Re-imagine Working from Home—Move to Hawaii!
The Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown significantly altered the nature of work. One of the changes in the pandemic’s wake was a massive shift toward remote work, also known as working from home. Working from home has become so popular that it has its own recognizable acronym—WFH.
WFH jobs are here to stay. In fact, many companies have found that their employees work as well—if not better—from home than they did from an office. They’ve decided to keep their entire workforces remote. So their employees will not have to report to a physical office.
Is that your situation? If so, maybe it’s time to rethink where you and your family should live.
Love where you live: consider working remotely from Hawaii!
Do you want to live where your office was located pre-pandemic because of family, friends, or other reasons? Then, by all means, stay put! But maybe you live in a place that’s too cold or soul-crushing for your liking. In that case, now’s your chance to get out of Dodge!
Can you picture yourself working remotely on an island archipelago with sparkling blue waters, feather-soft white sand, and people as warm as the climate? You’ve just imagined working remotely in Hawaii!
Remote workers are moving—and moving back—to Hawaii
Although it’s consistently ranked as the “happiest state” in the US, in the past few years, more people have migrated out of than into Hawaii because of its high cost of living. Well-paying jobs can also be hard to come by in Hawaii. But remote workers can sidestep some of those economic issues and enjoy the many advantages of living in the Aloha State.
The story of Richard Matsui illustrates how working remotely from Hawaii can benefit individuals and families. Matsui is a Honolulu native who left Hawaii after high school to pursue educational and employment opportunities in the US mainland and Asia. As the CEO of kWh Analytics in California’s Bay Area, Matsui hadn’t considered moving back to Hawaii.
Then the Covid lockdown hit, and Matsui found he could keep his job without living in California. He and his wife high-tailed it to Honolulu, where Matsui’s mom lived.
Matsui’s mom helped with her new grandson, who was born right before the Covid lockdown began. Enjoying their family time and the unparalleled climate and culture of Hawaii, the Matsuis decided to keep working remotely in Hawaii.
“If there’s an opportunity now to take mainland salaries and our mainland jobs and to execute them well from Hawaii, I do think that Hawaii has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to diversify the economy,” Matsui said. He added, “[We can] take advantage of the fact that our core strength is Hawaii is a tremendously wonderful place to live and to raise kids.”
So you want to buy a house in Hawaii—now what?
These days, it’s possible to buy a house sight unseen. You can trust professionals such as the realtors at Oahu-based Weaver Hawaii to match you with the home of your dreams, whether through in-person or remote purchases. Of course, before you even begin looking at houses, you should decide what you need and want!
First of all, narrow down the area where you want to live. Hawaii has over 100 islands. Eight of the islands are considered major, and three account for most of the state’s population.
Hawaii Island (known as the “Big Island” to distinguish between the island and the state itself) is the US’s largest island. In 2010, its population was 185,079, making it the third-most populous island in Hawaii. The second most populous island is Maui, which listed 144,444 residents in 2010.
The most populated island in Hawaii—and, of course, our personal favorite—is Oahu. As of the 2010 census, Oahu was home to 953,207 people.
So if you’re looking into buying a house to work from home, you’ll probably want to stick to one of these three islands. Once you’ve decided on your island and your budget, you can narrow down where you want to live on your chosen island.
Neighborhoods on the same island have drastically different vibes, so do some research! If you’re looking to move to Oahu, check with Weaver Hawaii for our insights.
What do you imagine your house looking like?
Next, decide what you want out of a house. Do you want to wake up every morning to a view of the ocean or the mountains? Do you want a cozy cottage or a majestic mansion?
Now think about what you’ll need to work remotely and balance your desires against your needs. For instance, consider the experience of software engineer Gil Tene and his wife, an intensive care unit doctor, who bought a house in Hawaii in September.
Tene needed a private space to work in, his wife needed an office to see patients virtually, and their daughter needed a study area. Mindful of their remote working and education needs, Tene and his wife settled into an upscale beach house with five bedrooms.
“What you look for in a place you intend to work from is very different than when you want to vacation,” Tene explained. (Of course, working from a five-bedroom house in paradise is far from a prison sentence. It can almost be considered a working vacation!)
Thousands of people have already moved to Hawaii to work remotely. If you have the means and the desire, why not join them in the happiest state in the nation? You can enjoy beaches, mountains, and Hawaii’s famous family-friendly culture while raking in a paycheck from the mainland.
Since the housing supply in Hawaii is limited, prices are rising. If you want to buy a house in Hawaii, it would be better to do that sooner than later.
When you’ve decided on purchasing a house in Oahu, please reach out to Weaver Hawaii. We intimately understand real estate here on O’ahu, and we would love to help you find the ideal property for yourself and your family!