THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOA AND AOAO

19 Nov
Many people, including real estate agents, get the terms HOA and AOAO mixed up.  In fact, most aren’t even familiar with the term AOAO. HOA stands for Home Owner’s Association. In real estate this is strictly used for single family...
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Do Condominiums Need to be Surveyed?

29 Sep
Recently I received this question: “Do Residential condominiums require a survey like gated community homes?”  The question actually requires answers on a couple of levels.  First of all, I have to assume the question is referring to the time when...
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Condominium Reserves in Hawaii

27 Oct
The State of Hawaii requires condo projects to have a certain percentage of the fees they take in held as reserves.  This is basically a bank account that the Association Of Apartment Owners (AOAO) can use to pay for unexpected...
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Zoning, Tax Key Zones and Lava Hazard Zones

4 Aug
There has been some confusion expressed over the difference between the various items labeled as “zones”. On the MLS Data Sheet, under “Zoning”, this is the County of Hawaii Land use zone.  It looks like this: RS-7.5.  The letters stand...
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What to Expect When Purchasing a Big Island Condominium

20 Jun
Following is some generalized information a person might need if they are planning to purchase a Big Island condominium; whether it be a Kailua-Kona condominium, a Keauhou-Kona condominium, a Waikoloa Village condominium or a Kohala Resort condominium or even a condominium...
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