homes: Keauhou Estates -Great Luxury Vacation Rental, Second Home Opportunity - 07/13/12 05:42 PM
Keauhou Estates - Great Luxury Vacation Rental, Second Home Opportunity

This beautiful 3 bedroom 3.5 bath home in Keauhou Estates with ocean views and 3,771 square feet of living space would make a very successful vacation rental, amazing second home or primary residence in one of Konas' finest neighborhoods. Currently priced at $921,500 in the luxury, gated Keauhou Estates in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. The pool area has Kona coastline views, a pool and spa and incredible outdoor covered bar and entertaining area. The interior of this home has soaring ceilings, wood, marble and carpeted floors, a gourmet kitchen with top … (1 comments)

homes: Keauhou Estates, Kailua-Kona Neighborhood Video Tour - 05/15/12 09:02 PM
Keauhou Estates, Kailua-Kona Neighborhood Video Tour
The Keauhou Estates is a gated, luxury subdivision in the Keauhou Resort area of Kailua-Kona. Many of the homes in the Keauhou Estates are situated on the mauka golf course of the Kona Country Club, with spectacular ocean views.  These custom built homes are close to restaurants, shopping and beaches yet just a few miles to all of the conveniences of downtown Kailua-Kona. 
Building height restrictions and view plane corridors ensure, homeowners the preservation of their ocean views. Lot sizes in the Keauhou Estates range from 1/3 to 1/2 acre. All of the roads in … (1 comments)

homes: Kailua-Kona Hawaii Real Estate Market Update as of April 2012 - 04/03/12 03:51 PM
Kailua-Kona Hawaii Real Estate Market Update as of April 2012

The latest real estate statistics for Kona Hawaii have just been released and it shows continued signs of stability.  Year to date, as of April 1, 2012, there have been 97 Single family homes sold in the North Kona District of the Big Island. This is 3% fewer home sales than the first three months of 2011. The median sales price of homes sold in North Kona over the first quarter was $384,981 compared to $407,500 in first quarter 2011. This is a 5.53% decrease in the median sales price … (0 comments)

homes: Canadians Buying Real Estate In Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - Helpful Tips - 03/29/12 05:36 PM
Canadians Buying Real Estate In Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - Helpful Tips

Canadians have known for a long time now that Kona, Hawaii is the place to go to take a break from their cold Winter weather. The Kona Coast is the only part of the Hawaiian Islands that has it's dry season during Winter. I can't tell you how many times i've turned on the news during Winter months to see flash floods in Oahu and Kauai while we are enjoying sunny dry weather in Kona. Often, Canadians choose to buy a home or condominium in Kona as an investment that … (0 comments)

homes: Walk To The Beach in Kona, Hawaii - 03/20/12 04:15 PM
Walk To The Beach In Kona, Hawaii

I often have home buyers ask about homes within walking distance to the beach in Kona. From a home buying perspective it raises a few interesting topics unique to Kailua-Kona that should be discussed with clients. First, and maybe surprisingly, homes that are walking distance to the beach (up to about 1/2 mile) do not cost much, if at all, more than homes in Kona that would require driving to the beach. This may come as a shock to people living in say, Southern California where homes in the beach walkability zone command … (1 comments)

homes: Kona Real Estate Market Update - March 2012 - 03/05/12 04:41 PM
 
Kona Real Estate Market Update - March 2012
 
I just reviewed the Kona real estate market data as of March 2012 and it looks very similar to last year at this point. The North Kona District saw 56 single family homes sold in the first three months of 2012 compared to 58 homes sold during the same period in 2011. Land sales are also looking very similar to last year with 8 transactions year to date compared to 7 in 2011. There has been a slight slow down in condo sales with 44 units sold so far in 2012 … (2 comments)

homes: Bayview Estates - Kona Neighborhood Video Tour - 01/27/12 04:24 PM
Bayview Estates - Kona Neighborhood Video Tour

Bayview Estates is one of Kailua-Kona's Premier neighborhoods. Located in the Keauhou area of Kailua-Kona, this gated upscale development features custom built single family homes and vacant lots, many with panoramic Kona coastline views.  
I really like Bayview Estates, the setting is beautiful, from the landscaped streets to the terraced lots that maximize the ocean views, it is a well designed upscale neighborhood. Monthly maintenance fees are just over $200 which is very reasonable. Most of the lots are 15,000 to 18,000 square feet with building pads and in many cases, rock walls. … (1 comments)

homes: Kailua-Kona Real Estate Market Update October 2011 - 11/08/11 06:41 PM
Kailua-Kona Real Estate Market Update October 2011

The Hawaii Island real estate market statistics are in and the numbers continue to show signs of stability. The first indication I would like to point out is the trend of increasing home sales.  October of 2010  saw 113 homes sold on the Island of Hawaii. In October of 2011, 127 homes sold island wide, an increase of 12.39%. This is a continuation of the trend that shows 8.5% more homes sold on the Island year to date in comparison to 2010. 
Another trend in Hawaii Island real estate sales is the slowing … (0 comments)

homes: Kailua-Kona Real Estate Market Update Sept 2011 - 10/19/11 10:16 PM
Kailua-Kona Real Estate Market Update Sept 2011

The Kona and South Kohala real estate market is seeing some signs of stability in the most recent statistics. North Kona, which consists primarily of Kailua-Kona saw residential home sales decrease slightly from 34 to 32 home sales when comparing September 2011 with September of 2010. This is a 5.88% decrease in number of homes sold. The median price however, increased 9.11% from $342,500 to $373,694 in Sept 2011. 
North Kona saw 20 condos sold in September 2011, 3 fewer than Sept. 2010, a 13.04% decrease.  The median price increased from $190,400 to … (1 comments)

homes: Kailua-Kona Neighborhood Video Tour - Pualani Estates - 10/15/11 10:27 PM
Kailua-Kona Neighborhood Video Tour - Pualani Estates

The Pualani Estates subdivision in Kailua-Kona is one of the newest neighborhoods in the area. Built by developer D.R. Horton in phases going up the hillside above the Kuakini Highway; these homes are considered modestly priced for the area.
The Pualani Estates offers 8 floor plans from 1,141 to 2,500 square feet with lot sizes ranging from 5,000 to 7,500 square feet. The neighborhood features a park with baseball diamond, soccer field and play stations for the kids.  This family friendly neighborhood has sidewalks, streetlights and underground utilities. Many of the homes have … (1 comments)

homes: Kailua-Kona Neighborhood Video Tour - Iolani - 10/13/11 09:29 PM
Kailua-Kona Neighborhood Video Tour - Iolani

The Iolani subdivision in Kailua-Kona is known for its upscale homes and panoramic ocean and Kailua Bay Views. Kailua-Kona developer Maryl, built out a portion of the neighborhood with single family homes called The Courtyards at Iolani in the early to mid 2000's. These popular single level, luxury homes have courtyards with pergolas at the entrances, tile roofs, open floorplans, cathedral ceilings and pocket doors opening to covered lanais on 1/2 acre lots. 
The Iolani subdivision has a substantial number of custom homes and some vacant lots that are yet to be developed. This … (0 comments)

homes: Kailua-Kona Neighborhood Video Tour - Alii Heights and Alii Heights Mauka - 10/06/11 01:09 AM
Kailua-Kona Neighborhood Video Tour - Alii Heights and Alii Heights Mauka

The Alii Heights and Alii Heights Mauka are two of Kailua-Kona's newest subdivisions. Built adjacent to each other by Towne LLC on a picturesque hillside overlooking the Kona Coast, the Alii Heights and Alii Heights Mauka are among Kailua-Kona's most popular neighborhoods. Home sizes range from around 1,600 to over 2,200 square feet and feature vaulted ceilings, stucco exteriors, covered lanais and guys,......3 car garages! Lot sizes are a spacious 1/3rd to 1/2 acre with a few exceptions being larger. Many of Alii Heights and Alii Heights Mauka home sites … (0 comments)

homes: Kailua-Kona Neighborhood Video Tour - Kahakai Estates - 10/04/11 03:02 AM
Kailua-Kona Neighborhood Video Tour - Kahakai Estates


The Kahakai Estates gated subdivision in Kailua-Kona is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the area. This master planned, award winning community was developed by Stanford Carr LLC in a spectacular hillside setting over looking the Kona Coast. Driving through the gates you are greeted by 180 degree ocean views, tree lined streets with art deco street lamps and meandering sidewalks.  This truly is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Kailua-Kona, not only because I own a home here, but the experience of living in the Kahakai Estates has been wonderful.
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homes: Seller Financing in Santa Barbara, CA - Homes For Sale - 01/18/11 07:37 PM
Seller Financing in Santa Barbara, CA - Homes For Sale
In today's restrictive lending environment some sellers are getting creative with financing to attract good buyers.  When a seller is willing and able to work with potential buyers on the financing terms, a large segment of the population become qualified buyers. 
Here are a couple seller financing scenarios.
The first and easiest way that a seller can provide financing is to "carry paper" Lets say that a seller is asking $500,000 for his home in Santa Barbara, CA.  The seller owes $250,000.  A buyer comes along that wants to purchase the home but can not … (0 comments)

homes: Montecito, CA Information and Current Property Listings - 11/23/10 06:25 PM
Montecito, CA Information and Current Property Listings
Montecito has long been an enclave of the rich and famous.  At one point in the early 20th century, Montecito had more millionaires per acre than anywhere in the country. It was a great place to live 100 years ago and it still is today.    It's difficult to imagine another place with a better climate and more natural beauty than Montecito.  The Santa Ynez Mountains stand boldly to the North and the land, divided into spectacular estates, gradually descends through oak forests with boulder strewn streams flowing to one of the calmest stretches of sandy coastline in the State. 
Montecito continues … (0 comments)

homes: Summerland, CA - Living in Summerland, CA - 10/10/10 01:58 PM
Summerland, CA- Living in Summerland, CA
Summerland, CA is a small beach town just East of Santa Barbara. The town started back in the late 1800's as a spiritual retreat and has maintained what some would consider an eclectic charm to this day.  Many of the homes in Summerland are built upon the hillside overlooking the ocean and Santa Cruz Island 26 miles offshore.  The beach in Summerland is very popular with walkers, dog owners and their dogs who get to run all over the place, horses during the specific times they are allowed and swimmers because the water is usually very calm.  … (0 comments)

homes: What Does a Million Dollars Buy in Santa Barbara? - 10/03/10 09:29 PM
What Does a Million Dollars Buy in Santa Barbara?
If you live in California, you are probably aware that Santa Barbara has some of the priciest real estate in the country.  If you live in Santa Barbara, you understand why.  Santa Barbara is to many people the best place in the world to live.  It has to have the best weather in a state known for it's great weather.  Santa Barbara has one of the most beautiful settings anywhere, with the Santa Ynez Mountains towering over the city to the North and the Pacific Ocean to the South.  It also has beautiful Spanish architecture throughout the … (5 comments)