Welcome to Our Blog Page

3 Closing Costs That Most Buyers Forget to Factor in – and What You Can Expect to Pay

3 Closing Costs That Most Buyers Forget to Factor in – and What You Can Expect to PayIf you’re in the process of buying a home, you probably have your deposit and monthly mortgage charges in a spreadsheet, along with a chart of your other expenses and your monthly income. But when it comes to buying a home, there are lots of different costs that will come into play – and it’s easy to forget something. When you’re preparing to close on your new home, make sure you consider these three closing costs that most buyers forget. Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Home Buyer Tips | Tagged , , | Comments Off on 3 Closing Costs That Most Buyers Forget to Factor in – and What You Can Expect to Pay

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 10, 2015

Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week August 10 2015This week’s scheduled economic news includes reports on construction spending, a survey of senior loan officers, and reports on labor markets including ADP private sector jobs, the federal government’s reports on non-farm payrolls, core inflation and the national unemployment rate. Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Market Outlook | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 10, 2015

Make Your Bedroom One of Your Home’s Best Selling Features

Staging Tips: How to Make Your Bedrooms One of Your Home’s Best Selling FeaturesTo potential homebuyers, a bedroom is more than just a place to lay your head at night. It’s a place to relax, retreat, and recover, a place where the demands of the busy world are locked out. And with a properly staged bedroom, you can tap into potential buyers’ desire for relaxation and make your home their number one pick.

So how can you stage your bedroom in a way that buyers will love? Here are three strategies you can use to make your bedroom look like a modern oasis – without spending a fortune.

Position The Bed In The Right Place

One easy-to-change yet often overlooked detail in staging the perfect bedroom is the location of the bed. The bed is the focal point of the room, so position it accordingly. If your bedroom has French doors or a large window, positioning your bed directly opposite that amenity will create balance.

Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Home Seller Tips | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Make Your Bedroom One of Your Home’s Best Selling Features

Gorgeous Ka Makana Home at Hoakalei

New price being offered for this beautiful Ka Makana home at Hoakalei Residences.

91-1014-Waiemi - exterior

This former model home has white-washed hardwood flooring, berber carpet, formal dining room, professionally decorated, plantation shutters and blinds throughout, details in bathrooms/showers, and so much more!

Continue reading

Share Button

What Exactly Is A “Buyer’s Market”?

Real Estate Terminology 101: What Exactly Is A If you’ve been following the real estate industry for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the phrase “buyer’s market” at some point. And although the meaning may seem apparent, it takes some study to understand what actually constitutes a buyer’s market.

Who decides whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market? What’s the threshold for deciding between the two? Here’s what you need to know.

Supply And Demand: Economic Factors That Govern…Everything

If you studied economics in school, you’ll probably remember an early lesson on supply and demand. Essentially, supply and demand are the two factors that influence what a commodity is objectively “worth” in a free market. They’re also a great way of characterizing whether a market is hot or cold, and whether or not it’s a good idea to invest at any particular moment in time.

Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Real Estate Tips | Tagged , , | Comments Off on What Exactly Is A “Buyer’s Market”?

Thinking About Selling Your Home Without A Real Estate Agent? Don’t – Here’s Why

Thinking About Selling Your Home Without A Real Estate Agent Dont Here is WhyIf you’re considering selling your home in the near future, you may be tempted to simply cut out the middleman and opt for an FSBO sale. However, selling a home is a major undertaking, and most “For Sale By Owner” home sales run into obstacles.

So why is an FSBO sale such a problem for most homeowners? Here are three reasons why you’ll want an agent to represent you instead of going it alone. Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Home Mortgage Tips, Home Seller Tips, Personal Finance | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Thinking About Selling Your Home Without A Real Estate Agent? Don’t – Here’s Why

First-time Home Buyers: Why Splurging for a Larger Home Beats Condo Living

First-time Home Buyers: Why Splurging for a Larger Home Beats Condo Living Some first-time home buyers are on a tight budget when making their real estate purchase, and there may be an inclination by many to purchase a smaller property, such as a condo, rather than the home they truly want. While there may be some initial financial benefit associated with buying a smaller property, there are a few benefits associated with splurging and buying a larger home as a first purchase. By analyzing these benefits, first-time home buyers can make a more informed decision about how to proceed. Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Home Buyer Tips | Tagged , , | Comments Off on First-time Home Buyers: Why Splurging for a Larger Home Beats Condo Living

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 3, 2015

Whats Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week August 3 2015Last week’s scheduled economic reports included the Case-Shiller 20 and 20-City Index reports, pending home sales data released by the National Association of Realtors® and the scheduled post-meeting statement of the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee. Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Market Outlook | Tagged , , | Comments Off on What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – August 3, 2015

Dealing with the Emotions of Selling Your Childhood Home

Dealing with the Emotional Stress of Selling Your Childhood HomeSelling a childhood home can be emotionally stressful and even traumatizing. This is more than a house; it is a home where years and even decades of memories have been made and where lives have been lived. While selling a childhood home may be difficult to do, there are a few steps that can be taken to reduce the emotional turmoil that may be felt during this process.

Create A Final Memory

When a family has lived in a home for many years, it may feel almost as though the home has become a part of the family in a way. One way to deal with the emotional stress of saying goodbye to the home is to create a final memory with family in the home. This may be to host a family dinner that enables everyone to walk through the home one final time and to reminisce together about the past.

Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Home Seller Tips | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Dealing with the Emotions of Selling Your Childhood Home

Top 3 Big Island Scenic Drives

kona vistas - aerialWhen you are searching for some beautiful Big Island scenic drives, you cannot pass up these top three. Hawaii is full of memorable roads and unforgettable trails. As you search for your perfect home, take a trip down these roadways and fall in love with the Big Island!

Mauna Loa Road (Volcano Village)

Distance: 11.5 miles (one way)

Follow highway 11 coming west from Volcano Village on your way to Kona. Drive towards the mountain at the posted exit to Mauna Loa road located between mile markers 30 and 31. Mauna Loa road is a gorgeous climb on the slopes of Mauna Loa above the Kilauea Volcano. This road takes you across lava flows and through lush Koa forests, stopping at a great trailhead. This drives is a great overview of some of the beauty Hawaii is known for.

Kapoho Kalapana Road

Distance: 14 miles

You can find this great drive on Highway 137 between mile markers 8 and 22. This is one of the more exciting scenic drives as it goes through the unique tree tunnels in the Puna district. You pass by a few beaches and hot ponds that can make great day trips on their own. Bring a lunch and stop along the way for breathtaking views!

Pepe’ekeo Scenic Drive

Distance: 4 miles

You can find this amazing drive if you take highway 19 north of Hilo. Between mile marker 7 and 8, take a right turn that is marked as a scenic drive. The Pepe’ekeo (also known as the Onomea bay) scenic drive is one of the most popular drives on the Big Island. A long four mile stretch of picturesque highway that snakes through lush tropical forests and along the bay. This road has some narrow points and tight turns, so drive carefully!

If you are looking to relocate to the Big Island, contact Hawaii Moves today. Dial 1-800-735-2100 for more information. 

Share Button