Are you dreaming about buying in Hawaii and don’t know where to start?
The wait is over! It took months of focused effort to publish the first Hawaii Living book, now available on Amazon
“Buying Paradise – Real Estate In Hawaii: The Ultimate Guide How To Turn Your Dream Into Reality”
This book is for you because paradise is closer than you think. Choose the world in which you like to live. Get your copy here.
The book is organized into three parts:
‘Why’ Hawaii is the finest place in the world to optimize your life satisfaction, and why you should buy.
‘How’ you can buy your home in Hawaii, with specific actionable steps and strategies preparing you mentally and financially.
‘What’ you can buy on Oahu. A complete menu of Oahu real estate solutions organized by price range and areas to match your dream at any budget.
The book offers solutions how you can prepare to successfully manage the high cost of living for the rest of your life. It is packed with ideas and strategies how to shift your mindset and forge forward. Go for it. Turn your Hawaii dream into reality and design your remarkable life in paradise. Explore 33 chapters and discover:
• Why And When You Should Buy In Hawaii
• How You Can Overcome Procrastination And Use Projected 20/20 Hindsight
• Five Ways To Help You Make Decisions
• How To Save, Invest, And Create A Passive Income Stream
• Trailblazers –Real Stories How Others Turned Their Dream Into Reality
• Tips For Moving To Hawaii
• The Pros And Cons Of Buying vs. Renting
• How To Find Your Dream Home
• How To Get The Best Mortgage Loan
• The Pros And Cons Of Selling Before Buying
• The A-to-Z Process Of Buying Your Home
• Residential Real Estate Investment Strategies
• Wealth Creation With Real Estate
• Real Estate Tax Benefits
For maximum benefit and usability with hundreds of live links, get the Kindle version rather than the paperback version.
Here is what readers are saying:
—- “Buying Paradise is SO MUCH MORE than a book on the real estate market in Hawaii. Although it is likely the best current book on buying/investing in real estate in Hawaii, with tons of hyperlinks to additional resources, the true value of this well-written and informative book is the author’s real world example of how to turn your dream, whatever the dream, into reality. George Krischke gives the reader practical advice and includes examples of his own experience as a new and then seasoned real estate buyer, along with stories of others who have realized their real estate dreams. George points out that achieving a dream does not happen without planning, dedication, and knowledge, of which there is plenty contained within the pages of this excellent book. Read this book and you will be well on your way!”
—- “This is wonderful book for anyone who is new to or is familiar with the real estate market on Oahu, Hawaii. I love the live links this book has to specific set of properties currently available on the market broken down by various price ranges and residential neighborhoods. This book also tackles taxation and how to maximize your purchase as well as useful and up to date tips for real estate investors. It has great stories on bootstrapping your way to success from scratch and a realistic approach to investing in general. Great read!”
—- “This book has a nice narrative flow, while providing all the information and contacts you will need to secure your own personal paradise in Hawaii. Not only are the author’s own experiences and achievements in this arena inspirational, he shows us how to use our own innate tools to succeed just as he has. This book will not only get your head in the right place with facts, but also with the right mindset and attitude.”
—- “This is a must read for anyone that has ever had the dream of living in paradise. Buying real estate anywhere is challenging but Hawaii is an entirely different kind of monster. Going in with the knowledge George Krischke provides in this book gives you a leg up on the other buyers you will be competing with for the same property. He shares his experiences to help others avoid the pit falls he faced along the way as he accumulated his wealth and his piece of paradise. He shows in chapter after chapter how anyone with the right drive, determination and discipline can be successful in making the dream of owning real estate in Hawaii a reality.”
—- “This is an excellent book regarding buying or investing in Hawaii real estate. It was well thought out, well organized, up to date and very practical. I discovered many new valuable links which I am already finding very useful. I had the good fortune of being one of George’s real estate clients a few years ago and was very impressed with his work ethic, sincerity and competence. Not surprisingly, this book is similarly very professional. If you are curious about investing in Hawaii real estate, or want to get up to date on the trends, this book is a must read.”
—- “The book is a tremendous resource to either the first time or experienced buyer in Hawaii or specifically Oahu. George Krischke not only explains everything in detail but has the knowledge of providing some very useful electronic links. In addition to his insight how a dedicated person could set themselves up to their first purchase George included in his book the comments of several persons that purchased property on the island. What is remarkable is how similar some of those comments were in their advice to future buyers. If one is considering buying property reading George Krischke’s “how to” advice and the comments of those prior purchasers would be very helpful in your purchase.”
—- “I wished that I had this book available to me years ago. This book tells it all, a powerful reference to buying real estate in Hawaii or any other place. The numerous links provide easy access to information about Hawaiian properties and definitions.
The author gives more than good reasons to buy Hawaii real estate. He shares with us his story of “rags-to riches” and lays out a plan of how anyone can achieve their dream of financial security.
This book is an easy read, but filled with extensive references for those who want more in-depth studying. I highly recommend this book for people venturing into real estate as a way to have a bright future.”
—- “I really enjoyed this book. Lots of great, true-to-life tips about buying in Hawaii. The reader gets a real sense about what it’s like to live in “paradise” — both the up and the down sides. The author also understands that buying a home is not just about the physical attributes of a home but also about the emotional needs of the buyer. I enjoyed the focus on the importance of knowing yourself and understanding how that plays into a home purchase. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about buying a home in Hawaii.”
—- “It’s a great read. Author’s emphasis on preparation and readiness gives me direction for proper planning and expectations on the buying process. There is so much helpful data and useful hyperlinks that make this ebook a reusable living reference. I will recommend this book to anyone planning to invest in a Hawaii property. A quote that inspired me from the book: if it is meant to be, it is up to me.”
—- “As a local guy who lived in New York for over 30 years before returning back to Hawaii in 2008, I wish I had George Krischke’s book to read before buying a home in Honolulu. Although I ended up buying a condo apartment that I love, it would have been a less stressful buying experience if I had read “Buying Paradise” beforehand. I highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you are long-time Hawaii resident or a tourist visiting Waikiki for the first time, who is thinking about buying real estate in Hawaii. Instructive information is presented in an entertaining style. It is a must-read.”
—- “I’m truly inspired by this book. Thank you George! I can’t wait to increase my investment property portfolio in Hawaii!”
—- “Buying Paradise – Real Estate in Hawaii: The Ultimate Guide How To Turn Your Dream Into Reality (2017) is very good work by a seasoned realtor, George Krischke, who since 1992 has lived every part of what he writes. It is admirably conceived and very well-written. The work covers the Why, How, and What of realizing one’s Hawaii dream. This reviewer, acquainted as he is with the Why and the What, found the How the more instructive, reflecting no doubt his own stage. – Part One of Buying Paradise (should the work have instead been titled Buying into Paradise?) explores the Why of realizing that dream across eight varied chapters: 1. Ocean, Fire, Earth, and Wind; 2. Flora, Fauna, and Microclimates; 3. Health, Lifestyle, and Activities; 4. People and Culture; 5. Spirit Of Aloha; 6. Hokulea–Around The World; 7. Paradise and Hollywood; and 8. Scarcity Creates Value–‘When’ To Buy Paradise. Each chapter makes the Why case in its own way. Each covers its subject in depth and with real affection. Each will variously appeal to all who ponder the Why. Knowing less about their topics, I was especially taken by the “Spirit Of Aloha” and “Hokulea” chapters, from which respectively: A “Akahai,” meaning kindness, to be expressed with tenderness; L “Lokahi,” meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony; O “Oluolu,” meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness; H “Haahaa,” meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty; A “Ahonui,” meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance. These are traits of character that express the charm, warmth, and sincerity of Hawaii’s people. (pp. 34-35) – Hokulea would set sail circling the globe as an ambassador of hope for humanity. Nainoa Thompson, native Hawaiian navigator, and president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, said: “You can’t protect what you don’t understand, and you won’t protect if you don’t care. Hokulea needs to see the world and connect to humanity.” What would be the greater risk? Hurricanes, Somali pirates, or could it be even more dangerous to stay home at the dock not trying to raise awareness? Awareness to protect our precious world, the realization that humanity has to pull together and work together as one world, one people. (pp. 36-37) – Part Two of Buying Paradise explores the How. It is written across twenty-one more prosaic chapters which focus down on realizing the dream. The first six of these chapters—9. Willingness–Growth Mindset; 10. Realistic Market Expectations; 11. Procrastination; 12. Five Ways To Help You Make Decisions; 13. Projected 20/20; and 14. A Mile In 4 Minutes -are devoted to the dreamer’s inner landscape. “Willingness” sets the stage: Since I started selling real estate in 1995, I have met thousands of seemingly motivated buyers. Many have been fascinated by the islands, claiming once they see the right property they are ready to buy. Every buyer needs both willingness and ability. One without the other will not suffice. And yet, I meet many that in spite of willingness and ability seem unable to pull the trigger. Let’s analyze the ingredients required to make your dream become a reality. (p. 55) – Krischke concludes the “Fear and Worry” section of Chapter 9 “Willingness” writing, “Choose not to let fear, worry, guilt, blame, and self-doubt rule your life. Move forward and choose to be free rather than stuck with what is holding you back.” (p. 58) Words to the wise, these. The next five chapters (10-14) usefully explore certain parameters (as it were) of willingness, including • Realism: “Through our website www.HawaiiLiving.com we receive many inquiries from buyers looking for their dream home at a price point that just might not be realistic in Hawaii.” (p. 60) • Procrastination: “Or I meet potential buyers that claim they will be ready and purchase within three months. They need to file their tax returns and bring their financial house in order. Sometimes buyers get prepared within the time they say they would, often they don’t.” (p. 62) • Simplify: “I use the ‘simplify by eliminating choices’ method.” (p. 65) • Projected hindsight: “We all know 20/20 hindsight is when you realize you should have done better in the past. Have you ever tried 20/20 projected hindsight?” (p. 68) • SMART: “To turn your dreams into reality, you first turn them into clear and achievable SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for: Specific … Measurable … Achievable … Relevant … Time-bound” (pp. 67-68) The next fifteen chapters (15-29) of Part Two shift focus principally to the dreamer’s outer landscape: 15. Willingness; 16. Climbing The Wealth Ladder; 17. Real Numbers: 10-6-34 versus 30-10-12; 18. Trailblazers – Inspiring Real Stories How Others Have Turned Their Hawaii Dream Into Reality; Chapter 19. Moving To Hawaii; 20. Buying versus Renting; 21. Finding Your Dream Home; 22. Getting A Mortgage Loan; 23. What Your Lender Needs To Lend You Money; 24. Selling Before Buying; 25. From Submitting Your Offer To Getting The Keys; 26. More You Need To Know Before Buying: 27. Residential Real Estate Investment Strategies; 28. Wealth Creation With Real Estate; and 29. Real Estate Tax Benefits. -Here, Chapter 15 “Ability” sets the stage: [A]bility defines both your upfront purchasing power and your financial staying power. You need both the money to buy your Hawaii home and the cash flow to maintain your lifestyle for the rest of your life. Regardless of how robust your willingness, without sufficient money Hawaii will remain elusive. Fortunately, money is a resource that with the right plan can be earned, accumulated and multiplied. You can perpetuate cash flow. These are bold statements we will explore in the following chapters.” (p. 70) – Follows an elaboration of the startling proposition, “your ability to buy a piece of paradise depends mostly on your mental flexibility to adjust” (pp 70) and an autobiographical case in point (pp. 71-72) wherein Krischke recounts his own journey (he arrived from LA in 1992 with very little but willingness). The chapter concludes with some serious COL and related number-crunching worthy of a dreamer’s close attention. – The next fourteen chapters (16-29, titled above) are too numerous to summarize of course. Suffice it to say that each usefully explores the parameters (as it were) of ability. This reviewer found these chapters particularly instructive: • “Real Numbers” (pp. 80-85) which recommends Warren Buffett’s “Don’t save what is left after spending; spend what is left after saving” and counsels that one’s focus should be first of all to save and invest and only then to spend. • “Trailblazers” (pp. 86-115) which leads with Ms. Barbel Thiering’s compelling story. • “Finding your Dream Home” (pp. 120-125) which covers the bases Get Pre-Approved Before Looking At Homes; Get Your Finances Together; Research The Neighborhoods; Focus On Your Needs vs. Wants; Set Up Email Alerts, Be Ready, Quick And Decisive. • “From Submitting Your Offer To Getting The Keys” (137-146) which includes sections titled Select Your Realtor Representing You; Offer Strategies; Your Purchase Contract Was Accepted – Opening Escrow; Deposits With The PC; Contract Contingencies; Home Inspection; Buyer’s And Seller’s Obligations; and Closing And Getting The Keys. • “More You Need To Know Before Buying” (pp. 147-154) which covers Typical Fees when Buying; GET & TAT Hawaii tax filing frequency; and Fee Simple vs. Leasehold. – Part Three of Buying Paradise explores the What of realizing your Hawaii dream across four chapters, including • Chapter 30: Condotel Investments (pp. 213-219) in sections titled Condotels up to $400K, $400K to $1Mill, $1Mill and above. • Chapter 31: Residential Condos and Co-ops (pp. 220-251) in sections titled Condos up to $300K, $300K to $500K, $500K to $800K, $1.5Mill to $3Mill, and $3Mill and Above.
• Chapter 32: Residential Homes and Neighborhoods (pp 252-267) in sections titled Homes up to $700K; $700K to $1Mill; $1Mill to $2Mill, $2Mill to $5Mill, $5Mill and Above. – Here we truly enter into the weeds, wherein each dreamer may realistically locate her/himself. These chapters, Krischke explains, offer a self-serve menu of selected Oahu real estate solutions organized by categories and price range for you to quickly identify what you can buy within your budget. The home and condo options are presented cafeteria style in bullet points. You select your preferred price range, area, neighborhood, or building, and follow the link to browse all available listings. This first book edition [of Buying Paradise] focuses on comprehensive Oahu real estate solutions. Oahu represents over 70% of all available residential real estate in Hawaii. This is where most of the action is. If there is enough reader demand for additional neighbor island real estate solutions, I might expand this chapter in a future book edition.
Krischke concludes Buying Paradise philosophically (pp. 268-269), by recommending discipline, a recurrent theme in this work, and by analogy: – I’d like to share a story about the significance of the word ‘ima’ in the Japanese language. ‘Ima’ means ‘now,’ without hesitation. The story is about how a Japanese Kanji calligraphy artist focuses on her brush stroke execution. Calligraphy art requires brush precision strokes on large canvas. You have only one shot at getting each stroke right. You can’t correct it afterward. To get the precision stroke perfect you concentrate and visualize. Once you are ready, you strike ima / now, with one deliberate movement. You give it your best effort in that one ima / now moment. Then you give it your best effort in the next one ima / now moment, and so on. Life, therefore, is a string of ima /now moments of giving your very best deliberate effort, one ima moment after the other. This is how you move forward. Now, choose the world you want to live in and design your life! – Take action now. ~Ima – Ima /now moments indeed. A dream projected 20/20, and well-informed by Mr. Krischke’s very good work. – Robert H Ross”
—– “I really enjoyed this book. Lots of great, true-to-life tips about buying in Hawaii. The reader gets a real sense about what it’s like to live in “paradise” — both the up and the down sides. The author also understands that buying a home is not just about the physical attributes of a home but also about the emotional needs of the buyer. I enjoyed the focus on the importance of knowing yourself and understanding how that plays into a home purchase. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about buying a home in Hawaii.”
—- “As a man thinkeths…… After many years of personal development trainings and 30 years licensed Broker and investor in the state of Hawaii, I found George’s book right now. I love how he starts with the Mind – basically, our belief system. When there is a WHY, there is always a WAY……read George’s book to learn WHY and HOW…. This is not a practice run….use the tools like George recommends and go for YOUR dreams!!”
—- “I have lived in Honolulu for 15 years, and plan to stay. This entertaining book describes all the main factors that make the Hawaiian archipelago one of the most attractive places in the world to live, and then provides the information required to organize a strategy that will help you achieve your goal of owning property here. I enjoyed reading this book, and I believe it offers sound advice.”
—- “This is the ONLY book you ever need to read if you’re dreaming of living and buying in Paradise. George does an amazing job of explaining the culture, environment and economics of Hawaii. This book will educate and inspire so you will know what to expect in pursuing your dream.”
—- “This is a well researched book. George explores, in depth, the things a buyer needs to take into consideration when buying property. There are so many details buyers need to consider and this book covers all the bases.”
—- “Well written, comprehensive, detailed. More than just a guide on real estate, also an investment guide.”
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