Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Buying a new home in Hawaii may mean that you’ll need to pay HOA (Home Owner’s Association) or association fees. Although Hawaii is not exclusive in that regard, it does seem that there are more properties in the state of Hawaii that have some sort of additional fee charged for these home owner groups. The fees are usually an additional charge on top of your mortgage payment and other bills. On the mainland, it is a pretty common practice to have this expense if you are buying a condo, or living in a gated community but that is… Read More
Thursday, September 3, 2015
“We bought a vacation home several years ago on the Big Island. We’ve loved coming to Hawaii since we first married; our vacation home has been perfect for us as our kids grew up. But now we’d like to sell it and buy a bigger home more suited to our lifestyle today. We’re planning on retiring there soon, and want the perfect house for when we do. We’ll be in Hawaii this fall; should we wait until we are there to put our home up for sale?”
I receive phone calls like this one all the time. It’s common for… Read More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
As is the case in many places, potential homeowners looking to purchasing Big Island properties have to be vigilant about protecting themselves, their homes, and their possessions from flood damage.
Hawaii records an average of 8 flash flood events per year, with the peak flood season occurring in October through April. Rainfall, hurricanes, tsunamis, tropical storm surges and surface runoff all contribute.
Hawaii’s eight yearly flood events seem insignificant compared to larger states, like Texas, which records an average of over 500 flood events a year. But that doesn’t mean you can go without flood insurance, as every part of… Read More
Saturday, September 6, 2014
A bit of honesty for those considering buying Big Island real estate: there are a thousand reasons to buy on the Big Island, but there’s also one negative.
Importing energy to Hawaii is costly. Which means, of course, residents take the hit on their monthly energy bill—often paying between three and four times more than on the mainland.
But Hawaii and the Big Island are resourceful places.
Hawaii has more rooftop solar panels per capita than any other place in the country. On the Big Island, unlike other locations in the US, solar panels aren’t just for diehard environmentalists.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Along the Kona Coast on the Big Island, the sea sparkles, the sun beams bright most days, the world’s best coffee sprouts from acres and acres of rich soil, and year-to-date condo sales have increased by 6.28% in 2014!
The last item in that list of Kona perks may not seem as enthralling as the others—but it is! As Big Island real estate professionals know, it’s an exciting time for Big Island real estate, and Kona condominium sales are part of the very promising big picture.
By the numbers
Not only have sales gone up over 6%… Read More