Bank Versus Broker: Where to Go for Your Home Loan

December 1, 2010||Mortgages/Economy/Market, Resources for Big Island Residents

Bank versus Broker? Shopping for a loan can be the most confusing part of buying a home. When it comes to financing your home purchase, understanding a few basics can keep you out of a bad loan and prepare you for the decisions you will need to make as you go through the process of obtaining loan approval and making it to the closing table.

September 29, 2010||Mortgages/Economy/Market, Resources for Big Island Residents

Before Your Home Search Begins: Know What Is In Your Credit Report 

No matter what is happening in the real estate market, there are some parts of the buying and selling process that remain constant. For buyers, there are a few steps to take before starting your home search that may save you precious time and help you avoid unnecessary frustration and delays once you’ve found the home you want to buy. Read More 

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May 27, 2010||Big Island: Weather and Nature

Annoying Little Buggers! Prepare for Termite Swarm Season 

It's that time of year again:  termite swarm season. On certain evenings from May to July, for a few hours after sunset on nights when the air is warm and still, Hawaii residents will often find termites flying around outdoor lights and sometimes even indoor lights, televisions and computer screens. The “alates” or “swarmers” are looking for mates on nights like these.  Pairs that survive the geckos, toads and ants waiting in the wings to eat them will likely become the founders of new colonies. According to the University of Hawaii's CTAHR Cooperative Extension Service, the two most common types of termites in Hawaii are the West Indian drywood termite and the Formosan subterranean termite. These termites cause over $100 million in damage to structures in Hawaii each year, so homeowners are advised to be vigilant about treating infestations as they are discovered. View CTAHR's Hawaii Termites - An Identification... Read More 

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May 25, 2010||Our Listings: Horse Properties, Our Listings: Land

New Listing: Puu Lani Ranch View Lot 

Graded and build-ready, this lot in Puu Lani Ranch is an excellent view parcel in one of the Big Island's most prestigious gated communities. Centrally located between Kailua-Kona and Waimea in upcountry West Hawaii (just over 2000 ft above sea level), Puu Lani Ranch is known for its mild climate and expansive views. View MLS 234748 Property Detail Buyers searching for a horse property will appreciate that residents of Puu Lani Ranch have access to an established equestrian facility with arenas and paddocks in addition to the community's tennis and clubhouse amenities. An added bonus: this subdivision is located directly across the road from the Big Island Country Club, which is under new ownership and currently undergoing renovations.  Here, golfers can enjoy beautiful Kohala coast views and a unique course with Hawaii's only "island" green. View all Puu Lani Ranch residential and land listings. For more information... Read More 

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May 24, 2010||Big Island: Market Trends, Mortgages/Economy/Market, Our Listings: Residential, Our Listings: Sold Properties

Market Trends: What's Happening in the Kau District?  

The Ka'u district of Hawaii's Big Island is known for its vast coastline, black and green sand beaches and the Kau Desert in Volcanoes National Park. Due in part to tighter lending restrictions on lava zone 1 and 2 properties and the increase in volcanic emissions (Vog) as a result of the March 2008 Halemaumau Crater eruption, the Kau district has been one of the harder hit areas of the Big Island during the recent economic downturn. But, the rugged appeal of this area, combined with the fact that there are affordable deals to be found in the current market, means that adventurous buyers are finding opportunities that continue to draw attention to the southern-most part of the island. Inventory and Recent Sales Active Listings: There are currently 187 active listings in the Kau district (including residential listings and condos at Colony One at Sea Mountain as well as a few unpermitted cabins, not uncommon in rural areas of the Big... Read More 

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