hawaii: Winter Storms Bring Snow to the Big Island of Hawaii - 12/02/16 09:31 AM
Lucky we live Hawaii, the only place I know of where you can snowboard in the morning, and bodyboard in the afternoon !
First Snow has hit the Big Island, and the Ski Lifts are OPEN.... Ok, im kidding about the ski lifts, but the snow is real, it is  here, and the best part about it, the beach is only  an hour and half away !  
Manua Kea and Mauna Loa get snow every year, some years are better than others,  but I am betting on a nice White Christmas this year. 
Take a look at these guys/girls making the best of it … (2 comments)

hawaii: Mortgage Interest Rates Just Went Up… Should I Wait To Buy? - 11/29/16 09:14 AM
Posted on November 29, 2016 - 07:03 AM by Lance Owens
Mortgage Interest Rates Just Went Up… Should I Wait To Buy?  Tuesday November 29th, 2016  First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Interest Rates, Move-Up Buyers
Aloha, Lance and Kimi here from LUVA Real Estate bringing you your real estate minute. 
Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeks.Along with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors are all calling for mortgage rates to continue to rise over the next four quarters.
This has caused some purchasers to lament the fact they may no longer be able to get a rate … (0 comments)

hawaii: Golf Course Living in Keauhou, Hawaii - 11/18/16 06:49 AM
A Golfer's Dream...... You are in Hawaii..... you enter through the front door - you see the golf course, you sit down to watch the golf channel, you see the golf course, you realize you're hungry, head for the kitchen - you see the golf course, cocktail time or maybe time to grill something up on your full size BBQ (real BBQ grill) again.... it's on the golf course.... 
Wake up in the morning, thinking its all a dream - nope, just turn your head to the right a little, there it its, from your bed, you see the golf course!
Recent remodel, … (8 comments)

hawaii: Hawaii Investor Special - Luxury Home on 5 Acres in Distress - 08/14/16 05:58 AM

Not long ago this was a spectacular property, Ocean views into Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook Monument, 5 acres that were mowable, (previous MLS states there were Tangerines, lilikoi, lime, star fruit ruby grapefruit, white pineapple,yellow pineapple, coconuts, cherry, dragon fruit, mango, papaya, poha berries, chocolate (cocoa), coffee, several kukui nut trees, macadamia nut trees, and banana) NOTE: Property is overgrown and buyer to verify if any crop still exist. OK, the Good, the Bad, and the UglyGood: Interior of Home: Design is open, large, modern, and appears to be in good condition (less appliances). 16 foot "Fleetwood" pocket doors (slide very good) … (1 comments)

hawaii: USDA and VA Approved Subdivision in Hawaii - 08/14/16 05:08 AM

Kamani Trees is one of the best kept secrets in Kona for Homes under $450,000! Ocean views, underground utilities, sidewalks, street lights and trash pick up, low association fees and reasonable CC&Rs. Centrally located above Alii Drive, between Keauhou and Kailua Village area, Kahakai Elementary School is nearby (3,4, & 5th graders can walk to school). Shopping, dining, movies, beaches, surfing, kayaking, diving, swimming, fishing, boat harbor, entertainment, all within a few miles in either directionNow lets talk about one of the nicest remodeled homes in the subdivision, almost everything that was upgraded in this home is either oversized, overdone, overbuilt, over quality, … (0 comments)

hawaii: Hawaii Golf Course Frontage Condo $384,900 Open House 6/2/2016 - 06/01/16 06:29 AM
78-7070 ALII DR #E107 KEAUHOU, HI 96740 - $384,900
2 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom | 1197 sqft.
Listing No. SEE THE VIRTUAL TOUR!
Visit www.tfv.co/1562755 to see additional photos and information about this property. 
DESCRIPTION
OPEN HOUSE : Thursday 6/2 9:30-12:00 We often see remarks like "updated kitchen or remodeled kitchen" but the difference here is the owners have taken the extra step and "reconfigured" the kitchen to actually put things where you would expect to find them in 2016! Another overused description is "great location." What does that actually mean? Well you decide. This unit is tucked away at the southern end of the complex - away from … (0 comments)

hawaii: Memorial Day Facts, Learned Something Myself - 05/26/16 08:06 AM

Memorial Day: I looked up some facts about this day, and I learned something new about Memorial Day, Hawaii,  and Daniel Inouye. Starting in 1987 Hawaii's Senator Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran, introduced a measure to return Memorial Day to its traditional date. Inouye continued introducing the resolution until his death in 2012 . He felt that changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed a lot to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.
Back on June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday … (2 comments)

hawaii: Hawaii Real Estate Statistics Sales Statistics: Condos, April 2016 - 05/25/16 03:50 AM
Kailua Kona Condominium Report for May  25, 2016
News for both Buyers and Sellers:
Aloha, Lance Owens (RS) and Kimi Nagatoshi (RS) bringing you the latest in Condo sales for Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Our MLS sales report shows a double digit increase in the median price of condos sold, Jan 1 2016 to April 30 2016, over the same time period in 2015.
If you are considering buying a condominium you can still find deals, but having a good real estate agent who understands the market is a must.  If you price it right, it sells right away, sometimes with multiple offers, but if … (0 comments)

hawaii: Are Foreclosures Increasing Or Decreasing? - 05/18/16 04:39 AM
Aloha, Lance Owens (RS) with LUVA Real Estate bringing you the latest updates on what is happening with Foreclosures and Short Sales here in Hawaii.
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the size of the foreclosure inventory in the nation. There has been some speculation that distressed property inventories are about to skyrocket. Today, we want to reveal what is actually taking place in this segment of the housing market.
CoreLogic, in their most recent National Foreclosure Report, reported that foreclosure inventory has decreased by 23.2% since this time last year. The report also showed that foreclosure inventory has decreased in 49 of the 50 states … (2 comments)

hawaii: Vacation Home Sales: Sales Down, Prices Up - 04/18/16 05:02 AM
Vacation Home Sales: Sales Down, Prices Up
The National Association of Realtors recently released their 2016 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey. The survey revealed many characteristics of both vacation home purchasers and investors. Today, we want to concentrate on the vacation real estate market.
The survey found that vacation-home sales last year declined to an estimated 920,000, down 18.5% from their most recent peak level of 1.13 million in 2014. However, this is still the second highest number of vacation sales since 2006.

Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist explained:
"The expanding pool of buyers amidst a dwindling number of bargain-priced properties … (0 comments)

hawaii: You Can Take The Boy Out Of Hawaii, But You Cant Hawaii Out Of The Boy - 04/13/16 07:22 AM
As soon as this interview started, I could tell this guy was from Hawaii..... Better yet, I was guessing he was from the Big Island. 
"I knew I had to do it, and I didn't know what to expect...."  
(Jason Kunewa from the Big Island of Hawaii)   . 
They were out fishing off of  Dana Point, CA when they came across a giant , approx 700lb Leatherback Sea Turtle, entangled in Kelp, it was wrapped around his fins and his body, pretty bad. Without giving it a second thought, Kunewa grabbed his knife, and jumped in the water to cut the turtle free, as Jason … (0 comments)

hawaii: Timing Is Everything, Should I List My Home Now? - 02/26/16 05:51 AM
Posted on February 27, 2016 - 11:52 AM by Lance Owens Without Someone Navigating You Through The Process You Could Quickly End Up On The Rocks
  Low Inventory Causes Home Prices To Accelerate  Thursday February 25th, 2016  For Buyers, For Sellers, Pricing
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Quarterly Metro Home Price report earlier this month. The report revealed that home prices are not only continuing to rise but that the increases are accelerating. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, discussed the impact of low inventory on buyers in the report:
"Without a significant ramp-up in new home construction and more homeowners listing their homes for sale, … (2 comments)

hawaii: Golf Course literally at your Door! Keauhou Punahele - 02/20/16 03:18 PM
For buyers and sellers : Golf Course Properties 
Keauhou Punahele unit E107Accepting Back Up Offers!  
Pre golf course opening price (may be raised if re-released) , may be coming back on the market - stay tuned for the deal of 2016! 
Put in your back up offers today! 
 
Remarks: 
We often see remarks like, updated kitchen, or remodeled kitchen, and of course this has all that, but the difference here is, the owners took the extra step and "reconfigured" the kitchen and actually put things where you would expect to find them in the year 2015! 
Another overused description is "Location" ,what does that actually mean? … (0 comments)

hawaii: Happy Aloha Friday From Magic Sands Beach, Kona, HI - 02/12/16 04:04 AM

Good morning America, and beyond. I was just headed into the office today and was compelled to pull over for 5 minutes and "smell the roses" as you might say on the mainland.  We call it - oh boss, I'm not feeling good today, I need to stay home! 
You probably can not hear me in the video,  due to the surf, but I was just commenting on the bodyboarders being taken out by the waves.
FYI, the modern bodyboard or "BoogieBoard"  was invented here in Kona, about 3 miles from this beach at another surf spot called Honl"s , but  I am sure they were tested … (0 comments)

hawaii: Kona Coffee Land For Sale - 2 Acres - Fee Simple - Hawaii - 02/11/16 08:08 AM

 
Kona Coffee Land for sale79-7419 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, HI 96704$379,500KEY FEATURES
Lot Size: 2 Acres
Property Type: Fee Simple Land 
DESCRIPTION
When just 1  cup of coffee wont do it, maybe its time to purchase the entire coffee farm!
For the person that has it all, this may be something that they just don't have. Think of all the benefits, your very own label? your own personal roast? Need a write off for your trips to Hawaii? Want to sell or highlight - Made In America - products?
Q: Where else are you going to find 2 acres, Fee Simple (you own the land) with old growth Kona Coffee … (2 comments)

hawaii: Great News, Our Sellers Guide is Ready! Digital / Downloadable - 02/10/16 07:28 AM
Are You Thinking About Selling Your House Soon?Aloha, Lance here with LUVA Real Estate, we know it’s difficult to judge when the best time to sell is, or how to get the most money for your house, but you don't need to go through the process alone.
You may be wondering if prices are projected to rise or fall...or if you should rent your house instead of selling it. The free eGuide below will answer many of your questions and likely bring up a few things you haven’t even thought about yet.
Check it out, and feel free to get in touch if you have … (0 comments)

hawaii: Kailua Kona Seniors Club Has Its Visitor Day Feb 10, 2016 - 02/09/16 01:42 AM
Posted on February 9, 2016 - 07:45 with Lance Owens of LUVA Real Estate 
Community Announcement
Kailua Kona Senior Visitor's Day is coming up,
Wednesday February 10. 2016
Pupu's - Favors - Prizes 
Hale Halawai 
10:00am - 11:30am 
If you are new to Kona, or even long term resident, maybe you have parents, or a parent, that just isn't getting out like they should, you need to take an hour out of your day tomorrow and check this out  My mother has been a snowbird here for 15 years now and she got involved with the seniors club a few years back, and loves it. Members … (2 comments)

hawaii: Oops, We Did It Again - Hawaii Claims #1 Spot As Happiest State - 02/02/16 09:36 AM
Hawaii reclaims its number one spot as the “happiest” state in the country – bumping out last year’s winner Alaska. The state has held the happiness title five times since 2008, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
“Well-being in the U.S. exhibits regional patterns, with the northern plains and mountain west reporting higher levels of well-being, along with some western states and pockets in the northeast and Atlantic states,” according to the report.The index measures the well-being of states across five elements: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. In 2015, financial well-being increased as well as physical fitness while there were … (4 comments)

hawaii: Great News, Our 2016 Buyers Guide Is Ready in Both Digital and Print - 02/01/16 04:37 AM
UPDATED:  March 17, 2016 - 12:05 PM by Lance Owens Great News For Buyers, Our Spring 2016 Buyers Guide Is Ready For Downloading Great news for buyers, our Spring 2016 Buyers Guide is up and online! 
Here at LUVA Real Estate, we know the process of buying a home can be overwhelming at times, but you don't need to go through it alone.
You may be wondering if now is a good time to buy a home...or if interest rates are projected to rise or fall. The free eGuide below will answer many of your questions and likely bring up a few things you didn’t … (0 comments)

hawaii: Is The Sun About To Set On Low Interest Rates? - 01/26/16 04:15 AM
Posted on January 26, 2016 - 07:47 AM by Lance Owens
According to the Big Four, Where Are The  
Interest Rates Headed This Year?  
 Tuesday January 26th, 2016  For Buyers, Housing Market Updates, Interest Rates​
 
With interest rates still below 4%, many buyers may be on the fence as to whether to act now and purchase a new home, or wait until next year.
If you look at what the four major reporting agencies are predicting for 2016, it may make the decision for you. The chart below averages the predictions by quarter.  FYI, hope you enjoyed last nights sunset (above) I just … (0 comments)

 
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