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Moving With Kids: Making A Smooth Transition To The Big Island Lifestyle

Moving With Kids: Making A Smooth Transition To The Big Island Lifestyle

We hear it often.

Families choose to move to the Big Island to improve their lifestyle. They want to live life at a slower pace. They want to enjoy good times with the kids while they are young; not stay overly busy and overly engaged like is commonplace in many parts of the world.

And truth is life is a little slower in Hawaii. You can take the time to enjoy a walk on the beach every day. You can linger over dinner every night, talking about your day.

Yet moving to Hawaii means saying goodbye to your current home…. Read More

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Hurricanes and Hawaii: What to Know About Hurricane Insurance

The risk of hurricanes is there for Big Island real estate.

The weather in Hawaii is known to be beautiful throughout much of the year, but the threat of hurricanes can be quite real when living on the Big Island. For this reason, it’s critical to talk to your Big Island realtor about what to expect, especially when it comes to buying hurricane insurance. Although few hurricanes do serious damage to the island, being prepared ensures you are covered in the event a hurricane strikes.

Hurricane Insurance Is Extra

 

Many people make the mistake of thinking their homes are covered from flooding and other damage due to hurricanes. However, most standard homeowner’s policies… Read More

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How High Season and Low Season Will Impact Your Move To Kona

How High Season and Low Season Will Impact Your Move To Kona

If you are in the market to buy a second home here in Kona, one you’ll rent out when you aren’t here, there are a few things to learn about the tourist season that may impact your decision making process.

Like many tourist areas, Hawaii has a high season and low season timeframe.

The peak tourism season usually starts around the middle of December – just in time for the holidays – and continues on through the middle of April, which covers spring break schedules for just about everyone on the mainland. The busiest time period is the last two… Read More

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What You Should Know Before Investing In A Condo In Kona

What You Should Know Before Investing In A Condo In Kona

Thinking of making Hawaii home? Whether your plans include a few months of the year, or a full time basis, investing in a condo may be the perfect lifestyle for you. However, condo living in Hawaii may be a bit different than anything you’ve experienced on the mainland. Here on the Big Island, Kona is always in demand as a vacation paradise. And with many great options available, it may be the perfect place to turn to when making your final decision. Yet before you settle, keep these things in mind:

AOAO Fees

Here in Hawaii, every condominium development must… Read More

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How To Find The Perfect Home On The Big Island Even When You’re On A Budget

How To Find The Perfect Home On The Big Island Even When You’re On A Budget

When we read about someone moving to Hawaii, we tend to envision the rich and famous lapping up luxury real estate with endless beach access and miles of dramatic views.

Yet making your dream of living in a Hawaiian paradise isn’t just for the rich and famous; in fact, they are the exception, not the rule. Yes, everyday people just like you and me call Hawaii their home. And because of the diversity of the Big Island, it’s a great place to find any type of real estate you desire. A condo may be the perfect way to make your… Read More

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Big Island Real Estate Spot Light: North Kohala

Big Island real estate in North Kohala is the place to be.

If you’re planning a move to the Big Island, finding Big Island homes for sale is about more than just finding your dream home. Even if you’ve settled on the west side of the island, you still need to work with an experienced Big Island real estate agent to determine which area of the island is best for you. North Kohala stands in stark contrast to South Kohala, with its lush grasslands.

A Change from the Lava Landscapes to the South

 

Located at the northern tip of the Big Island, North Kohala offers bright green fields that are largely uninterrupted. Instead… Read More

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Why Condo Living Is The Perfect Way To Retire On The Big Island

Why Condo Living Is The Perfect Way To Retire On The Big Island

What do people look for in a home when they are ready to retire?

That concept has changed significantly over the last few decades. Today, people look at retirement as simply the next stage of life. And as a part of that life, living the best way possible becomes front and center of making a final selection for a place to call home.

That’s why Hawaii has been growing in popularity over the last few years, with the Big Island increasingly becoming the island of choice. We have warm, tropical climates for year round living, plus as many activities as… Read More

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Living on the Big Island Hawaii Is a Coffee Lover’s Paradise

Coffee is a consideration in Big Island real estate for many.

Coffee is a staple in many American homes and businesses. While coffee can come from many places around the world, Hawaii has made its way near the top of the list. In fact, Kona coffee is a rare commodity found only along the Kona coast of Hawaii. This makes Big Island real estate an attractive option for those who love coffee and want to be located close to the source.

Coffee Tours Are Open to the Public

 

While you’re looking for homes for sale on the Big Island, you will find there are hundreds of coffee plantations scattered among the mountains… Read More

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Great Kailua Kona Neighborhoods To Buy In For A Walkable Lifestyle

Great Kailua Kona Neighborhoods To Buy In For A Walkable Lifestyle

Ready to buy a house on the Big Island? If you’ve narrowed down your search area to Kailua Kona, you’ve already made a great choice. The neighborhoods here offer you a little bit of the best of everything. I like this area because it offers you a convenient lifestyle. No matter where you purchase a home, you can quickly walk or drive to everything you need, like the beach, the grocery store, or even your favorite neighborhood restaurant.

I makes every day life very convenient. Sounds great, right? So which Kailua Kona neighborhoods should you look at buying a home… Read More

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Big Island Real Estate Spot Light: Mauna Lani

Find out what Big Island real estate in Mauna Lani can offer.

While some people dream of owning a house along the Hawaiian coast, others prefer to look for condos when searching for Big Island homes for sale. If you’re looking for a resort-style community, talk to your Big Island realtor about Mauna Lani. This area offers plenty of scenic condos, along with a large variety of activities that will keep you busy. Mauna Lani is located along the coast of the Big Island on an ancient land section previously known as Kalahuipua’a. Here, residents will find a community they can become immersed within.

A Resort Atmosphere

 

As a well-known hotel, Mauna Lani… Read More

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