I wanted a real estate agent on Maui who had the requisite expertise and experience, who would really work for us, and who was not going to pressure us into buying something that wasn't for us. I absolutely hate to be pressured or have someone try to con me into buying something I don't want. I thoroughly investigated agents online and oddly enough looked at their pictures to see who might fit that description. Karen caught my attention, because she had such glowing reviews and her picture seemed to display her true island attitude. We met a few weeks later and started our search for our new home. Karen showed us about 12 homes over the course of 2 weeks. She did not pressure us in any way, and in fact pointed out things that were potential negative aspects, such as if a pool needed repairs, the countertop had burn marks, the carpets were worn, or appliances were dated. If there were vacant areas nearby, she either knew what was going to be built or she found out. She understood what was important to us. If she hadn't seen a house prior to showing it to us, she would research it beforehand to determine if it was something that would be a good fit. Once we found our house, Karen negotiated the price for us and helped us fashion our somewhat unique purchase agreement with the seller's agent. We left the island and from that point forward, she handled everything for us. She arranged for the pest inspection. She arranged for the overall inspection and was there when it occurred. She called several times to keep us informed, and reminded us of important dates. Even after the house closed and Karen was leaving for a much deserved vacation, she told us to text or email her if we needed anything while she was gone. Karen is simply the best...an extraordinary real estate agent and a genuine person.
Buyer from 2017
We were referred to Karen through a family friend and it was one of the best referrals we have ever received! We couldn't have been happier with Karen! She works quickly and is very knowledgeable about the real estate market in Maui. She figured out our likes and dislikes very quickly and helped us to find the perfect property. She did a fantastic job on getting all of questions answered (and there were a lot since we were new to the market!) as well as resolving some concerns that came up in regards to the property. Karen has also been a great resource for referrals on the island for insurance, housekeeping & repairs. We couldn't recommend anyone more then Karen!
Jackie and John
We found Karen while inquiring about a short sale unit in Kehei. For several months she worked on our behalf in a very complicated short sale. It was a frustrating, long process, exacerbated by our being on the mainland, but thanks to Karen and her knowledge and persistence we actually succeeded in the sale! Many other agents would have tried to talk us into other potential sales, but Karen knew our needs and limits and did an awesome job. All our dealing were long distance by phone and email, and Karen kept everyone informed during the process.Even after closing, she was "at our service" answering our questions and sending us to those folks who could help us in our remodels and repairs. We are happy to recommend her to anyone. Karen takes customer service to a new level.
Mary and Tom
What a pleasure it was to work with Karen at Maui Earth Realty, Our home search took us a year to find our perfect home in Maui's hot real estate market and Karen was there with us every step of the way, She was very diligent and asked questions of buyers that I never would of thought to ask. She covers all the details and makes the buying experience stress free! I definitely recommend her for all your Maui real estate needs.
Tracy McGuire- Kihei
For Maui real estate finding the 'right' agent is critical and Karen certainly is the 'right star' when it comes to finding your dream property and guidance thru the transactional process. She is the kind of person you can trust to get things done. If she doesn't know, she finds out, and quickly. Karen is easy to get on with and I definitely feel comfortable recommending her and Maui Earth Realty.
This was my first purchase with Karen although I have purchased other properties on Maui . She had genuine concern for my needs while shopping for the home To close we encountered MANY obstacles mostly on the sellers side. She went above and beyond resolving them and always with a smile. After the sale she was still there helping. I can't say enough about her true professionalism. Karen is the one to call. Thank You Karen, you are my lifetime Realtor!!
You've been terrific. Jeff and I have commented many times on how lucky we were to locate you. You were on top of our process every step of the way, always looking out for our best interests. You were very resourceful and provided terrific service! Thank you again for doing the upmost possible for us! We are very happy with the new home, and I look forward to seeing you on a future trip to Maui.
Best, Deb Rothrock
Having experienced the services of other real estate agents, we consider ourselves lucky to have found Karen. With seemingly remarkable ease, Karen is on top of things at all times, and takes care of problems before you're even aware they are problems. We plan to trust Karen with all of our Maui real estate transactions in the future.
Margaret Arwood and David Kvasnicka
Karen Williamson loves Maui and shares that love gererously, she guided us, educated us and was patient with us as we sorted through the complexities of Maui real estate. Now we have our new beautiful home in paradise and a new friend here on Maui also!
Mahalo Karen, we sing your praises to all!
Ken Travers , Bob Harris
I highly recommend Karen Williamson as the realtor of my choice on Maui. Karen found my condo after I had been searching the MLS for years. She was very accommodating and worked with me whenever I was on the island. The transaction was done long distance over seas so she did more that required to do. She was very concise and explained everything clearly to me, in an orderly fashion. As I got many documents over the fax and emailed to me it could of been overwhelming. But is was not, she handled it beautifully and things went smoother than I could of imagined. I can hardly wait to cash out here in California and use her again for another place. Thanks to Karen
Dear Karen,Working with you was a wonderful experience. Mark and I appreciate all of your help in finding us the perfect condo in Kihei. We were impressed with your prompt attention in returning every e-mail and phone call. Your kind nature and friendly manner helped to ease our nerves; being Canadians buying in the United States for the first time. Our two week vacation went smoothly as you accomodated our early morning or late evening appointments so we could spend all day at the beach. Your vast knowledge of the market and finding a home inspector made our purchace a stress-free experience. Should we need a realtor in the future you will be our first choice.
Thanks so much and best wishes,
Annette and Mark Gjini
Karen was awesome, she walked me through buying my house from begining to end, I felt completely comfortable and looked after. She is an excellent negotiator and we got a good deal. I was at home in California through much of the transaction and Karen took care of all the documents in a timely manner explaining everything very clearly. Even after the escrow was closed she was still helping me! I will use Karen for all my Maui real estate transactions.
Karen Williamson was the perfect choice for a realtor, she listed and sold my condo on Maui for more than top dollar in a market inundated with properties in my price range. Karen is patient, professional, assertive and very knowledgable. I recommend Karen Williamson wholeheartedly as a real estate agent.
Aloha Karen, I just wanted to thank you so very much for the job you did in my Real Estate transaction in Hawaii. As a Realtor in Arizona and California, I know how difficult this business can be. I appreciate the time, effort, and customer service that you provided me in my Real Estate purchase in Kihei. You were so responsive to all my needs in this transaction. I know that when I decide to put my property on the market, you will be the first person that I contact.
Tom L. Belk - Arizona
The service that we got from Karen Williamson was exceptional. She was up front and honest, met our needs and did I mention got full price on our unit in 3 days!!!!!! She went out of her way to make sure we were informed through out the process and was an absolute pleasure to work with. She is highly recommended as a Realtor and as a person
Bill and Denise Baxter - Seattle Washington
Karen is the best! Buying or selling real estate can be a stressful and often difficult and emotional process. I can truly say that Karen made the whole process of buying a home in Kihei enjoyable and relatively stress free. Karen showed us a variety of potential homes, from condos to multiple unit properties. We found her to be very knowledgeable about the properties, the area, and local resources. We especially appreciated her "no pressure", accepting attitude. In short, Karen is an absolute joy to work with. In addition to an extensive knowledge of everything from construction issues to gardening which she freely shares, Karen has a great sense of humor and it is a pleasure just to be with her. She is detail oriented and dedicated to finding the best for her clients. She referred us to many wonderful people to both assist with our property evaluation and purchase, as well as with additional work that needed to be done on our property after our purchase. We are so happy to have found her to work with and highly recommend her to anyone who needs a wonderful and knowledgeable realtor.
Marriage, Divorce and buying a House are the top three things that are the most stressful and nerve wracking experiences you can be exposed to in life.
My wife and I have been visiting Maui for the last 20 plus years and decided it was time to stop talking about it and pull the trigger and go house shopping. When crunching numbers with our financial person, he advised strongly to get the best, top shelf Real Estate agent you can find. And we did. Even with a year or more of study on our own of the Kihei market and gathering facts and figures, Karen Williamson took us on a week long tour of some homes we picked out plus a few others that she was familiar with. The real estate market in Hawaii and especially Maui is confusing if you try to compare it to where you're coming FROM. It in its own world.
Karen was with us all the way and then some. She dedicated an enormous amount of time to keep us on track. She's no newbie to the area and real estate sales and that was clearly in evidence. As a career salesperson myself (not real estate) she did nothing but impress me. Karen has an approach that keeps your confidence level in check and you need that when you're in an unfamiliar area that really has been nothing more than a tourist stop for you until now. Karen conducted herself as a total, full knowledge professional yet kept the atmosphere informal, fun and comfortable throughout the process.
We made an offer which, after a minor bit of price and terms haggling, was accepted. Karen stayed with us from beginning to end and afterwards. She kept the communications at high level all the time. No disappearing acts or chasing and relentless waiting for call backs.
Karen and Maui Earth hit all the marks. No question.
I can't say enough about Karen Williamson as a competent professional and a person of high integrity. She made our real estate searches and transactions enjoyable. She's happy to do the many parts of her job and also happy to help others understand the complicated world of real estate.
Karen was consistently responsive throughout the long search for our perfect home.When we had questions (and we had a lot of them), she had thorough, honest answers. If she didn't have an answer she found it for us - days, nights, weekends and holidays.
We always felt that Karen took a personal interest in us. She was patient and persistent but never pushy. She knows when to stay close and when to step back and give time to think and talk over our options.
We highly recommend Karen Williamson as a real estate professional and a neighbor. With a lifetime of experience on the island, she knows about all things Maui and is always eager to understand new things. She's an absolute gem.
Purchasing a home is a stressful process, buying one from over 3000 miles away while living in Seattle can be doubly stressful, but Karen of Maui Earth Realty made the whole experience stress free, easy and painless.
Karen was simply fantastic. She was extremely sweet, kind, informative, organized and efficient with all the myriad of things necessary when buying a home.
Dealing with service companies in my own 31 year career as a Buyer with a major aerospace company, I can say that Karen is one of the best customer oriented persons I have ever dealt with. The service she provided was outstanding.
For me personally, there is one word that sums up what Hawaii is all about, its essence, it's soul and that is "Aloha" and hands down, Karen exudes and gushes the Aloha Spirit, both in her delightful and genuine personality and in her steadfast work.
Thank you so very very much Karen for making my wife's and I dream of living on Maui a very pleasant experience. An experience, that we consider a true blessing to us.
Mahalo Nui Loa!
Steve and I are soooo happy with our new home made possible by Karen. We live in California so we depended on her for closing the deal -she not only did this very successfully but did so much more-negotiating with the seller, assuring we were well informed and always made herself available!! We met Karen years ago and entrusted her to sell our first property here in Maui 9 years ago! She has successfully established herself as a top, first rate professional realtor and business owner. Congratulations, Karen, on your success- and you do it with so much finesse, professionalism and business knowledge. Cheers!
We recently had the pleasure of dealing with Karen Williamson as we sold our condo in Kihei. We were actually in the market for a realtor and were actively interviewing several on Maui when we received a letter from Karen expressing her client's interest in our property. From this simple letter a completely painless real estate transaction ensued. Karen is many things - knowledgeable, smart, and tenacious, amongst other attributes, but above all else, Karen is a lovely and genuine person. A personable warmth radiates through her, and you just KNOW that you're dealing with an honest and caring individual. What a great package!! We have bought and sold many properties on Maui over the last couple of decades, but my husband and I agree that this transaction was the least traumatic, smoothest process we've ever been through, because of Karen. Please use her services, you will not be disappointed. Thanks Karen, for everything!
If you are going to buy, or sell a home, in Maui you must get in touch with Karen Williamson at Maui Earth Realty before you make any final decisions. She has a wealth of knowledge that comes from living in Maui for 30+ years. She knows the nuances of the market inside and out taking great care to make sure she addresses all wants and needs - not an easy task. Buying a home can be extremely stressful, but Karen was able to mitigate all that stress and left us with a home that we adore at a price that we are conformable with.