How to pick the best Maui real estate agent

Posted by Staff Writer on Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 12:07pm

Buying or selling a home will change your life. In light of that, there's no doubt you want to select a real estate professional that can successfully walk you through the transaction of a lifetime.

But it can be hard to select a real estate agent on Maui, where hundreds of agents offer their services and expertise from a broad range of companies. However, there are certain qualities that you should keep an eye out for, as well as the perks that come with an established brand like Sotheby's International Realty. 

Ron Silva, who serves as Island Sotheby's International Realty's Wailea Broker in Charge, said picking an agent who knows the subtle differences between areas of Maui is paramount. Understanding Maui’s culture and communities where a client will feel most at home is key, he said.

When choosing an agent, it's important to select one that knows the nuances between particular parts of Maui. For example, this home in lower Kula is situated only minutes from Seabury Hall and several elementary schools.

“When you buy a property here on the island, you’re not only buying the property— you’re buying a lifestyle,” said Silva, who was born on Maui and raised in Makawao.

Silva said a number of Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents have lived on Maui for decades, and bring a lifetime of personal experiencing living and working on the island to every real estate transaction. Plus, nothing can beat the prestige that comes with the Sotheby’s brand, he said.

“Sotheby's International Realty has global exposure right here at home,” Silva said. “It’s sophisticated, it’s savvy and its agents know the local culture here on Maui.”

Courtney Brown, who’s worked as an agent with Island Sotheby’s International Realty for the last four years, was also born and raised on Maui. She recommends that especially when selecting an agent to represent you when purchasing a home, you should look for someone with an in-depth understanding of Maui  that means knowing the tiny details that range from where the sun will set to which direction the wind blows.

Agents who have spent years on Maui know exactly how to meet clients' needs — something that entails knowing things like which condominiums complexes are pet-friendly and which nearby beaches are calm enough for swimming, said Brown.

Working with a Sotheby’s International Realty agent to sell a property comes with perks including high-resolution photography, professionally printed marketing materials and an unsurpassed international online reach, Brown said. Additionally, whether searching for a home or selling one, working with a Sotheby’s International Realty agent opens the doors to an international network of real estate professionals. Particularly when listing high-end homes, the Sotheby’s name can provide an entry into publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Curbed, she said.

“You just can’t find it anywhere else.”

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