Kailua-Kona, HI Real Estate News

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
As with most things in life, no matter how refined the details, sometimes you've gotta kiss a bunch of frogs to find a prince. Just the matter of odds. And pricing. One guy offered to be our Hawaii gardener for $40 a month, and he came only once a month, too. For 15 minutes. By picking up a ton more houses in our community, he was earning $160 an hour. So he paid his workers ten bucks an hour.They descended on our street like blowhard locusts. Now, most of them are gone. We blasted through a few more. However, now our last gardener, a guy who lives on my street, sent me a video, which I have posted in my blog today. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Settling on a Hawaii Gardener for our Second Home.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
This is unusual for me to see because I don't live in a neighborhood in Sacramento that is overrun by wild turkeys or black witch moths. In fact, I had never seen a black witch moth before in my life until I spotted this huge insect thing attached to our lanai. I am very cognizant, or at least I try to be cognizant, of critters that appear out of nowhere. High alert, I call it. Because you never know when a fat cockroach will run across the floor or a lizard will fall on your head or you might step on a humongous slug barefoot. Nobody really wears shoes if they don't have to, but there is a good reason, in many cases, to have shoes on your feet. Shoes give you the opportunity to quickly squash the baby geckos, which emerge without warning from under warm places. So, with that I bring yo...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
I got so busy this morning that I forgot to post my blog. Between dealing with properly instructing guys who were about to apply sealer to my lanai, visiting with several friends and attending an HOA meeting, it was an easy thing to space out. That's because I am a creature of habit. If I change one thing in my routine, it can throw me off for the day. Like I always write a blog on Active Rain in the early morning, but my early morning was absorbed with too many other activities.Well, better late than never. Yesterday, I visited with a remarkable artist who has been creating clay flowers that are so realistic it is very hard to tell the difference between a real cattleya orchid and a clay orchid. You can read more in my personal blog today and view a lot more photos at this link: Buy or...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
My friend Linda from Roseville who lives down the street from our house in Hawaii says she always runs into people she knows at Safeway. Including various relatives from distant towns in West Hawaii. Well, I never see anybody I know at the grocery store but that's probably because I'm on a mission to get in and get out. Yesterday I was in bit of a rush so I could finish my shopping, get home with enough time to put everything away before going to the public interfaith memorial service for the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue victims, organized in part by Kona Beth Shalom. The message: stronger than hate. There were a couple of Hare Krishna priests, too, who passed around a lei for everyone to share Aloha. We read the Mourners Kaddish, even though many could not pronounce the syllables ...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
On Halloween night I called my husband at midnight, who happened to be in Chicago, because I needed to hear his voice. To talk more about the shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh. It has made me feel like it is 9/11 again. So horrific that fat tears pop out of my eyes at the slightest provocation.My way of coping with tragedies is to stay occupied and focus on day-to-day survival. Long drives seem to help. So does strolling along the beach. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: A North Kona Beach for Boogie Boarding You Might Not Find.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
You've gotta admit, it is generally not the workers at the DMV who are the problem. It is the sysem established for handling the volume. I would think they would hire an efficiency expert or team to analzye the work-flow and to devise a system that better works.Up until the RealID situation in California, our Sacramento DMV accepted appointments, and you could be in and out in 15 minutes. People complained because it could take a couple of hours. Well, that is NOTHING as compared to the Kona DMV. When I heard how long the wait was I almost decided to drive to the Waimea DMV because at least that would be an hour there and an hour back in air conditioned comfort.You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: The Kona DMV is No Picnic but the State Workers are Great.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
OK, I raise my hand. When I had dogs a long, long time ago, in another life, dog parks did not exist. But, whoa, let me tell you what I discovered. Not that I'm in the market for a date because I am NOT, but if I were looking to pick up a guy, you can score no better than at a dog park. I mean, forget about drinking establishments.Dog parks are where it's at. There is an entire social community happening at dog parks. People with dogs already know that, I imagine. You can read more if you like in my personal blog today at this link: Photos of the Central Bark Dog Park in Kona.
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
Aloha and good morning Kona.  (photo above from this morning) As I sit here putting together my (WHAR) Presidents report for the State board “Hawaii Association of Realtors” (HAR) I surprised myself with some of the numbers, so much so I thought I would share them with you. As Puna was taking the physical brunt of the damage from the worst lava flow in recent history, there was a silent devastation happening on the west side of the island, so silent most of us missed it as we helped our neighbors on the east side.I am going to point to 2 of the biggest reasons. 1: The media, if you were to listen to them, you would have thought that not only was the Big Island being evacuated and was uninhabitable, but Waikiki and Oahu were also being evacuated. When in fact, there was a 10 square mile...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
After buying the cabinets, ordering the quartz countertops was the next order of business. That was last June. But, because this bath remodel is happening at our second home in Hawaii, everything takes longer. There are the normal problems caused by rainstorms, hurricanes and volcano eruptions, that sort of stuff.And, then there is also the problem that people nowadays are just not vested in their jobs. They are not "paid" to think, I guess, I hear that a lot. Some of these guys simply cannot fathom that if they do X then Y might happen. However, I take part of the blame when I am not constantly on site to supervise. After all, I am the last person to catch an error.The part I enjoyed was the contractor claiming that the guys I hired from Lowes are basically incompetent. Then HIS guy ho...
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By Kona Home Team (luva llc) Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can!
(Kona Home Team (luva llc))
 Lance Owens (RS) | 808-936-8383 77-6311 Alii Dr 204, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 MLS No: 621447Condo/Townhouse $430,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 full Year Built: 1980 Sq Footage: 1041 County: Hawaii CountyDESCRIPTIONAlmost Oceanfront with direct ocean views, let me clarify that statement....incredible ocean views looking into Lyman's Bay (great local surf area) 2nd floor living with the convenience of an elevator, 2 parking stalls under the building, and a storage area in the garage area. Swimming pool and bbq area.New solar water heater and plumbing updates. Furnishings have been removed.Park in stall 7 or 10 please CC&Rs allow vacation rentals in the complex, buyer to verify county codes.FEATURES Appliances: Range/Oven Baths: 2 Bedrooms: 2 County/Area: Hawaii County District: North Kona Ex...
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By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
Lock Watch for the Week of 10/8/2018 Volatility-O-Meter:In the unlikely event of a water landing... Economicalendar (all times are Pacific):Mon, 10/8:       Market closed (Columbus Day).Tues, 10/9:      Quiet.Weds, 10/10:     PPI (5:30am), 3-Yr Note Auction (8:30am), 10-Yr Note Auction (10am).Thurs, 10/11:    CPI and Jobless Claims (5:30am), 30-Yr Bond Auction (11am).Fri, 10/12:        Import and Export Prices (5:30am), Consumer Sentiment (7am). 10-Year Treasury History3.23%     Friday's Close3.09%     One Week Ago2.94%     One Month Ago2.35%     One Year Ago Race Week in Kona, HawaiiSaturday, 10/13/18, will be the 40th edition of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, which means that if you are "lucky" enough to be participating in the event you are on your way to Kailua Kona today...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Yesterday, I made one phone call related to Sacramento real estate business. Which is slow for a weekday. A fellow with an investment property to sell seems to have read an article I wrote about tenants in common and desires to sell his rental in Sacramento. For some reason he picked up my contact information through Z although my name is sufficient to find me. Say what you guys want about Z, heh, heh. Although he did not answer his phone.Thursdays are often a good day to plan an activity when I won't be subject to a ton of calls and emails. Besides, I spent a good hour on the phone with the corporate office at Lowes. Explaining that the manager of the store here in Kona cannot do the job of his coordinator AND manage the store, and his coordinator is on "leave." When I asked if he has ...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
By mainland visitor, I mean a person. Well, two people. Not the ishy creepy thing I stepped on barefoot this morning. After a hard rain, the slugs come out. My fault. Wasn't watching where I was walking along our sidewalk when I stepped on something squishy. In fact, I squished it. Then part of it stuck to my foot and I tried to scape it off on the sliding door frame to our kitchen. Which was really stupid because now it will dry, stick to the frame and my door won't close.But our real human visitors arrived yesterday. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Exclusive Buyer's Agent Josh Amolsh Arrives in Kona!
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Like with Sacramento real estate agents, I think some people tend to think all boat charters are the same. There are big differences among real estate agents, like boat charters. Possessing a license means nothing. First, there is an ability to comprehend, followed by ability to communicate, topped with a healthy dash of ethics, integrity and compassion, coupled with years and years of experience. But no, sellers and buyer often pick the next door neighbor, some random smiling stranger, or a cousin.Same thing applies to choosing a fishing boat charter in Kona. You can do what I did with one year and spend a lot of money to go chasing marlin (with some guy who just moved to Kona from southern California), which you are pretty much guaranteed not to catch. Or, you can choose a guy who gre...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Supporting local businesses is important to me regardless of where I may be in the world. If there is a way to buy a local product, that's what I will do. Just the way I am wired. So, even though I knew that Poi Dog Deli was opened earlier this spring, I could not manage to make it over there. Big mistake. Wish I had gone sooner.Yesterday, as I sat out on our lanai chatting with my husband and a friend, it dawned on me I was suddenly starving to death. Not to mention, I had not yet picked up a sandwich for my fishing trip today. I am publishing this at 6 AM but that's because I am required to be at Honokohau Harbor at the ungodly hour of 5 AM. Five o'clock on the morning is a time to be sitting half asleep on my lanai doing a blog and drinking coffee. Not climbing aboard a boat.You can ...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Absolutely cannot believe how much money I spent at the grocery store in Kona last Saturday. More than $500. But then I don't go grocery shopping in Sacramento, so I'm not really aware of how much things cost. Like, I would be a lousy contestant on The Price is Right. I used to watch that show as a kid, and I always knew the price of a can of Green Giant green beans or a week-long vacation to Aruba. But not today.Not only that, but there were several phone calls to my husband while at Safeway. For example, in front of the milk section, which I don't drink, buying milk seemed like a good idea because I notice my husband drinks milk. But what kind of milk does he drink? Well, let's just say that I would also be a lousy contestant on the Newlywed Game, and would totally blow that question....
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
The photo above was shot at 10:30 AM, August 23rd, from Kona Haven Coffee as Laura pulled out into traffic on her Harley Davidson.Initial reports on the path and timing for Hurricane Lane in Hawaii had us expecting the hurricane ramifications at 2 AM Thursday morning. However, as of 5 PM Thursday night, there is very little going on in Kailua-Kona. A tad overcast, a drizzle now and then, but not much in the way of winds or rain.Until I looked at the National Hurricane Center map and dug into that website. I am posting this to drip on Thursday night, so when you read this, there won't be an update unless I have internet. Hurricane Lane is now expected to pass by Kona sometime between 8 PM Thursday night and 2 AM Friday morning.Other parts of the Big Island have experienced flooding and e...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Guess I have got to run down to Lowes before Hurricane Lane hits to pick up extra propane and, while I'm there, supposedly my cabinet pulls have arrived. I tried to exchange propane tanks several days ago but Lowes was out of propane. Besides, I do not want to be physically inside the house, cringing, when the workers cut through my wall to finish installing the drain for the bath tub. We moved the toilet flange yesterday. They were not sure it could be done, I think. So much digging. So much dirt and lava rock piled up in my bath. Then, today, I hear my quartz from Honolulu is not shipping, and there will be no quartz install on Friday. Oh, well. Ya go with the flow.You can read more in my personal blog today and see more photographs at this link: Heaven and Hell of Moving a Toilet Fla...
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Oh, my aching back. It is time for home improvement consequences. Usually, I don't suddenly engage in an uptick of physical activity. But hauling boards, lifting heavy boxes, loading up my SUV, unloading, bending over, all those things can wreak havoc on your body when one is not used to that level of movement.Of course, that doesn't count stepping in the paint when you're painting baseboards or running into the house carting the wood from garage to lanai. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Painting Baseboards Day Two Hawaii Bath Remodel.
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By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker)
Although we bought our Hawaii house over 3 years ago, we have never participated in the Sunday Stroll at Kona's Historic Kailua Village. So, while hanging out at Kona Haven Coffee yesterday morning with the gang, this topic came up. Once a month, Ali'i Drive, where all the tourists go, is closed to traffic. Ali'i Drive parallels the ocean, dotted by small and big shops, restaurants, churches, and historic places with cultural significance. The weather was perfect for a leisurely stroll, even though August is often the hottest month in Kona. I suppose the hurricane south of us brought those late afternooon showers, too.The people in that photo above are all from Placer County in California. On the left is my friend, Linda, who used to live in Roseville, California, and the other two are ...
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