Testimonials

Stephanie & Brandon E.

During the pandemic my husband and I started working from home and our current condo did not have the space to accommodate a home office, so we decided to sell. We chose to list with The Duryea Group due to their many years of experience. Shortly after our first meeting they had our property promptly on the market. We received multiple offers and got under contract very quickly, it was a very smooth process. We were in no rush to buy a new home due to the limited inventory and competitive market, so we planned to rent something while we took our time shopping. Then before even closing on the sale of our property my husband and I found the perfect home for us. We wanted to put in an offer immediately, but we were not prepared. The lender we had planned to use was not able to quickly process our loan, so The Duryea team connected us with a lender who was able to expedite our pre-approval process and our eventual mortgage. Many other also were interested in the same property so we ended up in a multiple offer situation, but The Duryea Group was there guide us through the stressful process and at the end we had an accepted offer. With two escrows now happening at the same time things can get confusing but The Duryea Group kept in contact with daily updates so we would know how both our sale and purchase were progressing. Throughout the process The Duryea Group provided an exceptionally high level of service; during every interaction they were prepared, knowledgeable and professional. I would highly recommend The Duryea Group to anyone who is considering selling or buying property in Hawaii.

Henry D.

We interviewed Donna, along with two other agents that were recommended by friends who had recently sold homes. During the initial interview she was knowledgeable about the local market, was very personable and honest, and had the substantial organizational weight of Elite Pacific Properties behind her. We selected Donna 9 months before we actually listed the property, but she had it as a pocket listing during that time. 3 months before listing we met with Donna and she introduced us to her new partner Sunita, this was done with the understanding that, if we didn't "click" with Sunita, Donna would handle us solo. Sunita was equally as personable and professional, so we now had a team working to sell our home. (With a bonus of Donna's husband Randall who is a great photographer and drone video guy.) We all worked on the listing description together and listed it Jan. 10th, 2018. One of them was present at every showing, and promoted it vigorously via every available avenue. They even retained a very skillful outside web consultant to assist with that process. Donna and Sunita walked us through the Hawaii contract form from our first offer and answered all of our questions. (There were lots!) The first offer didn't work out, so we kept showing it. We received a much better offer after 7 weeks on the market. Unfortunately, this was during a serious family emergency and everyone graciously gave us time to deal with the situation. After a few counters, we all accepted the offer and escrow began. Again, Donna and Sunita, bird dogged the process and kept us informed. Donna accompanied us to our closing doc signing, which she usually does. Her and her husband Randall even came and helped us host our Aloha (goodbye) Party after escrow closed, fulfilling a promise made months before.

Kontiki

We interviewed several realtors before listing our home with Donna Duryea. Donna saw the actual value of our home, when other realtors were trying to "low ball" our home for a quick sale. Because Donna was willing to "go the mile" with us on our sale and knew we were actually priced right, we ended up getting a full price offer just after two months which we accepted. Had we went with the other realtors we would have lost at least $180k on the sale of our home. Additionally, Donna had chosen to be an agent with Elite Pacific Properties, Hawaii's most professional broker that lists Hawaii's finest homes. Their process for sellers as well as buyers is thorough and is done consistently with many of the tasks automated, without losing the personal experience between agent and buyer/seller. Donna offered to do as many "Open House" dates as we felt necessary to boost our property. Donna also has her own personal and professional photographer; Randall Duryea, that really sets our home apart from the rest. The pictures were outstanding, offering potential sellers an exquisite representation of our home to potential buyers. This was really important to us, as you only have a few seconds to catch the attention of a buyer. Thank you Donna and Randall for such personable and professional service, that afforded us a very successful and quick full price sale!

Seller

The Duryea Team were the dream team for us. From the moment we met Donna Duryea, she exemplified what a professional and highly motivated Realtor is. With a “can do'' attitude, she was knowledgeable, thorough, insightful-sharp, highly competent, accommodating and a joy to work with! This also applied to her team of Realtor professionals as well. She was confident that she was going to sell our property which not only included a custom, cedar home but also a nursery shade house and warehouse sitting on almost 15 acres. Her professional expertise came into play when we went through the escrow process as first-time home sellers. The advice and knowledge she shared were excellent. She had the ability to communicate with a multitude of people from various multicultural backgrounds and walks of life and was able to negotiate, inform and coordinate the details in a tactful, professional and personal way. Having been born and raised in Hawai’i, Donna has the innate sense of culture, respect and the true Aloha Spirit. Her experience on the Continental U.S. and abroad adds the added bonus of her ability to relate and treat everyone with genuine kindness. We love the Donna Duryea Team – the Dream Team and so will you!

Seller

I whole-heartedly recommend Donna. I decided to sell my rental house in Volcano but had some concerns; my house was rented, I knew that Volcano could be a difficult market, I lived on the Mainland and it was the holidays. I found Donna listed on the Top 100 Realtors in Hawaii. I contacted her and we discussed various options for listing my house. She and her co-realtor Sunita convinced me it was an excellent time to list and the whole process could be done via email, phone and DocuSign. I was impressed with their enthusiasm, knowledge of market, professionalism and flexibility with my circumstances. I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision. From the time I signed the contract to closing was a little over 90 days. Since I was not on island, Donna and Sunita went above and beyond to deal with an uncooperative property manager, arranged for repairs to be done and coordinated directly with my great tenant. They provided advice when appropriate and kept me updated through the entire process.

Weber P.

When we decided to sell our home, it not only was a thought out process involving our whole family but an emotional one as well. When the final decision was to go with Donna Duryea, we couldn’t be happier. Donna from the start went above and beyond to help answers all of our questions and to ease our worries about selling our home. She helped us with the unknown hurdles that are faced when selling. Donna is a great communicator, and extremely knowledgeable. She worked side by side with us explaining every step of the way. Not only did Donna show professionalism, she truly showed she cared about us as individuals. Donna Duryea knows her profession, understands the real estate market. She didn’t just list our home; she sold it within 5 days! If you are looking for a professional realtor, yet someone who truly cares then Donna Duryea is that realtor! We highly recommend Donna Duryea, for she is the best in her profession.

Buyer | Seller

Our relationship with Donna has now involved two sales. First, when we were new to the area, her patience and resolve helped us find our unique mountain chalet. This was not easy. It involved exploring several communities and viewing maybe 20 houses until we located this perfect home. She then deftly helped us through a maze of county regulations and negotiations. Four years later, understandably, Donna was the first one we called when it came time to sell and move on. She was always open to marketing ideas and was enthusiastic and highly motivated. Her persistence prevailed. Within four months she brought us qualified buyers who loved this house as much as we did. We're very satisfied with the sale and recommend Donna to anyone serious in either buying or selling on the Big Island. She's not only a pro-she's now a friend.

Bruce H.

This is the second home we sold with Donna Duryea as the listing agent. She was very attentive to our needs and did an excellent job of listing the property. Her husband is a professional photographer and took outstanding pictures of the house which I think is so important as the main introduction to the property is almost always on the internet, and a picture is worth a thousand words as the saying goes. She did an excellent job of staging the house, and working through the labyrinth of difficulties presented by the pandemic. Donna is really good at what she does. She sells property. In addition, we received excellent help from her associate, Meg. We have no reservations in highly recommending her as a real estate agent who gets the job done and in the most professional manner.

Mike C.

Over the last 12 years I have dealt with 12 real estate brokers in several states. I have been doing business with Donna for over 10 years and have completed 4 transactions as a buyer and seller. No one comes close to her level of professional service representing both buyer or seller. In selling your property, Donna makes great recommendations to maximize the value of your property and works tirelessly to get it sold. In buying a property, Donna makes sure you know what you are buying and not just looking for a transaction. I have found too many brokers representing the buyer, will tend to unintentionally not give you the true picture so they can make the transaction. I would trust Donna.

Buyer | Seller

Donna Duryea has represented us in all real estate matters since 2008 when she listed our home. She has always been extremely willing to supply us with any real estate information we needed and has shown us multiple listing she thought might interest us when were simply exploring the market. This year she listed and sold a vacation rental for us very quickly. This was our first real estate transaction in several years and the process was far more complex than we expected and she guided us through it with exceptional expertise. We will certainly be using Donna for any future real-estate sales or purchases.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Donna Duryea will tell you, the spirit of Hawaii is alive in every fiber of her being. As a five-time Top 100 Realtor in the state, she will provide you with an exceptional buying or selling experience. Donna leads The Duryea Group, proudly servicing clients on Oahu and Hawaii Island.
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