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Are you considering making a move to West Hawaii with school age children? LUVA Real Estate knows that choosing the right school is as much as a priority as neighborhood location and other important aspects when deciding when and how to move a family to West Hawaii. Luckily, for an island, we have some great choices for schools, including public, charter and private.

Public Schools in West Hawaiʻi

The public junior and senior high schools in the West Hawai’i district are Kealekehehe and Konawaeana. If you live south of Walua Road (which is basically a mile south of Kona), and west of Nani Kailua Road, your kids will be attending Konawena Junior High or Senior High, located in South Kona, south of the Kona Community Hospital. If you live north of

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Homeowners Association (HOA) fees are generally looked upon as a financial headache when purchasing a condo or homes within certain neighborhoods in West Hawaii. However, residents and tenants forget that when the pool stays clean, the landscaping stays vibrant and someone is providing security for them, that those fees are paid for by HOA dues. In light of a few comments LUVA Real Estate has heard from would be homebuyers on the mainland wondering why West Hawaii has “expensive” HOA fees, let’s cover a few of the basics.

Here are the expenses that are included in most condo/neighborhood HOA fees:

Flood, fire, liability and natural disaster Insurance

  • Landscape Maintenance
  • Pool Maintenance
  • Roof and Exterior Repair/Replacement
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As we head into what promises to be a busy home buying season, LUVA Real Estate wishes you all a very happy holiday! We are working extra hard right now with sellers who are motivated to get their homes off the market before the busy season starts at the end of this month and into January. Take a look at our available listings and prepare offers now if you are in the market.

November Sales Statistics

North Kona According to the just released sales statistics from the Hawaii Information Services, the single family home market in North Kona has had an uptick in number of sales and sales volume, the median price has actually decreased year over year from $719,500 t0 $627,500, but year to date in 2019, the median price rose .85% from $643,525 in

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Mele Kalikimaka! If you are here on-island right now, you know that the temperature AND the humidity have dropped in the past few weeks, giving us a nice feeling of the change in seasons. If you are planning a visit, there are a variety of things to do before Christmas including the LUVA Sip and Paint event, the annual holiday parade, the Kailua village stroll for shopping for gifts and an art stroll in Holualoa Music and Light Festival where Santa will be waiting to take photos with your family and friends. LUVA Real Estate sends you wishes for the season to be bright with West Hawaii’s Aloha spirit and warm days!

WHAT: HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE'S 'OHANA CHRISTMAS CRAFT FESTIVAL

WHEN: November 30-December 1, 2019 from 9am to 5pm (Sat) and 9am to 4pm

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When the community asks for help, LUVA responds!

Recently, the Hawaii Island Food Bank put out an urgent call for food donations in Kona as their pantry is “dreadfully low” as reported in this article in West Hawaii Today. https://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2019/11/20/hawaii-news/with-supplies-dreadfully-low-food-basket-asking-for-donations-heading-into-thanksgiving/

In response, LUVA Realtors have created TWO events to help feed the hungry AND support LUVA’s charitable efforts with the Surf for Special Needs and One Drop Foundation to help bring clean water to thousands of people.

Fall Food Drive

We are asking the community for donations to help put food on the table for the holidays for our local residents who are struggling with food

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What if we told you that home sales had climbed a whopping 41% from last October? Well, it’s true, but we also were still in the grips of a lagging market due to the volcanic activity that ended in early August 2018. Next month, we should be seeing more realistic year over year pricing, but for this month, LUVA Real Estate will provide you with numbers from 2017, too.

Overall, what we are seeing is a continued lack of inventory under 1.6 million for single family homes. Homes priced lower than $550,000 in the North Kona area are going off the market within days of being listed. Well priced condominiums are also being quickly scooped up and it would appear sellers may be holding their homes until the winter market begins in mid December.

For single

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November is ALL about Kona coffee and cultural and holiday events. If you enjoy coffee AND art, be sure to head up to the artists village of Holualoa for their coffee and art stroll and if you love a good race, register for the 1000% Pure Kona Coffee half marathon. LUVA Real Estate is hosting a food drive with Hawaii Food Basket for the month of November! Hawaii Food Basket is a local organization who provides food assistance to our community, by way of food pantries, supplemental food programs, and group meals. Please consider coming by the LUVA Real Estate offices with donations that go directly to help our local families in need.

WHAT: KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL

WHEN: November 1-10, 2019

For nearly 200 years much has been celebrated,

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The culinary scene in West Hawaii is always in a state of flux as newcomers to the island seek to open new eateries, while other establishments sometime succumb to market forces or fickle tastes of tourists. LUVA Real Estate knows that the restaurants help make up the lifestyle that we all enjoy in West Hawaii.

Kai Eats and Drinks

Recently, there has been change afoot in the Kailua Village area. 20 year old Bubba Gump’s closed its doors earlier this year and the owner of Huggo’s decided to make a go of it in that location with a new restaurant named Kai Eats and Drinks, which will open in the next few months. The rumor is that the menu will feature family favorites of hamburgers and pizza to offer something a bit different than the Huggos or On the

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Did you know that life expectancy in Hawaii is the highest in the nation? Women, on average, are living to 82.6 and men are living to 76.6. Many of the residents of Hawaii who are aging, have led active lives and people who are moving to the island to retire here, are also coming in relative good health to enjoy their later years being active on the island.

In fact, recently, LUVA Real Estate has been receiving quite a few inquiries from would-be retiring residents asking questions about moving to the island, what kind of senior services are offered, how can they help our island community through volunteerism and if they bring their elderly parents, are there care facilities and care providers available for them.

Silver Tsunami

First, let’s take

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If you were to view homes on the local multiple listing service for homes and condos under $550k, you would see MANY of the homes are contingent, which means they are in escrow, which shows the condo market is very busy and lower priced homes are the sweet spot in the market right now.

According to the Hawaii Information Service statistics which were released this week, September 2019 showed a 97% increase in sales volume for single family homes and a 31% increase in condos in North Kona over September 2018, which could still be reflecting the aftermath in home prices after the eruption. The interesting thing to note from last year is that although the volume was down, the prices for homes did not drop drastically, as homeowners and investors were

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