So, the time has come to start your search for property on Maui or to consider selling a property you already own on the Valley Isle. Some start their search by looking at the biggest brokerages such as Coldwell Banker Island Properties, Keller Williams, Hawaii Life, or Elite Pacific Properties. In fact, there are many great real estate brokerages on Maui and each brokerage has its selling points as well as a roster with talented agents. Maui has over 1,500 licensed realtors in all, but choosing a realtor without a sound process can result in less than optimal results.
Everyone starts their search for a realtor with a few things in mind, but we believe there are five key things you want in a realtor and they are the same things we pride ourselves on.
Real estate waits for no one and in a rapidly evolving world of digital communication, you need a real estate agent who responds not just in a timely manner but responds as if everything depends on it. As realtors, we receive a huge amount of emails, calls, texts, Instagram messages, Facebook messages, and other communications that can be a little bit chaotic. Having a system of responding and communicating is essential to have success in this market as offers come in quickly for hot properties and you as the client always need to be positioned as strongly as possible.
Beyond an optimized system, you want your realtor to have the philosophy that every client is a priority, and being responsive at every point along the way is mission-critical. Realtors who are known for their responsiveness get more contracts accepted, they get in earlier for showings, and they keep you ahead of schedule on the way to closing day. A responsive realtor only promises things they can deliver.
Being open, honest, and direct in all situations. Delivering bad news as well as delivering good news is an undervalued skill. At the end of the day, we as realtors work for you, not for our commission. It's our belief that if we work hard for you and stay accountable to your needs throughout the process we will earn your trust. There is no trust without integrity and integrity is shown, it isn't just spoken of. Every transaction doesn't go perfectly, but if every situation is handled honestly, and with integrity, a better outcome can be delivered.
Realtors Association of Maui
Fortunately for the Maui real estate market, most realtors are known to possess integrity and its something that the Realtors Association of Maui, an organization we are proud members of, does a great job of incorporating into the larger culture of realtors on Maui. It's our job to deliver the facts of the negotiations to you, to do our own due diligence about the situation, and give you the best information to make a data-based decision in your best interest, not guide you down a path that just nets a quick sale. As realtors, we work very closely with our local board and benefit tremendously from our opportunity to network and receive ongoing education.
3. Expert Local Market Knowledge
You want to work with a Maui realtor that knows the neighborhoods, condo complexes, and hidden gems on the island. When you start your search you may already have a property in mind, but there may always be a better opportunity or something you weren't aware of about the original property.
The goal of this website is to give you the most enhanced search experience for Maui homes for sale and Maui condos for sale, but as dedicated real estate professionals we look at the new listings every day and keep an inventory of what's available to better serve our clients. New listings hit the market constantly, properties are going under contract constantly, narrowing down your search with a realtor who has the insight into the market can be the difference between getting your dream home or missing out.
4. Marketing Prowess
This is especially true for those looking to sell a home on Maui. Choosing a listing agent can be a tough process. Many talented realtors are out there looking to earn your business, but if they can't market your home using the latest trends and technology it just isn't going to sell as fast or for as much as it could. We are digital marketing experts and use every single avenue possible to get your property the most exposure to the most highly targeted audience. Selling a home isn't as simple as putting it on the MLS, getting it up on Zillow, and expecting buyers to start making offers. Targeted ads, targeted audiences, and a fully developed marketing campaign using enhanced images, videos, and virtual walk-throughs will ensure your home stands out amongst the crowd.
Authenticity is not always the first thing we look for in realtors or something that is always apparent. Remember, you're going to be in close contact with this individual for months if not years, you'll want to work with someone who is relatable, easy to work with, and doesn't see you as just another transaction. We pride ourselves on our reviews from our clients and genuinely seek to develop meaningful relationships to help our clients. We hear stories where clients weren't taken seriously by realtors they contacted and often felt neglected and unimportant. Our mission is to ensure you have an experience that over-delivers on your expectations.
Final Thoughts on Choosing a Realtor
Would we love to earn your business? Of Course! We pride ourselves on delivering the five qualities we discussed in this article, but the goal of this isn't just to generate business for ourselves, its to help you along your path and demonstrate how we provide value. Whether you choose to work with us at Maui Elite Property with Coldwell Banker Island Properties or you already have a great Maui realtor you're working with, we hope that this has provided a little more insight into your search. If you have any questions regarding Maui real estate you can always reach out to Evan Harlow at 808-214-4799 for personalized service from a dedicated professional.
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