The Cost of Living Factor in Considering A Hawaii Relocation

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Liberty Homes RS-#62825

 Laie PointIf you are considering relocating to Oahu, Hawaii or you are Relocating to Hawaii with the Military then you need to consider quite a few things. With the military your BAH covers housing expenses and your commissary priveleges allow you to buy food with only a smaller percentage higher than the mainland.

What about civilians who are relocating to our Hawaiian islands?  Consider this: The main reason that everything costs a little more here than on the mainland is that just about everything is transported to Hawaii....from food to lumber for building to just about everything needed to sustain the majority of necessities as well as luxury items. Shipping costs, fuel and oil costs all have risen drastically therefore pushing up our prices even further.

  • 90% if our food is imported so automatically presume that our cost of food is at least 30-50% higher than the mainland.  We drink a lot of milk and it's not too bad at 2 gallons for $7.50. My favorite places to shop for food are Costco and Sam's Club.
  • Rental Housing Market:   Central Oahu: 2 bd/ 1 ba / 2 parking can run anywhere from $1200 to $2000 per month.  A condo in Downtown Honolulu can run from $1500 to $3000 for a two bedroom. A significant increase in the last four years due to the increase in real property for sale.
  • Real Estate Market:  Again, depending on the neighborhood the single family median sales price for a 3 bdrm/2 ba home is around $625,000.  A 2/2/2 townhouse are still selling for $300,000 to $325,000. Condos 2/1/2 run between $225,000 to $255,000.
  • Utilities:  My electric bill is about $125.00 to $140.00 per month for my small one bedroom. Of course I have the A/C on energy saver for the dog during the day when my house is locked up. Otherwise, others in my neighborhood (who don't use their A/C) probably utilize about $50 to $75.00 worth of electricity. I have a gas water heater so that runs about $30.00 per month.
  • Gasoline: Currently at $3.35 per gallon at Costco.

 Ahhhh. But where else can you live in a paradise with tropical island weather year round and our breathtaking scenery of the ocean, the mountains, the valleys, the flora and fauna. These are the reasons for my remaining in this land I call home....and the reasons that many flock here for their relocation.

Weigh out all your options in your Hawaii Relocation because no matter what, Hawaii is like no other place in the world. We thrive and strive from our strength of diversity and our wide range of international and ethnic cultures and food.

* Keep in mind that the outer islands such as Maui, Kauai, Hawaii (the Big Island), Lanai and Molokai are even higher in costs because again....the shipping and transporting costs.

 

It's not easy moving across the Pacific Ocean let alone to a totally different "world" of people but you can do it with effort, motivation and a great Realtor®! 

 

The Art of Hawaii Relocations

*Across the Ocean to Paradise: Military Relocations Hawaii*

 

Call me for a Relocation Packet and more info!

Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman, Realtor Associate ®

 Century 21 Liberty Homes, Mililani, HI *  (808) 375-1404

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Matt:  Ha! That is another higher cost of living area isn't it? I heard the real estate is a prime market as well....Look...now I have to go research.....so I know lol!

Joeann:  Oh, that would definitely be a plus for you for your second home...and having a beautiful place to reside some of the year!

Brian:  There are some items that cost less...but when it comes to meat...I love to get it at Costco...bigger...nicer cuts (my mom and daughter have military id's so once in awhile I go with them)

Bill:  Oh thanks Bill.  I've been told I should work for the tourist industry promoting Hawaii lol!

Dec 15, 2007 04:12 AM #34
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Fran Gaspari
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Sally,

Yes, our home prices may be lower but you need more home in PA than Hawaii...there, more time is spent out of doors, right? Thanks,   Fran

P.S. In my area, a 3000 sq. ft. 2 story colonial will sell for as low as $350,000...and will have real estate taxes of around $12,000 per year!

Dec 15, 2007 04:14 AM #35
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Dan:  Oh, you're welcome Dan....and hopefully it helps others here to have info just in case they happen to get a client relocating :)

Teri:  WooHoo!  Bout time I did this huh?

Gary:  Ah....the monthly housing allowance (look at Randy's post) went a little up for some grades and decreased for some this year. It pretty much covers a condo/townhouse for most if buying (including maintenance fee, and utilities) if they stay within their means.

Dec 15, 2007 04:16 AM #36
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Fran: Yeah, my hubbie is from PA...his gramma lived in McKeesport and the school taxes are rolled into the property taxes right? A 3,000 sq/ft roofed living area is not the norm here. Cut that in half and you'll have the average 3/2 two story at 600-700k. And I spend my time half/half.
Dec 15, 2007 04:19 AM #37
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Woo Hoo ! Just a note to say, I didn't get the e-mail from you. Checked everything and not there. They can get lost in the outer reaches of cyber world. No worries though as long as you got the card though, I am OK.

PS, Want to see the pictures of me up in the crane hanging the lights. I had no idea they would allow me to hang them myself. A quick tutorial and I was up in the air having a great time. :-) The operator said I was a natural, so I guess maybe they would offer me a job as a crane operator,lol.

Dec 15, 2007 04:56 AM #38
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Lisa Heindel
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Sally, this is great information for someone moving to HI.  That is the kind of stuff that the average person needs to know...groceries, gas, utilities - we all need them wherever we live.  Of course, some increase in cost is offset by getting to live in your own paradise :)  Good job!
Dec 15, 2007 06:20 AM #39
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Faina Sechzer
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Saly, with the relatively high cost of living, you can look at the ocean and know that it's worth it. It's very hard to price in the cost of natural beauty and happiness one can have in enjoying it.
Dec 15, 2007 06:26 AM #40
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I visited Kona a few years ago and the peace I found being in such a beautiful place was unreal!  But with three kiddos, I'll have to stick with Texas and our dirty beaches!
Dec 15, 2007 07:03 AM #41
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William:  Oh, geez... in any case I did receive the email, the pics...and sure would like to see you on the crane LOL!

Lisa:  WooHoo!  Of course there are big perks to relocating to Hawaii...the biggest ...being paradise :)

Faina:  That is surely a fact!

Jennifer: Beautiful beaches, valleys and mountains to behold...that is for sure!

Dec 15, 2007 01:34 PM #42
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Sally, I see we were both in a military move frame of mind over the weekend.  What a different experience it would be to go from the D.C. are to Hawaii or vice versa - yet both would be highly desirable in their own way.
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I'd still love to move to Hawaii.....it is a paradise.

Happy Holidays! 

Dec 16, 2007 12:15 AM #44
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Sally thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures someday I hope to visit the island.  I heard it is paradise.

Dec 16, 2007 02:12 AM #45
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Margaret:  I would say at least 75% of my clients are military and relocate from all over the world to Hawaii.

Monika: I'd just like you to visit so I could meet you all!

Katie: It is an experience....even if just visiting :)

Dec 16, 2007 03:19 AM #46
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Sally - you have the most beautiful islands there, but the prices are indeed obscene - I DO want to visit there one-day through, to see that gorgeous paradise first hand!
Dec 16, 2007 12:48 PM #47
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B/B:  Thanks and though our prices are high...well, understandable with shipping costs...but still beautiful!
Dec 16, 2007 01:11 PM #48
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That's a great post Sally.  I'm actually surprised at the numbers.  I thought they would be bigger (more expensive) than what you posted!  :) 
Dec 17, 2007 09:08 AM #49
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Shannon: Because you live in Florida...same thing in high market areas don't ya think? Even in parts of New York and coastal areas in CA. Get near ocean and nice weather and we got higher prices. I keep looking at lucky lang's listings....my  goodness....I could get a house with land for the price I paid for my one bedroom townhouse!
Dec 17, 2007 09:12 AM #50
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Jay Oku
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Yeah but Golf is so affordable here on the Aina that you will make up the difference of the food costs with golf savings!!! ( ;
Dec 18, 2007 08:12 PM #51
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Jay: You think? :)
Dec 19, 2007 04:20 AM #52
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This is a very good point you bring up about quality of life, standards of living in comparison to those land lovers on the mainland. Although, personally, I believe the trade off is worthy of note, and vote for moving my stuff to Hawaii by boat.
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