"Brett Aka helped me in so many ways not only sell my apartment but also feel confident and relaxed throughout the entire sale process. This was my first time selling any type of property and I was initially a little overwhelmed by how much time and energy would be involved. However, from day one, Brett had a plan and walked me through the process step by step. It was such a relief to know that he had my back through tough decision making and the seemingly endless amounts of paperwork during the process. I would definitely recommend Brett Aka to anyone looking for a great realtor with a ton of positive energy, patience, and enthusiasm and a lot of experience to back it up. He did such a great job and works so diligently, I would like to nominate him for the Aloha Aina Award! It's been great working with Brett and I am proud to not only have him as a realtor but also as a lifetime friend"
"My wife and I were incredibly fortunate to have worked with Brett in our search for a house.
We were new to Honolulu and also first time homebuyers. He helped familiarize us with suitable neighborhoods based on our requirements and expertly guided us through each step of the purchase process, from offer to inspection to closing.
Although we looked at dozens of houses over the course of two years, we never felt even a hint of impatience from him. His only concern was in making sure that we found the best house for our needs, within a time frame and at a price point we were completely comfortable with.
Brett is professional, organized, friendly, honest and incredibly knowledgable about real estate in Honolulu. I can't praise him highly enough, and sincerely hope that this review helps others benefit from his tremendous services."
"My wife and I were first time home buyers facing an aggressive housing market in Honolulu. We had been looking for a very long time with no luck. Everything changed when we met Brett Aka, he immediately set up a time for the three of us to sit and talk about OUR concerns and wants. Next thing we knew we were on the road with Brett sometimes twice a week looking at homes that were not yet open to the public. Brett went above and beyond never loosing motivation or over looking our needs. Brett was able to find us the exact home we were looking for and with out him I'm positive we would have never found it. Brett has an excellent local knowledge and a very keen business sense that not only got our home for below asking price but put our minds at ease about our home not only being a home but an investment."
"Brett proved an excellent choice for selling my condo. Pricing the property correctly (to sell within 30 days, but maximize price) was challenging, because recent renovations far exceeded comparable sales. Brett researched the competition (e.g., Kaka'ako) and explained the logic for maximum sales price. With two offers (one at, one below listing) presented the first day, I'm convinced his recommendation was spot-on.
Brett also only accepted offers to present to me after the second open house. This strategy worked beautifully, as we received two offers that first day, providing critical information and a stronger sales position.
Brett's marketing strategy was great, from producing a video tour (including the sunrise view) to targeting potential buyers. His social media marketing resulted in one of the two offers. The competing agents intended to take a traditional list-open house-wait approach, which I seriously doubt is as effective in reaching younger buyers.
Finally, Brett was most responsive (even answering emails in the middle of the night), honorable, and dedicated to this sale. He coordinated excellent staging and appliance repairs, and even pitched in to help clean the property before final walk-through.
I not only would recommend Brett and the team to my friends - I already have!
"Brett Aka has been an available asset to the whole process of us purchasing a property in Honolulu. Even though there were some issues and speed bumps along the way, we were able to get through all of this and made the final process complete. Brett and his team were very helpful from start to finish and all questions that we had were answered in a professional and timely manner.
Thank you for everything."
"Brett Aka was our realtor for the purchase of our first home. When we first met Brett at an open house over 2 years ago, my husband and I were just starting to look at homes. We were immediately drawn to his warm, friendly personality and willingness to help a clueless young couple. Brett patiently and enthusiastically took us through every step, from researching different neighborhoods, to choosing between a condo or house, and learning what characteristics were important to us. He gave us countless hours of his time and never expected anything in return. Throughout the 2 years we worked together, not once did Brett make us feel rushed or pressured into making any decisions.
We did eventually find our dream home. Brett knew it was the one, even before my husband and I saw it! He knew us that well. Once we decided to put in an offer, Brett's true strengths came into light. His negotiating ability and interpersonal skills were critical in navigating a time-constrained, tricky, and competitive situation. Without his direct efforts, which went far beyond what is typical in the industry, our offer would not have been the winning one.
Brett Aka is a model of integrity and hard work. He has gone above and beyond our expectations of a realtor. I would recommend him to my closest friends and family members. Anyone looking to buy a home would be in good hands with Brett."
"In making my selection, it was most important to me to have someone that 1) I knew would look out for my best interests and 2) I trusted. I knew Brett prior to this and based on that (and feedback from others that had purchased a home with Brett), I knew he was the right person for us.
Brett did a phenomenal job keeping me in the loop of where things were and what the next steps were. He helped us get a credit on our purchase price after the home inspection regardless of the fact that I just threw it out there not thinking the seller would actually give us anything. Brett also helped negotiate a price for us well below asking and also below appraisal. Brett was very detailed throughout the whole process, followed through on everything he said he would do, and always kept us updated; we were very happy with his performance! He really went above and beyond for us, providing us with contacts to help us renovate and following up continuously with the association to make sure our window was fixed prior to moving in.
Brett was always professional, respectful and accessible. He also had great knowledge of the Hawaii Kai area (where we were buying) and had answers to any questions we had about the market. I really thought he did a great job just being available to us, always offering to meet us at our house or after hours. Brett was great throughout the entire process"
"Brett was recommended to me by my friend who recently purchased a home with him and I am so grateful to have found him. Brett is super knowledgable about the market and spent a lot of time explaining things to us as first time home buyers. What I like about Brett is that even though he may be busy or have a lot of other clients, he always makes you feel like you're his only client with the amount of attention he gives you.
With our recent home purchase, we had to negotiate with a difficult seller. Brett worked hard to negotiate a price reduction and even helped us with closing costs! He is a genuinely good person which makes him trustworthy and the perfect agent who will only have your best interests in mind. That is why I will definitely recommend him to my family and friends"
"Brett assisted my brothers and I in selling our parents' home in Hawaii Kai. We heard about Brett from our Hawaii Kai next door neighbor who happened to go to an Open House that Brett was hosting. They were so impressed with him that even months later, they remembered his name. We are so thankful that his name was given to us.
I asked for a FaceTime listing presentation since we live in Washington State. He stated during the interview process that he will "out work anyone else out there". He went above and beyond anything imaginable. He took the time to take photos of what was in the house and helped pack items, give items away to neighbors/friends and essentially emptied the house for us! All of this in addition to having the interior and exterior painted, trouble shooting dead circuit, installing new cabinet pulls/new door knobs, coordinating the redo of the landscaping of the front yard and pressure washing of the driveway. The staging of the house was unbelievable. He had an Open House every Sunday and was present for 100% of the private showings. The house was sold in less than 2 weeks from the time of listing.
Brett is kind, honest, caring, super- organized, professional, reliable and extremely patient. He has a strong business and financial background since his prior work was with Advisory Services Management at Ernst & Young's Honolulu Office. This background provides him with strong strategic negotiation skills.
If anyone is looking for an ethical, energetic realtor who is not burnt out, we would highly recommend Brett. If we were to buy or sell another home in Hawaii, we would not use anyone else but Brett. It would be worth few minutes of your time to meet him. You will not be disappointed."