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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.

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

Big Island home prices up 7.9% in August, but condo prices slumped – Pacific Business News   Leave a comment

Big Island home prices up 7.9% in August, but condo prices slumped – Pacific Business News.

BIG ISLAND HOME PRICES UP

News like this is always great to hear.  Looking a little deeper we see that the home sale price average is up just about everywhere due to shrinking inventory and increasing demand.   Mauna Lani Resort and Puako had some very large sales in the month of August.  However, the diversity of the markets on the Big Island does not translate into an evenly distributed 8% increase.  Just as the nearly 11% slump in condo prices does not equate to  a decline in condo prices at Mauna Lani Resort, Waikoloa Beach Resort or Mauna Kea Resort.  There we are seeing prices creeping up, sometimes leaping, as inventory shrinks and prices naturally head north.  There are fewer distressed properties hitting the market and when they do, the rising of the market price floor brings these prices up as well.

MARKET HEATING UP

For the first time in years we are seeing very competitive markets.  Multiple are offers coming in and less discounting in all sectors of the market.  Kailua-Kona is the best example of this on the Big Island.  There FOR SALE inventory is almost half the amount of homes in escrow (pending sales).  We seem to be following the recent Statewide trend where homes that have been on the market as long as 18 months are now receiving multiple offers….bidding wars have returned.  The super low, and I mean SUPER LOW, interest rates may be the call to action!!  As the reality sinks in the the economy has been slowly recovering for years and is gaining momentum, fewer and fewer buyers are taking the wait and see approach.  They don’t want to be wishing next year that they bought this year.

Because statistics lump all of the Big Island together;  properties from Puna to Hualalai ResortKukio and all that lies in between, the rate of increase will be higher on the West Side and lower on the east side.  This being my second Big Island Real Estate Roller coaster ride, I feel pretty comfortable encouraging buyers to leap now on that property of their dreams.  Take advantage of these extraordinary low interest rates before the tide changes….rolling in with both higher prices  and higher rates.  Leap now while the water is warming up, before it’s hot enough to get burned!

Mauna Kea Resort and Mauna Lani Resort: Two New Home Listings

Last week I had the opportunity to visit two beautiful Big Island resort homes, one at the Mauna Lani Bay Resort and the other at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort.  Both resort settings along the ocean off the Kohala Coast are equally beautiful yet different enough to be preferred for their unique characteristics.  Homeowners of each resort will share why they prefer their home resort; why each suits their preferences, but all agree that both are truly wonderful places to call home.  In fact, one especially besotted homeowner expressed the feeling that so many of us share; how fortunate we are to call the Big Island of Hawaii home! Read the rest of this entry »

Love living on the Big Island

Here on the most beautiful Island on earth, life is always exciting. Weekend before last the skies starting to thunder and rain fell in Kohala. Now greeness reigns again

Decided to run from the rain to Volcano, OK, not really the right direction to run from the rain. So run into ….on March 5th the Volcano decided to rumble at Kamoamoa instead of Pu’u O’o. After a whole lot of shaking, not felt by moi, even though I was merely a few miles away, new fissures open up sending fountains of lava shooting into the air. The night skies were aglow Read the rest of this entry »