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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!


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.


The Job Market’s Greener on the Island Side

The latest addition to our Information Center section – Jobs in Hawaii – that we mentioned Thursday is complete and live.

We’ve approached this section a little differently. We realized that in order to make the point clearly – that Hawaii is a bright spot in a troubled global job market – we needed to stray a bit from our normal light-hearted style.

We’ve included graphs, tables and a whole lot of statistics, all telling you that if you’ve been holding off moving to Hawaii because of the job search, a closer look will offer some very good news that might just change your mind.

Throughout the Great Recession – the term dubbed by mainstream media for this recent economic downturn – Hawaii’s seasonally adjusted unemployment levels have consistently hovered around 70 percent of the nation’s average.

Hawaii’s job market also appears to be recovering at a faster rate than the country as a whole. Recent data show that, while the job market seems to be improving throughout the country, that rate has been turbo-charged here in Hawaii.

Since we’ve grabbed your attention, check out Jobs in Hawaii for more of the good stuff. And remember – more updates are always just around the corner!


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.


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.


The RE-Direct Report – March 2010

Take The First Step Toward Your Dreams Today!

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) expands on the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit:

Extended deadline

To qualify for benefits, home buyers must have entered into a purchase contract by April 30, 2010. Once this provision is met, home buyers have until June 30, 2010 to close the deal.

Expanded sphere of benefits

While those making a first time home purchase still qualify for the $8,000, repeat home buyers are now eligible to claim a $6,500 tax credit on home purchases up to $800,000. This affects an enormous range of individual circumstances, including those of you looking to upgrade, downsize, relocate for any reason or simply make a smart investment. Additionally, the tax credit is redeemable for the construction of a new home.

Relaxed income requirements

To qualify for the full amount, individuals must make no more than $125,000 annually, couples up to $225,000 combined. Individuals and couples who make up to $20,000 over the limits will still qualify for partial benefits measured on a progressively declining scale. These numbers nearly double that of last year’s First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit and affect all eligible home purchases between November 7, 2009 and the April 30, 2010 deadline.

Your REALTOR® can help you take advantage of the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit.

Real estate is one of the smartest long-term investments you can make.

What are you waiting for?

For further information regarding the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit, we recommend:

The National Association of Realtors

IRS News Release

National Association of Home Builders’ Informational Site