Kailua-Kona, HI Real Estate News

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
It did not take me long to figure out why there is nothing growing in several areas of our garden in Hawaii. Of course, like any buyer, I can't help but wonder if this is something the seller knew and failed to disclose or forgot to tell me. I find it really odd that when I dig through the volcanic soil about 6 inches in those areas, I encounter water.These are not big pools of water but it is constant. Maybe there is a reason that Kona has a Water Garden Club, according to the Bonsai Schefflera I found. He said: when you have lemons, make lemonade. Which is the same thing as my motto: When it rains on your parade, parade in the rain. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Umbrella Trees are the Perfect Solution to Wet Gardens.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Conversation around the dinner table with my neighbors in Kona was quite entertaining this Christmas. One neighbor is building a Tiny House and plans to travel around the mainland, towing her Tiny House, giving lectures to single women babyboomers about realizing dreams. Talk about life-changing events. Even though much of our conversation centered on living in Hawaii, why all of us bought homes on the island, and a little bit about my home state of Minnesota (everybody, except my neighbor's sister-in-law, comes from Minnesota, you betcha), we ended the dinner by turning the conversation to real estate. It always ends up being about real estate. Or, maybe it's just because a Sacramento Realtor is in the room.You know, somebody will say something like: do you think interest rates are goi...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
When I asked my neighbor, who is also my Christmas dinner host, if I could bring a liliko'i cake as dessert, she was fairly adamant that I not leave the remainder of the cake at her house. First, I think she was assuming I would bring an enormous cake, and second, she apparently has about as much willpower as I do. LOL. None of us really need more sweet things in our life. Too much sugar wreaks havoc when you get older. Not to mention the calories. My neighbor told me she's having another friend over the day after Christmas for leftovers, so I suggested she just give what's left of the cake, if any, to him. You can read more in my personal blog today and see a different photo of how I came into possession of the cake at this link: My Liliko'i Opera Cake Makes a Fine Christmas Dessert.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
What I've discovered is some people love red ginger and some do not. I've heard some landscapers warn against red ginger because it's so invasive and spreads like crazy. Several I had spoken to suggested planting soap ginger instead. There are not a lot of commercial places to buy plants in Kailua-Kona. It's more about who you know and family nurseries.A family nursery is just what you think it is. You go over to somebody's house in Kona, and they dig up something from their yard.I've been studying the various types of ginger. I'm attracted to it because it flowers for a long time and doesn't require a lot of fussing and because I can't grow it in Sacramento. Something should fill a spot in my garden that seems a bit wet. Sure enough, when I dug down about 8 inches, I found water. Could...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
The best tip for finding a gardener in Hawaii was right under my nose, and I didn't think of it for months. Instead, I just kept paying the guy who wasn't even the gardener I was supposed to be working with. I only know this because I talked to my neighbor, Don, to tell him I was unhappy with the gardener he referred and discovered it's not the same guy who does his garden.Apparently, the number I called was correct, but another person answered and said he was working for the intended person. He sends over a crew once a month but they always look like they just rolled out of bed. There are no set days or time of month they show up. Although, I have heard from my neighbors that I'm not supposed to let the gardener know when I'm On Island or they'll just come the day before and skip other...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
How ruthless can a person be? I have discovered recently exactly what I am capable of. Although I don't win a bravery award like my team member, Barbara Dow. When she lived in Serrano, a gated community in El Dorado Hills, she had to chop off the heads of rattlesnakes. I imagine she used an ax. I did not ask about her tool of destruction.That area was infested with rattlesnakes, and I don't know how under control it is today. The biggest number of rattlesnakes killed in one day by Barbara was about 20. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: To Kill a Gecko Alleviated Home Seller's Frustration.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
My neighbor in Hawaii casually mentioned that he found his car on the island of Oahu rather than Big Island. He picked it up himself at Kawaihae Harbor. I guess it depends on what kind of car a person buys as to whether it is more cost effective to buy a car on Oahu, as it might not apply to all vehicles. I researched only Subarus.At first, I thought it would be difficult but it was easy. I picked out the make, model, year, options and color, and called a dealer in Maui. I suppose I could have called the Subaru dealer on Oahu, but decided that maybe smaller was better, more personalized service. Since I never called anybody on Oahu, I'll never know; it was just a hunch. You can read more of this story and view more photographs in my personal blog today at this link: How to Ship a Subaru...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Well meaning people will tell you all sorts of things about buying a car in Hawaii. Several have suggested that I purchase a much older car because somehow I guess they think I would prefer to drive an already rusted-out vehicle. No, thank you, I would like to watch my brand new car slowly rust away myself. (There is also a dealer option called electromagnetic corrosion protection, that I hope is more than the tap of a magic wand.)Others have suggested I lease a car because then I can continue to pay $6,000 a year in lease payments for the rest of my life, yet always drive a new vehicle every 5 years. None of those options is workable for me. I'd rather buy a reliable car that is new and not overly expensive nor dirt cheap. But what a learning experience it has been. You can read more i...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
My last full day in Kailua-Kona was fairly busy, given the fact that when I got up that morning, I didn't really have a plan. Well, my plan was to finish up a few loads of laundry. But my manciure appointment from Friday got pushed to Saturday because the old pipes finally burst at the nail salon, so there was no water. Things just piled up from there. Including the notion that I was not really planning to buy a car. Sometimes, opportunity knocks, and you jump on it. You can see all of the photos and read more in my personal blog today at this link: Photos From my Last Day at Kailua-Kona.
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
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Posted on September 8, 2017 - 08:34 AM by Lance Owens   AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS FOR NORTH KONA: Homes: Up 6%   Condos: Up 7%   Land: Up 3%  Below is a look at all the Big Island of Hawaii YTD Sales - Single Family Homes ​​​​​​​  Might as well throw in a sunset photo, taken this week in Kona, Lower Lako Street area. 
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
I happen to think this gadget my sister recommended is very helpful to use at our house in Hawaii, but it would be useful anywhere. Although, I had a really odd thing happen a few days ago that never happens in Sacramento. In Sacramento, where our summertime temperatures can reach a scorching 115, I often leave our garden hose under pressure. That's so I don't have to turn on the spigot. I can just pick up the hose, turn the nozzle to spray and fill our bird bath.Naturally, I did the same thing at our house in Hawaii, where the temperatures range from 70 to 85. I glanced out the front door and whammo, a waterfall of water erupted in our garden. Like somebody had dumped a swimming pool over the palm trees! The hose burst. Blew a big hole. Boiled in the sun. It was a brand new hose, too, ...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
My husband is not much of a shopper for material goods. A farmer's market, yes, but not stuff to wear or things for the house in Hawaii. Yet, we ventured out to buy a new sofa and a few area rugs yesterday, which we managed to spend four hours doing.This is after I pulled a listing from MLS entry and canceled photos at the last minute. I've been talking to this particular seller for several years now, and when he said his brother was on board, I thought it meant they wanted to sell. Evidently, not at this time. I wondered why this seller said it would be good if his brother didn't need to sign the listing agreement, now that I reflect, LOL.You can read more about this in my personal blog today and see more photos at this link: Stopping at Kona Brewing After Closing a Home in Elk Grove.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
OK, this is like only the tip of the iceburg of things one can see on a Natural Energy Laboratory Tour in Kona, Hawaii. Ever since we visited the Seahorse Farm last winter, I've wanted to do the NEL tours. We finally got our chance yesterday.It's not just the magic of converting sea water into energy that happens at the Makai OTEC, but it's also visiting some of the other hundred or so companies at the HOST Park, served by the Ocean Thermal Energy Center. I managed to capture several photos of a rare monk seal in the wild, plus an amazing up-close shot of an octopus. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Kona Natural Energy Laboratory Tours Amaze and Astound.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
 It is 7 AM where I am at the moment. Staring out at the cool blue ocean horizon dotted by white sailboats and fishing vessels. My view is 180-degree panoramic and I can't capture its enormity with a camera lens, which is frustrating. I also noticed as I drove down La'aloa Drive that the ocean seems much bigger from that particular elevation. The closer you are to the ocean, the smaller the horizon; whereas, from much higher up it seems like an upside-down giant fishbowl. The ocean grows bigger. Oddest thing. Well, by tonight, I'll be snug in my bed with my husband and 3 cats, waking up tomorrow morning to a pile of mail on my desk and that extreme Sacramento heat. You can read more in my personal blog today and see all of the photographs of Magic Sands Beach at this link: My Last Day i...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
 The one thing that saves me from spending a fortune on art is the fact I have limited wall space. My homes have more windows than large blank walls. But then it doesn't stop me from buying pottery or other hand-crafted artifacts. As I stood at the counter buying a few small pieces of art for the walls of our Hawaii house, I noticed a sign posted about their featured artist, Kathleen Jeager. I glanced around and my eyes fell upon the loveliest depiction of the sun. She utilized that element in several pieces. Made me recall the first book of poetry I wrote in 1969. It was entitled: Obnoxious is the Morning Sun. Needless to say, I made the clerk ring up another sales receipt. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Photos and Story of Intriguing Local Hawaii Artwork.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
 To reward myself for working so danged hard all week, I decided to check out a different beach yesterday and go on an adventure. The temperatures in Kailua-Kona have been relatively stable, always the same, between 75 and 85 during the day. Mornings start out just perfect. Enough of that "crisp" 75 degrees to enjoy sitting on my lanai half dressed and not worrying about being chilled, to just under that temperature that might make it too hot to be in the sun. Perfect weather in my book. You can read more of this story and see all of the photographs I shot on Saturday with my iPhone in my personal blog today at this link: Photos of Kahalu'u Beach Park at Low Tide in Kailua-Kona. Afterwards, I stopped at Hugos on the Rocks for a margarita and couple of fish tacos.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
You never know for certain what might upset another person. It's not that I intentionally go out of my way but there have been times in my life that I've been completely blown away by another person's reaction. For example, a guy on a bicycle once followed me, without my knowledge, into a gas station grocery mart. I noticed him when I looked up at his angry face while I was sitting on the floor, merrily picking out cherry Tootsie Roll Pops.  He lunged over to scream: Did you see what you did? I looked around. There was nobody else in my aisle. That meant he was talking to me. Unless he was crazy. He looked very disturbed. I could not imagine what I had possibly done to this person. Turns out, I did not signal left when I pulled into the gas station. I obviously didn't run over him. He w...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
This is just for starters. This avocado. In fact, I have a bunch of avocados. But I also discovered something else that I did not expect, and it's just the cutest thing ever. A pineapple! I found it when I came back from another shopping spree. My husband should not have suggested I look at Le Creusent dinnerware, is all I have to say. I also went to Costco on a Saturday, so I deserve a medal. Plus, endured my first-ever-in-my-life-trip to Walmart. No joke.  You can read more in my personal blog today and see the photo of how a pineapple grows in my garden at this link: Do You Know How to Grow a Pineapple in Hawaii?
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
 It was a little dark in the bedroom and living room since there were no lamps in our house. Not to mention, there were no end tables in the living room even to set a lamp upon. So I headed off to Statements Furniture to visit Jackie Calkins, the salesperson who helped me while I was in Sacramento to order, buy and deliver all of our furniture at our Hawaii house. Picking out the furniture and loading up the jeep was the easy part. Getting one of the tables out of the jeep and into the house was another story. In fact, the table, don't ask me how I managed to do it, got wedged in the door frame. Right in the middle of the door.  That gave me a good excuse to meet my neighbor on the other side. She brought me tools, I removed the door and didn't damage the frame too badly. You can read m...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Waking up in Hawaii, listening to the birds sing and not hearing another sound is remarkable. No whiny cats. No world getting ready to go to work on this street. You know what's even more incredible? The fact that I was able to set up and use my new Keuric coffee machine without reading the manual. Usually foreign pieces of plastic are terrifying, in their own way, for those of us who find assembling things fairly frustrating. After I set up the coffee machine and made my first cup of coffee, I read the manual. Then I promptly threw out the first cup and brewed another. The photo above is something that is growing in my yard. It must grow only in the spring or summer because it wasn't blooming last winter. It's not coffee beans, even though there is a resemblance of sorts. You can read ...
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