July YTD sales numbers for South and North Kona real estate

August 9th, 2014

South North Kona July 2014


Look at the year-to-date real estate sales price increases for North Kona.  Of special interest is the land.  Lots are always the last to recover following a down turn.  Though the same number of lots sold is about the same compared to last year, land sale prices are up 51% in North Kona.  The lack of inventory is driving these significant real estate sales price increases. Data as of July 31.

Hawaii Island real estate numbers are up

July 30th, 2014

Tennis player

The year-to-date 2014 real estate numbers are in for Hawaii Island home and condo sales January through June, especially at tennis and golf resort neighborhoods.

Single family home sales are up 2% over the same period in 2013. Median single family home prices are up 5%.

Condo sales are up 13% over the same period in 2013. Median condo prices are up 16%.

Kohala Coast (South Kohala) condo sales are up 27% over the same period in 2013. Median Kohala Coast condo prices are up 10%. Kohala Coast condos are favorites with vacation home buyers looking for property near tennis and golf resorts.

Preparing for an offer on your West Hawaii home

July 28th, 2014

Real estate sale

Just because West Hawaii is in a seller’s market doesn’t mean sellers should be unprepared to receive the first offer. As a rule of thumb, the first offer is often the best in West Hawaii. This rule assumes the seller is ready to sell, versus waiting for several months. If the first offer is immediately viewed as “lowball,” someone, either seller or buyer, is off the mark. The trick is to determine whether the buyer is just fishing, or if the home really is priced too high. Here’s another rule of thumb: if the offer comes within the first 30 days of marketing, the home is most probably priced close to market. If it’s been three months or longer, the home is probably overpriced. Of course these rules don’t apply to all situations. Here’s a well written article on the subject of getting ready for the first offer, reprinted with the author’s permission. Enjoy!

Improvements underway at Saddle Road park

July 17th, 2014


On your next drive across Hawaii Island on the Saddle Road, take a picnic lunch. The Mauna Kea Recreation Area located near mile marker 34, is being refurbished. Picnickers will enjoy new lighting, refreshed landscaping, improved rest rooms, and paved parking. Dead trees will be removed, new picnic areas will be added, and cabin maintenance will be completed.

When the improvements are done, stop for lunch and enjoy a refreshing hike. Hawaii Island’s Mauna Kea Recreation Area will be a nice place to acclimatize if you are heading to the summit.  Call the County for cabin reservations and information.

Hawaii Island, Kohala Coast – June real estate numbers

July 11th, 2014

Kohala Coast Big Island Report Snapshot for June 2014_2print

Call Diana with questions about your favorite Hawaii Island neighborhood in South Kohala or North Kona.

So you’re thinking about buying a vacation home

July 9th, 2014

Oceanfront homes

Waikoloa Bowl fireworks clip

July 6th, 2014


I walked out of my office to catch a bit of the Waikoloa Bowl fireworks, July 4, 2014


Hawaii Island, North and South Kona – June real estate numbers

July 5th, 2014

June 2014 Hawaii Island real estate numbers

Call or email Diana with questions about your favorite Hawaii Island neighborhood in North Kona or South Kona.

Independence Day!

July 4th, 2014

Fireworks and Palm TreesIt’s hot and steamy on this Independence Day here on Hawaii Island.  Waikoloa Beach Resort is getting ready to start the Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race, and this evening the firework show is scheduled at the Waikoloa Bowl, Hawaii Island.  Enjoy Independence Day fun wherever you are!

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Kitchen remodeling tips

June 29th, 2014

I am just starting to research a kitchen remodel.  This is one of the best articles I have read so far:

7 Smart Strategies for Kitchen Remodeling

By: John Riha
May 30, 2013 -  HouseLogic.com

Follow these seven strategies to get the most financial gain on your kitchen remodel.

New kitchen, 1937 (cc)

New kitchen, 1937 (cc)

Homeowners spend more money on kitchen remodeling than on any other home improvement project. And with good reason: Kitchens are the hub of home life and a source of pride.