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Buying a home is one of the most important purchases you’ll make in your lifetime.

And with Hawaii’s high property values and limited supply, it isn't always easy. From deciding whether to buy a home or condominium to deciding how much space and property maintenance you’re willing to take on, there’s lots of choices that can drastically affect you and your family's lifestyle.

That’s why it’s critical to have a knowledgeable real estate professional you can trust. We sat down with Island Sotheby’s International Realty co-owner and agent Ryan MacLaughlin R(B) to learn what first-time home buyers should ask themselves before taking the jump into homeownership.  

1. What kind of property would fit you best?  

Are you looking for a

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It’s again that time of year when visitors flock to the Hawaiian Islands for spring break, searching for the sense of relaxation that comes from salt water and sand.

But as the beaches and resorts get busier, there’s nothing better than enjoying a private oasis in the comforts of your own home. And there’s no reason to venture even off your own property when you have private pools like these:


Stroll from the comforts of the indoors to this stunning, custom-designed pool in paradise. Immerse yourself in the solar-heated, saline water or relax in the spa, which is surrounded by cascading waterfalls and tropical flora.

With more than 5,000 square feet of living space, this private, gated estate is the ideal blend of

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Experience the best of Maui resort living - privacy, breathtaking ocean views and luxury amenities in the heart of Wailea.

Island Sotheby’s International Realty is representing the sellers of one of Wailea’s finest units - Wailea Point Unit 102. With an asking price of $25 million, this condominium is the epitome of prestigious vacation living in one of Maui’s most coveted communities.

Wailea Point is perfectly situated above Wailea Beach, offering breathtaking ocean vistas that include multiple Hawaiian Islands like Kaho’olawe and Molokini. Just steps from the community, guests and residents can explore premiere hotels including the Four Seasons Resort, Grand Wailea and Andaz.

The three-bedroom condominium boasts 3,850 square feet of

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One of Makena’s most premier estates has sold for $10.5 million, a sale facilitated by Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents.

Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents Ryan MacLaughlin, R(B) and Alex Cortez, R(B) represented the buyers of the contemporary five bedroom, five and a half bath home. The estate is located in Black Sands Makena, one of South Maui’s most secluded oceanfront communities.

“It was a very smooth transaction by viable and willing parties, handled in a very amicable and fair manner,” said Cortez.

With just seven homes in the entire subdivision, Black Sands offers the ultimate privacy and seclusion in the heart of the South Maui resort region. The home that was bought by Island Sotheby’s International

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Home sales on Maui skyrocketed last month, with more 50 percent more sold than the same month the year before.

According to recent data from the Realtors Association of Maui, 95 single-family homes were sold in Feb. 2018, up from 63 during the same month in 2017. February also saw a slight increase in sales prices with about a 2 percent rise.

“Markets are poised for increased supply so there is hope that more sellers will take advantage of what appears to be a ready and willing buyer base,” according to the realtor association.  

Single-family homes aren’t the inventory that saw soaring sales on the island. Condominiums sales rose by nearly 9 percent with 122 units sold in February compared to 112 the year before. This comes as condominiums

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After months of design and construction, Island Sotheby’s International Realty has opened a new, South Maui Headquarters.

The new office is located in the heart of South Kihei, perfectly situated in the midst of shops, businesses, restaurants and condominiums. In February, the company celebrated the office’s opening by having it blessed and welcoming the public into the space.

Situated on 2463 South Kihei Road across the street from the azure waters of Kamaole II Beach Park, the office is centrally located to serve Maalaea, Kihei, Wailea and Makena markets. With more than two dozen agents who specialize in both residential and vacation properties, the firm is poised to connect extraordinary estates with extraordinary clients.

The new

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A new study says Sotheby’s International Realty is the most trusted residential real estate brokerage in the nation.

The study, which was conducted by Lifestory Research, was based on nearly 6,300 opinions collected over a year period across the country. Data was gathered by people submitting anonymous opinions about whether they trusted the businesses they interacted with.

“Sotheby’s International Realty produced the highest score,” according to the study.

Source: Lifestory Research 2018 America’s Most Trusted® Study

After comparing the results to other organizations of similar size, the study found that Sotheby’s International Realty is the most trusted real estate brokerage in America.

The rank order of trust of the

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There are few properties in the Hawaiian Islands that rival the natural beauty found at this Makena estate.

Perched on the point of Makena Place, this jewel recently sold for $9.3 million in one of South Maui’s most coveted oceanfront communities. Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Wendy Peterson R(S) was one of the listing agents who facilitated the sale of this magnificent home. 

“Makena Place is just extremely special,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Wendy Peterson. “This residence is on the point and has an unobstructed five-island view.”

With four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, this beautifully-designed estate provides magnificent vistas of the azure Pacific Ocean and islands that span

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Candi Matthews has become a licensed real estate broker after weeks of studying and a lengthy exam.

“It’s kind of like the MBA of real estate - like having your masters degree,” Matthews explained. “I think it just shows for me that I'm in it for the long haul.”

To become a broker, real estate professionals must commit to education and training beyond the agent level in order to pass an exam that's required by state law.

In Hawaii, usually only 25 percent of real estate professionals pass the test on the first try, said Matthews. After two weeks of stressful and lengthy study sessions, she was still able to pass the test on the first attempt.  

“It’s not for everybody,” said Matthews.

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce that Ryan MacLaughlin, Realtor-Broker has become one of the owners of the prestigious real estate brokerage.

MacLaughlin is a third generation realtor who has consistently been named as one of Island Sotheby's International Realty's Top 10 agents on Maui and in the Top 100 Realtors island wide. MacLaughlin is now part owner after purchasing part of the company from his aunt, Mary Worrall, of LIST Sotheby's International Realty on Oahu. 

“I feel humbled and honored to be a part owner,” said MacLaughlin. “I always envisioned being an owner one day, as I always admired my dad and aunt and the way they built their businesses.” 

MacLaughlin, who has sold real estate in Hawaii since

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