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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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Home sales in West Hawaii have been brisk this year with double digit increases on the amount of sales in South Kohala and North Kona in both January and February and in the first portion of March. LUVA Real Estate agents are seeing that sellers are enjoying strong demand for their homes in 2020. However, there are a few market influences right now that you should know about if you are considering selling your home in the next few months.

The good news is that mortgage interest rates have fallen to their lowest in history. This should have an impact on buyers who can now buy “more home” than just a few weeks ago. Local mortgage professionals said the rates could even dip a bit lower in the coming weeks and months.

The cautionary news is the Corona

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ABC Cesspool in WaimeaAs LUVA Real Estate wrote in a prior post, a vexing issue faces Hawaii County: 88,000 homes are currently using cesspools, which at one point decades ago, was a useful way to handle sewage without having to build expensive wastewater treatment plants outside of the main cities on the island. However, now with the population growing and scientific findings that the raw sewage can have a negative impact on the environment, it is time to get cesspools converted into septic tanks.

There has been a movement to use point of sale to get sellers to put in septic tanks before they can sell the property, but at the rate of home turnover, it would take decades to solve the problem. The Legislature is examining the creation of a working group within the Department

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A mini-construction boom has hit West Hawaii this year with plenty of new and renovated properties and commercial developments coming online in the next six months to two years. LUVA Real Estate agents are ready to show you new homes in up and coming developments and can give you more information as time goes on about the commercial developments, as well.


Let’s start with some of the new commercial developments that are bringing some new businesses to West Hawaii:


Information for this story was gleaned from an article written by West Hawaii Today: (Click Link for full story) 

BREW, already built and ready for tenants, has three lots around Pawai Place and is anchored by the Kona Brewing Co. brewery and pub. The site also includes

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HARPTA Increase solar panels on roofTackling 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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Luxury homes in West Hawaii cater to a specific crowd of homebuyer and many will view the listing for the first time from the mainland through the MLS. Great photography is essential and homes that photograph well will be the first ones to get that call from a potential buyer. What makes people take a second look at the photos? How the home has been staged. 


We asked local staging expert, Valerie Delahaye-Ippolito, owner of Mahalo Hale Staging for her advice, data, and expertise regarding what she thinks helps sell a house quickly with the proper creative help. 


Below are before and after photos of a home that Valerie staged in Kailua Kona. (Photographs by Ryan O'Halloran) 

 Before Staging picture of bed with no sheets    VS      bed staged for real estate sale

Once you make the decision to sell your

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Heights on Hualalai luxury hawaii home

When you discuss location and lifestyle together in a home in West Hawaii, you usually look for a home at elevation, with an expansive ocean view, close to Kailua Kona, with plenty of room outside for entertaining.  The homes and estates within Heights on Hualalai offers these key ingredients to Hawaiian living.

Heights on Hualalai features individually-designed, newer construction homes with contemporary floor plans, attractive finishes and most have swimming pools. At a pleasant 700 foot elevation, Heights on Hualalai is located above the middle of the Kailua-Kona area and has easy access to all amenities.  (Go straight up above Pualani Estates)

Heights on Hualalai is an upscale community located strategically halfway between mauka and

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Flooding in Kailua Kona

Flooding in Kailua Kona

In the aftermath of the recent hurricanes and subsequent flooding that have crippled Texas, Florida, and the islands in the Atlantic Ocean, LUVA Real Estate wanted to give you an update on Hawaii’s flood insurance programs.

The amount Hawaii island residents pay for flood insurance could change when the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for the county take effect this fall.

Changes by the Federal Emergency Management Agency were made to better identify known flood risks. The new maps will be used for flood insurance, land use, development, and regulatory purposes.

In West Hawaii, the biggest flooding issue we experienced lately was the 2010 Japanese tsunami that flooded downtown Kailua Kona and damaged many homes

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House Bill 1244 Hawaii Cesspool legislationDid you know that cesspools in Hawai`i release approximately 55 million gallons of untreated sewage into the ground each day? Cesspools in Hawai`i release as much as 23,700 pounds of nitrogen and nearly 6,000 pounds of phosphorus into the ground each day, which can stimulate undesirable algae growth, degrade water quality, and impact coral reefs.

It is due to this threat to our local environment and to our bays and beaches that the state of Hawaii created Wastewater System rules banning new cesspools statewide. Hawaii has been the only state in the country that allows new cesspools. The banning of new cesspools statewide stops the addition of pollution from approximately 800 new cesspools per year.

House Bill 1244, if signed by the governor, will

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Hawaii is a popular destination for many vacationers and that is why many people choose to purchase investment property in Hawaii. There are many different neighborhoods in Hawaii and each one has different characteristics. Here are just a few of the Big Island neighborhoods.


Kona is a popular location for visitors to Hawaii and it is ideal for investment properties. It is divided into North and South Kona. North Kona is on the west side of the Big Island and features luxury communities. This part of the island is known for beaches, snorkeling, golf, and for hosting the World Ironman Championships annually.

South Kona is made of coastal villages and features many beaches and oceanfront properties. This neighborhood of Hawaii is known for

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