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Big Island Real Estate Spotlight: Living in Kailua Kona

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When it comes to Big Island real estate, there are many amazing areas, each location offering a unique atmosphere. This can make finding the ideal home on the Big Island challenging. If you are looking for a lively place with deep historic roots, Kailua Kona real estate may be your best choice.

Supreme Location

 

When you’re looking at Kailua Kona real estate, rest assured you are choosing a home that puts you in close proximity to everything Kona has to offer. Located right in the center of the Big Island’s west coast, you will be within easy driving distance of many of… Read More

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Your Guide to Property Taxes in Hawaii

Buying A Retirement Home On The Big Island? Here’s How To Adjust To Hawaiian Seasons

When I speak to house-hunters considering owning property in Hawaii, one of the many “How to move to Hawaii” questions I hear centers around property taxes.

Can you buy property in Hawaii and avoid property taxes if you use it as a holiday home? How do Hawaii’s property taxes vary across the state? How does Hawaii’s property tax compare to that of other US states? Are cars and boats subject to tax?

To help get your property taxation questions answered, I’ve put together and quick and simple guide to give you all the facts.

Property Taxes in Hawaii: The Basics

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Where are the best places to live on the Big Island, Hawaii?

Get great ocean views from houses for sale in Kona.

Have you fallen in love with The Big Island of Hawaii? As one of the best Hawaiian islands to retire to and make a life on, who can blame you? The Big Island boasts some of the most beautiful and varied scenery, the finest snorkeling, vibrant communities and, with a community of just 142,000, it enjoys the smallest population per area of any Hawaiian island, leaving you to enjoy one of the best places to live in Hawaii in peace and tranquility.

From rainforests and 14,000ft mountains, to volcanoes and waterfalls, this is the most diverse island in Hawaii, which… Read More

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When Is the Best Time to Buy Big Island Real Estate?

When is the best time to buy Big Island real estate?

Buying a house is by far the biggest investment most people will ever make. No matter what your socioeconomic status, it’s understandable you want to be strategic about how you time this important purchase. Especially when you are shopping for Big Island real estate, there are several important things to keep in mind when timing your home purchase. First you need to decide whether your top priority is to shop for Big Island real estate when you will have the greatest selection of home options or whether your top priority is to get a house for the lowest possible price.

Real estate agents… Read More

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How Much Does it Cost to Live in Hawaii?

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For many people, Hawaii tops the list of dream locations. Island living, a fabulous climate, stunning scenery and a relaxed pace of life are all big draws for those of us who fantasize about escaping the rat race and moving somewhere a little bit special.

But if you’re looking to move somewhere with a low cost of living Hawaii may not be your first choice. In this blog, I’ll be answering a question I hear all the time: “Is it expensive to live in Hawaii?”, crunching the numbers to discover whether your Hawaiian daydream is  
  financially viable and asking:… Read More

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Why Home Buyers Love The Kohala Coast

Why Home Buyers Love The Kohala Coast

Even after you’ve made your decision to move to the Big Island, you’ll still have to choose which district will make the perfect place to call home.

The Big Island is divided into nine districts, with Kohala being the most northwest portion of the island. Kohala is divided into North Kohala and South Kohala, which boasts a dry western shoreline commonly known as the Kohala Coast.

The area was named after the Kohala Mountain, the oldest of the five Hawaiian volcanic mountains. You’ll find every kind of climate and all kinds of weather within these two districts, from less than… Read More

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Buying A Retirement Home On The Big Island? Here’s How To Adjust To Hawaiian Seasons

Buying A Retirement Home On The Big Island? Here’s How To Adjust To Hawaiian Seasons

When you think about living on a tropical island throughout the year, you probably envision warm breezes, beautiful landscaping, and plenty of sunshine year round. If you come from snow country, that can be a very pleasing thought.

But while you may be used to four distinct seasons in a place like Chicago or New York, don’t expect to live in Hawaii and not have your share of seasonal weather as well. The Big Island is home to 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones. And while you may live in a neighborhood without drastic temperature variations or weather patterns,… Read More

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What Its Like To Live The Tropical Island Lifestyle

What Its Like To Live The Tropical Island Lifestyle

What could be better than living on a tropical island?

Almost all of us have thought about it from time to time. As you’re sitting in a boring meeting, a traffic jam that seems to go on for miles, or even as you’re shoveling snow out of your driveway, your thoughts turn to paradise. Thinking about walking along the beach, drinking from coconut shells, and never having to buy anything but flip flops again can leave a smile on your face even as you face the worst meeting of the week.

But the fact of it is while some of… Read More

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What You Should Know Before Buying A Beach House

What You Should Know Before Buying A Beach House

Has your dream been to own a beach house? Is Hawaii the perfect place for your beach house to be?

As you begin refining your dreams and finding the perfect spot for your family, you’ll find lots of opportunity on the Big Island. I live in North Kona, and one of the reasons I chose the community was because of its beautiful beaches.

Of course North Kona is an amazing place to live; but there are many options here on the west side of the island. No matter if you choose to invest in one of the beautiful Kona communities,… Read More

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Finding The Perfect Million Dollar Condo In Kona Hawaii

Finding The Perfect Million Dollar Condo In Kona Hawaii

Relax to the sounds of the ocean.

Watch humpback whales and spinner dolphins from your private lanai.

View the most spectacular sunsets.

Sounds like heaven, right?

I think when most people think about living in a tropical paradise, these are just a few of the things that come to mind. And with good reason. Who couldn’t relax and lose all the tensions of a busy day when faced with these few things each evening? And… Read More

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