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Can I Buy a Home on Kauai Without Actually Being There?

Can I buy a home on Kauai without actually being there?

The answer is yes. Yes, you can. It all starts with TRUST. I have been selling properties remotely for the past several years, even before Covid-19 was a household word. This beautiful listing was sold on March 30, 2020. This is my neighborhood, and this Seller and I developed a great friendship as the result of my listing her home.

Buying Sight Unseen in Kauai

You need to trust your Realtor to have your best interest in mind and to be your “boots on the ground.” I have helped 9 Buyers and Sellers since the start of the pandemic in March of 2020. As an agent, most people do not realize the magnitude of what goes on behind the scenes. There are roughly 300 steps we take as agents from start to finish within each Real Estate transaction… And that number goes up with some deals that present additional challenges. Find an agent who is willing to be there for you every step of the way, and it can be quite seamless. Of course, the pandemic has added a few new challenges, but properties are selling faster than ever here, and the demand is still high to live in one of the world’s most beautiful places.

This property was purchased July 1, 2020 as a fractional ownership at the beautiful Timbers Kauai Ocean Residences. Click here for more information.

Virtual Home Buying Process

The home buying process has changed tremendously over the past few years and it is now easier than ever to purchase properties remotely. One of the most important tools we have, of course, is technology. The internet allows buyers to view properties remotely from their couch or office. Cell phones have become so advanced that photography and videography can facilitate remote showings in great detail. Additionally, I have used my smartphone and facetime to remotely show properties for the past several years and have numerous clients who have purchased properties site unseen. It is also a great way to show clients the results of their home inspections and bring them through the final walk-through.

Let’s discuss some of the options for purchasing properties on Kauai remotely:

You can get your search started and refine what you are looking for with these great research tools. It is also just fun to search the sites while you are planning your future goals to own a piece of Kauai.

Although we are following very strict guidelines right now and are not able to accommodate vacation travelers on our island. We can help you through technology and our resource tools. If you are willing to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine, you can come to Kauai and shelter in place for that mandatory time. This is usually for people who know they are moving here or those who are working remotely that can abide by our mandated rules. It is for the safety of our island our Kapuna and for yourself. Please do not plan to break the rules…I am in no way advocating you do that. In fact, my husband and I recently completed the 14-day at-home quarantine after a necessary trip to the mainland. It can feel like a very, very long time unless you stay focused and realize it is only temporary. There are food delivery options, and thankfully we have lots of friends who showed their aloha spirit and dropped food and treats off on our front lanai. Very grateful!

This little charmer was Purchased June 30, 2020.

My clients turned friends, the Urbanski’s, made this second sight unseen purchase with me…talk about trust. Thankfully, they love their new home, and both had to quarantine for one month as they arrived separately and also brought an 8-month-old puppy along for the challenge. Very proud of them for making the leap of faith and calling Kauai home.

Looking to Buy Real Estate on Kauai?

These are just a few examples of the 9 transactions I have been grateful to be a part of during this unprecedented time.

In conclusion: Can I buy a home on Kauai without actually being there? Yes! Give me a call or text at 808-634-8062. Here is a link to my website.

I would love to help you too!

Jill Caisey

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