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5 Key Tips for Buying Kauai Real Estate

Kauai has similar but also different procedures than the mainland to buy Kauai real estate. Here are some basics:

  1. Carefully research for a Realtor that has proven results, often determined by accreditations like Certified Resident Specialist (CRS), Realtor-Broker (RB), activity in the community, and quality service and performance awards. Their websites should be helpful in your search.
  2. This superior Realtor can set you up with a trustworthy loan officer to determine a realistic financial picture for you.  Most times a loan, if needed, can be worked out, but in any event, you must know what you qualify for early on.
  3. Be realistic about location, size, land area (do you really want to ride a lawn mower keeping an acre or two nice and groomed?), configuration, schools, shopping, beaches, type of ownership, and so on.  The Realtor will be of great assistance.
  4. Study all documents carefully, especially Seller’s Disclosures, building and pest inspections, terms of the Purchase Contract, time lines, and many other critical, and small but important details. This means working closely with your selected Kauai Realtor.
  5. Be ready to perform on your responsibilities during the escrow process. Kauai real estate uses escrow companies, and only occasionally real estate attorneys.

Of course there are other factors that are important, but this short list will get you on your way to buying Kauai real estate.


Kauai Health Care

Health care on Kauai is excellent. The main hospital, Wilcox Memorial Hospital, offers a remodeled Diagnostic Imaging Center including ultrasound, MRI, CT, and X-ray. The Bone and Joint Center there offers the latest in minimally invasive knee and hip replacements. In fact, this is where famous surfer Bethany Hamilton’s life was saved by the quick action of members of the ambulance and medical staff.

All but the most extreme cases are performed at Wilcox, and patients needing specialty services are flown to Straub Hospital and Clinic in Honolulu or Queen’s Medical Center, both world-class medical centers.

Other health care services include the Kauai Medical Group, closely affiliated with Wilcox, with over 60 specialists and primary care physicians, with convenient local offices in Kilauea, Kapaa, Lihue (main Clinic), and Ele’ele. There are, in addition, physicians in practice and specialists who visit the Queen’s Medical Center Kuhio Medical Center right across from Wilcox. Services such as physical therapy, dentistry, and alternative healthcare, are readily available.

There is one other acute care hospital on the west side of the island, Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, named in honor of returning heroes from WW II.

Many first class health insurers are in Hawaii including HMSA (the Blue Cross/Blue Shield contractor, Kaiser (which local doctors honor), HMA, and others. Veterans have local services, and the famous Tripler Medical Center located in Honolulu.