Oct. 17, 2010

Living in the Island of Dreams - Hawaii

Hawaii belongs to the list of the most expensive places in the entire U.S.  Hawaii real estate properties are high-priced as compared to the properties sold in other states.  The reason is that Hawaii is probably the best place to live in.  The place is such a paradise on the surface of the earth.  


Many people dream of living in Hawaii because of its magnificent views and heaven-like surroundings.  But it must be clear to you that you have to live by their rules.  There are just some things that you need to know before living in Hawaii.  You have to know what a leasehold property is and how is it different from the fee simple property.  You also must be aware that beaches all over Hawaii are open to the public, which means that you cannot restrict other people from swimming in the beach that is located in front of your property. 

However, not all of these beaches can be easily reached by the majority.  Most of the gorgeous beaches can be found in Hawaii and it is so easy to find a spot where you can have fun under the sun and enjoy nature. 


Some people say that people living in Hawaii do not own any of the properties they’re living in since the government has only rented it out for 99 years.  Well, this is partially true.  The Natives of Hawaii have to pay an annual rent amounting to $1.  Native would refer to those who have at least 50% of the blood of those people who have lived in Hawaii not later than 1778.  If you want to qualify, you must be able to prove that you are a native of the place.


There are homes that are waiting for those who qualify and there is also a long waiting list of aspirants. In the event that a native of Hawaii has been awarded a home, he or she can prolong the lease for 100 years more.  This gives the natives a chance to pass their property from one generation to another.  Natives are given huge benefits like property tax exemption for 7 years and land tax exemption.  In addition, they can avail of loans with lower interest rates.  The natives, likewise, may use their property as collateral when they want to obtain a mortgage loan.


On the other hand, if you don’t qualify as native of Hawaii, you still have the option to avail of the fee simple property.  

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