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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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Is Hawaii The Dream Retirement Location You’ve Been Searching For?

Is Hawaii The Dream Retirement Location You’ve Been Searching For?

Retiring in Hawaii is a dream many people have. And why not? Whether you’ve been to Hawaii or not, the concept of slower paced island living, coupled with beautiful tropical breezes all year through can excite just about anyone.

On the surface, to question retiring and living in paradise seems to be a no-brainer. Yet in reality it can be a very complicated – and personal – question.

If you’re nearing retirement, life can be filled with all sorts of thoughts and dreams. After all, you’ve worked hard to get where you are today, why not enjoy it in the… Read More

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Big Island Real Estate: Where you should settle?

Big Island Luxury Ranches

White beaches, rich local culture, amazing watersports, stunning scenery, wonderful walking, laid back living – there are so many things that draw very different people to life on our diverse and beautiful Big Island. To help you find the best places to live in Hawaii to make your island dreams a reality, we’ve shared a few prime locations for Big Island Hawaii real estate, based on a range of lifestyles…

If you love…city living

1. Hilo

Set on the… 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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