Browse through the following links for helpful information about real estate and the Big Island.
Home Buying Tips
HAWAII HOME BUYING Tips
Hawaii Home Buying Tips: A Guide for First-Time Homebuyers & Returning Homebuyers Who Need a Refresher
Big Island Information
BIG ISLAND Maps
View maps of the Big Island here: http://hawaiirealestatedreams.com/maps-of-the-big-island-of-hawaii/
School Locator – enter the property address to find your school of attendance
Hawaii Department of Education This site provides a map of the Island of Hawaii and allows the user to select a geographical location to determine what school district that area is in.
Hawaii Local School Directory This site statistically breaks down Hawaii school information at the state, city, district and individual school levels.
BIG ISLAND VISITOR Information
www.gohawaii.com Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau makes available lists for vacation planning, meetings, conventions, FAQ’s and a home page which has a nice overview of facts about Hawaii in general and each island specifically. You can do searches about places to fish, snorkel, golf, shopping, just about anything. For the Big Island page, use http://www.gohawaii.com/big-island
www.hawaiirevealed.com/ Enter the home page and click on “Big Island Revealed,” a good resource about history, beaches, snorkeling, fishing, accommodations — even the secret beaches and places only the locals know about. The authors have a complete list of what’s available in their books.
www.bestplaceshawaii.com This site contains overviews about construction, education, employment, taxes and agriculture. A good educational tool providing slightly outdated information about Hawaii’s economic base.
www.konaweb.com A great site to find out more about the Big Island specifically. (Caution: advertisers are the often the source of the information which may or may not be objective as a result.) Basically a great web site focused on the Big Island.
www.hawaiibusiness.com This up-to-date online business magazine is helpful for the person who wants to know what business and economic forecasts are like in Hawaii in general and specifically on the Big Island.
HAWAII GOVERNMENT Sites
http://hawaii.gov/dlnr Dept. of Land and Natural Resources hosts this site listing recreational activities, island by island, with maps, everything.
www.hawaii.gov/health This State Department of Health web site has information on a few key topics, such as getting married in Hawaii, pet quarantine, and school health requirements.
Hawaii Island Dengue FAQs Hawaii State Department of Health response to Dengue Fever.
BIG ISLAND NEWS
www.westhawaiitoday.com Get acquainted with the west side of the island through the local newspaper, West Hawaii Today. Read it regularly before you move here and get up to speed on local issues. You can even check out the classified ads for jobs, real estate, what’s for sale, etc.
Real Estate Information
DUAL AGENCY Explanation
Read an explanation of Dual Agency.
BROKER of the Year
In Hawaii, lending is more specialized than on the mainland, so it is strongly suggested that you use a local lender for your real estate purchase. The following lender representatives provide outstanding service along with very specialized lending programs and great rates. They are very responsive to inquiries and most of the time you get your answer the same day!
APEX Mortgage LLC
Barbara A. Welsh
Veterans United Home Loans of Hawaii
Hawaii Buyer Advisory Helpful information and links if you are thinking about buying on the Big Island.
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