Moku o Keawe – Hawaii’s Big Island

November 9, 2012 by  
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Located at the southwestern most point of a collection of 32 islands, atolls and islets stretching over 1500 miles in the Pacific Ocean, the Big Island of Hawaii is the youngest of the islands and larger than all the other island put together. The island is an expanse of 4,028 square miles it is the most diverse offerings that include gorgeous white sand beaches, active volcanoes, sheer ocean cliffs, hidden waterfalls and even snow capped mountains during the winter months.

The island is divided into nine districts. These districts offer the real estate buyer a wide variety of properties that range from sea side cottages to forested hideaways to sprawling ranches. Buyers will be happy to know that Big Island real estate has a wide variety of prices that offer value for the dollar. Inexpensive land parcels are plentiful while homes with panoramic ocean views are still affordable.

The island has two population centers. Hilo on the east or windward side of the island has retained that small town feel. Hilo is home to several federal, state and county buildings along with a sleepy airport and the largest shopping mall on the island. Along with a multitude of small businesses and mom and pop stores, the newer arrivals in Hilo include big box stores and other national retailers. Hilo also has the busiest port on the island. Arrivals of inter-island barges provide a lifeline of products and goods. Cruise ships call regularly at the port of Hilo. Some arrive weekly while others arrive from trans-pacific journeys from places like Ensenada, Tahiti, and Vancouver. As most windward town in Hawaii, Hilo is known for rainy weather and damp conditions which result is beautiful waterfalls and lush tropical landscapes.

The leeward or dryer side of the island Kailua-Kona reigns as the largest residential and commercial area. Built on the slopes of Hualalai one of the islands active volcanoes, the Kailua-Kona area not at a loss for panoramic ocean views. Locals know that although the temperatures at sea level in the heart of town can be in the mid-80’s during the day, a short drive upslope or mauka will bring cooler temperatures and relief from the heat for those who choose to purchase at the higher elevations. Along with several residential neighborhoods and an international airport, Kailua-Kona is the favorite of island tourists. They come for the casual atmosphere, beautiful beaches and an abundance of activities that include swimming, snorkeling, diving, hiking and more.

Although most of the activity on the island takes place in the districts of Hilo and Kona, the Big Island has a lot more to discover. The Kohala districts along with Puna, Hamakua, Kau each have their own beauty and their own character.

The Big Island has something for everyone, but what it isn’t is busy and bustling. It’s the perfect island for those wanting solitude, peace and an abundance of natural beauty.
Contributed by Jeff Manson from www.adrhi.com

Oahu – “The Gathering Place”

September 2, 2012 by  
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Oahu is one of the largest islands in Hawaii and also among the most populous ones. Every year, tourists from all around the globe flock into this part of America not just for relaxation but also for a permanent place to live in. It’s consistently among the most-visited towns in Hawaii and with the beautiful beaches in its surroundings and the spectacular mountain range, it looks like Oahu is still not ready to give up its post as one of Hawaii’s top destinations.

Oahu may not be the biggest island in Hawaii geographically but it is divided to five areas – East, North, West, Central, and of course, Honolulu. All parts of Oahu take pride of having a share of beautiful beaches as well as sunny weather. But aside from its natural beauty, Oahu is also known as the commerce capital of Hawaii, which is what makes it the ideal place for immigrants who are looking for a balance living between nature and convenience.

Families who want to start a life in Oahu don’t have to worry about comfort living. There are lots of really good private and public schools in the area. Because the industry is booming, job opportunities are plenty as well. In fact, it’s one of the places in Hawaii with a high employment rate.

For those who are simply looking for a place to invest in, Oahu’s stable tourism rate will guarantee profitable returns in the future. You don’t have to worry about putting your hard-earned money to waste. Even if you do not plan to stay in Oahu for good, you can always have your property rented out in the future.

And if you’re concerned about budget, there is always a way to make both ends meet. People always think that real estate properties in Hawaii are expensive but the truth is that there is actually a wide range of properties for you to choose from. For instance, those who are not too keen about spending a lot of money could always go for single-family homes or condo units. These spaces are enough for young and small families. On the other hand, those who wish to earn more in the end can always choose to invest their money in bigger properties like luxury homes, real estate commercial lots and the like.

See? Now is the perfect time to invest in Hawaii real estate! Why wait? Pick your Oahu single family home, commercial properties, and lots – NOW!

Oahu Luxury Real Estate

July 16, 2012 by  
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The island of Oahu is full of amazing shorelines, gorgeous mountains and many other natural wonders that make Oahu what it is today. The same can be said for its luxury real estate market, as Oahu offers some of the most diverse options when it comes to luxury real Estate.

To really get an idea of what the Hawaii luxury real estate market has to offer you should probably see it in real life. However, to give you an idea of what awaits, think of island comfort and amenities that can be found in luxurious Hawaii living. Living in a luxury single-family home, townhouse or condo on Oahu is second to none. As a matter of fact many people will tell you that doing that is a dream they have had for some time. If you are one of those people, then owning a luxurious piece of property on Oahu may be exactly what you are looking for.

There are luxury properties all over Oahu. Almost every neighborhood has its own version of luxury properties. However, some of the most luxurious properties on Oahu are located in the Kahala, Hawaii Kai and Diamond Head area of the island. These places are all on the east side of Oahu, and while there are indeed luxury properties in the central and north shore parts of the island, these three areas set the standard and are highly sought after places to live by those who are looking for luxurious single-family homes, townhouses and condos on Oahu.

The area of the island and the style of luxury property on Oahu you choose will be based on a number of outside factors. If you want a luxurious single-family home that is located next to great schools, then you might choose a different part of Oahu then you would if you are looking for a luxury condo unit that offers every luxurious amenity imaginable.

There are also other decisions to think about when planning to buy a piece of luxury real estate on Oahu. Do you want a beachfront property? Do you want added amenities available 24 hours a day? Do you want something farther from town or closer to all the action? These choices and others will need to be made before you start looking for the luxury single-family home, townhouse or condo of your dreams.

As with any other type of property on Oahu, luxury or otherwise, the price you are going to pay will be based on area of Oahu, amenities included and square footage, among other things. Surprisingly enough, you may pay close to the same for a luxury condo on Oahu as you would for a luxurious single-family home. It all depends on what the circumstances are.

Oahu has some of the best luxury properties in all of Hawaii. If you are looking to purchase a luxury single-family home, townhouse or condo, then take some time to explore the luxury real estate market on Oahu.

Luxurious living awaits you on Oahu. Don’t wait; make you dream a reality today.

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Living on Kauai

June 6, 2012 by  
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Out of all the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai usually remains on the top of most people’s “must see” list. However, many times that “must see” turns into a “must live,” and many Kauai visitors find themselves moving to the island for a time. With its rugged canyons, green mountains and amazing beaches, its no wonder that Kauai is on the top of many people’s lists for a living experience. The island has so much to offer, so lets take a closer look.

While there are countless things that make Kauai a favorable living destination in Hawaii, perhaps one of the most talked about advantages is the overall population. Coming in at around 65,000 – 70,000, the island of Kauai has enough people on it for you to enjoy neighbors and industrial life, while at the same time being open enough for a small town living feeling. Perhaps this more than any other feature drives people to the island of Kauai to live.

Here are some more Kauai island facts that make this destination even more attractive for many people as a living destination. Each of these facts simply furthers the case as to why Kauai is one of the most sought after places to live in Hawaii.

  • Tropical Climate
  • Small Population
  • A good mixture (around 50/50) of locals who grew up there and mainlanders.
  • Small population even in the main city of Lihue.
  • Single home prices start in the mid $300,000s.
  • Plenty of non-stop flights available from the mainland to Kauai.
  • Buying a home is fairly easy
  • Amazing Beaches
  • Great Golf
  • A family friendly lifestyle awaits you.

The fact that it is fairly easy to purchase Real Estate on Kauai makes it an even more attractive place to live, as getting into a home is an issue for many. Prices are not too steep, and there are plenty of single-family homes, townhouses and condos available throughout the island. Whether you want to rent or buy, Kauai has a little something for everyone.

From historical sites to natural wonder, Kauai is a great place to call home. Home to Waimea Valley, or “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” this amazing site is surely something that draws many to this amazing island paradise. Camping, hiking and all sorts of outdoor activities are right at your fingertips should you choose to call Kauai home.

Whether you are looking for some place to hang your hat for a spell, or are looking for a long-term permanent residence, Kauai real estate offers some of the best that Hawaii living has to offer. Take this time to explore some Kauai living options. Of all the Hawaiian islands, this one is definitely one of the most unique and laid back.

 

Kailua Luxury meets the beach lifestyle

January 31, 2012 by  
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Luxury meets the beach lifestyle – that’s what you’ll find when you move to Kailua, on the island of Oahu. It’s only a half hour from downtown Honolulu, yet it feels a galaxy away.

Kailua is known for its white, sandy beaches, luxury homes and laid-back lifestyle. Calm, clear water provides Kailua residents with an abundance of activity, such as swimming, kayaking, snorkeling or just watching the many sea turtles that live in the bay.

Kailua Beach Park offers residents even more opportunities to remain active. Just a short drive south will put you on Lanikai Beach, consistently voted one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. If you seek luxury beach- front living, Lanikai may be your new home.

Shopping in Kailua is a breeze with tons of boutiques, specialty stores and groceries. No matter what part of town you decide to settle into, you won’t be far from places to shop.

While Kailua doesn’t offer the high-end restaurants you’ll find in Honolulu, you’ll never go hungry in this town. Try the yummy breakfasts at Cinnamon’s or Crepes No Ka ‘Oi. You’ll find amazing lunch dishes at Uahi Island Grill and plate lunch at The Food Company. For dinner, choose from Italian, Chinese and even Moroccan cuisine.

Several private schools serve Kailua’s children. Public schools include a number of elementary schools, one middle school and two high schools.

If you’re in the market to purchase a home in Kailua you’ll be happy to learn that there’s a price for just about any budget. Although the median sales price in late 2011 was $650,000, condos go for far less or you can spend up to $36 million for an exclusive, Kailua beachside estate.

If you use the internet to search for Kailua real estate, be sure to specify Oahu in your searches. Otherwise, you may end up with a list of houses for sale in Kailua-Kona – on the Big Island.

Waikiki the engine that drives Hawaii’s economy

December 6, 2011 by  
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Hawaii News Now describes Waikiki as “…the engine that drives Hawaii’s economy…”  However, long before there were high-rise hotels and thousands upon thousands of tourists, Waikiki was the “playground” of the Hawaiian royalty, who surfed at Waikiki on a type of longboard.  Even Kamehameha the Great, who established the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810, enjoyed spending time in Waikiki.  European and mainland settlers did not approve of surfing, but at the turn of the twentieth century, there were still some who practiced the art of surfing.  A few fortuitous surfing lessons led to expansion of the sport to other places such as California.  Even Jack London (author of The Call of the Wild) was so enamored of surfing after taking a surfing lesson in 1907 that he wrote an article about it published in a widely circulated magazine.  The legacy of surfing continues on today at Waikiki Beach.

Throughout the past few centuries, Waikiki has borne witness to much of Hawaii’s history, including wars, the arrival of whaling ships, and the arrival of loads of tourists.  Prior to its royal playground status, Waikiki was a marsh that was made into an area of fishponds and fields for growing taro.  Waikiki means “spouting water” and early Hawaiians gave the area this name because the marsh was fed by mountain streams and springs.

Waikiki is a part of Honolulu, which is on the south shore of the island of Oahu. Waikiki stretches from the Ala Wai Canal (excavated to drain the marshy areas) over to Diamond Head.  Some smaller hotels and guesthouses opened in Waikiki in the 1880s. The first large hotel at Waikiki Beach, the Moana Surfrider, was built in 1901. At the time, the Moana was the tallest building in the state. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel also dates back to the early 20th century.

Present day hotels are all over Waikiki Beach.  While there are still a number of low-rise establishments, most are literally overshadowed by the high-rise resort hotels of Waikiki. The Moana Surfrider Hotel and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel are still operating.  Other large hotels include the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the Halekulani Hotel, the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, the Sheraton Waikiki, and The Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk.

The Trump International Hotel & Tower Waikiki Beach Walk offers residences that start at $600,000.   Even the most “basic” studio units are luxurious, with gourmet kitchenettes, upscale appliances, and all the amenities of a condominium property plus all of the services of the luxury associated with the Trump name.  The one-bedroom units at Trump cost over $1 million.  There are two bedroom units that cost over $2 million, and other units with much higher price tags.  However, Trump is just the newest of Condominium properties built in Waikiki.  Many other buildings offer great properties available for purchase.

Because of the location, and the relative lack of space, almost any property for sale in Waikiki is going to be a condominium type of property.  There are condominiums for under $100,000, but they are generally rather small (200-500 square feet), and most are at least a few blocks from the beach.  As with anywhere else in the world, you get what you pay for, and in Waikiki the “what” is all about location and views.  Although the 2010 median price of a condominium in Waikiki was $285,000, the types of properties that most people want, ones with spectacular views, in the prime locations, will likely cost more.

Hawaii Real Estate – Should You Take Your Attorney to the Closing?

October 20, 2011 by  
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It’s a good idea. Many buyers who are experienced in Hawaii real estate transactions feel perfectly comfortable going to the closing themselves. However, if this is your first home pur­chase or you are unfamiliar with the closing procedure, then you would be well advised to have an attorney with you to explain what’s going on and to check for errors.

The closing is where you sign the mortgage documents, agree to give the seller the money for the purchase, and execute other documents needed to finalize the transac­tion. Typically, it is handled in an escrow or title insur­ance office. On the East Coast it may be handled in an attorney’s office.

Don’t expect all of the closing documents to be pre­pared correctly. Often there are mistakes, particularly in the math. Sometimes even the loan documents contain errors. For example, the interest rate may be wrong or the conditions of an adjustable rate mortgage may be differ­ent than what you agreed to. (Usually it’s just a matter of the lender sending in the wrong documents.) You want to I be able to detect the errors and get them corrected on the spot. To sign now and hope for the best later on is not an advisable course of action.

Many buyers mistakenly believe that their real estate agent will accompany them to the closing to explain things. After all, the agent was helpful in finding the house and in conducting the negotiations. It’s only natural to expect the agent to continue being helpful right through the close of the deal.

Most agents, however, will not accompany you to the closing and will not advise you on what you are signing and whether or not the document is correctly prepare The reason is liability—they don’t want to be liable for any errors or mistakes that occur at closing. In addition, you may need and ask for legal advice; because very few agents are also attorneys, they cannot provide you with such information.

Also, don’t expect the title or escrow company officer to provide you with much in the way of explanations or advice. They may say something such as, “This is the mortgage note,” or ‘This is the proration schedule.” But if you ask them to elaborate, they may simply add, “It’s what the lender sent…”

You are on your own at the closing. Many experienced buyers feel perfectly comfortable with this. If you don’t, then your attorney is the one to provide you with advice. If you are thinking of buying Hawaii real estate visit www.myhawaiirealestateonline.com

Online Hawaii Real Estate Shopping – Bing Makes Finding Your Dream Home Easy

August 18, 2011 by  
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Like over so% of real estate shoppers, when you decide it’s time to shop for your dream home, the first place you head is the Internet. Online real estate shopping has a wide range of advantages: you save time, money and gas and are able to narrow down your options more efficiently.

However, online Hawaii real estate shopping also has its drawbacks. Without visiting real estate in person, it’s hard to get an accurate idea of the look, feel, and atmosphere, not to mention the surrounding amenities. Have you ever wished you could explore a piece of real estate comprehensively without leaving the comfort of your own home?

With online mapping tools, you can. Popular high-tech options such as Bing Maps, Google Maps, Google Earth or Yahoo Maps allow you to view real time images of a location, zoom in, examine the area from different angles, and more. When finding your next home is just a click away, real estate shopping becomes relaxing and fun.

With all the online mapping options available, which one should you choose? For a quick glance or to find directions, any online mapping tool will do. But for serious Hawaii real estate shopping, you’ll want to use the most cutting edge technology available. You’ll need an integrated set of services that provides rich imagery, quality geo spatial data, and robust performance. For online real estate shopping, nothing will do but a truly immersive experience.

Bing provides this fluid and easy user experience above and beyond the capability of any other mapping tool. Filled with rich features, but not as memory-intensive as Google Earth, it delivers precise and accurate views. You can get to know the neighborhood from a bird’s eye view, and use panning to explore close to home or farther abroad. The top-notch photo realistic imagery and stunning geo-specific 3D capability bring you as close to your Honolulu as you can get without physically traveling there.

Retired homeowners Linda and Rob used Bing to help them find their dream home beautiful renovated Victorian mansion with ivy climbing up the walls. “The bird’s eye view we get through Bing is amazing,” Linda says “What I noticed about using Bing is that the imagery is taken on an angle. All the other mapping tools, such as Google Maps for example, use a straight down view, which makes it impossible to read signs on buildings or tell how high the buildings actually are. So with Bing, we got this incredible experience of being able to rotate all around the neighborhood in bird’s eye view.”

In addition to the advanced bird’s eye feature, Bing Maps offers a more intuitive user experience. When you are physically strolling through a neighborhood getting a feel for the property and its surroundings, you naturally explore without having to think about where you’re going or what you want to look at. Good online mapping should give you the same ability to shop for real estate intuitively and fluidly. First-time homeowner Grant was pleasantly surprised by this seamless experience. “I was used to having to type in addresses and manually search for properties,” he says “It was actually simpler to visually navigate properties in Bing than to use menus and dialog boxes”

Because Bing Maps is a comparatively recent newcomer to the online mapping industry, the platform is directly driven by customer feedback and has been able to more successfully mirror a physical user experience, rather than upgrading tired old technology. As online real estate shopping continues to boom, mapping technology will offer new and improved options Since Bing Maps doesn’t require you to download software onto your computer, you will always enjoy the most current feature enhancements.

Erin makes her living buying and selling real estate, and has been using Bing Maps since its inception. As a professional real estate shopper, she can’t afford to spend valuable hours visiting individual properties. “Bing helps me narrow down my options, fast, “she says.  “Now that I can view satellite photos with really precise architectural details, the experience is as close as I can get to be there in person. When I’m shopping for real estate the big question on my mind is, what are the amenities around the property, what kind of neighborhood is this? Bing Maps lets me see the schools in the area, hospitals, parks, shopping centers and so on, in a multidimensional way. As the product keeps improving, I keep finding new ways to save time and money.”

In the realm of online mapping, there’s no doubt that Bing is the industry leader. How can you use Bing today to help you search for real estate online? Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, a seasoned homeowner, or a real estate junkie, Bing Maps will give you an immersive experience that goes beyond the “wow” factor to a core solution: making buying real estate online easy.

Diamond Head Real Estate Information

August 11, 2011 by  
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One of the top end luxurious areas of the city is Diamond Head, which has a range of well-appointed condos and spectacular luxury homes in Diamond Head  lining the coastline and the area around the famous landmark. The superb location that is found in Diamond Head has led to it being dubbed ‘Hawaii’s Gold Coast’, and has scenic views over the Pacific without the obstruction of other areas or properties. The upmarket nature of this area is typified by the large spacious estate which was featured on ‘The Real World: Hawaii’ on MTV, and the famous mansion of Doris Duke called Shangri-La. Residents of this area have plenty of outdoor activities on their doorstep, and there is also a hiking trail leading to the Diamond Head State Monument.

The crater, which is a big part of this area, and the surrounding grounds of the state park, has plenty of rest stations and picnic areas for visitors to use. The Kapiolani Park is only a short distance away, and the green grass of that park provides plenty of practice space for the sports teams in the area, which makes use of the park throughout the year. There is also an archery range and a number of courts there which can be used by the general public, as well as the Waikiki Band Stand and the Waikiki Shell Arena where nationally known musicians and local artists perform frequently. Waikiki borders on Diamond Head, which means that Diamond Head doesn’t suffer from the noise and busy streets from that tourist area, but the restaurants and bars of the area are still within easy reach for the residents here.

Should You Sell or Rent Your Home Out

May 17, 2011 by  
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This is one of the most common questions I get from owners who do not know what to do with their valuable asset, your home!
While all boards are available individually, as a rule, we can say …..
In December 2010, the Bank of England said mortgage approvals rose to 42,563 from less than 47 287 in November and are now less than half its long term average. This, coupled with the imminent threat of downsizing the public sector and a weak economy in the region suggest that short-term price falls may be going home. Growth in public sector employment over the last 10 years has been significant, leaving the north of England are particularly vulnerable to government cutbacks, with 23% of the workforce in this sector. However, we believe that low interest rates put a floor under falling prices and the price declines this year limit.
In the longer term, we see a housing market sharply divided between high-end properties in richer regions where there are good schools, good transport links, high demand for professionals in the rich heritage of the buyer and properties include more than the buyer depends on the availability of mortgages in particular the likelihood of further evidence affordable forms to complete. This lack of mortgage credit and / or a cash deposit sum is paid in addition to our demand for the new unit for rental properties. If this demand is met by supply depends largely on investors are attracted by the market. While the market is waiting for these new investors, there will be a shortage of rental equipment, which could lead to higher rents.
Throughout 2010 and early 2011, we found the local rental market very strong, although we see in the sale of a clear division between the best properties in comparison with the general public. We expect this growth deficit in the medium term with the best properties at the top, but slow speed and extent of recovery. We believe that resumption will take place in the north-east in the coming years, particularly in key areas of equity-rich buyers to buy homes against the availability of subprime mortgages of the majority. This lack of availability of mortgage loans are excluded many potential buyers on the market, which inevitably will put pressure on the rental sector and act as an engine of growth in rents.

This is one of the most common questions I get from owners who do not know what to do with their valuable asset, your home!
While all boards are available individually, as a rule, we can say …..
In December 2010, the Bank of England said mortgage approvals rose to 42,563 from less than 47 287 in November and are now less than half its long term average. This, coupled with the imminent threat of downsizing the public sector and a weak economy in the region suggest that short-term price falls may be going home. Growth in public sector employment over the last 10 years has been significant, leaving the north of England are particularly vulnerable to government cutbacks, with 23% of the workforce in this sector. However, we believe that low interest rates put a floor under falling prices and the price declines this year limit.
In the longer term, we see a housing market sharply divided between high-end properties in richer regions where there are good schools, good transport links, high demand for professionals in the rich heritage of the buyer and properties include more than the buyer depends on the availability of mortgages in particular the likelihood of further evidence affordable forms to complete. This lack of mortgage credit and / or a cash deposit sum is paid in addition to our demand for the new unit for rental properties. If this demand is met by supply depends largely on investors are attracted by the market. While the market is waiting for these new investors, there will be a shortage of rental equipment, which could lead to higher rents.
Throughout 2010 and early 2011, we found the local rental market very strong, although we see in the sale of a clear division between the best properties in comparison with the general public. We expect this growth deficit in the medium term with the best properties at the top, but slow speed and extent of recovery. We believe that resumption will take place in the north-east in the coming years, particularly in key areas of equity-rich buyers to buy homes against the availability of subprime mortgages of the majority. This lack of availability of mortgage loans are excluded many potential buyers on the market, which inevitably will put pressure on the rental sector and act as an engine of growth in rents.

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