Hawaii Military Relocation | Part II of YOUR Military Move to Hawaii

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In Hawaii Military Relocation | YOUR Military Move to Hawaii PART I  I gave you information on the being proactive in YOUR Military Move to Hawaii and Hawaii Military Relocations. You now know that there is quite a bit of difference living on an island out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and that the environment and culture are mysterious and diverse and that the homes and land sq/ft are definitely smaller than the Continental United States (the ‘mainland' we call it) so scale down on the household goods!

You also learned that the main Hawaii Military Bases are on the island of Oahu; which is Honolulu County and that you will have to get your pets ready with shots and checkups way before you leave lest they be put in quarantine for a lengthy stay.

Now we have Part II  of the Series on YOUR Military Move to Hawaii.

RENTING vs. BUYING your Hawaii Home

Everyone needs a place to live in YOUR Hawaii Relocation to an island paradise. You are still wondering if you'd like to live on base, rent off base or buy a home in Hawaii. Regardless, what you decide you want to be proactive in your search for homes, condos or townhouses or contact your base Community Housing.

Renting a Hawaii Home:  You can peruse the listings for rentals on www.ahrn.com which is a great place to get the criteria picked out for what you want to spend. Most likely you want to stay in your BAH range and you can check out Honolulu County BAH 2009 for your criteria. Don't forget to do a budget including your utilities and make sure that if you have a big dog that the complex (if condo/townhouse) allows for or has limitations on the size or kinds of pets.  That is one big factor to consider when doing your search. Look for pet friendly buildings and rentals.

Buying a Hawaii Home:  You have been Searching for Hawaii Homes and contact me to get more information on how to get started with the real estate transaction process.  You have read all about the  First-Time Homebuyer Credit Expands and that you will get the regular tax breaks throughout the years you are paying a mortgage and that this year you will be getting an $8,000 tax credit when you file your taxes.....as long as you close on the property BEFORE December 1, 2009. (meaning, Nov. 30 or before!) And just think....that BAH is extra money for housing and yours to invest in your own property.

No matter if you are planning on Renting or Buying a Hawaii Home during your tour of duty here you know that you will not be able to have us hold a rental or a property for sale until you get here. It's just known that with rentals it'll be first come, first served. In home buying it's the same.

In any case, you will need to see the property before making a decision.

So, Searching for Hawaii Homes for sale and searching for rentals on www.ahrn.com is the best thing to do right about now to get started. You'll get an idea on the sq/ft, the neighborhoods and the properties closest to your Hawaii Military Duty Station when you make that Hawaii Military Relocation in the near future. At least you'll be getting prepared with learning about the different neighborhoods, schools,  that will be closer to your duty station and more appealing to your idea of the neighborhood you'd love to reside in.

Honolulu County Mililtary Base Housing:  The following links provide you with your Base Community Housing contacts and websites to get more info on getting on the list should you decide you just want to live in base housing. 

  • Hickam AFB Community Housing www.HickamCH.com and their number is 808-423-4650. Other information on Honolulu County here>> Air Force Communities.
  • Fort Shafter Housing Office, (808) 275-3800. Report to the housing office within 3 working days of your arrival to have your name placed on a housing list or to be able to get authorization for off-base housing. Be warned that housing lists are sometimes six months or more of waiting. More on TLA here>> NEW ARRIVALS- Housing
  • Kaneohe Marine Corp Base- Building 455, at the corner of Lawrence and Pancoast Street. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 0730-1530, Wednesday from 0730-1400.Toll free: 1-866-224-7942 or 808-257-1257. BASE HOUSING INFO
  • Army Hawaii Base Family Housing-  Go here for info on>>Our communities | Army Hawaii Community Homes available for Aliamanu & Rim/Red Hill Housing Communities, Fort Shafter Community, Tripler Community, Wheeler AAF Community and Canby, Porter, Hamilton, Sante Fe and Kalakaua Communities on Schofield Barracks.
  • Pearl Harbor and Navy Housing- The Navy Aloha Center (Family Housing Office) is located at 4825 Bougainville Drive, Bldg 2652, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818. Call 808-474-1800. You can also apply here>> for a Welcome Aboard Packet

Regardless of where you decide to reside in Honolulu County you have to admit one thing.

What a life to be living and working in paradise!

Now that you've decided on your options for renting vs. buying vs, base housing you will be able to work on your "TO DO" list.

Stay tuned for Part III of the Series YOUR Military Move to Hawaii.

Also read the start of the series: Hawaii Military Relocation | YOUR Military Move to Hawaii PART I




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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Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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That is one strange-looking hill!  Does it have a name?

Mike in Tucson

Aug 23, 2009 06:44 PM #1
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

That is a lot of useful information for military transferring in.

Aug 23, 2009 08:45 PM #2
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Looks like --- but does not appear to be --- Chinaman's Hat in Oahu's Kaneohe Bay.

Aug 23, 2009 08:52 PM #3
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Wonderful series Sally.  Of course you are the go to person for real estate They will be lucky to be in such caring hands.  Have a great week.


Aug 23, 2009 10:58 PM #4
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Sally, this is such a great series! It is good to know you are there to help our military people.

Aug 23, 2009 11:05 PM #5
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Dang girl, this post is LOADED with so much great information, I need to check back in the series for ideas to use locally! Long time no see, I have been so busy this summer that I have had little time to comment or post but I am starting anew TODAY! Have a great week!

Aug 23, 2009 11:56 PM #6
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Nice info, especially providing base housing information. Even if they live on base, one day they may just move off base and call you. Sally, thanks for being someone the military folks can rely on!

Aug 24, 2009 12:16 AM #7
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


You've done an excellent job compiling all of this info and outlining the steps for military folks who are planning a move to your region.....it's very clear their first step should be contacting you!


Aug 24, 2009 12:32 AM #8
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Hi Sally

Your post is full of very helpful information.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 24, 2009 01:56 AM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sally - as you always do, this is a thorough and informative summary of the consideration either buying or renting a home in a military relocation to Hawaii. How could anyone go wrong by working with you?


Aug 24, 2009 02:49 AM #10
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Sally - You put out some incredible information for the Military members and their families. My daughter just got married to her high-school sweat-heart. After his AF Academy graduation, they were sent to Warner AFB in Georgia. I just wish somebody would have put out that much info as you have. If they ever make it over there to be stationed, I certainly would tell them who to contact.

Aug 24, 2009 03:12 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally I can't imagine anyone trying to relocate to Hawaii without the help of a professional like yourself that has oversees relocation experience

Aug 24, 2009 01:26 PM #12
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Sally..what a wonderful series..you are a great source of information..your clients are very lucky to have you as their agent..

Aug 24, 2009 04:06 PM #13
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