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9 Tips To Sell Your Home Fast

9 Tips To Selling Your Home Fast

When you choose to sell your house, you want the process to go smoothly, and better yet quickly. Everyone seems to have an idea of what will sell your house, but what tips should you follow and which ones are better left alone? After analyzing the data, our experts have a list of the top nine ideas that can help you get an offer on your house.

1. Take Care Of Any Maintenance and Repair Issues

One way to make sure your home selling process goes smoothly is to clear up any potential problems for the inspection before putting your… Read More

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Preparing to Sell Your Big Island Home

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Preparing to Sell your Home on the Big Island


Once you’ve decided to sell your home on the Big Island and you will want to do whatever you can do to help sell it fast. Selling a home is not always as easy as it sounds and sometimes homeowners have to wait for months before they can find the right buyer for their home. However, there are a few tips to help you sell that will help move things along a bit faster:


DeClutter Every Room


Get rid of the clutter – it is unattractive. Go from room to room… Read More

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Getting a Return on Your Remodeling Investment

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Making Sure You Get a Return On Investment From Your Remodel


How Much Should I Invest?


If you are thinking about remodeling, the first thing you need to consider is how much of that investment will you really see when you sell your home on the Big Island. Most experts agree, that you’re much less likely to recoup your investment for a major kitchen or bathroom remodel than you would if you spent the same amount on basic home maintenance such as new siding. According to a recent study done by Remodeling Magazine, replacing your siding… Read More

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Moving to Hawaii

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Living in  Hawaii


Thinking about moving to Hawaii?  Not only is Hawaii a great place to buy a home, but the lifestyle in Hawaii is simply a life changing experience.  Here are some helpful tips if you are considering a move to Hawaii.

One of the best ways to research living in Hawaii is by visiting. If you can, come for a vacation, and take a look at the island through the eyes of a resident. Ask the locals how they like living in Hawaii. Visit the grocery stores, read Hawaii real estate blogs, visit the pharmacy, the library, and… Read More

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4 Tips to Sell Your Big Island Home

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Whether you’re moving back to the mainland, upgrading to a larger space on the Big Island, or downscaling into something smaller, you’ll have to go through process of selling your current home. It isn’t always easy to make the quick sale that so many of us expect. Sellers often become frustrated when they don’t see attractive offers right out of the gate. If you’re Big Island home isn’t selling, here are four things you might want to consider.

1) Make a few key updates

Are there a few cheap fixes or upgrades you could do that would make your home… Read More

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Hawaii Offers Some of the Best Places to Live on the Planet


Are you considering moving to Hawaii? It is an amazing place to live. When you look at the best places to live in Hawaii, you need to think about your lifestyle and ask yourself the following questions:

Do you prefer rural or urban areas? Are you more of a mountain or beach person? How much time do you spend at home? Do you drive? Do you need public transportation access? Do you entertain a lot? What do you do with your free time?

Best places to live in Hawaii

You cannot find the right spot in Hawaii to live until… Read More

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Five Tips for Moving to Hawaii with Pets

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Moving to Hawaii is a dream come true for many of us two-legged mammals. At one point or another, we all dream of sitting on the beach with our toes in the sand and a tropical beverage in hand. But for those of us who would never leave our four-legged family members behind, how can you make sure your pets can legally and safely enter the state when you’re ready to make the move? It is true that bringing a pet to Hawaii can be a daunting, somewhat complex process. But here are five tips that should make it much… Read More

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Around on the Big Island

There are many ways to get around when you live on the Big Island.

While most people think Hawaii is small and though it is in comparison to many other states, when you live on the Big Island, you will find you need an effective method of getting around. As you consider Big Island real estate, you need to be thinking about how you will get from one place to another. Using a taxi is often too expensive for regular use, so there are other options you should take into consideration.

Buy Your Own Car

When you first start looking at homes for sale on the Big Island, you may think it’s best to sell… 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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Should I Sell My Hawaiian Vacation Home While I’m On The Mainland?

Should I Sell My Hawaiian Vacation Home While I’m On The Mainland?

“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

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