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The Realtors Relief Foundation (RRF) has made available $1.5 million in disaster relief aid to Hawaii Realtors in support of the Realtors Association of Maui following the wildfires that destroyed communities on Maui.

The funds will be made available to the public to assist with disaster victims’ housing payments as relief and recovery efforts continue. RRF is a nonprofit that provides financial housing assistance to the public after disasters; the National Association of Realtors covers all of its administrative costs, ensuring 100% of all funds collected are distributed directly to disaster relief causes.

“Maui’s recent wildfires have deeply impacted its residents, and we stand by them during this challenging time,” said RRF President Mike McGrew. “RRF grants aim to ease the path towards recovery, offering tangible aid to those rebuilding their lives. As real estate agents, we recognize that unity and community spirit are invaluable, especially when facing such trying circumstances.”

While RFF is working to help Maui residents, other individuals are far less altruistic. The Hawaiian state government is warning homeowners impacted by the wildfires to be aware of predatory buyers seeking to plant fears related to foreclosure or the cost of rebuilding as a means of inducing owners to sell their properties at below-market prices. The state is urging homeowners who receive unsolicited communications about their properties to alert Hawaii’s Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Office of Consumer Protection and the Regulated Industries Complaints Office.

“The Office of Consumer Protection has been vigilant about protecting vulnerable homeowners. The public is encouraged to immediately contact us with any concerns and questions,” said Mana Moriarty, executive director of the Office of Consumer Protection. “Any reported instances of misconduct will be investigated, and if confirmed, wrongdoers will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Illegal conduct and those seeking to take advantage of those most vulnerable will not be tolerated.”

Photo courtesy Hawaii National Guard