Hawaii Randy's Real Estate Opinions: On the Road to the Orlando NAR Convention

On the Road to the Orlando NAR Convention

I am 2/3s of the way to Orlando and having a great adventure.  Monday evening I flew from Honolulu, had a early morning stopover in Dallas and arrived in Springfield, MO late Tuesday morning.

My older brother Russ Prothero, a REALTOR® in Branson met me at the airport.  He had his suitcase, snacks and a case of water in his pickup truck so we hit the highway heading south.  I need to add we stopped for gasoline.  We I left Hawaii, our gas price dropped to $3.25/ gallon and we were celebrating.  It was $1.89/ gallon in Springfield. 

His GPS was set for the shortest route to Orlando.  Hmm let's see now, I have never been to this part of the country and we have an extra day or two to get there.  What to do?

I know let's go to New Orleans, I have never been there.  We can then follow the coast to Florida.  After a short 1200 mile drive we decided to stop in a motel north of New Orleans and spend the night.

After a good breakfast we drove the last stretch to New Orleans. Our plan was to get a hotel room and spend the day so we could walk down Bourbon Street in the evening.  After checking into our room, we followed up on our e-mails and checked Active Rain for messages.  I also sent New Orleans real expert Eric Bouler a contact message to let him know we were in town. 

                                                     Eric Bouler and Hawaii Randy

I barely hit the send button, when my phone rang.  It was Eric.  Two hours later Eric was giving us a tour of his town.  What a truly gracious thing to do.  We did not even tell him we were coming (we didn't know either) and he was showing us around town.  He showed us the French Quarter, and a few other parts of town including the areas that were hit by the flood.  After driving us around town we got out and walked all around the French Quarter.

I truly enjoyed hearing about how he does business and gained some real good advice on improving my internet presence.  Eric has built a great niche' with upscale condos and has set himself up as a market expert for the areas he is working.

Mahalo (Thank you in Hawaiian), to Eric for his wonderful showing of hospitality.  I look forward to the day when he visits Hawaii and I can return the favor.



Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

www.HawaiiRandy.comOahu (Honolulu County) Property Search  Hawaii Military Relocations

Comment balloon 21 commentsRandy Prothero • November 06 2008 12:17AM


Hi there, long trip for you. Hawaii is my home (I was Controller for Lex Brodie's in HNL and most recently on the BI) and have travelled back and forth for YEARS!! Even took the Matson Lines cruise to California a few times when we were growing up. Am loving the change of seasons in Western North Carolina!  Wow. The real estate market here... well, that's a different story. Hope to see you in Orlando. I leave this morning for NAR.


Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 10 years ago

Hey Randy, it's easy. just arrange for the next NAR convention to be in Honolulu, adn you will have plenty of chances to drive Eric (and many others - LOL) around.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) almost 10 years ago

Hey Randy,

I'm hitting the road today...I'll see you there brotha!

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

What a great road trip! I like Jon's idea-lets all go to Hawaii!

Posted by Lisa Schlitz, Realtor - Wellington, Florida Homes 561-214-3216 (Home Run Real Estate, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Hope you are enjoying the road trip and time with yor brother. Hope to see you in Orlando.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Randy...It's great you took the chance to see more of the country while you had the chance.  It's nice to know that AR members are so helpful!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 10 years ago

Randy - that is awesome you looked up Eric, and he gave you a tour. What a great way to connect with other agents across the country. Let us know about the conference.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - Arbor Real Estate (Arbor Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the update Randy!  Will look forward to your pole dancing at the AR party LOL!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 10 years ago

Susie - I hope to meet you at NAR.  I will be mostly hanging at the Expo.

Jon - I am not sure if we have a facility big enough for NAR.

Neal - Very cool!  I look forward to seeing you in person.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Lisa - Look us up if you make it to Hawaii.

Gary - We are having a good time.  I look forward to meeting you in Orlando.  We will be there tomorrow.

William - AR folks are the best!

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Sharon - I will be posting about the conference and the AR gathering if I can find its secret location.

Sally - No pole dancing for me.  :)

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Aloha Randy,

  So happy to see that the GREAT ADVENTURE has turned out to be that! What a great business Ohana you have the privilege of being associated with. Have a great time.


Posted by Penny Ontai almost 10 years ago

Randy I have seen you pop up on Monika McGillicuddy's and Neal Bloom's blog's today.  I hope you get to meet them as well as all the other Rainers there.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 10 years ago

Penny - Thank you

George - I am looking forward to meeting up with them.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

I wish I would have taken my head out of my work(wherever), and planned on Orlando. Definitely next year.

Have a great time!!

Posted by Dan Gobis (Re/Max Newport Realty Corp.) almost 10 years ago

Dan - It has been a great trip so far.  The AR gathering tonight made the trip a success all by itself.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Have a blast in Orlando... I was there as well!

Posted by Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor, Short Sale Specialist - CDPE, SRES, SFR, IRES (RE/MAX Properties) almost 10 years ago

Hi Randy - so nice to have been able to meet you and your brother!  Hope you enjoyed your trip back as much as your trip to Florida!


Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 10 years ago

Sal - I am on my home and back to the real world.  It was a blast.

Ann - I am at the Dallas airport, getting ready for the long flight home.  It was a blast, but it will be great to see my family.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Randy - I envy you your time with Eric. I've enjoyed his posts for so long, it would be great to spend some time with him. Touring New Orleans would be a bonus!

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) almost 10 years ago

Sharon - He was a great host.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

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