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After living and working in midtown Manhattan (New York City) for about 30 years, my wife and I decided to retire and live in a warmer climate surrounded by a beautiful ocean. We had several options in terms of locations such as the Caribbean, California, Florida, etc. but after long research and conversation with friends in various places, we decided to move permanently to the Big Island of Hawaii. We met with a couple of real estate agents, but at the end of the day, we decided to work with Kai. He was the agent who worked with a friend of ours who also moved from New York City to the Big Island several years before us. Our friend was very happy with Kai's work and professionalism and highly recommended him to us. Kai was never disappointed. Before deciding on our house, we traveled to the Big Island twice from Manhattan. As our time was limited during our visits, we worked with Kai via e-mail to clearly communicate our budget, preference in terms of the type of house, location, neighborhood, etc. We liked MacArthur's website which made it easier to identify potentials with Kai's advice and recommendations. When we arrived in Kailua-Kona, Kai understood our needs and had already short-listed potential houses we should visit. By the end of our second trip to Kailua-Kona, we had two finalists and decided on the current home due to its location, neighborhood, price, house structure, yard, and beautiful ocean view. Not only is Kai an excellent real estate professional who made our purchasing process go smoothly in spite of the time difference between Hawai'i and New York, but he is also the ultimate agent who supports his clients even after the closing of the property transaction. In our case, he introduced us to the best company or team that renovated our home's exterior and interior (including an interior designer) as well as an excellent yard service individual who keeps our yard beautiful. My wife and I would highly recommend Kai to anyone who may be interested in purchasing or selling properties on the Big Island of Hawai'i. You will be very happy with your decision to work with him.
– Takashi & Yuko M.
Aloha! After 40 years living on O`ahu and soon to retire, it was time for a change for my wife and me. How fortunate we were to have selected Kai as our real estate agent. Prior to our meeting him in person, Kai took the initiative, through phone calls and emails, to find out what we were looking for in finding our new home on the Big Island. Then upon picking us up at the Kailua Kona airport, Kai showed us a number of homes, each of which met our requirements. After narrowing down our choices to a few, Kai arranged for additional viewings of the ones we really liked. We made the decision to purchase our new home, but still had to arrange for the sale of our house on O`ahu. Further, I continued working, postponing retirement for three months, which put off our move to Kailua Kona. During that three-month delay, Kai watched over our vacant house, sending us emails to assure us that the house was fine and that we should have no concerns about its being unoccupied. Finally, our move happened; how wonderful it to be in our new home. But Kai’s help did not end with our moving in. He informed us of things we needed to do, such as arrange for trash pickup with a private company. He recommended and arranged for yard service and pool or spa maintenance. Kai also informed us about local restaurants and markets. Altogether, Kai made the purchase, move in, and settling down experience so very easy and hassle-free for my wife and me. Kai continues to be a source of information and assistance to us long after the purchase of our new home, which we very much appreciate. It was and continues to be a pleasure to have worked with Kai; I very strongly and gratefully recommend Kai to others in need of a professional and caring real estate agent. Mahalo.
– Plett J.
Emil went over and beyond his way in helping me make my dream come true! In October 2017, I decided to try and buy a townhome in Kona. This was a dream that I have had for the last 4 years. I called my real estate broker in Colorado and she helped me find Emil. Not only was he so efficient and so professional, he cared about my dream as well. He was very passionate about my purchase and made sure that I was happy with my decision. Emil is someone that is so accurate in everything he does. His time chart was just amazing! He wanted to make sure that I wasn’t surprised and at the same time what the expectations were to be before my closing! There were times when I didn’t think that I could do all of this but his positive support and compassion got me through the buying process! Having been a widow for almost 10 years has made me somewhat scared of what my future holds. But I can reassure you that Emil cares enough for his clients that he will be there for you until the ending process! Emil has been by far, the best Real Estate Broker I have ever used! His dedication and his desire to make sure that you find the right property is just unbelievable! I give him more than 5 stars! You will never be disappointed in working with him! Even after my purchase, we still stay in touch! He really cares from his heart! I am so happy and so lucky I had the chance to work with him! I will definitely use Emil again for my next purchase!
– Susan C.
We enthusiastically recommend Emil to anyone looking for a property on the Big Island. We moved over here from Washington State, and even prior to meeting Emil we communicated via email and phone. We have worked with many Realtors®️, both buying and selling over the years, and we can say without reservation Emil was by far the most thorough, responsive, and professional one we have ever worked with. No detail was too small for him to attend to. He responded promptly to text, email, phone. He offered very reasonable suggestions, which were very helpful. And in the final weeks before closing, he handled so many small details that made the process much less stressful. In person he is charming, calm, and polite-he is a class act. We would not hesitate to recommend him!
– Sarah & Randy G.
I want to express my gratitude for your expert handling of the sale of my condo. You evaluated the condition of the unit correctly and coordinated the necessary measures to maximize its readiness for sale. With your help, we set a reasonable asking price which brought in immediate very attractive offers somewhat larger than the asking price. All of the details of negotiation, documentation, and closing were carefully arranged and the transaction was completed ahead of schedule. I am completely satisfied with your handling of this sale and would strongly recommend your services.
– Alan A.
When my husband and I were selling our condo and purchasing our new property we really appreciated Emil Knysh's professionalism and patience. His many years of experience gave us the confidence he will find us the perfect property and he did even we had a long wish list and a tight budget! Thanks to Emil negotiations went always smoothly. Next time we will need assistance from a Realtor®️ we will request Emil Knysh, so if anyone is looking to buy a new property we truly and highly suggest you get in contact with Emil. We promise you will not be disappointed!
– Mr. & Mrs. Breuil

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