Real Estate in Hawaii

Buying and selling real estate in Hawaii can be a much different experience than in other parts of the country. For example, it is advantageous to utilize a local Hawaiian lender to fund your home purchase because a local lender is going to have a better understanding of the unique Hawaiian real estate market. A local lender will be better able to determine a good value from a poor one, and a local lender will not be captivated by the idea that the property is located in Hawaii.

Another important aspect of buying real estate in Hawaii is understanding the differences between the two most common types of ownership arrangements - fee simple (FS) and Leasehold (LH). An FS arrangement is the one most people are used to where the real estate buyer owns the building and the property the building is on. A LH arrangement means that you can improve the property you buy, but you do not own the property outright. You own any improvements you make on your property, but the property is still leased from the owner. Most leases are offered at terms of 55 years, but there are no laws requiring property owners to offer leases with any particular time frame on them.

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Residential and Commercial Real Estate Agencies and Associations in Hawaii

Hawaii Association of Realtors
Address: Hawaii Association of Realtors
1259 Aala Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Office Phone Number: (808) 733-7060
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Honolulu Board of Realtors
Address: Honolulu Board of Realtors
1136 12th Avenue
Suite 200
Honolulu, HI 86816
Office Phone Number: (808) 732-3000
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West Hawaii Association of Realtors
Address: West Hawaii Association of Realtors
75-5995 Kuakini Hwy
Suite 221
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Office Phone Number: (808) 329-4874
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