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Michael Marks

REALTOR-ASSOCIATE,VP of Client Engagement


Diamond Head Office 614 Kapahulu Avenue, Suite 200Honolulu, HI 96815

It sounds a little strange...but for as long as I can remember, I have always had a distinct interest in real estate.  The particular element about it that intrigued me, is the concept that owning property gives you the rare combination of having an investment vehicle that allows you to build wealth for yourself, and at the same time provides stability and shelter for you and your family.   

With that in mind....my career in real estate began straight out of college in 2004 when I partnered with a family member to form a real estate start up in Bend, Oregon, that was focused on integrating internet technology into an industry that, up to that point, was very protective of property information, and focused on face-to-face relationships.  Internet technology opened the door for property information to be shared publicly, and for new relationships to be established between online consumers and agents who focused their business online.  It was a great business venture, but being born and raised on Oahu...Oregon got old pretty quickly.  I started planning to move back to the islands, but the knowledge I gained about marketing properties online, generating web based real estate leads, and the expectations of the E-consumer have been foundational elements that I have built upon for the rest of my career.

In 2006, I was able to relocate back home and became manager of the BrokersMLS (BMLS) Internet Sales Program at Locations, the largest locally owned and operated real estate company in Hawaii.  The focus of this sales team centered around building relationships and engaging in real estate transactions with individuals who registered on our company website, LocationsHawaii.com.  

When I first joined Locations there were a total of 14 agents on Oahu participating in the BMLS team, but through enhancements that I spearheaded regarding enhancing our lead flow, lead distribution approaches, and improved lead conversion, I have grown the program to currently include 70+ agents on all major Hawaiian Islands.

From a sales standpoint, if the BMLS program was viewed as its own standalone real estate company, the amount of transactions that we generate with the internet leads that we bring in would place my program as one of the 10 largest real estate brokerages on Oahu.  In my tenure managing this sales team, I have helped to generate over $1.3 billion in real estate transactions.

In 2015 I was promoted to Vice President of Client Engagement at Locations and expanded the scope of my position to include managing the Locations’ Call Center, the Locations' Paid Training Program, overseeing our Retail Prospecting Program, and serving as a Sales Coach which entails providing strategic counsel to agents on business planning, skill building, and personal and career development. In addition, I am also actively involved with sales skills training for all new agents to Locations and providing ongoing skill building and sales skills development for experienced agents.