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October 2017

Found 6 blog entries for October 2017.

Is one of your lifelong dreams include buying a piece of land in Hawaii and building your own home? LUVA Real Estate sells land parcels all over the island to people looking to build an affordable home and others wishing to build their own personal retreats. We have found that the most successful buyers who go on to actually complete building their home have one thing in common: they did copious amounts of research before they started building.

We asked local architect John Hetherington, AIA,Hetherington Architecture LLC for helpful information in shedding some light onto what does it really take to get a home built in Hawaii.

John suggests before you even consider purchasing the land, set your budget, know where you want to live on the island

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Are you looking for a great hike, a sacred valley with a black sand beach, warm water, a photographic dream and even rope swings to enjoy as a weekend adventure on the Big Island? Many long time residents of Hawaii have seen the gorgeous photos of Pololu Valley and have not taken the drive to the northern tip of the island to explore this area, which is a singular draw for people who want to see the lush valleys of paradise! The valley is located about 90 minutes from Kona and you pass by a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean as you head up the coast.

One of the best parts of going “to the end of the road” is the drive through the charming towns of Hawi and Kapaau, which boasts art galleries, local craft and clothing shops and a decidedly laid back

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As we head into fall, sellers are pondering getting their homes on the market for the winter rush of mainlanders who are finally making their retirement dreams come true and looking to buy a home. But don’t forget, that there are people looking EVERY DAY right now for homes in West Hawaii, so if you are considering a move, breaking away from the pack early to avoid the jump in inventory, which routinely happens in January, may actually yield a better price for your home. To illustrate this point, take a look at the chart on the left, showing how low current inventory is compared to January of this year.

The good news for buyers right now is that the median price of single family homes in North Kona has dipped a bit from $647,500 in 2016 to $620,000k

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No matter where you choose to live on the Big Island, you will be living in one of nine designated lava zones on the island. For example, Lava Zone 1 is the highest-risk zone for potential lava hazards, while Lava Zone 9 poses little or no risk at all.

It stands to reason that obtaining lending or homeowner’s insurance could be challenging if you are seeking to live just downslope from an active lava flow in Puna or Kalapana, for example. The upside of living in a Lava Zone 1, however, is that property is substantially more affordable—way more affordable, in fact— than anywhere in the entire state of Hawaii. Additionally, the scenic beauty of remote locations like the old Royal Gardens subdivision on Kilauea’s East Rift Zone attracts a certain kind

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One of Kailua-Kona’s largest events, the Ironman World Championship, is an October staple and we have the eyes of the world upon us for a few days mid month and a new autumn festival makes its debut in Waimea this year. We may not have Fall foliage, but we do have some fun things to do in October in West Hawaii.

LUVA Real Estate reminds you to prepare ahead of time if you are traveling on the roads in the days before the Ironman race as athletes and supporters need a wide berth and an extra eye to make sure everyone remains safe. Also, Halloween night, especially near residential neighborhoods, keep an eye out for keiki and costumed revelers who may also need a wide berth for safety!


October 2017 Schedule of Events

What: PARADE OF NATIONS

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If you live on Hawaii Island or are just visiting, there are magical and inspiring places to visit that you just have to make a plan to go and see. The island, being the size of Connecticut, has places to explore that can take most of the day to get there and can include an exhausting drive if you are not prepared. So, to lend a hand in sharing some amazing places to discover, we share with you the reality of making a plan to eat, drink and sleep, as well as adventure! This is the first of five posts in this series.

Volcanoes National Park and seeing the lava flow

This is an all day adventure! It takes about 2 ½ hours to get to Volcanoes National Park from Kona along highway 11.

Before you go:

If you plan on viewing the lava, make sure you

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