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agent spotlightFrom the moment they came to Hawaii in 2004, Kurt & Kirsten knew they had found their paradise. Kirsten was working as a real estate assistant and Kurt was in the software industry before moving to the island from Illinois. They were looking to get out of the rat race and were tired of working in a business suit and tie workspace. When they landed in Hawaii they traded the business suit for a swim suit and started a snorkel business at Kahaluu Beach Park. While working at the beach, Kurt injured his back and had to get back surgery. While he was recouping, he decided to get his real estate license. He started working in real state once he was recovered and he would come home and tell Kirsten how much fun he was having working with clients, going to

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Amber is a native of New Smyrna Beach, Florida and attended Flagler College where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduation, her travels took her further and further West. When she landed on Big Island in 2009, she knew she had found her home. For the first two years she lived on the East side of the island, before planting roots in West Hawaii. She is an avid nature lover and adventure seeker and has explored some of the most remote places on Big Island. She knows the island well and has a deep affinity for Hawaiian history and culture. Amber prides herself in building long lasting relationships and her involvement in the West Hawaii community is a testament to this. She has a natural ability to connect with others,

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We are all undoubtably spending a lot more time at home than usual during the mandated stay-at-home order. If you normally spend a lot of time outside of your house then the last month has probably been a bit different actually living at home. 

 With so much extra time at home, we are spending much more time in the kitchen, at our home computers, using more air conditioning (or heat depending on where you are), using more water, etc. All of these things use energy and are all contributing to your home’s energy consumption. With such an increase in energy consumption, you can expect your utility bills to jump over the next few months. My energy consumption is something I have always been concerned with and I am always trying to find new ways to reduce

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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!west hawaii real estate market april 2020

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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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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Total sales were on the rise in January 2020 on Oahu, with combined condominium and single-family home sales rose 12.6%. Single family home sales were up by 7.7% and condominium sales up by 16.3%. 

Looking closer at the 265 single family homes that sold last month, median sales price was $770,000 which is a slight increase over January 2019 by 0.3%. According to the Honolulu Board of Realtors, about 41% of these sales were between $600,000-$799,999 price range. In the Oahu condo market, the 379 sales in January 2020 had a median sales price of $429,000, a 7.5% price increase when compared to January 2019. The Honolulu Board of Realtors reported that the “most substantial portion of condominium sales occurred in the $300,000 - $499,999 price range,

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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.

Sara joined LUVA Real Estate in 2014 and after working for three years as a transaction manager, office trainer, and salesperson, became a Broker in 2018 and is now the Broker-in-Charge for LUVA . Before entering into the real estate industry, Sara has past experiences in a multitude of venues including business, medical management and owned a clothing boutique. However,

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