Are You Freezing On the Mainland and Looking To Move To Hawaii?

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I can tell people are starting to wish they were sitting in 82-degree weather in January, like I am today, and not freezing on the mainland by the number of visits to my website and specifically to the posts I have written about moving to the Big Island!

Last year, I was sitting in Lake Tahoe under MANY feet of snow and freezing my butt off wishing, hoping, and praying to get back to Kona, so I KNOW that feeling! The real estate market on the Big Island has tapered off a bit since it’s frenzy of a year ago, and there are still some deals to be found. (a 2 bed/2 bath condo in my complex is in foreclosure now, for instance) And getting a mortgage before continued interest rate hikes, is a grand idea, as well.

Some of you may even be thinking about living here for four months out of the year to escape the cold and then go back home and rent out your house/condo here. You can even find long-term renters willing to live in your home for 8-9 months of the year here in West Hawaii and then they can line up other places to live when you get back..people are willing to do that just to be able to find housing here, as we are in short supply of long-term rentals.

Here are five reasons why you should stop living in freezing weather and move to the Big Island:

  1. It is true..it’s 82 today. There has been snow on Mauna Kea lately, so it has seemed a bit chilly, with lows sometimes dipping into the mid-60’s…imagine that.
  2. You won’t get frostbite. Anywhere or anytime..nope, it is just not going to happen.
  3. You won’t slip on the sidewalk, slide out on the road, hit black ice, have your engine block freeze up, etc.
  4. We may have tsunami warning signals each month, but we don’t have wind chill alerts. Ever.
  5. Stop with the gloves, face masks, and three pairs of pants with boots-put on some shorts and sit in the sun and breathe.

If you would like to consider buying a piece of paradise, my husband and I created a real estate referral team and we can match you with a great Realtor anywhere on the island! Contact me at 365ThingsToDoInKona@Gmail.com and I will set you up on a real estate listing alert so you can see what is coming on the market and also receive a guide I am working on that reveals all the nuances you need to know about buying real estate on the Big Island!

Take the BRRRR out of your life and replace it with ALOHA!

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  • Darren Placek says:

    I am looking to find out what it costs per month to live there. If housing is paid for, one would have to figure insurance, taxes and HOA fees (if in a condo or apt.) Of course life style is a big factor also. I just want the simple life and a job to enjoy. I am a commercial contractor/licensed plumber looking for a place to retire, but need income info to make a rational decision. I am in my upper 50’s and would still be available to work. Thank you for your time.

    • Julie Ziemelis says:

      Aloha Darren: If housing is paid for, and you live alone and keep your costs reasonable..$2000 a month will get you a car and gas at $4.15 a gallon right now..about $150 a week in groceries, utilities, HOA fees are a kicker since some run as high as $1000 a month depending on the complex. If you did not live in Kona, let’s say, and let’s say you were in Waikoloa Village where I am right now, the HOA’s are $350 a month, but you need to drive to Kona for all the fun. But, its a slow pace of life with golf and tennis. Kona is going to cost a bit more, but you are closer to grocery options. (we shop at Target but it costs $12 each time to drive there to save $40) Health insurance is a PITA and can be quite expensive. We have major medical and pay out of pocket for things that arise, but we are early 50’s with teens and no health issues. I invite you to join my Kona Newbies group on Facebook and ask the folks that have moved here recently what they are paying out for monthly expenses..I am sure it would be valuable info for all!

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