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Moving to Hawaii Guide

Top Ten Tips for moving to Hawaii

The following are some things to consider when moving to Hawaii.

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Hawaiian Islands

Which Island/Region?

Each island and each region of each island have been described as different worlds. Differences in weather, job market, type of residents, pace of life, and cost of living can affect your decision. We suggest taking a long vacation in the area you like the most before deciding.

Getting a Job

Of course, having a job lined up before you come is a great start. Some people like to visit Hawaii first and do some interviews before making the final move. Getting a job in Hawaii can be difficult at first because most employers prefer those that have been on the island for some time. Make sure your prospective employer knows you intend to live on the island long term.

Healthcare

Make sure your healthcare carries over to Hawaii and that you can use good doctors on your island. Finding a good doctor should be of immediate priority. A lot of people lag on this, but please don’t because you never know what’s going to happen in the near future. Learn more about Hawaii healthcare options.

Home Purchase

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Buying a home in Hawaii is a great investment considering that mortgage rates are often lower than monthly rent. You can buy a home for yourself, or buy an investment property to use as a vacation rental and subsidize your income. Because buying here is so attractive, Hawaii has thousands of realtors, and some are great while others aren’t up to snuff. Find a Hawaii realtor that specializes in what you’re after and for the area you want to buy in. This is where Best of Hawaii Real Estate is exceptionally useful. We match you to your ideal pre-qualified realtor.

Moving your Stuff and your Car

Whatever you decide to bring to Hawaii (other than what you can carry on the plane) will come on a slow ship, so keep this in mind when packing. Some services will allow you to ship things by air, but they cost a lot more. Your car will also be brought over on a freighter. Since September 11th, you can’t fill your car with any items, so everything needs to be shipped in a separate container.

Pets (dogs, cats, horses, etc…)

doggyBringing pets to Hawaii can be a difficult and long process, but it can be pretty easy if you know what you’re doing. Check out this article on moving pets to Hawaii in order to cut through long quarantine periods. If you have more exotic pets, you may not be able to bring them into the State of Hawaii because they may be considered invasive species.

Family and Friends

The hardest part about moving to Hawaii is leaving family and friends. The good news is that once you live here, you’ll likely be getting visitors on a regular basis. We’ve noticed that our time with mainland family and friends has actually increased because they come out for a week at a time and we get solid quality time with them. As for new friends, you’ll make plenty so long as you abide by the next tip.

Get Active and Get Involved!

Part of the allure of living in Hawaii is the active lifestyle. You can do so many things outdoors here and at any time of year. Take advantage of the inexpensive and amazing activities Hawaii has to offer. Also, make sure to get involved in the community by going to events and joining clubs. This is a great way to meet people and to show that you care about the islands. You’ll find that residents of Hawaii are deeply invested in the health of their land, people, and culture. Get involved!

Retirement

retire in HawaiiHawaii is the best place to retire for many reasons. You have all the convenience of the mainland, live in paradise, and get to enjoy a slower, low-stress lifestyle.  There are many things to consider when planning retirement in Hawaii.

Be prepared to Slow Down

The pace of life in Hawaii is anything but hectic. It takes a little time to adjust your pace to the island life, but it’s well worth it. Your stress levels will fall, and your life span will increase. It’s really the only way to live, so enjoy it!

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Mele Kalikimaka!

Christmas in Hawaii

Santa at the Beach

It’s Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas to you! Christmas Day is here and while people around the world are sitting by the fire or taking sleigh rides, the people of Hawaii are heading to the beach!

Spending Christmas Day on the beach is a beloved tradition among many families living in Hawaii. It’s no mystery that the weather in Hawaii is pleasantly warm year-round but for many, spending the holiday sun bathing or riding waves remains a strange notion. Strange or not, Christmas on the beach is a tradition that catches on quickly.

The beach lifestyle is something that goes hand-in-hand with owning Hawaii real estate. Wherever you are in the islands the beach is never far away. Have you been thinking about moving to Hawaii but don’t think that you’re a “beach person”? The beach has a way of quickly finding its way into the heart of even the most outspoken dissenter.

We all know the beach is a place to surf, swim, sunbathe and frolic in the sand. But what if these activities don’t exactly match your idea of fun? Does a pleasant weekend afternoon for you often include curling up in a comfortable place to finish a book? Going on a picnic? Knitting a loved one a new pair of socks? These are all activities that can be enriched simply by taking a trip to the beach. Maybe you’re more of a beach person than you thought!

Just like anywhere else, Christmas in Hawaii is a time when dreams come true. If you’ve been dreaming of moving to Hawaii – of having a slice of paradise all to yourself – now has never been a better time to act. Experiencing the joy of the season shouldn’t be just for the kids. Thousands of people just like you – families and retirees, the young and the old – will be spending Christmas on the beach this year simply because they decided they wanted a life in Hawaii.

Owning Hawaii real estate is easier than you think. Hawaii REALTORS are truly experts at their craft but finding the right one can be tough. Best of Hawaii Real Estate connects you to the best Hawaii REALTORS instantly, reliably and without any fees or obligations. Starting your Hawaii home buying process with the right Hawaii REALTOR is the best way to start your life in paradise.


Christmas in Hawaii

Mele Kalikimaka! Christmas season in Hawaii is upon us! The orange and red hues of Thanksgiving are behind us, and the ghouls and goblins of Halloween are but a distant memory. December has started and it’s time to decorate that tree, buy gifts and indulge in a few Yuletide sweets.

Hawaiian Christmas Ornament

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This time of year Hawaii residents are gearing up for a very special Christmas celebration. Christmas in Hawaii is very similar to Christmas anywhere else in the world with just a few minor changes. Spending Christmas in the islands takes on a special Hawaiian flair found nowhere else on Earth. At Best of Hawaii Real Estate, we think Hawaii Christmas celebrations are one of the most unique parts of living in Hawaii. That’s why we’re dedicating the next several blog posts to the topic.

There are so many things to love already about the holiday season. Christmas lights, fragrant trees, giving and getting, sweet treats, friends and family always close by and the simple joy of the season. We are always happy to see Christmas come and always sad to see it go.

Hawaii has become a preferred Christmas vacation spot because the Hawaiian Christmas season is extra special. Residents and tourists alike enjoy the holiday with many traditional parades and parties throughout the state. Honolulu Hawaii (letter “H” on our Oahu Virtual Tour) features some of the most festive Christmas celebrations in the state.

Experience the Honolulu City Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Outrigger Hotel. Watch as Santa lands on the beach at Waikiki (letter “W” on our Oahu Virtual Tour) in a Hawaiian outrigger canoe in the best Waikiki holiday ritual. Jolly old Saint Nick is greeted by the Hawaiian gift of hula – the famous traditional dance – and is available for free photo-taking for the kids!

Hawaii Christmas has something to offer to even the most diehard sports fans. The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl takes place on Christmas Eve at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Christmas in Hawaii is part of what makes owning Hawaii real estate special. However tempting, we know how big of a decision buying a Hawaii home can be. Best of Hawaii Real Estate gives you the tools to make the most informed decision. We can connect you to the Hawaii REALTOR who best fits your needs – and best of all, it’s completely free!


Cars, Pets and Plants – Oh My!

Updates are rolling in once again. Best of Hawaii Real Estate is bringing you inside information straight from the source, this time answering all your questions about bringing your pets, cars and even plants to your little piece of paradise. We got ourselves chest-deep in information so you don’t have to, emerging with clear directions toward the path of least resistance. Read on!

First up, we’ve uncovered some welcome changes to the Hawaii animal quarantine laws that practically do away with the traumatic and troublesome practice all together. If you have pets and have been thinking about bringing them to Hawaii, you’ve probably heard horror stories about Hawaii’s quarantine system. Worry not – with a little planning and action on your part before you move, you could have your furry friend in your new Hawaii home without any trouble at all.

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While Hawaii looks small on a map, you’re still going to need a way to get around. We’ve produced a new section detailing the pros and cons of shipping your car to Hawaii from anywhere in the world. The process is possible and even quite common, but its cost effectiveness depends on a variety of factors. Before you decide to ship or sell, read this section; it could end up saving you thousands.

Finally, we’ve included a short section outlining Hawaii’s strict regulations on plant transport in and out of the state. While plants don’t seem like a big deal, unwittingly transporting the wrong kind of plant during your move would make for a rough way to start your new life. Give this section a few seconds of your time, and who knows – it could help you avoid a ton of problems at the port.

Answering burning questions like these are our forté and, as always, the answers come from real people who have been in your shoes first hand. You won’t want to miss this, so bookmark the Best of Hawaii Real Estate website and keep checking back.

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Explore Our All-New Website

Well, another week and more additions to the Best of Hawaii Real Estate site.  Our “Information Center” has been renamed to “Moving to Hawaii”. We believe it better reflects the information and facts we have, and will continue to gather. We also streamlined the look of the whole site. We hope you like it.

We are constantly adding new information so be sure to check us out on a regular basis so you don’t miss out on anything!!

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Next up, will be ways to move your belongings and critter companions both large and small to Hawaii!

Do you have any questions about moving to, or living in Hawaii that you would like us to answer for you? Your comments and questions about the website, blog and the RE-Direct system are important to us. Leave us a comment and we will do our very best to answer it right away.

Remember, whether it is a primary residence, vacation home, commercial property or even mixed use – we have agents ready to assist you.

Aloha!


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.