How To Search For Rentals You Can Trust
As consumers who want readily available property information, you have a multitude of online resources at your disposal. However, with the rise of rental scams proliferating the internet, how can you be sure that the listings you find are legitimate?
Here are things to look out for, as well as some useful resources.
TIPS TO STAY SAFE
Be cautious of property listings on non-real estate sites, regardless of how authentic the listings seem.
• If a real estate agent’s name and profile is included, verify the agent’s contact information at HiCentral.com’s REALTOR® Directory. A discrepancy in contact information is a good clue that you may be dealing with a fraudulent listing.
• Check that there is an on-island representative who will allow you to physically see the property.
• Trust your instincts. If the rental price seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
RELIABLE AND UP-TO-DATE RENTALS
Avoid rental scams by using an official real estate site, such as HiCentral.com, the website of the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®.
Consumers can rest assured that HiCentral.com is the local source for trusted rental properties. That’s because the listing information is based on data from the Multiple Listing Service of Hi-Central MLS, Ltd. REALTOR® and MLS subscribers must comply with stringent MLS rules and regulations that safeguard the system to ensure that the data reported is accurate, truthful and timely. The site is constantly being updated so consumers can easily browse the newest rental listings that come on the market.
Whether you’re looking to rent a single-family home or condominium/townhouse, a long-term rental or just something short-term, HiCentral.com offers several efficient ways to start your search. From your computer, tablet or smartphone, specify a geographic region, price or both. From Wind-ward to Leeward Oahu, or anywhere in between, you can narrow your search by selecting a specific neighborhood. You can also search by condominium/townhome name. Setting your price range will help to bring up rentals that best suit your budget.
Got other must-haves for your rental? Customize your search further by setting your preferences for number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage for living and land area, if size is a concern for you. If you have a beloved pet, be sure to find a pet-friendly rental by setting the “Pets Allowed” option to “Yes.” There also are options to select a rental with an ocean view or amenities like a pool/hot tub/spa.
Once you’ve found a rental property of interest, simply contact the listing REALTOR® via the phone or email provided on the property page.
YOUR REAL ESTATE SOURCE
HiCentral.com also provides useful information about open house listings, current mortgage rates, housing market statistics and Oahu property tax data. Whenever you’re ready to become a homeowner, search the REALTOR® Directory to find a professional that will work to find you a home in the neighborhood that’s right for you.