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What Are HOA Fees?

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HOA Fees

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

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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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Why is Everyone Moving to the Big Island?

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Who is Moving to Hawaii and Why Are They Choosing the Big Island?

Warm-weather climates have always inspired healthier living, and this may be a key incentive for people who are thinking of moving to Hawaii. From Boomers to Millennials healthy living close to water has become the new lifestyle for many and living in a healthy environment is a top priority for those looking to buy a new home on the Big Island in Hawaii.

Have you ever dreamed of moving to Hawaii?

According to the latest census, many of the people moving to Hawaii are over the age… 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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Tips on Buying a Home On The Big Island

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Tips on Buying a Home in Hawaii


Buying a home for most of us is a huge investment, which is why you should look before you leap. Buying a home in Hawaii has it’s own set of challenges so it’s important for you to first of all garner the services of a professional real estate agent who can help you purchase a home that will meet your financial and your lifestyle expectations.


Below are a few tips that will hopefully, make buying your new home in Hawaii less complicated and ensure that when you do buy you… 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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