Kailua-Kona, HI Real Estate News

By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
Aloha, Lance Owens (RS) here with LUVA Real Estate We all wonder " Whats my home Worth" ? Well lets start by taking a look at what just sold today. Listed at $699,999 - SOLD at $700,000. I wanted to thank all the team members on this one, it was a long, hard escrow and if it wasn't for all the parties involved, this one never would have closed.  Thank you Mr Seller, Thank you Mr Buyer, Thank you Mr Buyers agent and a big thank you to my partner on a lot of these sales - Joreen Knox, you guys did one heck of a job keeping this one together.  If you are looking for a good team to sell your house, and you want to know "Whats my home worth" do yourself some justice, come in, sit down, and meet our team.  Here are some photos from todays sale. (More specs at bottom)  Bedrooms: 5   Baths: 4 [...
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
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You write a blog about it and hope to get a buyer!  Aloha, Lance Owens (RS) here with LUVA Real Estate and I was scanning today's hotsheet and came across a property that is considerably under-priced ($245,000) . This is a bank owned foreclosure, 3 acres of land only, in a gated community, 1800 foot elevation, and great coastline views! Property is zoned for agriculture - meaning horses are welcome. CC&Rs state you have must build 4,000 sqft under roof, but this can include your barn, garage, and lanai. I just purchased 3 acres in here myself, this is an awesome deal, wish I had another $300k, I would pick this up in heartbeat.  There is no time to waste - call me 808-936-8383 
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
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Unless you live on the Big Island of Hawaii, or visited here lately, you probably have no idea what I am talking about. None of the other islands have active volcano's, so it's a word that is used mainly here on the Big Island.  Here is Wikipedia's defenition, (Funny, "Wiki" (pronounced [ˈwiti] or [ˈviti]) is a Hawaiian word meaning "fast" or "quick")  Pāhoehoe:  (/pəˈhoʊ.iːˈhoʊ.iː/; from Hawaiian [paːˈhoweˈhowe],[8] meaning "smooth, unbroken lava"), also spelled pahoehoe, is basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating, or ropy surface. These surface features are due to the movement of very fluid lava under a congealing surface crust. The Hawaiian word was introduced as a technical term in geology by Clarence Dutton. Quick Link to Hawaii Volcano National Park  Here are some act...
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
  Some-days you just have to stop and smell the roses, in this case the roses were the Pacific Ocean, and today is somehow better than yesterday, even after 30 years here. I just had to share it with all.  Photos taken about 20 minutes ago, along Alii Drive, at "Magics Beach" in Kailua Kona, HI You ever been to Disneyland "California Theme Park" and went on the ride, Soaring over California, do you remember all the wonderful smells, and how they changed as the theme changed? Well I wish I could do that for you here. Have a wonderful day, enjoy the photos, and if you want a condo across the street, just give me a call (last sale for a 2/2 was at $280,000 on 12/13/13 )    UPDATE: The evening looked so good, I had to go back down, here is a sunset photo from the same day.    
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By LUVA Real Estate, The Personalized Service You Deserve!
(Sales and Management - Luxury Vacation Rentals - Concierge Services)
Thinking of Selling your Home on the Big Island!?Anyone preparing their home for sale in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii knows that it can be a daunting, very complicated process. More than just great curbside appeal, you as the Seller will have to navigate the negotiations, showings, security, open houses AND when you finally get an accepted contract (Hooray) - now you've got the escrow process, timelines, inspections...etc.  You can do it! AND we are here to assist as well. :) A Quick-Start Guide to Marketing your Home in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii: Price  your Property competitively - Even though Hawaii real estate inventory is low on the Big Island, buyer's tend to be a little more cautious AND unless it is a cash sale, you will have to have an appraisal.  The lender will make sure the buyer is not ov...
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
Sometimes I feel like TripAdvisor must be published in Hawaii, not just in Hawaii, but on the Big Island of Hawaii , we win so many "travelers choice" awards, it just doesn't seem fair.  Aloha, Lance Owens (RS) here with LUVA Real Estate and let me concur, I moved to Hawaii in 1984 and traveled to all the islands, many times, and just fell in love with Kailua Kona, so much so, I told my wife on our 1999 visit that this was it, I wanted to be here, living, working, within a year - and the rest is history. Follow the link to the actual article, and if I can help, even if its just a question about a good restaurant, or beach to go to, please feel free to contact me.  This photo of Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) is courtesy of TripAdvisor     This photo of Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) is cour...
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By LUVA Real Estate, The Personalized Service You Deserve!
(Sales and Management - Luxury Vacation Rentals - Concierge Services)
Are you looking to find that 'perfect' luxury vacation rental in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii? There are a couple of ways to go about this...you can either do it on your own, private individual or licensed real estate brokerage that specializes in luxury vacation rentals and management. If you rent on your own, you assume the liability and in many cases have no idea of the property or reputation.  You could end up in a miserable situation, with lost time, money and fun.  Life is short! Here’s a few reasons why to rent through a Hawaii licensed property management agency to find the best luxury vacation rentals in Hawaii: Agencies and Agents work very hard to earn your trust and their lively-hood depends on their reputations.  It is in their best interest to take great skill and care working with...
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
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Aloha, Lance Owens (RS) here with LUVA Real Estate , I know we all wonder "whats my home worth" ? Well, keeping up on the market trends, keeps you up on market values, so we are bringing you October 2013 MLS reports for the Kailua Kona area.  Home Sales: Down <40%> , but don't let that kid you. INVENTORY, Inventory, inventory! Currently we have 209 homes for sale in Kona, and of those 209, only one of them, (Fee Simple), is listed under $300,000, 11 more are priced between $300-$400,000. and the other 198, well 82 of them are priced from $1,000,000 to $12,900,000. Sales Volume: The amount of money exchanging hands for the 2 Octobers, went from $30 million down to $14 million - down <52%> . It goes hand in hand with the number of sales - YTD is still up about 35%, even with such a bad mo...
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By LUVA Real Estate, The Personalized Service You Deserve!
(Sales and Management - Luxury Vacation Rentals - Concierge Services)
Come join us for our "First Friday Pau Hana", November 8, 2013, 5pm to sunset. This will be an open forum on video strategies, search engine optimization and whole lot of pupus, refreshments and fun! With the emergence of micro-video apps like Twitter’s Vine and now Instagram’s video sharing feature, we’ll be seeing a rocketing movement toward real-time video sharing.  We’re talking 3-15 second snippets.  Come on down to learn more... LUVA Real Estate provides complimentary marketing classes and seminars each month to assist REALTORS® from West Hawaii, regardless of brokerage affiliation in an effort to maintain, sustain and get a little traction in the ever-changing technological landscape present in our world today. Contact Yuki Laliberte, R(S) to sign up for our next LUVA RE/Tech U c...
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By Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker
((831) 626-4000)
If you are looking for an evening out on the Big Island of Hawaii that has everything: Happy Hour with good food and a wide variety of drinks including a Mai Tai for $3, live music, conviviality, and a sunset right there at the ocean in front of you, then there is none better than "Huggo's On The Rocks" in Kailua-Kona. Caption: that little bit of fluff is "Little Doll", a Maltese owned by a friend of mine here on The Big Island. As you might expect, we got a lot of attention. An inter-island cruise ship was anchored right outside the bay area and, right on cue, it sailed into the sunset to its next destination. Awesome. What a fabulous place to meet. Happy Hour actually starts at 3 PM. Why wait? Probably most of the patrons at Huggo's are visitors who take full advantage of its "casual"...
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By LUVA Real Estate, The Personalized Service You Deserve!
(Sales and Management - Luxury Vacation Rentals - Concierge Services)
As the world moves ever faster there is an even greater need to ‘get outta of the rat race’. Luxury travelers, corporate leaders and their teams are moving off the beaten path to find space AND authentic, personalized experiences;  They are looking for peace of mind. Corporate retreats, luxury travel and personal expeditions are making a comeback especially on the Big Island of Hawaii.We at LUVA Real Estate, based in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii are consistently stiving to be well placed-ready, willing and able to help ‘make your teams come true’. Ask and you shall receive! We offer our guests access to the most exclusive, private, luxury vacation rentals, signature concierge services, personal staff and yes, we even plan amazing weddings and surprise birthday parties. We absolutely love what we...
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
TechConKona was created to enlighten, inspire, educate, and connect people by bringing technology business solutions and education to the Big Island while fostering sustainability. The conference will give attendees tools, resources, ideas and solutions to not only help their own businesses, but make an impact on the sustainability of Hawaii Island, which affects us all.   The 2013 event will be held on November 2nd at the NELHA Gateway Center. TechConKona offers: Presentations on sustainable solutions for the Big Island’s energy, food, employment and tech issues along with online marketing/social media tools and training. Technology related exhibitors offering services and products for businesss success. A hosted networking reception to meet the speakers and connect with audience memb...
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
  I am sure you have heard of "Body Glove" before - Wetsuits, Boardshorts, Bikinis, Wakeboards, Waterskis...... But how many of you have heard of Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker? If I were to answer that question, 2 months ago? A: Brad whoooo? But somehow, I got caught up in all this "Tiki Mug" fanatic "stuff" , whether I wanted to or not. I actually love it now - whole new craze for me. (I will post a little more about that below) .  Since I am "name dropping" let me add a few more... Wyland Galleries, Henry Kapono, Surf legends and Body Glove Team Riders will also be in attendance  Body Gloves huge 60th anniverseray party is going to be here in Kona, and the fact that they commissioned Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker (the guy I never heard of before 2 months ago) Only to learn he is the "Guru" of ...
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
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Aloha, Lance Owens (RS) here, with LUVA Real Estate and I wanted to take a minute of your time and talk about Luxury Real Estate in Hawaii.  I get a lot of calls, clients wanting to know if the time is right to sell their home? Where is the market heading? Whats going on in Hawaii, are the foreclosures drying up............ First of all, the market is on a 2 year trend of rising prices here, the foreclosures? What foreclosures - I just ran an MLS search for "foreclosure homes" , North Kona,  for sale? ONE - 1, not a typo, ONE. Now that we have that out of the way, lets look at the luxury home sales.  Today we are going to pick on "Iolani Subdivision" , fantastic homes, unbeatable location, perfect elevations, and views, I'm going to say it, I know its way overused, but it really fits th...
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
Aloha, Lance Owens (RS) here with LUVA Real Estate and I wanted to take a minute to go over some of the black and white numbers with you. More so, why it is important to get a local REALTOR, someone that knows your area.  According to the Hawaii Information Service (HIS) the median price for a condo in West Hawaii, (actually the MLS will break it down as North Kona), Condo prices have increased a measly 2.51% over September 2012, and while the MLS just breaks it down from the REALTOR input, it does not represent whats happening on the ground.  As an example I will pick on Alii Lani Condos, they are considered a nice, well kept  complex, pool, great location, reasonably priced, and there are lots to choose from (an appraiser's dream). So looking at sales from last year, you could have pu...
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
Aloha, Lance here with LUVA Real Estate, sorry my Market Report is so late this month, but we are busy! I finally forced myself to sit down and take a look at how busy Kona real estate really is.  September 2013 home sales, better than 2012 (almost double) better than 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, I had to go all the way back to 2005 to find a better September than the one we just had.  According to the Hawaii MLS, we were up 75% over last year, and remember when your looking at my numbers, they are all black and white, no adjustments, no manipulating, just the facts, the way they were written.  Condo sales - up 27% and I would  bet it would have been much higher if the inventory was there Land sales - showed a <28%> drop in sales, but Year To Date is still up 74%, largly due to i...
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By LUVA Real Estate, The Personalized Service You Deserve!
(Sales and Management - Luxury Vacation Rentals - Concierge Services)
"8 Photo Apps for Real Estate"-LUVA Monthly RE/Tech U Presentation  A group of Kona REALTORS came together today, Friday, September 20th to learn the best mobile applications for photo blogging for real estate marketing. The eight mobile photo apps presented  showed the REALTORS why they should take dramatic, fun, beautiful photos and make them more striking and engaging and easily sharable on a variety of social media platforms. "By showcasing your creativity using photography, you help create curiosity among your potential clients and captivate your audience", Julie Ziemelis, Ziemelis Communications, who presented the presentation shared with the audience. "You have your phone with you all the time, right? Then take some interesting photos of your listing, the neighborhood, your favo...
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By LUVA Real Estate, The Personalized Service You Deserve!
(Sales and Management - Luxury Vacation Rentals - Concierge Services)
West Hawaii Real Estate Update. “North Kona home sales continue to rock!” stated Lance Owens, a Realtor with LUVA Real Estate. North Kona posted a 58.62% increase year over year for number of sales, with 46 homes sold last month versus 29 in August 2012. Owens says “It’s the best August since 2006, and 2006 only beat it out by 1 home sale.” “I was looking at the amount of money that exchanged hands during the month of August, and found it was UP 105% over last August (16 million vs. almost 34 million). The median price for August to August, is up only 8%, but year to date is up almost 15%, all good indicators that home sales are well into the recovery period”, Owens continued.     Residential Median Prices The median price for residential property in North Kona was $487,000, an 8.22% ga...
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By LUVA Real Estate, The Personalized Service You Deserve!
(Sales and Management - Luxury Vacation Rentals - Concierge Services)
  LUVA Real Estate is hosting our second Tech Exchange Pau Hana at the LUVA Real Estate office at the Pine Plazas off of Nani Kailua Road from 5-sunset on September 6th.   Come join us for refreshments, networking and boosting your technology know-how! Bring questions about web marketing, social media channels, tools and more! A short conversation about using Google Plus to dominate your personal brand will get us rolling on this month’s event! Here are some tips we will share at the reception that you can use right now!  Here are a few tips: As with any social site, making the most of your Google+ profile is an important first step when getting started. Every field within your Google+ profile is an opportunity to connect with your target audience. Take the time to complete every bit of...
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
Hawaii International Billfish Tournament begins its last day in just a few minutes, just watching 38 boats race for the best fishing grounds is something in itself, the hummmmm of all those deisel engines, all the wakes, looks like a flag, blowing in the wind. But its really about the fishing, HIBT was launched 2 days after Hawaii became a State, for those of you who dont know - it was 1959, ok history lesson over, lets talk about fishing - take a look at Day 3's video    Here is from their website, click it and you can go direct to the source  KONA, HAWAII (Day Four - August 8, 2013) - Today’s win went to the fish with seven Pacific blue marlin tagged and released. Laguna Nigel Billfish Club #2 California (Team #5) and Port Vila Sport Fishing Club Vanuatu (Team #14) held on to their fi...
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