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: Local + Community ~ The Shores at Waikoloa Beach Resort    Leave a comment


: LOCAL + COMMUNITY ~ Shores at Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Shores are located near the prestigious Hilton Waikoloa Village at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island! This contemporary condo community features 1 and 2 bdrm condos and 2- bdrm golf villas with 2 or 2.5 baths. This lovely community sits adjacent to the Waikoloa Beach Golf Course clubhouse and Tropics Ale House! 


There is a variety of excellent garden, mountain and fairway views within this luxurious, gated complex in a resort retreat setting with a large pool, Jacuzzi spa, on-site tennis courts, barbecue area and full pool-side kitchen for perfect for a great family vacation getaway or for group entertaining! 

Beautiful grounds at the Waikoloa Shores


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Karen E. Bail

808-936-4640

Fax: 808-883-2263

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kebail@aloha.net

http://www.KarenBail.com

Free Holiday Events at Queens’ Marketplace   Leave a comment


Don’t miss these free holiday events at Queens’ Market Place throughout December! 

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Sat., December 10 at the Coronation Pavilion

Kealakehe Intermediate School Ukulele & Chorus Ensemble – 10:00 am

Halau Hula O Kalaulani O Pu’uanahulu – 12:00 pm

HPA Handbell Choir – 4:00 pm

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dimitra Milan Live Paint

A celebrated artist by the age of 15, Dimitra Milan’s extraordinary paintings can be found in private collections and in fine art galleries in Arizona and Hawaii. Her paintings are often of a dreamy world that bring together subjects with color and style. Don’t miss a special opportunity to see her paint at Genesis Galleries.

When: Friday, December 10

Time: 5:00-9:30 pm

Where: Genesis Galleries

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Monthly Mini Concert Series – Ali`i Keana`aina

FREE EVENT – Join us for free LIVE MUSIC, 6:00 – 8:00PM at the Coronation Pavilion.

When: Saturday, December 17

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Queens’ MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Wyland at Genesis Galleries – Live Paint

Meet legendary artist Wyland, enjoy an art show and live painting at Genesis Galleries at Queens’ Marketplace.

When: Thurs., December 29 and Fri., December 30

Time: 5:30-9:30 pm 

Where: Genesis Galleries

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Picture Taking with Santa

FREE Photos with Santa – Bring your own camera!

When: Saturday, December 17 – Friday, December 23

Time: 5:00-8:00 pm

Where: At the clock between Island Gourmet Markets and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Movies Under the Stars

FREE Movie Presentation! Once a month, you’re invited to bring a beach chair or blanket for a free outdoor movie at dusk at the Coronation Pavilion.

Santa’s clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

PG | 1h 37min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

When: Saturday, December 24

Time: Dusk 5:50 pm

Where: Queens’ MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion

Mele Kalikimaka! 

Building Without a Permit can be very expensive   Leave a comment

Lots of people want to avoid the hassle of the permitting process, thinking it will save them time and money.  Every day we Realtors see the costly aftermath of this when the banks won’t loan on homes with unpermitted additions or lacking final permits….My Grandmother had a saying “Penney wise, pound foolish”  You might save a few dollars in the beginning, but if you ever want to sell your home, after the fact permitting can cost you a lot!  My friend Alan Van Zee at Hawaii Mortgage said I could share his article about the implications of building without a permit in today’s lending climate, thanks again Alan for these very wise words!

Building Without a Permit

The percentage of single family homes for sale that have unpermitted improvements is staggering.  As lending regulations have tightened over the past 8 years, sellers and homeowners are learning the harsh reality of not playing by the rules.

 

It really makes no sense to do work without a permit.  While permits may take some time getting through the building department, the cost for one is relatively low.  I’ll just be bold and say – If you proceed with building anything without a required permit, you are dumb.

 

Sorry to be harsh, but what time and money you may save going the “cheap and dirty” route, will not only cause problems for you in any future financing, but you may never really reap the reward of added value.

 

Appraisers have a tough job when valuing a home with unpermitted improvements.  No matter how nice, an enclosed lanai or transformed garage can never be counted in the calculations of living space square footage.  That could change your 3 bedroom 2 bath home into a 2-1.  The value placed on living space is significantly higher than non-living space.  If someone is trying to buy your listed home for sale, the appraisal may not support the sales price.  SO unless the buyer is putting a substantial amount down, it could cause the transaction to collapse.

 

While this phenomenon of unpermitted improvements occurs on every island, what’s up with Maui and Hawaii Island?  The incidence of unpermitted improvements is almost like a contagion.  Recently I had a client wishing to buy a beautiful ranch property on Maui for $1,300,000.  The owner/seller constructed a 1,700 square-foot shed/barn/garage on the property without a permit.  Why?  The permit was not that expensive.  They obviously had a contractor build it, as it was not some piece of junk.  Now the seller has to go and obtain an after-the-fact building permit.  Not only does it slow down the transaction process, it could derail it if the county comes back and doesn’t approve what was built.  If you are selling something valued at almost 1½ million dollars, are you nuts to think you can build an illegal structure larger than many people’s home, and it won’t cause any problems?  Maybe the thought of selling was not on their radar when they built it.  But selling or not, here’s a fact – rarely does a property stay in one’s family without the need for financing.

 

I get the idea that you may work in the trade and have friends that can help on the side, but get a permit.  Maybe you don’t want to get a permit because certain specialty areas need a licensed contractor to perform that work?  For the specialty areas like electrical and plumbing, get a licensed contractor to do the work.  If I were buying a home and found that someone other than a licensed contractor did the electrical or plumbing, it would not sit well with me.  After all, what could happen?  The place flood or go up in flames?

 

The bottom line is that lending and unpermitted improvements don’t mix.  If you want to see your “investment” reap the greatest reward from the time, money, and effort you put into a renovation or expansion, do it right, and get it permitted.”

for-blogReprinted courtesy of Alan Van Zee, Hawaii Mortgage Company, Phone: 808.988.6622

Puako Puako Puako Love Puako!!   Leave a comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s that time of year not only for Christmas shopping in malls and on-line for the usual gifts…but also time to buy some of the finer Big Island Properties.  Sellers present some of the best properties to the Real Estate market at this time of year in anticipation of the influx of snow birds..the kind that don’t fly in on their own wing power …the kind that had one too many winters without a tropical escape.  So it’s never a surprise to see a better caliber of Real Estate, in all categories, come on to the market during the holidays.

We had a large swell come in at the end of last week and another scheduled for Christmas Day.  The surfers are ecstatic!  Winter waves are here!! DSCF6561

While the big waves rolled in, this home was listed.  It has to be one of the nicest homes in Puako…built to the standards required by Resort covenants and restrictions that do not exist in Puako.  One of the attractions about Puako, as you know, is the freedom to conform only to your tastes in a home!  Yet you can see that the homes recently built or under construction are pretty substantial especially compared to the old fishing shacks originally built here.  There are still enough of these to retain the character that makes Puako….Puako.

The mauka  property that created so much excitement has yet to close.  The other new listings of recent weeks did not generate the stir the Chin property did…was it the over sized lot?  The price?  Probably both.   All those offers in less than a week on the market was unexpected by the seller. 

 There were two sales in the last week. This home just closed today after on the market 472 days.  It was originally listed in May of 2011 for $5,650,000.  After not selling, it retired from the market for a bit and a year or so later it reentered the market in August of 2012 at the list price of $4,895,000.  The final sales price is $4,450,000 which, when one compares value based on quality of elements and design,  validates the prices of the new makai home listings.  And, miracle of miracles, ( a miracle of the season?)the multi-parcel lot next to the Sullivan Estate finally sold after literally years on the market as a bank owned property.  Not sure that the flooding issues on that property from all directions; underneath (high water table), the ocean side when there is high tide or surf and the mauka side when it rains, were mitigated. 

 

The property formerly known as One Puako, now Puako Beach Lots plans to reconfigure back to the 7-smaller lots proposed as One Puako from the current 3-lot configuration.  Prices were lowered some.  High prices and subsequent lack of interest as evidenced by no sales proves that market value per square foot does not rise equally with size.  Could  be a great time to buy this property before the 7-lot reconfiguration is completed.  It is the perfect site for a family compound with the 3-lots ready to be built on.  My thoughts are that there could be a significant discount for a sale “as is” to one purchaser!

As always, call me to set up an appointment or to talk about any of these properties(or elsewhere on the Big Island or Oahu).  Hope you spend the next few days happily surrounded  by those you love enjoying the holiday season in whatever way you choose to celebrate.  Just be safe, have fun, stay healthy, stay happy and a hui hou! 

“Off Island Owners” “On Island Agent” Defined   Leave a comment

Mauna Lani Point Per the 2012 Hawaii Act 326 all owners of Hawaii rental properties need to have an “On Island” representative even if they reside in Hawaii on a different island from their rental property and if living outside of the State.   There has been a lot of confusion as to whether this “custodian” must be licensed or not.  The Real Estate Commission November newsletter included a good explanation of this provision.  It looks like the unlicensed individual may only work for one owner; either an individual or an entity , but not more than one owner with out a license.  This is really nothing new, just clarified again.  However there a lot of people who have built a business acting as an off island agent for many owners while not licensed.  Not passing any judgements here as I am sure most do a great job. Licensees are better educated  because of standards imposed by the State,  incur a lot of time and expense complying with license laws which demonstrates a professional commitment to service.  The license gives owners more protection and support should they need recourse.  Get the full opinion here: REC Off Island Agent Opinion

Happy Holidays to you all and may your New Year be Happy EVERYDAY!  A hui hou

The Big Island Oceanfront from Puako to Keauhou   Leave a comment

Finally, there is some selection in the Big Island’s oceanfront real estate market along the “Sunset Coast” from Puako to Keauhou. Changing times give us an oceanfront market that owners of legacy properties find a bit more enticing.   Less regal properties are offered for sale as well.   From vacant land like no others to condos along Ali’i Drive or Puako Beach Road fixers, the selection is pretty interesting right now.   There are many more beautiful coastal properties than discussed here,  these stand out from the rest!

 The most fantastic oceanfront property now on the market is a 21-acre, 4-taxkeys oasis of white sand beach, protected lagoon and rich history. Walk 10-minutes south along the beach from Anaehoomalu Bay at Waikoloa Beach Resort until you reach old beach shacks overlooking the lagoon. The property sits near the border where the South Kohala and North Kona districts meet.  Ruins of an old Hawaiian village are buried under Keawe trees to the South.  The clash between Hawaiians and the Fair American took place in nearby waters off this stretch of coast.  (Different accounts place the encounter as far south as Ka’upulehu or as far north as Puako)  A 3-masted schooner petroglyph is carved in the lava bank here, perhaps memorializing this event.    If you ever wanted a place on a white sand beach to call home…click here to meet your new reality.  “Truly a rare opportunity” cannot be stated more clearly in reference to this property.   It is accessible by vehicle down a private road off of Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

Oceanfront Puako just got better too with a price reduction of $400,000 at 100 Puako Beach Drive (MLS# 257993 click here), from $2,600,000 to $2,200,000,  a much more reasonable price for this tear-down property.   It is now priced in line with recent Puako vacant land sales.

Best priced resort home, actually only true oceanfront resort home, is at Kolea Kai in the Waikoloa Beach Resort.  First listing incarnation in 2009 at $8,750,000 was a bit ambitious,  MLS# 257650 is now smartly priced at $5,995,000.  Expect to see this sold soon given the dwindling inventory and improved value at this price.

Another  unique property is the 2.95 acre estate  at the north point of Keauhou Bay where it is rumored John Wayne married his wife Pilar.  Stately trees shade park like grounds here which include a functioning private dock at this richly historic setting of Keauhou Bay .   Years ago, when personal estates dotted the Keauhou Bay shores,  private docks were common.   More recently it claims its fame as a repository of a Vladimir Ossipoff designed home.  This home was designed with the lighting, breezes and the ambience of this place in mind.  The existing home may need updating but the benefit of the property consisting of two Taxkeys gives one the latitude to build a new home privately situated away from the exiting home.   Pool, pool house and tennis courts complete the package.

The Oceanfront condo list must be interpreted a bit more broadly than the other lists.  Oceanfront condos translate to oceanfront condo “projects” .  Some of the units listed may not really be oceanfront although they are in an oceanfront project.

.  Hali’i Kai 8A, MLS #267028 is not a direct oceanfront unit in Waikoloa Beach Resort, but its views make it feel pretty close.

This Mauna Lani Terrace unit is one of the few 3-Bedroom condos you will find in Mauna Lani so close to the water.

 In Kona, a new listing of a Keauhou Kona Surf & Racquet Club #3301, MLS#267296 seems very reasonably priced at $699,000.

Check out the lists below to see the oceanfront properties for sale along the Sunset Coast.   Call or email when you have the time to talk real estate.  Until then, take care, stay well, be happy and a hui hou!!

Sunset Coast Homes For Sale

Sunset Coast Land For Sale

Sunset Coast Condos For Sale

It’s the Season…   Leave a comment

Hohoho Aloha.    Holidays in Hawaii are lit by the same dreams as those of other places.  All the children get excited about Santa Claus and bring out socks this one time of year because there is no way slippers can hold all the Santa booty.   Businesses slow down as both the employees and the employers take off to share the joys of Island life with family and friends.  The feeling of aloha is even stronger this time of year.

The Big Island holiday season is the time when very special properties come on the market.  The best resort and oceanfront properties are released to the market this time of year.

IMG_3124Mauna Kea Resort Home For Sale

Mauna Kea Resort adds two very cool properties to its limited inventory of homes and land for sale.   These properties are really one; a stately home on one parcel and the adjacent empty lot.  It’s a very interesting opportunity for the right person.

Entry (1)Forty Nine Black Sand Beach also has this new listing of a great oceanfront lot.  The owners club at 49-Black Sand Beach is quietly and tropically elegant set steps away from the black sands of Honu’apae Bay.  There is also the possibility that I can sell you a great house at Pau’oa BeachMauna Lani Resort Beach Club…..have a shy seller who would like to sell quietly at the moment.  We may go on the active market in early 2013.

Kona Bay Estates Real Estate for Sale in Kailua-Kona, HawaiiOceanfront Kailua-Kona has some new, high quality merry season offerings. Kona Bay Estates Oceanfront home for sale There is a very attractive oceanfront home and  a great lot for sale only a short walk away from Keiki Beach at Kona Bay Estates.   A home that more than one oceanfront buyer asked about at Ali’i Point is finally on the market. Home at Alii Point There is also a new lot listing a few lots north. Down at the end of Keauhou past all the condos, along a dusty beach road is this very cool Island style home.Keauhou Ocean Front Home For Sale  Island life has totally different feeling from resort living out here at the edge of Keauhou.

Santa and Mrs. Claus relax on the Big Island

There are many reasons why this is the time of year that typically generates the best quality of Real Estate inventory.  As they say” timing is everything” and then there’s that phrase about “location, location, location”….. The location is Hawaii; the timing is now.  The winter market is shaping up to be one of beautiful choices at good values.  Just the way life should be….

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year!

A hui hou!