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In 1984, I made my way to New York City from a small town in Ohio; where I worked as a legal secretary for a law firm, which was located in the World Trade Center. It was there that I met my future husband, John in New York, and we were married in 1989. In 1990 we moved back to Honolulu, John’s hometown. Living in his family home on the slopes of Diamond Head, we gained experience as landlords. In 2009, we bought our first home in Hawaii Kai. After going through the process of buying and selling, and seeing the possibilities that Real Estate provided, I obtained my real estate license. Shortly after our home purchase we took the step of purchasing two investment properties in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since that time we have sold our Hawaii Kai townhome and have purchased a single family home in Kaimuki.
I received my Real Estate License in December 2010 and started working for Watanabe International for 2010 to 2012. From there I moved over to Prudential Locations, now known as Locations, where I have been helping individuals buy and sell real estate ever since. Prior to my becoming a real estate agent I did volunteer work, was a stay home mom and assisted my brother-in-law with his swap meet business, Lots of Aloha, at the Aloha Swap Meet.
My interest outside of real estate includes doing volunteer work, cooking, home renovation, the beach and traveling. I enjoy spending time with my family, my husband, John, who is a well-known local musician, and has just joined me in real estate, as well as my son Kainalu and my daughter Kalei.
Oddly enough, from the time I started my career in real estate, our family has faced some difficult times. First, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2011 and again in April of 2015. Then, my daughter at age 12, was also diagnosed with cancer, osteosarcoma, in June of 2012. Despite these trying situations, our family persevered due to our tight bond, and this unbreakable trait has enabled us to have a better perspective on life. We have both since recovered and have been in good health.
Seeing the power of owning real estate and how this can contribute to one’s financial growth has motivated me to want to help others to realize that owning a piece of real estate can be within their grasp. So let me help you realize your dreams that only real estate can fulfill. You will find that purchasing real estate is the best way to live life in Hawaii.
Deanna was conscientious on how we felt on seeing homes, location, prices, etc. She was honest on her evaluation of homes, the pricing and anything we as first time buyers had our concerns and "what if we did this" questions. An asset to Locations (formerly Prudential Locations).
- Ryan & Geraldine Uyeunten
She held my hand through the whole process and made it easy for me. Recommending agent/prudential is only somewhat likely because I prefer not to make recommendations to others (if I don't get involved, won't be my problem attitude). It is not a reflection of the service that I received.
- Michael Reid
I would highly recommend Deanna Kolivas if you are looking to buy a house or condominium. She knows the real estate market and will help you find the best property within your budget. There a lot of steps to take in buying a place and Deanna does a great job in explaining exactly what you are signing and what needs to be taken care of.
- Tim Tsukiyama
"Deanna Kolivas knows real estate. She helped us with every part of the process, and, thanks mostly to her, we are now six years into our nice little condo in Moiliili. Whenever a problem came up, Deanna was right there with ideas and solutions. We felt really well cared for and have already recommended her to several friends."
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