What Our Clients Say









"Sean is an exceptional realtor and I cannot give him enough praise. He was very intelligent, knowledgeable, and patient. I believe one of Sean’s greatest assets is his communication. He was assertive with all phone calls, texts and emails and kept me informed throughout the entire process. He returned all my phone calls promptly. I felt well represented and never questioned that he had my best interest in mind at all times. In my opinion he is the best of the best and you can be assured that he will represent you with honesty, integrity with an in-depth understanding of the Kauai real estate market. Thank you Sean!"



Buyer










"Jim is a true gentleman who treats everyone with patience, dignity, and respect. His knowledge is extensive, and he presents what he knows to the client so that the client is up to date on current real estate affairs. He handles every transaction with the highest level of integrity. Jim will go above and beyond his job description to provide you with the best possible care. Jim would never encourage anyone to list with him or to buy from him unless that person was personally convinced that was there best plan of action. There is never any pressure from Jim. Last but not least he has a keen perception and understanding of how to approach people in a diplomatic fashion. This is an innate skill that is difficult for many to achieve. I cannot recommend Jim too highly."



Seller










"We have worked with Sean on five real estate transactions and they have all been pleasantly successful and easy! Sean goes out of his way to handle as many of the details of a transaction, so the client doesn't drown in the minutia, which is especially appreciated when you are an off island client. Sean knows all of the areas of Kauai and can help you understand the "personality" of the different areas. He is always prepared to help get you settled in to your new place--recommending lawn crews, painters, handymen--and even running down to the county building to find out information from the planning or water department. He is always very responsive and returns calls/texts in a timely manner. Although he is highly professional, he is also very funny and a pleasure to be around. I would not hesitate to use Sean again in any future real estate transactions I may have on Kauai. Mahalo plenty, Sean"



Seller/Buyer/Seller/Buyer/Seller










"We cannot imagine a better representative. Jim is dedicated to the profession, works extremely hard, has outstanding personal skills, and an appreciation for technical details and the local market. Early on, he nurtured a relationship with us to learn our tastes and desires for prospective homes on the north shore of Kauai. Throughout the process, he championed our position in some pretty challenging negotiations with the sellers and their agent. He excelled at listening, presenting the benefits to all parties in favor of moving forward. It was reassuring to learn about his solid training in law, but we were most impressed with his extensive experience in real estate, his people skills, and his desire to best represent our interests. He was very good at managing expectations of all parties, including ours. He also has excellent relationships with various types of inspectors and repair people. He always entered negotiations with a solid foundation in fact. It was important for us to understand exactly what we would be getting (basically a fixer/upper), what it would cost to repair and maintain the property, and why the discount in asking price (including our counter offers), already reflected many of these issues. After closing, Jim continued to work with us in arranging repairs of electrical and roof issues. A year afterwards, we can conclude with conviction that our purchase was quite a bargain. We continue stay in touch with Jim. Recently, he voluntarily helped to expertly guide us in negotiations with the state of Hawaii to reduce our initial tax-assessment base by 15% for this real estate. If we ever decide to sell, Jim will get the call. "



Buyer










"We listed our home with Sean, and could not have picked a more professional, or personable agent. He sold our Norhshore home in a matter of weeks, not years, as often is the case for selling homes in our price point. His knowledge, calm, and pleasant demeanor is a real asset when selling something as personal as your home. Infact, we were repeat customers. Each time, his considerate nature and attention to detail were highly impressive. And most importantly, he delivered the desired results."



Seller/Seller










"Jim is simply the best. I would work with no other. We had an ongoing relationship for 8 months on the phone before I ever stepped foot in Hawaii to look for homes. He didn't know for sure whether I would buy, yet he educated me on the process, answered every single question I had, sent me free information all the time. Was very dedicated from beginning to end without ever knowing I would be a client for sure. I have rarely seen a person be such a giver, so honest, diligent and with such integrity. How much I recommend him does not fit into language."



Buyer










"It had been our longtime dream to own a second home in Princeville, Kauai, where we had visited numerous times over the past 25 years. Sean Ahern helped make our dream come true last year. We had been looking at properties on Zillow for almost two years when we saw one that stood out to us. We reached out to Sean after reading his profile online. We were immediately impressed by his extensive knowledge of the Princeville community, accessibility and real-estate expertise. Because we live in California, Sean arranged a virtual, FaceTime tour of the property. He did such a thorough job that we felt comfortable submitting an offer without seeing the property in person. Sean provided expert guidance throughout the process and connected us with great resources to help manage and maintain the property afterward. Additionally, our offer was contingent on the sale of a rental property we owned. Sean not only convinced the sellers that our offer was solid, but also provided a suggestion for our California realtor that helped close the deal on the other end. We feel extremely fortunate to have worked with Sean to make our Princeville dream a reality. We highly recommend him to anyone – friends, family members and strangers alike – looking to purchase a property on Kauai. Mahalo, Sean!"



Buyer










"I had a difficult condo to sell in that it was a lease-hold with 20 years left on the lease, with lease rents that continued to escalate every 10 years, with no option of a buy out of the lease with the lease holder. The condo was situated in a development with million dollar views to the south and west on the north shore of Kauai. Mr. Karlovsky spent countless hours explaining the lease hold process to hundreds of potential buyers. We did get a great offer very quickly, unfortunately, the loan for the buyers fell through very close to the closing date, and Jim had to start the process all over again. He always worked with professionalism and dedication to achieving a sale, and again spoke with hundreds of potential buyers, most, just lookers. We sold the condo, in spite of the odds, Jim always had positive feedback and a smile on his face through-out the process. I would recommend him highly to those that are interested in quality work, positive outcomes, and a thorough knowledge of Kauai, and all its potential as a viable real estate market."


Seller











"We will never buy another property again without Sean's guidance and expertise. We first learned about Sean from a hotel concierge as we were beginning our dream hunt for a property on Kauai. She said: "Sean will go to the ends of the Earth to find you the perfect property". This proved to be 100% true. Sean was relentless in helping us find a home that matched up to, and actually exceeded our vision, if you can imagine that! Along the way, we had a wonderful time, we laughed constantly, and what was so remarkable to us was that at every showing appointment, every other realtor would comment about how lucky we were to be working with the "best realtor on the island." Sean helped connect us to the top lenders, he referred us to fabulous tradespeople, and he helped us to learn everything we needed to know as we eased in to island property owning. We cannot say it enough...there simply is no better choice in Kauai realtors. Sean is the best!"


Buyer










"We flew to Kauai while vacationing in Oahu simply for a day escape. We had no intention of buying having sworn off vacation property for decades; but, that is simply how fantastic Sean was that day. He took the time to educate us on the island and five weeks later I was flying back to look at homes; we closed 3 months later. We live in Wisconsin so this was a significant leap of faith during the back end of the housing recession; but, again Sean provided spectacular guidance including introducing us to our contractor who had the property rental ready in 45 days. For six years running we have retained 75% occupancy and have never looked back. It has been one of the best investments and live decisions we have ever made. Never would have been possible without Sean and his intimate knowledge of Kauai and his innate ability to tune into our specific needs."


Buyer









"After working with Sean as our seller-representative (three times), I'm so impressed with his knowledge, professionalism, integrity, thoroughness, expediency and skill in masterfully guiding the process of selling or buying real estate, that I refer Sean to potential buyers or sellers any time I have the opportunity. I've been thanked by those buyers/sellers, as often, for referring them to Sean. In my line of work, I deal with other realtors and brokers on a daily and on-going basis, and I can say that unequivocally Sean is at the penacle of that peak of professionals. In a group known for back-stabbing, smarmy tactics and self-serving orientation, Sean stands far apart from the pack with his forthright honesty, unwillingness to stoop to that level of play, and genuine concern for his clients best interest."


Seller









“We had a wonderful real estate shopping experience with Jim. We weren't so sure if we'd find a unit that met our requirements since we've looked around for 3 years now and a lot of properties were a disappointment. Jim came through because he listened and understood what we needed. In the end it was really surprising and we can't believe we finally found a place in paradise. Jim is really great to work with since he goes through the process of really understanding what we were looking for. Most importantly, he made sure we took our time to absorb and understand the potential of each property. Communication during the process of our closing is of great importance to me and Jim certainly did not disappoint."


Renter









Jim was very insightful about timing the ups and downs of the real estate market and offered several options to consider when listing. Jim took excellent photos for MLS and communicated frequently with other realtors regarding the property. This showed us that he knew not only how to generate interest from potential buyers in our condo, but also, how to maintain that interest after the first viewing. Jim was very knowledgeable about the HI real estate contracts received from potential buyers. After accepting an offer, he was resourceful in assisting us to remove contingencies and acquiring numerous documents requested from the Title Company. Working with Jim was a pleasure and led to a successful sale."


Seller










I have had the pleasure of working with Jim over several years as we prepared the Kauai home for sale. Jim provided essential improvement advice and market valuation. His knowledge of the local market is second to none as exemplified by the fact on listing our property the well-qualified buyer was secured in a matter of days at full price. Jim responds immediately to all questions and has put together well thought out marketing strategies. Add in Jim is genuine, so very personable and worked diligently to ensure a successful transaction. As a licensed broker in the Midwest, I highly recommend Jim for any island real estate need and as a resource for your future Kauai market exploration.”


Seller










“We worked with Jim to close on a condo at Pono Kai in Kapa'a. Within one day of property viewings, we narrowed our focus to 3 properties and made an offer that same day. Time to action is very important in a hot market like Kauai and Jim advised us on how to structure the offer to get accepted - which it was the next day. Jim guided us through was a complicated escrow, all the while responding in what seemed like real time. We closed the property on time despite the complications; and we now the proud owner of a great beachfront property! Thank you Jim for your market knowledge, fantastic people skills and responsiveness."


Buyer










Sean was our listing agent in Kauai. He did an excellent job preparing for the listing (photos, descriptions, advise on details). He also arranged for a drone video which highlighted the unique features. The video was so outstanding, he used it sell to a party who was actually looking elsewhere on the island. Based on the video, they placed a sight-unseen offer on the house before the listing ever made it to the MLS listings. As the result of Sean's head's up marketing, we sold the house near our asking price without us having to go through the pain of multiple showings.”


Seller










All agents should strive to be as incredible as Sean Ahearn. Not only is he a pleasure to work with but he actually cares about doing a great job. In 17 years as a business owner on the island I have had the opportunity to work with many realtors and there is no question Sean is the best! He always keeps us apprised of the market situation and leads us through each step of the process, providing candid advice , timely updates and juggling logistics right up to the finish line all with a great sense of humor!"


Seller










Jim was quite a resource to have in my position living off island and needing to sell a home on the island of Kauai. There were numerous small details that I needed assistance with in order for the process to go smoothly and Jim was there without reservations whatsoever to handle many of these things. I can say with confidence that Jim will go beyond the call of duty and get the job done! if I again have the need to buy or sell a home/property in Hawaii, Jim will be the first person that I call."


Seller










Jim helped us sell our northshore condo that we owned for 16 years. From our first meeting through the final closing we never regretted the decision to use Jim. He has a great combination of being smart, having a great knowledge of the local market and he works hard for both buyers and sellers. In other words, a real professional. We would not hesitate from using Jim again or recommending him to others."


Seller










Sean was a consummate professional when he sold our condo. His marketing skills were excellent, and he had a very good understanding of the market when advising us on pricing and marketing our unit. He negotiated a price very close to our asking price and advised us on best counter offer alternatives on offers. Should we decide to buy again on Kauai, Sean would be our first choice to represent us."


Seller










Jim is an extremely friendly and professional guy. He marketed our home superbly and we received an over-asking price offer within 2-3 weeks. I always felt that he put our interests first, especially as he kept the deal on track during a lengthy escrow. I am not a fan of the realty profession in general, but Jim is a star! We were very well served by letting him represent us."


Seller










Sean was a huge asset when it came to our purchasing process. His knowledge of the local market helped us get the best price we could get on our home. Aside from Sean's professional expertise he was great to work with. Super helpful and always willing to go the extra mile while we were getting in to our home. I feel like we have a friend in the community now."


Seller










Sean has been taking care of my real estate needs for over a decade. he has great skills in all the areas above. He works very hard for me on multiple transactions over the years, and has made some seemingly impossible situations work. I would not hesitate to recommend him, or call him for my next real estate transaction."


Buyer & Seller










We interviewed 3 real estate individuals before we listed. We felt Jim was the best choice, and we were right! Always there to help, explain, more like he was a family member. Never pushed us - always our decision. Jim was very professional. We would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to sell or buy."


Seller










Great guy, followed up and took time to handle every call. I bought a house thru Jim and sold one. He was very professional and ALWAYS followed up! He took exhaustive notes and had a lot of detail to everything he did."


Seller