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"We can’t think of anyone we would trust more with our real estate purchases and sales.
We’ve known Yvonne for almost 10 years and have worked with her buying and selling homes 6 times. We can’t think of anyone we would trust more with our real estate purchases and sales. She is a top-notch professional, ethical and knowledgeable.
In addition to her years of experience and the breadth of skill, she is a marketing guru. She knows how to present a property beautifully, in its best light. Her staging skills make any property shine. She puts a lot of effort into having everything perfect and its clear this attention to detail helps her clients earn the highest prices for their properties. Her marketing materials are also just as high-end and feel luxurious to the prospective buyers at any price point.
Besides the technicalities of selling real estate, she knows how to close a sale. Working well with other people is a strong point and her cooperative nature stands out. She is able to troubleshoot and solve problems in sensible ways, minimizing risk and exposure to her clients. There are lots of things that can and do go wrong in a real estate transaction. Yvonne simply faces these things one at a time, head on and deals with them. Low stress, low fuss, just get it handled. She is very patient and that helps us, as clients, get through one of the most stressful and hectic times for us.
In our last transaction, we had an exceptionally good end result, though there were a lot of issues with the buyers’ lender. We were able to get the highest sale price ever in our neighborhood, and even though the house did not appraise for the sale price. Yvonne was able to ensure through the negotiations that the buyer would put in the extra funds. It seemed touch and go, at times, but Yvonne stayed positive and confident and that helped a lot. We hope Yvonne wins this award. She is a deserving candidate and great realtor. " - Patsy & Joe Fala
"Her patience, relentless optimism and pursuit to achieve the best outcomes for us, and hard-work and professionalism continues to amaze us. We’ve recently sold our house with Yvonne, a $2M+ sale. This is the 3rd real-estate transaction (1 purchase and 2 sales) that she helped us out with in less than 5 years. She has a keen sense of what are the best actions that one can take to market a house and put it in the best light possible. Yvonne’s taste and staging skills are excellent - she went above and beyond of what we were expecting, to help us make our house look outstanding.
Our experience with the sale of the first house was very similar. She understands very well the characteristics of the Oahu market and what buyers are looking for. We were in a neighborhood where we had a lot of competition and houses stay on the market for a long time - Yvonne sold our house quickly. She negotiated a very good sale a price - she in fact suggested to go for a higher price when we were ready to settle for a lower one. Her intuition was correct again.
I’d say one more thing: it’s not only that Yvonne understands very well the real-estate market, law and contracts but she also knows how to deal with her clients - real-estate transactions can be emotional events in someone’s life. She knew how to hold our hands, guide us through the process as we went through each of these transactions and, at times, help us not take actions that could have been detrimental to us. Her patience, relentless optimism and pursuit to achieve the best outcomes for us, hard-work and professionalism continues to amaze us and have us come back to her for help." - Alex Olaru & Dr. Eliza Hagen
" The Ultimate Real Estate Professional.” Yvonne is the ultimate real estate professional and I am convinced that the sale of our beach property would not have occurred without her highly developed real estate knowledge and the people skills she displayed to the seller and buyers together to consummate the deal. This real estate transaction was complicated and presented a number of obstacles which at times made us question whether we wanted to proceed with the transaction. Yvonne is the brightest and most diligent real estate agent we have used in purchasing a home. My wife and I have purchased six homes over the years and this was the most challenging transaction given the physical distance we were from the property and its seller. There is no doubt that Yvonne’s attention to detail and responsiveness to our concerns protected us as buyers and resulted in us acquiring property in the location where we wanted to reside in Kailua." - Neil & Charlene Smith
" Amazing conflict resolver, therapist, designer, technologist, communicator and negotiator with exceptional integrity and passion”
Yvonne exceeded our expectations on every turn, with her attention to detail, exceptional knowledge of the market and transaction process, and even putting her own interest aside for the interest of us. Yvonne began the process by setting expectations on how the process would go, and prepared us well for our journey of selling our house. Her expectations were detailed, realistic, and turned out to be 100% accurate, down the exact amount the house would sell for. Amazing!
This is the third transaction we’ve used Yvonne for, and I couldn’t think of anyone better to take care of my largest asset. She has impeccable design taste. Her marketing skills are like magic. The pictures and videos were amazing, and we received one of the highest per square foot prices ever in Enchanted Lake. She is an amazing conflict resolver, therapist, designer, technologist, communicator and negotiator with exceptional integrity and passion for her customer, her business, and her profession." - Kris & Martina Harms
"Mine was a challenging situation. I was an absentee home owner (trustee). The house needed a complete remodeling before it could be put on the market. And, it was unoccupied, which meant there needed to be someone to look after the property (which included a pool), as well. Yvonne stepped up to the plate as property manager, worked closely with our contractor to jointly fill the role of project manager and then took over as realtor seamlessly.
Ours was a custom designed/built home, that was going to appeal to a very specific buyer. Yvonne took the time to research the style of home, and during the renovations, worked to preserve the integrity of the mid-century style. Our family was the original and only owner, and this gave us confidence that respect was being shown for the sentimentality and attachment we had to our childhood home. Throughout the entire marketing process, Yvonne was committed to being personally involved with every on-site interaction concerning potential buyers. Her attention to detail included preparation of the property before every showing. And while we did hire staging services, Yvonne staged the bedrooms, patio and pool areas herself, displaying her breadth of talent and as well as her willingness to invest in staging inventory.
There were many serious ups and downs with the offers and almost-sales. Throughout, she maintained a positive, roll- up-your-sleeves and get back to work attitude. While our family could have become seriously discouraged, we took our cues from her and tried to persevere with patience. She kept her finger on the pulse of our particular market niche to ensure that the plan we were following was always viable one. We appreciated that she never pressured us to use aggressive price slashing as a sales strategy. In the end, both buyer and seller were extremely happy with the final agreement.
Yvonne demonstrated integrity throughout. The detail she insisted on in the disclosure statement is a good example. She often had to return to her roots as a lawyer to close up gaps in clarity or to follow through with contract or trust issues that arose. As a long distance seller, I found it extraordinary that I could completely trust my realtor from 9,000 miles away. Her willingness and ability to stay in close touch with me was the key to that trust. She was always forthcoming with updates, feedback and information, and I never hesitated to contact her as well. She offered boutique style personalized realtor services while still providing all the advantages of up-to-date technology. She is committed to detail, efficient, energetic, and completely worthy of the Aloha ‘Aina Realtor Award." - Sandy Shimabukuro & Family
"Yvonne went far above and beyond the average realtor in helping me sell my mother’s waterfront home in Hawaii Kai. And all of this occurred during a very trying time in my life, dealing with loss and other family issues, so her extra assistance was very helpful to me. She knew better than I did what needed to be done to maximize the sale and gave me spot-on recommendations that ultimately proved to be right. In a very short time, I realized I had the best realtor I could have wished for. She followed through on every promise, paying attention to every detail large or small. As a business owner myself, I knew to what lengths she was going through to see this project through to the end. She got me through a lot of rough patches. She made so many things easier. Simply put, she was amazing." - Lynne Hart
"“Yvonne was an outstanding agent. I have bought and sold several properties, and I have never before had an agent who came close to the outstanding service, expertise and commitment provided by Yvonne. I was living out of state when I listed with Yvonne. She oversaw the partial remodel of my home to prepare for market. She found and managed the contractors (who were excellent) and even picked out materials and paint colors. She updated me daily and even paid workers when my checks were delayed through the mail. She staged my home, using her own staging property… The staging was so outstanding that relatives who saw the pictures wanted to hire her as a decorator. Yvonne started marketing my property by 'word of mouth' to investors she knew who might be interested. Her 'word of mouth' advertising was so outstanding that I already had several full price offers by the time my house went on the market. She had an excellent strategy for how to market the property and which offers to accept as back ups. ... Through no fault of Yvonne's, I ended up named in a lawsuit by the first buyers whose contract I ended when I discovered they had missed funding deadlines and lied about the source of their funding. Yvonne stood by me during this entire ordeal.... She spoke to my lawyer and provided her with important details about the contract and its timelines. She was also an excellent sounding board and source of emotional support during this very stressful period. Her creative and strong negotiating advice* helped the attorney I hired resolve the lawsuit and I eventually closed with all cash buyers for well above my asking price. In general, Yvonne is very smart, knowledgeable about real estate, contracts, and the real estate market. She is extremely hardworking, dedicated, organized, customer service oriented and has excellent attention to detail. I couldn't have asked for a better agent." - Laurie Edwards
"Yvonne is an excellent Real Estate Professional. She represented us as buyers in 2011, and in 2017 we contracted her to list our home. Yvonne brought in decorative artwork, plants, and other staging materials that she bought especially for my home that made the house look really beautiful. She even brought in a few pieces from her own home to create that picture perfect Hawaii style home. She created an incredible video showcasing the property by using professional photography including a drone that captures the house that is built into a steep hillside. The marketing materials were outstanding. She held numerous open houses and an extensive amount of showings. Always positive and excited to show the house.
Our neighborhood, Hawaii Loa Ridge is not a quick sale, many of the potential buyers have been purchasing the new luxury condos in town, and it does become exhausting to get a house ready to show with two teenagers living in it. I was becoming frustrated and was considering taking my home off the market and waiting until my kids left for college. Yvonne did a fantastic job keeping my spirts up and positive.
She would arrive early for a showing helping me get ready….Yvonne’s services, work ethic, positive outlook and knowledge of the Honolulu housing market are all outstanding. I always felt she was on my side keeping my spirts up, making me feel that selling my home was her number one priority even though she had many other clients. I would highly recommend Yvonne to any potential buyer or seller in Oahu. " - Dr. Luca & Julie Vassalli
"Yvonne Ahearn was kind, attentive, and professional while working with us. We are thrilled in our new home and are forever grateful for the assistance that Home Shoppe Hawaii provided. Given the competitive market in Hawaii we were impressed with our agent’s knowledge and her willingness to educate and assist us as first time home buyers. Her negotiation skills are top notch and her priorities were always to get us the best deal. Without hesitation, we would strongly recommend Yvonne to anyone who is looking to buy or sale their home." - Steph Heacock & Yun Kang
"Thank you both [Yvonne and Ana] for being so great (knowledgeable, patient and professional) with our home purchase. You are truly a top notch team! It is apparent that you both have a gift and natural talent for what you do. Your expertise and delivery of advice was spot on. Our Hawaiian home purchase was the best experience we have had with purchasing a home. We are pleased with our purchase, especially the size of the house and lot and the privacy. If there is any way we can recommend you guys or post a stellar review about [you both] anywhere, please let me know. I can honestly say that Yvonne, you are by far the most qualified and talented Broker In Charge that I have met in my residential/commercial/federal real estate career of 14 years. I hope more and more local Realtors will see the true value of working for a BIC like yourself. Some assurances are priceless. Thank you and many Mahalos!" - Hope & Mark Marini
"We are so happy to nominate Yvonne for this award. She was and still is a fantastic realtor to work with. We met her through a showing, but easily felt confident quickly with both her market knowledge and expertise on Oahu.
She listened to our wants and needs but offered tactful solutions and ideas we had not thought of. She was also very straight and frank with her feedback on homes, which was appreciated. It was clear she was not just trying to make a quick sale, but wanted us in the home which would best meet our needs. Her neighborhood knowledge all over East Oahu was thorough and she eventually found a great home for us in a neighborhood we had not thought of initially, but would work best for us in the end. The home she found for us was amazing and beautiful, including allowing for long term rental income.
Unfortunately, the transaction to get the home was full of some serious and unusual surprises which involved quite a lot of extra work and time for Yvonne. Her roll-up your sleeves and get to business attitude helped it all go smoothly, though the sale could have gone downhill very fast. In the end, she helped us save hundreds of thousands of dollars on the home, due to these issues along the way, and we got a very good price for the area, well under the loan-appraised value for the home.
During and after the sale, she has been a trusted friend and advisor. She has great contacts in the home remodeling space and is a resource for anything related to homes. Her knowledge of local laws on Bill 89 and rentals has been invaluable and she is always available for a call. She has even taken trips with us to home improvement store, to enable us to get discounts and has been available for appliance deliveries after the sale. All her referrals have been as on-point, trustworthy, and fantastic as Yvonne is. She surrounds herself with quality professionals, including introducing us to a great lender and contractors, and that is an enormous help to her clients.
Again, if you are looking for the top realtor on the island, a trusted advisor, and neighborhood and real estate expert, Yvonne is who you should choose. " - Dr. Jonathan and Mrs. Jennifer Carlson