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Rental Basics in Hawaii : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Dec 11, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
Here in Texas realtors charge a percentage based on how much you can lease the apartment for.
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Tue Jan 10, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
Do you have anything in writing with the tenant? If not then it's your word against his and may ended up being in the court of law.
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Wed Jan 4, 2017
Rentalinfo asked:
Good Morning,

This property:
should be listed as unfurnished. Please advise on how to change ad.
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Sat Jul 30, 2016
Sharon Keating answered:
Timing would all depend upon the actual rental. Usually you can see a place within a day or so and the processing time only takes about 2 days....just time for review of your application, verification of your employment and doing a credit check. ... more
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Mon Jul 13, 2015
MegSM answered: is an ideal solution for independent rental property owners. It's FREE to sign-up and there are site inspections, paperwork or annual fees required. Simply sign-up and begin inviting applicants to apply immediately!

Reports are comprehensive and include: Credit report, criminal and eviction searches, applicant identity and SSN verifications, rental & employment verifications.

Customer service available 7 days/week.
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Wed Mar 18, 2015
Dan Tabit answered:

Rental scams are common here and on any site that allows the general public to post. Please be very cautious with deals that seem too good to be true. NEVER send money expecting keys back by mail. You can search the address in any search engine to see how the homes are advertised elsewhere. If one listing is much cheaper than other places, it's likely a scam.

Read the scam warning Trulia posts. I've attached a link to it below.

When you find a questionable listing please go to the More button on the listing and then hit the FLAG button on the listing page to warn Trulia and others or email it to
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Thu Apr 3, 2014
Jerry Bangerter answered:
Wed Jan 22, 2014
James L. K. Dahlberg answered:
Aloha, I have a rental that may be available. Please email me your phone number to, mahalo.
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Mon Sep 30, 2013
Frank Diaz answered:
Aloha Capojim,

Generally speaking, I don't recommend that you do any large transactions on the Internet.
Find someone that lives or works close to the place you want to rent, and have them personally take a look. Almost every day people show up and find that their rental doesn't exist. It happens a lot more in Waikiki, but can happen anywhere.

Happy travels!
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Wed Jul 31, 2013
Carole Manuwa answered:
Me again Colin - the other website with a newer edition of the Handbook is:
This handbook is a bit more up to date.

Good luck!
Carole Manuwa
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Wed Jun 5, 2013
Curly Sue answered:
No one is required to rent to Section 8. It's not discrimination.
Adult only neighborhoods are legal too.
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Tue Jun 4, 2013
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Sat Mar 30, 2013
Bob Myers / Suzanne Patterson answered:
John is right- the Pines, but Pines II. Pines I would not allow the pudgy Dalmation. There are a few other complexes that allow one dog. You would have to have Board approval for the second small one. You should secure Board approval regardless as the rules regarding number, size, and weight change over time. ... more
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Fri Sep 21, 2012
Nikki O'Rourke answered:
A few examples of what you might ask:

When is the unit available?
Is price negotiable if applicant has a strong credit history and strong landlord references?
Is there an application fee?
Is there a copy of the house rules (if applicable) available?
Have there been any past problems or defects?
How long has it been a rental?
Does the Owner intend to sell the home in the next few years?
What utilities are included, if any?
Special considerations based on your lifestyle such as: Does property allow for a Dish sattellite system at tenants' expense for installation and removal?
What are the expectations regarding the yard maintenance (if applicable)? Is yard service included and how often?

Have your list of questions written down so you can ask at the time of your appointment. If inventory is low -- which it often is in many neighborhoods -- and you are in a competitive situation, you may not want to barrage them with too many questions early. Instead show them why you would make the best tenant and wait until the property is offered to you. A long list of questions could be perceived as a potential turn off for the Landlord.

If there are any special terms negotiated verbally, make sure it is stated in writing in your agreement or as part of an addendum to your lease agreement.

Happy House Hunting!
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Sun Jul 22, 2012
Frank Diaz answered:
Aloha Chris,

I don't recommend trying to rent an apartment, or even share one, long distance. As you said, there are too many scammers. I think it would be ideal to contact a local property manager, find an apartment, then find a roommate to share it with. If you have questions, call me. I do not handle any rentals.
Talk to her parents, they can certainly help you as well.

Frank Diaz
East Oahu Realty
808.723.0900 cell
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