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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.

PANIOLO PARADE AND HO`OLAULE`A – WAIMEA   Leave a comment

September 20, 2014

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“One of our favorite yearly events, the Paniolo Parade will start at 10am at “Church Row” and proceed to Waimea Park, featuring princesses on horseback with attendees (complete with “Pooper Scooper” brigades!) decorated with the flowers of their respective islands. The Parade is followed by one of the best crafts show of the year, featuring island foods, games, arts & crafts, Hawaiian products and live entertainment in Waimea Ball Park at 11am. Free. A great local family event! Note: 1 hour road closure.” Read more here…

Article courtesy of KonaWeb.com

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro
Hawaii life Real Estate Brokers
Call: 808-936-4640
kebail@aloha.net
www.karenbail.com

Image courtesy of Daniel Ramirez/Flickr.com

Moving with Children – Make it Easier on Your Kids   Leave a comment

Moving with KidsMoving is hard for everyone. It’s a lot of work, and there are a lot of emotions that go into packing up one home and moving to another one.

A move can be especially difficult for children, however. Kids can feel like they have no control during a move. They are leaving behind their home, their school, their friends, and most of what they know.

You can’t completely eliminate the stress of a move, but you can help your children get through the process a little easier. Here are some tips from parents on how to make your household move less stressful for your children.

Give your kids time to adjust to the idea of moving. Children will need time to say goodbye to friends, but giving them too much time can cause them to worry more about the upcoming move. Younger children need only a month or two of advance notice. Older children and teens, however will need more time. They have more friends, more activities, and more memories in the old house.

Involve your children in the process if you can. Bring older kids along on a house-hunting trip. Consult your children about paint and decorations in their new room. If you have some flexibility, ask your kids for input on what they want in your new home. If you are able to find a home that fits some of their requirements, your kids will be much more excited about the move.

Encourage your children to remember your previous home. Talk with them about your favorite memories in your old house, or make a scrapbook. If your child has never lived anyplace else, the home is obviously very special to them. Help them deal with the separation by allowing them to share their memories.

At the same time, help them get excited about their new home. Visit the new neighborhood and school before the move if you can, or show them pictures and videos of the area. Talk about the new friends they will make, the new things they’ll learn, and the details about your new neighborhood. This will make it easier to deal with the anxiety of leaving behind what they know.

Most of all, pay attention to how your children are feeling and support them. Acknowledge their separation issues and help them work through them. This will make it easier for your kids to settle in and enjoy their new home. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a home.

Karen E. Bail, REALTOR (B), CIPS, TRC, ePro
Hawaii life Real Estate Brokers
Call: 808-936-4640
kebail@aloha.net
www.karenbail.com

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Island of Hawaii Sweet Spots on the Sea   Leave a comment

 

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The rush of the winter market has subsided for the moment…or has it? The past few years have shown that the snowbird market is not necessarily the best time for the astute buyer to buy Big Island property, especially the “trophy” properties along the ocean and in the resorts. The last weeks of April into the first week of May are experiencing a vigorous buying frenzy. Properties listed in December anticipating ambitious appreciation have now languished long enough that the serious sellers are now motivated to move on and let go. So these oceanfront Big Island properties may now be ripe to pick up at realistic market prices.

The first one is south of and adjacent to Waikoloa Beach Resort.  Click here to see.   It is 27 acres directly on a white sand beach.  The conservation designation may limit what you can build to 5,000 square feet of improvements, conservation zones vary based on each locations’ unique classification.  But waking up to the blue skies, seas and white sands under a warm sun is heavenly.  It is priced well at $7,000,0000 when compared to the slightly smaller parcel of 21+ acres a bit more to the south and less easily accessed property to the south asking $20,000,000, click here to see this listing

Go North!  North Kohala now offers this totally different oceanfront world (Click here), one where cliffs meet the sea in front of rolling acres of North Kohala pasture lands.  The views both inland and seaward are awe inspiring…really.  If this moves you, you have to check out my listings along the shore that have just seen a significant price reduction.  This oceanfront acreage graced by a rare stand of indigenous Hala and the adjoining virtual oceanfront parcel together equal almost 50 acres.  They can be purchased separately or together with the Jim Cutler designed home on the mauka boundary to create a 73+-acre oceanfront estate The seller promises a nice discount if these three are purchased as one. 

Drive south of Kona to historic Kealakekua Bay.  Along its south shore is a secluded, gated road; Keawaiki.  Go further down this Road and you will come to Puu Honua o Ho’onaunau, also known as the City of Refuge. Spent a lot of time here lately in this magical place with clients who purchased a super sweet oceanfront home last month.   There are very few places like this where one watches lauipala, (yellow tangs) swim in clear ocean water from the shore, seeing them as clearly as if you were in the water with them.  Which is really where you should be; swimming, surfing, kayaking and playing in the warm waters of this black sand beach bay.  This property, click here, is a true Kama’aina home on almost one and a half acres.  You have to wonder how much you will use the pool when you have the best ocean waters in the world to play in a few steps away. 

Thought since we are talking ocean you might want to think about this property that just saw a nice price reduction.  Here on Kaiolu Drive off Ali’i Drive (click here) is a double lot that is truly oceanfront though technically not (call me for the explanation). Then there is Puako….one of my favorite homes is still for sale. It is well priced at $5,950,000 given that this winter saw a sale of another home on the ocean here for $7,250,000. The cute little cottage across the street on the mauka side of Puako Beach Drive is also still for sale…there has been one price reduction so far, maybe an offer closer to the most recent mauka sale would now be appreciated. 

Lets not forget the lovely oceanfront Pauo’a Beach at Mauna Lani.  This sparkling new home feels as much like oceanfront as non-oceanfront can.  The resort location allows one the opportunity to walk to many of the nearby amenities.  It should be finished by next month.

Enjoy your week!  Stay well, be healthy and call if you want more information or to schedule an appointment.  A hui hou

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 Sunset Open House 7/18/13 4:30 – 6:30   Leave a comment

Kohala Ranch Sunset Open House July 18 4:30 to 6:30Have you been thinking that Kohala Ranch might be the perfect place for you to call home?    Any plans this Thursday, July 18, 2013, between 4:30 and 6:30?  We are holding these two Kohala Ranch homes open during the late afternoon sunset hours.

Both are located in The Heathers of Kohala Ranch.  This is the preferred neighborhood of all the Kohala Ranch neighborhoods.   The appeal of the location at low, near ocean elevation and the unique to The Heathers  terrain offering more wind protection than upper elevations of Kohala Ranch  attracted many of today’s Heathers residents.   Each home has a different feel, features, floor plan, finishes, views and location.

Take this opportunity to see if one will call you home to Kohala Ranch!!

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Red Wine and Chocolates are to be enjoyed while you tour this home at 59-576 Ka’ala Road

White wine, Prosecco and Rose will be served with some nice cheeses, including Big Island chevre, at 59-316 Oma’o Way.