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July 1, 2024

Sachi Hawaii Agent Spotlight: Meet Lori Chang

Lori Chang

“You can teach a person how to sell, but you cannot teach them how to care.”

Meet Lori, a local native from the island of Oahu with over 25 years of experience in customer service and high-end luxury retail. Her position before joining Real Estate was as a General Manager at Global Luxury Brand, Burberry for almost a decade, where she attended best-in-class leadership trainings that were instrumental in her success. Her past experience helped her excel in serving clients of all walks of life, leading sales teams, and developing a keen eye for detail and a unique perspective through a luxury lens. Additionally, she cultivated positive relationships with local, U.S. Mainland, and international customers.

When it comes to clients, Lori values character over financial status. In fact, she emphasized consistent service for everyone and the mantra “never judge a book by its cover” when she used to coach her sales teams. This approach extends seamlessly into her work in Real Estate and how she treats those she comes across outside of work. Lori’s passion for understanding and discovering people is evident in her ability to connect with them; she particularly enjoys meeting genuine and down-to-earth people. She also appreciates when clients get “raw and real” when confiding about their real estate situation with her. Lori’s goal is to make potentially stressful processes as smooth as possible, adding authenticity to every interaction.

Drawing from her leadership experience, Lori ensures clear communication, care, confidence, and conviction in her interactions. She listens avidly and provides thoughtful feedback, understanding that knowledge and instinct are vital in negotiation. Transparency is paramount to her; she keeps clients informed at every step, readily finding answers to their questions. Mentored by industry leaders, Lori’s trustworthiness is affirmed by past clients who have contributed significantly to her career growth.

Lori believes that timing is everything, whether it’s about clients being ready to make the pivotal decision of buying or selling a property or waiting for the right home to surface while keeping their timeline in mind. Her approach to life is finding a balance between work and play and also maintaining a sense of humor. In her leisure time, she indulges her love for island life by surfing and watching sunsets with friends. Indoors, she enjoys listening to iconoclastic podcasts, reading enriching books, and engaging in stimulating and intellectual conversations, all while striving for continuous personal growth and alignment with her higher self.

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Connecting with Oahu

Lori Chang Surfing

When work wraps and the island calls, you’ll find Lori catching waves beneath the Hawaiian sun or traversing Oahu’s breathtaking hikes. It’s in these moments of connection with the land that Lori’s passion is truly ignited. This deep love for her island home fuels her dedication to helping others find their own perfect piece of paradise, a place where they can create memories and connect with nature as deeply as she does.

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Island Knowledge, Exceptional Results: What Clients Say About Lori

Lori is a shining star among the agents I have encountered across Oahu. She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, professionalism, and dedication to her clients. The market can be extremely complicated and competitive, but Lori is able to navigate these challenges with ease.

I met Lori when she was hosting an open house, and I appreciated her friendly, ambitious, and inquisitive demeanor. Her genuine authenticity and positive attitude will make any seller feel confident to be represented as a priority. After meeting with many brokers, I reached out to Lori for guidance as my buyer’s agent. She assisted me through the entire decision making and purchasing process with tact and compassion, even when the inevitable difficulties popped up, to smoothly and successfully complete the deal.

I highly recommend Lori as an expert for your real estate transactions, with local, mainland, or international clientele. I have been continuously impressed by Lori and the well-connected Sachi HI team!

– Joseph E.

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Sales Portfolio

Lori’s early success to Hawaii real estate has already seen her connect local families and investors with their dream properties. Below is a handful of her real estate transactions within the last year.

Sun Rise #26J Sold

Sun Rise #26J:
Sought-after 2-bedroom, 2-bath Ewa Beach townhom. Tastefully renovated and modernized with new flooring, lighting, cabinetry, and countertops. Lori represented the buyer for this transaction.
SOLD $545,000

Windward Acres #C111 Sold

Windward Acres #C111:
Updated 2-bedroom, 1-bath residences in beautiful Kaneohe. New cabinetry throughout, built-in entertainment center, and upgraded bathroom. Lori represented the buyer for this transaction.
SOLD $545,000

Windward Acres #B304 Sold

Windward Acres #B304:
Charming 2-bedroom townhome in majestic Kaneohe. Utilizing Virtual Staging, Lori transformed this vacant home into a visually welcoming property. Lori represented the seller for this transaction.
SOLD $535,000

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Ready to Find Your Oahu Paradise with Lori?

Lori’s passion for Oahu and her dedication to her clients make her the perfect guide to navigate your real estate journey. Whether you’re a local family seeking roots or an investor searching for the perfect property, Lori’s expertise and network will ensure a smooth and successful experience.

Contact Lori today for a free consultation and let her help you unlock your Oahu dream!

(808) 384-9061 | lori@sachihawaii.com

June 18, 2024

Honolulu Real Estate Market Update: May 2024

The Honolulu Board of REALTORS® reported encouraging trends in the Oahu housing market for May 2024. This update highlights positive developments for both buyers and sellers.

Increased Affordability: A notable trend is the emergence of more affordable options in both condo and single-family home markets. Condo sales in the $300,000 to $399,999 range saw a significant increase, while single-family home sales below $899,999 also showed positive movement. This is welcome news for first-time homebuyers and those seeking more accessible options.

Expanding Inventory: Market inventory for both single-family homes and condos continued to rise in May. This growth provides buyers with a wider range of properties to consider, potentially leading to a more balanced market in the coming months. Notably, condo inventory has seen a substantial 47.7% year-over-year increase.

Efficient Market for Sellers: Despite rising interest rates, sellers continue to benefit from a relatively quick sales cycle. Single-family homes are going under contract in a median of 14 days, with condos selling in approximately 25 days.

Single-Family Home Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
May 2024 249  -5.0% $1,085,000  -2.2%
May 2023 262 $1,109,000

Condominium Resales

Number of Sales Median Sales Price
May 2024 478  +9.1% $495,000  -2.0%
May 2023 438 $505,000

Source: HiCentral

The May 2024 Oahu housing market exhibits positive signs for both buyers and sellers. The emergence of more affordable options and an expanding inventory offer promising opportunities for buyers, while sellers continue to enjoy a market that facilitates efficient transactions and stable prices when measured against May 2023.

June 14, 2024

Oahu Luxury Heats Up: Sachi Hawaii Scores Fast Escrows

Oahu’s luxury real estate market continues to sizzle, with high-end neighborhoods like Diamond Head and Kahala experiencing a surge in buyer activity. Sachi Hawaii, a leading luxury real estate firm, is proud to announce the successful listing and escrow placement – in just days – of two exceptional properties in these coveted locations.

“We’re witnessing a strong demand for luxury properties in Oahu’s most prestigious neighborhoods,” says C.E.O. Sachi Braden. “Discerning buyers recognize the unparalleled value proposition of these estates, offering not just stunning living spaces but also the allure of living near beaches and and the lifestyle that comes with it.”

Sachi Hawaii recently secured escrow agreements for the following properties:

3994 Kaualio Place – Diamond Head

3994 Kaualio Place

In escrow after 17 days. Nestled in a quiet portion of Diamond Head, this exquisite residence offers private luxury haven, with expansive living spaces. Listed at $4,500,000

4640 Aukai Avenue – Kahala

4640 Aukai Ave

In escrow after just 2 days. This captivating property boasts an idyllic Kahala location, nestled in a lushly landscaped setting with superb indoor/outdoor living. Listed at $4,000,000

“These quick escrows are a testament to Sachi Hawaii’s expertise in marketing and selling luxury properties,” says Sachi Braden. “Our in-depth knowledge of the market and unmatched marketing exposure, coupled with our commitment to exceptional service, ensures a seamless and successful experience for our clients.”

Are you looking to buy or sell a luxury property in Hawaii?
Contact Sachi Hawaii today. Our team of experienced agents are dedicated to helping you achieve your real estate goals in paradise.

(808) 596-8801 | info@sachihawaii.com

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