Any buyers of property, in order to make an informed decision, need to consider the following points and factor them into their deliberations:

□ Though “location” probably trumps all other non-financial considerations a buyer should not overlook these over-arching factors:

(a) If view, be it ocean, mountain, waterfall, etc, is paramount be
sure to differentiate between “unobstructed” and “unobstructable”. Give
thought to all things that could diminish a current view.

[b] Be mindful of properties that appear “picture perfect” in multiple
listing downloads. Folks can be very artsy in framing shots (aka don’t
buy sight unseen).

[c] Be sure access to the natural amenities offered by a property is easily achieved and safe, especially for keiki (children).

□ Learn about zoning and usage issues on record, under consideration, or even just scuttlebutt, to avoid or at least minimize buying a property that you may not be able to use as you might expect. Keywords on Kauai would include:

[1] VDA or Vacation Destination Area; [2] CPR rights or Condominium
Property Regime – applicable to vacant lots; [3] ADU rights or Additional
Dwelling Unit; [4] Guest house and/or Ag building rights; [5] “Ag
Dedicated” land; [6] Native Hawaiian land rights; [7] Lot coverage,
building heights, ocean front limitations, flooding and tsunami zones; [8]
Easements; [9] “Conservation” zoned land rights.

□ Understand how property taxes are established and adjusted.

□ Be sure that estimates of income generating potential of purchased property, if that is a consideration, are adequately and fully explained, supported by hard data, and includes best and worst case scenarios as well as a target.

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