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How to Sell Your Hawaii Home

Our marketing program includes listing on the Oahu MLS with multiple high-quality photos.  We also use website advertising, newspaper advertising, direct mail and direct phone calls.  We have the high-tech tools and strategies to get your house sold!  Some agents take a listing, shoot a few pictures then sit and wait for an offer.  We are proactive and will get your home noticed.

Talking House for drive-bys

Talking House is a great tool we use to sell houses.  We setup a radio transmitter in your home.  A sign outside the home or in a window provides information for listening to the message.  Prospective buyers drive by, tune in and find out about the number of bedrooms and baths, condition and pricing.  Then they schedule an appointment to see your home! 

sell your hawaii home with the talking house

Sentrilock Electronic Lockboxes

We have Sentrilock lockboxes available for most listings.  This lockbox uses a pass card (available to Hawaii realtors).  The system keeps track of the persons using the lockbox to enter a home and tells us when they visited.  It's very useful to have a record of visitors and provides peace of mind to home owners!

Some agents are reluctant to try this technology.   For those people, they can obtain a passcode that works for one day by contacting us.  We record their information so later on we know when they visited the home.

What Makes iProperties Hawaii a better choice

We charge 5% with no add ons.  Some other real estate companies tack on General Excise Tax, which brings the commission up to 6.3%.
To better prepare a property for sale, we will pay for or credit the seller back at closing for a preliminary home inspection and survey. Note: surveys are not needed for condos and townhomes.   We'll also pay for a buyer's one year home warranty covering the main appliances, a $300 value.
Advertising that works!  We'll have your property on multiple websites and we'll hold open houses to allow prospective buyers easy access on Sundays.

The Bottom Line for selling your Hawaii home

We're here to help you sell your property for the highest price in a reasonable time. 

Mike is hands-on and will work with you personally, keeping in contact with you as we sell your home.

Tips for Hawaii home sellers 

  • Price your home to sell. It's important to price a home according to current market conditions. Hawaii is now a buyers market and sellers that overprice end up holding onto their properties. A comparative market analysis (CMA) provides the background data upon which to base your list-price decision.  Watch out for an agent whose opinion of value is considerably higher than what others have told you.  Slightly underpricing is a good strategy to get buyers into your home and can speed up the sale process - possibly saving you thousands in mortgage and association fees.

  • The condition of your home is also important. Go through the house and repair any obvious cosmetic defects that could deter a buyer. Cleaning up the clutter makes a big difference too!  Just take a look at the real estate listings and compare.  A home with some furniture and decor looks a lot better than a home with newspapers, posters and personal items all over the place.  Cluttered homes convey the message that there's not enough storage space.

  • Make sure that your home is getting the exposure it deserves through open houses, advertising, good signage and a listing on the local multiple listing service.  Your real estate listing should have multiple photos for customers to view.  Don't bother with an agent that doesn't include pictures of your home.

  • Does your real estate agent respond promptly to your phone calls and e-mail?  What's going to happen when an someone contacts your agent to see the home?  There are a few realtors out there that don't return calls and e-mails consistently, and their customers suffer because of it.

Mike Bates
Realtor Associate
Century 21 iProperties Hawaii

1585 Kapiolani Blvd #1533
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: 808-548-1220


I have been selling and buying properties in Canada, Hawaii and Japan for nearly 40 homes and found out Mr. Mike Bates is one of the best and I call him the king of real estate in Hawaii. I will keep asking him to buy and sell properties in the future for sure!

Thank you very much Mike for your great services and hard working manner for me in the past, present and future.
Yuji - April 2019
Mike was awesome. He was very patient and understanding with us. There were times where we just wanted to put things on hold due to the frustration however Mike stuck in with us. We truly appreciate all that he has done for us and will definitely recommend hom to any family or friends that are looking to buy a home. Alton and Janeen K. - August 2018
Excellent customer service! We bought and sold our home with Mike, he is the best realtor in Hawaii. Jerry and Candace G. - July 2018
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