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Aloha members of the Gretchen Lambeth Club: I hope everyone has at least an experience as rewarding as mine has been.

Gretchen does not let any grass grow under her feet once she gets going. We decided on my needs and desires and went from there. In about six weeks we closed on my new home in Kona.

Thank you Gretchen and all involved for your caring and expertise when I most needed it.

~ Norma J.

Thank you, Gretchen for getting the condo sold for a reasonable price. We are relieved to have it gone!

~ Brooke and Reid

We wanted to thank Gretchen for selling our home so quickly. We needed someone who understood our situation, she took care of everything for us, and we are so grateful for everything she did!

~ Jim & Wende

Thanks for all your help! You really made the buying process easy for us. We know that at times we were probably being unrealistic, however you continued to be patient with us and walk us through all the options. It was a pleasure working with you and we will refer family and friends to you.


Korey and Laura

My wife and I are so thrilled with our recent house sale. We got a full price offer on the first day and closed the following month! This happened because Gretchen guided us through the process of what it takes to prepare for the sale. So much of the upfront work like, cleaning, painting where needed, making sure everything presents well helped us to secure and make the sale. All the hard work paid off! I highly recommend Gretchen and Hawaiian Isle Reality.

~ Alister Randell

I am very impressed with your professionalism in every aspect of our transaction.  Your communications were always prompt & articulate.  You are a wealth of information & an expert on Kona real estate.  Your work ethic, knowledge, skill sets and personality are outstanding.  It was great having you as quarterback on our winning team!  I highly recommend your services!

~ Warmenhoven/Ghosn

Angela and I were very happy to use your services. You really helped us find what we needed and make the process simple. We definitely plan on keeping up with the market and using your advice.

Thanks for everything!

~ Burke/Fletcher

Aloha Gretchen! It was a pleasure getting to meet & work with you. I am very impressed with your professionalism in every aspect of our transaction. Your communications were always prompt, & articulate. You are a wealth of information & expert on Kona real estate. Your work ethic, knowledge, skill sets, & personality were outstanding. It was great having you as quarterback on our winning team. Anyone interested in a Kona real estate transaction definitely needs to consult with you. I HIGHLY recommend your services!

We are currently in communication with Jeni on pursuing a real estate mgmt. contract for our unit.



We would highly recommend Gretchen to anyone who is looking at buying or selling property on the Big Island. Having only vacationed on the Big Island once we were grateful to have had Gretchen as our agent. Her knowledge of the market and area was very impressive.  She responded quickly to all of our e-mails and phone calls and having spent only 3 weeks on the Island there were a lot of them. Gretchen helped us find a place to rent before we arrived here and had all of the information we needed to start our journey to become permanent residents. After spending a short time with her she knew exactly what we were looking for in a home and found us the perfect one. The whole process of moving from Alaska to Hawaii, which seemed overwhelming at times, was made easy by her expertise, professionalism and enthusiasm as an agent.


Cliff and Lana

We wanted to thank you for all the support you gave us during the short sale transaction of our condo at Kona Bali Kai.

It was a much more difficult procedure than we realized.  Your professionalism and commitment went above and beyond our expectations.

When we received our foreclosure letters from the bank we panicked not knowing what was next. You kept us calm and always reassured us that the transaction was moving in the right direction.

You came highly recommended for short sale for a reason…. we trusted you 100% of the way!

Thanks Gretchen for a job well done!

~ J & J

Gretchen is dedicated to finding the perfect property for each of her clients. She listened to me describe exactly what I wanted and then hung in with me for more than a year, searching diligently. Mahalo Gretchen! I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.

~ S. Sakai

Gretchen really listened closely to the sort of property I described that I was interested in buying. She then went out of her way to tailor my search to what I wanted and could afford. Gretchen was always prepared when we met, used our time wisely, and was a pleasure to deal with at all times. (I believe that pleasant, respectful attitude is called the Aloha spirit). Gretchen never abandoned me when I got into the wilds of securing financing. When it came time to remodel, Gretchen opened up her book of qualified people to me. Gretchen was always so gracious throughout the entire process – even when the process bordered on becoming an ordeal. I actually enjoyed my experience of purchasing property on the Big Island because of Gretchen’s skills, and I am pleased I know Gretchen for the long-haul. I recommend Gretchen without reservation to anyone interested in real estate on the Big Island of Hawaii.

~ Cheryl Flanagan

We want to thank you so much for handling the sale of our condo. Everything went unbelievably smooth thanks to your expertise.

Mahalo, Mahalo, Mahalo,

~ Colleen & Gary Caylor

A simple “Thank You” doesn’t quite convey our appreciation for the wonderful job you and your staff did in handling the purchase of our condo. We feel so fortunate to have been referred to you. I recall the first time we met in your office. As we walked out, I looked at Ron and said, “Wow, she’s great!” He quickly agreed.

From start to finish, your professionalism, expertise, and personalized support was unsurpassed. In today’s environment it’s refreshing to conduct business with someone so committed to customer service. Every time Ron or I had a question or concern, you replied promptly with the answers we needed – many times after hours or during the weekend. We appreciate how tech-savvy you are and loved being able to review and sign many of the documents electronically.

Gretchen, we will enthusiastically recommend you to friends or colleagues needing a realtor. You just have a way of making customers feel like they’re your most important clients. Thank you once again for handling our transaction perfectly! We hope to enjoy our condo for years to come.

Warmest Regards,

Ron and Janet Ford

We just relocated to Kailua Kona, in January 2013, from New Zealand. We were fortunate to have Gretchen Lambeth recommended to us for the all important search for our new home. Our experience was extended over a 4 month time frame and viewing dozens of potential properties, but by placing our search in Gretchen’s hands we feel we saw the best options and have ended up with a very nice result.

In a few words, Gretchen is VASTLY EXPERIENCED, VERY KNOWLEDGABLE, and IN CLOSE CONTACT with western Big Island Real Estate. She has STUDIED MARKET TRENDS over many years and KNOWS THE OPTIONS.! Also, she was very helpful in DEFINING WHAT WE NEEDED, and HELPED US FOCUS.

She is a VERY HARD WORKER, and VERY SKILLED with documentation, offers, etc. Finally, she is both TENACIOUS, always looking for suitable homes, but at the same time PLEASANT TO WORK WITH!

We highly recommend Gretchen at HAWAIIAN ISLE REAL ESTATE. She is an Awesome RELIABLE REALTOR. !

Best Regards, Norm and Marion Moe

Mary and I would like to thank you for the excellent work you did selling our Kona Sea Ridge condominium. Your responsibilities were extensive and included not only selling but it also included remodeling and staging the condo. We were able to stay in California while you did all the leg work and coordinated the multiple contractors. You picked out the appliances, the carpeting, the ceiling fans and everything else we had to redo and then called the installers to set up installation. You were probably there to open the front door for them.

We also appreciated your keeping us up-to-date on the status of the sale and also trying to address any concerns we may have had. When issues did come up, you took full responsibility for quickly resolving them.

In the end you were able to get the sale quickly. The final selling price was more than we had hoped for. This was probably the most stress free real estate transaction that we have ever had.

Thank you Gretchen for your hard work and professionalism. It was a pleasure working with you.

~ Ray & Mary Basso

We have known Gretchen Lambeth for many years and have long admired her wisdom, integrity and professionalism. So when the time came for us to sell our Kona home, she was the obvious choice to be our Realtor.

Our home sale proved to be much more complicated than we expected, including legal issues, home repairs and problems with buyer financing, lost paperwork and escrow delays. She handled each issue quickly and directly, advising us on just what to do. We particularly appreciated the way she communicated with us continually so we always felt like she understood our concerns and was giving us all the information we needed.

Gretchen has been honored by her peers as West Hawaii Realtor of the Year, and there’s a good reason for that. They recognize that she’s the best – not just in the volume of sales, but in the way she treats her clients, employees, contractors and others she works with. We highly recommend her to anyone wanting to buy or sell a home in West Hawaii. Her knowledge of the market is second to none. Whether you need to buy or sell a starter home or a magnificent mansion she will make it happen for you.

~ Scott and Sandi Tompkins

My husband and I were looking for a home to buy here on the Island. I have always heard that Gretchen was the Realtor to go through. Gretchen was excellent, she managed to help us find our dream home. Gretchen is so dedicated to her clients and the follow up was fantastic, if there is something you need she is willing to go that extra mile to help you get what is needed for the lender etc., I would highly recommend Gretchen if you are interested in buying a home.

Mahalo, Heather & Alex Austin

Connections, Knowledge, Technology, and Personality were the four main attributes that made Gretchen the best choice for West Hawaii realtor. She had many great contacts for pre-sale preparation and house-staging and other steps in the process, and her vast experience over many years meant that she always could recommend the best choices within the community. She had the most complete knowledge of the local market and historical trends of sales and purchases of anyone I’ve ever selected, and she has extensive experience dealing with the potential pitfalls of a complex transaction. Her up-to-date technology use meant that processing could be completed quickly without being physically present, and she was always professional and on top of things, anticipating and reacting to each step along the way with efficiency and promptness. She was also a great local friend who was always cheerful and optimistic about our transaction(s); the latest one with her had multiple offers/buyers and closed in record time.

~ Tim Dirks

As an out-of-state buyer, I was not sure what to expect when trying to purchase a Kona property. Wow, Gretchen did a fantastic job and went above and beyond all expectations. The closing process was handled electronically and was flawless. Gretchen promptly answered any and all questions and the transaction went smoothly. Highly Recommend!”

~ Steve & Maggie

Although I’m glad you got our home sold, I sure miss the interaction with you. I have been trying to write the perfect mahalo but it kept going too long because you do so many things so well. We now compare all listing photos, property descriptions, open house presentations, and even television shows to you. We’ll say, “this house would have sold if Gretchen had the listing.” Or, “Gretchen would have called us back by now.” Or simply, “how would Gretchen do this?” What I’m saying is, to us, knowing most of the Kona realtors extremely well, and now in a new market on the mainland, Gretchen Lambeth is the GOLD STANDARD!

Thanks so much

~ Laurel and Kirk

It was a pleasure to work with Gretchen and her team on the recent sale of our home. Gretchen is confident in her marketing plans and definitely knows how to get results. Within five days of the MLS listing we had multiple offers and a signed contract. Follow Gretchen’s expert advice and accept her guidance, you won’t be sorry.

~ Karin & Scott: Cannon Beach, OR

Selling a condo in this market was difficult but Gretchen made it the best it could be. Her knowledge of the market, her staging, and her willingness to “get it ready” in my absence (while I was thousands of miles away) was great. Her use of electronic technology enabled me to quickly sign and transmit documents from Connecticut (even over the Thanksgiving holiday). With her fabulous photos, my unit was only listed 48 hours before I had an all cash offer. If you are planning to list your property, do what she says – it’s worth it!

~ Heather Beljean

My husband and I became fans of Gretchen before we ever thought of selling our home. We followed her newsletters and kept current with the market for several years. Her savvy business sense and exceptional knowledge of the Island and housing market is truly impressive. When I found myself needing to sell our wonderful home after the death of my husband, Gretchen was my go-to agent. She streamlined the whole process and secured a winning closing price… in spite of the fallen market. Gretchen is your woman, no matter if you’re selling OR buying!

~ Kennette

You not only sold our condo in no time at all but saved us from having any due diligence re-negotiations by using the prelisting home inspection so the buyers knew everything about the condo. The process was as painless as could be. You’re the WOMAN!

~ J & E Knister

Buying a condo in Hawaii had been a goal of ours for the last year, but navigating the options was overwhelming. HOA fees, leased land, short sales and more made it seem like a very big risk to know which one to buy. Having Gretchen guide us and hone our options down to the ones that worked, it made the final choice obvious and certain. She is like having a district attourney on your side. Very professional, very knowlegable and she keeps you informed and prepared each step of the way. Two of our friends are now using her services and they also noticed how hard she works and how well she knows the market here.

~ Darrel and Renate Whitcomb

Thanks for all of your help. Efficiency and attention to detail are so often absent, it is a joy to work with you, my dear.

~ Edy Campbell

When it comes to knowing the Real Estate Market in the Hawaiian Islands, Gretchen is the person you want to be working with! My wife and I had been talking for a while about what sort of property would suit us. Gretchen was able to guide us though this journey we were on to find the perfect home for our family. She is very patient and encouraging and always available for our questions! She is very confident and truly loves what she does!

Thank you for making our dream come true!

~ Alister & Jade

Aloha Kona Property Owners:

We would like to share with you our recent experience in selling our Kona home.

We interviewed several local brokers and selected Gretchen Lambeth.

She was the only one who exhibited that combination of personality and professionalism that we wanted. Gretchen’s knowledge of the local market is comprehensive and in combination with her technological skills she is able to present market data in formats that are thorough and easy to understand.

She has developed effective working relationships with all of the local professionals who support the real estate business. And she was very willing to tell us who she thought was the best plumber, electrician, appraiser, attorney, surveyor, etc. and she will arrange for them to contact you.

She also provided free staging of our home. It took her over 8 hours of packing and toting materials into our home but, when she was finished our home was truly “market ready”.

We just could not have been more pleased with all aspects of her performance from listing presentation to closing!

~ Karon & John Wesolowski

From the moment we met Gretchen we knew that she would be our Realtor/Broker of choice. She handled our transaction in a totally efficient, professional and ethical manner. Moreover,she is warm, nonjudgmental and a lot of fun.

~ I & K Wilde


February 8th, 2011:

I met Gretchen during the summer of 2009 after moving to Kona as a full time resident in April 2009. I had owned in Kona since 1999 but had not lived here locally until then.

My goal was to determine if my Wife and I wanted to:

A: Stay put in our existing ocean view condo.

B: Move to a bigger/better condo

C: Move to a house – and sell/not sell our existing condo

AND – What the heck was going to happen with the market in the future??

No person has the crystal ball to effectively answer accurately but Gretchen provides the necessary tools and patience required for the answer to evolve.

  1. Knowledge: Gretchen lives, breaths and probably dreams real estate? As an Engineer I want data – charts – graphs, etc. I received them in record time.
  2. Responsiveness: We have all had a realtor that promises responsiveness. When Gretchen sets a time she will be there, on time and ready to go. When another party (other realtor, finance person, etc. is not pulling their weight Gretchen will professionally repair the issue. She operates 24×7 and will be there when needed (in person, on the phone or over email as appropriate).
  3. Industry Leader: Gretchen is well known to all realtor’s in Kona so if you are looking for an informed source she will know it or find out if it can be found. Her motto: “never underestimate the power of a redhead” is right on!
  4. Tactfulness: Gretchen will tell you her opinion if asked but in a positive manner. She reads a client and understands how to approach and work with them for a win win end solution. She knows she does not have a crystal ball and readily separates facts, educated guesses and rumors from incoming information.
  5. You want a Realtor that at least pretends to like your jokes. Gretchen not only pretends to like them but actually appears to appreciate them (or at least has me fooled that she does?).

End result: After a year of looking we came across the right Ocean Front Condo at the Kona Bali Kai complex and closed quickly despite the Foreclosure Bank Owned Status and the selling realtor being out of state and not available for Phone conversations 90% of the time.

Regards – Lynn Noffsinger

My husband, Geoff & I , Hilo-Town folks, were affected by the downturn in the economy just like everybody else. We had purchased a Kailua-Kona property, we had decided that when the market was right we would sell a condo unit we had purchased. I had been receiving Gretchen’s Newsletter that she mailed Island Wide for a couple of years. I was impressed by her marketing savvy and contacted her. She graciously invited me to meet with her to talk about the state of the market. That was more than two years ago.

She had printed out the area real estate statistics and during our almost two hour consultation helped us to the conclusion that spring of 2009 was not the time to sell. We stayed in touch and we met once more to go over the statistics, and again she helped us to see that spring of 2010 was not the time to sell. We appreciated that she wouldn’t tell us what we wanted to hear unless she truly believed that it was so. By the late summer of 2010 a glimmer of hope, she felt there would be a chance, maybe even a good chance that we could sell.

Now even with close to 300 condominiums on the market at that time, we did not hesitate to trust her opinion and abilities and decided to sell. She swung into action, the unit was readied, cleaned, necessary repairs attended to quickly and appraised fairly with her at the unit to promote all of its special features. Then we received a call – and it was Gretchen asking if we could have a real estate caravan come through right then even though the unit wasn’t quite all staged. She encouraged the exposure, as the next caravan in the complex would be weeks away. We said “absolutely” and buyers came in with an agent on caravan and she negotiated the sale. We couldn’t have expected anything better than that! Thank you Gretchen!!

In summary:

1. She told it “like it was” and graciously gave informed advice even though it forestalled an immediate attempt at a sale for her early on.

2. She was happy to update us on the market whenever we asked.

3. When the time was right she was professional, enthusiastic & timely .

4. Aggressive without being pushy.

5. Informed of caravan activity, which was a deal maker for us.

6. The actual sale process was a dream. Hourly or daily monitoring and up-dates as necessary. Any sales-related issues were addressed and resolved immediately.

Would we do business with Gretchen again? The answer is that we will be doing business with her again. Hopefully very soon.

~ D & G Casburn, Hilo

We have been so blessed to have Gretchen Lambeth as our Realtor. She came highly recommended from several sources, but little did we know how efficient and professional she is. The selling of our Condo in the worst of times was done in record time, at our asking price, and without any contingencies. From the time we first talked to Gretchen, through the close of escrow we were amazed at how fast and thorough she performed the important tasks that got the job done.

We certainly understand why she received the distinguished award of  “Broker of the Year.”

It is also worth mentioning that she is a vivacious young women with a wonderful personality. Our family is forever grateful to Gretchen. In fact we are so pleased with the outcome that we will be happy to talk to anyone who is considering Gretchen to represent them as a buyer or seller of any Real Estate transaction.

~ Burda

Gretchen, there are no words to express our appreciation for the wonderful service you provide to your clients. Your knowledge of the market trends and help in pricing our unit was the ticket to a successful and FAST sale. Your staging presented our property to the very best advantage. When seller’s follow YOUR lead, they will be happy with the results!

~ B. & H.  Beljean:  Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Thank you so much for guiding us through the sale of our condo. It is because of your knowledge and expertise that we were able to sell our condo in such a relatively short time even in this tight economy. I appreciated your regular newsletter updating us on the condition of the real estate market in Hawaii…especially since I was living off island. I always felt you were looking out for my best interest and your quick response to any questions or ‘problems’ that arose made me feel as though I was always a priority. I would highly recommend you to anyone needing the assistance of a real estate professional.

~ D. Andrade, VT

Short sales are a reality of real estate life these days. Unlike traditional sales they require different terminology, strategy, and lots of patience for all parties involved. I can’t say enough about how Gretchen handled the sale of our unit encompassing all of her knowledge in this specific area and used her inside connection with our lender. This process could have ended is disaster, but Gretchen pulled us all together and we sold our place to a happy new buyer while avoiding foreclosure. Once again I can’t thank you enough!!!

~ Former homeowner in Kona

I never imagined homeownership but as home prices continued to drop, my dream of buying a home began to come alive. Gretchen had more patience than anyone I’ve known and worked diligently to find a place that would work for us. I never would have gotten through this without her. She’s the absolute best!
~ Eaton

I don’t know what I would have done without Gretchen. She was great, and just kept pushing that paper until she closed a short sale for me. I would highly recommend her for your real estate needs, and I would not hesitate to call on her when looking for a real estate agent. Thank you so much, Gretchen.

~ Harrison

Gretchen and her staff along with their terrific marketing campaign really made the difference in selling our oceanfront condo. She successfully sold and closed the escrow for us in just 70 days! Every interaction with Hawaiian Isle was pleasant and professional . . . we definitely recommend them!
~ CW: Boring, OR

Gretchen was exactly what we needed! After being on the market for a year, we listed our lot with Gretchen and she put it into escrow in only 15 days. She analyzed the market, the area, and the land and told us exactly what needed to be done. She and her team are fantastic: professional and proactive. The close of escrow was seamless due to the attention to detail and preparation taken beforehand.
~ Castro: Orinda, CA

Gretchen we loved your get it done attitude. The time and effort you put into our condominium purchase from start to finish was outstanding. We feel that we have a new friend in Kona who just happens to be a great realtor. Mahalo

~ Cusick: Wenatchee, Washington

My husband and I are both real estate brokers in California. We invest in different states and have very high expectations when dealing with other agents. Gretchen is the best we have ever dealt with; her team is professional and responds quickly. Maybe it is the red hair. Call Gretchen if you would like to talk to us personally, she has our cell phone numbers.

~ Jones: Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Gretchen removed our fears of purchasing off island, with her knowledge, integrity and walking us through every aspect of our purchase. Through e-mail, Gretchen educated us about the history of the various condo projects, from construction to rental history’s. Gretchen e-mailed us pictures she herself took at our request of various condo’s. Gretchen saved us hours and days by showing us only the listings that met our specific needs. She went above and beyond for us; she made our 27-year dream a reality. Mahalo, Gretchen!
~ D & J: Brookings, OR

My associates at work were amazed when I described the level of professionalism and service that Gretchen provides to all her Sellers and Buyers. After multiple transactions with her as our family’s agent, I know we will never use anyone else on the Island
~ Kane: Kailua-Kona, HI

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