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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.