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4 Tips For The First Time Homebuyer

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Buying a home on the Big Island?

Here are 4 tips…

Quite possibly one of the biggest decisions you will ever make in your lifetime will be buying your first home. It can be a bit overwhelming and you may even feel like you are having to learn a second language: Escrow, interest rates, down payments, HOAs, credit scores, pre-approvals. Let’s start by assuming that you clicked on this article because you have made the decision to purchase a home—and you fall into the category above and are actually going to read the 5 tips you should consider before you… Read More

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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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Hawaii Housing: Unique Real Estate Issues to Know

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If you’re considering buying property on the Big Island—or anywhere in Hawaii for that matter—the first thing you’ll need to do it to familiarize yourself with our unique market. In addition to monitoring market conditions, you’ll also need to understand some of the terminology, types of ownership, and other regulations surrounding land rights in Hawaii. To stay up to date on what’s happening in the market, be sure to check out our quarterly update. As for the rest, this post will help you understand the unique real estate issues you need to know before making a purchase.

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Market Watch: Big Island Real Estate Q4 2016

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The weather may be cooling down (as much as it ever does here in Hawaii), but the real estate market on the Big Island is not. While you might expect to see a dip in home sales in the fall, that certainly hasn’t been the case this year. If you’re considering purchasing a home on the Big Island, here is what you need to know about current market conditions.

 

Sales of single-family homes continues to increase

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How to Retire on the Big Island in Five Easy Steps

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You’ve worked hard, spent years saving for retirement, and you’re ready to relax in paradise. Hawaii attracts many people in your shoes who have earned the right to sit on the beach every evening with their toes in the sand and their eyes on the horizon, waiting for the green flash. If you’re considering retiring in Hawaii, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure a smooth transition and make sure you’re fully prepared for the new adventure that awaits. Check out or quick list of tips that will help you retire on the Big Island and… Read More

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Four Reasons Millennial Families are Moving to the Big Island

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In the last 16 years, over 94,000 people have moved to the Big Island. Hawaii is now home to a population that is comprised of 20% people aged 20-34, and that number is ever-increasing as millennials continue to move off the mainland in search of greener pastures. Why is this generation flocking to our beautiful island? It’s more than just the black sand beaches, year-round summer temperatures, and eclectic tropical bars. Here are four reasons millennial families are moving to the Big Island more than ever before:

Millennials Find a Better Quality of Life on the Big Island

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Where to live in Hawaii

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First, Some Things to Know

So, you’ve decided to make the big move and become a full time, or part time big island resident. Perhaps the first thing you should consider doing is contacting professional Realtor® Annette Mejia here at Live On the Big Island . COM, let her help you find the right property to fit you and your specific needs. Contact Annette today at 808•217•8500 and let her do all the leg work involved in finding the right home for your active, modern lifestyle.

While you have her doing that for you, some things you may need to… Read More

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Home Buyer Tips: What to Know About Big Island Climate Zones

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If you’re planning on moving to—or even just visiting—the Big Island, there are a few things you’ll want to know before you settle on a location. While you may expect that you can enjoy a sunny, tropical climate no matter where you are, you’d be surprised to know that weather can vary significantly from one city to another. There are eight different climate zones on the island so depending on where you are, you could experience the humid air and warm sunshine you expected, or you could be under cloud-covered skies enduring heavy showers almost every… Read More

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Houses for Sale in Kona Hawaii

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Houses for Sale in Kona Hawaii

What Hawaiians and others refer to as “the Big Island” is appropriately named Hawaii. It is the epicenter of a Hawaiian lifestyle and offers so much for tourists and residents alike. The houses for sale in Kona on Hawaii are among some of the standout homes for sale featured on the Big Island. Among these luxury homes for sale are both oceanfront and inland homes so you have the freedom to decide whether you want to live directly on the water, or just near the water. Either way, the professional realtors at Live On… Read More

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Kona royal and red-letter

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Kona royal and red-letter – The Big Island’s historic west coast offers more than just scenery

Over the past 600+ years West Hawaii has been a focal point for many touchstone events in the history of the archipelago State.

Famous for much more than just coffee, the Kona-Kohala Coast is the birthplace of many history-making icons and celebrities alike.  Among them, Hawaii’s first astronaut, Ellison Onizuka, actress Layla Roberts (Beowulf, Armageddon), actor Micah Sherman (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, My Best Friend’s Girl), and the late pro-wrestler Brian “Crush” Adams.

Over the years it has also become the adopted home of… Read More

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