The Other Realtor® Kicked Me to the Curb! | Hawaii Relocations

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 Working with clients who are Relocating to Hawaii is usually a longer than normal process (obviously) as they are not quite ready to move here but are wanting to be proactive in their move to Hawaii.  You  may need information about purchasing your first home, the Hawaii Home Buying Process and the local area in conjunction with their job,  housing market reports or just history surrounding our Hawaiian Islands.

Your ‘To Do List' will be the most important part of getting ready for your Hawaii Relocation.  You ask, "But how can I even get started if many Realtors® I've emailed or contacted by phone kicked me to the curb when I told them I was moving to Hawaii in six months?".   Granted, there are some who will not give you the time of day because you are currently not on the island, but there are many others who will be happy to assist you no matter how long the process is.

Getting to know each other is one big benefit of working with Hawaii Relocation clients who are not quite ready to move here as well as to give you more information to be well prepared for your move to Hawaii. We are both being proactive to get you prequalified for a home loan, allowing you to look at current listings in different neighborhoods and getting the criteria fine tuned so you will be more comfortable in making your transaction to Hawaii a smooth one.

I'm sorry that ‘the other Realtor kicked you to the curb  but don't get discouraged...

.....because there are many who have the patience to work with you

....and believe that time nor distance will be a matter.



Be assured that when you contact this agent you will get a speedy response, information on the Hawaii Home Buying Process, your Hawaii Relocation and any other information about the neighborhoods in Central, Leeward and West Oahu that you may need.

Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocating to Hawaii, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents. Website:


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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Pat Yoest
Century 21 Aadvantage Gold, 702-719-2100 - Las Vegas, NV

Sometimes tou have to do what other agents won't do.  Hawaii is a gorgeous area and you should have a lot relocating there.  My dream was to move to Hawaii and charter boats for fishing.  I am still dreaming.

Feb 03, 2011 11:11 AM #1
James Harner
Considering Selling Your Home? Call 610-310-7646 first - Royersford, PA
James Harner Group - Philadelphia PA Real Estate

And I am one of the realtors who help relocating takes time but knowing that you've done your best, whether they relocate or not, is the best reward ever!

Thanks for your post...surely hope that buyers relocating to Hawaii will read this and contact you!

Feb 03, 2011 11:17 AM #2
Dawn Crawley
Dawn Crawley Realty - Pinehurst, NC
Find Pinehurst Homes

I'm sure your time frame is longer than ours for relocations, but we still have to work with people a long time before the clients finally get their new home. It almost always is well worth the work and patience. 

Feb 03, 2011 11:24 AM #3
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Relocation isn't a pack your bags and move tomorrow scenario.  Patience and regular communication are the keys to keeping a potential buyer moving forward.

Feb 03, 2011 11:29 AM #4
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Cindy:  And THAT is a fact indeed!  You wouldn't believe how many calls I get and they appreciate all I'm doing for them because they got ignored.

DAwn:  No matter how long...if the client is dedicated and determined to buy a home when they relocate then it's always a win win situation. For one, we "know" each other by time they arrive and pretty much know what is expected.

Feb 03, 2011 11:32 AM #5
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

James:  Thanks for your input as's could be a long process but definitely a win win on both sides. Rewards are greater for the appreciation for helping them along through the process. Makes for a smoother transition.

Pat:  Picking up the pieces so to speak. The dedicated survive :)

Feb 03, 2011 11:33 AM #6
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Sally, what a great post! (as aways) That must be so frustrating for people. And a move to Hawaii is fairly complicated when you are moving from the mainland over to the islands! And you are just the one to help them!

Feb 03, 2011 11:39 AM #7
Sandra Paulow
Aspen Properties, Inc. - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ
REALTOR, Associate Broker, GRI, SFR

If I kicked a client to the curb because they weren't quite ready to buy, I would never have any business.  I know there are agents out there who feel that if they aren't ready to buy today they aren't worth the time but I sure don't subscribe to that point of view. 

We aren't a relocation market but often our first meeting with a client whether in person or on the phone is an exploratory conversation.  Many are not today buyers but they are someday buyers.  I agree, the long lead time gives time to get acquainted and by the time the buyers are ready to move forward you are their best friend.  Isn't that what Real Estate is really about, building relationships? 

Feb 03, 2011 11:40 AM #8
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally to me a big part of our Industry is to be willing to work with people who are not ready to by tomorrow.  For me it is working with those that have Credit issues and helping them fix it to the point that they then are in a position to purchase.

It takes time and work, but if they listen to what I tell them and do it, I then have a client for life.  They remember what you did for them, and questions like "what is the interest rate" does not even come into the picture, because I have earned their trust, and they know that I will do my best to do what is best for them.

Feb 03, 2011 12:14 PM #9
Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL

Sally - Patience and attentiveness has paid off for me.  I get the same scenario.  It's often people moving here to retire, or downsize, or take a position at a hospital or the university.  It's rarely an INSTANT sale.  You are so right about "getting to know" your client, and their needs.  All the more reason to know when they do get here...they are ready to buy and be happy.

Feb 03, 2011 12:39 PM #10
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Sally - Many of the prospective borrowers I am working with now weren't ready when they first contacted me months ago.  Sometimes getting your finances in order can take months and being able to talk to an MLO is helpful.  Besides knowing what they're doing beforehand helps ensure that they become a stronger borrower when they're ready.

Feb 03, 2011 01:19 PM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sally - I think if you want to work with relocation you have to expect that timing varies widely, depending on what folks are looking for, their reasons for moving, and more. I have clients I have been working with for more than 2 years - several of them. The timing, to me, does not matter, although I like to of course know their sense of urgency, or not. And it sometimes either directions.


Feb 03, 2011 01:36 PM #12
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Sally... I never doubted that you were more interested in long term relationships than short term dollars!  In the end you will be richer, both personally and financially!

Feb 03, 2011 02:40 PM #13
Maria Couto
RE/MAX Premier - Berkeley Heights, NJ
Realtor with "Results That "MOVE" You'

Sally, I would think moving to Hawaii would be the easiet thing to decide to do. I would love to move to paradise.

Feb 03, 2011 03:36 PM #14
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

Great post!  I would agree that patience and attentiveness does pay off.  If the client really listen to you every step of the way, then I believe you have a client for life.

Feb 04, 2011 12:24 AM #15
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

We deal with clients relocating from up north and it can indeed often take a year or longer before they are ready to purchase! Great post!

Feb 04, 2011 12:55 AM #16
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Lizette:  Wonderful add on...isn't it the truth though...they keep coming back not just for biz but because they appreciated the attentiveness and care throughout the whole process.

Feb 04, 2011 03:54 AM #17
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


I really like that you take the long view and create relationships. 

Mike in Tucson

Feb 04, 2011 01:52 PM #18
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It's not that hard to keep in touch with buyers who aren't quite ready to buy.  If you show that you are sincerely interested in their move, they'll respond and let you know when they're coming.  Sometimes it takes a year or two or maybe more before the timing is right.

Feb 05, 2011 10:10 AM #19
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Thanks Mike...the only way to go :)

Georgina: I don't see what's so hard either. When I get a call like that saying they got kicked to the curb I wonder the same thing. It's not that hard to keep in touch.

Feb 05, 2011 05:19 PM #20
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