Wailea Realtor Extending Aloha Spirit, Opening Doors to Asian Real Estate Market
Posted by Bruce McDonald — October 15, 2013
WAILEA, MAUI – Bruce McDonald of Wailea Realty Corp. recently returned from his third trip to Shanghai, China, where he met with potential partners and buyers interested in Hawai‘i’s real estate market. “It was also my first trip to Taipei, Taiwan, since the international visa restrictions were removed,” said McDonald. “Both trips revealed unprecedented opportunities for our local economy.”
Hawai‘i is rapidly becoming a real estate hot spot for Chinese buyers, he said. According to a recent report issued by the National Association of Realtors, the Chinese are now the second-largest foreign investors in U.S. real estate after Canadians. “Chinese buyers are attracted to our lifestyle and financial security,” said McDonald. “In addition, the U.S. is regarded by many as an ideal place for expansion and investment, as well as a pathway to educational prosperity.”
With this in mind, McDonald has formed ShangHawaii Realty LLC, a company that will specialize in assisting Asian buyers looking to purchase residential and commercial properties in Hawai‘i. ShangHawaii Realty LLC is registered with the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) and will operate under the umbrella of Wailea Realty Corp., a homegrown Maui-based real estate company that has amassed over $1 billion in sales.
McDonald has recruited a competent team of experts for this venture, including Jessica Su, an international tax consultant with O‘ahu-based accounting firm Crowe Horwath International, and Alan Ma, a Honolulu attorney who specializes in cross-border legal issues, as well as processing EB5 and international immigration visas. McDonald has also assembled a skilled team of Mandarin translators and interpreters.
ShangHawaii Realty LLC is set to launch a major marketing campaign in Shanghai and other regions, with the anticipation of sales generation by mid-2014. Additionally, in December, McDonald will return to Shanghai with Wailea Realty Corp. to attend the prestigious Luxury Properties Showcase, an exclusive property exhibition entirely dedicated to luxury and high-quality homes across the globe.
“I strongly believe in a strong and excelled Asian presence here in Hawai‘i,” he said. “That’s what inspired me to transform my vision into a reality.”
Bruce McDonald has been in the Maui real estate market since 2001 and specializes in high end, luxury properties. With 32 years of experience in the hospitality industry and an MBA in Finance, he has earned a well-deserved reputation for customer relations and client satisfaction. For more information, contact McDonald at 808-283-4189, email Bruce@wailearealty.com or visit www.BruceOnMaui.com.