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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!

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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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.

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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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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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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 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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We are a group of adventurers, dog lovers, surfers, activists, Netflix bingers, paddlers, caffeine addicts, parents, partners…the list could go on and on! One thing that we all have in common is, of course, our love for Real Estate. Every agent’s perspective and experience makes our LUVA Real Estate team who we are and we want to share with you our stories with our Agent Spotlight.

Lance has been a full time Realtor in Kona since 2004 and joined LUVA as one of the very first agents in 2012. Kimi Nagatoshi joined the firm three years later in 2015. Lance & Kimi are well known throughout both the realtor and local Big Island community. From their involvement in West Hawaii Association of Realtors, the Big Island Chocolate Festival, and the Big Island

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HARPTA IncreaseTackling Your West Hawaii Home Energy Expenses With Solar

With energy costs in Hawaii being the most expensive in the nation, looking at the potential cost of your monthly energy bill is as important as considering other large expenses for your home like HOA fees and taxes. While LUVA Real Estate focuses on helping you find the home of your dreams, there are a few companies in West Hawaii that can help you understand the costs of solar so you can control your monthly energy costs.

First some background information:
Solar costs have declined significantly, and are at their lowest point in over 30 years. Solar is now more affordable than ever and advances in technology have improved system quality and design. In 2017, there was more new solar power

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By now you know that Hawaii Island was rocked by an eruption at Kilauea last week that caused a pink plume of ash to rise hundreds of feet in the air when part of the crater wall fell into the caldera. That event seemed to start the lava flowing down lava tubes along  the volcano flanks 12 miles away into Leilani Estates, a subdivision built on the East Rift Zone, a Lava 1 Zone. 15 fissures have now opened up and have caused over 35 structures to be destroyed. This entire lava event, along with the numerous earthquakes and VOG issues is causing many people, including all of the Realtors and staff at LUVA Real Estate, to offer well wishes and assistance to those affected, but to also wonder how this is going to affect the real estate market on Hawaii

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