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Tracy Yamato

Tracy Yamato

Certified Residential Specialist (RA) CRS


Mobile: (808) 372-2274

Email: Tracy@HawaiiLiving.com

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Tracy Yamato is a dedicated full-time Realtor with vast market knowledge and expertise gleaned from over 28 years of experience in Oahu’s real estate market, with an emphasis on urban Honolulu.

Tracy has also been actively involved in new condo project developments, including developer consultation, sales, and sales management as well are representing buyers of new developments on Oahu over the past two+ decades.

He has served as Sales Manager for Keola La’i, a 352 unit condominium in Kaka’ako, and he was also a member of the Sales Teams for One Archer Lane, Lanikea at Waikiki, Moana Pacific and The Cove Waikiki.
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As a Baby Boomer, with a family of his own, and an aging Senior parent over 95 years of age, he can personally relate to the wants, needs and desires of his own generation, parent’s generation, and even his child's generation, whether they be X or Y’ers or even Millenials.

He was born on Long Island, NY in the town of Manhasset, 1958. His father was born and raised in Hawaii and his mother in California, they both met and had his 2 sisters and himself after they had settled in New York City. During WWII his father served as a Lieutenant in the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Italy and France. His mother was put in the Japanese American Internment Camps and was “released” after the war, migrated East and ended up in Manhattan.
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Upon arriving in Honolulu in the Summer of ’68, his cousins took him bodysurfing in Waikiki and he was hooked! He progressed quickly to bodyboarding, paddle surfing and later stand-up paddle surfing. He also branched out into SCUBA diving, sailing and fishing during this time. Tracy also spent 2 ½ years sailing across the Pacific in the late 70’s & early 80’s on a 58’ ketch; sailed from New Zealand to the Cook Islands, Marqueses, Tahiti, back to Hawaii, within the Hawaiian Islands, Marshall Islands, Truk Islands, Guam and back to Hawaii via a great circle route… something I will never forget!
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Having lived in Hawaii since 1968, Tracy has gained an in-depth understanding of the island’s people & culture, as well as the unique characteristics of neighborhoods we live-in. He understands and adheres to ethical and progressive business practices and has developed a strong Realtor network, which helps him to consistently exceed his client’s expectations, all while achieving their real estate goals. This combined with a 25+ years of dedicated full-time real estate experience assures you of a professional, knowledgeable and pleasant Hawaii real estate endeavor.

Give me call at 808-372-2274 or e-mail me at Tracy@HawaiiLiving.com. I would be honored to help you realize your Hawaii real estate and “life” goals!
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"During the purchase process, Tracy was cool, collected and very organized. He made sure that we knew what was going on and that we understaood some of the most complex issues. And he let us know where stress points might be, although we pretty much avoided all of them. My wife and I say that it was the most stress-free purchase ever. That’s mostly due to Tracy. We met Tracy almost by chance. He showed us an apartment that we were intrigued by and something clicked. Tracy was different from the other agent. He was receptive to our questions, honest in his responses and there was no sense of crass calculation by an off-key salesman. He was very human, understanding what we were looking for, and patient. He warned us about the negatives of different places and suggested what work would be necessary. He also addressed our questions about potential resale in the future, which is a challenging issue in a market that risen so fast. He also shared his excitement about certain places, and it came across as very genuine. After we found a place that we liked, he took us to another house because he knew it would fit our needs. It was of great interest, but we stuck with the place that we had put a bid on. And that helped to confirm to us that the place we had found was the place that we wanted. It was the opposite of an agent who drives people to buy NOW in a frenzied market."
Eric P - Home Seller, Maunalani Heights
"If you are looking for a real estate agent, Tracy Yamato is the one my wife and I would strongly recommend. We were first time home buyers and our knowledge on home buying was very minimal. We first met Tracy at an open house. He was very friendly and easy to talk to so we asked him if he could be our agent. We were glad that we asked him because he knows A LOT about this industry. He would always notify us on what’s coming ahead and kept us on our toes on places we might be interested in. I mean, this guy doesn’t know when to rest! That’s how hard Tracy worked for us and he always went the extra mile. He was very easy to work with and continues to work with us even after we bought our home. I don’t think there is a whole lot of people out there who would take the time like Tracy to make sure that we understand each step of the way because it can get pretty stressful with documents and information you are not familiar with. But, with Tracy’s expertise and professionalism, our home buying process went really smoothly and we are really glad that we had the chance to work with him!"
Wes & Sonia A - Homebuyers, Kakaako
"Tracy Yamato is an outstanding Realtor in many ways. The purchase of a home is a multifaceted process that often a buyer does not fully anticipate until he/she is in the midst of it. What I really appreciated about Tracy is that from the very beginning to the very end he was with me every step of the way guiding me with his knowledge and supporting me with his attention and care. When I look back on the last 6 months, I do not think I would have been able to continue being a single parent, running my own professional practice, and doing a lot of volunteer work connected with my child’s activities, all while buying and moving into a new residence if Tracy had not been my realtor! Tracy has extensive market knowledge as the result of being a Realtor for 24 years and from performing many other roles that relate to real estate (project salesperson, investor, property manager, landlord). Not a day went by without Tracy giving me many options to consider buying, and when we did walkthroughs of the potential properties to buy he was quick to point out how each of them could be improved. When it was time to put in an offer to purchase a home in the condominium building that Tracy had originally recommended, Tracy worked hard to secure my home for me because another offer came in at the same time for the same dollar amount. The documents in connection with the purchase of a home are overwhelming, even for an attorney like me when I am trying to run my law practice. Tracy helped me through this onerous process by highlighting deadlines and documents that I had to pay attention to. Throughout the buying process, the moving process, and the settling in process, Tracy always responded to my calls and text messages immediately (or as soon as he was available if he was meeting with another client). As a family law attorney, I am used to being the professional who helps clients through rough times. Tracy really helped me to see from a client’s perspective how a conscientious, go the extra mile, approachable, and caring professional can make all the difference in what would otherwise be an overwhelming experience. I wholeheartedly recommend Tracy Yamato of Coldwell Banker to anyone who is considering buying or selling a home. Not only is Tracy Yamato the ultimate professional who you want on your side, but he is also a great friend!"
Jacqueline K - Homebuyer, Kakaako
"Tracy gets it done! My wife and I just bought our first home and we COULDN’T BE HAPPIER with the outcome. We were complete “newbies” to the real estate game, and Tracy put in the effort to go the EXTRA MILE for us from the get go. He makes himself AVAILABLE LITERALLY ANY TIME and responds to inquiries typically within 15min, even when he is on the road. From the moment we started working with him, Tracy hooked us into his real estate website and began daily (if not more frequent) UPDATES with changes in the market. He will BEND OVER BACKWARDS to get clients out to see properties as quickly as possible, and has an extensive NETWORK with other agents, which makes facilitating negotiations a breeze. We ended up getting our place for 50k LESS than what we had originally bid. Tracy has been doing this for a long time on Oahu and it shows in his ATTENTION TO DETAIL and SPEED with which he gets things done. I would definitely work with Tracy again, should we ever decide to leave!"
Joshua J - Homebuyer, Palolo
"Tracy Yamato did a phenomenal job on a tight schedule. We were simultaneously coordinating not only the sale of our home in Hawaii, but also the purchase of a home in San Diego. Tracy and Tammy helped get the Hawaii transaction closed in time so that I met important deadlines for the San Diego escrow. Tracy’s referrals and staging services also were terrific–the home was fixed-up and showed beautifully, and we received a lot of positive feedback and multiple offers. I will be calling Tracy again if/when it is time to purchase an investment property in Honolulu."
Zachary & Laura G - Home Sellers, Kakaako
"Tracy Yamato did a GREAT job for us. We are telling everyone needing someone to handle a real estate transaction that they must meet Tracy Yamato!"
Joseph & Dorraine K - Home Sellers, Kakaako
"Tracy was very instrumental in listing, showing & selling our family home at Pacific Heights. He is very knowledgeable in his field. I would recommend Tracy to anyone selling or needing to purchase a home"
Tina Pia - Home Seller, Pacific Heights
"I have worked with Tracy on two purchases and two sales all with excellent results. The latest situation involved the very difficult timing of the sale of one apartment with the already contracted purchase of another, contingent on the proceeds of the sale. In addition, he was able to negotiate the sale to allow me to stay in the sold unit until the new unit was ready! Tracy was able to accomplish this through his experience, knowledge of the market and through very hard work. I am sure the excellent results were largely due to his fantastic staging of the apartment, photography, preparation of beautiful sales literature and continuous marketing efforts. He is dependable, extremely responsive and great problem-solver. He also made sure to keep me informed and answered any questions I had regarding the process. I would strongly recommend Tracy to anybody buying or selling."
Richard B - Home Seller, Kakaako
"The following is my review from selecting and working with Tracy Yamato as my real estate agent for the recent sale of my Hawaii property. I could not be happier with the real estate services received in working with Tracy Yamato from prior to listing to close. Tracy took the initiative to enter my home while I was away, obtained an excellent handyman to do minor but important work to prepare my home for going onto the market and for needed granite cleaning/polishing of master bathroom countertop important for the sale and beautifying of my home. He then took a lot of time and added beautiful decor items to my existing furniture which attracted many prospective buyers to my home for showings immediately upon photographing and listing. Tracy is very talented in home decor and with colors, which I appreciated as it maximized my home’s beauty and market value. He is, also, very efficient and always available in taking care of multiple matters that arise, which minimize the stress involved in selling a home. Tracy, also, was right on target with range of sales prices, and his lowest price quoted for my property was higher than another agent’s highest price. He provides hands-on involvement above and beyond the norm and works to the maximum to ensure that the sale goes through from beginning to close. For all of the foregoing reasons, I highly recommend Tracy Yamato as an agent for real estate services. He excelled in providing my real estate services and achieving results above my expectations in record time for which I am very thankful."
Dr Carol M - Home Seller, Waikiki
"I write this with great pleasure. Tracy Yamato possess the depth of experience and wealth of knowledge that’s invaluable in today’s ever changing and challenging real estate market. Tracy represented me on the sale of a condominium in Honolulu. While acting as my agent, he proved himself to be diligent, creative, and dedicated in marketing my property. He is a true professional with exceptional local knowledge. Before listing the property for sale, we had several pre-sales meetings and planning sessions. Tracy patiently guided me through the marketing and sales process necessary to achieve a successful sale of my property. Because of this preparation, I received two (2) offers immediately after our first open house and chose a full price offer with a 30 day close. From the onset of the offer to the days before the close of escrow, Tracy would keep me informed and communicated all the necessary steps and procedures towards the closing of the sale. He also worked with the buyer’s agent with same diligent and professional manner in keeping an open line of communication so there wouldn’t be contractual issues or misunderstandings, thereby avoiding any difficult situations. Having the experience of working with Tracy Yamato, I can attest that he is a very sincere, caring, and trustworthy person providing a dedicated service to his clients and profession."
Sheldon L - Home Seller, Kakaako
"I’ve been a client of Tracy’s since 2001 with several purchases and sales of real estate. He’s always been an amazing realtor with a great understanding of the Honolulu market, good insights, and excellent and prompt communicator. But he really out did himself with my last condo sale in March 2018. He did a spectacular job of staging my rental property. When I saw the photos, it looked like they were photos from some home and design magazine. He went above and beyond by helping to get contractors to fix things needing repairs (and done at below market rates), getting the unit staged and ready for market quickly, and finding tenants to temporarily occupy the unit while it was being sold. There was another similar unit (with same floor plan) being sold a few floors up from me. But even though the price of the higher unit was similar, many prospective buyers were interested in my property more, which I credit to the staging. So in the end the buyer bought my unit, even though a higher unit was similarly priced. I highly recommend Tracy as a real estate broker. You will not be disappointed."
David K - Homebuyer & Home Seller
"Just closed on a property. Tracy was as good as it gets. Honest, dependable, followed up on all details. Helped with small things that made our purchase transaction easier. He is down to earth and does an amazing job; cheerful and fun to be around too. We were able to close on time even though we were not in Hawaii at the time of closing."
John & Marla M - Homebuyers Makakilo
"Tracy did such an outstanding job helping me purchase my first home, I recently used him again to purchase my second home. Being a first time home buyer I had no clue where to start. Tracy helped guide me through the process and made it so simple for me to understand. He has an abundance of useful knowledge and experience to help you find the right home. If you are looking for a reliable and trustworthy agent, Tracy is the right fit for you."
Dana T - Homebuyer, Kapiolani
"Tracy Yamato has been our realtor for approximately ten years now. He helped us purchase our first property in Oahu. He paved the way in establishing contacts starting from someone representing us in the offer to purchase, to mortgage companies, and last but not the least the rental agents. Presently, he helped us with selling our condo unit. He staged the entire unit, making it look really attractive to potential buyers. As a result, it was seen by a buyer who has been looking for a property for a couple of years. They were ecstatic that they have finally found a property that is in line with their expectations. We believe that it was Tracy ‘s planning and strategy that brought about this transaction. Once the offer was brought to our attention Tracy continued working hard thru the process until it reached its completion. We think Tracy to be a special realtor who would work with his clients above and beyond any regular responsibilities. In addition to the above mentioned transactions, he is now helping us purchase another condominium unit. As usual, he is looking after our interest. We would have missed a couple of steps, because the seller missed to inform us, if he was not as involved as usual. We believe he will see us thru the end of this purchase completely satisfied again. Mahalo Tracy for your endless help."
Herbert Y - Homebuyer & Home Seller, Kakaako
"Like many homeowners who are contemplating downsizing but are unsure and hesitant, we decided to meet with Tracy Yamato who was recommended to us as the most knowledgeable condo expert in Hawaii. His insights and experiences showed us the possibilities and we gained a new perspective about the real estate market. We were enthused to make the move and tasked him with meeting our specific needs. Tracy Made us feel comfortable and confident about our decision to sell our home and simultaneously purchase a new home. He was straightforward in explaining what we should anticipate, thorough in answering our questions, and patient in showing us properties. He never ‘gave up’ on us as clients, nor did experience any pressure to make a decision. During the process of selling our home, Tracy kept us in constant communication to ensure all matters were handled properly and in a timely manner. He provided guidance on the ‘de-cluttering’ of our home and personally staged the property for the open house showings. We were amazed and pleased with the outcome. Issues arose during the negotiations of the two transactions but Tracy immediately advised us as what needed to be done for each situation. He contacted the appropriate individuals to address the concerns and made certain that everything was properly documented. Tracy was always available to answer our questions and soothe our frazzled nerves. He kept us updated throughout the processes. Upon the sale of our home and transition to our new home, Tracy made all arrangements to professionally clean the home for the new owners. He was definitely there to minimize any problems and stress for us. To further ensure the enjoyment of our new home, Tracy purchased Home Warranty coverage for our appliances and home systems. We are very happy with our decision and we know that Tracy is responsible. His service and commitment to his clients are commendable. His professionalism and integrity in handling the sale of our home and purchase of a new home are exceptional as Tracy went ‘over and beyond’ what one would expect from a Realtor. Tracy truly embodies the attributes of an exemplary Realtor for the 21st century."
Wilene and Alison L - Homebuyer Kakaako & Waipio
"Tracy is the absolute BEST realtor we have ever worked with! He walked us through every step of the process and maximized our potential for sale by staging our property beyond our expectations! By the time the property went on the market, we accepted an offer HIGHER than the asking price within the first week, setting a new high-price record for condos in the entire 19 year history of our building!!! If you’re thinking of selling, Tracy is definitely the only call you need to make. He’ll take it from there and you’ll know he will get you top dollar!"
Jim B - Home Seller in Kakaako