Kailua Kona Real Estate: Winter, Our Busy Season Has Arrived!

The Kailua Kona real estate winter season has officially arrived! Our lovely town is full of visitors from all over the world out enjoying the sun and sea.

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Historically, December through February are our busiest real estate months, and this year has already been rocking and rolling!

New Year’s Eve I received an email from a Buyer interested in a Holualoa property. After coming into my office and discussing their wants and needs, the luxury condo route seemed like a better fit. We spent some time in the Mauna Lani area, and found them the perfect unit in the Golf Villas at Mauna Lani! We are currently in escrow, with an early March close date.

This past Friday morning, a buyer called in to view my listing on Mahilani Drive. I showed the home, and they expressed interest. The couple also had interest in the homes offered in Pualani Estates. So off we went to view that development  They fell in love instantly, and wanted to make an offer straight away. Wanting to make sure these buyers were well informed and had all the information they needed to make a strong offer, I suggested we take a lunch break, then adjourn to my office for a look at the comparables and current market pricing. We did all of this, and within a few hours submitted an offer to the developer. We came to terms the next day!

Last, but certainly not least….my Mahilani Drive listing, which has had tremendous interest since the day we hit the market,  we put into escrow yesterday! My Sellers are over the moon, and the soon to be owners are getting a wonderful home with fantastic views & potential!

If you are interested in seeing what our market is currently offering, I’ve recently implemented a  property search to my blog! You are now able to access any property for sale on the Big Island! You can search by district, size, price, etc, etc.

Remember, well priced properties aren’t staying on the market for long. Many times, we are seeing multiple buyers submitting offers on the same property. The market in Kona has changed dramatically, if you like a property, make your move now! If the property is priced right, it won’t be available for long.

Enjoy your property searching, and please contact me with any questions you may have!

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Kailua-Kona Real Estate: SOLD! Video Tour of Pualani Estates Short Sale

This is the very popular 4bed/3bath, 2 story, Melia model home in Pualani Estates!

This home was originally purchased by the Sellers with option #8 from the developer, which added an additional 375 sqft of wrap around lanai! Additionally, this home has central air conditioning, mature/irrigated landscaping, ocean views, and is in fantastic shape. A short sale property, this property was priced very competitively!

As the listing agent, I shot high quality photographs, and syndicated this listing to a variety of real estate and social media sites  across the world! Within days of hitting the market we had multiple offers come in and the eventual buyer got a fantastic price.

Many of the inclusions in this resale, the developer now, in their new offerings, do not include. You pay extra for air conditioning, landscaping, irrigation, etc.

Pualani Estates is minutes from down town Kona, in a fantastic location! I have sold multiple home in Pualani Estates, and have another on the way into escrow. If you have any questions about Pualani Estates, current developer offerings, or just want to chat about Kailua Kona real estate, feel free to contact me!

Pualani Estates, 75-6133 Haku Mele Street, SOLD 12/5/12 for $352,000, MLS 255608

Purchasing Now: Your Property As A Kona Vacation Rental

One of the great options home buyers in the Kona real estate market embrace is the popularity and ability to rent their properties as vacation rentals. People come from all over the world to enjoy our wonderful climate, pristine beaches and relaxed island lifestyle.

Some wonderful clients, who I sold the below home to, have done just that! This is their retirement dream home, that they absolutely LOVE. Since they aren’t planning to retire for another 10-15 years, they are offering the home as a vacation rental. What an awesome opportunity for families vacationing on the Big Island!

http://www.vrbo.com/398178

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The property is meticulously landscaped, with lush garden areas, producing fruit trees and plenty of yard room for outdoor games and activities. Of the many highlights of the home, the pool is an absolute favorite!  The privacy afforded in the pool and sunning area is something one can only dream of.

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The main house is a 4bedroom/2 bath home completely outfitted for your convenience, with a delightful chef’s kitchen, breezy screened in lanai area, and a pool table for entertaining.

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Below the main home is the completely self contained “ohana” unit, that is furnished with a king size bed, mini-refrigerator and offers a great escape for visitors seeking a little more quiet and privacy away from the main group!

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This property is quiet, extremely private and offers all the amenities of a high end resort, at a fraction of the price!

Click the Vacation Rental By Owner link below for more property information and to view rental availability!

http://www.vrbo.com/398178

Kona Real Estate Market Update:October 2012

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Kona’s real estate market continues to improve as the latest real estate numbers show quite clearly.

For the full market report click Griggs Report- Mid October 2012

In our North Kona residential market current inventory is down 18% compared to the same time last year, while pending sales are up 19%.

The pending ratio is an illustration of market supply and demand. That ratio is found by dividing the pending sales by active listings, then multiplied by 100.

A pending ration below 30 is a buyer’s market. A pending ratio 30-50 is neutral. Pending ration 51-99 is a seller’s market. Any ratio over 100 is a peak in the market,  with market correction/adjustment not far behind.

The higher the ratio, the greater the market demand for real estate.  In the time period we are looking at, the pending ratio is 56.28. A telling statistic, as this is indicative of our current market changing to a more seller friendly environment, or a “seller’s market”.

Put simply, inventory is low, and buyer interest is extremely high!

If you have been contemplating Kona real estate, don’t wait any longer. Get in while the getting is good!

The Griggs Report is published bi-monthly and used here courtesy of Michael B. Griggs, R(B) of Clark Realty Corporation’s Kailua-Kona office. 

 


					

Kona Condo Update: Alii Lani Inventory and Recent Sales

The popular Alii Lani condominium project, located on Kailua-Kona’s Alii Drive continues to draw strong buyer interest as many find the project’s competitive pricing good Kona value.

Alii Lani has 2bed/2bath or 3bed/2bath floor plans, multiple swimming pools for owners to enjoy, low maintenance fees and is just minutes from Kona’s many beaches.

I closed on my Alii Lani F101 listed property, September 14, 2012.

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This turnkey furnished unit had been almost completely redone from top to bottom with new appliances, flooring, paint and fixtures. As my seller and I began readying the property for market,  I shot high quality photographs along with a high-definition video tour to best showcase the property!

I released Unit F101 onto the market,  the morning of August 3, 2012. Within the hour we had a request for showing, a second showing to same buyer that same day,  and by the next morning a full price offer!  When a property is priced right, and you have professional photographs paired with a video tour, your property will sell.  We closed September 14, 2012 at our list price of $189,000. My seller, and the buyer were ecstatic!

There is still some great inventory in Alii Lani. Currently there are four units available, priced from $155,000-$209,000. Units that have sold from June 1, 2012 range in sales price from $138,000-$209,000. To view Alii Lani inventory and recent sales activity click here. 

For information on these or other units, or to discuss selling your property, contact Marco today!

Ingredients To A Successful Sale, Kona Westwind #2 – SOLD!

We closed on this sale Friday afternoon, and my clients and I are heading out for a celebratory lunch in just a few hours!

 This great Kailua-Kona condominium unit sold in 22 days! How is that possible, in our current market? 

The answer is that this listing had the three key ingredients to a successful sale!

1. It was easy to show. No tenants, no 24-48 hour notice, it could be shown at a moments notice! 

2. It was always in showing condition. The unit was always in great shape. No messy bedrooms, no dishes in the sink, it always sparkled! That first impression is priceless, and it certainly paid off here.

3. It was well priced. My phone rang continually with interest in this unit. Buyer agents knew this was well priced, and would sell in a short amount of time. We had multiple showings, and immediate strong buyer interest. This culminated with an offer presented on our 20th day on the market.

These three ingredients, along with my video marketing, high quality photographs and extensive social media distribution all parlayed into a successful closing for my clients!

If you are considering selling, be sure to talk to Marco about what he can do to sell your property! Put Marco to work for YOU!

Kona Westwind #2, MLS 255244, SOLD! 

Kona Market Update: Inventory Down, Sales Up!

Kona’s real estate market continues to gain momentum, as reduced inventory levels and aggressive buyers continue to take advantage of fantastic market pricing.

Our most recent market update via The Griggs Report, shows us that in North Kona’s residential market priced to 4 million,  inventory levels have been reduced 19%  when compared to the same time in 2011.

In the same market, during the same time frame that inventory has decreased, pending sales have increased by 16%.

Decrease in inventory, increase in sales…..you know quite well what is coming next. Increased pricing.

Many Realtors can attest to the fact that we don’t have the inventory we used to. It simply isn’t available. Well priced properties fly off the shelf, and my Alii Lani #F101 unit, currently in escrow, was a great example of this.

I listed the below Alii Lani #F101 condominium Friday August 3, 2012 at 8:11 a.m. Before the end of hour, I had a request for showing. Then a second showing to that same buyer by mid afternoon. The next morning, we had an offer. All parties came to terms Sunday, and we opened escrow Monday morning.

If you are a Buyer in Kona’s current real estate market, DON’T WAIT. Recovery is happening this very moment, and concrete numbers are supporting that.

Don’t be left behind!

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New Listing: Video Tour, Alii Lani #F101!

I just released this great offering in the Alii Lani condominium project this morning! This unit has been wonderfully reappointed by the sellers, talk about NEW, NEW, NEW!

There is new paint, flooring and fixtures throughout the entire unit. New air conditioning units in the living, master and 2nd bedroom. New stack washer/dryer,  new kitchen appliances, and custom closet built ins!

If that wasn’t enough, the unit is being sold furnished! That is right, turnkey furnished! There are a few personal exclusions, and an inventory will be provided. Enjoy the tour!

Alii Lani #F101, MLS 26537, Offered Furnished $189,000

SOLD! Pualani Estates Short Sale

Blog Update 12/10/12 – We closed on this transaction 12/5/12! See my blog post update to read more!

Pualani Estates’ resale market continues to be red-hot! As of July 25, 2012, there are 8 resale homes currently listed for sale. Of those 8 only 1 is currently available, the rest are in escrow!

Pualani Estates is a very popular single family home development by builder DR Horton in Kailua-Kona. Owners appreciate the central location, being in the Holualoa elementary school district, and the wonderful Pualani Estates community park!

Offering multiple floor plan and upgrade package options (central air, landscaping, appliance, security, flooring, etc) along with competitive price points, currently $300K-$430K, people LOVE Pualani Estates!

The developer is currently in the final, third phase of home building. The majority of resale homes we see coming to market are in the first two phases of development, and are typically short sale or bank owned properties. 

For example, I listed this short sale property in early July and within 21 days we had received multiple offers and put the home in escrow.

 75-6133 Haku Mele Street, MLS 255608, Offered at $352,000

This is the very well-kept 4bed/3bath,  Melia model home, that has a wonderful wrap lanai area with ocean views, central air, mature landscaping in place, and has additional storage area off the garage.

Currently we are in escrow, awaiting lien holder’s short sale approval.

Back up offers are being accepted, please contact me if you would like to arrange a viewing!

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Kona Westwind #2 Video Tour!

I’m very happy to share West Hawaii Real Estate’s inaugural, high-definition, property video tour!

My sellers now have the benefit of HD video tours showcasing their properties, WOW!  Property video tour demand is tremendous right now among buyers, and this is another great sales tool I am able to bring to my clients!

This Kona Westwind unit is an updated 2bedroom/2bath offering that has an expansive lanai area, ocean view, and is just minutes from town.

Kona Westwind is a low density (15 unit!) project that is pet friendly, and does not allow vacation rentals.

MLS 255244, 77-296 Kalani Way Kailua Kona HI 96740, Offered at $155,000

Want to get a better look at the property? Be sure to mark your calendars, this unit is being held open Sunday, July 15 from 12pm-4pm during Clark Realty’s Summer Sell-Abration extravaganza. Hope to see you then!