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Where to go to schedule a rental showing in Hawaii?

Where to go to schedule a rental showing in Hawaii?


May 19, 2018


I, Jacqueline Little, have decided to write a blog about misconceptions related to real estate services. With 12+ year experience in property management and real estate sales, my goal is that this blog will give tenants, landlords, buyers, sellers, and agents a different perspective in the industry. Please keep in mind that this, and future blogs, are based on my personal experience and completely subjective.


I hope you enjoy this new blog series. You may want to grab a beer before we get started. Cheers!


Let us start with how to schedule rental showings in Hawaii. With the ever-changing rental market and companies surrounding it, it can be difficult to know where to look to set up a rental showing. I mean there is Backdoor, Zillow, Trulia, MLS, Craigslist, AHRN, the newspaper, postcards on bulletin boards, and so on. Then you add the fact that each state has completely different ways to find, request and schedule showings.


In some states, such as Las Vegas, you can hire an agent to set up and show you most available rentals in the state. Hawaii, however, is not like any other state. While Hawaii offers great year-round weather, it also offers what we call “Hawaii Time/inefficiencies”. That understood, here in Hawaii, you will be responsible to reach out to each landlord yourself individually to schedule and view all rentals you are interested in. At the end of the day you are the keeper of your rental future.


Recently I have been getting a lot of showing requests through Zillow. You may think this is the best way to go about scheduling a showing, but Zillow, like many other companies, leaves out specific information on listings - like showing details, how to request showings, etc. Having the accurate showing instructions is essential to be one of the people who are able to view the rental unit.


In order to be able to read a complete ad, which would include showing instructions, I recommend going to Craigslist. It may seem like the most unlikely place to find an actual rental, but trust me - all the rental action in Hawaii is on Craigslist.


I hate to leave you hanging since we are just getting started, but the waves are calling my name. The next blog will be available in the next couple days and I will explain the most successful way to request a showing since now you know where to look for rentals.

Until next time. Cheers!

Written by, Jacqueline Little