Though the Big Island’s Halema’uma’u crater lava lake has drained out of view, there’s still a reason to visit Volcanoes National Park this weekend: the 7th annual pottery sale at Volcano Village. It’s never too early to start holiday shopping. Support the Big Island potters guild. Buy local pottery! Friday and Saturday June 12 & 13, 2015.
On Saturday I received an email from my state professional association. It discussed the problem of fraudsters targeting folks in the process of buying a home here in Hawaii. Via email, the bad guys impersonate an escrow official or the estate broker to persuade buyers that the original wire instructions were incorrect. Here are the correct wire instructions they say, and do send the money now. It’s a scam. Here is the complete text from the Hawaii Association of Realtors newsletter, including tips on how to protect yourself from this and similar email scams:
BE AWARE OF EMAIL SCAMS AND WIRE FRAUDSTERS – In recent months, real estate professionals have reported an upswing in a particularly insidious wire scam. A hacker will break into
I’m on Big Island Bees’ mailing list. Last Wednesday they announced a small shipment of their raw organic Macadamia Nut Blossom honey to Kona’s Costco.
Last December I learned the small jars make excellent gifts. I received heaps of thank you notes! My husband is a bread and butter guy. He prefers the opaque Ohia Lehua Blossom variety. I like it all! Want to know why it’s time to give up the honey bear bottle? Learn that and how easy it is to become honey obsessed at Epicurious.com.
South Kona Big Island Bees honey is better tasting and more nutritious than the overly processed kind in the bear bottles. Get to Kona Costco before it’s all pau!
West Hawaii Today shared the website of the contractor hired to widen the Queen K highway from Kona harbor to the airport. It is BuildQueenK.com. Orange fencing says the job has commenced. Any bets on how long will it take to complete? They say two years. I’m guessing five. Remember the Phase 1 widening from Kona town to the harbor? It was effectively built twice because so many mistakes were made. I suppose the time frame for Phase 2 depends on what the archaeologists find. In any event, this is Hawaii, not Dubai. Why take a week when you can string out salaries paid by taxpayers for years? Right now the job is estimated at $20 million per mile. Any guess on what that number will be upon completion? We’ll need to hang on to our checkbooks and traffic snarled tempers for a few years. Here we go!
When you live in a Hawaiian rain forest like I do, bamboo will probably find a way into your yard. It will most probably be an aggressive running variety such as Chimono-bambusa, Indocalamus, Pleioblastus, and Sasa. Running underground, new shoots will sprout tens of feet away from the stand in unwelcome places. Controlling the spread will be a weekly chore.
Bamboo is lovely. If you are not already infested with a running variety, you may want to plant a clumping variety here and there in your yard. These are much better behaved. Ask your nursery for Bambusa, Borinda, Chusquera, Fargesia, or Otatea bamboo. Install a fountain or koi pond, meditation mat or garden bench, and you are set!
The summer home selling season is underway. Are you ready to sell and move to Hawaii? In addition to the 5 tips to prepare your home for sale article posted in September, here are eight ways to help your home put its best face forward.
Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell. We’re not talking about replacing vinyl siding with redwood siding; we’re talking about maintenance and beautifying tasks you’d like to live with anyway.
The way your house looks from the street — attractively landscaped and well-maintained — can add thousands to its value and cut the time it takes to sell. But which projects pump up curb appeal most? Some spit and polish goes a long way, and so does a dose of color.
Tip #1: Wash Your House’s Face
Before you scrape any paint or plant more azaleas, wash the dirt, mildew, and general grunge off the outside of your house. REALTORS® say washing a house can add $10,000 to $15,000 to the sale prices of some houses. Continue Reading…
Amazingly, as of today, there are still tickets available for the Big Island Jazz and Blues festival at Mauna Kea Resort, Hawaii Island. If you are on island and have never seen the show, it will be $50 well spent. The hotel chef will put out a spread of heavy pupus (extra cost) while the sunset puts on a show of its own. Take a friend!
According to the Wall Street Journal on May 19, Hawaii is the most difficult state to find an affordable rental. In West Hawaii, Kona rents have climbed quite high. I have been watching Kona rentals on Craig’s List for the past few months. Today, finding a single family home for less than $2,300 per month is very difficult. There are apartments for less than $2,000 (sometimes) but if pets are part of the family, moving to Hilo may be the only option for pet families who need a yard. I suppose this is a first class problem as Hilo has lively communities. No beaches per say, but Hilo is certainly a pleasant place to live. If you’ve never been to Hilo, here’s a five minute video to give you a feel for this slow Hawaiian town. (Video by Big Island Television).
Here are five excellent tips about preparing your home for sale. Getting a pre-sale inspection is by far the best way to earn the trust of a potential buyer. Though buyers will probably have their own inspection, knowing the sellers have made a big effort to find and correct health and safety issues builds trust and paves the way for a smooth escrow.
5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale
By G. M. Filisko, first published February 10, 2010
Working to get your home ship-shape for showings will increase its value and shorten your sales time.
Many buyers today want move-in-ready homes and will quickly eliminate an otherwise great home by focusing on a few visible flaws. Unless your home shines, you may endure showing after showing and open house after open house—and end up with a lower sales price. Before the first prospect walks through your door, consider some smart options for casting your home in its best light.