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North Kona continues to be one of the most desirable places to live on the Big Island according to statistical data released by the Hawaii Multiple Listing Service for both August home sales and year-to-date data.

For single family home sales, North Kona saw median home prices increase from $685,000 in August of 2016 to $715,000 in August of 2017. Year to date, the amount of closed sales in North Kona rose by 13% from 321 closed sales to 363. South Kohala experienced a slight dip in closed home sales year to date and North Kohala saw a slight increase. South Kona saw a 36% increase year over year in closed sales, and a slight increase in median sales prices from $500,000 last August to $525,000 this August.

Vacant land prices in South Kona dropped

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Summer is coming to a close on the mainland with Labor Day weekend starting tomorrow, but in the land of endless summer here in West Hawaii, we can continue to enjoy outdoor fun and moderate temperatures. All of us at LUVA Real Estate wish you a safe and enjoyable long weekend ahead!

Aloha Hawaii Horse Rodeo

Photo credit: Aloha Hawaii

When: September 2 and 3, 2017

What: PARKER RANCH LABOR DAY RODEO & HORSE AUCTION

Where: Parker Ranch. Waimea

Two days of rodeo events will be held at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea. Family-style fun begins on Saturday, September 2nd at 12 noon with rodeo events which may include everything from team roping, double mugging, bull riding, junior bull riding, wahine barrel racing, wahine breakaway roping and more. Always

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Hawaii Dog with tongue sticking out in a car window  Many of us at LUVA Real Estate have heard from dozens of would-be Big Island residents about how much they love Kailua-Kona and the Big Island and they would move here if they could bring their beloved pets.

As many of you may be aware, there are three things that make taking your pet with you to Kailua-Kona difficult:

  1. The rental market in West Hawaii is extremely tight and therefore there just are not many places to live if you choose to rent while waiting to purchase a home.
  2. Since the rental market is tight, landlords have the upper hand and they just don’t want to accept pets, especially if there are willing and able tenants that don’t have pets wanting to move in.
  3. Even if you purchase a condo, there are very few condo complexes in
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holualoa gallery storefront during the holidays
When you think of Holualoa, located mauka (up slope) from Kailua-Kona and Keauhou on the Big Island of Hawaii on the slopes of dormant Hualalai Volcano, you may think of the abundance of coffee farms that produce some of the world’s best Kona coffee. You would also think of the beautiful artists community that is fostered and celebrated in the downtown with weekly events and holiday happenings. Then, you may also think of the cooler temperatures enjoyed at this 1,400 foot elevation and the abundance of tropical foliage along with acres and acres of coffee trees that provide its residents room to breathe and get away from the “city” life below. With ample rainfall, gardeners delight in growing a bevy of tropical fruits and vegetables.

Visit during the

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July was quite a busy month for condo sales in North Kona with a 108.33% increase year over year from 24 sales in 2016 to 50 sales in 2017 and a 108% increase in sales volume year over year, as well. In South Kohala, the sales volume for condos was up 66.73% over July of 2016. There was a slight uptick in single family homes in North Kona sales year over year, with a 11.3% increase from 44 sales in 2016 and 49 in July according to statistics from Hawaii Information Service, the local MLS service.

Al Gulick, Broker with LUVA Real Estate said about the current market, “My observation is that this summer what we are seeing for lower priced condos, those listed for under $400,000, is that they are selling like hot cakes—many are on the market for just a

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A town is only as good as its food scene, right? Kailua Kona and the Kohala Coast boast many places to enjoy local, fresh and superb food with many restaurants having the added benefit of viewing the famous Kona sunset each evening. LUVA Real Estate agents are experts in the West Hawaii lifestyle and have recommended many of these restaurants and if you have been to Kailua Kona a few times, you know some are classic staples of a great time and good food. Enjoy!

  1. Don's Mai Tai BarDon’s Mai Tai Bar– When the waves are up and sun is dipping into the ocean and you have one of their delicious mai tai’s in your hand, it’s always going to be a good day on vacation. They have a really tasty and reasonable Hawaiian Style Pork Quesadilla with Chipotle Sour Cream and Black
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From free hula, to mai tai contests, to a formal tea at a beautiful resort and the largest outrigger canoe race in the world, it’s all happening in Kona and West Hawaii within the next few weeks! Take a look at the LUVA Real Estate events calendar for August and September 2017!

Sunset, music, hula and Kona ambiance-who could ask for more?

Hawaiian Sunset Saturday @ Coconut Grove Marketplace

Hawaiian Sunset Saturday Kona When: July 29-October 15 Every Saturday

Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Residents, visitors and families of all ages are encouraged to mark their calendars for the last Saturday of every month and plan to attend the free Hawaiian Sunset Saturdays. This once a month community event celebrates Kona’s spectacular sunsets with live Hawaiian music and hula starting

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MATSON Moving van with couple in front of van When moving to the Big Island of Hawaii, there are quite a few things you need to consider for a successful move. How much will it cost to ship your car? Can you bring your pets? Should I send a shipping container of my furniture?

Then there are the tasks you need to do when you move here that include getting a safety inspection for your car as soon as it arrives on island, getting your utilities switched over and turned on in your new home and getting your new 808 phone number.

Here is some advice with local service providers that LUVA Real Estate can suggest, but we encourage you to do research on your own, as well.

Making Your Move to the Big Island Easier –Moving Resources

Moving Your Belongings

Most residents who move to the Big

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A beautiful, hardwood floor provides enduring beauty for Hawaii home. In addition to the aesthetic attributes, a wood floor is easier on the knees than tile or cement. What’s more, in Hawaii’s humid climate, a wood floor is definitely a better choice than carpet when it comes to preventing mold and mildew.

Local tropical woods popular in Hawaii include ohia, mango, eucalyptus and monkeypod. The installation of Koa wood floors is becoming rarer due sustainability considerations and affordability. An alternative, Koala wood from Australia resembles koa and is half the price.

eucalyptus floor in holualoa home hawaii real estate

Eucalyptus floors in a Holualoa home.

A great choice for the kitchen is cork, a renewable material that provides a cushiony surface underfoot. Bamboo is another renewable

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kona sunset over the oceanMany of you are doing internet research about moving to the Big Island of Hawaii. You may already have made the decision to take a leap of faith and fulfill your dream of living the Hawaiian lifestyle and getting comfy in a beach chair in front of the ocean every day. Some of you are thinking about making a move in a few years when you retire or the kids are finally out of the house. Take it from us at LUVA Real Estate, there are so many things that make you pinch yourself when you wake up every day in Hawaii to the sounds of tropical birds trilling in the plumeria with another warm day ahead. Here are five things you will love about moving to the Big Island.

 

5 Things You WIll Love About Moving to the Big Island

1. The Ocean: Every. Single.

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