Moving to Hawaii

It’s your dream to move to Hawaii Island, and moving from the mainland or inter-island is no easy task!   Do you have the right people and resources at your fingertips?

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As a Certified Residential Specialist, I represent the most discerning sellers who know their needs will be accurately and professionally met.

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With my excellent knowledge of our local real estate market I’ll do my best to help you get the best value for your property.

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As a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) I am one of the less than 3% of 1,000,000+ REALTORS® to hold this designation. This group represents the elite performers in residential real estate. I have earned this designation by completing extensive training and by demonstrating significant experience in managing real estate transactions. I’m ready to put my knowledge and experience to work for you to find the perfect property.

I am also certified as a Graduate of the Realtors Institute (GRI).  This designation also requires extensive training and proof of experience.  In addition, I am now certified as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) obtaining specialized training to guide seniors and retirees through their home buying and selling process.


I live in Florida and I visited the Big Island in September.  I knew what I wanted but like all would-be buyers I was hesitant to purchase, but I knew the area on the Island where I would like to be.

I kept track of that particular area through  When I was ready I connected with Joy through the website.  I told Joy what I wanted, but my first choice was not a good fit; however through her connections I even got a better larger oceanfront lot at a lower price than my first choice.  She went out to the lot and sent me a video. 

Joy answered all my questions and returned my phone calls and emails promptly.  MORE importantly she tolerated my idiosyncrasies.  After the downpours that the Island received I was concerned with the condition of the lot, and thus a second video was sent to assure me that all is well.

Joy is a joy to work with and I will use her services again and I look forward to meeting her in person when I get back to the Big Island.

Thank You Joy.


In 2014 my husband and I wanted to purchase a home on the Big Island but lived on the mainland.  We were lucky enough to get in contact with Joy who was relentless in trying to find us just the right property.  I don’t know how many homes she personally looked at for us or how many hours she spent doing it.  Unfortunately ‘just the right property’ was not on the market at that time and we decided to build a home on a vacant lot that we already owned.  Fast forward to 2021 and we want to sell that home.  We asked a neighbor for a recommendation for a realtor and they suggested Joy.  Of course — why had I not thought of her?

She had helpful recommendations for how to prep the home for sale, was patient while we did that work, brought in two wonderful photographers, and got it listed in a jiffy.  We had an offer within a week that resulted in a sale!  My husband and I could not have been more pleased.

Robyn R.

Joy worked extremely hard to sell our two east Hawaii homes. Joy was meticulous with all the details of our sales, communicated promptly and was a JOY to work with. We would highly recommend Joy Dillon if you are looking to buy or sell property in east Hawaii. Mahalo!

Pat & Andy Starkie

“Dear Joy,

We are very pleased that another resident of Hawaii recommended you as our Realtor for our house hunting trip to Hawaii! When we first met  with you, we could tell we were in good hands. You showed us homes in several different areas that all met our requirement of an ocean view.  We appreciated your professionalism and the fact that you listened  carefully to our wants and needs. After we wrote a contract on a lot in  Kapoho Beach Lots, your organizational abilities helped us to have a stress-free closing. We plan on recommending you to friends and using your expertise for all our real estate needs.

Thanks again for all you have done for us!”

Delores & Bud Kinsey

“We are very happy to have switched to Joy Dillon as our Realtor for East Hawaii. Joy is easy to talk to, and very professional and reliable. We have both sold and bought property with Joy. She did a great job advertising our lot and helped us sell it in a very short time. She has answered all our questions about the property we are buying as well as keeping us up to date on the progress of escrow. Joy is the kind of Realtor who will go the extra mile to make sure her customers are satisfied.”

Hart and Marlene Phillips

When it came time to sell our house our choice came down to two agents.  We chose Joy and are happy we did.  Along the way we encountered several unforeseen obstacles and Joy was able to guide us through these hurdles with the least amount of stress possible.  She kept us up to date on not only the interest in our house, but also what was going on in this area.  Joy kept in touch by phone and email and came by to update us in person at least once a week.  When the offer we were waiting for came in, she guided us through the process step by step.  Joy was able to answer any questions we had and when necessary, she would research the answer so as to provide accurate information.  Mahalo Joy for all your assistance!

Laurie and Marvin Dice

“I have used many Realtors to buy and sell property and Joy was the best!  She is very knowledgeable, kind and follows up in a timely manner.  Very professional!”

Jin Yang


I have worked with a number of realtors over the years but NEVER someone as competent as she.  The house I recently purchased had serious permitting issues that had remained unresolved for years.  Without her tenacity in solving the problem the sale would not have gone through.  As an out of state buyer Joy kept me updated with numerous videos during the buying and escrow processes.  She is definitely a “hands on” person who goes above and beyond.  She’s the BEST!

Jan Scalise