Waikoloa Colony Villas – No Barbecue Makes a Deal Go Up in Smoke
I was recently showing properties to clients from Alaska. They’ve been coming to the Big Island for years to escape from the cold and enjoy our warm winter. With such drastic price reductions, they felt this year was the opportunity to buy.
Avid joggers, they were out of the door by 5:30 a.m. every morning, ready to explore a new neighborhood. By the time we were meeting for appointments, they could tell me which neighborhoods they liked and why. They were able to feel every complex and could tell which one was too dense or very private, or which amenity centers they liked best. After a few days, their mind was set with Waikoloa Colony Villas.
What turned them on was definitely the privacy of owning a townhouse, nobody above or below you. We were about to find the right unit with all the features they were dreaming about. Another quick walk through of the kitchen while my client explained how much he liked to cook and raved about his most recent cooking experience with a big fish caught on a fishing trip in Alaska. Cooking is great, but barbecuing outdoor is even better!
Barbecuing? Glad you asked—based on the house rules of the Waikoloa Colony Villas, I had to tell them that they won’t be able to barbecue on their sweet lanai, they will have to use one of the designated BBQ areas, or go to the recreation center. This was not what these buyers wanted to hear; finally, their Hawaiian dream comes true, but not being able to barbecue off their lanai was just like getting a steak well done when you asked for rare.
Conclusion. Before you buy a property, know what the CC&R’s say, and find out about how the Homeowners Association operates. This would be one of the best reasons to make sure your Realtor is a knowledgeable and experienced agent.