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Captain’s Blog, 07.15.2009

July 16 marks the (fiscal) one-year anniversary for Hawaii Life as a “conventional” brokerage… and although we’re far from “conventional”, and the company was around before we decided to actually represent buyers and sellers… I’m incredibly honored and validated by what we’ve accomplished in these 12 months.  I’m sure I’m not the only one in our company who feels like we’re on a spaceship moving at light speed.

I’m not talking about our “stats” (as awesome as they may be)… we’ve broken the $100 million dollar mark in inventory, we now have 25 agents and two support staff, and we’ve represented 46 buyers and sellers who have closed transactions.  We’ve done over $21 million in business this past year, and we’ve been responsible for even more (we still don’t “represent” all of our customers, and some of our sales remain unreported).

What I’m more excited about is how we’ve challenged the industry. We’ve forced our competition to try to qualify us. I’ve heard some wonderful attempts by other real estate firms to pigeon-hole us as an “internet brokerage”, or a “boutique firm”.  Of course, they’re concerned. They’re losing market share wherever we go, and their brokers and agents are joining our firm.   Unfortunately, for a lot of real estate brokerages, the number of agents they have in their firm is still their most valuable asset.  Our model is different… our value to our customers isn’t dependent on how many agents we have.

No other company has brought marketing to the forefront of the industry like we have… and certainly no other brokerage in the industry is as engaged in the conversations about Agency, Value, and the way the real estate industry works (or doesn’t).  We’re not immune to the identity crises that the real estate industry is going through… but we certainly aren’t going to pretend like it isn’t there.

If you know us, you know that we play full out.  Our first year of business has definitely been an expression of that. We have some exciting new projects in the works… Hawaii Life Maui, some exciting mergers, and more.  I’m hugely grateful to everyone who played a part in this past year, our clients, customers, and of course all of the wonderful brokers and agents who have taken such a profound leap of faith and trusted us with their hard-earned business.

Mahalo nui, and go forth and prosper!

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David Buck

July 15, 2009

Congratulations Matt! That’s exciting & I see the future getting better & better!

David Buck

July 15, 2009

Congratulations Matt! That’s exciting & I see the future getting better & better!

Katie Minkus, R(BIC)

July 15, 2009

But Captain! I’m a Doctor, not a Bricklayer…

oh wait, what??

Matt, it was an absolute honor to be asked and is a daily joy to lead the Hawaii Life Big Island team. I am forever grateful for your foresight, loyalty and dedication to the “bleeding edge” of technology. Don’t worry, you’ll buy a Mac someday, you really will.

Katie Minkus, R(B)
Broker-in-Charge
Hawaii Life Real Estate Services, LLC
http://www.hawaiilife.com/big-island-real-estate
katie@hawaiilife.com

Katie Minkus, R(BIC)

July 15, 2009

But Captain! I’m a Doctor, not a Bricklayer…

oh wait, what??

Matt, it was an absolute honor to be asked and is a daily joy to lead the Hawaii Life Big Island team. I am forever grateful for your foresight, loyalty and dedication to the “bleeding edge” of technology. Don’t worry, you’ll buy a Mac someday, you really will.

Katie Minkus, R(B)
Broker-in-Charge
Hawaii Life Real Estate Services, LLC
http://www.hawaiilife.com/big-island-real-estate
katie@hawaiilife.com

Ron Margolis

July 16, 2009

Matt – you and your team have a powerful and progressive vision of the future of real estate. Those who join the Hawaii Life fold from any direction will be grateful they did. I know i am. Keep up the good work!

Ron Margolis

July 16, 2009

Matt – you and your team have a powerful and progressive vision of the future of real estate. Those who join the Hawaii Life fold from any direction will be grateful they did. I know i am. Keep up the good work!

Byron Barth

July 16, 2009

Three Cheers For Matt & The Hawaii Life Team!

We’ve all been waiting for the highly anticipated article, “Matt Conquers the World”…and it appears our wait will not be much longer!!

Your #1 Fans in Southern California,
Byron & Morris

Byron Barth

July 16, 2009

Three Cheers For Matt & The Hawaii Life Team!

We’ve all been waiting for the highly anticipated article, “Matt Conquers the World”…and it appears our wait will not be much longer!!

Your #1 Fans in Southern California,
Byron & Morris

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