My name is Volker Weiss, much better known as “VW” and I am proud to be affiliated with Island Sotheby’s International Realty, a 3rd-generation, local real estate brokerage on Maui. In the native Hawaiian language, we are a true kama’aina firm. We are the exclusive franchise for the island of Maui, representing the world’s leading marketing and referral program for luxury listings known as Sotheby’s International Realty.
Both the owners, sister and brother, of Island Sotheby’s International Realty, were born and raised around real estate on Oahu. Their parents owned a small real estate operation on Kalaukaua Avenue. An old dirt road at the time, just outside of Waikiki in Honolulu. Growing up in the industry, the siblings developed a lasting passion for the real estate business.
When first launching the company and the brand on Maui in 2006, the idea was to open a small boutique-style office with not more then a dozen agents and a strict focus on the Makena & Wailea real estate market place. In it’s inaugural year and with only four agents, Island Sotheby’s International Realty established a plan to focus on growth and was able to produce $12.5 million.
Over the following years, a group of skilled and successful agents collaborated from various markets on Maui, all sharing the same values and a similar vision. Additional offices permanently established Island Sotheby’s International Realty in the Maui real estate scene. Production increased to $86.7 million with the opening of the Makawao office in 2008. Revenues soared to $218 million, when the Napili office was added in 2013.
Following the owner’s mission statement, we as the agents of Island Sotheby’s International Realty subscribe to three historical Hawaiian values.
1. Pono - do what is right
Integrity, Trust & Honesty, in all we do
Excellence & Professionalism, the highest degree of standards
2. Kuleana - responsibility
Responsibility, with common sense in all we do
Collaboration, always being in cooperation with others
3. Aloha - care & respect
Genuine Care, for one another and all whom we serve
Respect, whom we work with and all those we serve
Today, Island Sotheby’s International Realty has three strategically located offices in South Maui, on the West Side and in Upcountry Maui. The company grew to over 65 full-time professional agents. Production climbed to $224.75 million in 2015 and $273.6 million last year. Maui real estate is in high demand. We believe in further growth for 2017 and the years beyond.
The West Side office in the Napili Plaza Shopping Center, completed a renovation in the 1st quarter of this year. Island Sotheby’s International Realty will retain the office on Baldwin Avenue in the historic district of Makawao in Upcountry Maui. By the end of summer 2017, we anticipate the opening of our company’s brand new head office in Kihei’s centrally located Kamaole Shopping Center. With nearly 2,000 square feet, this will be our largest operation and offer more then double the space compared to the current South Maui location.
It is exciting to be part of Island Sotheby’s International Realty! This is a well-established, luxury and international operating brand, which I believe is very important for my sellers and buyers alike. The owners and the leadership of this company understand and pursue the multi-dimensional real estate marketing options, that are necessary to successfully embrace today’s and tomorrow’s business opportunities.
Mahalo from VW - Volker Weiss