Hawaii’s Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act Can Help Avoid Probate

May 5, 2015||Legislative Updates: State of Hawaii, Resources for Big Island Residents

Although the Hawaii State Legislature passed the "Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act" in 2011, it is still not widely known or used, though it is an easy and less expensive way to pass property on to your heirs without having to go through an expensive and time-consuming probate process. Currently, 24 other states, plus the District of Columbia, also allow this type of deed. Under this law, you can have a lawyer...

July 28, 2014||Resources for Big Island Residents

Early Walk-In Voting for 2014 Primary Elections: July 28-August 7 

Voting in 2014 elections has begun for Hawaii voters. Walk-in polling places are now open. Check out the following links and become informed about your choices before you visit. We strongly encourage all of our clientele and our employees to exercise their constitutional rights and become engaged in the process. The following two guides offer the basics you need to make an informed decisions: West Hawaii Today-Decision 2014 OHA- Decision 2014 Read More 

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October 8, 2013||Resources for Big Island Residents

Full Disclosure: Flood Insurance Premium Rate Increases 

Your mortgage lender may require you to purchase flood insurance in connection with your purchase of this property. The National Flood Insurance Program provides for the availability of flood insurance but also establishes flood insurance policy premiums based on the risk of flooding in the area where properties are located. Due to recent amendments to federal law governing the NFIP, those premiums are increasing, and in some cases will rise by a substantial amount over the premiums previously charged for flood insurance for the property. Read More 

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September 18, 2012||Resources for Big Island Residents, Sustainability and Off-Grid Living

Big Island Off Grid Living: Harvesting Rainwater with a Catchment System 

On Hawaii Island, there are somewhere between 30,000 and 60,000 people using catchment systems. When purchasing a home, potential buyers can be comfortable with houses that use a catchment system if they do a little research first. Read More 

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January 11, 2012||Big Island: Weather and Nature, Resources for Big Island Residents

Kohala Coast Camping at Kiholo Bay 

Getting the required permit in order to camp at Kiholo is really easy. You can either go to the state park office or register online using the Hawaii State Parks Online Reservation System. With the convenient check-in and check-out time all the worries about finding space are gone. Read More 

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