Oahu Real Estate


Exclusive Marketing Advantages for $2,500 or $250

We charge only $2,500 or $250 yet provide a large number of exclusive marketing advantages that you do not get even when paying full commission. You will save around $27,500 when selling a home worth $1 million. For the $2,500 option, we handle everything from reviewing offers to managing the escrow process. You get full service other than us going out to your home. For the $250 option, we do all the marketing, but you review the offers and handle the escrow.

Exclusive OahuRE Custom Website

Exclusive advantages include the OahuRE Custom Website which shows an unlimited number of enhanced high-resolution photos with an optional text description for each photo. This website is linked to from over 1,100 websites.

The National Association of Realtors has researched and concluded that homes that have superior photos sell for more. This is now a verified fact. OahuRE uses a professional photographer that has shot over 1,000 homes, and we take these Super High-Resolution Photos and post them with your listing to sell your home for more money and find buyers faster. No other agent on Oahu posts the same size and resolution photos.

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The National Association of Realtors also found that only 1% of buyers find their home via print and newspaper ads. Most buyers find their home online or through their Realtor, who also is online, so we focus on online marketing where 99% of the buyers are.

Please see the photo examples below. The first photo is a specific section from a photo in the MLS. This 2nd photo is the same exact section from the OahuRE Custom Website. As you can see our high-resolution photos are much more impressive and detailed than the MLS photos.



Exclusive Seller's Highlights

This section allows you to tell buyers about the best features of your property with no MLS restrictions on the number of words. A sample Seller Highlight's screen shot is below.

1. Have you done any upgrades?

Yes, we have remodeled the entire home.

To include, every bedroom, all the bathrooms, the kitchen, the garage, belt driven garage opener, keypad entry for the garage, solar water heater, floors, light fixtures, window blinds, installed ventilation fans in all the bathrooms, built in bookcase into the wall, even a water feature in the backyard.

2. What things do you like most about this home and living here?

Home: Everything. Recessed lighting in kitchen. The marble bathroom. The guest bathroom.

The yard. When you are in the yard it's like a private getaway.

Photovoltaic allows us to run the AC while keeping the electric bill low.

Plenty of parking, the driveway can hold another 3-4 cars in addition to the 2 cars parked in the garage.

Easy access to shopping, i.e. Walmart (24 Hours) Times Supermarket, Safeway, new mall opening and only 10 minutes away, Waikele Shopping Center. Close to Hickam AFB/Pearl Harbor (even with traffic only takes 30 minutes) 10 minutes from Schofield Barracks.

Walking path, dog friendly, the community park has basketball courts, tennis courts, kiddie playground and a big field to run around in.

3. What factors influenced your decision to move here?

The size of the yard. Commute time to work is relatively short compared to other areas. Shopping nearby.

4. How is traffic in and around the neighborhood?

We haven't experienced any traffic in and around the neighborhood.

5. How is your commute to work?

Depending on when you leave 30-35 minutes max. Even when I leave work during rush hour 230pm-1830pm takes only 30-35 minutes from my job to my garage at home.

6. What do you like best about your neighborhood?

Safe! HPD Officer lives next door. Friendly neighbors.

Pride in ownership for all those that live around me.

Pet friendly. Just down the street from Queens Hospital. Plenty of shopping nearby.

Close to North Shore. Takes me 20 minutes to reach Haleiwa.

7. What are your favorite nearby restaurants and places to shop?

Waikele is minutes away and features the only outlet center on the island of Oahu.

Plenty of name brand shops at discounted prices. Walmart and Times Supermarket is 2 minutes from the house. Walmart comes in handy as it's open 24 hours.

Thai Village and Aunty Pasto's are good nearby restaurants, there is also a Subway, Wendy's, McDonalds, Jamba Juice, Starbucks, Chinese Restaurant and many more in Kunia. Buffalo Wild Wings, Safeway Supermarket a few minutes down the road in Ewa. Pho & Company, Thai Lao, Costco, Home Depot to name a few in Kapolei.

8. Are there any events in your neighborhood that a new buyer would like to know about?

The community center host Taekwondo and Zumba Classes. Events can be found on their website.

9. Are there any other attractive features about this home or neighborhood that we have not covered?

Awesome place to live!

Exclusive Transaction Management System

This system makes sure everything is completed on time. A timeline is provided that is also updated automatically. Our system automatically sends you the critical information you should know prior to important contingencies. The escrow process has over 52 steps and you will know the second each one is completed via our Transaction Management System. We will also send you video updates from inside our Transaction Management System showing what tasks are outstanding. Part of the screen from our Transaction Management System is shown below.

Exclusive Massive Facebook Marketing

We generate around 2,666,000 impressions on Facebook per year for our listings. Those impressions result in 201,000 clicks to get more information on properties we have listed. Below is a sample ad that was shown on Facebook 70,528 times and it generated 12,062 clicks for more information. It was in escrow within 10 days and sold 55 days after listed.

Exclusive uploading of large high-resolution photos on Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com

Now that it has been proven that homes that have superior photos sell for more, don't allow lousy photos on the 3 biggest Real Estate Websites in the country cost you money when selling. The standard MLS photos that most Realtors use do not look good on these websites. We make sure to upload photos at the maximum size these websites will allow, so your home looks better. These sites have over 100 million visitors monthly, so you can't afford to have bad photos. No matter how good your original photos are, if an agent allows the portals to use the photos from the MLS, they will be distorted. See below for an example.

Below is a section of a photo from Zillow.

This sample is from the Zillow after OahuRE.com has uploaded a new photo. You can easily see the clarity is much better.

This sample is from the Trulia. This is how most agents leave your photo looking.

This sample is from the Trulia after OahuRE.com has uploaded a new photo.

This sample is from the Realtor.com. This is how most agents leave your photo looking.

This sample is from the Realtor.com after OahuRE.com has uploaded a new photo.

As you can see, we make sure you always are showing the best photos possible on all 3 major portals.

Exclusive Photo Enhancements

Our enhanced photos bring out the true colors even better. The sky becomes bluer, grass greener, flowers brighter, cabinets richer looking, flooring better looking, etc. The samples below show our enhanced photos on the top and the professional photographer's photo not enhanced below it.

To get started email Bryn Kaufman at brynk@oahure.com or call 808-254-0787.

Learn the value of your home with our free, no obligation Home Value Video.

Realtors Automatically Book Showings

We use Showing Time to automatically book showings with verified Realtors only. Showing Time automatically gathers feedback from each showing and sends it to you. Through Showing Time you will get an email and optional text message each time a showing is booked. You have the option to automatically approve all showings or manually approve each one. You can be present for all showings or use a lock box; the choice is yours. We can also blackout dates and times so showings can't be booked when you are having friends or family over.

The image below is from showing time showing how you will get comments from the buyer's agent.

Virtual Staging

We have an option to virtual stage empty rooms. As you can see from the images below virtual staging can really improve the photos of an empty room.

Experience is critical to prevent problems

Experience counts to prevent or handle difficult situations, and we have been #1 and #2 in the entire state for transactions the last 4 years. We also sell homes significantly faster than the industry average, along with getting closer to your asking price versus the industry average. If you are considering using someone else please use our agent sales tool to understand their experience. You can view our experience from this link, then open a new browser tab and compare it to anyone else you are considering using.

Awarded to the OahuRE Team from Hawaii Business Magazine

To get started email Bryn Kaufman at brynk@oahure.com or call 808-254-0787.

Learn the value of your home with our free, no obligation Home Value Video.

And More Advantages

We handle your sale from start to finish, including reviewing offers, helping with counter offers, and managing the escrow process.

Everything a 6% listing agent does we do, other than coming out to your property. For photos, we have professional photographers we can recommend.

We use the same standard Hawaii Purchase Contract and MLS forms as all other listing.

You can do unlimited Broker and Public Open Houses and we will get them all into the MLS so everyone knows about them.

We can provide professional flyer in PDF format you can print for your Open House.

We announce your listing to all active agents on Oahu.

We provide comparables to help you choose the right selling price.

Learn the value of your home with our free, no obligation Home Value Video.

We are confident in our services so we allow you to cancel at anytime.

To get started email Bryn Kaufman at brynk@oahure.com or call 808-254-0787.

Learn the value of your home with our free, no obligation Home Value Video.

Quotes about our Assisted Selling program

"Your listing service was great! We had ten showings and two offers in eight days. Thanks for talking through the assisted option with me and helping to remove the intimidation and anxiety around it."

"I knew my apt would sell fast but didn't realize it would go that fast. I enjoyed working with your employees and sense their expertise, friendliness, and helpfulness. It was a wonderful experience."

"Excellent experience all around, excellent responses from OahuRE. Recommended for those familiar with the processes. Mahalo for everything." [received 2 offers within 6 days]

"Aloha Bryn, 1. the overall experience was great. We really appreciated how quick you and the team were at answering any questions and having a link to videos or information for us to go over. 2. I don't really feel that you have to improve anything because for us, it was a pretty smooth transition overall to closing. We were glad that we closed and sold sooner than expected. We would genuinely like to thank you and the team at OahuRE for all the help and services that you have provided to us and our family. Everything had gone smooth and we are very satisfied with everything. Thank you also to Abegail, who had also kept us updated with all the emails. Mahal nui"

"Thanks for the great job you all performed,  I don't think you could have done it better!  We will be happy to work with you again someday.  Thanks again,  Aloha"

"What I liked most is that I did not have to pay 6% commission of the transaction and that you were continually in touch with me about what was going on."

"Thank you so much. I apologize for the late response, it's been a pretty crazy time with moving to the east coast. We are thrilled with your service. What we liked the most was the full service you provided at the price you charged us. We appreciated yours and Mannie's timely responses and attentiveness to our questions and concerns. I honestly don't have anything to say about improvements. Thank again so much!"

1,000+ homes we sold on Google Maps or view homes we sold by region.

The truth about our Assisted Selling program

Selling a home fast for a good price is all about supply and demand. You have no control over the supply, so to get the best price and sell fast, we need to look at the demand. There are certain things a seller can do to boost demand. The first and most important is exposing the home to a lot of buyers. The MLS does this for sellers, so you must be listed on the MLS.

Assuming you are on the MLS, the next most important thing driving demand is your price. This is easily proved, as homes that are priced too high never sell, no matter how much they are exposed, and homes that are priced low sell right away, many times with multiple offers. The fact that price helps with the demand could favor selling using our Assisted Selling program. For example, if you were thinking of pricing at $1,000,000 with a Realtor, but decide to price it lower by using our Assisted Selling program, the lower price will help drive more demand, yet you would make more because of the reduced commissions.

The next thing that drives demand is great photos. If you have no photos or lousy photos, you might be eliminating some of your buyers. If you can't get great photos on your own, then it is worth doing what Realtors do, and hire a professional photographer. OahuRE.com specializes in showing huge hi-res professional photos for all our listings, which helps drive demand. We have relationships with professional photographers who can take most property photos for a very reasonable price.

Once you have the above going well, the home needs to show well. There are hundreds of great articles on the Internet about removing clutter, landscaping, painting, removing odors, and other things you can do to make sure your home shows well.

How much should I pay a buyer's agent?

It is up to you. The standard is 2.5%. You are welcome to offer less, even 0%. If you offer 0%, you will encourage buyers to contact you directly vs. using a buyer's agent. Also, you have not locked into a commission amount ahead of time. Everything is negotiable, including the commission you offer to a buyer's agent. Only once both sides have signed the Purchase Contract and you start the escrow process is the commission locked in.

What about photos?

You can provide us with an unlimited number of photos, or we can connect you with our professional photographers who will take awesome photos. We will also set up your exclusive OahuRE Custom Website for selling your home. The photo size should be at least 2,000 pixels wide or large if possible.

Will all websites show my home?

Yes, all websites, over 1,100 in all, will have your home listed. This gives you the maximum exposure that you can only get when listed on the MLS. Your listing will be on all the big Real Estate portals such as Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com, plus thousands of smaller websites.

Can I do Open Houses?

Yes, you can do as many Open Houses as you like. We will advertise them in the MLS, which will also be picked up by the papers.

What about a lockbox?

A lockbox is a great idea. This way you do not have to be there every time to open your home. We only give the lockbox code to Realtors approved with Showing Time, so you can be confident when putting a lockbox on your door.

Here are some links to lockboxes that work well.

Amazon Lockbox

Home Depot Lockbox

Lowes Lockbox

All other hardware stores normally carry lockboxes too.

What about yard signs?

We do not recommend a yard sign as everyone who is interested will see your home online first and have no problem finding it using Google Maps. However, if you want to use a yard sign you can.

Amazon Open House Signs

Amazon For Sale By Owner

Home Depot For Sale by Owner Sign

Home Depot Open House Sign

What about showings?

We use Showing Time to automatically book showings with verified Realtors only. Showing Time automatically gathers feedback from each showing and sends it to you. Through Showing Time you will get an email and optional text message each time a showing is booked. You have the option to automatically approve all showings or manually approve each one. You can be present for all showings or use a lock box, the choice is yours. We can also blackout dates and times so showings can't be booked when you are having friends or family over.

What about comparables?

You can use OahuRE.com to get the best comparables. If you like, we can send you a Home Value Video going over what we think is the right selling price range for your home and provide you with the best comparables.

How much space do I have to let buyers know about my home?

The MLS allows 400 characters, but we allow unlimited characters using our Seller's Highlights section. You will automatically be asked questions for the Seller's Highlight section when we put your home in the MLS.

Can I easily cancel?

Yes, you can cancel at any time and we will withdraw your listing right away. As your home was not sold there would be no charges from us.

Will you announce my listing to other agents?

Yes, we will have escrow send out an email to almost all agents on Oahu so they are aware of your new listing.

Will you help me choose the right asking price?

Yes, using our Home Value Video, we will provide comparables for you and a price range that we suggest you sell at. You can then decide what price to ask.

How much additional time does this take?

There is very little if any additional time needed. You still review the same listing agreement and MLS entry form, you still review offers, and the time you spend signing documents in escrow is the same. Should you decide to hold your own Open Houses, that would add additional time, but the rest of the procedures are very similar.

What about liability?

You will be working with one of the most experienced teams on Oahu, and we will make sure you do everything right to minimize your and our liability issues.

The number one thing you can do to protect yourself from liability issues is disclose everything. We use the same standard disclosure form as you would get with a full commission agent. You need to fill out these forms no matter what type of listing you choose, it is not something the agent can do for you. If you completely disclose everything, you should not have any additional liability issues.

In addition to our experience, the same escrow company that handles sales at the full commission will be handling the transfer of the title and provide title insurance so there are no additional liabilities from escrow.

To get started email Bryn Kaufman at brynk@oahure.com or call 808-254-0787.

Learn the value of your home with our free, no obligation Home Value Video.

Forms

Purchase Contract, Counter Offer, Disclosure, As Is, Lead Based Paint, VA Financing, Rental Agreement, Pet Addendum, Agreement of Sale, Addendum, Early Occupancy, FHA Addendum, Oceanfront Property Addendum, Plain Language Addendum, Receipt of Project Information