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By Denise Nakanishi | Agent in Hilo, HI

House Hunting in the Mall??

Yep, you read the title correctly.  The agents of Hawaii Island REALTORS® are suggesting that, at least for now, one of the best places to go house hunting is Prince Kuhio Plaza.   Why in the world, you ask, would the world your trusted real estate advisors be directing you to, of all places, our local shopping mall?   That’s because four of the hottest properties on the market can only be seen and are currently on display there.  But don’t dilly-dally because you’ll only be able to view these premium homes of midget proportions now through November 19th . 

Let me explain. 

Sit back and relax because there’s no better place to enjoy tropics than from the rocking chair on the front lanai of the Prudential “Smurf House”.  With meticulous details including custom shutters, gridded windows, solar lighting and a unique sleeping loft, it’s sure to appeal to those with an eye for high style. 

The Coldwell-Banker “Plantation Hale” sports styling is reminiscent of yester year.  Complete with hammock and perennial Christmas lights, it’s sure to tug at the heart strings of those who grew up from Camp 7 in Hilo to Camp 17 in Honomu.

Hawaii Life’s “Life Boat” is as original as it is fun.  The built in sand box and upper level  “all hand’s on deck” offer landlubbers the option to think outside the box. The “President’s Palace” is so unique that you just have to see it.  The ability to collapse the house for easy transportation, it’s the Hawaii Island Realtors® Presidential answer to Air Force 1 meets Camp David.  

But here’s the thing.  You can’t buy these “houses”.  In fact, if you are more than 3.5 feet tall, you probably can’t even stand up in them.  Make no mistake however, these homes were built with love and are all aggressively seeking new owners. 

Curious about how to close the deal on these hot properties?  Visit center court at Prince Kuhio Plaza each weekend between now and November 19th.  For a $5 donation, you can buy a commemorative Hawaii Island Board of Realtors® keychain.  During the annual “Festival of Giving”,  anyone who presents a keychain will be issued a key.  All four homes will be identically keyed.  The key that opens the door of any home first will be able to choose a permanent home for that playhouse; your house or mine, either will do.

When you visit the mall, be sure to bring lots of cash because there’s a good cause behind all the effort that has gone into “REALTOR® Raise: Project Playhouse”.   A benefit for “Habitat For Humanity”, the goal is to  jump start the your local board of REALTORS® efforts toward  helping needy local families realize their dream of homeownership. 

Can’t make it to the mall?  Prefer to pay by credit card? Keychains can also available at the Hawaii Island Realtors® office at 28 Waianuenue Ave (808-935-0827) or call your favorite REALTOR®.  Remember, while it’s all for a good cause and you can’t “buy” any of these luxury residences, it’s always a good time to take steps toward homeownership  It’s just another good reason to call your favorite REALTOR®  today.  My number is listed here->

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