Jim Albone

    Jim Albone

    Broker (B) RB-18379
    Satisfaction Rating An agent's star rating is the average of all the ratings of their service.
    I have lived and sold Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii since 2001. Prior to moving here, I was in the Semiconductor industry for 25 years. I am a data driven person and feel information is the key to complete any successful transaction. I believe in honest answers and have never been a smoke-blower or fluff person. I believe in the Big Island as a place to come to heal and live a longer, healthy life and I enjoy telling new clients about what makes this island so special.

    My wife and I opened our own real estate and property management office in 2004 and sold it in 2019 so the wife could retire. I was the principle broker for the office and now have changed offices to Better Homes and Garden - Island Lifestyle.

    I strive to be the type of realtor I would want working for me.

    My Client Reviews

    Overall star rating: 5.0
    Past 3 months: N/A

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    Jeff gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    Bought a condo 20 years ago. Could not find a decent property Managment company. Got ripped off by several. False repair charges etc. And Rude!!! In walks Jim. Been with Jim for many years now. Not one complaint. Only praise. We decided to sell and Jim took care of us. He stuck with us through all the offers, backouts and declined loans. And he got our condo sold! He is a patient, calm, intelligent person to deal with. I highly recommend Jim to anyone! This man never gives up. He is dedicated to his clients. This is his thing folks and he is darn good at it!
    Frances gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    My husband and I worked with Jim for many years when he was our property manager. When we decided to sell our condo, there was never any question that we'd use Jim to represent us. We knew his ethics; he has extensive knowledge of the Big Island. Jim worked hard to get our condo sold at a price we were happy with. He was with us every step of the way, answering our million questions. Regardless of whether you're buying or selling, I'd highly recommend Jim Albone.
    Dan gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    Jim was very professional and addressed all our concerns. Both buyers and sellers were on the mainland, but he made it easy. He was a pleasure to work with.
    Sue And Marcel gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    Jim has helped us several times finding suitable real estate. We gave hime a list of desirables and he was able to quickly narrow it down, make appointments and schedule visits. He is detail oriented, precise and punctual, as well as courteous in his approach to buyers and sellers alike. In addition he helped out finding contractors and management companies as needed. He promtly responds to questions and concerns. I would recommend his services to anyone.
    Mitzi gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    We have worked with Jim for the last 10 plus years as our property manager, and when it came time for us to list and sell our property, he was extremely informative, professional and advised us appropriately. We were under contract in less than 9 days with great negotiation skills. We were walked step by step through the sales process and the expected outcome. We would highly recommend Jim!
    Sandi gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    I have had the pleasure of working with Jim on 2 occasions. Once buying my own condo and once having Jim help my son buy his condo here. Both places are in Waikoloa and he knows the area well. He is quiet but listens to what you want and tries to get you exactly what you are looking for. He succeeded with both of us going out of his way on both occasions. I was here only for a short time and as soon as I left unsuccessful Jim kept looking and sent me a video of a perfect place for me and he walked me thru it on the video. My sons condo had multiple bids and he helped him with his knowledge and negotiating skills so my son was able to acquire to condo. Both properties have wonderful views in nice locations that we could afford. I highly recommend Jim Albone for all your real estate needs.
    Jeff gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    When I first met Jim, I immediately recognized that in addition to being an easy going guy, he also had considerable knowledge of the local real estate market, and experience in dealing with my particular type of situation. My wife and I have a home in Las Vegas, and were shopping for a 2nd home on the Big Island, looking toward retirement. We were in need of someone just like him to guide us through the process. While in Hawaii on business, Jim patiently showed us several properties that met our needs and which were within our price range. He took an interest in our personal preferences, and only showed us properties that he felt met our criteria. He candidly explained the pros and cons of each property, and let us make our own decision on which one best suited us. Thanks to Jim's efforts, we found our dream home in Waikoloa Village. I had not purchased a home in over 30 years, and discovered that the process had really changed considerably. At the time, I was travelling extensively for business, both domestically and internationally, occasionally making timing and communications difficult, but Jim's patience and attention to detail helped us get through all of it. Jim represented us very professionally with the sellers, and with his knowledge of the housing market in Waikoloa, guided us toward sealing the deal at a reasonable price. His ability to help us negotiate with the sellers and deal with the lenders saved us countless 1000's of dollars in the overall costs. Because I was still travelling, much of the process had to be done electronically, and Jim patiently guided me through all of it. His quick replies to my endless stream of questions calmed my concerns again and again, and we closed the deal in pretty short order, considering the time it took me to reply from wherever I was on any given day. As I recall. I was in Bangalore or Mumbai when the final e-signing was done and was amazed at how easy it all seemed to be, thanks to Jim's guidance. Even after the closing, Jim continued to assist my wife and I with local resources, setting up utilities, and recommending local vendors for other services in the area. His dedication to serving us as buyers continued long after his duties as our real estate agent had ended, and we continue to consult him on local matters, knowing he always has the right answers. I could not recommend anyone more competent, trustworthy, or easy to deal with than Jim Albone. His knowledge, patience, and people skills made the entire process much more easy than I had anticipated it would be. We are grateful for his efforts, and for his continuing friendship.
    Response from Jim
    Thank you very much for the review Jeff. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Brett And Kelly gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    Jim assisted us multiple times in purchasing property in Waikoloa. He is our go to realtor providing prompt, reliable service. Jim knows and understands Island lifestyle and goes above and beyond to find the perfect home for his clients.
    Response from Jim
    Thank you Brett and Kelly
    Lani gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    We have worked with Jim for many years on our properties. He is a dream to work with. In addition to being very knowledgeable of the market and the area, he is responsive to all of our communications (calls or emails)- questions, input, issues, taxes and all matters. Equally important to us was Jim's honesty. We always felt confident that we are getting the best and most accurate information from him at all times. We highly recommend Jim.
    Response from Jim
    Thank you Lani. I hope you have a great and safe Holiday season.
    Jeremy gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    Jim was absolutely fantastic in helping us purchase our home on the Big Island. Since we were out of state while looking to buy in Hawaii, Jim took it upon himself to provide detailed descriptions, photos and video of houses we wanted to put an offer on. He was always quick to respond, friendly, and extremely helpful. We highly recommend Jim and if we are ever in the market to buy or sell again, we will call on Jim!
    Response from Jim
    Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving
    Lorelei gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    We've worked with Jim as both a buyer and a seller. He is very professional and knowledgeable about our local market and real estate in general, and it is always a pleasure to work with him.
    Response from Jim
    Thank you Lorelei, I hope you and the family are doing well.
    Lorelei gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    We've worked with Jim as both a buyer and a seller. He is very professional and knowledgeable about our local market and real estate in general, and it is always a pleasure to work with him.
    Joel gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    Jim is very knowledgeable of the area and easy to work with. He offered some insightful information when we were relocating to the area.
    Response from Jim
    Thanks Joel, here to help you any time
    Elizabeth gave Jim 5 stars out of 5
    My dream to purchase a second home on the Big Island came true --100% due to Jim's responsiveness to my needs, his extensive knowledge of living on the island, and his advice on how to find a place I could realistically maintain as a second home. He is a class act, has so much integrity, and he went above and beyond for me in my lengthy house search! I feel very blessed to have found him. You won't find anyone better!
    Response from Jim
    Thank you Liz for your kind words

    My Experience

    • Serving the Big Island of Hawaii since 2001. My wife and I started our own Real Estate office called Hawaiian Dream Properties in 2004 and sold it in 2019. We focused on sales and property management.

    My Credentials and Memberships

    • Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR)
    • Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)
    • Graduate - Realtor Institute (GRI)
    • Green Resource Council Certified (GREEN)
    • Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified (SFR)
    • Transnational Referral Certified (TRC)

    My Community Involvement

    • Member of the Waikoloa Canoe Club and board member since 2004.
    • Board member for our Hawaii Island Paddling Association - MOKU O Hawaii.
    • Past board member and president of the Waikoloa Village Association. Within this organization, previous Chairman or the Emergency Response Committee, previous Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee. Previous member of the Government Affairs Committee and Environmental Control Committee. All over a 12 year period.

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    The Moon from my Front Yard this July and Waikoloa

    Aloha Everyone,I took this moon shot one night that I got back from Paddling practice. It was above my neighbor's house and thought it looked HUGE. This was before all the smoke for the 40K plus acre grass fire to the east of the village.Well, I finally updated my graphs for the Waikoloa Village Sales Trends and we have officially topped the pre-recession prices. Still not convinced we have a BUBBLE but I do think this increase in prices won't be sustainable. I still feel it will flatten but...
    Aug 04, 2021 Real Estate News

    Waikoloa Village Home Sales Update Feb. 2021

    Aloha Everyone,As of today, 2/25/21, there are only 8 single-family homes currently on the market in Waikoloa Village out of a possible ~3000. The lowest priced home at this time is $719K. The prices have risen steadily since the COVID outbreak as more and more people, who can work remotely, have decided to do that from Hawaii. With low inventories comes higher demand and prices.If I can help you with your real estate needs or questions, please let me know.Here are the rest of my graphs to he...
    Feb 25, 2021 Real Estate News

    Waikoloa Village Single-Family Home Sales Update

    Aloha Everyone,I would like to share my latest graphs of the market analysis I perform quarterly. The graphs below will show the trend of home sales in Waikoloa Village.This graph shows that the sales prices are back up to the prices prior to the Great RecessionSellers are getting closer to their asking prices.The average days on market for the listing is also dropping to record lows.If you would like to know what is happening in your area, just call or email me and I can do the same analysis f...
    Dec 09, 2020 Real Estate News

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