Life Underground? Fall in Lava With This Incredible Private Cave in Hawaii


The islands of Hawaii are knownfor hula, palm trees, and volcanoes. From most spotson the string of islands, residents can see volcanoes toweringabovethe tropical landscape. There is a downside to island paradise:proximity to active volcanoes putsyour property in perilof being swallowed up by encroaching lava.

Butliving close to the remnants of a dormant volcanooffers an opportunityunlike any we’ve ever seen.

This one-of-a-kind home in Mountain View, HI, listed for $399,000, comes complete with a private cave on the property. And it’s ripe for exploration.

The fascinating formation located on this landis a lava tube, which forms when hot, flowing lava creeps under already hardened lava. Once the lava flows out, a crevice is created, which eventually cools into a cave. As the centuries passed, this cave cooled into one of the hottest places for private spelunking.

The cave in daytime.
The cave in daytime

The cave.
The cave

This underground network of cavesunderneaththis lot stretches for miles and comes complete with an installed lighting system for routine exploration.

About 500 feet in, you’ll find a small gazebo chapel perfect for an adventurous bride and groom. Back above ground, the six-acre lot offersample space to build a dream home from which to run your cave-based wedding business.

Another view of the cave.
Another view of the cave.

Right now, the lot comes with three buildings, including a two-bedroom home. The second building has a toilet and sink on one end, a shower and bath on the other end and a bedroom in the center. Building three has a charming barn-style feel, with a kitchen, living room and bedroom downstairs, and more bunking room upstairs. Airbnb, anyone?

In true near-the-equator fashion, the six-acre property offers an abundance of fruits and vegetables, includingbananas, coconut, lilikoi, lychee, and jackfruit. The property also features an organic farm, where you can find a potting shed, tool shed, and a paddock for some farm animals.

The home.
The home

It’s a cool opportunity for life below the Earth’s crust.For just a shade under $400K, you can have the best of both worlds: a breathtaking view of the Hawaiian islands’ natural beauty on top, and the natural beauty of a private cave.

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This week in property management news: July 24, 2017

industry news

A majority of rental investors are actually small landlords; Why your renters should have flood insurance; Tips for updating your properties’ paint colors; How online rental payments can make your life easier; And, Horror stories from the grossest apartments.

A majority of rental investors are actually small landlords

A recent study conducted by Real Property Management has revealed that most single-family rental property investors are actually landlords owning 5 or fewer units. Rental Housing Journal shares more on the findings.

Why your renters should have flood insurance

Do you require your renters to have flood insurance? Here are a few reasons you may want to start!

Updating paint colors for your residential units

Is it time to update the paint colors in your units? Multifamily Executive Magazine teams up with KILZ Paint to provide some great tips for updating your colors.

Why paying rent online is more convenient for everyone

TransUnion shares 5 ways online rent payments can make your life a lot easier, along with your tenants.

Horror stories from the grossest apartments

Tenants share stories from the most horrific apartments they’ve ever lived in.

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Moving Companies How to Win Reviews & Leverage Social Proof

When it comes to promoting your moving company, the most successful tool in your toolbox is likely word-of-mouth. Without the right marketing tools, however, great service and reputation can often go unnoticed.

You take great pride in your company, and it pays off so, your awesome reviews deserve to be shouted from the rooftops! But, it’s tough to know where to start. Let us be your guide.

Send an email to past customers requesting feedback

First things first, make sure you send a personalized email to past customers, requesting detailed feedback about their move. This should always be more than just a survey, but don’t make it complicated. Your customers need to be able to do this favor for you without feeling like they’re putting in work.

Ask them pointed questions about their experience, geared specifically toward the exact kind of service you provided. Make sure to ask about their customer service experience as well, so you can then use accumulated positive feedback as a strategy to incentivize your workers. For example, send cupcakes to all teammates who are positively mentioned in reviews and feedback.

Timely sending of your note is crucial: aim to send it out directly after the move is completed, but no more than three days after. Otherwise, people will forget, and your crew’s wonderful work risks going undocumented!

An optimal tool for this is SurveyMonkey a service that makes creating and sending surveys very user-friendly and automated, as well as tracks of all the responses in one convenient place instead of over email.

Here are two versions of email feedback requests we suggest for your use:


Hi [Customer Name],

From the entire [Company Name] team, thank you for letting us move you.

Smooth, quality moves aren’t something you experience every day. To that end, if you had a top-notch experience, we’d love to know. And, if you didn’t, we’d REALLY love to know.

Will you take a brief, [#]-question survey about your experience?

[Survey Link]

Your feedback will help us know how we’re doing, and ensure we provide all customers with the best service in [City].

Thanks so much in advance,

[Your Name]


Dear [Customer Name],

From the entire [Company Name] team, thank you for letting us move you.

In order to continue delivering the best possible service to our customers, we’d like to hear about your experience.

Was a member of our team particularly helpful? Was there something that could have been improved? Please let us know your thoughts in the #-question survey below.

[Survey Link]

Thank you in advance for your time.


[Your Name]

Personalize your signature and brand

Your customers realize that behind every successful job, there’s a specific crew who got the job done.

So when sending your email, make sure that you’re very clear about who it’s from. Personalization is crucial here just because you’re not speaking with your customers face to face doesn’t mean you can appear any less professional or put-together.

Your email reflects your brand and is a direct representation of you, so sign it from the crew, sign it from the salesperson, just don’t sign it from marketing. Make sure it always includes your contact info, logo, and signature!

Shift your feedback into website content

Your company generated fantastic, raving reviews. Great now what?

This is the perfect time, and a great opportunity to turn that content into blog posts, website content, a monthly newsletter, or maybe even a satisfied customer page like we have.

You’ll want to edit the content if needed, thank your customer, and maybe even ask for a family photo or new home photo to spice it up a bit! When it comes to titling your post, try and keep it catchy and informative. For example, “7 Reasons Why Customers Love Moving with [Your Brand].

It can also be a good idea to connect your Yelp profile and reviews to your website as a way for your customers to have access to outside reviews of your company. Potential customers like to see feedback from a few outside sources when they’re making their decision, and Yelp makes it easy with fun, customizable widgets.

Create complementary social proof collateral

Once you get the feedback, you need to distribute it to your past customers, as well as potential ones. Do you use email, online ads, or social media? Or, maybe you have different distribution channels? You can then put together a promotion plan displaying all the great feedback you collected.

Always have some extra content on hand when you need to add some sparkle to your page: videos, graphics, social graphics, an eBook, or a case study are just some examples that you can use in your marketing. And, finally, make sure your wonderful feedback can always be viewed on your website! If it’s not visible, it didn’t happen!