Testimonials

Here are a few testimonials of what others have said:

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Having purchased and sold several properties with Gretchen’s assistance, we are continually impressed with her professionalism, courtesy and knowledge. Gretchen has our highest recommendation.

~ Kent and Eliza Kane


I always want one on one personal relationships with business associates where lasting friendships may develop. With Gretchen, I knew when first meeting her that this “hi-energy redhead” was the realtor I was looking for! She proved herself immediately, showing me places in my area of interest in a matter of days and finding one in a matter of weeks! And in the interim, a true friend has arisen and I am happy and grateful for that. I would recommend her highly to anyone on the property “hunt”.

~ Gaylord Asari


When we started looking at finding a Big Island realtor several years ago, we did what we always do- internet research and reading reviews. We found some glowing reviews of Gretchen, and decided to give her a call to view some properties. While we were not quite ready to purchase at that time, we knew we had found our realtor. Gretchen knew the ins-and-outs of all the properties and neighborhoods and we went back to the mainland knowing who we would be calling. Six months later, on our next trip to the Big Island, Gretchen showed us a condo that was perfect as an investment. Within three weeks, we closed on the property, decorated and furnished it, and, of course, there was no question who would be our property manager. Within days, Gretchen had a highly qualified tenant signed up and moved in!

Fast forward- last fall we made the decision to become full-time Big Island residents. Because the condo we owned did not allow dogs, we had to find a location that fit our needs as well as allowed us to bring our pups to the Island.  And we needed to sell our existing condo for the right price. And we needed to do a simultaneous closing on the sale and purchase. And we needed to do it quickly.  And within our budget. That’s a lot of “Ands”!  Long story short, Gretchen and her staff made it all happen with no detail overlooked.

Please do yourself a favor. If you want to purchase, sell, or have someone manage your property, give Hawaiian Isle Real Estate a call. Listen to what Gretchen says and take her advice. Do what she suggests that you do. She is a real pro. And, afterwards, you will probably find yourself writing one of these glowing testimonials for Gretchen!

Mahalo!

~ Rick and Peggy Benson


 

Gretchen Osgood is Realtor that represents buyer and sellers. She works for her clients everyday. Many realtors list property and wait for a sale, and in the intervening time send you a weekly email on how many views looked at your listing. Gretchen works at creating opportunities for her clients, sellers and buyers (even when the surf is up). If you want a Realtor that works like your Realtor on the mainland, she is it. You want a Realtor “Hawaiian-style” there are plenty available.

If you are just looking sign up for her quarterly report.
~ Brooks and Sharon Walls


Thank you Gretchen for giving us very accurate advice on the market and on pricing. Your insights got us an offer within 2-3 days of listing, and to the close of a complicated deal, while other comparable units remain unsold. We are so glad you were our realtor and for staying the course.

~ Matt and Joan Platz


Thanks again. You are my favorite realtor–always so helpful, quick to respond & professional!

~ Mary Simmons


When it comes time to sell your property there is no one with more expertise then Gretchen. We followed her advice about property improvements, pricing and inspection and our condo sold very fast. And that was in a crowded market! This is our first experience with her on the selling end of real estate and from start to finish it was smooth sailing!!

~ Tom and Heather Bandt


I am very pleased to write this outstanding testimonial for Gretchen Osgood, who recently completed the sale of a very complicated condo property in Kona. The condo needed to be completely rehabbed to get it ready for a sale. Since we live out of state, we hired Gretchen as the project manager for this extensive renovation. I thought one of the best things she did for us at the beginning of this, was to have her professional inspector come in and identify everything that needed to be done, which we did. Gretchen was in contact with us daily throughout the rehab process. The completed renovations were exceptional and immediately added value to the condo. Gretchen did an excellent job of marketing the property and got the property under contract at the highest price possible for us! Gretchen’s tenacity and knowledge of Hawaii’s escrow and land court system saved the day and we had a successful closing. Gretchen has my highest recommendation. She is a very hard worker, very professional, thoroughly knows the Kona residential market, great marketer, tough negotiator and is always with you step by step to the finish line. Plus, she is just a hoot to work with!

~ Beth DuPont


We found Gretchen to be very professional, prompt and to always do what she said she would do. She is highly efficient and very enthusiastic about real estate and customer service. We would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a Realtor.

~ Erin & Jack


Gretchen put my condo on the MLS at one of the highest list prices in the complex in recent years.  Six days later we had a full price cash offer and closed on 22 days after that.   I couldn’t be happier with the process and my results… thank you Gretchen!

~ Bruce Knechtges


Gretchen and I had worked together professionally for many years so I knew immediately when I needed to sell my home that she was the best for the job. From the start, Gretchen eased my stress by providing a thorough market analysis that helped us develop a strategy and set clear expectations. When my situation suddenly changed and I needed to sell the house quickly, Gretchen altered the strategy and delivered results. The escrow process on this transaction is when Gretchen’s expertise really paid off! I compared it to a mine field that Gretchen led me through with a calm and steady hand. Were it not for her, I would have stayed awake at night and the deal most likely would not have gone through. Gretchen proved without a doubt that she is the best!


Thanks to Gretchen I am now the proud owner of a beautiful home in Kona Highlands with a sound structure, updated amenities, and an incredible view of the Kona Coast. She demonstrates excellent skills in the areas of communication, negotiation, and time management. I was kept informed every step of the way. I even received emails and phone calls while she was away visiting relatives for the holidays. She was instrumental in helping me find financing and even let me use a computer in her office when I did not have a internet access. Gretchen is indeed a caring honest informed “real” estate agent. I highly recommend her.

~ John Michael Biery, retired Special Education Teacher.


We have had the pleasure of working with Gretchen on two home purchases in Kona and we will be listing a property with her in the near future. Gretchen and her staff are truly the best team you will find in Hawaii. She has a clear understanding of the market “as it is” and she understands where it is heading, allowing you as a home buyer/seller the clarity to make the best possible decision. She is professional, detail oriented and most importantly, quick to respond to questions or needs. I would not make any real estate decision in the local Kona market without obtaining her perspective. We absolutely recommend Gretchen Osgood and Hawaiian Isle Real Estate.

~ David & Danielle Marzocchi


Let me tell you how wonderful our experience selling our house with Gretchen Osgood as our Real Estate Agent was. She was very professional and well prepared for the presentation of our property to the public. All behind the scenes activities were taken care of very swiftly and with such care. Although our house was empty, her crew and inventory of staging items made the house warm and inviting to all who entered.

The best part of all was we had an almost full cash offer within a few days of going on the market. She negotiated the counter offer expertly. The transaction from going on the market to recording the new owners took less than 40 days. All I can say is “Thank you very much for the exceptional job and swift closing.”

~ Andrew & Leslie Woods


It is no wonder that Gretchen Osgood has been ranked as one of the best Realtors in Kona and in the State of Hawaii. We found out first hand how her full service realty business and personal attention to her clients can make the onerous task of buying a new home a pleasant and less stressful experience.We live in Washington State. Our daughter, son-in-law and 3 grandkids (and dog) were moving back to Kona from So. Cal. and upon a friends recommendation contacted Gretchen to find them the best available home at the best price for their family. We thought it might be difficult trying to find a house from the mainland without visiting Kona and seeing the houses for ourselves. After considering their needs as a family and our willingness to help finance a new home, Gretchen helped us find the perfect home for them and the perfect investment for us. We trusted Gretchen to find homes that met our needs and made an offer on a house Gretchen recommended. We reviewed the pictures on-line and followed Gretchen’s recommendations on the offer. We ended up with a great house at a reasonable price.

Gretchen was been extremely helpful through the whole process by sending us reminders of critical dates through closing, recommending local resources and advising us as how things were done in Kona. Although we closed in November and my daughters family is not moving in until January, Gretchen continues to assist us long-range in questions we have and resources we need. Her services and attention to us as clients did not end with the closing of the house. Thank you Gretchen for letting us be your clients.

~ Dave & Joanne Padgett


Mahalo to you, Gretchen. We are in the house of our dreams! (Well – beyond my wildest dreams at least!). Thanks for pointing us in the right direction. I really appreciated your style- introducing us to a big variety of properties, pointing out the pros and cons of each property and letting us make the final decision without any preferences indicated on your part. Mahalo, too, for the quick, easy and trouble-free sale of our condo. We recommend you highly!

With warm aloha,
Stone Wolfsong


We have worked with Gretchen Osgood for many years. At one time we owned three condominiums in Kailua-Kona. We happened to be on Gretchen’s mailing list, and after receiving a number of her comprehensive newsletters, we asked to meet with her for an overview of the real estate market at the time. She was gracious with her time and shared her expertise. A couple of years later we came to her to sell the first of the three. It sold during the economic downturn before it was on the open market. A couple years later she quickly sold the second, and she has just successfully sold the third. In each case the transactions were quick, clean and problem free. We will miss doing further business with her. If you need a Real Estate Agent, choose Gretchen!

~ Drucilla & Geoffrey Casburn


We are really looking forward to growing old in this house. It really was meant for us! Thanks again for everything!.

~ Danielle & David


We made a couple of trips out to Kona to help prepare the house for sale, and what we found is that you were a fount of knowledge–about the local housing market, about prices, about ocean views, about trends, about who might be attracted to a rather unusual house with its Shoji doors, and about what needed to be done to give the house its best advantage and curb appeal.  We listened to you and are glad we did.

So, when the house went on the market, you pulled out all the stops–you hired a professional copywriter to captivate potential buyers with verbal imagery that was enticing and intriguing, and you hired a professional photographer to take images of the house that were inviting and alluring, and you developed a strategic marketing plan including a “roll out” and special attention via a weekly caravan of realtors who are checking new properties for potential clients.

We received several offers, and you helped guide us through deciding what was important and what was drivel   Indeed, there were frustrating moments as buyers would make a proposal and then do gyrations that would turn their initial offers on their heads.  But you helped keep the eye on the ball and we were reassured that there was a buyer or buyers out there who would see our house and recognize its rather unique attributes.  And, that is what has happened.

So, today we do the final recording of the deed transferring ownership of our Kona house to its new owners.  You have been always available, always steadfast, and always reliable, and always right on the money.

~ Ronald Martinson


Well, there is not a whole lot to say about our home selling experience with Gretchen other than to use the word “Great”.  When we signed on with Gretchen we expected an experience that would be held to a higher standard and that is exactly what we received.  All went very smooth and trouble free from signing of the contract to the closing of escrow; We were very please with our experience with Gretchen, would use her again in the future should the need arise and would recommend her to anyone else looking for a very favorable, trouble free real estate  transaction.

~ Jim & Connie


Thank you for your follow-up and for handling our home sale as professionally as you did.  All the best to you in your future endeavors.

Regards,

Dennis Cintas


You and your staff did such an excellent job in handling the purchase of our new condo!  We look forward to continuing to work with your organization.  Mahalo!

~ Rick and Peggy Benson


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