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April 2020

Found 5 blog entries for April 2020.

Amber is a native of New Smyrna Beach, Florida and attended Flagler College where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduation, her travels took her further and further West. When she landed on Big Island in 2009, she knew she had found her home. For the first two years she lived on the East side of the island, before planting roots in West Hawaii. She is an avid nature lover and adventure seeker and has explored some of the most remote places on Big Island. She knows the island well and has a deep affinity for Hawaiian history and culture. Amber prides herself in building long lasting relationships and her involvement in the West Hawaii community is a testament to this. She has a natural ability to connect with others,

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We are all undoubtably spending a lot more time at home than usual during the mandated stay-at-home order. If you normally spend a lot of time outside of your house then the last month has probably been a bit different actually living at home. 

 With so much extra time at home, we are spending much more time in the kitchen, at our home computers, using more air conditioning (or heat depending on where you are), using more water, etc. All of these things use energy and are all contributing to your home’s energy consumption. With such an increase in energy consumption, you can expect your utility bills to jump over the next few months. My energy consumption is something I have always been concerned with and I am always trying to find new ways to reduce

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As we look at the Oahu market over the past month, real estate activity and numbers have been remained steady and comparable to 2019. In March, single-family home sales were up, while condo sales and new listings were down. With the stay at-home-order going into effect in Hawaii on March 23, by the end of the month most brokerages had adapted drastic measures to take their businesses virtual in order to keep the housing market moving forward. LUVA Broker Kimi Correa and her team on Oahu mentioned that they have been busy, and while some buyers that were newer to the market have pushed pause, they have had lots of buyers who are pushing forward with properties and buyers that have been in the market for a while who are seeing a potential opportunity,

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As with industries across the globe, the real estate market is experiencing a great deal of uncertainty and change. While experts agree that it is still too early to see the overall impacts that the pandemic will have on the housing market, on a local level we are beginning to see some signs of changes that are already taking place. Our Broker-in-Charge Sara Layne Pedro commented that “it’s a split between those wanting to push forward quickly and those wanting to push pause to see what happens.” LUVA Real Estate Agents are busy working from their homes to help clients who are ready to push forward and with 43 new listings in West Hawaii in the last 7 days and 16 properties going into escrow, the housing market is moving forward!west hawaii real estate market april 2020

March started out

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 Marty has been in real estate for 19 years, attaining his license in 2001 and his broker’s license in 2004. He joined LUVA Real Estate five years ago after spending seven years working as the Broker-in-Charge for a large brokerage on island. He has been a Big Island resident for 40 years and lived in the state of Hawaii for almost 50 years. Marty is an active member in the West Hawaii Realtor community and has served as a Director on the Association board.

Marty’s career began not in real estate but in the technology industry where he worked for 25 years as a software engineer. During his career in the tech industry he mostly worked as an independent contractor and would often teach software and computer courses at the University of Hawaii. Also, he

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