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Living Green in Hawaii: Big Island

There is no better place for us to begin our new Living Green in Hawaii blog series than the Big Island. Many are drawn to Big Island real estate because of how easy it is to lead a green lifestyle.  As the largest island in the state, Big Island Hawaii is home to many spectacular natural wonders.  Its size and dramatic altitude changes make the Big Island one of the most naturally diverse places on Earth. Preserving these amazing resources is at the heart of the Big Island and its people.

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Buying locally produced food is an easy way to decrease your carbon footprint and a great way to start leading a green lifestyle. The benefits of consuming local produce are twofold. First, it gives you the freshest fruit and veggies. Second, it saves fuel by eliminating the need for cross-country transportation and refrigeration. Consider the resources, time, and cost required to simply bring in a carrot from the mainland –  you will quickly see the benefits of buying local.  There are few places on Earth with as many flourishing natural resources as Hawaii. Take advantage of Hawaii’s year-round summer by buying only sustainable Hawaii agriculture.

Many of the Big Island’s farmers sell their just-picked produce at farmers market. The Hilo Farmers Market features nearly 130 vendors and is the largest and best known farmers market in Hawaii. Kona to the west has four regular farmers markets and a handful of established local fruit stands.  Kona is the only place in the world that can boast delicious Kona coffee as a part of their local produce!  There are well over 20 regular farmers markets around the island so you know one will always be in the area.

Recycling is also a key part to leading a green lifestyle that has been made both easy and beneficial by Hawaii residents. Have you ever noticed the HI5¢ on many of the beverage containers you use every day? This little label means that Hawaii is one of the few states that offers a cash refund for recycling beverage containers. Cardboard, assorted paper and even plastic bags are all recycled in Hawaii. The Hawaii Island Recycling Guide and Zero Waste Hawaii answer all your questions about recycling in Hawaii.

A deep respect for the natural world is a part of the culture of Hawaii and its residents.  This is something the team at Best of Hawaii Real Estate understands and seeks to promote. Our free Hawaii REALTOR matching service will instantly connect you with an agent who can help you achieve a green lifestyle on the Big Island Hawaii.


Mansions in Hawaii: The Ultimate Indulgence in Hawaii Real Estate: Big Island

There’s more to love on Hawaii’s Big Island. Owning luxury Hawaii real estate takes on a new meaning when it’s on the Big Island. Believe it or not, more than half of all the land in Hawaii belongs to Big Island real estate. With this kind of opportunity, it’s easy to find the perfect mansion in Hawaii to suit every possible taste.

Aloha From HawaiiSize isn’t the Big Island’s only claim to fame. Where else can you surf and ski in the same day? We can assure you, a list of those locations would be incredibly small. Add living a luxury lifestyle in paradise to the question and you’ll see why Big Island real estate stands alone at the top.

Kailua Kona Hawaii is located on the west side of the Big Island, and can be seen on number 25 of our Big Island Virtual Tour. Kona is a hotbed of luxury Hawaii real estate activity with some of the biggest mansions in Hawaii. Waikoloa real estate to the north (# 29 on our Big Island Virtual Tour) offers up extravagant resort living near world-class golf courses, shopping and beaches.

Hilo homes on the east coast offer a more laid back luxury lifestyle. This close knit community is home to the island’s only major airport, an excellent four-year university and gives quick access to the renowned Volcano National Park. Are you imagining a secluded Hawaii mansion with an ocean view? What about a luxury Hilo Hawaii condo? Look no further than Hilo real estate.

From Kona Hawaii to Hilo, the Kohala Coast to Puako, Best of Hawaii Real Estate connects you with the Big Island REALTOR who can make your dream of owning luxury Hawaii real estate a reality. Our free service takes the guesswork out of your real estate search.


Healthcare in Hawaii? We’ve got you covered!

It seems like every time we Healthcare in Hawaiirelease new content on the Best of Hawaii Real Estate site, we uncover more and more reasons why moving to Hawaii is truly paradise found.

This week, the site’s latest addition – Healthcare in Hawaii – spotlights Hawaii’s healthcare system as a national standout.  We’ve compiled a bunch of useful information and data from a wide range of sources to create a page that’s comprehensive, easy to read and interesting all at once.  You will find lots of information in small bites, with the resources to find more if you want more information about a particular topic.

Did you know that Hawaii has had near universal healthcare coverage for more than 35 years?  Did you know the state’s largest private hospital has its roots in Hawaii’s original monarchy?  We’ve expanded on this and a whole lot more, all on the site.

We are just as curious as you are about these topics, and we aren’t satisfied until all of our questions are answered.  By putting ourselves in your shoes, we know that your questions are being answered as well.

Whether you’re moving to Hawaii, relocating to a different island within the state, or simply looking for information about healthcare in Hawaii, head over to the site and check out our latest website addition.  It is just one more step toward our goal to become your comprehensive Hawaii resource.


Don’t Miss This Step

We’ve added yet another new section in the Information Center on the Best of Hawaii Real Estate webMissing This Simple Step Could Cost You Thousandssite (http://bestofhawaiirealestate.com) to help you to better understand the enormous impact our free service could have on your next real estate transaction. Written by some of the most experienced minds on our team, this section is an eye-opener – it uncovers issues that arise in many transactions. For example, do you know what dual agency is? A fully disclosed answer awaits you! You have a choice and we want you to be fully armed.

When you’ve decided to make the real estate plunge, where do you begin? Do you head to the yellow pages? Do you start with a Google search? What phrase do you type in? How can you be sure that you’ve started your search correctly, or that you haven’t made the wrong choice at a fork in the road? How do you get rid of all those “What Ifs”?

If this is your first visit to our website or blog, welcome and let us take a minute to explain how our RE-Direct© technology does the work for you. First, you answer a few simple questions about your real estate goals. Next, our system takes less than thirty seconds to turn your answers into quantifiable attributes. RE-Direct© then compares your results to our ranked database of local Realtors. Instantly the preferences you’ve specified have traveled through the ether of cyberspace directly into the inbox of the exact same Realtor whose professional information is being displayed on your screen. It’s instant and it’s 100 percent free!

Now you have a dynamic new first step in the quest to fulfill your real estate dreams and a direct connection to the agent who best fits your requirement. No more questions, no more stress. It isn’t magic; we simply put the real estate industry where it should be – working for you.

Do real estate professionals take a hit in business as a result? Amazingly enough the answer is no – with willing consumers being connected with the agent most likely to satisfy their needs, there will be more happy buyers and sellers, more transactions completing escrow, and an all together better business environment. It is win-win for everyone involved.

Think of us as the real estate industry’s passive mediator, as a bridge over the strangely empty void between you and the industry’s best professionals. Most importantly, think of us any time you are in the market to buy or sell real estate.


An Example to Follow…

The online real estate marketing publication Property Ad Guru has featured our latest update as a shining example of how using real local information gives added value to our service and our website. We have been working hard to update our website to continually include more useful information to assist potential homebuyers.

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To quote the blog post, “Best of Hawaii Real Estate is making local information a key part of its strategy… [with] the addition of new ‘top five things to consider’ sections covering each area.”

Property Ad Guru agrees that local, from-the-source information is utterly invaluable to consumers looking for real estate. If you live on the mainland, you can’t simply jump in your car and drive to Hawaii. It’s the isolation, cultural differences and other aspects unique to the area that makes having this local perspective especially important to people considering Hawaii as a long-term living destination.

Similarly, a Google search will typically land you in a sea of results aimed at tourists and short-term vacationers. The information on our site is specifically targeted at people considering a move to (or within) Hawaii. This is good for the industry, good for Hawaii and, most important of all, good for you and your family.

And we’re not done yet! Just today, we’ve released the latest addition to our Information Center – Jobs in Hawaii – detailing how new residents can expect to be received by Hawaii’s current job market… and there’s good news for job seekers.

Experience the best of local Hawaii before you even arrive, only at Best of Hawaii Real Estate.


Website Expansion Gives Local Perspective of Life in Hawaii

LIHUE, Hawaii (May 24, 2010) – Starting today, the Best of Hawaii Real Estate website will be releasing a series of updates designed specifically for people who are considering a move to Hawaii.

Harnessing a considerable statewide professional network, the expansion compiles interviews, research and internal resources to create a unique, from-the-source perspective.

“The relationships we have around the state give us unprecedented access in to the rhythm of life in Hawaii,” said company spokesperson Nick Ellenburg. “The entire update stems from a simple question we asked an assorted group of locals and long-time Hawaii residents: What’s your favorite part of living here?”

The update, dubbed the “Top 5 things to consider”, is available on the Best of Hawaii Real Estate website (http://bestofhawaiirealestate.com). The sections can be found in the site’s dropdown menu for each separate island located at the top of the site.

Each page features a numbered list of the island’s five most important things to consider for new Hawaii residents, as well as a series of pictures, statistics and interesting factoids. The section has been designated for expansion in the near future.

In addition, keep an eye on the “Information Center” for more new and helpful information. Next up will be “Hawaii Employment Options”, a detailed and to-the-point overview of how you can expect to be received by Hawaii’s job market.

The Best of Hawaii Real Estate website is an officially licensed user of RE-Direct Agent Matching software, designed and implemented by The Portal Tree, LLC, a software development company specializing in real estate referral networking. The website’s Agent Matching service allows consumers to discover the best Hawaii real estate agent for their needs. This service is provided free of charge to the consumer and without any obligations.


Top 5: Comin’ on Strong

Best of Hawaii Real Estate’s “Top 5 things to consider” section we announced earlier in the month is coming along nicely.

As of today, the Big Island (split into Hilo and Kona sides) Oahu, Kauai and Molokai are all up and running, with Maui and Lanai due to be released in the next couple of days. Every one of these sections has been designed with you in mind based on interviews with long-time residents and locals of each individual island. We hope the feature will give you an inside glimpse at day-to-day life in the islands, ultimately making your Hawaii real estate decision as informed as possible.

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And while you’re on the site, keep an eye on the Information Center for more new and helpful information. Next up will be “Jobs in Hawaii”, a detailed and to-the-point overview of how you can expect to be received by Hawaii’s job market.

So head on over; we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the data we’ve gathered.


Moving to Hawaii? Check out the Top 5 Things to Consider

Hawaii SunsetStarting today

Best of Hawaii Real Estate will be rolling out a new informational “Top 5” section for each Hawaiian island, one island at at time. The feature is designed as a resource to give prospective Hawaii real estate buyers a local’s perspective of what makes each island unique.

To give the articles an accurate and original voice, we’re basing all the content on a simple question we’ve asked locals and long-time residents of each island: What is your favorite part of living here?

So head over to http://bestofhawaiirealestate.com and check it out. We hope you find their answers helpful, insightful and entertaining.


Best Of Hawaii Real Estate Launches Interactive Website And Realtor Matching Service

LIHUE, Hawaii – The Portal Tree, LLC, a software development company specializing in real estate referral networking, today announced the launch of BestOfHawaiiRealEstate.com (http://bestofhawaiirealestate.com), a website designed to give Hawaii customers free access to its proprietary Realtor matching technology. The announcement marks the first major phase of the system’s consumer release since its nationwide launch was announced by the company in January.

The BestOfHawaiiRealEstate.com website includes a number of features to help consumers in their real estate search:

•   Realtor matching technology. The system has been developed from the ground up as a free online service to instantly match the consumer with a pre-screened Realtor depending on specific consumer needs.

•   Scenic virtual tour. The website introduces a new virtual tour system that highlights beaches, cultural and religious centers, wilderness areas and parks, shopping locations and other major attractions for each Hawaiian island. The system includes panoramic views, available facilities, suggested activities and health and safety advisories for each individual attraction.

•   Lifestyle and culture. Featured on the website are informative sections detailing the unique and notable aspects of each island’s lifestyle, culture and demographics.

With a goal of being the premier Realtor matching and industry information web portal in Hawaii, BestOfHawaiiRealEstate.com will be unveiling its “Information Center” to feature helpful information targeted at new or potential Hawaii residents. Additional features will be continuously appearing on the site in upcoming weeks.

The BestOfHawaiiRealEstate.com website was designed and implemented by The Portal Tree, LLC, a software development company specializing in real estate referral networking. All revenue from this website is generated through its relationships with the Best of Hawaii’s real estate agents and brokers as well as third party advertisers. The website’s Realtor matching service is provided free of charge to the consumer and without any obligations.