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4 Tips For The First Time Homebuyer

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Buying a home on the Big Island?

Here are 4 tips…

Quite possibly one of the biggest decisions you will ever make in your lifetime will be buying your first home. It can be a bit overwhelming and you may even feel like you are having to learn a second language: Escrow, interest rates, down payments, HOAs, credit scores, pre-approvals. Let’s start by assuming that you clicked on this article because you have made the decision to purchase a home—and you fall into the category above and are actually going to read the 5 tips you should consider before you… 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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Yachting on the Islands

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Yachting on the Islands

The Hawaiian Islands offer some of the best sailing in the world and is one of the many reasons that draws people to come to Hawaii and make it their permanent home. Waikiki offers steady wind and a relatively calm bay for sailing and power boating all year. Diving, snorkeling, and swimming off your boat in the crystal-clear water is something everyone loves to do. It really is living the dream lifestyle! However, with the limited slips and moorings available on Oahu, let’s talk about where you can keep your boat when you live on Oahu.

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Fee Simple vs. Leasehold vs. Fee Available

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Fee Simple vs. Leasehold vs. Fee Available

While browsing through the listings for your new home on the Big Island you may be coming across the phrase “Leasehold,” Fee Simple,” and “Fee Available. This is particularly so for many condominiums on the market. A buyer might find a building that could have several condos for sale with one being sold as “Fee Simple,” one as a “Leasehold,” and another with as “Fee Available” making it a challenge to understand the difference.

So what are these terms and what do they mean to you as a buyer?

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Living on the Big Island

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Hawaii Island has always been a want-to-go destination for adventure travelers worldwide and in recent years more and more people are deciding to move to the Big Island to live out their dreams.

It’s no surprise that this is so as Hawaii has a lot to offer with an active volcano that can be biked, hiked and explored; the world’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea that has an altitude of 4,205 meters (13,796 feet).

And, that is only the beginning of what there is to see and do on the Big Island from tropical rain-forests, towering waterfalls and lava tubes… Read More

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Color Psychology Can Sell Your Home Faster

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COLOR PSYCHOLOGY

Color is everywhere in Hawaii and whether it is the inviting blue of a clear summer sky on the Big Island or the cold impersonal gray of a waiting room colors have a psychological and physical impact on us.

We all react to colors, however, there are a number of factors influence that reaction. Although researchers have tried for years to pin down a universal classification system that predicts how people interpret and respond to the colors around them, none have accomplished it.

What they have discovered is that as much as colors and hues… Read More

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Living in Hawaii Could Mean Living Longer

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Getting Older Can Mean More Happiness

Remember when we were young and thought that getting old was something to try to avoid? Now, studies show that as we grow older we actually tend to get happier.  With Hawaii at the top of the list, its just another reason to move to Hawaii.

Based on a survey done by the annual Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, people who are 55 and older are doing better than their younger counterparts. According to the findings of the survey, 53% of those 55 and older were financially stable, compared to 33% for those… Read More

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Ideal Elevation, Ocean Views, 4 car garage, NO Monthly HOA’s, Close to Town

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Enjoy the beautiful sunset views from this spectacular home on over an acre of property. Nestled in a small, gated community without a monthly HOA, on an ideal elevation, this home truly has everything to offer. The grand covered entry has double doors which will lead you into the home to notice the beautiful ocean views. Enjoy the view from inside as you open the 20′ Fleetwood Pocket Doors or from the lanai which boasts a granite top patio bar. The kitchen… Read More

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Hawaii Homes for Sale: Best Value Homes on the Market Today

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Real estate on the Big Island is ever-changing and new properties are becoming available daily. Some of these homes are snatched up so quickly, they sit on the market for only a few weeks before they are snatched up by eager buyers. If you’re looking for the best homes for the best value on the BIg Island today, we put together a few of our favorites we think you should see.

M88-180 Kai Ave
$598.900

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The Best Public and Private Schools on the Big Island

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If you’re thinking about moving to the Big Island, it’s likely important to you to find good schools where your children will receive the educational support that they need to continue to thrive. These days, many parents find themselves searching for school districts first and then choosing a suitable home in the neighborhood. Understandably, you’ll want to do your due diligence on Big Island neighborhoods, school districts, and more before you settle on your family dream home.

To help you assess where the best schools on the Big Island are located, we put together this list of both public… Read More

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