Orion Barels is an award-winning, top-producing real estate salesperson and well-established expert in coastal property throughout Hawaii. Licensed since 2002, Orion leads the highly accomplished and dedicated Coastal Hawaii Team, who offer their clients five-star customer service, world-class marketing and unparalleled local market knowledge. They are affiliated with the Honolulu office of Compass Realty, serving all seven Hawaiian Islands, and are responsible for over a quarter of a billion in transaction volume.
Orion lives on and is an expert in North Shore coastline real estate, but he serves all of Oahu. He holds a B.S. in economics and has a deep understanding of local and global market forces that affect Hawaii’s property values, as well as construction codes, government agencies and zoning issues. Orion uses this advanced real estate investment knowledge to serve as a seasoned counselor to clients seeking the enjoyment of a coastline home. He knows that buying an oceanfront property just for the view can be a recipe for loss if his client doesn’t fully understand the nuances that affect such a significant investment decision. Orion provides sound, wise advice rooted in economics and driven by years of experience and over 30 waterfront transactions.
Orion is an active investor in real estate and has a firm comprehension of the construction process, having overseen the construction of numerous personal projects. He’s an owner/builder of his own property, which has a number of eco-friendly features, including photovoltaic solar, passive cooling and solar hot water heating. Orion has joined forces with Compass Realty in Hawaii to bring unparalleled service, marketing, technology, and real estate experience to work for his clients. In his 18 years in Hawaii Real estate, Orion has earned several professional designations, including Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), EcoBroker®, Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) and e-PRO®.
Industry awards are many for Orion. He is a member of Coldwell Banker’s® distinguished Society of Excellence, an honor reserved for fewer than 1% of affiliated agents worldwide. Orion was ranked #8 agent in all of Hawaii for 2020 by Newsweek Magazine, with sales over $42,000,000 in 2019. He is also ranked in the Top 100 real estate salespersons in the State of Hawaii for sales volume, and was named a top real estate professional in Honolulu magazine’s coveted “Best in Real Estate.”
Though proud of these accolades, Orion is motivated by his desire to see everyone succeed. He is committed to doing whatever it takes to smoothly facilitate the real estate transaction. His service goes above and beyond, and Orion prides himself on his unwavering integrity and long-term relationships with clients. They, in turn, have nominated him over 10 times for the island-wide Aloha ‘Aina Award, given to real estate professionals who provide exceptional service.
Orion lives on an avocado orchard that he planted and landscaped himself with his wife, Lilly, and their two young children. Together, they love exploring Hawaii and all the adventure it offers. When he finds time for himself, Orion enjoys surfing, diving, fishing and sailing.
If you’re considering buying or selling in Hawaii, contact Orion. He’s a consummate professional who offers invaluable economic insights, robust negotiation skills and stellar service!