property Tax Exemptions and Tax Credit for Homeowners for the City and County of Honolulu” presented by Ms. Robie-Ann Dorwelo, Supervising Real Property Tax Clerk and Mr. Steven Takara, Property Valuation Analyst III.  Ms. Dorwelo has 9 years of experience as Tax Clerk with Budget & Fiscal Services – Real Property Assessment Division.  Mr. Takara has 10 years of experience as an appraiser and 10 years in the Technical Branch of the Real Property Assessment Division.  Together, they presented information on the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation policies on taxes and exemptions, and had an extensive dialogue of Questions and Answers with the attendees on various related topics.