Military Transfers & Relocations to Hawaii: A Geographical Shock

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

 Transferring to a new duty station is never an easy task for the Active Duty Personnel, spouse and their dependents. Relocating to a "new land" out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is definitely going to be a geographical change. Okay, more of a geographical shock. I know. I've been in the same position many times throughout my life.

My father was in the US Navy and we traveled all over the Continental United States, then to Yokohama, Japan, onward to Subic Bay, Phillippines and finally came to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1967 where my father was stationed at CINPACFLT, Pearl Harbor. Honolulu, Hawaii. He finally retired two years later and Hawaii became my permanent home. Our permanent duty station so to speak. And my mom was born and raised on Kauai...so she finally made it back home to the islands.

Until,..... I married a US Air Force man and we moved 7 times in 7 years. From here to Minot, North Dakota; Biloxi, Mississippi; Sacramento, California; Izmir, Turkey; back to Hawaii, Plattsburgh, New York; and back here to stay ....permanently. 

The Military Veteran makes up approximately 10% (or 34,000) of our population on Oahu and they are a driving force in our community. The knowing what it feels like to be moving to a new home gave me more of a purpose with my military clientele. I care and I know what it's like to have the family uprooted. Friends made and sadness when friends have to part. I can vividly remember each time as a child that I had to say goodbye to the few friends I had made; then as an adult saying goodbye to other military wives who had become wonderful friends....and the tug on the heart strings that are remembered to this day.

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 someone who understands.  

The following articles will help you in your Relocation to Hawaii with things you need to consider in your move and purchasing real property:  

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate 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 Relocating to Hawaii, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents. Website: www.hawaiihomesmarket.com

  

 

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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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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Carole: Hey there Carole! Oh, been there and done that...mostly in my younger years.  Going all over the world and learning about other people/places/culture and such expands the mind :)
Jan 15, 2008 11:11 AM #10
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William Johnson
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Sally , You capture the real life feelings that people experience and the ones that can equate with them, actually have had them. To understand the private tears, the private thoughts that only those who are leaving their friends, family or even the house they grew up in, know about.

When one losses a friend the heart aches. The truth is, once you know those feelings, one can really appreciate that they are not alone with that. The old expression " misery deserves company"  surely must have had its roots in these very positive moving experiences.

Even the expression " a moving experience" likely came from just such feelings. Thought I would share these since you above everyone else  would surely understand them.

Jan 15, 2008 11:16 AM #11
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Thanks William: Though some may believe that it's an easy thing and they 'get used to it' that really isn't the case for many. It helps to have a friendly face and a local resident to help them along with adjusting. I am not just a real estate agent. I do more because I am more :)
Jan 15, 2008 11:26 AM #12
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There could never be a doubt about that ! You are indeed.
Jan 15, 2008 11:47 AM #13
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Sally - you make it so easy for someone who is relocating there to want to work with you. Your compassion and understanding for those in the military who are moving is so apparent.

Jeff 

Jan 15, 2008 11:53 AM #14
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Relocating to Hawaii is a challenge I'd LOVE to face.  *grin*
Jan 15, 2008 12:46 PM #15
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William:  WooHoo William!

Jeff: Thanks a bunch Jeff!...Countdown!

Karen: Ha! Come on down!

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Sally - You never cease to amaze me.  You are absolutely one of the most incredible resources on Hawaii.
Jan 15, 2008 01:09 PM #17
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Thanks Marlene! And just think..we get to meet ...very shortly!
Jan 15, 2008 02:38 PM #18
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The Military are such a strong part of our community and our market.  We are so fortunate to have them.
Jan 15, 2008 05:08 PM #19
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Hey Randy!  Countdown...get going! And yup...the miitary is a strong force in our community!
Jan 15, 2008 05:17 PM #20
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Sally, I like the new picture.  It stands out nicely.  Although, it does look like you are in a hurricane.
Jan 15, 2008 09:39 PM #21
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Danny Smith
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Sally it is hard to up and move at the drop of a hat. But, if I were in the Army again...what a place to relocate! HAWAII! Come on that's a dream it's like being relocated to Heaven!
Jan 15, 2008 09:42 PM #22
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Sally Jo, love the new pic, with the big smile and the design.
Jan 16, 2008 12:32 AM #23
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Sis - My best friend Micky was in the Army and is working overseas in Iraq as a Civilian Contractor now making big bucks....but the hours and climate can be grueling.  I'm going to send him a link to your Blog because I have a feeling he would love to live in the beautiful land of Hawaii someday.

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Sally, great work as usual. I love the new photo. I almost missed you in my "subscribed" list. I has a dynamic quality which is cool! I am so glad relocation marketing is working for you. Nice package!
Jan 16, 2008 03:12 AM #25
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Sally- Excellent......it is so obvious that you know how it feels, and this must transfer to your business. I can see that people that contact you would have a very empathic, and knowledgeable REALTOR (R)......Oh, and hey, that new picture is quite nice :)
Jan 16, 2008 03:15 AM #26
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Dan: We do get those here sometimes lol!

Danny:  WooHoo Danny!  Well, if you're ever out our way give me a buzz!

Laurie: Thanks Auntie!

Lil Bro: I have a client (buddy) who bought/sold and now over there working civilian and making big bucks too. He is planning on buying again when he gets back.

Jeanean: I like working with the military who just arrive. I get to take them on an excursion!

Kathy: I like to let the public know a little of me and what I went through too as military dependent. It was not easy all the time. And thanks! Seems I'm using Christmas pictures...the one before was from 2006 and this one is this past Christmas :)

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Sally, it is great that you are letting people know that you are not only a Realtor that has experience with Relocations, but that you also have several personal experiences in Relocating yourself.  You are not only able to help them with their move, but can also identify with what they are going through.

By the way I like what you have done to your picture :)

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George: I believe that people relate to a person who has gone through the same things and I do know what it is like as a dependent. Both as a child and adult....And oh, thanks for the compliment. :)
Jan 16, 2008 06:41 AM #29
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