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Updated: Feb 24

Michelle Wood goes above and beyond. I have never experienced this kind of help from a real estate agent before. We called her out of the blue from reviews online that we had found. We were moving from the mainland to Hawaii and she helped us find a house. She set up as many houses as possible for us to see the day after we landed and made many phone calls to help us to be able to purchase a house in this very competitive market that Hawaii is now currently in. She is honest, professional, knowledgeable, available, and completely cares about what her clients want. She she makes you feel like you are her only client! She is completely on top of all of the paperwork from the search for a home... all the way till closing (and beyond for that matter).

It was a pleasure to work with her, and we enjoyed working with everyone on her team. She has surrounded herself with excellent people. We will recommend Michelle to anyone we know who is is needing to sell their home or purchase a home!

- Dee Smith.

The Website "Three Best Rated" has named their top three real-estate agents in Honolulu for 2021 and once again Michelle takes her place.

Three Best Rated is dedicated to ranking the top three businesses in a wide array of different categories. Active in six countries and helping 3.6M customers every month, Michelle Wood is please to have gained the recognition of this service for her work in Honolulu real estate.

From Three Best Rated:

"Every business is meticulously handpicked by our employees. We check a business's reputation, history, complaints, ratings, proximity, satisfaction, trust, cost, general excellence, reviews, and more, using our 50-Point Inspection. We only display businesses that are verified by our employees."

Michelle said: "I'm so proud to have once again been given this recognition. My team and I work hard to keep up the high standard and look forward to earning this honor again next year!"

Since 2007, Michelle has been working hard to find the best deals in luxury real estate for each of her clients. Whether you’re a buyer, seller, or investor, Michelle has the tools and the experience needed to help guide you through every step of the real estate process.

Updated: Feb 24

With no end to the Covid-19 pandemic in sight - and working from home becoming the new normal for droves of Americans - caretaking, homeschooling and staying focused on work can become a real challenge.

Here's a few tips to keep your chosen space functioning well and looking sleek, and a few products that might help you along the way.

1. Find a space and commit to it.

If you don't have a dedicated home-office (most of us), working from home can quickly become and all-encompassing burden with little function and even less productivity. The first step is to find a spot and commit. Even if it's just the kitchen table, make the decision and stick to it. The last thing you want is to be on the middle of a Zoom call only to realize you left those important papers in the bedroom or your headphones on the couch.

2. Declutter.

This seems like a given, but look around at your current setup and see if you can streamline your space. Throw out any outdated paperwork and post-it notes. Collect all those stray pens and store them in a decorative mug or buy a simple desk organizer like this one from Amazon. Keep the essentials within arms reach, but consider a bookshelf or even a folio or binder for items you only need from time to time. Go wireless whenever and wherever you can. Nothing creates a mess like a tangle of electronic cords.

3. Set the scene.

If your new work from home life includes video calls, take a moment to check behind you. Are the dishes piled high? Is the laundry from 3 weeks ago still in a pile? Do your newly homeschooled kids need to trek a path behind you to get to the kitchen or bathroom? Keep your background clean and uncluttered but don't be afraid to show your style. Art, plants, a bookshelf or even the view to your garden will keep things professional without making it look like you're taking part in a hostage video.

4. Lighting.

Whether making video calls or just working long hours, lighting is important. Eye strain is a real concern and again... we don't want to look like we are being held in a basement against our will. Natural lighting is best, but if the space you've chosen isn't the brightest, consider a portable ring light for calls and add a lamp or two. Even reflective surfaces like lacquered tables or mirrors can redirect natural light and provide a more comfortable experience.

5. Get comfortable.

Okay, it's not your dream corner office with a view, but it could be the moment to create a more inspiring space to work. Break some general office etiquette while you have the chance and indulge a little. Ditch the headphones and stream your favorite playlist out loud! Light an aromatherapy candle and wear your slippers. Take a five minute dance break and pet the dog. Finally, don't forget to stock up on snacks. Creature comforts will help with the transition.

Click here for some home office inspiration. Who knows, maybe by the end of this, you'll be a little upset to go back to the "real world".

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