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March 2020

Found 7 blog entries for March 2020.

As you may have guessed, our monthly guide to West Hawaii Events will look a little different this month. Here at LUVA Real Estate we felt that it is a a good time to share some of the virtual happenings that are keeping us connected and entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are being called to stay home and stay physically distanced, community connection is still as essential as ever! Here are a few of our favorite ways to keep busy and stay connected during this stay-at-home mandate.

computer on couch with blankets and pillow

Online Cooking Classes | Online cooking classes are popping up all over the world, no matter what cuisine you are inspired to cook, there is a cooking class available for you. Locally, Papa Kona Restaurant, has launched an online Facebook series

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Congress passed a $2 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package on March 27, 2020 with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill contains numerous benefits for REALTORS® that NAR fought hard for during the past three weeks, including unemployment eligibility for the self-employed and independent contractors; unprecedented aid for small businesses; and a delay in business payroll tax payments.

As more guidance is released by the Administration to the real estate industry on how these new programs will be implemented, LUVA Real Estate will provide updates as possible. 

These provisions apply from January 30, 2020 to 120 days after enactment of this bill or the end of the national emergency.

STUDENT LOANS

Suspends all payment due on federal

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LUVA Real Estate has taken the recent pandemic of COVID-19 very seriously and have been working with our agents to create a plan that keeps our clients, our vendors and our agents as safe as possible. Here is what we are currently doing:

- We have increased the amount of virtual tours we are offering buyer clients. We often work with clients located on the mainland, so virtual tours are nothing new to us. Now, we are encouraging agents to rely on virtual tours as a way to “show” property to our on-island clients to avoid unnecessary physical interaction.

- Hosting virtual open houses by utilizing Matterport. Matterport is a great tool that allows people to virtually walk through properties, at their own pace, from the comfort of their own homes.

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As you know, there has been a flurry of economic upheaval affecting the economy recently. The good news in all of this for buyers is the drop in interest rates, which is giving home buyers more purchasing power and is great news for those of you who have been on the fence waiting for a market shift.

The first two months of 2020 have seen prices and sales with double digit increases year over year, according to statistics from Hawaii Information Services. In February, the median price for a single family home in North Kona was $770,000, an increase of 17.56% from $655,000 year over year. Single family homes sales jumped 19.44% from 36 homes sold in February 2019 to 43 in 2020. For condos in North Kona, sales were up 9.68% from 31 in 2019 to 34 in 2020.

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Mortgage rates continue to be at record-breaking lows and the number of recent sales last month shows that buyers have been, and continue to be, very active. Hawaii Central reported home sales on Oahu are up by 19% year over year. With the coronavirus stirring up concerns in the national economy, we will see if there are any impacts on the real estate market in the next coming months. In a recent Star Advertiser article, Carl Bonham, the executive director of the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization stated that he “anticipates that homebuyers will continue to drive steady activity as they take advantage of historically low interest rates.” He believes that while the interest rate cuts have supported Oahu real estate, it is still too early

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Home sales in West Hawaii have been brisk this year with double digit increases on the amount of sales in South Kohala and North Kona in both January and February and in the first portion of March. LUVA Real Estate agents are seeing that sellers are enjoying strong demand for their homes in 2020. However, there are a few market influences right now that you should know about if you are considering selling your home in the next few months.

The good news is that mortgage interest rates have fallen to their lowest in history. This should have an impact on buyers who can now buy “more home” than just a few weeks ago. Local mortgage professionals said the rates could even dip a bit lower in the coming weeks and months.

The cautionary news is the Corona

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 This month we are spotlighting our Principal Broker, Ryan Dawson! Ryan has been a licensed Realtor for ten years, and he is licensed in Michigan and Hawaii.  Ryan decided to become a realtor after a friend in the industry asked if he would ever consider jumping into Real Estate. He considers it one of the best decisions of his life, the 5th best decision to be exact.

Before Real Estate, Ryan was in the Navy  but never once spent time on a ship. He did however live in a penthouse in Bahrain. After the military Ryan worked at a school for students with severe emotional problems. This is where Ryan made the best decision of his life, meeting and marrying his wife Dulcy (who was a teacher, not a student). Ryan received a Bachelors Degree in

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