Hella Rothwell is now blogging from Hawaii over the Holidays.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with (831) 626-4000 CA #01772851 HI #RB-21268

The day I closed on an oceanfront house last week in California, I was off to Hawaii to work with a couple of buyers here. Yes, I have a broker's license in both states and it turns out that my Hawaii clients like to come over here for the Holidays just like I do. I my case, I combine seeing my daughter and grandsons for Christmas with business. My clients do the same.

On arrival here, I realized that I didn't have my Sentri Smart Card with me that magically opens lockboxes over here when I insert it into a slot and then punch in some numbers. Yes, the system in Hawaii is totally different from the one I use in Carmel-by-the-Sea where my California office is located. There I use a Supra EKey, a "blue tooth" connection between lockbox and phone; well, sometimes I need a "fob" to connect the two.

Still, here I was on my way to the Honolulu Board of Realtors to get a duplicate "smart card" since I'm starting to view homes this Friday. Actually, this is only a precaution because for many listings, the listing agent has to be there to open the door. Why is that you ask? Because most of the properties I will be viewing with my clients are in condominiums and they have strict rules about "outsiders". Even when there is an "open house", listing agents have to buzz or walk customers/clients through the main door.

On the other hand, condominiums like the Yacht Harbor Towers which is one of my favorite older condominiums with dynamite ocean views, has a provision where security guards can let a bona fide real estate broker into the front door. Lockboxes with keys to various apartments for sale are secured on a kiosk by the security guard station. And for this eventuality, I need my "smart card".

Now comes the fun part, selecting likely condominiums out of the hundreds that are for sale here in Honolulu. 

Overview of what's on the market on Oahu/Honolulu:

Number of condo/townhouses ACTIVE for sale: 1431 (plus 691 in escrow)

Number of houses ACTIVE for sale: 911 (plus 546 in escrow)


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Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Broker/Owner/REALTOR 


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Hella Mitschke Rothwell (R)

Real Estate Broker/Owner/Realtor®
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Comments (6)

Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Hella-you have yourself in two lovely spots! That photo of the lockbox kiosk is crazy! I have never seen anything like that here

Dec 21, 2017 03:29 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Hi Marco Giancola - that is crazy, isn't it? At least you don't have to play hide and seek with them. On the other hand, you do need to know which NUMBER on the kiosk is the one you need.

Dec 21, 2017 10:45 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Hella. I have never seen a lockbox kiosk before. They must be popular in Hawaii. Enjoy your day!

Dec 21, 2017 04:57 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Wayne Martin - this kiosk makes so much sense when you have that many apartments for sale in 2 40-story towers. Interestingly, I understand the security guards have to cut off some of the lockboxes because some agents don't take them down when an apartment sells.

Dec 21, 2017 10:47 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

I quit using my sentricard when they came up with the sentrismart app. I bet it is available to you also.

Dec 21, 2017 08:58 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Mike Frazier - Yes it is. I just haven't used it. In fact, I have it set up for a Northern California board as well that uses this system. Both of their lockboxes are old style with number buttons, though. They haven't upgraded the boxes to "blue tooth".

Dec 21, 2017 10:50 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

The lockbox kiosk is wild, but a smart idea, especially if showing multiple units in one large building.  Enjoy your time in Hawaii and Merry Christmas!

Dec 21, 2017 02:58 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Susan Haughton - Thank you. It's a busy one so far. And a Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

Dec 21, 2017 06:27 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Hella I hope to someday to experience celebrating Christmas and New Year's in Hawaii.

Merry WARM Christmas and New Year's

Dec 21, 2017 05:44 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

George Souto - Hawaii was my home for 26 years, now I go back and forth. And, yes, it's finally getting warmer. The first few days it was in the low 60s...brrrr

Dec 21, 2017 06:30 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hey, the sun came out today on the Big Island, Hella. We had a torrential downpour in the middle of the day, brief, and the sun was shining the whole time, and then the heavens were done with raining.

Have you ever parked at the airport in Kona? I'm thinking rather than taking an uber -- because I have to grab a cab back, no ubers allowed at the airport -- perhaps I should drive and leave my car there for a couple of days. Seeing YOU on New Year's Eve!

Dec 21, 2017 09:03 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Definitely park at the airport in Kona. It's only for a couple of days. It's packed in Honolulu, but that's part of the fun over New Year's. Still trying to organize some more reservations. Did get one at the Halekulani's oceanfront House Without A Key for lunch on the 1st.

Dec 21, 2017 11:37 PM