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Moving To Hawaii? Moving In Hawaii? is a MUST!

Association documents, financial documents, home inspections, and that is just the beginning. Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will make and it is important to know what you are getting in to. That's where a great realtor comes in; choosing a real estate agent when you buy a home is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself.

Bi-coastal realtor, Josephine Schaaf knows what it's like to move to O'ahu because she's done it and has been traveling between her homes in Florida and Hawaii for over 25 years. With over 35 years of combined real estate experience with her Florida Attorney and Licensed Realtor husband Gary, Josephine has made the connections to make a move to O’ahu go as smoothly as possible, and more importantly, make it a reality.

A local realtor will know the market where you are buying, what neighborhood will best suit your needs, and can help you find a balance between your dream home expectations and your real life budget. They’ll even be the voice of reason when you are being unrealistic with your expectations.

Realtors have access to a huge database of homes for sale and even some that aren’t listed publicly—something that Josephine and her husband specialize in. In addition to having the inside scoop on all of the homes, Josephine will be able to tell you about other homes in the area that are comparable, what they sold for, and even suggest areas that you may not have otherwise considered.

Having a realtor doesn’t just stop there though, once you’ve found your dream home and you need to put in an offer, your realtor is there to fill out all the paperwork, answer any questions you have, and make sure that you are putting in an offer that protects you as a buyer and is still appealing to a potential seller. Realtors often have firsthand experience with how best to deal with properties that are short sales or foreclosures too.

Once an offer is accepted, there is even more paperwork to fill out! You’ll need a home inspector, a mortgage broker, and if you plan to upgrade or repair something you’ll need a carpenter—since Josephine has been doing this for so many years, she’ll be able to refer you to any one of the people she’s build a rapport with, making sure you are well taken care of.

Anytime there are multiple people involved in completing a task, like the purchase of a home, there can be delays and Josephine’s job is to be there and make sure that everything goes according to plan, documents get signed, and the entire escrow process goes smoothly.

It doesn’t end when you get the keys to your new home; you’ll need to pack and move your former residence and get it to the new location, unpack, transfer services, and forward your address. Josephine even offers relocation services to make sure that everything is taken care of—just one less thing for you to worry about.

Having an experienced realtor like Josephine ensures that someone (other than yourself) is looking out for your best interest to ensure that your dream becomes a reality.

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