June 2108 Meeting

The June meeting was held on the 21st at Honua Studios with 20 in attendance. John Kennedy presented the June market update, and also handled co-hosting duties with featured speaker Leiola Augustine. Big Island REIA organizer and real estate agent Roy Dollwet visited the group from the Hilo Read more

May 2018 Meeting

The May meeting was held at Honua Studios with 18 in attendance. John Kennedy kicked the evening off with his monthly market update. Recent volcanic events in Pahoa led to an additional feature to the program as recent REIA speaker Kevin Yee of Pyramid Insurance dropped in remotely to give the group up to the minute information on the the availability of insurance in and around the affected area. Stacy and Richard Spencer gave an Read more

April 2018 Meeting

The fourth meeting of 2018 was again held at Honua Studios on April 19th. Fourteen people were in attendance. Bruce Pratt kicked off the evening with the Big Island market update. Victor Leonardi gave the featured presentation of the meeting, discussing the value of using owner financing in successful deals. Victor included an analysis of one of his deals to show the power of having the owner act as the “bank”. The group was then treated to Read more

March 2018 Meeting

2018 continued to be a strong year for the West Hawaii REIA, with 17 attending the March meeting. A number of first-time attendees were at meeting, which was held on the 15th at Honua Studios. John Kennedy presented the market update, again utilizing data from both Title Guaranty and the Griggs Report. Dale and Kellie Rector gave a thorough deal analysis of a single family home they recently sold in Kailua-Kona. Bruce Pratt, the Read more

February 2018 Meeting

The February meeting had was well attended even though it was a rare rainy night in Kona. 20 people were on hand to hear from local mortgage loan originator Ronnie Strickler, of HomeBridge Financial Services. Ronnie shared much of her practical experience and know-how, as a lending expert and long-time real estate investor. Leiola Augustine gave the February market update and Bruce Pratt presented the “In the News” segment.┬áThe Read more

January 2018 Meeting

2018 got off to a great start with 23 in attendance at our first meeting of the year at Honua Studios. Bruce Pratt kicked off the meeting by breaking down the last quarter’s real estate sales in the market update. James and Leiola Augustine gave an excellent deal analysis which actually was two deals in one. Well-known local business figure and entrepreneur Mattson Davis thrilled the group with a rundown of development plans around the Read more

December 2017 Meeting

West Hawaii REIA’s December meeting was a Christmas Party, with 18 in attendance. There was plenty of good food from the Big Island Grill, and several who came were first-time attendees. While it was a party, we still had some of the regular features of our meetings. John Kennedy provided the monthly market update and Victor Leonardi presented his “In the News” feature. Victor took the opportunity to reflect back over some of the news Read more

November 2017 Meeting

November’s REIA meeting was held on Thursday the 16th at Honua Studios. Real estate agent John Kennedy, of Windermere C&H Properties, presented the market update. Kona investor Lee Cochran gave an enlightening and thorough deal analysis of a recent new build in Wainani Estates. Local CPA Jacob Burrill was the guest speaker for the month. Among Jacob’s topics were the importance of record keeping, how to manage and Read more

October 2017 Meeting

October’s meeting, held at Honua Studios on the 19th, had a number of new faces. Several investors traveled from the north and east sides of the island to hear what all the buzz is about in Kona. Our featured speaker, Elmer Solis gave an excellent analysis of a deal he recently completed in Ainaloa. Elmer graciously has allowed West Hawaii REIA to make his PowerPoint presentation of this deal available in our archives. Elmer also talked Read more

September 2017 Meeting

The September meeting, held at Honua Studios on the 21st, featured a speaker who is both an insurance agent and an active real estate investor. Kevin Yee, of Pyramid Insurance in Hilo, provided valuable information about what to look for when buying and insuring real estate. Understandably, a substantial number of questions from those in attendance focused on hurricane and flood insurance. Kevin also gave a brief overview of the first Read more