Kauai Real Estate Blog: About

Name:Carol Skon
Company:HomeSmart Island Homes
Email: Contact Carol Skon, RB, Kauai, Hawaii Real Estate (HomeSmart Island Homes)
Website URL:http://www.carolskon.com
Office:(808) 634-2945
Mobile:(808) 634-2945
Address:1888 Kalakaua Avenue Suite C312 , Honolulu, HI, 96815
Description:If you want someone who listens to your needs and is not pushy or unrealistic, I can help you find or sell your Kauai property. I have the knowledge and experience to get the job done right.

About Carol

Carol was born and raised in St Paul, Minnesota.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota from the School of Journalism.  After graduation, she worked for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune newspapers.

In the 1980's and 1990's, Carol worked in the training and development industry.  She worked for Achieve Global (formerly Xerox Learning Systems) as a Sales Representative, Sales Manager and Vice President of Sales.  She also worked for Wilson Learning Corporation as Executive Vice President of Sales.

In 2003,  Carol became a Minnesota licensed realtor and in 2004, her husband and she moved to Princeville and she became a Hawaii licensed realtor.  She now holds a Hawaii Real Estate Broker license.  She has earned her Accredited Buyer's Representative certification in 2005, e-Pro certification in 2006 and in 2007 she completed her Graduate Realtors accreditation. She has sold more than $50 million since 2004.

She is a Graduate of the Harris Real Estate University's short sale and REO coaching programs.

Carol is a dedicated full time real estate broker/agent. 

She is an avid golfer and enjoys swimming in Hanalei Bay. 


Testimonials

 Graduate Realtor Institute, e-Pro  

 

 



Susan Tappan / Steven Lashbrook and TAK-0  

Living for nine years in Princeville, Kauai was truly Paradise for us. It was time time to return to family and friends in California. Carol Skon, an avid golfer, was a Makai Golf Club friend. We discussed our situation,and Carol led us every step of the way in selling our Princeville hale. She was phenomenal! We appreciate her extra special attention she gave us almost daily, in selling our property. We were anxious to sell, but that is not really possible at this time. She kept us well informed of all properties listed and selling. Her photos and real estate catalog for our listing ,were extremely well done, as Carol is a college grad in journalism. She would stop by at any time, when we needed some questions answered. Her knowledge in selling Kauai real estate is par excellent. Her communication skills are what we consider the most important issue involved with a realtor. Again, excellent! Carol views the real estate market picture in Kauai to the tee! We put all of our trust in selling our hale into Carol. She ran the show and she succeeded brilliantly. We highly recommend Carol Skon in selling any property on Kauai. She is tops in her field. We are very grateful to Carol for her guidance in selling our hale. Know doubt about it! She is the BEST! Susan Tappan / Steven Lashbrook and TAK-0


Mike and Diane Gilbert  

After 14 years of ownership, we made the tough decision to sell our unique little piece of paradise in Princeville, HI. We had our own ideas about who our Realtor should be, but a very good friend of ours recommended Carol to us. So we took the time to meet with Carol, and immediately changed our minds. We knew before our first meeting with Carol was over that we wanted Carol as our Realtor. Carol is the ultimate professional who thoroughly understands the Kauai Real Estate Market. Our little piece of paradise was a vacation rental, and our rental bookings were solid which created challenges for Carol to do open houses. Despite the high occupancy rate Carol took advantage of every available opportunity to do open houses. It was not uncommon for Carol to do an open house in the morning before our guests arrived later that day. No detail was too small for Carol, she would tidy up and vacuum after her open houses to make sure our guests would arrive to their sparkling clean vacation home. Carol’s goal was to make sure we were getting the most exposure to potential buyers as possible. Carol worked endless hours making our sale become a reality. She thoroughly communicated with us every step of the way exceeding our already high expectations. Carol walked us through the complex escrow and closing process making it as easy for us as possible. If you are thinking about selling or buying a home on Kauai there is no one else that we would recommend. Carol is knowledgeable, professional, friendly, genuine, a great communicator, but probably most important; Carol instills a great deal of integrity and trust into the relationship that you build with her. Carol Skon is the Realtor that you want working for you. Mike & Diane Gilbert


Vic and Judi de Forest  

My husband and I had not been to our condo in 5 years; we live 6000 miles away from Kaua'i. When we needed to sell, a friend recommended Carol. We found her to be knowledgeable and her experience in her field was invaluable in marketing our home. No detail was too small and no job too big, from picking out new carpeting to inventory to rearranging the furniture so it would look more pleasing. Her photos of our condo "invited" viewers to live on Kauai in our home. She always spent our money on renovations and fix-ups in a very conservative way. We could reach her easily by phone or email and all explanations were clear and concise. Her advice was spot-on and we relied on it often. When our condo sold, everything that needed to happen was finished on time. We have bought and sold quite a few houses in our marriage, and Carol stands out as one of the most professional and attentive realtors with whom we have worked. We cannot recommend her highly enough.


Cliff Lamb and Todd  

Carol handled the sale of our Emmalani Court home with true expertise. She kept us fully informed, went out of her way to arrange any repairs found necessary during the inspection and kept us calm while negotiations were taking place. She truly went out of her way to make the whole process as easy as possible. Her friendly attitude and professionalism impressed us from the moment we met her and we would absolutely use her again.


Dave McCormick  

I just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work in selling my condo in Princeville. You went far beyond what other agents would have done for me. I have highly recommended you to my friends. Should I need the services of a real-estate agent, you will be the first person I call. Please feel free to use me as a reference should you need one. I can’t thank you enough.


Claudia and Bob Klumb  

If you want an enthusiastic, market-savvy, more than very knowledgeable and experienced realtor and negotiator, you need look no further. Carol was recommended to me by trusted friends who also had the same experience in selling their condo in the same market and whose condo sold with Carol at the helm. Carol spent invested time in researching the market and listening to my expectations. Together we devised a plan forward. I learned so very much about the market, how to present the “island paradise dream”, owner’s responsibilities in the process from beginning to end (which were totally new to me at the time) as well as managing my expectations. Carol walked me through every step. She communicated with me 2 or 3 times a week preparing for the market listing. Carol made sure all my expectations were met. My condo was listed with Carol and received several viable offers within 3 days of the first open-house with an acceptance on the 9th day. Escrow was closed 2 weeks early due to Carol’s tenacity and pro-active management of the process between me, the buyer’s realtor and Title Company. Carol is a 5+ star agent and is highly recommended for both buyers and sellers.


GL Scarborough  

"Looking for the BEST Realtor on Kauai to work with when buying or selling a property? Look no further. Carol Skon is without a doubt the BEST!!! My wife and I wanted to sell our SeaLodge condo in Princeville and I asked around amongst friends who they would recommend and Carol's name came up repeatedly. After visiting with her only a brief time, we were convinced she was the Realtor for us. What a blessing that has turned out be. Having been a Realtor myself in the past, I am familiar with the many details that have to be tended to in marketing, presentation, and showing properties. Having a vacation rental on the market requires a lot of patience, which Carol has in abundance, and coordination with the property manager to minimize disruptions to paying guests. Top all of this off with our being off island during the listing period, and subsequent contract period. Carol found a buyer within about 30 days after signing the listing contract and coordinated the whole process while we were on the mainland. The whole process went smoothly. The bottom line in any recommendation is would we use her services again? Absolutely! Carol is very professional and a total pleasure to work with."


Karen Rupp & Dennis Ness, Kapaa, Hawaii  

We want to say how satisfied we are with working with Carol. We had our Condo on the market for over 2 yrs. We knew it was a hard market, but we were unsatisfied that we were not getting the response that we thought we should be getting. When we contacted Carol, she was talking about "Key words" for us. She said several times that she wanted to work honestly and with integrity. Carol had listed our property and one week later she had MULTIPLE offers! Then the work started for Carol. She was in constant contact with the buyers' agent and the lender to hold the sale together. Only with her tenacity the sale went thru. We are recommending Carol in the future.


Lee Killeen, Oregon  

I lived on the Island of Kauai for 9 years. I met Carol Skon when she sold my first condo in 2004. I recently sold my 2 bed room condo and of course the only realtor I would consider was my friend Carol. Not only is Carol the most professional realtor that I have done business with, she works hard for her clients. Doing business with Carol has been a real pleasure. Not only is the best, she has become a great friend.I've met a number of real estate agents in my life time, but never one better then Carol Skon. I recommend her highly.


Shari and Hiett Ward, Princeville, Hawai  

Carol is one of a kind! We have dealt with lots of realtors in the course of many corporate transfers and eighteen moves. Carol is simply the best we have ever had. She is exceptionally pleasant, and we have no suggestions as to how she could improve her performance.


Carl E. Ward , PhD  

My family and I purchased a condominium property on Kauai via a short sale in late December 2009. We were represented in this transaction by Ms. Carol Skon. We were particularly impressed with the high degree of professionalism displayed by Ms.Skon. She returned every telephone call and answered every e-mail promptly and she "held our hands" throughout the purchase process. She provided all requisite forms and contracts, explained all the pertinent state and local laws and competently led us through every detail of the transaction. As we were making the purchase from the mainland, Carol went out of her way to provide us with photographs, schematic sketches and accurate descriptions of the property and she made certain that she was present during all property inspections. She acted on our behalf to assure that the property was cleaned to our satisfaction even after closing and in summary I can honestly state that she treated us as though we were a part of her family. In my overall experience buying real estate, I can say that I have never encountered a more thorough, honest and caring professional than Carol Skon. I cannot recommend her highly enough.


Tom and Cathy Hamm, California  

My wife and I had decided for both business and financial reasons to purchase property on Kauai after debating for several years. Fortunately, we found Carol to assist us in the process. She worked through every angle during the transaction on our behalf, and we both determined that it was the easiest real estate purchase we had ever gone through. She listened to our needs and found for us the perfect property with the most beautiful views right on the ocean. She is the perfect realtor, returns phone calls promptly, gets questioned answered as soon as possible, and makes you feel like a family friend is helping you. She will definitely be the person we call, should we sell, upgrade, or purchase additional real estate on Kauai.


Jim and Polly Tucker, Princeville & Arizona  

My Wife and I have experienced 27 relocations. We have purchased and sold many homes with the assistance of numerous Real Estate Professionals. Our home buying and selling acumen has an extensive foundation. Our association with Carol Skon began in March of 2011 as we attempted to purchase a home in Princeville, on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii, four time zones from our mainland home. During the following six months, Carol identified properties that met our criteria, consulted with us to develop an acquisition strategy, identified mortgage funding sources, produced an offer/counter offer, monitored the progress, and keep us informed as to the progress. When our offer was accepted, Carol identified home inspection professionals, insurance agents, utility providers, property management companies as well as numerous other contacts we needed to close on the property during September 2011. During this time, Carol’s professionalism, sound judgment, superior knowledge of the Hawaiian market (and its idiosyncrasies), negotiating abilities, interpersonal skills, optimism, and tenacity facilitated our success. Carol Skon is the most knowledgeable and versatile Real Estate Professional we know. Based on 27 relocations we have experience, Carol is the preeminent professional.


Lynn Kievit, Texas  

An old friend recommended that I call Carol to handle the sale of my condo in Princeville. I found Carol to be amazing, simply the best of the best! She is a consummate professional with a heart of gold. She exhibited an uncanny ability to handle possible snags long before they became an issue, that, coupled with years of experience, work ethic, and expertise, puts her head and shoulders above the other agents I have dealt with through the years. She has earned my complete trust and respect and I am honored to relate my experience.


John and Brenda, Phoenix  

I'm writing this as I sit at my kitchen table at Pali Ke Kua looking out at the blue Pacific. This morning, I watched a pod of dolphins from this spot. It has been one year, almost to the day, since my husband and I purchased our condo on the North Shore of Kaua'i. We often think about our good fortune in working with Carol Skon, our Realtor extraordinaire, who helped us find the perfect property. We met Carol a couple of years ago on an impulse walk-through of another property. Carol impressed us with her knowledge and obvious enthusiasm for this beautiful part of the world. Upon returning to Phoenix, we kept thinking about owning a property in Hawaii, and kept in touch with Carol. We were impressed by her cheerful follow-through to our many questions. We also appreciated her great support throughout the purchase process, including introductions to many people on Kaua'i who helped contribute to the success of the purchase. We have complete confidence in Carol, and recommend her highly.


Roxanne Carr, Division President The Mortgage House, Inc.  

My husband and I recently worked with Carol Skon in the listing and sale of our condo at Pali Ke Kua. We found her integrity, attention to detail and instant communication so helpful. We listed our condo during a tough selling market, but she was able to do the job and get it done (even after a low appraisal) in a very short time. As sellers, we were extremely happy with her service, ideas and thoughtfulness. And our buyers were happy also. I have worked with hundreds of Realtors and find her to be one of the best in the business.


John and Leah Stroup, Princeville & Missouri  

We recently worked with Carol on two transactions in Princeville: purchasing a condo and selling our condo. Carol is a great listener, and found us the perfect property to suit our needs. She gave us sound pricing advice for the sale of our condo, and found us a buyer the same week we listed! Everything about both transactions went smoothly, thanks to Carol keeping on top of the details. She kept us informed, and when issues arose, she found creative solutions to keep the process moving. We highly recommend Carol Skon and would use her again!


Ken and Sharon, Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii  

My wife and I put our condo up for sale August 2006. We chose Carol because of her great personality, tremendous knowledge of Hawaii real estate, and her dedication to her clients. Well, we just sold it, given the slow market, and Carol did not disappoint us in our expectations. Alot of agents would have given up but not Carol. She tried every means to get information out to potential buyers and was very persistent in open houses. Carol always gave us great information and suggestions and really stuck with us. She was there with us through all aspects of the sale, including the closing. I believe that not only says alot about Carol as an agent but also as a person. I would highly recommend Carol to anyone who asks and would use her in the future for any other real estate transactions. I know and have used other agents, but none compare to Carol.


Pakalana, Lihue, Kauai  

I am a single female who was living in California when I got a call that I got the job I wanted and could start immediately. So I packed up and someone referred me to Carol Skon. She has a bubbly personality and is genuinely a very helpful woman. I felt comfortable with her right away. I packed up my life and while my things were in route to Kauai, I rented a hotel for a week. The day after I arraived on island Carol picked me up to take me Condo shopping. I found a great townhome style two story in a small complex, at an affordabloe price. I was home. I went into escrow the next day. Carol made my transition from mainland to Kauai an easy one. She walked me through the whole thing as I am a first time buyer. I really enjoy being centrally located. I love my drive to work at the Anara Spa a the Grand Hyatt, and it's all thanks to Carol! If you need an excellent Realtor call Carol Skon, she will make you feel right at home. "Mahalo Nui Loa"