by: Kristine Uyeno
(KHNL) - A Hawaii realtor has been named one of the best in the country.
The Wall Street Journal and the group, REAL Trends, list Pat Choi as the third best agent in the nation. That's out of more than a million realtors. Only two other agents, from the Hamptons in New York and Menlo Park, California, are listed ahead of her.
"The total value of sales last year was over $200 million," said Choi.
That makes her the real estate agent with the third highest sales volume in the country.
"I knew that I had a high record and a lot of sales but I was really surprised to be 3 in the nation," she said.
For nearly 30 years, she's been helping people buy and sell high-end homes, from Kahala to Koko Head and beyond. The average cost of the house she sells is $2.2 million.
Although the market is down this year, she was still able to sell three oceanfront lots for $34 million, a record for residential real estate in Hawaii.
"You have to have your education and determination, but you also have to like people. I feel that liking people and generally enjoying them motivates you to try to put them together as buyers and sellers," said Choi.
She also credits her employees, including 7 assistants. Other realtors say, she's one of a kind.
"And we just finished closing a transaction together in Kahala. We had some major issues come up and she was professional," said Anthony Pace, realtor.