20% Rebate for Buyers
2% Full Service for Sellers
$3,500 Flat Fee for Sellers
If you are selling for $1,000,000, you would pay a full commission agent $25,000, this is 10 times more commission.
If you are selling for $500,000, you would pay a full commission agent $12,500, so you save $9,000 with OahuRE.
The $3,500 commission you pay us comes out of your proceeds at closing, so if you do not close you pay us nothing.
Many sellers use our $3,500 option as it the lowest commission you can pay for complete representation.
Please be sure to review our collection of testimonials from satisfied sellers.
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Exclusive Eliminate the Buyer's Agent Commission
One exclusive advantage we offer is if we find a buyer without a buyer's agent, we will represent both sides for $3,500.
Because we are representing the buyer too, this gives the buyer the confidence that they will get their questions answered and get the support they need. They are comfortable making an offer because they know they have full representation from us.
This option allows you an opportunity to eliminate the 2.5% commission paid to the buyer's agent.
Many buyers contact us directly from Zillow and other websites. They purposely do not want to use a Realtor, as they know they might get a better deal without one. When that happens we put them in touch with you to set up the showing, and many times they will make an offer and you can save the buyer's agent commission.
Also, many sellers have found buyers with no agent through word of mouth and Open Houses.
The chart below shows your total commission saved with no buyer's agent.
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Flat Fee vs. Full Commission
The difference between our $3,500 flat fee service and full service is a Realtor does not go out to your property to meet you in person.
This is not FSBO (For Sale by Owner). We are representing you and your home is listed on the MLS. You are getting better support and marketing than full commission agents offer.
By eliminating the occasional face-to-face meeting with a full commission Realtor, we can save you $10,000 to $20,000 or more in commission.
To make the process of selling your home efficient, we do everything online and use email extensively for communication and signing.
Note that at any time with no prior notice you can withdraw the listing and you have no obligation to us. We do not require a 30 to 60 day notice to withdraw the listing as many full commission agents ask for.
Complete Representation From the #1 Team
As we are representing you the buyer's agent will send the offers directly to us.
We will review the offers and send them to you along with our comments. We will negotiate the terms and price on the offer with the buyer's agent and write up a counter offer for you.
Once in escrow, the OahuRE Client Care Team will help you every step of the way.
We make sure everything is done right and all disclosures are made to minimize your liability after the sale closes.
To process a lot of escrows we use templates with over 45 steps to make sure nothing is missed.
Throughout the escrow process, you will get emails helping you with each step, so you understand it better.
Many emails will link you to our extensive help section on OahuRE.com to give you all the details about the contingency you are working through.
As the number 1 team for transactions over the last 10 years, we understand the Purchase Contract better and can handle situations that come up during the escrow process. This prevents you from falling out of escrow and minimizes your risk of problems coming up after the sale closes.
We will have you fill out a complete disclosure form. As our attorney says, you only get sued for what you do not disclose.
Even though we do not meet face-to-face, we feel our support throughout the escrow process is unrivaled.
The MLS Does Not Care How Much Commission a Realtor Gets
What we mean is whether you pay your agent $3,500 or $35,000, the MLS treats your listing the same.
You get the same marketing exposure, the same text limit for your description, the same 25 photo limit, the same photo size limit, and most importantly the same distribution to thousands of other websites including Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, etc.
So paying more does not mean your marketing or your chance of selling is better.
We offer everything possible to maximize your marketing, such as our Exclusive Photo Treatment, Exclusive Seller Highlights, Exclusive Showing Feedback System, Exclusive Custom Website, Exclusive Photo Commenter, Exclusive Photo Sorter, and Exclusive Home Value Video.
We know these things are exclusive because we developed this technology ourselves.
These exclusive marketing advantages are not something the MLS offers to Realtors, and not something you would receive with a full commission agent.
Testimonials From Sellers Who Used Our $3,500 Flat Fee Option
Quotes from the Testimonials
"With a touch of a button you were always there open for service"
"Even on holidays and weekends you guys were on top of replies!"
"We've now bought and sold 2 houses, and you were my favorite realtor so far (and we never even met!)."
"The killer is you reply fast. Really good communication"
"That was very professional how I could get response for each question for everything."
"You always respond so quickly, unlike others I've worked with in the past."
"I can see why you are #1 in sales."
"I have told many friends about you and hope that they will call when they are ready to sell."
"Our condo sold for the exact price you anticipated."
"you fill a need in Hawaii"
"It seems as though you all work 24/7"
"We liked the quick responses to our e-mails even during the late evening hours."
"I personally believe that flat-fee brokerage services are the way of the future and OahuRE is top-notch."
Exclusive Home Value Video Provides You a Recommended Price Range
One of the first and most important steps to selling your home is deciding on what price to sell at.
Bryn Kaufman, the Principal Broker & Creator of OahuRE.com will help you determine the best selling price by providing you our exclusive Home Value Video.
He goes over the comparables for your property in detail as if he was sitting there with you.
He provides a link to the comparables used in the video, so you can explore them and look at the photos to get an even better idea of what to sell for.
The video is crystal clear as if you were on our website, so it is very easy to see the comparables discussed in the video.
The price you list is up to you, but this video gives you an idea of where we think you need to be priced to sell.
Exclusive Seller's Closing Cost Calculator
Use this calculator to get an idea of your total closing costs.
It includes a break out of the different fees you will pay.
It also helps you see how much money you can save working with OahuRE.
Simply enter the amount you want to sell for, the property type, and the calculator does the rest.
Professional Photos Maximizes Room Sizes and Eliminates Over Exposed Windows
For photos, you can use our recommended photographer for the discounted price of $175 paid directly to him.
Over the last 10 years, he has photographed over 9,000 homes for over 500 Realtors. There is no photographer on Oahu with more experience.
You also have the option of supplying us with your photos if you prefer.
The left image shows what an unprofessional overexposed window looks like vs. the right image shows how the professional image captures the view and greenery outside the window.
The professional photographer uses a wide-angle lens that gets the widest angle possible without distorting the view. Rooms look larger with a professional photo and look a lot smaller without one. He also uses a powerful flash that brightens up the room and makes everything look bright even when the sun is coming in the window.
The photos below were taken from an iPhone and the professional equipment standing in the same place. This helps you see the difference in the view and lighting. You can easily see how rooms look larger and brighter with professional photos.
Buyer's Agents Love Working with Us
Buyer’s agents love working with us because they know the OahuRE Client Care Team responds fast to questions.
They also understand we do a lot of transactions, so we know how to close transactions without falling out of escrow. Buyer’s agents only get paid when they close, so not falling out of escrow is critical for them.
They also understand we know the Purchase Contract well, so we always stay within the terms of the contract. There are no surprises when working with the experienced OahuRE Team.
What to Pay the Buyer's Agent
We recommend paying the buyer's agent 2.5%.
The first chart below shows the percentage of listings that sold for a specific buyer's agent commission level.
You can see both 2.5% and 3% are both at 47%, so this means your chance of selling is the same whether your offer 2.5% or 3% commission to the buyer's agent. However, if you offer a 2% commission your chances of selling drop to 40%.
The second chart shows the total number of sales. Here you can see the most popular option is a 2.5% commission to the buyer's agent.
Both charts are from MLS data going back 1 year.
Exclusive Advantages for Open Houses
Open Houses are optional. Serious buyers will always book an appointment to see a property that interests them, so we feel you do not lose any buyers if you decide not to do an Open House.
If you do want to do Open Houses our flat-rate program has two exclusive advantages.
The first one is no one knows more about your home and your neighborhood than you do. You can convey the advantages of your home and neighborhood to prospective buyers much better than a full commission agent who does not live in your home nor neighborhood.
The second exclusive advantage of doing your own Open House is it becomes a great way to find a buyer who is not represented by a buyer's agent, allowing you the opportunity to save the 2.5% buyer's agent commission.
You can hold an unlimited number of both Broker Open Houses and Public Open Houses.
We will publish your Open House on the MLS just like a full commission agent does, so you will get the exposure you need to get people to your Open House. All websites will list your Open House, so buyers will have no problem finding you as they all look online to plan their Open House visits.
We can generate two different Open House flyers in PDF format for you, so you can print them to give out at your Open House.
You can buy Open House signs starting at $3 at Home Depot or any hardware store.
Exclusive Showing Feedback System
We offer our exclusive Showing Feedback System designed to maximize the chances of getting valuable feedback from your showings.
This feedback is critical as it could mean the difference between selling and not selling, especially if you notice a pattern to the feedback.
We follow-up using text messages to the buyer's agent to get feedback. We ask if they feel you are priced right and if they have any other comments.
Text messages have more urgency than emails and the response is rate is much better.
If they won't reply to the text messages we send, then Bryn Kaufman, Broker at OahuRE.com, personally emails a follow-up request to them.
This is a secure system as it will only email and send text messages to Realtors that are listed in the MLS.
This security feature allows you to use a lockbox as full-service Realtors do and you can be confident your lockbox code does not get into the wrong hands.
Our Showing Feedback System will automatically text and email you each time there is a showing request, so you are on top of who is requesting a showing and for when.
Another exclusive feature of our Showing Feedback System is you get the email address and cell phone of every Realtor who books a showing.
This is helpful in case you need to reschedule the showing for a more convenient time or you want to ask some questions after the showing.
There are only two ways to do Real Estate showings. One is with a lockbox, and the other is in person. This is true for both full commission options and our Flat Fee option. If you prefer the 2nd option, see below for our exclusive in-person showing option.
The video below shows how easy it is for Realtors to use our Showing Feedback System.
Exclusive Showing Option
You also have the exclusive showing option of being there in person for each showing.
No one knows more about the home and neighborhood than you, so buyers will appreciate you walking them through the home and pointing out the features and talking about the neighborhood.
Showing the home yourself is optional. If you prefer doing less work you can do like Realtors do and use a lockbox as mentioned above.
Exclusive Custom For Sale Sign
We offer an optional exclusive For Sale Sign that can have your phone number instead of ours. This helps you find a buyer with no agent, thereby saving the buyer's agent commission. Buyers are more likely to call because they like talking to the seller but might not want to talk to a Realtor.
In addition, if you want we can use your best home photo on the sign. Maybe you have a nice kitchen or landscaped backyard or pool, and that feature is not apparent when driving by and looking at your home from the front. Putting that special photo of your home on the sign will attract more attention and highlight that desirable aspect of your property.
The cost of the sign is $75 and it can be shipped directly to you home. This is a coroplast sign that is lightweight, easy to set up, durable, and weather-resistant.
The example below uses our default photo and your phone number. We can replace this photo with the best photo from your home if desired.
The example below shows how we can take the best photo from your home and put it on your sign.
The example below shows the sign frame and size of the sign. The actual size is 24" tall by 36" wide. Note that this sign is a lot larger than the standard 18" x 24" that most Realtors use for yard signs so even though the support post is small the sign itself will stand out.
The steps below show how easy it is to assemble and use this sign.
If you want a more heavy-duty sign for $150 we have an aluminum sign in a metal frame as shown below. This sign is the standard 18" x 24" that most Realtors use. It can be picked up at the sign shop on King Street. If you want a generic sign with our phone number the price is the same but we can refund you $75 when you return the sign.
Exclusive For Sale By Owner Sign
You also have the exclusive option of using a For Sale by Owner yard sign.
Having your phone number on a For Sale by Owner sign allows you the opportunity to find a buyer without an agent and save the 2.5% buyer's agent commission.
We do many transactions where the seller finds buyers without an agent and only pays $3,500 total commission.
You can view sample signs on the Home Depot website.
We do not use an OahuRE.com sign for the $3,500 selling option, so the For Sale by Owner is one option.
Some sellers prefer not to use a sign as it raises a lot of questions from the neighbors, and that is OK too.
Once the buyers contact you directly, you can explain that we can represent both the seller and the buyer. They are comfortable with this as they now have a top agent representing them, and you will save the buyer's agent commission.
Exclusive Client Care Team
We offer you a five-person Client Care Team that works late into the evening helping our clients. Most Realtors have one assistant.
By using our five-person Client Care Team, we cover more hours and are available 7 days a week. One assistant can't work the same hours as five assistants, and they probably do not work 7 days a week too.
Our Client Care Team is fast to respond to emails and works late.
They have processed hundreds of transactions over the last 8 years so our team leaders have more experience than most Realtors on Oahu.
Here are some summary quotes from our testimonials that would not be possible without our Client Care Team.
"You & your team basically held my hand every step of the way through the entire process. I was impressed. Thank you!"
"I enjoyed working with your employees and sense their expertise, friendliness, and helpfulness."
"Even on holidays and weekends you guys were on top of replies!"
"I loved how responsive everyone was."
"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."
"Second, the OahuRE Team replies fast, try to give their professional advice whenever possible."
"You guys always get right back to us when we have a question."
"I really love working with your team, you always respond so quickly, unlike others I've worked with in the past."
"What I liked was the near instant email response from someone on your team. I've had to wait days and follow up with other realtors."
"I truly appreciated the around the clock help. It seems as though you all work 24/7. This was a major positive, as I was able to get a response almost immediately after having a question."
"We were surprised to receive your client care and your e-mails after regular work hours!"
Exclusive Unmatched Experience
Experience is critical to make sure you do not fall out of escrow and to reduce your liability after the sale. No one wants to hear from an upset buyer's attorney after the sale has closed, and from our experience, we have learned to do everything possible to prevent any issues after the sale closes.
Below are 1,000+ homes we have sold shown on Google Maps.
Exclusive Photo Treatment to Make Photo Colors Brighter and More Lifelike
The National Association of Realtors has researched and concluded that homes that have superior photos sell for more.
Also, VHT Studios conducted a study and found homes with professional photos sold 32% faster.
OahuRE uses a professional photographer that has photographed over 8,000 homes for over 500 Realtors. Then we take these High-Resolution Photos and put them through the Exclusive Photo Treatment.
No other agents on Oahu post photos that are the same size, resolution, and quality.
As proven in the National Association of Realtors study, this will help you sell for more.
Our enhanced photos bring out true colors even better. The sky becomes bluer, the 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.
The exclusive Custom Website shows an unlimited number of high-resolution photos that have gone through the exclusive OahuRE.com Photo Treatment. This website is linked to from over 1,100 websites that download data from the MLS.
The National Association of Realtors also found that only 1% of buyers find their homes 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.
Many photos can benefit from a text description of what the buyer is looking at.
Using the Exclusive Photo Commenter you can add text comments to any photo.
We will put your comments on your photos, and your photos will be going out to over 1,100 websites and show in high resolution on your Exclusive OahuRE Custom Website.
Comments are a fantastic way to call attention to what was upgraded or what nice features your home has.
They are also a great way to tell buyers what they are looking at. For example, what room that view is from, or what bedroom or bathroom they are viewing in that photo.
Here are some sample high-resolution photos with comments to give you a feel for how comments on photos can help sell your home.
Photos are so important to selling fast for more money, you want to make sure your best ones are viewed first. We will order your photos and then send you a link to the OahuRE Photo Sorter. Inside the OahuRE Photo Sorter, you can easily drag and drop your photos into any order your desire. Once you are done we will use that same order for the 25 photos we upload to the MLS.
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 screenshot 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 the 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, McDonald's, 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 hosts 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!
We will provide a PDF document with 350 tips that help you get your home in top condition. You can review it and decide what makes sense for you to do.
It is a great checklist to use to help maximize your selling price and minimize the time it takes to sell.
We use the standard Hawaii listing agreement that all agents use, the only difference is we show a commission of $3,500 instead of 2.5% to 3%.
You can withdraw your listing at any time. There is no contract locking you in for a specific length of time.
There is no cost from us unless you close.
To get started email email@example.com the names of the owners and the property address.
If you have not done so already, please also request a Home Value Video so we can give you a suggested price range to sell at.
The OahuRE Client Care Team will also send you a draft of the Listing Agreement. We use the same listing agreement as a full commission agent, the only difference is we charge you only $3,500. They will also send you our getting started emails.
Once we have the signed listing agreement and the photos we can go live on the MLS within 3 days.