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Change of Location Never Easy

Denise S. Nakanishi

Denise Nakanishi is one of Hilo's most acclaimed real estate agents...

Denise Nakanishi is one of Hilo's most acclaimed real estate agents...

Oct 29 3 minutes read

One of the most gratifying parts of a REALTOR’S® job is helping buyers new to Hawaii Island.  Explaining how truly big this island is can be a challenge.  Buyers arrive thinking they can make a property selection in a week. 

A buyer not familiar with the island might be able to identify a basic area within a week, but that’s it. While selecting a neighborhood has a great deal to do with price, buyers must consider a laundry list of variables even before a key opens a front door. 

  • Elevation, which affects rainfall, climate and vegetation, is critical. 
  • Privacy is affected by land size AND frontage. 
  • Rural subdivisions are
  • not created equal in this regard.  
  • Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (or lack thereof) must be considered. 

After that, a buyer must layer their location decision so that ocean views, county water, broadband, cable TV, paved roads, electricity, proximity to shopping, schools, flood zones, rainfall,lava zones, commute to Hilo, financing type (not all areas qualify for every loan type) are all considered. 

Even when buyers are in the know, the list of buying considerations that must be made before a key is even put into a door can be extensive!  

With lava flowing, insurance issues have raised their ugly head. 

Lending policy and loans turn on the availability of affordable insurance…. or any insurance for that

All this and more is just part of  a day’s work for East Hawaii REALTORS® assisting buyers and sellers in the most important financial decisions they will ever make. 

So you see, moving  is never easy but in this, the best place on the planet, making new friends and becoming close neighbors is just a matter of time and having the requisite knowledge to get the job done! 

Denise's weekly column is making the move from page 4 of the TV Guide to an undetermined location in the Sunday Hawaii Tribune Herald where it can be read twice a month.  Of course, you can still find the same great expert advice online through this blog and others.  Please offer her your feedback  at [email protected]

Or you can reach Team Nakanishi by going here.

Photo courtesy Stewart Miles/

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