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New Listing – Puako Beach Home for Sale (Aka, I’m Selling My Property!)

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Imagine living a few hundred feet from the ocean in Puako, a short walk down a narrow beach access…

We did — and when my husband, Dave Minkus (Director of Information Systems at the North Hawaii Community Hospital) and I were farsighted enough to buy this full-sized mauka lot in 2003, we envisioned building our “dream home” and living here. Forever. Of course, that was long before I learned that as a real estate professional, statistics show we move around. A lot.

So after building a sweet 500 sq ft, fully-permitted “guest cottage” with a huge wrap-around lanai, and enjoying it for two years… we are selling our Puako property and moving. In less than a week, I voluntarily placed myself in the same position as the Sellers who decide to hire us every day — right into the “inside experience” of what it’s like to sell property in Hawaii. In this market.

The first thing I did was hire the “best of the best” who list and sell property in Puako Beach, Jan Nores, R(S). Did I think long and hard about the fact that I could sell my own house and not pay a sell-side commission? Of course. But I know that I am way too attached emotionally to this property to make logical decisions regarding it’s sale. In hiring Jan, I can let go and trust that if I “do everything that Jan says” in the end, it will net me the most amount of money, in the least amount of time.

Why on earth would a Broker sell their house in a market such as this one? Life’s lessons have taught me that in order to continue pursuing my dreams, it’s necessary to let go of past accomplishments and move forward. And I mean literally forward, as in, Puako oceanfront. Selling the mauka Puako property is my first step forward. So I have a new dream, and am in pursuit.

Where will we wind up living next? I’m not sure yet. If I could move literally across the street into my neighbor’s house, I would, but he runs a very successful vacation rental…. We have lots of choices, and there are many wonderful spots on this big island. Where do you think we’ll land??

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Beth Thoma Robinson R(S)

October 1, 2010

I don’t know where you will land, Katie, but your house is so darling and well-located I think you’ll have to figure it out real soon!

Beth Thoma Robinson R(S)

October 1, 2010

I don’t know where you will land, Katie, but your house is so darling and well-located I think you’ll have to figure it out real soon!

Erik Hinshaw

October 2, 2010

Im thinking you might end up in Kailua Kona for your transition. The deals now in Kona are incredible, your duties as President of the Kona Board of Realtors will require you spend more time in Kona and its nice to be near the movie theaters and night life for a change. Spice it up. If Im right, and I know I am, give me a call and I’d be happy to help you find the right place. 😉

Erik Hinshaw

October 2, 2010

Im thinking you might end up in Kailua Kona for your transition. The deals now in Kona are incredible, your duties as President of the Kona Board of Realtors will require you spend more time in Kona and its nice to be near the movie theaters and night life for a change. Spice it up. If Im right, and I know I am, give me a call and I’d be happy to help you find the right place. 😉

Annie Mendoza

October 2, 2010

Not sure where you’ll land, however, I believe that your dream will bring you back to Puako! someone very nice will be lucky to live in your home and cherish it as you do!

Annie Mendoza

October 2, 2010

Not sure where you’ll land, however, I believe that your dream will bring you back to Puako! someone very nice will be lucky to live in your home and cherish it as you do!

Mike Reisbord

October 2, 2010

KATIE- Michelle and I would be honored if you and your hubbie would spend a few days with us while you figure out where your next move will be. We show u good time in big city. Love u! Reiso

Mike Reisbord

October 2, 2010

KATIE- Michelle and I would be honored if you and your hubbie would spend a few days with us while you figure out where your next move will be. We show u good time in big city. Love u! Reiso

Matt Beall, PB

October 2, 2010

I’m excitedly shopping for the completely upgraded Matt Beall Suite! I like modern design (in case you didn’t know). Can I just go door-knocking in Puako?

Matt Beall, PB

October 2, 2010

I’m excitedly shopping for the completely upgraded Matt Beall Suite! I like modern design (in case you didn’t know). Can I just go door-knocking in Puako?

Katie Minkus, R(B), Broker-in-Charge Big Island Sales

October 3, 2010

@Beth – why do I have the feeling you’re already lining up your buyers? Are you writing a contract on it yet?? Hee.

@Annie – you betcha it will!

@Erik – If we come to Kona, I will hire you to help me find a place!

@Reiso – Watch my rubber arm being twisted behind my back… we’ll take you up on the offer! See you in November!!

@Boss-man: YES! Have you found us something yet? How about now?

Katie Minkus, R(B), Broker-in-Charge Big Island Sales

October 3, 2010

@Beth – why do I have the feeling you’re already lining up your buyers? Are you writing a contract on it yet?? Hee.

@Annie – you betcha it will!

@Erik – If we come to Kona, I will hire you to help me find a place!

@Reiso – Watch my rubber arm being twisted behind my back… we’ll take you up on the offer! See you in November!!

@Boss-man: YES! Have you found us something yet? How about now?

jan nores

October 7, 2010

Aloha Katie,
I am so honored and happy to be the Listing Agent of your quintessential beach cottage, perfectly located across from the best secret access in Puako!
As you know, I love to plan & stage, especially when it is the best Mauka location in Puako on the market, thank you for the trust & opportunity to have fun!
As you said, you realized your dream and now it is someone else’s turn to buy in to Puako, the sweetest spot on the Big Island, quaint, friendly, it does not get better than Puako, ask the whales!
Start packing!
Always my best,
Jan Nores R(S)
808-895-5445
Jan@hawaiilife.com

jan nores

October 7, 2010

Aloha Katie,
I am so honored and happy to be the Listing Agent of your quintessential beach cottage, perfectly located across from the best secret access in Puako!
As you know, I love to plan & stage, especially when it is the best Mauka location in Puako on the market, thank you for the trust & opportunity to have fun!
As you said, you realized your dream and now it is someone else’s turn to buy in to Puako, the sweetest spot on the Big Island, quaint, friendly, it does not get better than Puako, ask the whales!
Start packing!
Always my best,
Jan Nores R(S)
808-895-5445
Jan@hawaiilife.com

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