I’m Not Your Average Realtor

As a member of the Hawaii Life Real Estate team, I was offered the opportunity to have my photograph taken for the recently updated website. Let me start off by saying that I think I work for one of the hippest companies on the planet. The photographer was none other than one of the owners, Winston Welborn. To be honest, I really wasn’t sure what to expect but within the first five minutes of meeting Winston, I knew it was going to be a fun experience. Let’s be honest, not many people really enjoy having their picture taken, especially when it’s work related and you actually have to pose and look like you are having fun. Not to mention there were several other fellow Hawaii Lifers that we’re also waiting their turn to be photographed. The amount of encouragement and cheering I received from the sidelines solidified the fact that I am part of a unique team of realtors that sincerely care about each other. I was actually encouraged to get a little crazy and let my hair down.

When I received the copies of my photos, I had a hard time deciding on which one to use. I decided to take advantage of social media and post my two favorites and put it to a vote. What I found fascinating was that only 3 people of 32 actually chose the one of me in a funny pose. While the remaining 29 chose the more subdued, professional-looking photo of me, they did comment that the other photo was actually a true depiction of my personality. Some went so far as to suggest other ways I could use the fun image because they liked it so much.

Since the biggest concern for people was that I look professional it made me wonder– what does professional actually look like? Can a person have a great sense of humor and be a little goofy sometimes and still be professional? Is it all about what you wear or how you look or does the fact that you actually are a professional and take your job seriously become the deciding factor?

One comment made by a very dear friend summed it up for me. She said, “Definitely this one! You’ll get people with a sense of humor.” To which I promptly responded, “That’s my goal.” Buying or selling a home has the potential to be stressful. I would like to think that I can bring a little joy and laughter to the table.

What’s your definition of the perfect realtor?

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Karen Gendreau

August 3, 2017

My definition of the perfect realtor would be to match my energy level and humor while bringing to the table all the correct information necessary to such follow through on a huge purchase. My first and last home purchase was a senior women with tons of information and listings and such but we never seemed to be on the same page on likes and dislikes. It seemed hit or miss. Every realtor will have a different vibe to different people. You build a relationship through the home buying process and it is personal one. Maybe it can be all documents and addresses in some instances and that’s professional to that someone. But professional to me is reaching every need to the home buyer with a smile and personality. ?

August 5, 2017

I am about returning and considering a winter home in outside Waikiki area. My budget is about $300-400k more than likely cash purchase!
What is your suggestion?

Linda Hussey

August 5, 2017


I will connect with you via email. I would love to help you find a home.

Lisa Velasquez

August 5, 2017

Outstanding Linda! Totally authentic, totally you!

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