The entry to one’s home, office or business is of most influence in their external life.
Dawn works in all elements of a setting: colors, lighting, furniture placement, layout, predecessor influences, air quality, EMF, landscaping. The object is to integrate the practical with the magnificent, to harness the wind (feng) to flow with the water (shui), to activate opportunities in accord with a client’s true nature and goals.
a) use low- or no-VOC paints and LED bulbs—teaching clients the far-reaching value of these higher-cost items;
b) install Energy Star appliances;
c) choose local businesses whenever possible;
d) include home recycling systems, sustainable finishes and other planet-friendly touches;
e) generate sustainability conversation wherever possible and attend classes to learn what’s new in green design.
People often tell me that they know every room needs a little red. But where do you place it? Stand in the entry and point to the center of your rear-most wall. Your red item doesn’t have to be all red; it simply has to have some red in it or on it. Your reputation depends on it.
Buy a stainless steel refillable water bottle; use washable rags vs. paper towels, reject heaps of napkins with your take-out food, reuse plastic take-out containers (as opposed to disposables); and plug in your toothbrush overnight once weekly—most hold a charge for up to nine days.
Pay attention to what your displayed art says about you. Is it colorful and lively, or pastoral, eliciting calm? Is it faded or dated, needing to be changed to reflect who you are today? Are depictions of water flowing inward or out? Are your sculptures dusty? Do your achievement certificates deserve nicer frames?
What people are saying...
“She always respected all parties involved in our transaction. Dawn’s preparation and staging were marvelous… great colors, attention to detail… remarkable ability to anticipate and prevent problems and when they arose, solved them seamlessly. Dawn went out of her way to make the experience exceptional for both Buyers and Sellers… and we closed on time after selling in 6 days!” – Dr. John and Mary Gartrell, Victoria, B.C.
“Dawn was selected as our Realtor based on her personal integrity. We came to her in May 2009, wanting to sell our house by August. Even in this market she didn’t blink. She created a team and staged our house to look positively irresistible. Things happened so quickly that we closed in July. Dawn exceeded our expectations… always watched out for our best interests… included us in decisions and followed through so naturally.” – Suzanne and Gary Allen, Honolulu
“You did it all, expertly! You were absolutely the person we needed to get all that we needed finalized… to sell our home… in order to move from Hawaii. From coordinating contractors, finalizing permits, and staging, to your creative marketing and negotiation skills. Thank you for your dedication and perseverance.” – Nancy and Paul Fryer, Honolulu, now Florida
“You are one in a thousand. We have bought and sold many properties over the past 11 years. As Realtors go, you are one in a thousand. We mean it.” – Andrew and Avril Michaels, New Zealand
“You have the aloha spirit all the way. Dawn, during all the months we worked together, over great distances and time differences, I think you did a wonderfully thorough job. I cannot imagine a more comprehensive job. You have the aloha spirit all the way as a representative of Hawaii. I deeply thank you so much for being so good.” – Diana Tate, Germany
“Dawn walked the extra mile for us! I have been all of my adult life a Realtor-Broker-Investor. I know good service. We have the greatest confidence in Dawn. Our escrow on our beachfront condo was not the easiest; she faced every problem head-on. We were at ease through the entire transaction.” – Richard and Inge Armstrong, California
“I was more than pleased. First of all, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the effort that you personally put into helping me find a home in the Hawaiian Islands. In dealing with many realtors over the years, I do not believe I have found anyone who was more thorough, hospitable and genuinely interested in my situation. Thank you very, very much.” – Bill McMinn, Houston
“I would refer to you without reservation! Dawn, our experience with you so positive. Even during our ‘rocky’ transaction you always acted as an advocate on our behalf. The service [we] received from Kahala Associates staff was also exemplary.” – The Sriprarams, Honolulu