Kailua-Kona, HI Real Estate News

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
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.
Comments 14
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
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...
Comments 9
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
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...
Comments 15
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
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.
Comments 5
By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
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. 
Comments 0
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
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, ...
Comments 6
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
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.
Comments 11
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
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.
Comments 8
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
 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...
Comments 14
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
 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.
Comments 19
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
 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.
Comments 14
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
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...
Comments 12
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
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?
Comments 13
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
 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...
Comments 9
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
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 ...
Comments 15
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(RE/MAX Gold)
 If I were a Realtor who worked in a resort area or a town where people bought a lot of vacation homes, I would have a list of companies and individuals who could assist my clients with furnishing the house after closing. Buying a faraway vacation home is not like paying a trucking company to move your furniture. You are starting over from scratch. Where is that checklist? You need to buy a broom. A vacuum cleaner. Stemware. Utensils. A strainer. Cast iron skillet. And you need a place to sleep. Blankets, sheets. It's sorta like what you would do if your home burned down to the ground. Think about it. You can't dash out to the garage to grab a hammer if there is no hammer in the garage.  Where do you find household items, furniture and every-day necessities in a foreign town? You can re...
Comments 16
By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
 Buying a home can be intimidating if you are not familiar with the terms used during the process. To start you on your path with confidence, we have compiled a list of some of the most common terms used when buying a home.Freddie Mac has compiled a more exhaustive glossary of terms in their “My Home” section of their website.Annual Percentage Rate (APR) – This is a broader measure of your cost for borrowing money. The APR includes the interest rate, points, broker fees and certain other credit charges a borrower is required to pay. Because these costs are rolled in, the APR is usually higher than your interest rate.Appraisal – A professional analysis used to estimate the value of the property. This includes examples of sales of similar properties. This is a necessary step in getting yo...
Comments 0
By Rich Bosselmann-RS, Your Kona real estate connection.
(Koa Realty Inc.)
   If you are looking for pet-friendly condominiums in Kona, Hawaii you're in luck. There are many pet-friendly complexes in Kona, but finding them can be a challenge. Owners and residents of condominium complexes agree to follow rules that are spelled out in the development's CC&R's or Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions. Some Kona condominiums have CC&R's that do not allow dogs or cats. Others, welcome our four legged friends with open arms and aloha.Many Kona condominiums have a weight limit on the dogs allowed to live in the complex, I have seen quite a few that cap it at 25 lbs. In most cases, there is some flexibility when it comes to the size of the pet. Larger dogs are often allowed with Board of Director approval. So, if you find that perfect Kona condominium but your little...
Comments 1
By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
February 2017 Housing Statistics show North Kona up 6.77% YTD, and 10% over last  February,  surpassing mainland numbers.Aloha, Lance Owens (RS) here with LUVA Real Estate,  and I have to be honest, the FHFA numbers state "1st Quarter" and we still have several days of reporting left?  (typically sales take 2-4 days to get reported or I would have used 1st Quarter results also). You be the judge, here are the black and white numbers below.      SOME HIGHLIGHTS: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state. Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more! Alaska, Delaware, West Virginia & W...
Comments 0
By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
Friday February 25, 2017, For Buyers, For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Infographics Kailua Kona, Hawaii:  Median Price Is At Its Highest Level, YTD, On Existing Home Sales Since 2006!  Mainland Sales Also Reach Their Highest Mark Since 2007 [INFOGRAPHIC]Aloha, Lance Owens (RS) and Kimi Nagatoshi (RS) with LUVA Real Estate bringing you the latest in Hawaii Real Estate, from market conditions to sales reports and some of our best picks for Single Family Homes on the Big Island of Hawaii, West Hawaii area. Let’s take a look back on some previous years, actually let’s look at our best year - 2006, this was Kailua Kona's  highest point with median home prices at $635,000.  Looking at today's numbers I was quite surprised to see them at $629,000, just $6,000 away from being at an all-time...
Comments 1