Did you know that 78% of buyers stated that neighborhood quality was more important than the size of their home? According to a recent NAR study, it’s true! As important as your home is, where you live is apparently even more important!
What schools will my kids go to? What about the commute to work? Is my residence close to shopping? Restaurants? Medical facilities? Are there recreational facilities close by?
Home size takes a back seat to the quality of lifestyle.
In Hawaii, that is particularly true. Let’s face it. Prices in Hawaii are high. Our homes often pale in comparison to homes selling for the same price in other parts of the country. But, then there is lifestyle. Hawaii lifestyle! You can’t place a value on living in Hawaii. How do you measure those rainbows? Our beaches? Weather? The sheer beauty of our islands?
Bottom line — if you are buying in Hawaii, be prepared to buy a smaller home than one you would find elsewhere. Be prepared to make compromises. But, also be prepared to enjoy a lifestyle like none other. When you buy Hawaii, you are buying our culture, our aloha, our beauty!
Yes, neighborhood matters, and fortunately, when it comes to enjoying the island-lifestyle, our neighborhoods rank high!