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Fee Simple vs. Leasehold vs. Fee Available

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Fee Simple vs. Leasehold vs. Fee Available

While browsing through the listings for your new home on the Big Island you may be coming across the phrase “Leasehold,” Fee Simple,” and “Fee Available. This is particularly so for many condominiums on the market. A buyer might find a building that could have several condos for sale with one being sold as “Fee Simple,” one as a “Leasehold,” and another with as “Fee Available” making it a challenge to understand the difference.

So what are these terms and what do they mean to you as a buyer?

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Living on the Big Island

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Hawaii Island has always been a want-to-go destination for adventure travelers worldwide and in recent years more and more people are deciding to move to the Big Island to live out their dreams.

It’s no surprise that this is so as Hawaii has a lot to offer with an active volcano that can be biked, hiked and explored; the world’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea that has an altitude of 4,205 meters (13,796 feet).

And, that is only the beginning of what there is to see and do on the Big Island from tropical rain-forests, towering waterfalls and lava tubes… Read More

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Color Psychology Can Sell Your Home Faster

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COLOR PSYCHOLOGY

Color is everywhere in Hawaii and whether it is the inviting blue of a clear summer sky on the Big Island or the cold impersonal gray of a waiting room colors have a psychological and physical impact on us.

We all react to colors, however, there are a number of factors influence that reaction. Although researchers have tried for years to pin down a universal classification system that predicts how people interpret and respond to the colors around them, none have accomplished it.

What they have discovered is that as much as colors and hues… Read More

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Living in Hawaii Could Mean Living Longer

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Getting Older Can Mean More Happiness

Remember when we were young and thought that getting old was something to try to avoid? Now, studies show that as we grow older we actually tend to get happier.  With Hawaii at the top of the list, its just another reason to move to Hawaii.

Based on a survey done by the annual Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, people who are 55 and older are doing better than their younger counterparts. According to the findings of the survey, 53% of those 55 and older were financially stable, compared to 33% for those… Read More

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Ideal Elevation, Ocean Views, 4 car garage, NO Monthly HOA’s, Close to Town

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Enjoy the beautiful sunset views from this spectacular home on over an acre of property. Nestled in a small, gated community without a monthly HOA, on an ideal elevation, this home truly has everything to offer. The grand covered entry has double doors which will lead you into the home to notice the beautiful ocean views. Enjoy the view from inside as you open the 20′ Fleetwood Pocket Doors or from the lanai which boasts a granite top patio bar. The kitchen… Read More

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Hawaii Homes for Sale: Best Value Homes on the Market Today

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Real estate on the Big Island is ever-changing and new properties are becoming available daily. Some of these homes are snatched up so quickly, they sit on the market for only a few weeks before they are snatched up by eager buyers. If you’re looking for the best homes for the best value on the BIg Island today, we put together a few of our favorites we think you should see.

M88-180 Kai Ave
$598.900

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A perfect starter… Read More

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The Best Public and Private Schools on the Big Island

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If you’re thinking about moving to the Big Island, it’s likely important to you to find good schools where your children will receive the educational support that they need to continue to thrive. These days, many parents find themselves searching for school districts first and then choosing a suitable home in the neighborhood. Understandably, you’ll want to do your due diligence on Big Island neighborhoods, school districts, and more before you settle on your family dream home.

To help you assess where the best schools on the Big Island are located, we put together this list of both public… Read More

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Big Island Cultural Calendar: Summer 2017

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Happy summer! There is so much to see and do during the hot summer months on the Big Island, sometimes the question is only… how much do you have time for? Whether you’re interested in taking part in traditional Hawaiian celebrations, running marathons with some of the top athletes in the world, or enjoying some relaxing, tropical music at your favorite beachside bar, there is something for every type happening this month.

Kona Marathon
June 25

While the Kona Marathon may not draw the super-elite runners that the Iron Man does, athletes from all over the world still… Read More

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A Peek Inside the Most Expensive Home on the Big Island

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When it comes to luxury real estate, the Big Island has some of the most impressive properties in the world. Billionaires like Paul Allen, NFL football player Frank Loyd, and Michael Dell (like the computers) have built some truly incredible residences that are nothing short of spectacular. This particular home, located in Kamuela near several world-class beaches, is on the market for a cool $23,000,000 making it the most expensive home currently up for sale on the Big Island. Sitting on 1.16 acres of land with 450 feet of prime oceanfront, this property is truly its own slice of paradise—maybe… Read More

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Family Friendly Activities on the Big Island

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A trip to the Big Island is the perfect family vacation and one that your kids will cherish for years to come. While relaxing on the beach may be first on your to-do list, parents should be sure to plan a few activities that are kid-centric and fun for the entire family. Here is a list of our favorite family activities on the Big Island.

Go on an Underwater Adventure

Just below the surface of the Pacific, an entire ecosystem is just waiting to be explored. While you probably plan to take your kids snorkeling during your… Read More

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