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Where to Find Properties for Rent on Oahu

When your company runs the most trafficked real estate website in Hawaii, you get all sorts of inquiries. One we get asked often on Oahu is, “Can you help me find a place to rent?” I typically respond saying, “At this point in time Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers is not managing any rentals on Oahu.”

The catch is, even if we were – we (like any other property manager) would be limited to our own inventory. What if we had 10 places available in Waikiki, yet the consumer wants to rent a home in Hawaii Kai? Our hands would still be tied.

East Honolulu Looking Towards Hawaii Kai

Where do you begin looking for a place to rent on Oahu?

Most property managers out there are looking for more inventory to manage vs. finding a tenant a place to rent. Unlike a lot of the large metro cities such as New York where you can hire a Realtor to help you find a rental, most Realtors here are quick to point you in another direction. Why? Because there is no money in it for them.

3 Best Resources For Finding a Place to Rent on Oahu

Here at Hawaii Life, we are all about service. Although we don’t manage rentals, we can still help in some capacity. What I’d like to do is take this time to put together the 3 best resources for those that are looking for places to rent (long term) here on Oahu:

  1. Craigslist – It has by far the most inventory of all residential real estate to rent here on Oahu. Just be careful though as there are lots of scams.
  2. HiCentral – This is the public facing website of the Honolulu Board of Realtors. At least every rental listing here is represented by a Realtor that abides by the Code of Ethics.
  3. Star Advertiser – This is the largest newspaper on Oahu. Their classifieds section is typically a good source as well.

Be Aware of Hawaii Rental Scams

If I had a dollar for every call I got from a consumer asking, “Is this property actually for rent at this price?” or “Could you please tell me if this is the real owner?”, perhaps I wouldn’t have to sell real estate anymore. Just kidding!

You would be amazed though how many scams are still on Craigslist. The typical Nigerian money wiring scam has notoriously morphed into rental scams here and abroad. Please – DO NOT WIRE MONEY to someone that says they are the owner. You want to be sure to meet the person here.

Contact an Oahu Agent

As I started the article, we are not currently managing rentals on Oahu, however, if you have specific questions about a neighborhood, etc. we are Realtors and that’s what we do. We help people. Feel free to use any one of our great agents on Oahu as a resource. Who knows? Maybe after looking for a rental and comparing to a mortgage payment at today’s low interest rates, you may consider a purchase instead. Regardless, we are here to help.

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Carrie Smith

January 27, 2014

1 to 2 bedroom, one bath no more then $750. Per month

Carrie Smith

January 27, 2014

1 to 2 bedroom, one bath no more then $750. Per month

Carrie Smith

January 27, 2014

Area not important, would like to be in a downtown area

Carrie Smith

January 27, 2014

Area not important, would like to be in a downtown area

David Buck

January 27, 2014

@Carrie – I’d check the links in the article, however honestly may be hard to find what you’re looking for at that budget.

David Buck

January 27, 2014

@Carrie – I’d check the links in the article, however honestly may be hard to find what you’re looking for at that budget.

Bobby Togores

April 28, 2015

Looking to rent a house on Oahu,will be working at the power plant in Pearl City

Bobby Togores

April 28, 2015

Looking to rent a house on Oahu,will be working at the power plant in Pearl City

David Buck

April 28, 2015

@Bobby – That’s exciting. Once again, I’d refer to the links in the article. If things change and you decide to purchase, feel free to contact me for more information. Mahalo

David Buck

April 28, 2015

@Bobby – That’s exciting. Once again, I’d refer to the links in the article. If things change and you decide to purchase, feel free to contact me for more information. Mahalo

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May 13, 2015

Thanks for some other informative site. Where else could I am getting that type of information written in such a perfect way? I have a project that I’m simply now operating on, and I have been on the look out for such info.. residential investment property

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May 13, 2015

Thanks for some other informative site. Where else could I am getting that type of information written in such a perfect way? I have a project that I’m simply now operating on, and I have been on the look out for such info.. residential investment property

Chereece manubag

August 3, 2015

LOOKING FOR A LONG TERM 3BDRM SINGLE FAMLY HOUSE THAT ACCEPTS SECTION 8 I am a single mother with four BEAUTIFUL children. LOCATION NOT IMPORTANT.

Chereece manubag

August 3, 2015

LOOKING FOR A LONG TERM 3BDRM SINGLE FAMLY HOUSE THAT ACCEPTS SECTION 8 I am a single mother with four BEAUTIFUL children. LOCATION NOT IMPORTANT.

David E. Buck, Realtor

August 4, 2015

@Chereece – I’d look at the websites above I’d mentioned

David E. Buck, Realtor

August 4, 2015

@Chereece – I’d look at the websites above I’d mentioned

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