A distinct market

Hawaii is such a great place to live – people from all over the globe want to move here. But it’s also a very distinct market with its own pricing quirks, local customs and tax considerations. Whether you’re moving to paradise, investing in real estate or transferring here for work, the best asset you can have is a Realtor® who can help you safely navigate the entire process from start to finish.

Market knowledge

One of the best things I offer my clients is a deep knowledge of the market. I’ve been buying and selling properties in Hawaii for 18 years, and I’ve come to know all the niches here – condos, single-family homes, rental properties, vacant land – through my own experiences and my clients’ transactions.

Where do you want to wake up?

When I help you find a home, I start with a deceptively simple question: “Where do you want to wake up in the morning?” A home is about so much more than the number of bedrooms or the price or the commute to work. My goal is to zoom in on what you really want in a home, and then use my knowledge and skills to find just that place.

A system for success

I’ve developed and refined a system that will move you smoothly through the process of search, offer, purchase and ownership. We’ll start by shopping for both a property and a mortgage. When we find the right property, I’ll work with the seller through offers and counteroffers until we negotiate an acceptable agreement. Then I’ll help you through all the escrow steps – inspections, appraisals, title and permit issues, surveys and final loan approval – until closing day arrives and you move in!

Enjoying the journey

When we work together, I’m involved at every step, from “Hi, I’m Allison!” to “Here are the keys – enjoy!” Finding a home together is a journey, and my work is really about relationships, not buildings. I’ll be there for you through every question and detail, and I won’t stop working for you until we’ve found the place that truly speaks to you. I also have a network of trusted colleagues who customize, repair, improve and maintain homes – I’ll make sure your needs are taken care of well beyond finding and buying a property.

Financing options and tax advice

Getting the right financing and understanding tax issues are both key factors to a successful buying experience. If you have a financial professional, I’ll work with him or her to ensure a speedy and efficient process. If you’d like to work with someone in Hawaii, I can recommend two mortgage professionals, and . I’ve worked with these gentlemen many times, and they are adept at finding the perfect financing for your situation. In addition, buying real estate can have a highly positive impact on your federal and state tax situation. If you need any help with these issues, I highly recommend , for professional tax advice. For investors considering a 1031 tax-deferred exchange, I recommend .

New construction and investment buying

There are specific issues you should consider if you’re thinking of either buying a property in a new development or as an investment. If you’re interested in buying a brand-new house, click here. And if you’re interested in buying a Hawaii property as an investment rather than a full-time residence, I have specialized experience in this area. Click here to find out more.

Allison’s Inside Tip for Buyers

When you’re buying real estate in Hawaii, it’s important to know and respect local culture. There’s a strong Asian influence of politeness in Hawaii, and that can be confusing to outsiders. Aggressive negotiations are usually not the way to go here – I’ll help you get your best deal in a way that doesn’t offend anyone.