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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

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A few more reasons I love my job   Leave a comment

Selling Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii is not like selling Real estate anywhere else in the world. Sure, the basics are universal but there is something different on this island that is Hawaii Island. Diversity is the best description; diverse in every way. The agents we collaborate with to make a sale to the clients to the properties themselves; not one is the same and all are unique
There are so many reasons to love selling Real Estate on the island of Hawaii. But the best reason is that every day I am blasted by the beauty that surrounds me. From the beautiful scenery to the beautiful people who live here; both the inner and outer beauty that we who live and visit here are so fortunate to experience.
The weeks pass by; no one like the other. Different places, different needs, different dreams. But this past week has been one spent in North Kohala. Truly lucky!!

Kohala Summer Day Kohala Ranch July 2014The south end of North Kohala seems more South Kohala than North. The average rainfall of 6”/year, although there has been 16” so far here this year (a record), provides a dry, arid environment; the most desert like zone of the Big Island. But our desert is unlike anyone else’s desert! The grass and Keawe covered dry lands roll gently into the ocean. When the rains pour down, which is often the case if darks clouds pay their rare visits, water may run in the dry stream beds, bouncing along as waterfalls while we residents watch in awe.  The South end has many nice neighborhoods; Kohala Ranch and Kohala by the Sea being two of the neighborhoods that have gated entries.
My commute with this view to show my listings in Kohala By The Sea and Kohala is an excellent example of a typical day. Those two homes appeal to different home seekers for different reasons, but are good examples of the range of homes on the market in this section of North Kohala.
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Moving thru North Kohala you will see slopes gradually turn green as the rainfall increases while we go north. As you pass the towns of Hawi and Kapa’au you get the feeling you have gone back in time to a place where the good life means living well spent playing in the fresh air in a beautiful place with good friends and family. You can see it’s a place where the sidewalks are rolled up early because the residents want to get up at the first gleam of dawn to enjoy the place where they live. One that really sparkles in the sunlight. Secret surf spots, ditch kayaking, hiking, fishing and more demand your attention. You will see the old Plantation era homes, from the field workers homes to the managers estates, still loved and maintained; exuding the character of old Hawaii. Some are even for sale.
Scattered in the vast open spaces are farms, ranches and estate properties. Streams and waterfalls may form the boundaires of some properties but views of either the mountians, the forests or the oceans are equally shared among all the different kinds of properties. And as you come to north point of the Island, at the end of Akoni Pule Highway at Pololu Valley you will have passed the other property I had to work at this past week. You will also pass a few streams, one or two that offer swimming pools at secret spots along their course.

 

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Life isn’t too bad holding Open House after having a showing of this home known as the Ohana at Niuli’i. It is well-known in certain circles after being named a Record Home by Architectural Record. Only 8-homes are designated as such each year by this publication. It is quite an honor for an architect to receive. It is one of many awards for the architect, Jim Cutler of Culter-Anderson. Sometimes called the “Glass House”, it is uniquely engineered to bring the outside environment inside evoking drama in an exquisite interior.

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And this is my job, my career… day in-day out, always amazed by the beauty of this island we call home. What’s not too love?

 

 

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! 

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

Kohala Ranch, North Kohala, Big Island of Hawaii   Leave a comment

Kohala Ranch after the rainsThe Big Island’s Kohala Ranch is a gated equestrian community of over 3500 acres conveniently located between the Kohala Mountain Road and Akoni Pule highway along coast.  It begins at approximately 100 feet above sea level, within range of the whale songs, to cool up country ranch lands 3000 feet above the Sea.  Four legged pedestrian; horses, wild pigs and cows  have the right a way on the roads thru these  range lands. Kohala Ranch residents

Those who chose to call Kohala ranch home today live among the different climates of the distinct neighborhoods of Kohala Ranch.  The Heathers is at the balmy elevation of about 100 feet above the sea to 1,000 feet.  The Meadows lies between 1600 and 2100 feet above sea level and then the Summit from approximately 1600 feet to over 3,000 feet above sea level.  Micro-climates from ocean tropical arid to cool, misty uplands are found here.   Located in the ahupua’a ( historic land division) of Waika, between the Kawaihae and Kahua districts of Kohala, this area is as rich in history as it is in beauty.  Cherished then as now for the vista across Kahuwai-o-pili of an amazing panorama from the mountains to the sea.  Today the beauty of this place continues to awe both the lucky to live here and the lucky to visit .Kohala Ranch vistaKohala Ranch over view

Early Hawaiians established productive fields amidst the sandalwood forest of Waika. It is believed that sweet potatoes were grown along Kahuwai-o-pili, erroneously labeled on many maps as Keanahalulu.  Today one can still see the walls and terraces of these old fields in the pastures of Waika and Kahua.  Even the Hei’au walls,  where agricultural and cultural practices were taught, still stand scattered thru the pastures.

The sweet potato fields and Sandalwood of Waika and Kahua impressed the next wave of settlers with their abundance and stewardship.  The Sandalwood forest were harvested and sold as one of the early commodities of post-contact Hawaii.  Subsequent introduction of cattle by ocean voyaging Europeans seeking to establish stores of provisions ended the farms and sandalwood.  Cattle ranching practices were introduced and taught to the early Paniolo in nearby Kahua, where walls of the first corrals, pens and a homestead still stand as relics of those first Paniolo. Kohala Ranch was once part of these pastures. Almost 40 years ago, circumstances and conditions changed for the ranchers.  They sold these pastures to be developed into the  Kohala Ranch we know today

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Note old corral walls in background

House of the Day: Hawaii’s ‘Ohana House’ – WSJ.com   Leave a comment

Price reduced to $3,800,000

This is truly a masterpiece, a jewel and a “one of a kind”.  Its the magic of Hawaii that inspired this world class architect to create a home that fulfills its function in a remarkable form; the award winning “Ohana Home at Niuli’i”

Its a home for those who appreciate beauty, have an imitable style and yearn to retreat from the world in an awe inspiring setting that soothes and inspires the soul.

House of the Day: Hawaii’s ‘Ohana House’ – WSJ.com.

Also at www.NorthKohalaOceanfront.com

Ohana House at Niuli’i   1 comment

Open House Friday December 28, 2012

10am to 2pm

Award winning home designed by Seattle Architect Jim Cutler of Cutler-Anderson is on the market.  One of only seven homes honored as a record home annually, this 2007 winner is being offered for sale on 73 acres of land.  Three separate parcels include the Cutler Ohana Home on approximately 25 acres, a pasture with ocean views of over 23 acres and the oceanfront 25 acres running along nearly 1,000 linear feet of coastline.  The parccels are three separate, legal lots with county water and power.

52-4755 Akoni Pule Highway, Niulii.

www.northkohalaoceanfront.com