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Community Lecture Series: June’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture   Leave a comment

June’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture 

June’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture Sponsored by an Anonymous Friend of KHS

On Wednesday, June 28 KHS’ Museum Curator Mina Elison and KHS’ Asst. Program Director Gavin Miculka will share stories and photos from “The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Mamalahoa Highway”, an exhibit at KHS’ H.N. Greenwell Store Museum that tells the rich history of coffee in Kona through the eyes of families and farmers who built the lucrative industry. With the introduction of coffee to Kona in 1828, the development of Kona’s world-famous coffee industry experienced its highs and lows. Voices of hard working coffee farmers and community leaders can be heard through personal accounts, historic photographs and artifacts featured in this exhibit, all of which tell the compelling story of the early days of Kona coffee.
This is the June portion of a community lecture series held at the West Hawai`i Civic Center every last Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00pm, that spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Presented by Kona Historical Society, in cooperation with the County of Hawai’i, this lecture series is a gift from the Society to the community that has supported it for so long. Free of charge, it is open to all, residents and visitors alike.

Date: 6/28/2017 (Wednesday)

Address: West Hawai`i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Hours: 5:30p.m.-7p.m

Cost/Cover: Free

Web Page: http://www.konahistorical.org/index.php/events_calendar/june 
Contact Info: For more details, call 808-323-3222

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

Karen E. Bail

808-936-4640

Fax: 808-883-2263

RB-16072

kebail@aloha.net

http://www.KarenBail.com

24th Annual Aloha Keiki Run – Kailua-Kona   Leave a comment

24th Annual Aloha Keiki Run in Kailua-Kona coming up!


Join the fun in the Land of Aloha for the 24th annual Kona Marathon & Family Runs. A morning of fun for the whole family!

Aloha Keiki Run – Kailua-Kona
Saturday, June 17, 2017 

8 AM

Kona Commons
74-5450 Makala Blvd 

Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 


🔹Live Entertainment
🔹Goodie Bags for all participants

🔹Finisher Medal

🔹Big Wave Water Slide

🔹Games, Photo Booth and much, much more!

🔹Including Ronald MacDonald cheering on the runners

Early Registration: $15
Race Ray Registration: $15

Avoid the lines on Race Day!

Pre Race Day – Late Registration and Packet Pick Up

Friday, June 16, 2017 at Kona Commons from 3-6 pm

Race Check-in and Late Registration
Saturday June 17, 2017 from 6:30am to 7:30am at Kona Commons.

Ages 1-4: 100 yard dash
Ages 5-7: 200 yard dash

Ages 7-8: 1/4 mile

Ages 9-10: 1/2 mile

Ages 11-15: 1 mile

More info: 

Website: http://konamarathon.com/event-information/aloha-keiki-run/

Telephone: Contact Kona Marathon at 808-967-8240.


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

Karen E. Bail

808-936-4640

Fax: 808-883-2263

RB-16072

kebail@aloha.net

http://www.KarenBail.com

Just Listed ~ Na Hale O Keauhou Condo   Leave a comment


2 beds🔸2.5 baths🔸1404 sqft 🔸$549,000

Na Hale O Keauhou 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Condo with 1 car garage in Keauhou-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii! Being sold turnkey furnished and impeccably maintained! Condo location is a short walk to the pool. Amenities include a pool, children’s pool, spa and a fitness room. There is a pavilion with kitchen and gas grill for entertaining your family and guests. Na Hale O Keauhou is a gated community located in close proximity to Keauhou Shopping Center where shopping, dining, Saturday Local Farmer’s Market, movies and more awaits! 





Karen E. Bail

808-936-4640

Fax: 808-883-2263

RB-16072

kebail@aloha.net

http://www.KarenBail.com
#hawaiirealestate #keauhou #kona #condo #justlisted #homeforsale 

11TH Annual Free Avocado Festival   Leave a comment


Join us for a day of celebration for the Hawaiian Avocado! The 11th Annual Free Avocado Festival takes place Saturday, March 4, 2017. 

This year’s event will take place at a new venue, Hale Halewai in downtown Kona. 

Agricultural presentations, Avocado grafting, Sampling, Avocado Varieties, Food Preparation, Music, Hula, Arts, Crafts, and much more! Fun for the entire family! 

Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Hale Halawai , Ali’i Drive, Downtown Kailua-Kona, HI 

10 am – 5 pm

Website: http://www.avocadofestival.org/

Contact Info: Sanctuary of Mana Ke’a Gardens http://www.hawaiisanctuary.org For more details contact Randyl @ 808 936-5233

Photo + Article courtsey of: whofish.org + http://www.avocadodestival.org

Karen E. Bail

808-936-4640

Fax: 808-883-2263

RB-16072

kebail@aloha.net

http://www.KarenBail.com

MONTHLY “KOKUA KAILUA” VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT – KAILUA-KONA   Leave a comment

MONTHLY “KOKUA KAILUA” VILLAGE STROLL AND HULIHE`E PALACE MONTHLY EVENT – KAILUA-KONA


Free Hawaiian music featuring the Hawai’i County Band with kahiko hula by Kumu Etua Lopes’ Na Pua U’i O Hawai’i hula halau on the Palace’s South Lawn at 4 p.m., presented by the Daughters of Hawai`i. Bring your own beach mat or chair. 

Before and after the Palace performance, stroll thru historic Kailua Village (the Stroll starts at 1pm & goes till 6pm), enjoy over 100 vendor booths, plus oceanside restaurants, local musicians & artists. 

For more info about the Palace event, email hulihee@ilhawaii.net. For more info about Kokua Kailua, email HKVevents@yahoo.com or visit historickailuavillage.com.

2017 Kokua Kailua Dates (Sunday): January 15, February 19, March 19, April 9, May 21, June 11, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19 and December 10.

Article + Photo courtesy of: whofish.org + Historic Kailua Village (http://historickailuavillage.com/kokua-kailua/)

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

Call: 808-936-4640

kebail@aloha.net  

http://www.karenbail.com

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