Please allow us to put our extensive experience and knowledge to work in assisting you! Having been licensed as a Real Estate Salesperson since 2002, and drawing on a deep economics, sales, and entrepreneurship background, Orion Barels has successfully marketed and assisted in the acquisition of numerous oceanfront properties, coastal estates, luxury properties, condominiums, commercial buildings, and vacant land parcels in Hawaii.
As of early 2017, my team and I were responsible for sales volume in excess of $75 Million in transaction sides for the previous 4 calendar years. I have been nominated by my clients for outstanding customer service over 10 times for the island wide Aloha Aina award, and pride myself on working diligently on my clients'' behalf. I also earned a spot in Honolulu Magazine''s ‘Best in Real Estate,'' which rank''s the State''s top real estate professionals based on a survey of over 10,000 home buyers – a true cream of the crop rating system that no professional can buy their way onto. In Orion’s first calendar year as a realtor associate, he closed over $5 Million dollars in transaction volume. In 2009 Orion earned Prudential Locations’ salesperson of the year award (out of 200+ agents).
He is currently a CCIM candidate (commercial investment studies), and achieved an EcoBroker designation and is fluent in green construction and photovoltaic & solar hot water systems. He is also E-certified, meaning he’s successfully completed a full curriculum tailored to meeting the needs of Internet -savvy home Buyers and Sellers.
Orion was born in Santa Barbara, California and raised by a family who prioritized success, hard work, and active outdoor pursuits. His values were shaped by a successful entrepreneurial father, and an active and hardworking mother. He graduated from U.C. San Diego with a degree in Management Science/Economics, while starting a successful wholesale furniture importation business operating in La Jolla and Laguna Beach, California, before moving to Oahu permanently in 2002. One of our team specialties is the North Shore of Oahu, where we are a clear market share leader, having closed significantly more transactions and sales volume than any other agent or team in the previous four years
Upon moving to Oahu, Orion first worked as an outside salesperson in the downtown Honolulu business market before migrating into residential real estate. While in business to business sales, Orion was the number one new sales representative in the nation for Lanier/Ricoh, a global leader in the computer peripheral equipment market.
Orion was married to his wife Lilly in 2008, who is a high school teacher and yoga instructor, and are overjoyed about their new son Lincoln who was born in early 2012. Orion has deep knowledge in the construction discipline, having recently built on his property as ‘owner builder’ with green features such as a 2.2 KW photovoltaic array, passive cooling, and solar hot water heating. Orion’s interests include the financial markets, surfing, yoga, snowboarding, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, diving, and sailing.
"I really appreciate Orion's knowledge related to complicated issues, as a lot of realtors don’t seem to understand the important considerations and risks for their clients. In my line of work (architectural failure analysis) I have seen...homes sold in a very high end residential neighborhood and there were all kinds of issues resulting from what appears to have been incompetent realtors that did not properly advise clients regarding some of the more technical issues related to encroachments and now those new owners are incurring major costs. I would like to thank Orion for his insight, explanations, and concern for us in making a sound decision!"
Wade & Meg G., Kaimuki, HI
Orion is the best realtor ever...(he has) the best resources available in the real estate business and he knows his people, geograpy and market conditions best. Yay orion! We love your passion, ambition and dedication towards us and other clients.
Annie & Chris F., Hawaii Kai, HI
"I would truly like to acknowledge Orion for the way he carried out this whole process, sometimes going beyond his duties and responsibilites to ensure a succesfull transaction. Never during the process did he engage in any behaviors or acts that would make us question our trust in him, and he always made sure all the steps were clearly explained. He has good core values, and they show. He is a superb negotiator and aggresivley persues his clients' interests. Please congratulate him!!"
Christian & Mahina C., Honolulu, HI
"This is the second house I have bought through Orion, and have recommended him to many others. He is a top professional and is both courteous and efficient."
Kevin C. & Autumn R., Mililani, HI
"Orion could not have been more helpful in the purchase of our single family home near the beach. Terrific knowledge of properties, especially on North Shore where we were looking. "