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What's Trending in Hawaii Real Estate Contracts

With a shift Hawaii’s real estate market comes new trends in buyer-seller contracts, says Blanche Jones, Broker-In-Charge at Locations. Tune in to find out what today’s buyers are asking for and what sellers can offer to close the deal!

5 Essential Sales Skills for a Transitioning Market

When the housing market slows, savvy real estate agents don’t lose business—they create it! Locations Partner and past Top 100 Realtor® Bryan Balisacan shares the five sales skills that have helped him to succeed, even in transitioning markets.

Three Keys to an Amazing First Year in Real Estate

How does a new agent close 11 sales in Year One — during a changing market? Leeroy Kusto credits coaching, teamwork and plenty of sales opportunities at Locations for his remarkable success.

Establishing a Successful Real Estate Business in ANY Market

In a changing market, how do you shift your business from “just surviving” to actually thriving? Experienced real estate agent and Locations Partner Susan Onishi Andrade has seen every kind of market in her more than 30-year career.

How to Begin Your Real Estate Career in Hawaii

Are you a goal-oriented self-starter who’s looking for a rewarding (and lucrative!) career? If you enjoy meeting new people and helping them to meet their goals of homeownership and financial security, then real estate might be the perfect career for you!

It's Time to Make a Plan

As the old adage goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. At Locations, the success of our agents is paramount to our business. That’s why we take an evidence-based approach to business planning and provide the support necessary to ensure that our agents are on track to their meet their goals.

Harness Market Data to Plan for Your Business

The market is changing, and you may not be able to count on earning as much next year as you did in the past few years. That’s why it’s so important to have reliable market data at your fingertips that empowers you to make informed predictions about the future of the market—and the future of your business.

Oahu Real Estate Report, October 2022

Locations Lead Real Estate Research Analyst John Jacobson and Taizo Braden, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications, discuss the Oahu condominium market, including the appeal of condo living, areas of opportunity and what to expect in 2023.

Pop-By Strategies for the Holidays and Beyond

Pop-bys are a sure-fire way to let your clients know that you’re thinking of them during the holiday season, or anytime of year! The simple act of popping by a client’s home to say “hi” with a small token of your appreciation can go a long way toward earning you repeat business and referrals.

Hosting Client Appreciation Events That Build Loyalty

In a changing market, referrals are key. If your past clients aren’t referring you to their friends and family, hosting a client appreciation event is a fun (and effective!) way to build loyalty.

See It, Believe It, Achieve It: How to Create a Powerful Vision Board

Having a business plan that will keep you accountable, a clear vision of your personal and professional goals, and a trusted advisor to guide you every step of the way, are the keys to having a successful start to the new year.

Tried-and-True Tips for a Successful Open House

Locations makes prepping for your open house easy, so you can arrive confident, prepared and ready to score a win for your clients!

Oahu Real Estate Report, September 2022

Locations Chief Operating Officer Chad Takesue and Locations Partner and Realtor® Priscilla Walthouse discuss the real estate market in Mililani.

Stay Top of Mind With Your Sphere

Sphere of influence, or SOI, farming is vital to growing and maintaining your real estate business. At Locations, we make SOI farming easy, with eye-catching mailers, professional advice and proven strategies to earn more business.

The Leading RE Advantage

Locations is proud to be a member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (Leading RE), home to the world’s market-leading independent residential brokerages.

Real Estate Research to Set You Apart

With in-depth, thoughtful research at their fingertips, our agents consistently win new business when they’re able to answer the question “How’s the market?” more thoroughly than anyone else.

Motivation, with a Side of Coaching and a Sprinkling of Fun!

What motivates you to succeed? Some people are motivated by cash, while others are motivated to simply be Number 1. Since people rarely reach their goals alone, the support from a trusted friend or colleague is also key to staying motivated.

Building a Stellar Online Reputation with Locations' Coaching and Tools

In today’s business environment, having an outstanding online reputation isn’t just nice — it’s essential. Think about it: What’s the first thing most people do before deciding where to eat, what movie to see or which hairstylist to book? Your social media presence, client reviews and personal webpage can make (or break!) your business.

The Path to Partnership: An Opportunity Like No Other

For nearly 50 years, the Locations Partner Program has been a driving force behind our continued success as a firm and the exceptional productivity of our agents.

Locations' Legal Defense: Five Ways We Support and Reward Professionalism

Locations offers the most favorable E&O insurance premiums in Hawaii and a legal defense fund to help avoid and resolve disputes.

We Pay it Forward

We launched our nonprofit, the Locations Foundation, in 1988 to provide assistance to local nonprofits and schools that support families and children in need across Oahu.

Real Estate Farming With Real Results

Locations’ time-tested real estate farming program gets real results. From our beloved holiday cards to our superior glossy postcards, our mailers are a cut above the rest.

Oahu Real Estate Report, April 2022

HI Now’s Kainoa Carlson, Locations Lead Real Estate Research Analyst John Jacobson and Locations Realtor® Carolina Cristancho deep dive on the real estate market on the North Shore of Oahu.

Oahu Real Estate Report, February 2022

HI Now’s Rachel Pacarro talks with John Jacobson, Locations Lead Real Estate Research Analyst and Chad Takesue, Realtor®, Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Locations, as well as the 2022 President of the Honolulu Board of Realtors, for Locations’ first Oahu Real Estate Report Podcast episode. They discuss Hawaii’s real estate market, current competitive market conditions, key differences between Oahu neighborhoods, and what homebuyers can look forward to as we head into spring.

Locations' Annual Company Picnic

At Locations, we value tradition, and our annual company picnic at Shriners Beach Park is one of our most cherished traditions.

Life After Real Estate

Regina Mass spent her entire 28-year career in real estate at Locations, so when it came time to retire in 2018, she was apprehensive about her next steps.

Thanks to the Locations Legacy Program, Regina is able to enjoy retirement, knowing that she can supplement her Social Security income by referring her friends and former clients to Locations.

Secrets of an $18 Million-Dollar Month

Locations agent Takako Friend recently represented the sellers in the sale of 1611 Mokulua Drive, an ultra-luxury hillside estate in Lanikai, for more than $18M. We sat down with Takako to learn how she landed the biggest sale of her career and how the support of her Locations ‘Ohana helped her along the way.

Media Opportunities That Position Our Agents as Experts

At Locations, we provide our agents with multiple media opportunities each month to showcase their expertise. From weekly TV spots to our new podcast and our monthly article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, our agents are seen and heard by millions of local residents and Hawaii real estate watchers around the world.

Locations Leads Delivers for You

10 lead-generation programs to grow your business

Keeping Brick-and-Mortar Cool in a Digital World

In addition to arming our agents and their clients with cutting-edge research and tech tools, Locations embraces the enormous value of neighborhood offices.

Up Your Open House Game With a Mix of Free Marketing Tools

From grab-and-go open house marketing boxes to social media posts and digital ads that follow viewers across the webeven the opportunity to have your open house featured on local TVLocations’ comprehensive marketing services and tools help our agents to sell homes faster than the industry average—all at no added cost!

Meet Locations Coach Heather Stasiak

Get to know Heather, and see if she’d be the right real estate coach for you!

Locations 2022 Awards Banquet

Locations agents and employees enjoyed some Olympic-sized fun at the firm’s annual awards banquet in March

“Join the winning Olympic team”

Meet Locations Coach Atau Sakuma

Get to know Atau, and see if he’d be the right real estate coach for you!

Meet Locations Coach Mark Kumamoto

Get to know Mark, and see if he’d be the right real estate coach for you!

Career coaches dedicated to your success

At Locations, you’re never on your own. Our team of coaches is only a knock, call or text away, ready to support our agents with the guidance, tools and encouragement needed to accelerate their business.

Brokers-in-Charge (of Making You Look Good!)

At Locations, whether you’re an experienced agent or new to the business, you’ll never be on your own. Our team of knowledgeable, non-selling Brokers-in-Charge are available on your schedule to assist you with contract writing, risk management and dispute resolution.

Locations Offers a Seamless Transtition

When veteran REALTOR® Darryl Macha was elected president of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS® in 2018, he knew that he would need more tools and resources to support his business while he fulfilled his volunteer leadership role. Darryl’s search for a firm that would allow him to work more efficiently so that he could continue to provide a high-level of service to his clients while serving as board president, led him to Locations.

Support You Won't Find Anywhere Else

When retired police lieutenant Ernest Kong made the move from part-time real estate agent in California to a full-time agent in Hawaii, he knew that he’d need the right support and resources to succeed in his second career. Ernie found the opportunities and tools he was looking for at Locations. Thanks to programs like retail sales, Internet leads and the global connections of a LeadingRE firm, Ernie has taken his career to new heights.

Your First 90 Days

When you join Locations, you’ll be taking a monumental step forward in your real estate career. As a partner in your business, we’re invested in your successful transition to our firm. 

Save Time, Make More Sales

Our Transaction Management team has managed more than 30,000 sales, allowing our agents to focus on growing their business and improving their quality of life – not tedious paperwork. 

Partners in Your Success

You’ve invested countless hours (and dollars!) in growing your real estate business. So why work for a real estate firm where you’re not provided with the tools, training and support to reach your maximum potential? At Locations, we’re committed to being your partner in success.

The Power of Mentorship

Being in the real estate business can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. At Locations our agents benefit from a culture of shared learning and mentorship. By having an accountability partner, agents like Bryan Balisacan have grown their business into a career.

Locations Invests in 1031 Resources for Agents

Locations offers a variety of training resources, assets and client seminars to help you find new investor clients and re-engage with your current investor clients.

A Firm that Feels like Family

When experienced agent Jennifer Li joined Locations in 2018, she had one big question: “Why is everyone so nice?” Jennifer quickly found her answer: Culture. “Everyone is willing to help, so you want to be that way, too,” she explains.

Our Company

Since our launch in 1969, earning the trust and respect of the people of Hawaii each year is one of our proudest achievements, and we remain committed to our diverse island community.

Take Your Career to New Heights

Michael Garcia explains how joining Locations has increased his earnings, elevated the service that he provides to clients, and increased time spent with family.

Talk Story With Michael Yoshino

Q and A with Mike on how transferring to Locations has helped improve his business and work life balance via TM and culture at locations.

Unmatched Access to Hawaii's Most Complete Market Data & Research

Locations offers the most comprehensive market data of any real estate company in Hawaii.

Make More Money at Locations: By the Numbers

What happens when agents join Locations?  They become more productive and earn more.

Investing in Your Career Pays Dividends

Just like in real estate, the investments you make in your career today will pay dividends in the future.

Shorten the Learning Curve

It’s no secret: Ask anyone in the industry and they will tell you that Locations’ training and learning opportunities help Realtors® to grow their businesses faster and more effectively than any other training program.

Real Estate is a People Business

Locations Partner and veteran REALTOR® Bruce Yanagihara explains why real estate is a people business, and how Locations’ company values create a culture of clients for life.

Find Your Perfect Balance

Watch Mikey Garcia share why he made the move to Locations and how easy his transition has been. With a growing family and a growing business, Locations is Mikey’s solution to striking the perfect work-life balance.

The Secrets to Locations’ Success Revealed

Locations Partner and veteran REALTOR® Rod Mukai reveals the secret to being Hawaii’s largest and leading independent real estate brokerage for nearly 50 years.

Locations Offers Longevity

A shared belief to not compete within the firm, a wide variety of personalized sales programs, and most important, our people, are just a few of the many reasons REALTOR® and Partner Derrick Yamane credits for his successful 25-year career at Locations.

Proven Programs & Tools

Our proven programs and tools enable our agents to differentiate themselves.

Continuous Skill-Building Training to Help You Reach Sales Goals

At Locations, your sales goals are our sales goals, too. That’s why we provide the education and training opportunities necessary for agent success.

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