Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on this planet; it has been compared to paradise. Not only does Hawaii offer gorgeous warm beaches, but also topographical marvels, various ecosystems, various regions with different feel and weather, lush natural surroundings, and a lively culture. These are the many things that attract tourists, but also the people who want to make Hawaii their home.
Hawaii is comprised of many Islands - eight major islands, small islets, and several atolls, totaling an archipelago that extends 1500 miles. The eight major islands include Hawaii (the big island), Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau. These are the most visited by tourists. Most people who refer to Hawaii think of the biggest island.
Many people are making Hawaii their home; they simply visited once and fell in love with the place and the culture. Hawaii is a state of the United States of America. Choosing between the different islands to find your dream home may become overwhelming, as all islands have their particular charm and many different things to offer. Choosing which island you want to live is the first step in finding your dream home in Hawaii, assuming that you have worked out the financing and other financial issues to do the move there.
One of the best ways to choose an island is to learn a bit about each one of them, but also to visit each one at least once, to get a feel of the differences between the islands. There are tons of information online, but also contacting a Hawaii Real Estate professional on each area is important to gain information.
Once a person has chosen an Island, then the issue becomes choosing a region where to live. This may be a bit complex, because you can find topographic differences as well as climate and weather variances throughout the different regions - from tropical rainforest areas, to volcanic, desert, lush areas, valleys, plains, humid or dry areas, and many other differences. Some areas are remote, while others are close to the major cities. Some areas are waterfront areas, near the beaches, others are more towards the mountain, offering a more distant view, but beautiful as well. Proximity to hospitals, transportation, amenities, and work is important as well. All these issues will affect home pricing. Some might be pure convenience, others more related to land value, but all-important. One important issue for som is the tourist crowd in heavy vacation seasons. This is something to keep in mind, as some people might prefer to live in a more remote location.
Once a person has decided in a particular area, it is important to contact and work with a real estate professional that specializes in that area. He/she will be a great source to find the perfect home and help with negotiations. A buyer's agent who is familiar with the area will help a person identify many important resources that can make the difference on choosing a particular home over another. The rest will be finding the type of home a person likes taking into account the size, architectural style, features, landscape, age, and other fun issues. This should be an exciting and fun time for buyers. Before finding your dream home in Hawaii, these are the logical steps to follow.