Gretchen Osgood has been a superior in helping to maneuver us through a really difficult and convoluted foreclosure sale.
She has been patient in explaining, sometimes repeatedly, the steps and procedures we might be encountering as well as much of the real estate jargon.
She helped in advising us about bidding techniques and when it would be prudent to seek legal advice.
Gretchen stuck with us even though at times it was long and drawn out with a dim outlook for a final outcome. She did this even after the sellers radically cut her commission. Gretchen took this in stride and she would probably say that what she lost in commission she made up for in knowledge about dealing with big auction companies and big banks.
Gretchen was always quick to respond to any questions or concerns we had and she continues to help us even after closing as we take possession of this property.
We were fortunate to have such a knowledgeable realtor on our side. We would choose her again and definitely recommend her to anyone wishing to buy or sell.
Oscar and Karen Gray
I first started talking to Gretchen months before going to the Big Island to look at condominium properties. I stumbled across her website and was impressed by the amount of information there, sales history, trends, etc.
After arriving I met with Gretchen and was amazed at her knowledge. As far as I could tell she is familiar with every condo project, local issues related to the condos in the area, and to some extent knowledge of the people who manage them, as well as other agents the market and sell them.
After looking at some properties I discovered Gretchen not only knows real estate but understands construction, how things are put together, some zoning, some building code, when this material should be used instead of something else and why. With that knowledge she very easily explained the pros and cons of various properties, what was good, what was bad, and what worked, but had x amount of life expectancy. Coming from a construction background that really helped me understand both the condo buildings themselves, but also the differences I needed to recognize between the environment in Hawaii and Nebraska.
After the purchase and through closing Gretchen followed up with me making sure I didn’t miss anything, reminding me of utilities and other things even after she provided a list of institutions, phone numbers, and who to contact for what.
The closing, while considerably more stressful with my juggling airline tickets, rental cars, and contractors, was completely uneventful and while Gretchen was not the person performing the closing, I know she was watching the entire process to make sure everything got completed and taken care of as expected.
I’ve had brief conversations with other Realtors on the Big Island while I was there. Any one of them was quite capable and willing to help me sell or buy a property there, but none of them showed anywhere near the knowledge of the Kailula-Kona area, market, sales trends and history, as well as local issues like road construction and municipal water well failures. I would not just recommend Gretchen, I personally wouldn’t sell, purchase or do major renovation to a condominium property in Kailua-Kona without touching base with Gretchen to get a read on the environment.
Hayes Properties LLC
June 11, 2017
Thank you for your incredible wisdom, guidance and impeccable business approach in finding our Kona dream home. Kona is a unique real estate market that we had been frustrated by prior to meeting you. Thanks to you, we were able to feel confident making an offer and moving swiftly to close escrow. Leslie Woods, Premier Mortgage was great to work with.
Your ability to assess a homes condition, necessary work and approximate costs was invaluable. Your network of home repair professionals was so helpful.
You are the best.
Jim and Jaime’ Nugent
Aloha’17 was my plan. In preparing for the plan was the usual browsing of available real estate via the Internet and its variety of resources. Realizing that was a bit overwhelming, I decided to wait until getting to the Big Island and would just pick a realtor. Gretchen Osgood, of Hawaiian Isle Real Estate, was highly recommended by my new Hawaiian banker. He communicated that she was knowledgeable and someone whom he would like to have on his side of the table in a negotiation situation. After I left the bank, I contacted Gretchen through email and also left a voicemail message. As it was late in the day, I figured I would hear from her in the next day or so. She responded within the hour. My housing size and price points were discussed, and I was on my way to look at real estate within two days. Whenever I changed my mind, Gretchen took it in stride and changed direction to suit my specifications. In a relatively short time span, I acquired a mortgage loan, made an offer and the deal was made. Gretchen was a very integral part of the process. She perused every document, caught several discrepancies, corrected things, and answered my questions in a professional yet friendly manner. She checked and double checked everything in the deal. She did not assume it was being done, she made sure it was done. She still checks in periodically to see how things are going and continues to give recommendations and direction. Gretchen Osgood is a top notch realtor and clients on the Big Island are very fortunate she is here! Call Gretchen today! Aloha’17
As an insurance agent in Hawaii for over 40 years I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of real estate professionals. When I decided to retire and sell my home in Kona, Gretchen Osgood is the only real estate professional I wanted for the job. Gretchen’s integrity, ethics, knowledge and passion for doing the most amazing job for her clients is why I chose her.
Gretchen worked with me to get the house ready for sale and walked me through all the little things we would do to make sure my house presented itself in the best possible light. The photography for the flyers was fantastic, her writer interviewed me to capture the most important attributes of my home.
My home sold the first day it was listed, for full price and I couldn’t be happier for the process and outcome. Gretchen has the experience and ability to take the worry and stress out of selling my family home. Thank you Gretchen for helping me move on to the next chapter of my life. You are the best!
We met Gretchen Osgood 5 years ago when she represented the Seller of the home we purchased in Kona Vistas, Big Island in 2012 and are now residing in full time. Our realtor representing us as the Buyer was very competent, but when we saw and experienced how Gretchen Osgood worked with and represented her client we decided at that time if we had any future real estate transactions, we would want to work with Gretchen.
After 12 years of ownership of an Ali’i Lani condo on the Big Island of Hawaii, we decided to sell our property as we were no longer interested in maintaining a rental property. Late last year we met with Gretchen to discuss the sale of our condo and we were not disappointed with the outcome. Her advice and suggestions were spot on. She has been in this business on the Big Island for many years and is very well connected and knows how to get things done. She keeps you on track and is well informed and assisted every step along the way with appliance replacement, condo repairs and service people who were very responsive and dependable. Her thorough attention to detail left no surprises at closing and she was always in contact and available to us when needed.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Gretchen Osgood and look forward to working with her again in future transactions.
Diane W. Kim and Christopher D. Kim
You’ve made this whole process very easy and smooth. Can’t wait to buy another property with you! We will definitely be recommending you to friends and family! Mahalo!
Kona Alii Penthouse Buyers
With Gretchen’s assistance, we recently purchased a wonderful, upscale condominium in Keauhou. “Assistance,” however, doesn’t begin to describe the time, the hard work, the extensive knowledge, and the experience that she employed in representing us as our agent. She is, quite simply, and by far, the best real estate agent that we’ve ever worked with.
Over many hours of working with us and for us, Gretchen displayed a perfect combination of aggressiveness, patience, competence, knowledge, and perseverance. On our first visit with her, she showed us what turned out to be the perfect array of Kona area condos that fell within our parameters, which enabled us to quickly narrow down the properties on which we wanted to focus our interest. We were immediately impressed with her deep knowledge of the Kona real estate market. From there it was pretty easy to identify the condo that we wanted to acquire.
We are both very detail-oriented people who felt a need to be heavily and intimately involved in the details of the escrow process leading to our purchase. We thus pestered Gretchen relentlessly with questions about the provisions of the standard form sales agreement, requirements specific to Hawaii home ownership, our obligations during the process, and those of the sellers. Through it all, Gretchen was amazingly patient with us and answered all of our questions as promptly as possible. She was very assertive, in a positive, effective way, in managing the step-by-step process dictated by the sales agreement, both with us and the sellers, and in gathering information from the sellers where necessary. Her enthusiasm, energy, and positive, outgoing personality made the whole experience casual and stress-free.
Above all, Gretchen displayed amazing perseverance throughout our escrow period. While she was proactively steering our escrow process and those of several other clients, it turned out that she also was dealing with a serious family health issue. This is a strong, very personable lady with a deep sense of commitment to serving her clients at her very best. You can’t do better than Gretchen Osgood with your real estate transactional needs.
Ted & Loretta McMurtrie
Having purchased and sold several properties with Gretchen’s assistance, we are continually impressed with her professionalism, courtesy and knowledge. Gretchen has our highest recommendation.
Kent and Eliza Kane
I always want one on one personal relationships with business associates where lasting friendships may develop. With Gretchen, I knew when first meeting her that this “hi-energy redhead” was the realtor I was looking for! She proved herself immediately, showing me places in my area of interest in a matter of days and finding one in a matter of weeks! And in the interim, a true friend has arisen and I am happy and grateful for that. I would recommend her highly to anyone on the property “hunt”.
When we started looking at finding a Big Island realtor several years ago, we did what we always do- internet research and reading reviews. We found some glowing reviews of Gretchen, and decided to give her a call to view some properties. While we were not quite ready to purchase at that time, we knew we had found our realtor. Gretchen knew the ins-and-outs of all the properties and neighborhoods and we went back to the mainland knowing who we would be calling. Six months later, on our next trip to the Big Island, Gretchen showed us a condo that was perfect as an investment. Within three weeks, we closed on the property, decorated and furnished it, and, of course, there was no question who would be our property manager. Within days, Gretchen had a highly qualified tenant signed up and moved in!
Fast forward- last fall we made the decision to become full-time Big Island residents. Because the condo we owned did not allow dogs, we had to find a location that fit our needs as well as allowed us to bring our pups to the Island. And we needed to sell our existing condo for the right price. And we needed to do a simultaneous closing on the sale and purchase. And we needed to do it quickly. And within our budget. That’s a lot of “Ands”! Long story short, Gretchen and her staff made it all happen with no detail overlooked.
Please do yourself a favor. If you want to purchase, sell, or have someone manage your property, give Hawaiian Isle Real Estate a call. Listen to what Gretchen says and take her advice. Do what she suggests that you do. She is a real pro. And, afterwards, you will probably find yourself writing one of these glowing testimonials for Gretchen!
Rick and Peggy Benson
Gretchen Osgood is Realtor that represents buyer and sellers. She works for her clients everyday. Many realtors list property and wait for a sale, and in the intervening time send you a weekly email on how many views looked at your listing. Gretchen works at creating opportunities for her clients, sellers and buyers (even when the surf is up). If you want a Realtor that works like your Realtor on the mainland, she is it. You want a Realtor “Hawaiian-style” there are plenty available.
If you are just looking sign up for her quarterly report.
Thank you Gretchen for giving us very accurate advice on the market and on pricing. Your insights got us an offer within 2-3 days of listing, and to the close of a complicated deal, while other comparable units remain unsold. We are so glad you were our realtor and for staying the course.
Matt and Joan Platz
Thanks again. You are my favorite realtor–always so helpful, quick to respond & professional!
When it comes time to sell your property there is no one with more expertise then Gretchen. We followed her advice about property improvements, pricing and inspection and our condo sold very fast. And that was in a crowded market! This is our first experience with her on the selling end of real estate and from start to finish it was smooth sailing!!
Tom and Heather Bandt
I am very pleased to write this outstanding testimonial for Gretchen Osgood, who recently completed the sale of a very complicated condo property in Kona. The condo needed to be completely rehabbed to get it ready for a sale. Since we live out of state, we hired Gretchen as the project manager for this extensive renovation. I thought one of the best things she did for us at the beginning of this, was to have her professional inspector come in and identify everything that needed to be done, which we did. Gretchen was in contact with us daily throughout the rehab process. The completed renovations were exceptional and immediately added value to the condo. Gretchen did an excellent job of marketing the property and got the property under contract at the highest price possible for us! Gretchen’s tenacity and knowledge of Hawaii’s escrow and land court system saved the day and we had a successful closing. Gretchen has my highest recommendation. She is a very hard worker, very professional, thoroughly knows the Kona residential market, great marketer, tough negotiator and is always with you step by step to the finish line. Plus, she is just a hoot to work with!
We found Gretchen to be very professional, prompt and to always do what she said she would do. She is highly efficient and very enthusiastic about real estate and customer service. We would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a Realtor.
Erin & Jack
Gretchen put my condo on the MLS at one of the highest list prices in the complex in recent years. Six days later we had a full price cash offer and closed on 22 days after that. I couldn’t be happier with the process and my results… thank you Gretchen!
Gretchen and I had worked together professionally for many years so I knew immediately when I needed to sell my home that she was the best for the job. From the start, Gretchen eased my stress by providing a thorough market analysis that helped us develop a strategy and set clear expectations. When my situation suddenly changed and I needed to sell the house quickly, Gretchen altered the strategy and delivered results. The escrow process on this transaction is when Gretchen’s expertise really paid off! I compared it to a mine field that Gretchen led me through with a calm and steady hand. Were it not for her, I would have stayed awake at night and the deal most likely would not have gone through. Gretchen proved without a doubt that she is the best!
Thanks to Gretchen I am now the proud owner of a beautiful home in Kona Highlands with a sound structure, updated amenities, and an incredible view of the Kona Coast. She demonstrates excellent skills in the areas of communication, negotiation, and time management. I was kept informed every step of the way. I even received emails and phone calls while she was away visiting relatives for the holidays. She was instrumental in helping me find financing and even let me use a computer in her office when I did not have a internet access. Gretchen is indeed a caring honest informed “real” estate agent. I highly recommend her.
John Michael Biery retired Special Education Teacher.
We have had the pleasure of working with Gretchen on two home purchases in Kona and we will be listing a property with her in the near future. Gretchen and her staff are truly the best team you will find in Hawaii. She has a clear understanding of the market “as it is” and she understands where it is heading, allowing you as a home buyer/seller the clarity to make the best possible decision. She is professional, detail oriented and most importantly, quick to respond to questions or needs. I would not make any real estate decision in the local Kona market without obtaining her perspective. We absolutely recommend Gretchen Osgood and Hawaiian Isle Real Estate.
David & Danielle Marzocchi
Let me tell you how wonderful our experience selling our house with Gretchen Osgood as our Real Estate Agent was. She was very professional and well prepared for the presentation of our property to the public. All behind the scenes activities were taken care of very swiftly and with such care. Although our house was empty, her crew and inventory of staging items made the house warm and inviting to all who entered.
The best part of all was we had an almost full cash offer within a few days of going on the market. She negotiated the counter offer expertly. The transaction from going on the market to recording the new owners took less than 40 days. All I can say is “Thank you very much for the exceptional job and swift closing.”
Andrew & Leslie Woods
It is no wonder that Gretchen Osgood has been ranked as one of the best Realtors in Kona and in the State of Hawaii. We found out first hand how her full service realty business and personal attention to her clients can make the onerous task of buying a new home a pleasant and less stressful experience.We live in Washington State. Our daughter, son-in-law and 3 grandkids (and dog) were moving back to Kona from So. Cal. and upon a friends recommendation contacted Gretchen to find them the best available home at the best price for their family. We thought it might be difficult trying to find a house from the mainland without visiting Kona and seeing the houses for ourselves. After considering their needs as a family and our willingness to help finance a new home, Gretchen helped us find the perfect home for them and the perfect investment for us. We trusted Gretchen to find homes that met our needs and made an offer on a house Gretchen recommended. We reviewed the pictures on-line and followed Gretchen’s recommendations on the offer. We ended up with a great house at a reasonable price.
Gretchen was been extremely helpful through the whole process by sending us reminders of critical dates through closing, recommending local resources and advising us as how things were done in Kona. Although we closed in November and my daughters family is not moving in until January, Gretchen continues to assist us long-range in questions we have and resources we need. Her services and attention to us as clients did not end with the closing of the house. Thank you Gretchen for letting us be your clients.
Dave & Joanne Padgett
Mahalo to you, Gretchen. We are in the house of our dreams! (Well – beyond my wildest dreams at least!). Thanks for pointing us in the right direction. I really appreciated your style- introducing us to a big variety of properties, pointing out the pros and cons of each property and letting us make the final decision without any preferences indicated on your part. Mahalo, too, for the quick, easy and trouble-free sale of our condo. We recommend you highly!
With warm aloha,
We have worked with Gretchen Osgood for many years. At one time we owned three condominiums in Kailua-Kona. We happened to be on Gretchen’s mailing list, and after receiving a number of her comprehensive newsletters, we asked to meet with her for an overview of the real estate market at the time. She was gracious with her time and shared her expertise. A couple of years later we came to her to sell the first of the three. It sold during the economic downturn before it was on the open market. A couple years later she quickly sold the second, and she has just successfully sold the third. In each case the transactions were quick, clean and problem free. We will miss doing further business with her. If you need a Real Estate Agent, choose Gretchen!
Drucilla & Geoffrey Casburn
We are really looking forward to growing old in this house. It really was meant for us! Thanks again for everything!.
Danielle & David
We made a couple of trips out to Kona to help prepare the house for sale, and what we found is that you were a fount of knowledge–about the local housing market, about prices, about ocean views, about trends, about who might be attracted to a rather unusual house with its Shoji doors, and about what needed to be done to give the house its best advantage and curb appeal. We listened to you and are glad we did.
So, when the house went on the market, you pulled out all the stops–you hired a professional copywriter to captivate potential buyers with verbal imagery that was enticing and intriguing, and you hired a professional photographer to take images of the house that were inviting and alluring, and you developed a strategic marketing plan including a “roll out” and special attention via a weekly caravan of realtors who are checking new properties for potential clients.
We received several offers, and you helped guide us through deciding what was important and what was drivel Indeed, there were frustrating moments as buyers would make a proposal and then do gyrations that would turn their initial offers on their heads. But you helped keep the eye on the ball and we were reassured that there was a buyer or buyers out there who would see our house and recognize its rather unique attributes. And, that is what has happened.
So, today we do the final recording of the deed transferring ownership of our Kona house to its new owners. You have been always available, always steadfast, and always reliable, and always right on the money.
Well, there is not a whole lot to say about our home selling experience with Gretchen other than to use the word “Great”. When we signed on with Gretchen we expected an experience that would be held to a higher standard and that is exactly what we received. All went very smooth and trouble free from signing of the contract to the closing of escrow; We were very please with our experience with Gretchen, would use her again in the future should the need arise and would recommend her to anyone else looking for a very favorable, trouble free real estate transaction.
Jim & Connie
Thank you for your follow-up and for handling our home sale as professionally as you did. All the best to you in your future endeavors.
You and your staff did such an excellent job in handling the purchase of our new condo! We look forward to continuing to work with your organization. Mahalo!
Aloha members of the Gretchen Lambeth Club: I hope everyone has at least an experience as rewarding as mine has been.
Gretchen does not let any grass grow under her feet once she gets going. We decided on my needs and desires and went from there. In about six weeks we closed on my new home in Kona.
Thank you Gretchen and all involved for your caring and expertise when I most needed it.
Thank you, Gretchen for getting the condo sold for a reasonable price. We are relieved to have it gone!
Brooke and Reid
We wanted to thank Gretchen for selling our home so quickly. We needed someone who understood our situation, she took care of everything for us, and we are so grateful for everything she did!
Jim & Wende
Thanks for all your help! You really made the buying process easy for us. We know that at times we were probably being unrealistic, however you continued to be patient with us and walk us through all the options. It was a pleasure working with you and we will refer family and friends to you.
Korey and Laura
My wife and I are so thrilled with our recent house sale. We got a full price offer on the first day and closed the following month! This happened because Gretchen guided us through the process of what it takes to prepare for the sale. So much of the upfront work like, cleaning, painting where needed, making sure everything presents well helped us to secure and make the sale. All the hard work paid off! I highly recommend Gretchen and Hawaiian Isle Reality.
I am very impressed with your professionalism in every aspect of our transaction. Your communications were always prompt & articulate. You are a wealth of information & an expert on Kona real estate. Your work ethic, knowledge, skill sets and personality are outstanding. It was great having you as quarterback on our winning team! I highly recommend your services!
Angela and I were very happy to use your services. You really helped us find what we needed and make the process simple. We definitely plan on keeping up with the market and using your advice.
Thanks for everything!
Aloha Gretchen! It was a pleasure getting to meet & work with you. I am very impressed with your professionalism in every aspect of our transaction. Your communications were always prompt, & articulate. You are a wealth of information & expert on Kona real estate. Your work ethic, knowledge, skill sets, & personality were outstanding. It was great having you as quarterback on our winning team. Anyone interested in a Kona real estate transaction definitely needs to consult with you. I HIGHLY recommend your services!
We are currently in communication with Jeni on pursuing a real estate mgmt. contract for our unit.
We would highly recommend Gretchen to anyone who is looking at buying or selling property on the Big Island. Having only vacationed on the Big Island once we were grateful to have had Gretchen as our agent. Her knowledge of the market and area was very impressive. She responded quickly to all of our e-mails and phone calls and having spent only 3 weeks on the Island there were a lot of them. Gretchen helped us find a place to rent before we arrived here and had all of the information we needed to start our journey to become permanent residents. After spending a short time with her she knew exactly what we were looking for in a home and found us the perfect one. The whole process of moving from Alaska to Hawaii, which seemed overwhelming at times, was made easy by her expertise, professionalism and enthusiasm as an agent.
Cliff and Lana
We wanted to thank you for all the support you gave us during the short sale transaction of our condo at Kona Bali Kai.
It was a much more difficult procedure than we realized. Your professionalism and commitment went above and beyond our expectations.
When we received our foreclosure letters from the bank we panicked not knowing what was next. You kept us calm and always reassured us that the transaction was moving in the right direction.
You came highly recommended for short sale for a reason…. we trusted you 100% of the way!
Thanks Gretchen for a job well done!
J & J
Gretchen is dedicated to finding the perfect property for each of her clients. She listened to me describe exactly what I wanted and then hung in with me for more than a year, searching diligently. Mahalo Gretchen! I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.
Gretchen really listened closely to the sort of property I described that I was interested in buying. She then went out of her way to tailor my search to what I wanted and could afford. Gretchen was always prepared when we met, used our time wisely, and was a pleasure to deal with at all times. (I believe that pleasant, respectful attitude is called the Aloha spirit). Gretchen never abandoned me when I got into the wilds of securing financing. When it came time to remodel, Gretchen opened up her book of qualified people to me. Gretchen was always so gracious throughout the entire process – even when the process bordered on becoming an ordeal. I actually enjoyed my experience of purchasing property on the Big Island because of Gretchen’s skills, and I am pleased I know Gretchen for the long-haul. I recommend Gretchen without reservation to anyone interested in real estate on the Big Island of Hawaii.
We want to thank you so much for handling the sale of our condo. Everything went unbelievably smooth thanks to your expertise.
Mahalo, Mahalo, Mahalo,
Colleen & Gary Caylor
A simple “Thank You” doesn’t quite convey our appreciation for the wonderful job you and your staff did in handling the purchase of our condo. We feel so fortunate to have been referred to you. I recall the first time we met in your office. As we walked out, I looked at Ron and said, “Wow, she’s great!” He quickly agreed.
From start to finish, your professionalism, expertise, and personalized support was unsurpassed. In today’s environment it’s refreshing to conduct business with someone so committed to customer service. Every time Ron or I had a question or concern, you replied promptly with the answers we needed – many times after hours or during the weekend. We appreciate how tech-savvy you are and loved being able to review and sign many of the documents electronically.
Gretchen, we will enthusiastically recommend you to friends or colleagues needing a realtor. You just have a way of making customers feel like they’re your most important clients. Thank you once again for handling our transaction perfectly! We hope to enjoy our condo for years to come.
Ron and Janet Ford
We just relocated to Kailua Kona, in January 2013, from New Zealand. We
were fortunate to have Gretchen Lambeth recommended to us for the all
important search for our new home. Our experience was extended over a 4
month time frame and viewing dozens of potential properties, but by placing
our search in Gretchen’s hands we feel we saw the best options and have
ended up with a very nice result.
In a few words, Gretchen is VASTLY EXPERIENCED, VERY KNOWLEDGABLE, and IN
CLOSE CONTACT with western Big Island Real Estate. She has STUDIED MARKET
TRENDS over many years and KNOWS THE OPTIONS.!
Also, she was very helpful in DEFINING WHAT WE NEEDED, and HELPED US FOCUS.
She is a VERY HARD WORKER, and VERY SKILLED with documentation, offers, etc.
Finally, she is both TENACIOUS, always looking for suitable homes, but at
the same time PLEASANT TO WORK WITH!
We highly recommend Gretchen at HAWAIIAN ISLE REAL ESTATE. She is an
Awesome RELIABLE REALTOR. !
Best Regards, Norm and Marion Moe
Mary and I would like to thank you for the excellent work you did selling our Kona Sea Ridge condominium. Your responsibilities were extensive and included not only selling but it also included remodeling and staging the condo. We were able to stay in California while you did all the leg work and coordinated the multiple contractors. You picked out the appliances, the carpeting, the ceiling fans and everything else we had to redo and then called the installers to set up installation. You were probably there to open the front door for them.
We also appreciated your keeping us up-to-date on the status of the sale and also trying to address any concerns we may have had. When issues did come up, you took full responsibility for quickly resolving them.
In the end you were able to get the sale quickly. The final selling price was more than we had hoped for. This was probably the most stress free real estate transaction that we have ever had.
Thank you Gretchen for your hard work and professionalism. It was a pleasure working with you.
Ray & Mary Basso
We have known Gretchen Lambeth for many years and have long admired her wisdom, integrity and professionalism. So when the time came for us to sell our Kona home, she was the obvious choice to be our Realtor.
Our home sale proved to be much more complicated than we expected, including legal issues, home repairs and problems with buyer financing, lost paperwork and escrow delays. She handled each issue quickly and directly, advising us on just what to do. We particularly appreciated the way she communicated with us continually so we always felt like she understood our concerns and was giving us all the information we needed.
Gretchen has been honored by her peers as West Hawaii Realtor of the Year, and there’s a good reason for that. They recognize that she’s the best – not just in the volume of sales, but in the way she treats her clients, employees, contractors and others she works with. We highly recommend her to anyone wanting to buy or sell a home in West Hawaii. Her knowledge of the market is second to none. Whether you need to buy or sell a starter home or a magnificent mansion she will make it happen for you.
Scott and Sandi Tompkins
My husband and I were looking for a home to buy here on the Island. I have always heard that Gretchen was the Realtor to go through. Gretchen was excellent, she managed to help us find our dream home. Gretchen is so dedicated to her clients and the follow up was fantastic, if there is something you need she is willing to go that extra mile to help you get what is needed for the lender etc., I would highly recommend Gretchen if you are interested in buying a home.
Mahalo, Heather & Alex Austin
Connections, Knowledge, Technology, and Personality were the four main attributes that made Gretchen the best choice for West Hawaii realtor. She had many great contacts for pre-sale preparation and house-staging and other steps in the process, and her vast experience over many years meant that she always could recommend the best choices within the community. She had the most complete knowledge of the local market and historical trends of sales and purchases of anyone I’ve ever selected, and she has extensive experience dealing with the potential pitfalls of a complex transaction. Her up-to-date technology use meant that processing could be completed quickly without being physically present, and she was always professional and on top of things, anticipating and reacting to each step along the way with efficiency and promptness. She was also a great local friend who was always cheerful and optimistic about our transaction(s); the latest one with her had multiple offers/buyers and closed in record time.
As an out-of-state buyer, I was not sure what to expect when trying to purchase a Kona property. Wow, Gretchen did a fantastic job and went above and beyond all expectations. The closing process was handled electronically and was flawless. Gretchen promptly answered any and all questions and the transaction went smoothly. Highly Recommend!” Steve & Maggie
Although I’m glad you got our home sold, I sure miss the interaction with you. I have been trying to write the perfect mahalo but it kept going too long because you do so many things so well. We now compare all listing photos, property descriptions, open house presentations, and even television shows to you. We’ll say, “this house would have sold if Gretchen had the listing.” Or, “Gretchen would have called us back by now.” Or simply, “how would Gretchen do this?” What I’m saying is, to us, knowing most of the Kona realtors extremely well, and now in a new market on the mainland, Gretchen Lambeth is the GOLD STANDARD!
Thanks so much
Laurel and Kirk
It was a pleasure to work with Gretchen and her team on the recent sale of our home. Gretchen is confident in her marketing plans and definitely knows how to get results. Within five days of the MLS listing we had multiple offers and a signed contract. Follow Gretchen’s expert advice and accept her guidance, you won’t be sorry.
Karin & Scott: Cannon Beach, OR
Selling a condo in this market was difficult but Gretchen made it the best it could be. Her knowledge of the market, her staging, and her willingness to “get it ready” in my absence (while I was thousands of miles away) was great. Her use of electronic technology enabled me to quickly sign and transmit documents from Connecticut (even over the Thanksgiving holiday). With her fabulous photos, my unit was only listed 48 hours before I had an all cash offer. If you are planning to list your property, do what she says – it’s worth it!
My husband and I became fans of Gretchen before we ever thought of selling our home. We followed her newsletters and kept current with the market for several years. Her savvy business sense and exceptional knowledge of the Island and housing market is truly impressive. When I found myself needing to sell our wonderful home after the death of my husband, Gretchen was my go-to agent. She streamlined the whole process and secured a winning closing price… in spite of the fallen market. Gretchen is your woman, no matter if you’re selling OR buying!
You not only sold our condo in no time at all but saved us from having any due diligence re-negotiations by using the prelisting home inspection so the buyers knew everything about the condo. The process was as painless as could be. You’re the WOMAN!
J & E Knister
Buying a condo in Hawaii had been a goal of ours for the last year, but navigating the options was overwhelming. HOA fees, leased land, short sales and more made it seem like a very big risk to know which one to buy. Having Gretchen guide us and hone our options down to the ones that worked, it made the final choice obvious and certain. She is like having a district attourney on your side. Very professional, very knowlegable and she keeps you informed and prepared each step of the way. Two of our friends are now using her services and they also noticed how hard she works and how well she knows the market here.
Darrel and Renate Whitcomb
Thanks for all of your help. Efficiency and attention to detail are so often absent, it is a joy to work with you, my dear.
When it comes to knowing the Real Estate Market in the Hawaiian Islands, Gretchen is the person you want to be working with! My wife and I had been talking for a while about what sort of property would suit us. Gretchen was able to guide us though this journey we were on to find the perfect home for our family. She is very patient and encouraging and always available for our questions! She is very confident and truly loves what she does!
Thank you for making our dream come true!
Alister & Jade
Aloha Kona Property Owners:
We would like to share with you our recent experience in selling our Kona home.
We interviewed several local brokers and selected Gretchen Lambeth.
She was the only one who exhibited that combination of personality and professionalism that we wanted. Gretchen’s knowledge of the local market is comprehensive and in combination with her technological skills she is able to present market data in formats that are thorough and easy to understand.
She has developed effective working relationships with all of the local professionals who support the real estate business. And she was very willing to tell us who she thought was the best plumber, electrician, appraiser, attorney, surveyor, etc. and she will arrange for them to contact you.
She also provided free staging of our home. It took her over 8 hours of packing and toting materials into our home but, when she was finished our home was truly “market ready”.
We just could not have been more pleased with all aspects of her performance from listing presentation to closing!
Karon & John Wesolowski
From the moment we met Gretchen we knew that she would be our Realtor/Broker of choice. She handled our transaction in a totally efficient, professional and ethical manner. Moreover,she is warm, nonjudgmental and a lot of fun.
I & K Wilde
February 8th, 2011:
I met Gretchen during the summer of 2009 after moving to Kona as a full time resident in April 2009. I had owned in Kona since 1999 but had not lived here locally until then.
My goal was to determine if my Wife and I wanted to:
A: Stay put in our existing ocean view condo.
B: Move to a bigger/better condo
C: Move to a house – and sell/not sell our existing condo
AND – What the heck was going to happen with the market in the future??
No person has the crystal ball to effectively answer accurately but Gretchen provides the necessary tools and patience required for the answer to evolve.
- Knowledge: Gretchen lives, breaths and probably dreams real estate? As an Engineer I want data – charts – graphs, etc. I received them in record time.
- Responsiveness: We have all had a realtor that promises responsiveness. When Gretchen sets a time she will be there, on time and ready to go. When another party (other realtor, finance person, etc. is not pulling their weight Gretchen will professionally repair the issue. She operates 24×7 and will be there when needed (in person, on the phone or over email as appropriate).
- Industry Leader: Gretchen is well known to all realtor’s in Kona so if you are looking for an informed source she will know it or find out if it can be found. Her motto: “never underestimate the power of a redhead” is right on!
- Tactfulness: Gretchen will tell you her opinion if asked but in a positive manner. She reads a client and understands how to approach and work with them for a win win end solution. She knows she does not have a crystal ball and readily separates facts, educated guesses and rumors from incoming information.
- You want a Realtor that at least pretends to like your jokes. Gretchen not only pretends to like them but actually appears to appreciate them (or at least has me fooled that she does?).
End result: After a year of looking we came across the right Ocean Front Condo at the Kona Bali Kai complex and closed quickly despite the Foreclosure Bank Owned Status and the selling realtor being out of state and not available for Phone conversations 90% of the time.
Regards – Lynn Noffsinger
My husband, Geoff & I , Hilo-Town folks, were affected by the downturn in the economy just like everybody else. We had purchased a Kailua-Kona property, we had decided that when the market was right we would sell a condo unit we had purchased. I had been receiving Gretchen’s Newsletter that she mailed Island Wide for a couple of years. I was impressed by her marketing savvy and contacted her. She graciously invited me to meet with her to talk about the state of the market. That was more than two years ago.
She had printed out the area real estate statistics and during our almost two hour consultation helped us to the conclusion that spring of 2009 was not the time to sell. We stayed in touch and we met once more to go over the statistics, and again she helped us to see that spring of 2010 was not the time to sell. We appreciated that she wouldn’t tell us what we wanted to hear unless she truly believed that it was so. By the late summer of 2010 a glimmer of hope, she felt there would be a chance, maybe even a good chance that we could sell.
Now even with close to 300 condominiums on the market at that time, we did not hesitate to trust her opinion and abilities and decided to sell. She swung into action, the unit was readied, cleaned, necessary repairs attended to quickly and appraised fairly with her at the unit to promote all of its special features. Then we received a call – and it was Gretchen asking if we could have a real estate caravan come through right then even though the unit wasn’t quite all staged. She encouraged the exposure, as the next caravan in the complex would be weeks away. We said “absolutely” and buyers came in with an agent on caravan and she negotiated the sale. We couldn’t have expected anything better than that! Thank you Gretchen!!
1. She told it “like it was” and graciously gave informed advice even though it forestalled an immediate attempt at a sale for her early on.
2. She was happy to update us on the market whenever we asked.
3. When the time was right she was professional, enthusiastic & timely .
4. Aggressive without being pushy.
5. Informed of caravan activity, which was a deal maker for us.
6. The actual sale process was a dream. Hourly or daily monitoring and up-dates as necessary. Any sales-related issues were addressed and resolved immediately.
Would we do business with Gretchen again? The answer is that we will be doing business with her again. Hopefully very soon.
D & G Casburn, Hilo
We have been so blessed to have Gretchen Lambeth as our Realtor. She came highly recommended from several sources, but little did we know how efficient and professional she is. The selling of our Condo in the worst of times was done in record time, at our asking price, and without any contingencies. From the time we first talked to Gretchen, through the close of escrow we were amazed at how fast and thorough she performed the important tasks that got the job done.
We certainly understand why she received the distinguished award of “Broker of the Year.”
It is also worth mentioning that she is a vivacious young women with a wonderful personality. Our family is forever grateful to Gretchen. In fact we are so pleased with the outcome that we will be happy to talk to anyone who is considering Gretchen to represent them as a buyer or seller of any Real Estate transaction.
Gretchen, there are no words to express our appreciation for the wonderful service you provide to your clients. Your knowledge of the market trends and help in pricing our unit was the ticket to a successful and FAST sale. Your staging presented our property to the very best advantage. When seller’s follow YOUR lead, they will be happy with the results!B. & H. Beljean: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Thank you so much for guiding us through the sale of our condo. It is because of your knowledge and expertise that we were able to sell our condo in such a relatively short time even in this tight economy. I appreciated your regular newsletter updating us on the condition of the real estate market in Hawaii…especially since I was living off island. I always felt you were looking out for my best interest and your quick response to any questions or ‘problems’ that arose made me feel as though I was always a priority. I would highly recommend you to anyone needing the assistance of a real estate professional.D. Andrade, VT
Short sales are a reality of real estate life these days. Unlike traditional sales they require different terminology, strategy, and lots of patience for all parties involved. I can’t say enough about how Gretchen handled the sale of our unit encompassing all of her knowledge in this specific area and used her inside connection with our lender. This process could have ended is disaster, but Gretchen pulled us all together and we sold our place to a happy new buyer while avoiding foreclosure. Once again I can’t thank you enough!!!Former homeowner in Kona
I don’t know what I would have done without Gretchen. She was great, and just kept pushing that paper until she closed a short sale for me. I would highly recommend her for your real estate needs, and I would not hesitate to call on her when looking for a real estate agent. Thank you so much, Gretchen.Harrison
Gretchen we loved your get it done attitude. The time and effort you put into our condominium purchase from start to finish was outstanding. We feel that we have a new friend in Kona who just happens to be a great realtor. MahaloCusick: Wenatchee, Washington
My husband and I are both real estate brokers in California. We invest in different states and have very high expectations when dealing with other agents. Gretchen is the best we have ever dealt with; her team is professional and responds quickly. Maybe it is the red hair. Call Gretchen if you would like to talk to us personally, she has our cell phone numbers.Jones: Rancho Santa Fe, CA