MaiKai Makena

MaiKai Makena

Real Estate Salesperson | DRE# 01933420
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Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, New Construction, Luxury


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"I cannot say enough good things about MaiKai!!!! Not only does he know the area like the back of his hand, but he was genuinely so much fun to work with and made the entire home buying process so personal. It sounds silly to say because how much more personal can you get than choosing your home, but he took it to an entirely new level. I should start off by saying that my husband and I met MaiKai several years ago at an open house down the street from us. We were just curious and very obviously not potential buyers, but MaiKai took the time to chat with us for over an hour and give us advice for whenever we were ready to buy. Fast forward to a few months ago, we had saved up enough money for a downpayment but had no idea where to start, so we contacted MaiKai. From the very beginning, we knew we had made the right decision when he came to our home to give us a full overview of what we were jumping into, and also to get an idea of what we were hoping to find in a house–outside of just the obvious (3 bed, 2 bath) he took the time to really understand WHY we wanted those things (did we entertain, did we want to be able to walk places, etc.) This made the process so much simpler when we were trying to decide if a house was right for us–and we looked at what felt like 1000 houses, so anything to streamline the process was okay by us! After our initial consultation, he encouraged us to put in the effort up front to get conditionally loan approved. We happened to be going through the escrow process at the same time as 2 of my coworkers and thanks to this, our escrow process was SIGNIFICANTLY easier and quicker than theirs! Once we found a home we loved, rather than just emailing in an offer and hoping for the best, MaiKai pushed for us to meet the sellers in person to present our offer. The fact that we weren't just a number on a piece of paper, combined with not having a loan contingency allowed us to get our house for $15k below list price! I cannot recommend him enough and as excited as we are to get into our new home, we will truly miss getting to work with him. He's 1000% our realtor for life!!! " - Victoria

"We hired MaiKai as our realtor for many reasons! He brought so much to the table that truly helped better our understanding on the home buying process in general! We first met him at an open house as he was representing a home that we thought was our dream home. We kept in touch and naturally built a relationship and established an uncanny trust level. We related to each other on some many different levels and we knew almost instantly it would be a great fit! He is trustworthy, extremely knowledgeable and truly looks out for the best interest of his client. He puts himself in the buyers shoes and creates a perspective that is clear and concise. He owns his side of the responsibilities and take it to another level when it comes to questions or concerns that we had in the process. He brings to the table a wealth of knowledge when it comes to negotiation and understanding the purchase contract in general. He’ll fight for you and will always do what’s right. His integrity is amongst those that is unheard of and truly cares for his client. He prepared a full report to help us understand what exactly we were looking for in finding our dream home and made sure each one that we looked at aligned with our “features and benefits”. MaiKai made every effort to achieve 100% customer satisfaction and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for representation." - Carl

" LOOK NO FURTHER THAN MAIKAI. We are first time homebuyers and sought an agent who was trustworthy, responsive, well-informed about the process and local market. MaiKai delivered on all of these fronts and more! As we started the homebuying process, MaiKai was incredibly patient as he informed us of the local market dynamics and walked us through the entire home purchase process, all while keeping us mindful of our original buying motivations and goals. He is very focused and high energy, which makes the process feel less cumbersome. When we finally found the house for us, MaiKai quickly and strategically packaged an offer that he thought would appeal to the seller AND ensure we got a good purchase price. As the transaction progressed, he was diligent with the process and documentation. Moreover, he was extremely responsive and helped quell our occasional nervousness. We ended up closing the deal well under the price we envisioned having to pay. I will be using him next time we buy or sell a home - I would encourage anyone who is undertaking a sale or purchase to do the same. " - Brian

" MaiKai is a great agent. He responded quickly to all of our texts and emails and got us a great deal on our new home. He gave us great recommendations, was extremely helpful throughout the entire process, and ended up being a great friend. We would absolutely use him when we buy our next home! " - Vanessa

"Family is interested in relocating from New York to Orange County. MaiKai is helping us figure out what part of Newport to purchase a new home. Wanted to say thanks for all the guidance figuring out all the different options we have. Look forward getting our new place with him. " - Caleb


About MaiKai
MaiKai is among Orange County’s next generation of real estate professionals. Born and raised in Eastside Costa Mesa, MaiKai became a professional surfer, traveling the world to exotic locales and learning about various cultures. Following his surfing career, MaiKai developed and owned a high-end clothing line. His experience with running production, managing relationships with vendors and working with celebrity clientele has offered him valuable experiences in satisfying client needs.

He brings these people skills to his career as a real estate agent in his hometown. He is invested in leading smooth and positive transactions, fulfilling all of his clients’ needs through each step of the process. In addition to working with individual clients and families, MaiKai has the privilege of teaming with his family, who are local home builders and real estate developers. From this opportunity, he has gained a high-level understanding of the intricacies of land acquisition and will bring this to all of his buying and selling experiences.

He will bring energy, local knowledge, and a passion for hands-on interaction to all of his buyers and sellers. He lives in Eastside Costa Mesa with his wife and young son and is honored to be practicing real estate in his hometown.