Meet Toshi + Nolan
MAINLAND MOVE TO PARADISE
Like many families who move to Hawaii, Nolan and Toshi didn’t think that purchasing a home on Oahu was something they could do. Luckily, a friend referred them to Island Living Homes, and everything changed from there. The Grebbs worked with agent Sarah Baker and co-agent Shannon King to purchase their home from San Diego. “Sarah gave us the gentle push and confidence we needed to make this work.”
No stranger to the island, Toshi was beyond grateful for military orders to Oahu. After all, her parents fell for paradise and retired here years ago. Kailua became home away from home, her favorite vacation destination to visit her parents. Nolan and Toshi would have never dreamed that Hawai’i would also become their true home.
“It was my first time buying a house, and Sarah made it an incredible experience.”
Nolan flew in for a long weekend as Sarah had set up countless back-to-back viewings for two full days. “It was my first time buying a house, and Sarah made it an incredible experience.” Back in California with their toddler, Toshi felt like she was there herself. “Sarah took so many videos, not missing a single detail on any property. It felt like I was right there walking through them myself.” Purchasing a home from afar can be stressful, so having experienced agents who understand the various moving parts makes a vast difference in the process.
TRUSTING THE RIGHT AGENT
The market was high-speed and competitive. The 4th house they bid on ultimately became the Grebb family home. Although Toshi had not seen the house in person, the trust she had come to develop in her agent was what she needed to feel confident. Sarah handled the inspections in person while the Grebb family focused on preparing for their move from California.
When they arrived on the island to see their new home for the first time, Toshi fell head over heels with the big mango tree in the yard. It meant everything to the Grebb family to have a safe, joyful space for their daughter to grow up making memories. Toshi’s parents live five minutes away and can have a very active role with their daughter in these precious years. Nolan’s mother enjoys traveling to Oahu several times yearly, utilizing their additional ‘ohana suite for her extended stays. Kailua has proven to be the perfect fit for their entire ‘ohana.
“The whole experience was intimate and outstanding. Sarah and Shannon were very thorough. They referred us to an excellent lender who saved us a lot of money by locking in our rate and buying it down at the perfect time.”
“The whole experience was intimate and outstanding. Sarah and Shannon were very thorough. They referred us to an excellent lender who saved us a lot of money by locking in our rate and buying it down at the perfect time.” At Island Living Homes, we take great pride in matching our clients to reputable professionals within the home-buying process, as it truly takes a village.
The icing on the cake for The Grebb family is that they gained a new friend in Sarah. “We felt like she genuinely celebrated with us every step of the way. Her care and attention never went away, even after we closed on the house. She has a great sense of humor and still pranks me with it today!”