Please allow the Coastal Hawaii Group to put its 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, team founder Orion Barels has successfully marketed and assisted in the acquisition of oceanfront properties, coastal estates, luxury properties, condominiums, and vacant land parcels in Hawaii. His list of satisfied clients is in the triple digits.
As of mid-2019, Orion and the Coastal Hawaii Group were responsible for sales volume in excess of $125 million in transaction volume for the previous 4 years. Orion specializes in coastal properties, and is well-versed the nuances of shoreline and flood zone requirements, with over 30 waterfront transactions in his career. Orion created a website that focuses on Oahu coastal & waterfront property, www.CoastalHawaii.com, that averages over 100 views per day. At his previous brokerage, Prudential Locations, Orion won the companywide ‘Salesperson of the Year’ award in 2009 and in 2016 (out of roughly 300 licensed agents), as well as the ‘Listor of the Year’ award in 2016. Orion is ranked in the top 100 of realtors in the State of Hawaii by sales volume. He joined Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties in 2017, the real estate market share leader in the State of Hawaii as measured by sales volume, with over $2.16 Billion in sales in 2016.
Sales success is important, however, Orion’s ethos also embodies the belief that customer service and satisfaction is tantamount to sales results. He has been nominated by his clients for outstanding customer service over 10 times for the islandwide Aloha Aina award, and he prides himself on his honest and constructive approach to the real estate business, as well as going the extra mile and working diligently on his clients' behalf. He earned a spot in Honolulu Magazine's ‘Best in Real Estate,' which ranks 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 into. Orion and the Coastal Oahu Group have a 5-star rating on Zillow with over 30 reviews – all of them 5 stars. Client testimonials are available upon request. One of the Coastal Hawaii team specialties is the North Shore of Oahu, where they 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.
Due to Orion's business and academic background, he is keenly aware of how macroeconomic trends affect the residential real estate market. He has completed the course work for the most difficult real estate designation, CCIM (commercial investment studies), which augments his ability to guide clients on pertinent economic trends that are affecting Hawaii property. He has earned many professional designations, such as Ecobroker, SRES, E-Pro, and graduated from U.C. San Diego as a member of the Golden Key Honor society with a degree in Management Science/Economics.
Orion is happily married to Lilly, an elementary school teacher, yoga instructor, and author. They have two young children that love to explore and adventure in all that Hawaii offers. The Barels family lives on an avocado orchard that Orion planted and landscaped himself. He has a deep understanding of the construction process, having overseen the construction of several of his own projects including on his property as ‘owner builder’ with green features such as photovoltaic solar, passive cooling, and solar hot water heating. Orion’s interests include financial markets, surfing, yoga, snowboarding, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, diving, and sailing.