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Finding the perfect house where you live can be challenging, but picking out your next dream home from thousands of miles away is tremendously more complicated.

Long-distance house hunting can be tough, but sometimes it's necessary - especially in a state as isolated as Hawaii.  Yet although it has its unique challenges, modern technology has made the remote-home buying process easier than ever.

"Purchasing from afar can be a daunting and stressful experience, it can be much easier when working with a Realtor who uses technology smartly," said Island Sotheby's International Realty agent Alex Cortez R(B). "Delivery of documents, execution of contracts, sharing of video and photo files are all tools a tech-savvy agent has at their disposal."

There

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A rare condominium in the coveted Makena Surf community has sold for $2.5 million, a sale facilitated by Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents.

Located directly in front of the azure waters of Maui’s south shore, the exquisite two-bedroom, two-bath unit features the best that indoor-outdoor living has to offer. From the lanai, the new buyers will be able to enjoy unobstructed ocean views of the outer islands, breathtaking sunsets and humpback whales during the winter months.

“It was a very smooth transaction of what may be the best value at Makena Surf in years,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Alex Cortez R(B). “Our team wishes the new owners much happiness and success in their future endeavors.”

Cortez represented

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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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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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Posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at 8:02am.

 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

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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 shows that 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 brands were:

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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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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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