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How Do You Create Great Curb Appeal?

How Do You Create Great Curb Appeal?

Are you preparing to sell your home on the Big Island? Does your yard look a little dull? Do you want to spruce up your front porch to make it more appealing? Do you want a space where you can entertain, relax, or enjoy the outdoors? Adding a new coat of paint, a few pots of plants or an elegant arbor to your front yard will help you get the design you want, and it may boost the value of your home a bit. Whether you plan to live in your home for years to come, or you are… Read More

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House Staging Tips for Selling on the Big Island of Hawaii

Home Staging Tips

The Big Island of Hawaii may be paradise to all who reside here, the trouble is that with so many interested in buying a home, you might not get the full price you were hoping when you sell. Working with a local real estate agents will not only ensure you get the most qualified traffic through the doors, you can rely on their experience to help make your potential buyers emotionally connect with your property.


Here are a few tips from the top realtors on the Big Island of Hawaii for staging your home to sell for maximum price:

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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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Hawaii Waterfront Homes

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Something for Everyone

Beachfront properties on the Big Island continue to soar in popularity.  In fact, these lavish abodes feature a range of elegant amenities for investors. This includes Wi-Fi access, built-in LED TVs, entertainment centers and spacious roomBuying A Luxury Home In Konas and closets. The Big Island offers beachfront living that is perfect for those that love aquatic and nautical activities. In fact, most homes are literally seconds from the water – where you can enjoy boating, fishing, sailing and picturesque backdrops and scenic… Read More

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How to Find the True Value of Your Home

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If you are in the market to sell your home one of the things that you have to do is figure out how much it is worth. This can seem like a very complicated task – there is wear and tear, you may have made additions and improved other things in and around your home that have affected its original value. There are certain steps that you can take to ensure that you get your home valuation correct.

The other end of that spectrum are people that think that valuing a property is easy.  Whether they look at what another… Read More

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9 Tips to Sell Your Home on the Big Island

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9 Tips to Sell Your Home in Hawaii

It seems that there is always someone in the market for a new home in Hawaii. Real estate sales volume for the 2017 is on a healthy trend over 2016 and sales for single family homes is up from the previous year so sellers are feeling good. However, those who are looking to sell their homes by the end of this year or in 2018 should not become complacent.

Buyers are being particular and when they move to Hawaii they are looking for a particular lifestyle. So you want to make sure… Read More

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Things to Consider When Moving to The Big Island – Hawaii

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Things to Consider When Moving To the Big Island


You may be thinking of moving to Hawaii, and it is indeed a beautiful place to live. A paradise  with a charming culture. Nevertheless, there are a few things you do need to take into consideration before you pack up and head to the Big Island. It is often said that people who live on the Island are often healthier, happier and livelier than people who stay in other areas.

And, although this might be true, you need to know that life’s challenges and stress can still come… Read More

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Hawaii’s Conveyance Tax


Unique to Hawaii – The Conveyance Tax


Living in Hawaii is a wonderful experience.  Having a home on the Big Island is very unique – the differences are not only the beautiful scenery and luxury properties – but the way property taxes work in Hawaii are a little different too.  Hawaii’s Conveyance Tax is a price example.

Hawaii, at the state level, collects a conveyance tax on every sold property.  Every real estate transaction has a Conveyance Tax.  The tax itself, is paid out of closing and is deducted from any proceeds the seller will receive.  In real estate… Read More

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Big Island Cultural Calendar: Summer 2017

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Happy summer! There is so much to see and do during the hot summer months on the Big Island, sometimes the question is only… how much do you have time for? Whether you’re interested in taking part in traditional Hawaiian celebrations, running marathons with some of the top athletes in the world, or enjoying some relaxing, tropical music at your favorite beachside bar, there is something for every type happening this month.

Kona Marathon
June 25

While the Kona Marathon may not draw the super-elite runners that the Iron Man does, athletes from all over the world still… Read More

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A Peek Inside the Most Expensive Home on the Big Island

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When it comes to luxury real estate, the Big Island has some of the most impressive properties in the world. Billionaires like Paul Allen, NFL football player Frank Loyd, and Michael Dell (like the computers) have built some truly incredible residences that are nothing short of spectacular. This particular home, located in Kamuela near several world-class beaches, is on the market for a cool $23,000,000 making it the most expensive home currently up for sale on the Big Island. Sitting on 1.16 acres of land with 450 feet of prime oceanfront, this property is truly its own slice of paradise—maybe… Read More

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