Buying a Home in Kona?

Have you ever purchased something and then realized that there was an expert out there discussing all the pros and cons and information about that item and you kind of kicked yourself for not finding that resource sooner?
When my friends who have recently purchased a home or moved to Hawaii Island and Kailua Kona, specifically, find out about all the resources I offer, with books, blog posts, YouTube videos, real estate professionals, and community groups, they ALWAYS say, “I wish I had found you BEFORE I bought my house and moved here!”
There is nothing like being a marketer and not being found! 
I have been building two very active Facebook groups to help people moving here and buying a home- the Kona Newbies group with 2000 members and  “365Kona’s I’m Moving to the Big Island and Buying a Home” group with over 1000 members.
My Realtor partners and I are doing monthly live market updates in the buying a home group (and will be doing one this Thursday, December 3 at 5:30) and we share up to date info about things to know and consider on a regular basis.
 I also have my Realtor partners answering questions from the group for the benefit of all. So, if you join, and you have questions about any aspect of buying real estate, you can ask and get your answer. How interactive is that? 😉  (KEY here is that, if you are already working with a REALTOR, we reserve the group for folks who are willing to use my REALTOR partners on the island, as the referral fee that my husband receives, pays for our time spent running these groups.)
An “open to anyone” group is my Kona Newbies group. If you are moving to the island and want to ask questions of people who have gone before you, it’s a VALUABLE resource. I also have topics that you can look at for questions people have already asked and had answered. People make friends there, plan outings, find rental housing, and know where to shop! Make sure you answer the questions to get in. I run that group with strict Aloha and keep spammers out.
And again, my hubby and I run the group as part of our real estate referral service. Hope we can lend our expertise and community-making to you!
Oh, it gets even better! I wrote books to help you because when I wanted to move here and buy real estate there was no local info!
I didn’t know how elevation played into where to live, or life with island pests, (DAMN cockroaches!) or which schools to put my kids into. All of that is covered in my “How to Move to Kona” book and my “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island” and I even wrote a memoir about our first year here that has a story wrapped around helpful insights into what it really is like to move from the mainland to this island. Check out my book page here: 
We have a really successful YouTube channel, 365Hawaii, that shows you fun things to do around the island, how we live a big life on this island and information that makes your time on the island even better! We also have “365Hawaii Real Estate Minute” with videos about neighborhoods, buying sight unseen, where to buy a home, etc. Subscribe to both channels!
I just launched a new website that focuses on lifestyle and real estate at I am putting up market updates and statistics, information that affects real estate and home buying, links to our videos as we release them and more.
As you can see, we ARE the experts on lifestyle AND your connection for all things real estate, too!
Please contact me directly at [email protected] if you are considering purchasing a home and need a REALTOR or mortgage pro and I will get you into all the groups and send you links for the guides and you will be in the 365 Hui! Mahalo!

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Meet the Author

Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at and and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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