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JUST SOLD! 44-3173 KALANIAI RD Honokaa, HI   Leave a comment


Character….history….a storybook setting make this Kalopa property standout from the ordinary. This home incorporates into its core the Old Paauilo School, moved to this property from its original location many years ago. Additions over time have enlarged this shingle covered residence. Ocean views peak out form the trees. 

A large barn with bath and office was built later to accommodate the horses who once roamed these pastures. 


Attached to the barn is a two bay carport, adding parking spots to the other carport fronting the home. Your vision and some tender loving care can turn this into a true charmer. 

The property is located about a half mile below the entrance to Kalopa State Park. Ride your horse up to the park to take advantage of the park’s equestrian trails. Enjoy the quiet neighborhood where I’o fly. This nearly 5-acres extends from Kalaniai Road to Kalopa Gulch at its rear boundary. The house and barn sit through the gate at the rear portion of the lot. Road front paddocks create a buffer zone that hides the home and barn from the street. 


Do you see your horses and cows happily munching through the pastures? A homestead of your own in Kalopa!

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home please contact me!

Karen E. Bail, RB-16072

808-936-4640

Fax: 808-883-2263

kebail@aloha.net

http://www.KarenBail.com

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Ka’ao Place UNDER CONTRACT in 24 hours!    Leave a comment

UNDER CONTRACT in 24 hours! 

Sweet home on Ka’ao Place includes million-dollar ocean views at half the price. This refreshed, well-loved home to only one family since the day it was built wasn’t for sale for long! 

If are thinking of selling your home or just want. Market update call me today! 

Aloha,

Karen E. Bail

808-936-4640

Fax: 808-883-2263

RB-16072

kebail@aloha.net

http://www.KarenBail.com

12th Annual Living + Design Show in Kona ~ February 25-26, 2017   Leave a comment

12th Annual Living + Design Show 

February 25-26, 2017

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa Convention Center Kailua-Kona, HI


Formerly known as the Building and Design Expo, the newly revamped exhibition will showcase latest goods, door-buster deals and endless options for a better home. Don’t miss this two-day event!

Make sure to check out these exhibitors at the Home Show:

All Natural Stone Fabrication

All Out Carpet Care

American Electric

APN Alarm

Cardinale Cabinet Coatings

Coastal Windows

C-Thru Window Tinting

Concrete Technology of Hawaii

Cutco Cutlery

Dickinson General Contracting

Floor Coverings Hawaii

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union

Hawaii Energy Connection, LLC

Hawaii Gas

Hawaii Steel Alliance

Hawaiian Glassworks 

Hawaiian Solar & Plumbing, Inc.

Honsador Building Products

Island Cooling LLC

Island Plastering & Drywall, LLC

Kaloko Shutter & Blinds

Kona Shoji Design

Mason Termite & Pest Control

P.A. Harris Electric LLC

Pacific Boats & Yachts, LLC

Pacific Waste, Inc.

ProVision Solar, Inc.

Real Time Pain Relief

Renewable Energy Services, Inc.

Royal Pools of Hawaii

Service Rentals & Supplies

S&K Marketing Group

Sonshine Cabinets & Granite

Sunrun, Inc.

Wisteria Lane and more!

Photo + Article courtsey of: Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce 

Karen E. Bail

808-936-4640

Fax: 808-883-2263

RB-16072

kebail@aloha.net

http://www.KarenBail.com

 

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

Just Sold! 76-6280-A Ali’i Drive Kailua-Kona

MLS# 250186 | 4 Bedrooms | 4.1 Bathrooms | 2,347 sf | $1,700,00 SOLD!

Custom built ocean front beauty! Set one lot back from Alii Dr. Built with luxurious attention to details. No deferred maintenance, turn-key tastefully furnished.  4th bedroom is currently used as a den. Each bedroom features a full bathroom with quartzite stone and counters. You will appreciate the warm cherry wood flooring with mahogany and bamboo cabinets throughout the house. Interior doors are nyatoh wood and double door entry features etched glass.  Separate bedroom with full bath and built-ins. Air conditioning in 3 of the main bedrooms. Pocket doors and windows bring the tropical ambiance indoors. Wonderful lanais overlook the grassy backyard and ocean. Gated drive way. Set on historic Lymans bay this home is truly a delight to show.