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We are the place to buy and sell Hawaii real estate

Hawaii real estate is what we're all about.  Our goal is to provide buyers and sellers of Hawaii property a happy and rewarding experience. This site provides information about Hawaiian island real estate, neighborhoods, employment and history to help you in your choices for Hawaii homes.

Mike Bates is an experienced Hawaii realtor associate with Shirokiya Residential Estates in Honolulu.  He's lived on Oahu since 1982 and has also lived on Maui, the Big Island (Hawaii) and Molokai.  Familiarity with Hawaii's different cultures, geographies and employment markets make Mike and his real estate team suited to assist you.

Customer satisfaction - that's what it's all about

Some Hawaii realtors take lots of listings and barely have time to talk with their customers.  Other agents sell Hawaii homes part-time.  They're busy with their regular jobs and might not provide the service you deserve.  Mike works full time in real estate and puts his customers in the driver's seat, getting the best values for buyers and sellers!

Buying a home in Hawaii

Visit our Hawaii homebuyers page to see what we do for our buyers.  We strive for long term owner satisfaction and friendship, not just a quick commission.

Sell your Hawaii home

Mike is a high-tech realtor, adopting new and innovative trends for selling homes.  His seller tools will help you get the best selling price for your home.  Visit our Hawaii homesellers page for more information.

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Testimonials from Hawaii home sellers and buyers

We want you to know how great Mike Bates was in helping us buy our condominium at Makaha Beach Cabanas. We closed and took possession of our condo on September 5, 2014. His knowledge, personality and communication skills are exemplary. He treated us with the highest degree of respect and made us feel comfortable working with him and trusting him. Mike is a true professional in every sense of the word. He is also a really nice person.
Jeff and Rose - September 2014

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Aloha Mike,
Just to say thank you for your help in finding us the house that we loved. Me and my family were very grateful for all your help during the process. Again thank you very much, and also for sending our paperwork for the homeowners tax exemption.
Alex and Victoria - March 2014

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Needless to say you did a great job for us and we appreciate it very much.  Thanks again for everything.
Chris P. - March 2014

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Things are going well here and we are loving our Bluestone townhouse!  Thanks again for your expertise, and kindness that made the deal go through!
Steve and Carol C. - January 2014

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Mike was great in assisting us on a short sale of our house in Kaneohe. Mike is a true professional and I would recommend him to everyone who wants to buy or sell their house on Oahu.
Jerry M. - November 2013

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Thanks so much with your help in purchasing my condo. It was nice having a realtor who would return phone calls and e-mails!
Aaron N. - October 2013

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A superb performance by Mr. Mike Bates!  Of the five homes I have bought throughout the US within the last 15 years, Mike stands out as the best buyer/seller agent that I have worked with.  He made the whole process buying/selling as easy and convenient as possible even though I was stationed in Germany.  In addition, he was able to sell my condo in less than a month, for more than the asking price and by a buyer who paid in cash. I have interviewed three seller agents before I went with Mike, and every seller agent either refused to sell my property or thought I should sell my condo as a short sale.  Mike’s professionalism and dedication didn’t stop there.  Mike continuously showed me numerous postings of different places that I wanted and was always willing to help me with whatever I needed to select a home for me and my wife to retire. We finally decided on a golf-front home in Kapolei within our budget.  I highly recommend him if you are looking to either buy or sell a property on Oahu, you will not be disappointed.  I plan on using him again in the future when I'm looking to buy investment property.
Nathan D. - August 2013

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I came to Oahu earlier this year looking for a reputable realtor, to help locate and secure a retirement home. I interviewed several quality realtors and Mike stood out from the group.  He seemed knowledgeable of the market, deliberate in his statements – sticking to the facts, and extremely patient in finding and showing me properties that fit my needs.   In the end, he located a wonderful beachfront condo at a great price, in a market with limited inventory.  I move in soon.
Harry L. - October 2012
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I have been involved with real estate for over 20 years. Mike is the BEST Realtor I have ever worked with!! Hands down!!!
He goes above and beyond with everyone. No task is too large or too small for him. He is extremely professional, efficient, courteous and an AWESOME communicator!!! He has my highest recommendation.
Joan A.  - March 2012

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Thanks again for being so wonderful with us!  We're very happy with our Diamond Head condo. 
Emili and Tay  - December 2011

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Mike Bates is a great realtor, really the best! I was extremely impressed with his knowledge, his responsiveness, and his patience. I was unfamiliar with HI real estate when we began, but Mike took the time to show me a wide range of properties all around Oahu and give me a confident sense of the options for a retirement apartment in my price range. When I finally selected a co-op, he helped me understand the intricacies of co-ops, served as go-between, and got prompt answers to all of my questions. He also went out of his way to be helpful in many other ways. Mike is reliable, trustworthy, always courteous, and also a very nice guy. I was fortunate to find him, and recommend him *very* highly.
A Jennings - May 2011

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In order to be successful in the purchase of a home, the important thing is to meet all deadlines.  Between the listing agent, the lenders and escrow, deadlines can be missed and you could lose the property you had a contract to buy.   Mike Bates was instrumental in keeping  the communications flowing between the different groups and met all deadlines.  My  purchase of a  3 bedroom townhome at Ocean Pointe went beyond expectations.  The short sale that I anticipated taking a long time to process, was completed within 3 months.   Thank You Mike Bates!
Mike C - September 2010 

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Mike Bates was the agent acting on my behalf in my purchase at Ko Olina Fairways. He was very responsive, knowledgeable and provided a good sounding board. I also appreciated his follow up after the sale.
  
Kathleen F - July 2010 
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I knew Mike Bates from prior years of doing triathlons  He trained hard and raced hard!  Like in those years of triathlons, Mike continues to bring that work hard ethic to his customer service in the business of real estate.  He worked with me to find the perfect place on the east side of Oahu. He was very accessible and patient with my constant calls and emails.  He will definitely work with you to find that right place as well, he'll work hard for you like the Ironman he is.  Thanks Mike!!!"
 Rod Y.  - June 2010 
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I was fortunate to have Mike Bates as my realtor in the  recent selling of my Honolulu house.  My place was in a unusual location on the mountainside.  We knew it would be difficult to market; it  would require a unique buyer with the imagination to fully see the potential. Of course, this was all happening during the height of  the recent economic recession. And when things looked tough, Mike was still there with optimism  and determination - and we did find that unique buyer.

Throughout, I sensed his loyalty to myself, his client. Then it got better.  Surveyor...tent fumigation...what have you....  Here's where Mike's professionalism really shone through:  I'd gone out on my own and got bids for all those necessary services; but Mike's knowledge and connections were superior to anything I could find.  He got a better price than any bid I got; and the quality of the service was better than I could have hoped for.

He went beyond 'the call of duty' when he brought a pole saw to my house and helped cut tree branches to prepare for the tent fumigation.  I'm so grateful for the excellent service that Mike provided.
Robert R.  - April 2010  
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I'd like to state my appreciation for all the hard work Mike Bates put into finding and helping us purchase our townhome. He was very patient and courteous in showing us many possible properties, until we finally found what we liked. His continued efforts made our purchase go smoothly. My wife and I look forward to living in our new Ewa Beach townhome.  I would certainly recommend Mike to anyone looking to buy, or sell a property.
Aloha, Tony and Chuyang - March 2010
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Mike went far above and beyond what should be expected from a seller's agent.  He cleared construction debris from the yard and interacted with Honolulu City and County officials, addressing issues related to the sale of my home in Punaluu.  He did all of these things with absolute professionalism.
It is evident to me that Mike's priority is to provide the best service possible and ensure a successful conclusion to a transaction for all parties involved.
Lana G.  - September 2009
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Mike,
Jane and I really appreciate the support you provided throughout the purchase process of our home in Kaneohe.  We will definitely recommend you to our friends.
Brian F. - April 2009

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I can't believe it -- we own a condo on Oahu! Yay! It has been terrific working with you, Mike, you really now your business and have made it so easy and comfortable for us.  If we ever know of anyone looking to buy on the island (and believe me, all our friends are getting curious now that we are there!), we will definitely steer them to you. 
Karen B.  - July 2008

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Mike helped me find a townhome in Pearl City for $245,000 when comparable units were selling for $300,000. I also didn't have anyone here and Mike being the friend that he was helped me move and answered all my questions and led me down the right path for something along the way. Now I have the place like I want it for now and am lucky I went with Mike.
Ricky C. - June 2008

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I just wanted to thank you again for all you have done for me in getting my house in Kaneohe sold via a short sale.  My wife said she wished we had known about you a year ago when we listed with another realtor.  You would have sold our house for a better price.
Jerry M - February 2008

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My husband and I really enjoyed working with Mike, I think the main reason is because unlike many other realtors, Mike is not a real talker, he is a real listener. Where most realtors really try to 'sell' you a house, Mike really tried to find you the right house. 
 
He was patient and explained everything we needed to know in layman's term and really helped us understand the process and pro's and con's of each home we saw. With Mike's help we now have our cute home in Palolo and will definitely seek out his help again shall we ever be in the housing market again, whether it is to sell our current home or to buy a second home.  
 
We would definitely recommend Mike to be your realtor! Try him! You will love the experience as well. Thanks so much Mike! 
Jolene and Ben - February 2008

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Dear Mike,
Words can't express our deepest thanks for your exceptional effort in helping us realize the dream to acquire a retirement house at Ocean Pointe.  You gave us so much confidence in your line of work and you go beyond your scope of responsibility. I've been telling people at work about you for those who are dreaming of getting a house in HI. Thank you for everything.
Ofelia and Elmo B. - September 2007