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Rental Basics in Honolulu : 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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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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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
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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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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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Tue Mar 6, 2012
Paulette J. Torres answered:
Without a credit score, you won't be able to borrow money from lenders. My advice to you is to apply for at least two different credit cards as soon as possible when you land. Make use of your credit cards for most of your purchases and schedule electronically to pay them off as they become due or pay monthly, but more than the minimum. When renting, most rental agencies will also require a good credit score. If no credit score, you might now be able to rent a place that you like. What I will do is, be upfront with the property owners and rental agents first by letting them know of your situation, you never know some kind hearted person may waive the credit score requirement. Strive to keep their trust, by paying them cash their first month's rent and security deposit, then keep up the standard for the duration of your rental contract period. I encountered a similar situation 3 months ago, and I am very pleased that they performed as agreed. ... more
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Fri Nov 11, 2011
Keiki answered:
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Tue Jun 21, 2011
Ralph Gray answered:
Aloha Adam,
Most rentals I ahve worked with include in the rent all association fees, and other fees. Your rent would be all you pay plus electric in most cases.

if you need further assistnace please feel free to contact us.

Mahalo and Aloha,

Ralph Sutton Gray
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Cell 808-295-0704 Fax 808-440-7278
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