Stephen Nikkola

    Stephen Nikkola

    Salesperson (S) RS-72333
    Licensed in Hawaii, I provide exceptional market expertise and professional guidance for Buyers and Sellers of residential real estate on Oahu. As a Realtor Associate and Platinum Award Winner with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty, I rank in the top 3% of all BHGRE agents nationwide, and in the top 5% of all agents on Oahu.

    Voted "Hawaii's Best in Real Estate" by the readers of Honolulu Magazine and backed by the strongest team of real estate professionals on this island, I am committed to a "Client First" approach, utilizing the latest technology to enable me to focus solely on the needs of my clients.

    Every client is different, but my dedication to service and optimal client representation is the same. I especially understand that when it comes to buying or selling real estate, superior customer service, exceptional communication and solid negotiation skills are essential. When you put a skilled negotiator and trusted counselor to work for you, you get results!

    My Client Testimonials

    "Excellent. Got me what I wanted in a tight time frame. I put in an offer immediately when lots of others were interested. I felt he was extremely honest and did lots of research for me." - Connie S.
    "My wife and I were new home buyers and Steve walked us through the entire process patiently and confidently. Whenever we had questions, Steve was quick to respond and generous with the explanations. He was receptive to our wants and needs, and in this housing market, he was able to find several homes within our price range. He was good at negotiations with the seller as well. Tough, but fair. All in all, a knowledgeable realtor with no pressure and a calm demeanor that helped us achieve one of the biggest milestones in our lives. If/when we decide to sell or purchase another home, we will definitely be giving him a call." - Hilton L. and May Lynn H.
    "Selling a home is never an easy or simple thing to do. At the very least, it takes up a lot of time and, at its worst, it's downright stressful. Having said that, Steve made the process as close to "set it and forget it" as reasonably possible. He was thorough, attentive, and careful in our pre-listing meetings and those traits were evident throughout the entire selling process. He crafted the listing with care, carried out a comprehensive marketing of the home, and, in general, did EVERYTHING with care, attention to detail, and in lock and step with my wife's and my needs. Oh, and let's not forget good communication. After each open house, each private showing, each phone call with an interested agent, I would get an update. I ALWAYS knew where we were at in the selling price. Bottom line: Steve will be loyal to you, will work hard and smart and nonstop until you reach your real estate goal, and will always take the time to explain things until you get it. Bottom bottom line: We got above asking price and we got asking price after Steve guided the Buyer to an expert lender after their first round of financing fell through. Steve is an awesome agent. Call him up." - Adam B. and Dominique H.
    "Stephen is an extremely pleasant person who listens and follows up on your concerns. He is very generous with his time and his attention to detail is quite impressive." - June A.
    "Steve helped us list three properties, our two rental condos and main residence. Throughout every transaction Steve handled the situations with the utmost professionalism, knowledge and expertise. I had a lot of other things to be dealing with so I was able to leave the properties in Steve's very capable hands and not have to worry or micromanage anything. Selling property can be stressful but not with Steve on your team. He took care of everything and was present for every showing, open house, inspection, etc. We can not say enough about Steve other than if you are selling, or buying, Steve is great to have on your team, he ALWAYS has your best interest and will go the extra mile every time!!" - Heidi and Greg G.
    "I would like to highly commend Mr. Stephen Nikkola for being a person of great integrity, both personally and in his profession. I have been looking for quite some time for a particular kind of Realtor to help me navigate the real estate market: a place to find with very particular assets and a house to sell next year. When I first talked to Mr. Nikkola, I realized that we was that rare Realtor: a great sense of integrity, high moral values, a sense of what I really needed and what I really wanted. A Realtor that would take the time and have the patience to allow me to see clearly why it was important to make the right decision; once I decided on the property I wanted, he again took the time to see that all documents were in order, that I understood the legal language, and that it was in my best interest. Once more his help was commensurate with his values: patience, kind, a thorough professional and very trustworthy. Kudos to Mr. Stephen Nikkola!" - Maria H.
    "Stephen is a reliable, competent realtor. We used him to help us transition to Oahu, and bought a house and a rental income property on island. He led us through learning about each neighborhood, and was responsive to all types of communication from us. Stephen is ethical in his work, and I always felt like he was giving me honest information. I recommend him without reservation." - Natalie Z.
    "I sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $800K in Kuliouou-Kalani Iki, Honolulu, HI. Stephen Nikkola had been an acquaintance I knew was also in Real Estate. So when it became necessary to sell my parents house, as their Successor Trustee, to ensure care for my ninety-five year old mother, afflicted with Alzheimers, I contacted him. Our home, though dating from the 1950s, was still a good buy in Hawaiis housing market, but Stephen helped me get much more for it than anticipated. His knowledge of the market, the sales demographics on Oahu, the interest in our neighborhood, and his sense of timing for the open house were invaluable. His research, and his information on how to review offers were beyond helpful. My mothers needs have been served, and I feel, because of Stephens help, that this is what my father would have wanted when he bought our home back in the 1950s. I am very grateful to Stephen for being my agent in this experience, which was challenging on many levels, but which he helped me negotiate with patience, expertise and knowledge that made the sale a gratifying success." - Linda M.
    "Stephen Nikkola is by far the best realtor I have ever worked with; no one else comes close. He is knowledgeable and highly responsive to his clients needs. Steve made our home search a pleasant experience. My wife and I truly believe our home buying experience would not have gone as smooth; nor would the process have been as enjoyable had Steve not been there to assist us. Steve is an exceptional realtor and takes great pride in his work. He is hard working and honest and he has earned my highest recommendation to anyone looking to buy or sell a home." - Jeff and Tomoko M.
    "I have bought and sold many properties, and have never dealt with an agent that was as "hands on" and detail oriented as Steve was. He knew how to position my condo, and we had multiple offers in less than one week. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome." - Susan W.
    "With 110% confidence, we highly recommend Stephen Nikkola. Steve is a "real" estate professional on every level. He is genuine, friendly, intelligent, patient, professional, and professionally aggressive (but in non-pressure-filled manner). He is a skillful yet respectful negotiator. Responsive doesn't even begin to describe Steve's approach to communication - he always seems to be one step ahead of the game. We initially began our home buying journey with a frustrating experience involving a different team of realtors (affiliated with a different real estate company). We prefer not to dwell on this negative experience, but instead now see it as a means for eventually falling into the incredibly capable hands of Steve Nikkola, who randomly answered our online inquiry about a listed home for sale by BH&G. One phone call later, and we were sold - Steve was the guy we had envisioned helping us find a home to buy in Hawaii. It was that single twist of fate that propelled us into a forward-moving-full-steam-ahead trajectory that ultimately concluded a handful of weeks later with a successful purchase. And not just any home - our little Hawaiian dream home, perfect for us, and a place we feel honored to own. Steve helped us navigate the unpredictable world of real estate with confidence and composure. We were thrown several curve balls (and that's probably putting it gently) along the journey, which Steve was able to guide us through with a level of professionalism and maturity that is very hard to find. He kept us updated daily, if not hourly at times, on all parts of our evolving purchase contract and closing process - phone calls, emails, text - whatever worked best and on a moment's notice. His clever negotiation skills also served us well - we were able to negotiate a purchase price that was well under the listed price, a surprising achievement given the current market conditions! We never would have imagined that we would befriend a realtor at the end of this wild roller coaster ride, but Steve has become just that - a trusted and respected friend. Our young children are even starting to have Steve-withdrawal now that we are no longer daily interacting with him as we were during the closing process. Our 2-year old son occasionally spots a nicely dressed man in the grocery store and yells out "Hi Steve!". And no one can mess with a 2-year old's genuine judge of character. Steve - saying "thank you" doesn't begin to describe our appreciation for the selfless hours and endless amounts of energy you put into helping us purchase our home. And you always did it with a smile and a touch of class. You are everything we could have asked for in a realtor, and much much more. Thank you for helping us transform dream into reality. Mucho mahalo!" - Bridget and Jasper K.
    "Steve is one of those "what you see, is what you get" kind of people. We belong to the same church and I've always liked Steve's demeanor, humor, actions, articulated beliefs, and general kindness. So, when a fellow member told me that Steve was a realtor, I made it a point to pester him about finding out what might be possible options for my needs and wants. As far as I could tell, Steve treats everyone with the same professionalism and kindness and didn't reserve these traits just for me as a client. I have been particularly busy lately both professionally and personally. Even in the best of circumstances, I am not a person who likes this kind of activity (house hunting) or financial details (everything that happens after finding the "right" place). But under high stress, I'm even more scattered brained about such matters. Steve quite simply took care of everything that I had no bandwidth for. I had every confidence in his expertise and with the assistance of ever capable Lauren of your office and the other professionals Steve referred me to, I had such a positive experience AND ended up with a property that fits my needs. Lauren was also a great help by "holding my hand" throughout the amazing amount of paperwork that happens almost immediately as soon as our offer was accepted by the Seller!! She is "on top of" everything, friendly, detail oriented without overwhelming me, great follow-through, knowledgeable, a good communicator, and professional." - Frances W.
    "Steve was great on every level. We needed someone exactly like him to support us through all of the tasks of selling our family home. His professionalism and friendship will never be forgotten. He worked so well with all of our vendors after we had to return to the mainland. His contacts in the community and knowledge of area sold our property for a price we were extremely happy with!" - Stacy B.
    "Stephen was unable to come to our open house viewings (no fault of his own), so he sent trusted colleagues as proxy. We were well taken care of throughout the entire process. He responded instantly to any questions and concerns we had (it felt like we were his top priority at all times, even though we know he has other clients who are much bigger spenders). He tried his best to negotiate the price down for us when the appraisal came back below the list price, but the seller wouldn't budge (and he kept us in the loop on his tactics and predictions, so we were never surprised)." - Ben F.
    "This is our first home buying experience. He explained us each step very well and very quick response. We could not have first house without him. Thank you for your wonderful help with your heart. Thank you Steve!!!" - Kunio and Tatiana K.
    "Stephen was such a pleasure to work with. He is constantly looking out for his clients to make sure that they are getting the best deal possible. You can tell that he really cares about his clients. He is extremely detail oriented and will help to make the complicated process of buying a home a little less complicated." - Lisa C.
    "Stephen was amazing throughout our entire home buying experience. He was able to communicate very clearly about all aspects of the purchasing process. He organized and orchestrated our home inspection and called us while we were in Europe to explain everything! He was warm and receptive to all of our questions and concerns. He recommended a lender that we really enjoyed working with as well. He also helped us with escrow to sign all of our documents off island at closing. We would highly recommend Stephen and would use him again if we ever need real estate services. - Lesley R.
    "Steve is passionate about his job and we can definitely tell that he loves what he does. He protects his clients and works very hard to get things done. He's always friendly and smiling whenever you see him. He would always respond to our inquiries quickly and answer our questions with patience. He even works during the weekends, which cannot be said for everyone who works in the real estate industry in Hawaii even though you would expect them to given the toughness of the market. You will love working with Steve." - Chang L. and Lin C.
    "Stephen well exceeded my expectations! This being my first time selling a property, Stephen was easy to communicate with, very patient, knowledgeable and thorough in answering all of my questions. He was accessible and reliable throughout the entire process. I will continue to recommend him to anyone looking for an awesome realtor." - Julia S.
    "Steve provided extensive marketing research for me to determine best listing of my condo in Honolulu. He worked diligently with me through several weeks of showing the property to potential buyers. I would highly recommend Steve to friends selling or buying homes in Hawaii. I would highly recommend Stephen Nikkola to friends buying or selling their homes! Stephen is a gem to work with on highly personal decisions! Everyone I worked with at the office was extremely helpful and very friendly. I would recommend Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty over other real estate companies in Hawaii because of the local knowledge and marketing expertise." - Montine H.
    "I knew Steve through a social connection and had observed him to be highly competent, intelligent to have good integrity, all of which are very important to me. But he went well beyond that, quickly identifying both the challenges and opportunities of our somewhat unusual property and developing a superb marketing campaign to reach the most likely buyers. As a result, a property which I feared could take a year or more to sell was gone in a mere 6 weeks. Steve Nikkola is a gifted and capable agent, and I highly recommend him!!" - Larry G.
    "We held our family's high regard for Steve and their positive experience with him to be a primary factor in choosing to work with him ourselves. We have not been disappointed. From our initial meeting consultation with Steve we were pleased with his calm demeanor and how he walked us through the process which would lay before us. He explored various parameters and expectations in order to list and sell our property. Without hesitation we agreed that Steven would be the right agent for us. He communicated well with us, keeping us informed every step of the way. It has been our pleasure to work with Steve to successfully sell our property and now to purchase another." - Diane O.

    My Credentials and Memberships

    • Member, Honolulu Board of Realtors Member, Hawaii Association of Realtors Member, National Association of Realtors Member, NAGLREP

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    • Member, Honolulu Rotary Member, National Association of Arts and Letters

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