"Colin Lee is an exceptional real estate broker. He goes above and beyond to ensure that your needs are met. I highly recommend everyone to utilize Colin's services."
- Amy S.
"Colin Lee is an excellent Honolulu real estate agent who is professional and very knowledgeable about the local market. He is a great listener who understands the needs of the client and is able to perform the tasks in a timely manner."
- C. Lin
"Colin was fantastic throughout the entire process. From discussing our goals to pricing the property to marketing and open houses, Colin was attentive and honest each step of the way. His expertise in guiding us through the sale was greatly valued and appreciated. We would definitely recommend Colin to friends, family and colleagues looking to buy or sell a home on Oahu."
- Russell & Angela S.
"Colin was great throughout the whole process. He was always willing to go the extra mile to get my questions answered and/or check out another property for me. He made sure to sync up with me frequently which I appreciate very much. I plan to work with him again in the future."
- Edward M.
"We just closed the purchase of our first single family home and we couldn’t have done it without Colin. After interviewing multiple agents Colin was the clear choice for us in no small part due to his organization, tenacious attitude and professional conduct. What struck us immediately while interviewing Colin was his confidence that if we were in a multiple offer situation, he felt that he could give us the best chance of having our offer chosen. When we did finally make an offer on a home, he was absolutely right since out of multiple offers, some of which were objectively more attractive than our own, with his incredible effort our offer was the one accepted.
However, before we even got to the point of making an offer, Colin was essential to our search for a home. Whenever we were interested in seeing a home, Colin was quick to respond and readily available to show us the home. Of even greater value was his ability to spot issues that would have made a purchase an absolute disaster. While looking at a home that we were particularly enamored with, Colin noticed an area on the exterior of the home that didn’t have a clear way to drain rainwater. Colin then found hidden away in a closet, the interior wall that corresponded with the potential problem area. The wall was actively seeping through with moisture. Disaster averted.
Colin was incredibly helpful in guiding us and assisting us with the escrow process after our offer was accepted and we were completely comfortable knowing that he was handling all of the small details necessary to move forward. One situation that arose right before we closed really exemplified the extra effort that defines Colin’s conduct. We were days away from closing when hurricane Lane was set to hit Oahu. There was a minor leak from a skylight in the home that was acceptable during normal showers but with the coming hurricane we were worried that torrential rain could cause untold damage to the home and scuttle the sale. The seller wasn’t willing to do anything but Colin was quick to gain permission to protect the home from being damaged before the close of the sale. Colin showed up at the house with a ladder and caulk to stop the leak. Fortunately, and I’m sure due to Colin’s intervention, the home was undamaged and we were able to close the purchase with the home in the same condition as when we made our offer. Colin’s skill, tenacity and willingness to go above and beyond for his clients made our dream of home ownership a reality and we are forever grateful to have met and trusted Colin as our realtor."
-Micah K. and Kim M.
"Colin did an amazing job arranging the marketing of our home. He gave me good advice regarding how to clean and rearrange our home so it would sell quickly. I’m convinced that we would not have been able to sell as quickly or for as much without all his expert advice.
I know Colin had other clients he was handling, but it certainly never felt like it. He was always a phone call or text away, willing to handle any of my questions. He never made me feel like I had to demand his attention, and always checked in with me on the progress of our sale. My husband works in town and I don’t drive, so I’m home alone with our two year-old most days. Colin and his staff were always so helpful and accommodating when it came to appointments and showings. If we had a meeting to attend they always offered to pick me up. During private showings they offered to come by ahead of time and watch my kid for me while I cleared the house and got things ready. They totally went above and beyond and made my experience as stress-free as possible.
Chelsea assisted me when Colin wasn’t available. It was so nice to know someone would be there for me, and Chelsea felt like family by the time we were through. She was so helpful in so many ways, from entertaining my toddler while I rounded up all our animals for open houses to showings up for inspections and treatments for our home so I wouldn’t have to be there. I felt safe leaving my home in her hands.
I’m so grateful for Colin’s expertise and professionalism. He made me feel less panicked about our impending move and was so patient with us from the moment we called him to assess our house for sale to the moment we signed for the purchase of our new house."
"Colin kept us well informed on all aspects of the sell from showing to closing. He was attentive to our expectations and provided good advice when needed."
“That was the 5th property I have sold in my life time and hands down the easiest and smoothest transaction ever. Great communication and always having the feeling that Collin was looking out for OUR best interest. I will most definitely use him in the future!”
“As a first time homebuyer and someone who had a bad experience with another broker, Colin was very approachable, knowledgeable, and explained the home buying process well. He touched all the bases and took care of any concerns, hesitations, and questions top to bottom. On top of that he was always 10 steps ahead so I never had to worry about anything throughout my experience. I really liked that he had almost 10 years experience as a CPA. It was nice to be able to ask him real estate questions as well as have back to back opinions on finance questions from both him and my mortgage broker. Most real estate agents do not have this professional background to give educated answers when it comes to numbers. It felt like he was always waiting by his phone for any questions I had as he was very timely and responsive with every interaction. I recommend Colin with my highest regards! Thank you for the great first time home buyer experience”
“Colin Lee was excellent, well informed, and comforting in selling our home. His wife Deb and sister Chelsea were also very helpful and worked extremely well as a team! He personally went out of his way to meet with us for over 2 hours while we asked a multitude of questions even though he was not under contract, which proved he cared about us as people not just clients. He gave great advice about how to maximize the value of our home as well as a great understanding of the demographics in our area. He helped us understand the process, potential roadblocks, and was timely with documents. We felt well prepared and transitioned as smoothly through all the gears till closing. I would recommend Colin Lee to anyone: family, friends, or strangers, who are looking to sell or purchase a home and would like to work with the ultimate professional.”
“Our family first met Colin during an open house showing that we had only a few minutes to casually breeze through. Usually I feel pressured around salespeople in general but I didn't get that at all with Colin and it made selecting him as our realtor that much easier. From the start, he was awesome to work with in purchasing our first family home, making the entire process less scary than I had anticipated because he took the time to address my concerns or explain things I didn't understand. Communication was always prompt and he was always accessible. We felt very comfortable with him as he was very easy to talk to and it had the feel that he was more like a friend that's helping get you what you want than strictly a business partner. I'd definitely recommend Colin Lee and intend to work with him again in the future.”
-Jim & Kelsey N.
“Knowledgeable, friendly, returns calls ASAP answers questions asked etc. He gets the work done”.
“Colin Lee has a track record of being a hard working realtor. He is a nice and friendly man. He is very knowledgeable about the Honolulu real estate market. As a first time home buyer I did not knowmuch about the real estate market or the process of buying an apartment. Colin Lee was always easy to contact and he was always available to answer my many questions I had for him quickly. He always was available to meet me to see apartments that I was interested in. He never pressured me to put an offer on any of the apartments we went to see. Colin Lee worked very hard for me to negotiate the price of my apartment while he was on vacation in Canada. Even though he was on vacation he was willing to talk to the seller's agent and to me to help me get this apartment. Colin's associate Chelsea Lee was available to meet me to show me the apartment on short notice while Colin was on vacation. I am certain that I would have not gotten my apartment without Colin working on his vacation and his great staff supporting him while he was away. Colin Lee also met me and called me at my convenience to review and discuss all of the paper work to make sure I understood all of the terms and statements on the contracts. I would definitely hire Colin Lee in the future and I will recommend him to my family and friends. Everyone is in good hands with Colin Lee working for you!”
“Colin Lee was very good when it came to schedule showings. Colin is well respected among other agents, which made things easier and facilitated the offer and closing process. Colin was always quick to answer our questions. Colin Lee is very polite, respectful, and professional. I would definitely recommend Colin Lee as a Real State Agent.”
“Colin Lee found exactly the type of unit I was looking for. He was fantastic throughout the entire process, extremely responsive, always on time, and took care of a million little details so that I didn'thave to worry. His entire team was incredible (and fun) to work with and I'd strongly recommend.”
“Moving from New York City to Hawaii would not have gone as smoothly if I had not met Colin Lee at an open house. Out of all the real estate agents I met (and believe me, I ‘interviewed’ many), I knewinstantly that Colin was the perfect person to help me find my first home. He is welcoming, approachable, knowledgeable, patient, organized, and most importantly (to me, at least) efficient. Time is precious to me; even more precious is my budget. Not only did Colin make use of my limited time and methodically took me to look at properties all over the island, he also considered every criteria I listed and stayed within my price restriction. And when I couldn’t be present during one crucial part of the transaction, Colin even took time out of his already busy schedule to accommodate mine. I’ve heard so many horror stories from my colleagues about the stress-inducing, highly competitive real estate market of Oahu, but perhaps it is because they weren’t lucky enough to have worked with Colin. If you want someone with the Aloha spirit to help you find your perfect home in a New York minute, then you definitely have to work with Colin Lee.”
“Colin Lee and his associates did a fantastic job communicating with us and helping us sell our home. Colin was straightforward, honest, and personable, and worked hard to ensure a successful sale. Colin was an excellent communicator and did his best to make sure we understood the contract and the selling process. He answered our calls right away and was highly communicative. Overall, we were very satisfied with our experience working with Colin Lee and Better Homes and Gardens and would highly recommend him to other homeowners in the area.”
“My wife and I had a lot of anxiety and nervousness with buying our first home, but Colin took the time to explain things thoroughly to help put us at ease. He met with us to explain the process of buying a home, showed the many services his company had to offer and to get an idea of the type of house we were looking for. Colin notified us of a house that met our price point, location, size and style the same day it came on the market. He contacted the seller’s agent and got us in the house the next day, which was days before their scheduled open house. It ended up being our dream home. We put in our offer the following day and it was accepted. From being listed to an accepted offer was about 48 hours. In a market as quick and competitive as Hawaii, you really need someone like Colin on your side. He went above and beyond what we expected from a realtor and made the home buying experience so easy. He took such great care of us and I recommend him to my closest family and friends looking to get involved in the housing market.”
“Colin was very professional in how he deals with his clients. He catered to our very specific needs and was able to provide us with several home options. We gave him a tight deadline and was able to schedule and coordinate with various groups pertaining to the home buying process and made this experience simple and headache free. Thank you Colin for your hard work. Another job well done.”
-Lancel and Mary
“Colin provided us with an exceptional service by catering to our very specific needs. There are a few things that we look for in a realtor. The three criteria that we were looking for were budget, quality, and schedule. Colin provided a listing and showed us several units that met our criteria. Once we had provided him a budget and the type of place we were looking for, he quickly went to work and provided us with numerous choices. He helped us further by narrowing down the picks to those that we would consider. He went out of his way to schedule a time to meet for briefing, house showing, inspections (house and termite inspection), and closing. He made the experience pleasurable and headache free. He is very timely and exceeded our expectations to meet deadlines. Colin is always on time whenever he meets with us. We were able to close the deal with the time frame that we have provided him. He briefed us on what to expect as first time home buyers and informed us on the market values on the homes in the area that are available for purchase and negotiated the price with the seller with our consent. We were able to pick out the home that we wanted thanks to Colin's amazing service. We knew coming in that he also had a lot of clients but he made us feel number one. He is very easy to work with and will put the client's need at the top of his list. We highly recommend him as a real estate agent. He has got our 10 thumbs up and nominate him for the Aloha Aina Realtor Award.”
-Lance and Ellaine L.
“After having such a bad experience with another real estate company, my husband and I requested to get a new agent from a different company through our USAA Real Estate Referral Program. Luckily, we were paired up with Colin Lee from Better Homes & Gardens and our whole experience as first time home buyer changed completely. During our first meeting, Colin was very informative - he formally introduced himself, gave us background information on his career and his credentials, along with an overview of the whole process of buying a home and explained to us how he would be involved in helping us. This was very comforting to us and it allowed us to gain a lot of trust and faith in Colin, since we were first time buyers and didn't know what to expect. As time progressed and we started looking at homes, Colin was very helpful. He was always readily available to response to any questions we had (via email, text, and any time of the day), listened to what we wanted, explained everything, and provided us with all the tools we needed to eventually buy our first home. Through the closing of the house, Colin definitely had our backs and had our best interest at heart. He was patient and negotiated with the seller to help us get the best deals. In the end, we ended up with the house that we wanted and our experience was a lot less stressful than it had been prior. What makes Colin an exceptional RA is because he knows his craft, he's professional, and most importantly, a person who is honest and will work for their client. Overall, we would recommend Colin to any family and friends who are interested in buying a house.”
-Victoria & Calvin U.
“We knew very little about the home buying process, but Colin helped us through the entire process. Colin always went above and beyond for us. We couldn't have asked for a better agent. He was always prompt in answering our questions, proactive, and very patient. We have already recommended Colin to family and friends. Thank you so much for your dedication and hard work Colin! It was such a pleasure working with you!”
-Eric & Jandalen
“Very hard working and trustworthy realtor. He answered to all my questions and he is very knowledgeable. I will recommend to my friends and family.”
“As a first time home owner, I was very nervous about looking for a place to buy. I was unfamiliar with the process and all of the components that go into buying a home. However, Colin was very knowledgeable and patient, he took the time to explain every aspect of the process from the very first day that we sat down together. The entire team from the broker that he recommended to the Home Inspector -- were all top notch. He made the entire process such a fun experience. I didn't know purchasing a home could be this exciting and stress-free. I'm so glad that I chose Colin as my realtor and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to purchase property. He was attentive, informative, and accommodating throughout the entire experience.”
“We weren't exactly the “ideal clients” we had a very narrow area in which we wanted our home, busy family and work schedules, and also the added challenge of wanting our young childrento be involved in the process of choosing a home. Despite all this, Colin was able to not only find the perfect home for us in the incredibly limited area we wanted, but he also worked around our schedule, and made sure we could have our family present during every step of the process. If there was a question we had, big or small, Colin was always available to answer it and put our mind at ease. His professionalism and dedication to his clients are the reasons we have a home we will enjoy for many years to come, in an area we absolutely love. Thank you, Colin!”
“Colin Lee is a great realtor and I am so glad to have worked with him. As a first time homebuyer, Colin made sure that I felt comfortable and understood the process. He listened carefully to what I wanted and ended up finding me the perfect place. I felt that he had my best interests in mind and was always readily available. I would recommend Colin to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home!”
“Colin was an amazing Broker who help me through the purchasing process every step of the way Colin not only help me through the entire process but also educate me on everything that's involved. It was a very stress free and pleasant experience.Colin was very friendly and pleasant yet professional through out the process.”
“As an attorney, my husband and I appreciated the level of professionalism Colin maintained throughout this process. He kept in constant contact (texts, emails, phone calls, and allowed us to text/call/meet whenever - regardless of time), he explained the contracting portion clearly, and answered all of the many questions we asked. We had a potential hiccup regarding escrow and our mortgage broker, but Colin remained on top of the situation. Working with Colin is like working with a friend. He understood our concerns, he always had our preferences and interests in mind, and he always went above and beyond. Colin's CPA background greatly helped because of his attention to detail and because he was able to explain the financial portions of this process to us in a way we could understand. Colin made this process as easy as possible – we’re truly grateful. We will be sure to recommend Colin in the family and friends.”
“Being a first time home buyer can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. But Colin pretty walked us through the whole process every step of the way. Not to add he saved us time and money with his experise and knwodledge of the overall market in the home buying process. From the very first time we met Colin he has gone above and beyond what a normal real estate agent would do for there client. He even offered to help us move in and consistently called and followed how everything was going. I would recommend Colin Lee to not only my friends but my family. Thanks Colin!!”
“Colin is an exceptional realtor. He was patient in answering all our questions about listing our home, preparing our home for showing, and the sale of our home. Because of his hard work, we had multiple offers on our home and were able to sell our home for the price we wanted and close when we needed to. Colin was never more than a call or text away so our questions were quickly answered. If we are lucky to move back to HI, Colin would definitely be our realtor! ”
-Ray & Michelle
“What separates Colin from the rest of the real estate agents is that he's a genuine person from Hawaii that shows 'Aloha' not only with his service but with his character. When he first introduced himself he was very approachable, built great rapport with me and was not just interested in knowing what kind of home I wanted, but interested in who I am as a person. He shared his non biased views about the real estate market and was able to isolate homes near where I work. Colin was very detailed oriented and informative with me. He always got back to me in a timely manner. I had many questions as a first time home buyer using the VA loan. Colin pointed me in the right direction with my friendly loan officer Danielle and made my escrow transition as smooth as possible! I was able to find the perfect home in the perfect location that was within my budget. Colin is a hard worker that worked hard to find me the best home for my needs! We looked at a multitude of homes within months and I was able to bid on a property that fit my criteria! I recommended him to all my friends and family! Job well done and I can finally come home to a place I love thanks to Colin's help!”
“Colin Lee made this process very easy and guided me through each step. We spent many late nights going over contracts, documents, and properties. I lost track of the hours. Since I did not know anything about purchasing a home, Colin took the time to go through each step of the process. I have never dealt with a realtor that had such attention to detail and patience. Although we spent a lot of time together, Colin never pressured me into making a decision. I am very picky and every condition needed to be met before I made a decision. Colin worked very hard to make sure that I got everything I wanted. He was also very knowledgeable about the properties and areas. And if he did not know, he made sure to find out as much information as possible. When I decided to purchase a place, Colin was very good at negotiating and I can't believe that we won the bid, especially since I know my offer was not the best offer. Other realtors would have made me negotiate by just adding tens of thousands more than the asking price. Colin is a master negotiator! He also knows a guy for everything. He was able to link me up with a loan officer that specialized in VA loans and helped me to get credits towards my closing costs. Colin has a strong finance background, which made me even more confident that we were making the right decision with the offer and loan selection. Colin saved me money and got me what I wanted! I would highly recommend Colin to everyone I know. Colin exceeded all my expectations. He was always available and quick to answer all my questions. He sacrificed his personal and family time to make sure that we met and took care of everything. I have never experienced someone so friendly, dedicated, hardworking, honest, and professional. Although Colin and I knew each other, he still maintained his professionalism- well dressed, communicates effectively, punctual, and respectful. Colin never stopped working hard for me from the time we first met, the properties we looked at, the late night meetings, the loan and escrow process, closing, and even after I got the keys. There are so many things to say about Colin. You will not find anyone that works as hard as him. He really works for you and will help you make this really stressful process as easy as possible! Give him a call today!”
“At no point during our 5 week relationship, from meeting to final closing, did we ever feel as if Colin had other clients. Although based on his performance with our purchase and deserved accolades I am sure he is in high demand. He was always responsive, always present and always supportive of any request. We never had to wait, were never left hanging and never blindsided by an unanticipated pitfall. This is because Colin was always prepared. He made sure things happened on time, that we understood every part of the transaction, remained diligent behind the scenes and ultimately exceeded all expectations. Our lender even commented that it is rare to have the realtor attend the final contract signing, although we were none the wiser as we had never worked with another realtor, and because this is the level of service Colin provided us from the very beginning. We have nothing but positive comments about Colin. He is all the above and more. I would be comfortable considering Colin not only our realtor, but a family friend.”
“Colin Lee was outstanding in communicating and responding to us. He made himself always available to answer our questions. He was very accountable. I would highly recommend him. In the process, we've also gained a friend.”
- Jason & Teresa
“Working with Colin Lee made the purchase of our first home as smooth as possible. His knowledge about our desired locations and lot sizes allowed us to approach each listing well informed which enabled us to purchase our dream home in our desired location, at a reasonable price. His knowledge about settlement issues and land title issues saved us from buying a house that would soon slide down the mountain or get into a legal battle with the State.
Throughout the process, Colin was nothing but upfront, knowledgeable about the industry and statistics, great at negotiating with our best interest in mind, and always went the extra mile - he drove to Makaha, during road work, from town to see a house we ultimately did not buy. I have already recommended friends to Colin for all their realtor needs.”
- Ryan & Lea
"Colin had tons of energy, and he PAID ATTENTION TO ME. He did all the legwork to find me a 1BR condo in Waikiki/Honolulu that allowed a 54 lb collie. The other agent (before meeting Colin) set up a 1BR condo search for me and gave me a PDF that listed all the pet-friendly condos on Oahu. After matching the listings to the pet-friendly buildings, I then had to (personally) contact the property manager to find out max pet size. I just didn't have time for all of that. Colin did that for me. He identified four buildings in Waikiki, and took me to see what was available, in one case even showing me his friend's unit in a building that had a short-sale for sale, but a very uncooperative tenant who refused the showing requests. When MY condo came on the market, Colin helped me get the contract and even drove all the way to Waialua to get one of the deposit checks. He was great the whole time, and was so gracious in the face of my frustration with some of Hawaii's ways of doing business (a wee bit different than the mainland, but I'm learning). I can't say enough good things about Colin Lee."
“I enjoyed working with Colin as he was with me every step of the way, guiding me through the confusing and overwhelming process of buying a home. He was always accessible via email, text, and phone call. As both Colin and I are CPAs, he understood how busy my work schedule can be and was really flexible when it came to scheduling meetings. I liked the fact that he followed up when I mentioned to him at an association meeting that I was interested in buying a place; it was a throw-away comment I made, but he still followed up and I am very grateful that he did.”
“I want to thank Colin Lee for our recent sell & purchase. Colin handled our situation very well, I applaud his efforts. Our situation went from great to bad, to worse then back to great again. We thought we were going to lose the property we were trying to buy. But with a second effort, we managed to get an even better situation than our first escrow process. It was truly a blessing in disguise. And Colin handled it very professionally and was very optimistic throughout the entire process. He was very poised about it also.
I believe Colin is and will continue to be a great realtor, not to mention also will be a great asset to Advantage Realty. He was very customer oriented and showed us that he cares for the well-being of his clients. I will definitely use Colin in the future as well as will refer him and his company to my friends and family. Thank you Colin!”
- Ray & Jen
“After two other realtors were unable to help my wife and I buy a home using our VA benefit, we met Colin Lee. Rarely will you meet someone so professional yet easy to get along with. I would have to say Colin is in the top 1% of his profession.
Colin would show us properties sometimes all day long on weekends and often late into the evenings on weekdays. No doubt, he had other clients but you would never know it. You could call, text, or email him and get a response immediately no matter what time of day it was. Even to this day, 9 months after closing, he still responds immediately when I contact him for something. He also brings us pies on holidays, likely his only day off he ever gets.
Colin would not just sell us any house like the other realtors wanted to. He is very knowledgeable about the market and home values. He told us the negative aspects of certain streets and neighborhoods and how home values would not rise as much like in other areas. This really impressed me. I knew he was looking out for our best interest, not just his to make a sale.
When we were in contract and after our home inspection, he felt there was something suspicious so he advised us to bring back the home inspector. We declined because we did not want to pay the inspector again so Colin paid to have the inspector come back. It turned out to be nothing but how many other realtors are going to do that for you?
Right before closing it rained like the days of Noah. There was some water seepage .We asked the sellers for a credit to have repairs performed at their cost. They offered only half. Colin offered to pay the contractor the other half which we greatly appreciated. He gave us the option to cancel if we felt we had to but made every effort to keep the deal alive. He did his job like not many others would or could.
We got cold feet during the contract, so Colin once again drove us around all day to look as similarly priced homes within our desired town location. This alleviated our fears and made us more comfortable after we saw how much we were getting with our home.
Colin's financial background (CPA) compliments his realtor expertise and helped us to view our property as a prudent investment as well as our home.
There were never any surprises. We talked almost every day and we always knew what to expect at any given moment.
We would recommend Colin to anyone. We believe he is the best at what he does but with the added bonus of being a genuine nice guy and friend.”
- Matt & Donna
“Mr. Colin Lee recently assisted us in the sale of our condo apartment in Hawaii and did a spectacular job. All the other realtors didn’t agree with our desire to sell our home for the price we wanted. They said very few apartment units in this building ever sell for that much. Obviously these realtors know nothing about construction and didn’t take the time to even look or understand. Of all the realtors who turned us down, only Colin Lee and Advantage Realty could see the true value of all the custom workmanship that was incorporated in our home.
Thanks to Colin Lee’s maintenance and electrical knowledge only he could see our unit was unlike others in the complex because of its special features, such as private separate internal water shut-off valve so as to completely shut off the unit’s water. Bathrooms had separate ball-check water shut-off valves installed for easy convenience maintenance repair work. No other units in the building had a custom water control system. Also new electrical panel, new louver windows, updated GFI plugs, kitchen and bathroom counters were custom built, all rooms were meticulously painted with customized soft colors, not just white. So with his expert advertising skills he and his company set out an extensive advertising campaign for us and in the first day of showing we had so many people bidding it was a success. It sold immediately. Thanks to Realtor Colin Lee and Advantage Realty’s detailed advertising and commitment to selling, our home ended up being sold for the highest price in the building at the time. Yes we highly recommend realtor Colin Lee and Advantage Realty.”
-Mark and Lei B.