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LUVA Real Estate Blog

Title insurance insures the purchaser’s of real property on the Big Island of Hawaii from defective titles, liens, and encumbrances.

Protecting purchasers against possible loss is accomplished by the issuance of a title insurance policy, which states that if the status of the title to a parcel of real property is other than as represented, and if the insured suffers a loss as a result of title defect, the insurer will reimburse the insured for that loss and any related legal expenses, up to the face amount of the policy.

The primary purpose of title insurance is to eliminate risks and prevent losses caused by defects in title arising from the past. Title insurers perform an extensive search of the public records to determine whether there are any

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Why Invest in Hawaii Real Estate

There is no better time to buy Hawaii real estate. No one wants to pay more than they have to for property in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. After all, investment potential is one of the greatest benefits of home ownership on the Big Island. You want your home to go up in value while you own it. The less you pay for your home, the more you stand to earn from it.

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4 Tips to get the best possible deal on your home.

Pool Table1. Buy at the right time.

You find better real estate prices during certain times of the year and market conditions. For example, in a slow real estate market, sellers are usually more willing to negotiate to sell their home. Likewise, pay attention to the

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If you’ve been thinking of remodeling all or part of your home, condo or luxury pad, you might want to consider a green remodel. According to the National Association of Home Builders, Green Practices in home building and remodeling have marked a shift in the way we live today. Homes built today are 100% more energy-efficient than homes built in the 1970s. Green improvements can save money and help protect the environment. As a matter of fact, Green Building & the movement towards Eco-Sustainability is very popular on the Big Island of Hawaii and you might actually get some tax credits!

What does Green Building actually mean?

It means you use certain materials and practices that are better for the environment and for your health. By following a few

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Market Your Home for Sale Like A Pro on the Big Island!

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Anyone preparing their home for sale can get hyper-focused on all the little details before it’s ready to be put on the market. However, once the property is listed, this invokes another complicated layer of public persona, communications (staying out of Judge Judy’s fiery grips), negotiations, showings, security, open houses….to name just a few. Now, we’re not even talking about once you actually have an accepted contract – navigating the timelines, escrow, inspections…etc.

Oceanfront lanai over sunsetWhile our current real estate market trends on the Big Island of Hawaii show that inventory is at an all-time low, we have seen that Buyers are still looking for value and in most

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Noelani Wooten has joined us at LUVA Real Esate, offering an uncompromising passion for her native Hawaii Island and sharing of the spirit of Aloha.

Noelani WootenNoelani brings with her over 30 years of experience in hospitality, catering, and sales and marketing. Noelani’s past work experience includes positions with iconic hotels on the Kona coast, as well as luxury resorts including Four Seasons Hualalai and Four Seasons Newport Beach. In 2007, she was selected to manage a real estate holding company whose properties included a boutique inn, several residential and business properties and an expansive oceanfront estate at the prestigious Kukio Golf and Beach Club. As a Realtor, Noelani puts these experiences to work for her clients.

Noelani embraces

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A group of Kona REALTORS came together today, Friday, September 20th to learn the best mobile applications for photo blogging for real estate marketing. The eight mobile photo apps presented showed the REALTORS why they should take dramatic, fun, beautiful photos and make them more striking and engaging and easily sharable on a variety of social media platforms.

“By showcasing your creativity using photography, you help create curiosity among your potential clients and captivate your audience”, Julie Ziemelis, Ziemelis Communications, who presented the presentation shared with the audience. “You have your phone with you all the time, right? Then take some interesting photos of your listing, the neighborhood, your favorite restaurant and put a photo app

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Co-founding partners of LUVA Real Estate, Jean and Yuki Laliberte have taken full control and ownership of LUVA Real Estate, a full service residential real estate and luxury vacation property management company in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Originally a partnership of four when the company first launched last Fall, Mr. Laliberte, a REALTOR and veteran of the entertainment industry, along with his wife, Yuki have assumed control of the company. Mr. Laliberte, as managing partner, is focusing his energies on the following three goals for LUVA Real Estate:

  • Hiring new talent to LUVA Real Estate to expand its base of enthusiastic and service minded REALTORS in Kona.
  • Expanding LUVA’s inventory of luxury vacation properties in Hawaii and in desired travel
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Moving to the Big Island of Hawaii can have its challenges when you are looking at real estate on the MLS and you find condos and beach properties that appear to be below the market values than other homes in the area. Look in the comments to see if the property is leasehold. This also holds true for farmland, which in many cases is owned by the Bishop Estate, a trust that owns a sizable portion of the agricultural land on the Big island.

There are generally two types of property you can purchase in Hawaii: Fee simple and leasehold. We recently wrote a post about fee simple, which means you actually own the structure AND the land.

When you purchase a leasehold property you are buying the structure only.

Here is how it works:

When you buy a

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LUVA welcomes Lance Owens to our growing team of creative and successful real estate professionals. With thirteen years of experience in sales, Lance is a supportive, knowledgeable, and ambitious Realtor who is passionately committed to integrity and compassion in every interaction with his clients and fellow Realtors. Through his innovative and aggressive approach to real estate he assists his clients in achieving their real estate goals.

Lance started his successful, local real estate career in Kailua-Kona in 2004 after a lengthy sales and management career in Las Vegas, Honolulu, and New York City. He specializes in working with long distance clients, utilizing technology such as videos on YouTube, Facetime on iPhone, and Skype in order to show his

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In July 2012 LUVA was established by four creative and innovative individuals, Jean and Yuki Laliberte and Rick and Missi Goldstein. They realized after being on the island for a few years that something was missing from the real estate market that they could help provide. A special touch was needed that they all brought with them from different areas of life and prior careers…Hospitality, Entertainment and Fashion.

LUVA Real Estate isn’t just any real estate company, it’s a company based on hospitality. The founding team members feel that the key to service is exceeding guest and client expectations, being extremely organized and understanding guest and client needs prior to them knowing they need it. Also, an important factor, the founding team

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