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Big Island Chocolate Festival   Leave a comment

Big Island Chocolate Festival is this weekend! 

With the theme, “Worth Its Weight in Gold: The History of Chocolate,” the sixth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival is April 28-29, 2017 with events headquartered from the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island.


Indulge in the alluring, rich taste of chocolate—in both its sweet and savory forms—while participating in delicious, fun and informative chocolate-themed activities.

The “must-attend” festival gala—featuring food booths, unlimited wine and beer pours, silent auction, dancing and more—is 5-9 p.m. Saturday, April 29th.

VIP Gala Tickets: $109.00

Early Bird Gala Ticket: $69.00

Gala General Admission Tickets: $79

Location: Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62 Kauna’oa Drive Kamuela, HI 96743

Gala 5-9 p.m. on Saturday April 29, 2017

Please see website for more information:

http://www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com/

Photo + Article courtesy of: http://www.whofish.org

Warm Aloha~

Karen E. Bail

808-936-4640

Fax: 808-883-2263

RB-16072

kebail@aloha.net

http://www.KarenBail.com

Stargazing Live at Imiloa Astronomy Center   Leave a comment

Stargazing Live at Imiloa Astronomy Center


View the cold, clear Maunakea night sky from the comfort of the ‘Imiloa planetarium. Join us on a journey to explore the stars and celestial objects from the 9,000 foot-level in real time!

Each month’s program will focus on celestial objects seen in that season’s sky. For instance, in the winter skies in Hawai‘i we will look at the Orion Nebula, Pleiades, and put them in contexts with Hawaiian traditions. 

A VIS staff member will orient the program’s participants to the night’s sky via a live feed, as well as introduce the instruments and techniques used to view a deep space object. In turn, the ‘Imiloa planetarium operator will then take the audience to those objects for a more in-depth look.

1/27/2017 (Friday) 7:00-8:00 PM

Imiloa Astronomy Center 

600 Imiloa Place Hilo, HI 

http://www.imiloahawaii.org/

Contact Info: 808-932-8901

Photo + Info Courtesy of: Imiloa Hawaii

Karen E. Bail

808-936-4640

Fax: 808-883-2263

RB-16072

kebail@aloha.net

http://www.KarenBail.com

7th Annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival   Leave a comment


The seventh annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival takes place January 2-5, 2017 in Waimea as well as the Mauna Kea Resort + The Fairmont Orchid. It then moves to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai from January 6-10, 2017.

Ocean Film brings over 60 films to the big screen each year. Most are world, U.S., Hawaii or Big Island of Hawaii premieres, with many filmmakers in attendance. Films fall into categories of ocean experience, such as surfing; ocean environment; and island culutre and history. In addition, films of broader cultural, historic and conservational appeal are also featured, as well as generally inspirational film and stories of epic adventure.In addition to film, the festival offers intimate breakfast talks, Q & A filmmaker sessions and more. 

The festival program is posted to the website and fedtival passes are available online at http://www.waimeaoceanfilm.org. 

Info: 808-854-6095 or info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

7th Annual Waimea Ocean Film Festival

1/2/2017 – 1/10/2017

🔸Waimea, HI

🔸Mauna Kea Resort

🔸Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani Resort 

🔸Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

See website for schedule, map of various venues +more details: http://www.waimeaoceanfilm.org/

Article + Photo courtesy of: whofish.org + Waimea Ocean Film Festival (http://www.waimeaoceanfilm.org/)

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro Elite Pacific Properties 

Call: 808-936-4640

kebail@aloha.net  

http://www.karenbail.com

End of The Year cleanup at the Puako Boat Ramp   Leave a comment

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End of The Year cleanup at the Puako Boat Ramp is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 2016. Meet at 7:30am.

Mahalo Volunteers and Partners!

Everyone has to be proud of their contribution to marine conservation on the South Kohala Coast. Total documented plastics were 63.7% of the 6291 pounds of marine debris and land based trash volunteers removed from our water, shoreline and trails.

We had a variety of activities for local volunteers to choose from the year. Cleanups were combined with environmental awareness sign workshops. Hawaii elementary, middle, high school and foreign students joined several of our cleanups. Hawaii visitors also attended several of our cleanup.

Your tax exempt donations will keep us sustainable. Help us to continue our marine conservation work and educational programs on the South Kohala Coast. Email kpb@hawaii.rr.com.

End of The Year cleanup at the Puako Boat Ramp
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Meet 7:30 to 10:30 AM

Flyer + Article Courtesy of:  Cynthia Ho, Site Coordinator of Keep Hawaii Beautiful

Puako for Buyers   Leave a comment

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Aloha.  It is starting off to be another beautiful week in Hawaii with the return of the cool stirrings of the Tradewinds.   Clear skies, fresh air…..Hawaii!

The time has never been better to be a buyer for Puako property.  While much of the Island’s most desirable areas have limited inventory, there has never been more properties for sale in Puako in my entire career (selling here since 1989).   By clicking on this market report covering sales over the last 3-months (wait…what sales?!?) you can see that there are 17 homes* and lots for sale with three properties in escrow

The last quarter of 2015 and early first quarter of 2016 saw fourteen properties come to market.  All but four are still on the market. Two of the three in escrow were listed then, all priced at the lower end of the price range.  (Two of the three are our Elite Pacific Properties listings) Two sold although one that sold was actually on the market nearly two years priced 17% higher, then given a “rest” from Multiple Listing Service, a refreshing practice to make it appear as a new listing. Understand the buyer had looked at it earlier and made the offer soon after the price was reduced. The best Puako value, Puako #80, was listed only a few weeks ago and in escrow within days because of its location, charm and excellent pricing.  Word on the streets is it was purchased by one of its regular vacation rental guests.  The other oceanfront home in escrow has been in escrow for months but is another example of a well-priced, well located property considered to be a good value given its extra-large, deep set lot with a classic beach house.   The lot next door to this home, another great value is still for sale, click here to see.  Although there have not been any sales over the last 3-months, there was total of 8-sales between August of 2015 and March of this year.  You can see what sold by clicking here for that report.

At least three of the oceanfront properties on the market have been trying to sell for literally years.  We can suspect that this is mostly due to their prices.  I have shown them to several clients who felt their perception of value was not equal to the sellers perception of value.   Limited inventory in the past gave sellers the luxury of pricing to meet their needs.  Add to that that sellers are not always educated as to how the differences between homes affects their values. Puako is a community without CC&Rs which is very attractive to most of those who call Puako home.  This leads to a mixed basket of homes; from rustic beach cottages to grand oceanfront estates.  It is difficult to determine values since we really have to compare mangoes to bananas.  Harder still for a seller to price to sell if he doesn’t understand how these differences affect their value in the marketplace of today.  That is the job we agents have to do!  But right now, my job is to educate you so you make the right choice as a buyer.  Having all these choices now at this time of year makes it an awesome time for us to find your perfect Puako home.  Or if not Puako, we will find you one somewhere else on this beautiful Island!

Give me a call or shoot me an email and let’s jump on this opportunity now.

 

*Puako Kai is 2-CPR homes on one lot listed separately (2X) and together (1X).  It has been on the market 18-months, listed with three different Brokerages. Now at 20% off the original list price of $2,350,000.

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

Big Island Jazz and Blues Festival   Leave a comment

Big Island Jazz and Blues FestivalThe 5th annual Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival is happening June 4 – 5, 2016 at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The Festival will feature performances by Grammy Award Winners and Legends of Jazz and Blues on June 4, and a Jazz Brunch along with live jazz and blues on June 5. For a line-up of performers and additional information, click here.

Article courtesy of BigIslandJazzandBluesFestival.com

Image courtesy of Gregory Bodnar/Flickr.com

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive
Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro
Elite Pacific Properties
Call: 808-936-4640
kebail@aloha.net
www.karenbail.com