Welcoming Luxury Realtors from Around the Globe

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What happens when over 150 top realtors from around the world descend on Hawaii?  They have FUN! And lots of it!  It was part of the LuxuryRealEstate.com and Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat, held at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, Maui.

image007-2It all started with a kick off opening reception sponsored by Greg Burns and Elite Pacific Properties which led into a couple of days of networking, activities, and presentations from such speakers as Robert Spector, international bestselling author, speaker and consultant and creator of “The Nordstrom Way”.

“We were really excited to be a sponsor of this global luxury event,” explains Paul Mayer, Managing Partner of Elite Pacific Properties.  “Every serious agent should be attending events like these, and the Who’s Who event being in Wailea made participating really easy.  Elite and other Hawaii agents were well represented, plus over 150 luxury agents from around the world, who all got to make new referral connections and learn from some excellent speakers.  This was truly an example of mixing business with pleasure.”

 

World Renowned Success Mentor Darren Hardy Shares Top Tips With Realtors

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Darren Hardy, former publisher of Success Magazine and New York Times bestselling author of The Compound Effect and The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster, recently made an unprecedented full day custom  presentation to a crowd of 350, including over 150 Elite Pacific Properties real estate agents.  Orchestrated by Paul Mayer, Managing Partner of Elite Pacific Properties, the purpose was to share not only very insightful business strategies and techniques, but also proven personal growth tips.

After interviewing and spending time with incredible achievers such as Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg and countless more, Hardy has curated some of the best ideas, insights and strategies from many of most successful people of our lifetime. He teaches that even the smallest daily decisions people make shape their future for better or worse. In the opening speech, Hardy outlined the operating system that he believes underlies all significant achievement and delivered a complete action plan to enable audience members to start executing immediately.

Some of the takeaways shared by those who attended included:

  • Stop looking for the quick fix to success, happiness and wealth.  Success is earned  one day at a time – one call at a time – one meeting at a time.
  • What do successful and unsuccessful people have in common? – Both hate to do certain stuff but successful people do it anyway.
  • Knowledge is not power.  What matters is what you do with what you know.
  • What is the one thing that determines how you end up?  It all comes down to choices – small, seemingly insignificant, moment to moment choices.

He also talked about being disciplined about what you do and  holding yourself accountable. For example, as a former very successful Realtor himself, Hardy said that all Realtors know the top 3 things they should consistently be doing, which are:  Pitching a Listing, Negotiating a Contract and Prospecting.  As a Realtor. he thought he was successfully addressing these each day but when  he actually tracked his time he found he was only spending minutes throughout the day engaged in these practices.  Once he started a weekly consistent rhythm of tracking and measuring each of these steps, he began spending more time on these income-producing activities, and his sales exploded.

“For years, I have encouraged all of the agents and support staff in our organization to listen to, read and implement the success strategies of Darren Hardy,” said Mayer. “While recently attending his High Performance Forum, I was so impressed I became determined to find a way that we could all benefit from learning his powerful strategies live and in person.  When I learned that he could be engaged for 90 minute keynote speeches, I proposed this unique, full-day Workshop event instead.  It took some work to convince him to create a full day program delivering content that he had never before shared outside of his $10,000/person High Performance Forum, but eventually he agreed to do it.

At Elite, we are always looking for the best technology, best resources and best service practices to provide to our agents for them to use to serve our clients and become more successful, and the information that Darren presented was priceless. Once I was able to confirm the Workshop, I had to share it not only with the Elite team but also with other members of the public (including some other Realtors).  The event was a huge success, and those who attended have already been getting the benefits of implementing Darren’s strategies and techniques.”

Celebrities Seeking Privacy in Paradise

With more films and programs being shot in Hawaii, the need for celebrity housing has increased.  Whether purchasing a home or using it temporarily as a vacation rental, celebrities’ favorite houses do the talking for themselves.

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This recently listed luxurious two acre estate on Oahu, for example, was home to a major movie star for months of filming.  It was a great choice for this star because it offers great privacy along with resort living at its finest, with majestic Mount Olomana as a backdrop and spectacular ocean views. Newly renovated, this 11,937 square foot home has three spacious master bedrooms, along with three additional bedrooms, two-and-half baths and a sauna.  A separate 1,632 square foot large 1 bedroom, 1 bath cottage, a 1,900 sq.ft. gym with commercial grade Flex Wheeler equipment and a professionally installed movie theater with tiered ceiling and sound proof padded walls with seating for 13 adults were important features for the recent celebrity.

In addition to a well-appointed main kitchen, the outside gourmet kitchen and full bathroom/shower are perfect for hosting a pool party with two flat screen TVs, built-in speakers, food warmers and refreshment center.

Taking Initiative and Creating A Memorable Impact Worldwide

When Greg Burns decided to approach NBC and pitch an idea he had been contemplating for a while, he had no idea that a major television network would grab onto his idea and create an international mini program that would air multiple times around the globe.

“When the Golf Channel covers the opening of the PGA season in Maui each year they also highlight the beauty of the island as a dream destination” says Greg.  “It made perfect sense to me for them to also highlight what it might mean to own a second home on the island or to move to Maui.  As a result, I talked to them about highlighting some of the amazing real estate that can be found on Maui.  After pursuing NBC with this idea, they finally agreed to test it out and loved the response they received.”

For the past three years, Greg has been featured throughout the globe on the Golf Channel showcasing some of his listings during the tournament.

His persistence has paid off and his creativity does not stop there as seen in the enclosed spot.

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His message to all agents is to not let anything stop you from pursuing your vision in every way and offer something special and unique to make yourself stand out from the crowds.

Top 5 Reasons Buyers (and Agents) Love New Projects

Elite’s Project Division recently added a third new development to its growing roster of new projects allowing agents a multitude of exciting brand new inventory to sell.  With a background in new developments from the builders’ side, Paul Chicoine, Division President of Project Sales for Elite, has been leading the charge in adding new projects and lists the following top reasons that Buyers tend to navigate to newly constructed homes:

# 1. Amenities

When buying in a new development which typically means Master or planned communities, you are typically buying a lifestyle which can include amenities such as golf courses, clubhouses or parks and community spaces that are close to transit and schools.

#2A Selection of Floor Plan Options with Personalization 

Typically, the layout in a new or pre built construction home will favor wide-open floor plans, larger bedrooms and bathrooms with plenty of natural light.  Developers also offer a wide range of finishes and amenities which allow buyers to add their own new personal touches throughout the home.

 # 3. Smart Homes with Advanced Technology and less Maintenance

Smart technology options allow buyers to automate everything from speakers and cable to internet and alarm systems.  A newly built home also requires less maintenance since everything from appliances to the HVAC system and roof are brand new and warranties can protect your new home for years before you need to undertake any major repairs.

# 4Healthy & Safe  

Most of today’s new homes meet stringent energy standards and codes which were not available in the past.  Items such as high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners use the latest in environmentally-friendly coolants. Even cabinets, carpets and paints with organic compounds are used to improve the indoor air quality so that you and your family can breathe easier.

# 5. Efficiency

From more efficient insulation and windows that create airtight homes that are less expensive to heat and cool than older models, to new appliances and home systems that are more energy efficient, everything is geared toward more efficient homes with lower utility bills.

“Of course, agents love selling new developments for many of the same reasons, as well as having the added inventory and new excitement a new project can bring to an area”” says Paul “The key is finding a developer and a builder who offers what Buyers care about.”

Creativity and Persistence Results in $28 Million Sale

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Anne Eliason, recently affiliated agent with Elite Pacific Properties, just concluded one of the more complex and compelling real estate transactions in the state of Hawai’i, representing a combined value of $28 million.

It was just 19 months ago that Eliason first made her mark in the competitive luxury Kauai real estate market, when at auction, she skillfully outbid all other parties for the Anini Estate. Exercising her investment acumen by convincing her former business partner of the unique opportunity of this one-of-a-kind residence, Eliason’s client was the prevailing bidder and bought the estate, sight unseen. Through consistent diligent marketing efforts, supported by Elite Properties’ Broker Margaret Reynolds, Eliason was able to attract and nurture the interest of a buyer, who proved an ideal partner for her Seller’s financial intentions. The Anini owner wished to retain a second, smaller home on Kauai and the Buyer, owner of another notable property on the island, desired a larger residence. This transaction involved the estate, the vacation-licensed beachfront property as well as a lot owned by the buyer.

Elite Broker Margaret Reynolds enthusiastically endorsed this complex transaction:

“We love to support the creativity of our agents” said Margaret. “Through Anne’s sheer creativity and persistence, she recognized the opportunity and potential of this exquisite property and sold a property in 78 days that had been on the market for years. Elite Pacific Properties is immensely proud of Anne!”

Kauai Heritage Properties Merges with Elite Pacific Properties

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Left to Right: Kristie Rutherford, Hannah Sirois, Peter Sirois, Cassady Sirois

Elite Pacific Properties, Hawaii’s highest volume luxury real estate brokerage and vacation rental firm, announced a merger with Kauai Heritage Properties to be effective January 1, 2017. The combination gives Elite Pacific Properties a strong presence across the entire Kauai real estate market, with special strength in Kauai luxury real estate. Elite Pacific Properties, currently the fourth highest volume brokerage in Hawaii, has 2 offices on Oahu, 2 offices on Maui, 3 offices on the Big Island, and an office in Princeville, Kauai. Upon the completion of the merger, the company will add a second office on Kauai, taking over the existing Kauai Heritage Properties office in Koloa, to serve the Kauai South Shore real estate market.

Established in 2009 by owners Hannah and Peter Sirois, Kauai Heritage Properties is a premier Kauai real estate firm, with the Sirois family closing more than 1,300 property sales and attaining a sales volume of more than $925,000,000. The merger allows for an alignment of two top-producing brokerages to amplify a unique local skill set across Poipu, Koloa, and the greater South Kauai area.

The merger includes current licensees Hannah Sirois, Peter Sirois, Cassady Sirois, and Kristie Rutherford, and over the next year is expected to grow with several other top producing Realtors joining the new South Kauai office of Elite Pacific Properties. Since 1987, Hannah has been the #1 selling Realtor in Poipu, Kauai and is a repeating member of Hawaii’s Top 100 Realtor honor as determined by Hawaii Business Magazine. Hannah Sirois is also the current President of Kauai Board of Realtors. Hannah, Peter and their team have built strong community ties and an industry reputation for excellence.

“With 30 years of Kauai real estate expertise, I’ve made thoughtful decisions that keep our clients’ best interests as the focus. My decision to merge with Elite Pacific Properties, a company that is at the top of the game, doubles down on this commitment and elevates our boutique family run business into an arena where reach and resources mean everything in a global market. Our family will market our Kauai Heritage Portfolio as a team under the Elite Pacific Properties flag”, added Hannah Sirois.

“We are thrilled to announce this merger with Kauai Heritage Properties” said Paul Mayer, Managing Partner of Elite Pacific Properties. “Hannah and Peter have a superb reputation and unrivaled expertise in Kauai luxury real estate. With Hannah as our Partner for South Kauai, and with the resources of Elite to support her efforts, we expect she will expand her top-producing team to complement the excellent team based in our Princeville office under the leadership of Sean Ahearn.”

Oahu Insider Tip: Exploring Ko’Olina Resort

 

A great to escape Waikiki is to take a trip over to Ko’Olina resort on Oahu’s Leeward Coast. Enjoy the beautiful beaches and ocean views from the beachfront dining area as well as sunset views in the evening. One of best dining options in the area is Longboards, an outdoor restaurant adjacent to Marriott’s Ko’Olina Beach Club at Lagoon 3.

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This is a convenient location that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Longboard’s hot and cold breakfast buffet in the morning includes custom-made omelettes to order. During dinner hours, there’s always live music and a full bar. This is casual outdoor resort dining and not much of a dress code to be concerned about since everyone is on vacation! The food is moderately priced and they have menu options for kids as well. Some parking is available at Lagoon 3 or Guests staying at the Beach Villas at Ko’Olina can simply walk over to Longboards along the oceanfront walking path connecting the four lagoon areas in the resort.

Oahu Insider Tip: Brunch in Kailua

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Handmade Road Sign in Kailua Town.

Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki this holiday season? Then check out beautiful Kailua on the Windward coast of Oahu. Only 30 minutes from Honolulu, it’s definitely worth the drive to check out so many great breakfast spots! The best options are:

  • Cinnamon’s
  • Boots & Kimos
  • Over Easy
  • Moke’s Bread and Breakfast
  • Crepes No Ka ‘Oi
  • ChadLou’s Coffee & Tea

These three restaurants are very popular among visitors and locals alike, so be prepared for longer wait times! Whichever restaurant you choose, you will not be disappointed.