Buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it's a life-changing experience. Today's buyers and sellers need a trusted resource that can guide them through the complexities of real estate. As a dedicated real estate professional, it is my foremost responsibility to provide you with exceptional, personalized service and to work tirelessly to minimize your stress and maximize your sense of enjoyment.
My 8 years in title insurance, 12 years of real estate marketing, as well as my 23 years of buying, selling and managing my own personal real estate investments, allows me to offer a well-rounded perspective for homebuyers and sellers. It is my 20 years as a military spouse that has seasoned me to the unique challenges of military relocation and after purchasing a home at each duty station, I know what it feels like to be on all sides of a real estate transaction. Utilizing those experiences as well as taking the time to understand your needs is paramount to helping you create your ideal Hawaii Life!
Life is all about balance, which I am constantly striving for! My two teenage kids are the biggest guide post in my life and the motivation for being the best human possible. I love to spend my free time at the beach, in the water or hiking the amazing sites of the magnificent Hawaiian island chain.
Monica Schaefer went "above and beyond" to support my military family when we got unexpected orders to Hawaii from Washington DC. With little time, and with no recent experience buying a home, we really needed more than just an agent...we needed comprehensive "mentorship" on every aspect of home buying. Monica rose to every challenge, guided us every step of the way, and exceeded all expectations! Her efforts were especially impressive in that we had to do all of our home searching and most of the transaction from half way around the world. The amount of trust we put in her was more than I can imagine having with anyone else. Why did we have such confidence in her? She has an outstanding reputation and her experience was evident from day one. We knew she understood our situation as she too came from a military family background. She listened to our needs and quickly guided us into viable properties for consideration. She put us in contact with multiple lenders, inspectors, schools, etc and always gave us a range of good choices which really paid off. She used all available technology and was undaunted by working with clients in a different time zone. She could have just sent pictures but she personally led us on virtual tours of multiple homes...sparing no discomfort to show us the good, the bad, and the ugly and helping us see the real condition through her eyes. She fearlessly penetrated dark closets, garages and crawlspaces on our behalf and left no stone unturned! Monica had a great balance of encouragement and realism...and she clearly had our best interests in mind. When I was able to finally work face to face with her in Hawaii, my confidence soared even higher. She was masterful in easing all my anxiety, again going "above and beyond" by not only showcasing the house I eventually bought, but many others as well to help me put its value in context (she didn't have to do that but felt it was important for my sense of "perspective"). She kept every timeline and was literally responsive day or night. As I look back on the entire process, what stands out as most impressive was that her instincts were spot on every time. Everything from the timing and amount of our initial offer and counteroffers, to her sense for seller intentions and breakpoints, all turned out just as predicted. Her negotiation skills were superb...she ensured the seller lived up to all aspects of the transaction while always maintaining a positive and amicable working relationship that was key to sealing the deal. Having said all that from a professional aspect, her "exceptionalism" was truly exemplified by her personable, compassionate, and genuinely positive disposition. She worked extremely hard for us and always with a servant's heart. And what's more, Monica continues to check in on us long after the sale was complete and I know if we needed anything, she would be there. What a pleasure to work with! I will continue to recommend her with the greatest enthusiasm to anyone. She has clearly earned and should absolutely receive recognition for EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE represented by this award. Please do not hesitate to contact me if additional details are required...I will drop whatever I am doing to ensure Monica Schaefer is properly recognized!
- N. Nastase, Kailua
We had the pleasure of working with Monica to purchase our first home in Hawaii. We could not recommend her more highly. Not only is Monica a joy to be around with her warm personality, she is extremely knowledgeable and always responsive. In the competitive Kailua market, her guidance and advice was invaluable. Even after the sale, she continued to give us support as we began renovations. We recommend Monica without reservation; you will not find a better realtor!
- D. & S. Grimes, Kailua
"Looking for a real estate professional to help you buy a home in Hawaii? Contact Monica Schaefer and look no farther!! We can't say enough about the tremendous trust and confidence she earned with us throughout a challenging, short notice, long distance home buying process! Her insights, knowledge, and mentorship were our guide every step of the way! Incredibly responsive and dedicated---she has a genuine passion and enthusiasm for helping others...and the results were better than we could have expected! If you are looking for someone you can trust and depend on who knows the ropes in Hawaii...contact Monica!"
- S. Nastase, Kailua
Monica Schaefer was fantastic. I was a first time homebuyer so I was very scared and apprehensive about almost everything. She was perfect and always kept my best interest at heart. Monica was not just "out to get the sale". She really cared and even advised me against properties which she did not believe were in our best interest and what she had seen in the area and the market. On numerous occasions, I would be on the phone with her until almost 10pm so she could explain every detail and nuance about the process and the housing search. Her attitude was second to none. Always happy and cheerful with a motherly nurturing quality, Monica had a way of relaxing my family and me throughout the stressful experience of home searching buying. She did this by being honest, forthcoming, and very knowledgeable about....everything. Even after closing on the home, she still kept in contact with us to make sure we were happy and getting settled in alright. My family and I are very, very happy and can't thank her enough. It was truly a pleasure to work with her and I wouldn't trade it for the world!
- R. Keppen, Pearl City
I've purchased & sold hundreds of properties in my 30 years of buying, building, selling & investing in property. I cannot recall having an agent that went so far above & beyond to assist my wife and I in not only finding our place but negotiating the final contract and bringing the deal to fruition as smoothly as possible, considering we were dealing with a listing agent that was combative, negative & very uncooperative. If anyone reading this wants a top notch agent, you should absolutely contact Monica. Thank you, Monica! WE DID IT!
- W. Westcott, Diamond Head
If you would like to work with a no nonsense, smart and caring person to help you with your important real estate decisions then I whole heartedly recommend Monica Schaefer. We were inexperienced buyers that had very definite ideas and expectations for our first home. Monica took everything we hoped for on board and worked tirelessly to help us find the perfect match for our needs. She put honesty and work ethic in the forefront of her services. Working with her was a refreshing, clear take on the real estate market.
- D. Groesser, Honolulu
Monica was very helpful in finding my family and I a home Monica hit on all points with us and she showed us everything we asked for in looking for a home she listened to or needs and paid attention to what we really wanted in a house I highly recommend Monica and we would love to work with her again during our next home search.
- J. Allen, Waipahu
Monica found my wife & I the most awesome long term rental in pristine condition that brings in better than expected rent. She resolved the negotiations in 48 hours. She's an incredible agent. Mahalo again, Monica!
- W. & S. Westcott, Makiki