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Thursday, August 2, 2012

New “tell all” real estate book takes you inside Hawaii’s business

Who knew that there were such juicy stories of deceit, corruption, sex, even murder, behind Hawaii’s real estate scene? Realtor Stephany Sofos, who has been working in the biz for more than 40 years, brings those stories to light in her memoir, Untold Stories of a Real Estate Diva.

The book takes you through Sofos’ real estate career by showing the lessons learned and the many characters along the way. Although she changed some people’s identities to protect them—as these are all true stories—Sofos does talk about famous figures, such as Ron Rewald, Andre Tatibouet, Aaron Chaney and Randy Schoch.

Both residential and commercial real estate are covered in the book. While it's peppered with fascinating stories, the book ultimately educates readers on the history and inner workings of real estate in Hawaii. She also provides a hilarious chapter on real estate terminology with hidden meanings: Cozy meaning small, garden view meaning no view, maid’s quarters meaning illegal rental unit, and more.

“I wrote this because I wanted people, especially young women, to know that, in the end, if you keep working hard, everyone can make it, whatever career you’re in,” Sofos says.

Her book is available on Amazon.com in Kindle and paperback versions. Click here to see the listing.

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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