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Old 03-25-2011, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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dont use craigslist, ive heard there is alot of scams with rentals
I am a property manager in Hawaii and I use craigslist all the time to advertise. It's really simple to keep from being scammed; Check to see if the advertiser is stating they're a company (we have to do that), then just call the Realty board and see if they're licensed. You can actually do that online yourself but unless you are used to the Hawaii state websites, they're not the easiest to navigate.

Google the company name, the phone number, and if it's legit you'll get about a dozen or more returns including that company's own website. (I put our website address on the CL ad).

Now, if you see a 4000 sf house in Hawaii Kai advertised for $1200 a month and weird spelling and poor English grammar and you fall for that, well what can I say.

Other ways to get leads on rentals that the OP happens to need, is to call a few realty companies on Oahu that do property management. There are also other services available to the military when they relocate to help them get started in the right direction.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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[/quote]Don't be put off by this. Take a hard look at what you have and its real value. (Aesthetic, sentimental, etc.) It may "make more sense" to store some things on the mainland v. shipping them "free" because the military is paying. What do you need? What makes sense over here? It really is a different place -- more like moving to Japan (or any place in Asia) than moving from WA to AZ (or whatever). What would you take? What do you NEED?
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That's an excellent point. We're in the process of purging what we see as excess but I still look around at what we're planning on taking and wonder if we're going to end up leaving it there later after another move handled by less-than-gentle movers (I had a sofa I loved dropped from my 2nd floor balcony down to the street when the movers tried to lower it by rope in Sicily ). Although a furnished place definitely wouldn't work (I would feel like I had to keep my children super conscious of everything they do trying to keep them from harming someone else's furniture - they're not destructive but they are young and I have found chalk drawings on my dresser and playdough inside the couch cushions.) I'm going to take another look at our belongings - I'm pretty sure there's a lot we think we need that we can probably do without very easily. Thank you
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:03 AM
 
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Now, if you see a 4000 sf house in Hawaii Kai advertised for $1200 a month and weird spelling and poor English grammar and you fall for that, well what can I say.
Other ways to get leads on rentals that the OP happens to need, is to call a few realty companies on Oahu that do property management. There are also other services available to the military when they relocate to help them get started in the right direction.
Haha That would be sad, wouldn't it? I do tend to be more trusting than I should be, but I'm not that bad, thankfully. I'll get going on the phone - I've been calling schools over the last few days, it's time to start looking at the property managers. Thanks a bunch for all your help!
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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Take a look at Dower Realty....we went through them once for a rental in Aiea and had an excellent experience with Patty. They handled any and all maintainence issues asap....Good luck!
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Hawaii
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I rented my condo thru Craigslist and had no problem. The only problem I had was all the rentals I was interested in were furnished; it blew my mind. Can't explain it because they were all long term rentals. I ended up negotiating with the owner to store most of the furniture so I could move my stuff in. I couldn't handle all the furniture that was in the unit.

Most of the places are looking for a 1 year lease agreement.
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Don't be put off by this. Take a hard look at ...
Note that when editing a quote (and I wish more readers would) you need to include the entire first bracket, which includes the writer's user name and the post number, or it won't display as a quote. The above looks like the following in the text edit screen (minus the apostrophes, of course)

[QU*OTE=mdgilmore;18436142]Don't be put off by this. Take a hard look at ...[/QU*OTE]

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Old 03-26-2011, 06:29 PM
 
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Note that when editing a quote (and I wish more readers would) you need to include the entire first bracket, which includes the writer's user name and the post number, or it won't display as a quote.

[QU*OTE=mdgilmore;18436142]Don't be put off by this. Take a hard look at ...[/QU*OTE]
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Let's see if I did this right

And thanks! It's nice to know how to do things right way
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:30 PM
 
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Take a look at Dower Realty....we went through them once for a rental in Aiea and had an excellent experience with Patty. They handled any and all maintainence issues asap....Good luck!
Thank you!
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Kailua, Oahu, HI and San Diego, CA
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Cool, thanks I'll give VRBO a shot. We definitely do NOT want furnished
You will not find many unfurnished rentals on VRBO, It stands for "Vacation Rentals By Owner".

Since you are in the military, why not use their Automated Housing Referral Network - AHRN? You'll have to register.

https://www.ahrn.com/
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:56 PM
 
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Since you are in the military, why not use their Automated Housing Referral Network - AHRN? You'll have to register.

https://www.ahrn.com/
I've been using that one a lot, it's a great resource, it just hasn't been changing much over the last few weeks. I know I'm really impatient Thank you so much, though
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