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Katie Minkus, R(B)


Broker-in-Charge, Big Island (13 years experience)

Listing Agent,
Luxury Oceanfront Vacation Homes

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"I wasn't born in Hawaii, but I got here as fast as I could!" A native of Los Gatos, CA, Katie knows first hand about the courage it takes to uproot and adventure into the unknown. An avid world traveler Katie thrives on the thrill of discovery, the humility of expanding her "typical American" viewpoint and the joy of returning home to the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii. With her B.A. from UCLA, Ms. Minkus sold hardware in the computer industry and "survived" the 1990's dot-com boom and bust in the Silicon Valley. She also holds a Master's Degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University, something Katie says serves her well as Broker-in-Charge of Hawaii Life Real Estate Services, LLC. Katie exercises her belief in the concept of malama ke 'aina by volunteering for several community organizations focused on creatiing affordable housing, preserving open space, and maintaining shoreline access for everyone. Katie also sits on the Kona Board of Realtors Board of Directors - where she serves as the Secretary and serves on the Technology and Finance Committees In her highly-valued "spare" time, Katie enjoys yoga, camping, collecting wine, discovering "secret" Big Island beaches, four wheeling, dancing, hiking, and can often be found communing with the honu in Puako.

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Ratings & Reviews


11/08/2011 - Cliff Pappas
Sold a home in 2011.

I had been trying to sell this lot in Kohala for years and finally listed with Hawaii Life... Katie Minkus and her staff were aggressive and helpful with ideas to market and sell this property. Jan Nores put together a deal with a client she had been working with. It took a lot of negociating, but it produced a very qualifed buyer. This was important in this owner finance situation. Julie and the office staff were on top of constantly changing terms and correspondence. I am very satisfied with the level of service and follow up....  More Less 

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Response from Katie on 11/09/2011

Aloha Cliff, thank you so much for the kind review! We appreciate it!! But more importantly, we're so thrilled that we were able to sell your lot and that you are happy with the result! It took longer and was more complicated than we had hoped, but ultimately, we got the job done! Hope to see you on Kauai one of these days soon..



10/09/2011 - frederickja
Sold a home in 2010.

The Hawaii Life team did the impossible. They sold oceanfront property in a down market during the slow selling season getting the price I wanted while dealing with a crazy tenant. The property was in it's glory during the 80's so it had become a tad "worn." Their advice on what to spend money on (and what not to spend money on!) to make the place sellable to a high end buyer was spot on. They know how to stage property for sale, they know how to properly segment the market to find qualified buyers, and they have an impressive personal network of brokers and buyers they can tap into. Within days of signing the contract we had potential buyers already walking the property. Impressive.

I interviewed 4 brokers and came away most impressed with Hawaii Life. They are a young company but they have a level of energy and drive you don't see in many of the established brokers on the island, including those touted as being the "top sellers." Oddly enough, not one of those purported "top sellers" brought a single prospect to the table. I believe I'd still be sitting on this property if I hadn't gone with Hawaii Life.

Thanks Katie, Pattie and Jan!
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Response from Katie on 10/10/2011

Aloha Jeff... Mahalo nui loa for such a wonderful review! It was absolutely our pleasure and honor to sell the "family home" in Puako Beach. You were so great to work with and we are thrilled to have met your expectations! Warmest aloha, Katie



09/27/2011 - Boyce Brown
Bought a home in 2010.

I had been working with Katie Minkus for some time trying to locate ranch acreage on the Big Island. When the perfect acreage came on the market as part of a six lot subdivision near Kamuela, it was necessary to move very fast and at the same time coordinate a relatively complicated transaction. As the first sale in the subdivision, all of the paperwork had to be negotiated and then generated on a rigid timetable. The sale contract, the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, the short term note and mortgage, formation documents for the community association and the association bylaws all had to be negotiated and coordinated electronically between Hawaii, Texas and Washington DC. It was a trouble free, seamless effort and I credit the team Katie Minkus assembled to oversee everything. It was a very pleasant experience dealing with intelligent professionals.  More Less 

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Response from Katie on 11/09/2011

Aloha Boyce. Mahalo for the review!! We are so happy that you and your family were able to find such an amazing property that will surely become a legacy holding for your 'ohana. I'm glad we were able to provide you with a high level of SMART service to get the job done! We're looking forward to the property blessing next time you're on island... warm aloha, Katie


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