Whether you're buying or selling real estate in Honolulu, the first step should be finding a good Honolulu REALTOR ®. You noticed it's all caps and has the "registered" mark on there, because it's a trademarked title that means a Honolulu real estate agent is not just an agent, but is a member of the Honolulu board of REALTORS ®.
Does that mean anything? Well it means that person pays a few hundreds dollars a year to the National association of REALTORS ® and the Honolulu local board too. But other than that, the only requirement to become a REALTOR ® is to take some classes every other year.
I'm telling you this because a lot of real estate agents think that their title means they are worth something, and a lot of buyers and sellers in Hawaii are convinced that seeing that title actually means something different than "real estate agent." A Honolulu REALTOR ® is held to a code of ethics and can be disciplined, but it doesn't guarantee you anything.
So how do you find a good real estate agent in Hawaii then? You interview them, just like you would interview anyone else you would hire. Yes, when you work with a REALTOR ®, you are hiring them to help you either buy or sell a home for you. So ask tough questions and get all the facts. Here are some suggestions, in no particular order, when it's time to find a Honolulu REALTOR ®.