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“Chance Knell (RA) went above and beyond he had extended his services not only for the seller also for the buyer. He had helped me with needs in getting paperwork done and submitted in a timely manner. He had spoken to both parties relaying messages and making sure we were both on the same understanding he answered all questions that we had or if he did not know he would tell us he would get back to us for the right answers. Chance was such a blessing for that we could understand and pursue our dream house with his kindness and help. ”

– S. Afong

“Living on the mainland makes it difficult to sell a home/property on Oahu but Shawntae of Foster Realty was an angel. She answered my questions, assisted in getting my property ready for sale and kept me updated on all the steps until closing. She is very professional, patient and courteous. From the time she posted my property to closing–it took 3 months!! I’d say that’s excellent work by a realtor.”

– Alexandria Savidge

“If you are looking for a hard-working, ethical realtor, a true professional, contact Shawntae (Calarruda) Ellis of Foster Realty in Wai`anae. Shawntae managed my Makaha Valley Towers rental condominium for nearly four years while working in the rental management department of Foster Realty. Shortly after she moved to the agency’s sales department, I decided to sell that rental property. Since Shawntae had secured terrific tenants and kept me fully informed over those years, I knew I would list the property with her. While my condominium was on the market, Shawntae worked hard to sell it for the best possible price. In addition to holding open houses and marketing the property, Shawntae worked closely with me and the terrific management team at Makaha Valley Towers to resolve some problems, keeping me very well informed along the way. She even cleaned up the dust and ash from a days-long brush fire in Makaha Valley. Finally, Shawntae guided me through the closing process, promptly answering my questions while coordinating the various aspects of the process. In short, she went “above and beyond” to make the sale happen. I am happy to report that my condominium sold for a good price after a relatively short time on the market—thanks to Shawntae’s tireless efforts.”

– Tony Turbeville A very satisfied customer

“I’m so glad we chose Foster Realty as the realty company to sell my grandma’s property! Shawntae was AWESOME! My grandma was off the island when she sold her house on Oahu and Shawntae answered any questions we had promptly and constantly kept us updated every step of the way. We couldn’t ask for a more professional and courteous Realtor! I would recommend Shawntae 1000% to anyone that’s looking for a Realtor!”
– D. Lee

“Dealing with 2 Sellers owning “for sale” property” A) Seller who though wanted to sell, procrastinated to which Shawntae showed “professional patience”. B) On day of signing agreement, Buyer changed her mind to purchase property C) a day later, changed her mind causing great distress and irritation to Sellers! D) Shawntae demonstrated professional patience calming us, the Sellers. E) All documents handed as needed. F) I found Shawntae likeable yet professional in performing her duties. G) If I needed a realtor again, I would look for Shawntae to work with me- knowing without a doubt she will give me “above and beyond” service.”

– Nevada S. Ahlo

“Shawntae was patient, kind, understanding and most of all, full of aloha in selling our apartment. She took her time in explaining in detail each proposal that prospective buyers had to offer and she would travel to where we could meet together to go over the offers. She lives in Waianae and would travel out to Aiea to meet with us, no matter what the time of day was. Her knowledge of the Real Estate laws is to be commended and especially her knowledge in the culture of the native people of this land, the Native Hawaiians of which we are. She was very sensitive and wise in seeing what we saw regarding the beauty of the ocean view, and she understood the cultural value of the land which money could not buy. This and more she saw what we saw, and valued what we valued. Shawntae is an exceptional Realtor with a big heart of Aloha, and to her ohana, Mahalo nui loa for sharing Shawntae with us.”

– Jodi Nahinu

“Shawntae always kept me informed of all transactions progress. She has a very respectful demeanor and is very knowledgeable in real estate. We trusted Shawntae completely with our investment and family home. We “felt secure with Shawntae. We thank Shawntae for her business sense & negotiation skills in the world of real estate.”

– Gladys DeMarco

“Melody provided us with phenomenal service when selling our house. Once listed our house had great offers within a week. She was always readily available and responded promptly when we had questions or needed more information. Her warmth, patience and understanding made the whole process go smoothly. We highly recommend her.”

– Audrey and Clyde Hudson

“We would like to thank Shawntae Calarruda (RA) for her time and dedication with regards to our property located at the Makaha Surfside.
We recently acquired a unit there and were hesitant to secure a property management company. After speaking with and then meeting with Shawntae, we were pleasantly surprised at all the incentives Foster Realty provided. She took the time to explain in detail all the services that Foster Realty would render and helped us with our paperwork. After meeting with her, we had no doubts that we made the right decision.
We are so pleased with her courteous personality and knowledge of the building and company. She is an asset to Foster Realty and we look forward to working with her for many years to come.”

– Glenn and Lynette Romero

“Aloha George! Just a note to thank you for all your effort and professionalism in assisting us with the sale of our condo at Makaha Surfside. Everything went perfectly and we closed escrow on time without a problem. We will gladly recommend you to anyone we know looking for Hawaiian property. Mahalo!”

-Mike and LuAnn Drury

“Hello Jayne,
Now that my condo escrow has closed, let me say THANK YOU so very much for an absolutely wonderful job from start to finish handling my purchase.
As an owner of more than a dozen rental properties, and as a California Real Estate Licensee, I realize that I may at times be a demanding client for an Agent. Your outstanding service not only met but exceeded my expectations in a Real Estate Agent.
You are knowledgeable about the Oahu real market at any given time, but, more importantly, your market analysis is 100% honest To an Investor buyer such as myself, you are not one of those Realtors who will always inflate rent estimates in an effort to make the sale, or imply that the market is stronger than it is.
Once in escrow, you are not only remarkably accessible by phone and email, but you actually care about the question being asked and take the extra step to make sure each detail is handled. Had you not, on a Friday afternoon during our escrow, jumped quickly to assist the Short Sale Lender’s Appraiser–whose contact came on short notice–I realize our sale might not have been approved.
Your responsive service may have saved my deal right there!
Perhaps most remarkably, my transaction was a small dollar amount sale ($64,900), but you devoted so much time and effort to it one would think the sale price was in the millions with a huge commission to you rather than the small one you obtained at this price level.
Be assured that I will be in touch with you for my next Leeward Oahu transaction, and feel free to use this note/”testimonial” in any way you wish for advertising purposes.
Mahalo again from your happy client.”

– Mike Yuskis

“I have purchased homes in four different mainland states. In my professional life, I have closed on real estate transactions in such diverse locales as Thailand, Austria, and Serbia. Following my retirement, I passed the New Jersey Realtor exam (but never pursued it). The point is I KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A PROFESSIONAL REALTOR. Jayne Peterson greatly surpassed all expectations.”

– Richard Hannye

I cannot thank you enough for all the care and persistence you showed to me. As you know, I did get frustrated but you remained calm and kept your eye on the goal – finding a Buyer at a time when the economy is difficult and people are not rushing out to buy properties. But you persisted and here it is – I sold the condo. I feel lucky to have had you as my agent and anyone who works with you is lucky!!”

– Judy Schreiber

“I believe the energy that Elsie put into marketing my property was the reason why it sold quickly.

As her client, I can say she has never misled me. I have bought and sold numerous properties in three states. She is the best Realtor I have ever had.”

– Ronald Cole

“Hi George,
I wanted to thank you so much for helping my family sell dad’s house.
At our first conversation on the phone and after our first meeting, you showed a willingness to help our family. For myself, you made the process as easy as it could have been given our circumstances. Even when I thought the house wouldn’t sell, you were confident.
Having you as our Realtor gave me a lot of comfort and took a heavy burden off of my shoulders. You showed the expertise needed to sell the house as quickly as possible and understood our predicament. You always kept me informed, answered my questions and gave me guidance to make the necessary decisions.
I am so thankful that you were the Realtor who took on the task of selling the house. You did it expeditiously and at a very fair price. I believe this was accomplished because of your expertise, experience and most importantly your negotiation skills to get the best price for your clients. Thank you for that!
I appreciate beyond words, you being able to deliver everything you said you would in a most professional way.
Once again, on behalf of my family and especially from me, thank you, mahalo and
salamat for everything!”

– Aaron Paragoso and the Family of the late Alberto Paragoso

“When we needed to sell our home of 39 years, we worried that selling it would be difficult due to the poor economy. We spoke to three realtors, hoping to find one that would work hard and fast to sell our home. After talking to George and Melody for just a few minutes, we were impressed with their upbeat and forthright personalities and their sense of humor. They explained the steps involved and estimated what the closing costs and other expenses might be. Getting this information in black and white cleared up a lot of indecision and confusion in our minds.

George and Melody advised us on preparing the house for sale and kept us informed as they prepared an online virtual tour and brochure for the open house. We met with them in person many times and called them even more times with questions, which they answered patiently and good-naturedly. Their hard work and contacts paid off because the home sold after its first and only open house! They guided us through the escrow process and were present at the closing, again giving us important guidance.

We are very grateful to them and believe it was their combined expertise that enabled us to sell our house so quickly and painlessly.”

Marvin and Frances Char

In August 2008, amidst all the dire housing and economic forecasts, I was impatient to undertake the search for a new home. As anyone who has embarked on this mission can avow, it can be a simultaneous exercise in forbearance and futility while relying on the guidance of a Realtor, whom you hope is knowledgeable enough to navigate you safely through a tempestuous market. How fortunate for me to have walked into Foster Realty that day and been introduced to Jayne Peterson. Jayne immediately arranged property appointments that corresponded and complemented my criteria. Within the week I submitted an offer and Jayne handled the rest, always available for any questions or concerns that arose. From submission, through escrow, to closing, Jayne was the consummate professional and, luckily for me, the knowledgeable Realtor. Who better to entrust to administer the sale of my condo in this crazy market? For me, there was no one more qualified or trusted more than Jayne. Within five days of placing it on the market, we had our first offer.

I absolutely recommend, if you are looking for an agent with the know-how to jump start the possibilities, coordinate the various itineraries and land you safely on your path to tomorrow, look no further than Foster Realty and Jayne Peterson. Mahalo Jayne for everything!”

– Sally Staley

“Melody worked with my wife for two days examining properties over the course of a week; and through that, we were able to determine that our preconceptions were a bit off. Nevertheless, in ensuing dates, my wife and Melody were able to narrow the prospective houses to a handful when I was finally called on to help in giving my meager consent.
Through Melody’s efforts, and later her husband’s we were able to narrow the list to just a few and George proved his worth in negotiating with the seller in making slight (no doubt costly) changes to the new home we settled on. Furthermore, their assistance in working with our shipper helped us keep the costs of our container from increasing as well. It was this help that really helped us make the transition from renter to homeowner smooth. A further form of help that was totally unexpected very thoughtful on their part was accompanying us in the final stages of buying our home. They came with us to the ‘walk through’ helping us to identify what we needed to be aware of in that task. They even took the extra time to go with us to the closing which was a great morale booster. It helped immeasurably to have someone help us interpret the mounds of paperwork we received and signed. Their assistance helped us make the transition much smoother all the way around.

In short, we are more than happy with the service we received and have no reservations to call on them for any kind of assistance in real estate.”

– Danny Wyatt, Maili, HI

“Melody and George,
So much gratitude, where do I begin?
Firstly, your market analysis was spot on. You knew the value of my property better than anyone, even myself.
Secondly, George, when it comes to selling real estate in Hawaii you are a non-resident’s dream. You knowingly navigated me through the multiple obstacles of Hawaiian construction, artfully determining and then negotiating the best value for the work needed, and unwaveringly supervising all work performed. Your efforts were invaluable to the prompt sale of my property. Without your help I would have lost much time and spent untold sums on airfares. Based on results, I soon learned that I could always count on you, treating you as a valued business partner.
Thirdly, you both gave me sage and ethical advice, the focus always being on building a win-win scenario. We wanted the same thing, to sell the home in good condition to terrific people at a fair price with mutual respect and cooperation between seller and buyer.
Fourthly, your communication was prompt, frequent, and concise. You stripped tedium to a minimum, properly discerning between what needed my immediate attention and what did not.
Lastly, your ad campaign quickly attracted a buyer with a no-nonsense offer and terrific credit.
The end result was an expeditious sale at a fair price to a wonderful buyer with minimal effort on my part. Throughout the experience, I never felt that I was working under a recessive real estate market. Even with the surprises that generally come with any property sale, you held the course steady to its profitable conclusion. As a non-resident of Hawaii, when it comes to selling or buying property in Hawaii, I could not imagine working with any other agents. Simply put, in my book, you’re the best.. ”

– Eric Rigney, Los Angeles CA

Pat and I wish to thank you most sincerely for the excellent work you have done for us in selling our condo.
You are a top-notch person and Realtor, and I say this from our experience in selling and buying other properties over the years. It is a pleasure to give you our highest recommendation. Thank you, again, Jayne, for everything.”

– Marilee and Pat Stockdill