"Kim is truly one of a kind. You can tell she really loves her job and genuinely cares about the real estate industry. From our first conversation with Kim, she showed interest and passion in our wants and needs. She never deviated from what our priorities are and at the same time provided us with realistic goals. Every contract we put in she was very helpful with suggestions in the current market environment. There were moments that my wife and I wanted to give up in this unprecedent market but Kim always kept us focused and determined. I joked with Kim all the time, saying that she is more of my Psychiatrist/Consular then a Realtor. Kim will always reach out to us when she hears something that would benefit us or warn us if something was not right. There was a home that we looked at and was dead set on, after speaking with Kim and pointing out a couple of future issues. We pulled out not just because of Kim's expertise but we genuinely felt like Kim was watching out for us. We honestly never had a Realtor like Kim, she was more like a close friend than our Realtor. There was a short period of time where my wife had a medical emergency and Kim was trying to help us locate a doctor to try to help in any way possible. During my wife's recovery, she never once talked about real estate and she genuinely checked up on my wife's recovery. When we finally did find our home, Kim was very efficient in getting all the paperwork and timeline down to close on time. She honestly made the whole transaction very seamless. Not only did we love our purchase experience with Kim, we honestly say that we made a friend as well. Our experience with Kim has spoiled us to the point we would only use Kim for any real estate purchases. Kim went way above and beyond for us, she went to the moon for us. Thank you Kim!!!!!!!!
- Johnny & Nhi
"KIM SHIMONISHI Is an exceptional realtor. She is intelligent, extremely knowledgeable, and an excellent communicator. I have had the pleasure of her professional expertise and guidance two times; once to buy my home, then 8 years later to sell the same home. During each process she was extremely helpful, providing the most accurate information regarding the regulations and laws of the Hawaii State Real Estate Commission. Whenever I had questions (and I had many!), she gave me all the information, in great detail, I needed to make an educated decision. When I bought my home, Kim guided me to buy at the best price. When selling my home in January 2022, Kim was very strategic regarding the selling price and timing. She thoroughly explained her reasoning when she advised me to reject offers, and kept on top of a very fast moving market. Her efforts led to an offer that was “as is” and above market, and the property closed smoothly in less than 45 days, even though it was funded with a conventional loan. Because Kim provided me with a such a positive and low stress experience during a complicated transaction, I recommend her without hesitance to anyone considering either buying or selling their home. Kim is not only a brilliant realtor, she is a joy to be around."
- Steve C.
"Kim is very knowledgeable and is willing to share her knowledge and experience with her clients. With each home we looked at, Kim would debrief with us, sharing things she liked about the homes we were interested in and pointing out any red flags.
More importantly, Kim truly cares about her clients. We were looking for our first home for six months. From our first conversation with Kim, she would check in weekly with us to see how the search was going and making sure we didn't miss any potential homes. She was very patient with us as we kept on changing our minds regarding the type of home we were looking for and constantly readjusting our budget. But Kim was flexible and helped us find potential homes. Kim was also our cheerleader and spokesperson, making sure that with each home we bid on, we were presented to the sellers as best as possible. And when we were finally able to win the bid for our first home, Kim made sure to keep all parties involved on the same page, constantly communicating with us and the seller to make the closing process as smooth as possible.
We truly appreciate all that Kim has done for us in helping us find and purchase our first home and we cannot thank her enough.
- Vanessa & Sherwin R.
""Closed on a new condo today! Kim has been extremely easy to work with. She is genuine, knowledgeble, trustworthy, and patient with her clients. I'ts clear that Kim puts her 100% in her work and is keenly sensiteve to her clients individual needs. If you're in the market for a new home or an investment porperty, I highly recommend getting in touch with Kim" "
- Cecilia Wang
"Thanks Kim for taking good care of us! Buying & Selling at the same time was crazy stressful but you made sure we never forgot anything & basically made sure we crossed all our T's & dotted all our I's. A realtor should always be there for you & only out for your best interest & you sure did! "
- Suzanne K.
"When I decided to sell my father's property, it was a bittersweet decision because of all the small things which led up to my decision. Tenants who abused the property after costly renovations; me going into debt to keep up with repairs and not getting any rent due to COVID. A property which was inherited to me, entrusted to me; to care for, take care of and cherish. Something I tried hard to do; but was unable to.
I have known Kim from a hobby we share a love for. I knew she was a thoughtful and kind person, but I had no idea of her level of professionalism, diligence, care, thoughtfulness and amazing acumen throughout my entire sale process.
Some examples which come to mind; when the cleaners took away some left behind "rubbish", Kim went back to check and saw some debri left behind. She took it upon herself to sweep up the small areas. A small thing, but noted because it was not necessary. This is an example of being aware of the smallest details and taking it upon herself to make sure the property looked good and was cared for. There are so many examples of her care and thoughtfulness, much more than 6000 words can express here.
Every step of the way, she was diligent. Following up on news we got; explaining to me what it meant and suggestions on the best way forward. A simple, small, uncomplicated cash sale; but she made me feel like I was her only client and most important transaction. She was proactive, personable, always accessible and extremely responsive, always checking on me and making sure I understood what was going on.
But what mostly stands out to me about Kim, was her "bedside manner" as a Realtor. She truly understands not just Real Estate, but people...and all the emotions that go with the transactions. She cares for her clients in a way that is unexplainable. I can only describe it as a soulful encounter and her sixth sense that is truly a gift from God.
When she called to tell me that the house was going to be recorded and the sale was complete, I was delighted but also sad, as it was our family home which is no longer in our family.
I sat in my office, closed the door and cried. I then wrote her a email about the guilt I felt, and how I failed to maintain a home my family once beloved.
Her response to me, immediate.
She said she understood how it was difficult, given the situation I was saddled with; she also said that our memories will be carried with us, not with a location or a building. She pointed out that my father didn't ask me to keep the home or expect that from me. What really hit home for me, was when she said, "Your dad always took care of you, and now that he is not here, the proceeds of the house is the way he is taking care of your family now."
If it were not for those words of wisdom, I would have probably carried the guilt of selling my family home forever.
It was a huge moment of looking back at my decision to sell and knowing that I was able to make the right choice. Her voice of reason allowed me to look at the entire situation with no guilt. Letting go of a house while still being able to hold on to great memories, love and gratitude.
This is what an amazing Realtor is. Kim embodies the spirit of "Aloha".. warmth, love, compassion, acumen and insight; I am forever grateful.
- Brenda R.
"We are very fortunate to have Kim as our realtor through our first home purchase. As first time home buyers, we didn’t have any experience in buying a home, however Kim did an exceptional job of walking us through the process, answering any questions, and making sure that we were comfortable. The process could have been very stressful, but Kim went out of her way to take the time to explain everything, and make sure to answer any questions we had. Even after the transaction was complete, Kim still checks up on us to make sure we are doing well. Overall she is an awesome realtor. "
- Eugene M.
"Grateful to have been referred to Kim from a good friend of mine. She exceeded my boyfriend and I’s expectations and eased most of our stressors in the home search and buying process. She definitely went out of her way to make everything go smoothly. Very knowledgeable especially being first time homeowners she was always just a text or call away. If you’re looking for someone highly reliable and for a pleasant home search or selling process, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed! Thank you Kim for all you have done! We look forward to working with you in the future! 😊🙏🏽 "
- Shanelle Sarmiento
"Kim has now represented me both as a buyer agent and a seller agent. She is reliable, an excellent communicator, and extremely easy to work with. I am often off island on deployment and can count on Kim to make sure nothing slips through the cracks. I nominate Kim for the Aloha Aina Realtor Award without reservations. "
- Cecilia Wang
""POSTIVE and AMAZING EXPERIENCE! Kim is a true professinal who provides personalized service and her passion for helping her clients could be felt in every step. I never thought I would be able to buy in Hawaii, my home for my whole life, but she made what I thought was impossible a reality! Kim was unwavering in reaching my goal, even when I would doubt it would happen. I have met a lot of agents but no one impressed me as much as Kim has and she has exceeded my expectations. She is an expert in her field and I loved her educational-based approvach, never did I feel that this was just a sale for her. Kim has proveded me with so much valuable information that empowered me not only for my first home but for future purchases as well. I would absolutely work with her again and without hesitation refer her to my family and friends! It was truly a blessing to work with Kim, not only have I gained an amazing reatlor but now a friend! A big hearfelt MAHALO, Kim! " "
- Janice C
""Amazing experience. First-Time homebuyers and my experience could not be any better. My agent Kim not only educated but also mentored me thoughtout the entire transaction. Due to the difficult times, things were uncertain but Kim's enthusiam, positivity, and charisma kept me going. The difficult part was being able to find the property that accommodates all my needs. Once I made my choice, Kim did execute an amazing job with the paperwork and looking out in my best interest. Without a doubt, I will reccommend Kim to anyone. Thank you, Kim, Semper Fi!" "
- Rosenny Moronta
"We were very uncertain about how to proceed with the sale of our house during Covid19. We worked with Kim before and she is a very well informed and experience agent that we felt confident that she would be the right person to navigate us through these uncertain times. Kim did not disappoint. She took the reins and put our family's health & safety first. She developed her own methods in unprecedented times to position us for a successful sale. Her methods included pre-screening activities to ensure that we had only highly qualified and serious buyers and house showings were brief and low contact. Kim's experience in the industry helped us weed out poor offers versus good offers. Kim's negotiation skills helped us get more than our asking price. Her experience in the industry is so invaluable. When working with someone with Kim's level of expertise and experience, you have peace of mind because you know that you're in good hands. Closing was absolutely on target because of her task management skills, and closing went very smoothly. We highly recommend her!
- Rose & Dustin Segawa, 5/28/2020 4:02:36 PM
"Kim was a model of professionalism ! She is friendly, affable, and extremely positive. From the day we first met I was confident that she could get the sale accomplished and that impression proved correct as the sale took only 30 days, start to close ! Kim anticipated my every need and had a stable of go-to pros to update my condo and flawlessly managed the completion of every aspect of the necessary repairs. She was not only my agent ... I now consider her a lifelong friend !
- John Chemycz, 9:21:54 PM
"Kim was a model of professionalism! She is friendly, affable, and extremely positive. From the day we first met I was confident that she could get the sale accomplished and that impression proved correct as the sale took only 30 days, start to close ! Kim anticipated my every need and had a stable of go-to pros to update my condo and flawlessly managed the completion of every aspect of the necessary repairs. She was not only my agent ... I now consider her a lifelong friend !
- John Chemycz
"Kimberley Shimonishi assisted us with the selling of our condo back in April 2018 We would like to take this opportunity to give praise and thanks again to Kim. Kim assisted us with the purchase also of a single family home which closed on July 9,2018. While there were road bumps in the process (not one of them was the fault of Kim), she worked tirelessly to make sure we were comfortable with what was going on and what to expect. Kim and Lesley are true assets to Locations. Kim put us; her client first, often meeting or talking with us outside of normal business hours, was always available via email, text and phone. Even with her other clients, we always felt that we were a priority to Kim. This was a leap of faith for us, but without the help and knowledge that Kim has we wouldn't be where we are today.
- Jonathan Gilbert
"Kim went above and beyond to help sell our home in a particularly difficult and frustrating situation. She kept me informed at all points during the sale and helped me navigate potential pitfalls. I am VERY thankful to Kim and her dedication to assisting her clients!
- Dominique & Lewis Heuermann
"Kim is the best real estate agent and I simply could not be any happier with her and her incredible service."
- Molly Washburn
"Kim was GREAT! Always positive and personal. Was understanding of the situation with my husband and never pushed. You’re lucky to have her.
- Robert and Melody Kyles
"Kim Shimonishi helped me out through the process. Knew what i wanted and made sure to keep me on track."
- Tatum Bautista
"Kim is an amazing and such a professional! She exceeded our expectations every step of our home buying process. Words can’t be enough to say how thankful we are to have found her as our agent.
- Hajel and Anthony Sabog
"Kim is very strategic and very thorough. Integrity is important to her and we realized that as we worked with her. She made it a priority to offer us the most accurate information.
- Rose and Dustin Segawa
"Kim Shimonishi and her team worked hard to provide quick and accurate service for us when we sold and bought our property. They were able to sell our condo in 30 days. During our time looking for a replacement property, she was honest and up front with any issues we should be made aware of and she promptly drew up offer contracts for us. The last property we saw (and purchased), Kim worked hard to get the contract out to the sellers a fast as possible and we couldn't be happier as the sellers accepted our offer. Her team was able to get the ball rolling and we closed in 30 days. A big mahalo to her and her team.
- Tracy Masuoka
"kim's expertise and overall communication with us at all times made it a stress free experience for us. we were so fortunate to have kim in our corner throughout this whole transaction. not only was she extremely professional, she was also very down to earth where we felt comfortable enough to call her anytime we had questions and concerns. locations truly have a winner on your team. thank you
- Chuck and Patricia Otsuka
"Kim answered all of our questions quickly and provided great detail when needed. As this was our first time selling real estate, Kim 'held our hand' to the finish. She was also very patient with us and really made sure we were comfortable with the transaction.
"My agent Kim was super nice and was always a pleasure to talk to.
- Robert Sowders Jr
"Kim was very professional and thorough. She explained her recommendations when I asked her opinion on certain issues. I am happy that I was able to work with a professional who not only got the job done successfully but one that I personally liked and enjoyed working with!
- Maria and Kenneth Zielinski
"I love Kim! I've only had one other experience with a realtor from other family & friends. She is so far THE BEST! Kim made it so easy from beginning to
end. I was referred to her by my re-fi agent. He said she's great and indeed she is. I hope Kim stays in the business for the rest of her working career. Kim is
personable, friendly, and above all, trust worthy! Moving and selling is a very emotional experience and it was seamless! Thank you Kim!
- Laura Yu
"pleasant, friendly and good integrity. Amazed that transaction was quickly in the amount my family & I planned. Kim is a part of our crazy family
- Paulyn and Pedro and Rejine Sacro
"First, I would to start with congratulate Locations to have Kim Shimonishi as superb professional agent under your organization!She has been the stellar agent since I had spoke with her for the first time regarding sale of my home. Her advise were up-to-date accurate with current market assessment to detail. She gave us a confidence that she will help sell my home in a short period which she has done. Her sales strategies were excellent in methods bringing multiple potential buyers into my home and able to close in a "heart beat." If I ever come back to Hawaii, I will for sure to ask her to find our dream home.Kim, thank you for ALL your hard work to make sale of my home in a short time for our family to relocate in a short notice back to Maryland.Wish you the BEST with your career and hope to see you later down the road once more for your professional assistance! Sincerely,
- Daniel and Yunsu Yi