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Ask for the Best of the Best: Mischelle M. Lawrence and James M. Harris

By Staff | Mar 9, 2012

If you are thinking of buying or selling Maui real estate, contact Jim Harris and Mischelle Lawrence.

Jim Harris and Mischelle Lawrence have been helping buyers and sellers on Maui for nearly 30 years. That’s why when it says ask for the Best of the Best, that is what you are getting!

They are experienced and have years of knowledge in the business of helping clients sell and buy real estate. Because Maui is very much a resort island, there are many who have come to try to lead the Maui lifestyle, and some do succeed. But it often starts out with the first job a person can secure, whether it is a taxi driver, waiter, bellman, gardener, retail sales or other service-oriented jobs. That is great, as we need all different types of workers to keep Paradise running smoothly.

But it is always interesting to us that when a person decides to make likely one of the biggest financial decisions in their life – like purchasing a first or second home, or maybe even an investment property – they discuss it with their bartender, waiter or the person that is selling them the art to put on the walls. It’s something I call “Polynesian Paralysis” – you wind up in such a tropical paradise filled with so much aloha, people act differently on Maui than they might in their own hometown. That is without question part of the allure of this very special paradise.

It’s likely that same person would not think of discussing their financial opportunities with the grocery clerk or bartender in their own hometown, because they know the professionals to go to for their needs.

The point being, if you are one of those people who has thought about buying or selling real estate on Maui, look for a broker that has been in the business for a long time and selling real estate is their only job. This ensures you that they will have the time and expertise needed to make your transaction go smoothly. Because purchasing or selling real estate can be a lengthy transaction, it is important to have good communication and feel comfortable (and not stressed) with the person you are working with.

Jim and Mischelle have always prided themselves in keeping a cool head, even when negotiations get tough. Sales should not be high-pressure but thought out and planned, so as the transaction proceeds, everyone is moving in the same direction to the closing of a successful, fulfilling transaction.

When buying and selling property in the State of Hawaii, there are many items that should be addressed, from disclosures regarding homeowners associations documents to the Seller’s Real Property Disclosure and connecting with the right home inspector if need be, just to name a few. Having been residents of Maui for 35 years and in the business of real estate for nearly that long, Jim and Mischelle have a whole team of professionals that are tried and true, from contractors, home inspectors, cleaners and property managers, to pet sitters, shoppers and baby-sitters. It truly does take a village – or in this case, some of the most reputable purveyors on the island – to make your homeownership easy and worry-free.

It is a buyer’s market, with prices at some of the lowest in years, and a tremendous amount of inventory to choose from, making sellers take all offers very seriously. Add to that record low interest rates, and the timing could not be better to buy.

A few choice listings that are priced to sell include Honua Kai 351 in the Konea Tower – an exquisite property with three large bedrooms and three full baths. This is the best oceanfront/beach front property listed on West Maui at this time! Top-of-the-line appliances, custom granite and quality finishes are featured throughout this luxurious condominium home that is aggressively priced at $2,950,000.

For more of a residential atmosphere, 148 Kualapa Place in The Vintage at Kaanapali is a newly painted three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home with exceptional ocean and sunset views. Onsite amenities include a heated pool, spa, gym, walking trails and more. This property is easy to view and should be considered if you are looking to purchase an immaculate, incredibly cared for home in Kaanapali. It’s priced with top-of-the-line furnishings to sell at $1,235,000.

747 Anapuni Loop in Lanikeha is a vacant lot consisting of 16,540-plus square feet at Kaanapali’s newest development, and the only gated residential neighborhood that offers amenities that exceed everyone’s expectations. This lot is priced at nearly half of the developer’s original selling price, and the seller is trying to accomplish a short sale priced at $390,000. This is without question one of the BEST buys available in Kaanapali!

Mischelle and Jim would like to help you if you are thinking of buying or selling. Remember, if you need a doctor, you would not go to a pet groomer; so if you are looking for a realtor, don’t go to a tour guide. Harris and Lawrence have been in the business full-time, helping clients for nearly 30 years, and would like to help you, too!

James M. Harris Inc. (Broker) and Mischelle M. Lawrence, R(S), only want the Best of the Best for you. Contact us at (808) 280-1640 (cell), toll-free at 877-Jim-Maui (546-6284) or e-mail JimMaui@Maui.net.