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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 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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