5 Tips for Tenants to secure a home

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Best Homes Hawaii RB-13537
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5 Tips for Tenants to secure a home in Hawaii.

Searching the papers

When you are ready to search for your new residence and not quite yet

ready to purchase.  Here are 5 Tips for Tenants in Hawaii.

1. Read the ad carefully: Do not ask a question that is already answered in the ad, whether it be electronic or print media.

Example: When the headlines read "Rent is $_____ Utilities Included"

and the ad copy says the amount of rent and "utilities include water, electric, water, sewer, rubbish".

You ask "Are Utilities included?"....

Answer:  "duh!!!"

Money money2. I've got to move in now.  Can I move in today?

Raaaaaaaaahhh...................

On several levels, this is the wrong thing to say.  Your words will bring up a red flag.  Most professional managing agents will require:

a. a complete Application b. a credit report c. copy of your photo id
THEN they will check your background, employment history, financial history.  

This will take one or two days for verifications.  Managers are aware and have been trained to question.

 

3. I can pay you SIX MONTHS in advance.  Can I take the place without your checking on me.

question mark

Answer: NO, we cannot collect more than One Month Rent plus the equivalent

amount for the Security Deposit.  It is illegal to collect more than one month's rent and deposit.

 

4. If I make a pet deposit, can I bring in my 45 pound English Bulldog?

For landlords who allow pets, you cannot collect more than ONE month's security

deposit in Hawaii.  The landlord may also require you to purchase Renters Liability insurance,
and sign a "PET ADDENDUM". 

 

5. Be ready to see the vacancy at the convenience of the Landlord or owner

If you cannot make the pre-scheduled time, then let the agent/landlord know

that you will not be there.  Do not leave them hanging.

More will be added in future blogs.  These 5 Tips for Tenants to secure a home should help you along the way.

After we get more comments, then this list will grow larger.

If you are searching for a rental, click on the question man to our website, when on the first page,

on the left you will see RENTALS.  Click that and you will find links to the majority of all Rental advertisements.

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Best Homes Hawaii Bruce Hicks

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Re-Blogged 3 times:

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  1. Bob Crane 01/12/2013 02:30 PM
  2. Charles Stallions 03/04/2013 11:42 AM
  3. Charles Stallions Property Manager 03/09/2013 07:27 AM
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MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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So many things can be clear when people actually read the ad! 

Jan 11, 2013 03:29 PM #1
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Thanks Bruce, that first one really hit home with me, its hard to keep answering the same questions 50 times in a week without screaming "Did You Read The ADD???"

Jan 11, 2013 03:49 PM #2
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Bob Crane
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And, yes when they tell me that they are homeless and desperate to get into a home Today, it does raise red flags.

Jan 11, 2013 03:51 PM #3
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Erna Neal
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You hit on two of my biggest pet peeves, the top one is when a tenant doesn't call to let you know that they won't make it to the appointment and the other is when they don't read the advertisement.

Jan 11, 2013 04:26 PM #4
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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Bruce * tenant prospects who do not read the media ad or rental listing are wasting THEIR and their prospective LANDLORD's time...they can do their homework from their computer in their PJs...not burning their gas driving around with only 2 days to secure a new rental home

Jan 11, 2013 08:32 PM #5
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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These are great tips. I hope consumers looking to rent a home will read your post.

Jan 11, 2013 08:36 PM #6
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Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Bruce, great information to keep tenants educated and informed when looking for a place to rent.

Jan 25, 2013 06:41 AM #7
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Jake Walnut
Rocket Lease - Chicago, IL
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Bruce - love the tips. They apply everywhere. I also hate it when tenants call asking about something that was clearly stated in my rental advertisement. However, I've noticed that a lot of rental advertisements aren't actually very clear! I mean, I undestand that landlords/property managers/etc are extremely busy people, but taking extra time to prepare a rental ad (and then looking at it from a renter's point of view) can prevent a bunch of lost time in the end. Not saying that your ads are anything but superb, of course, just that in my local area, half the rental ads I see are rubbish!

Feb 21, 2013 04:29 AM #8
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Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
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Michelle - you are right
Bob - been there!
Erna - so true.

Wallace - ditto.
Gita - thanks for your kind words
Kwee - hopefully someone will take this to heart
Jake - you are absolutely right. I try to make it a point to take at least 10-26 photos and give ANY
information a tenant would want.  Just got a call on an ad....2nd line says "NO PETS" in caps.  Prospect
calls and asks "is your apartment pet friendly?"  I had to repeat, "look at the 2nd line, then she pauses
and says "Ooohh, sorry I didn't see that". 

 

Feb 21, 2013 04:57 AM #9
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David Shamansky
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Hmmm why does it bother people when the customer doesn't bother reading what you took time to write? I don't know but I am thinking about running an ad that simply say if you didn't read this call and see how many do (lol)

 

Good post caught it from Charles reblog

Mar 04, 2013 11:48 AM #10
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Bruce Hicks
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Now....that's FUNNY!  Have a grand Tuesday!

Mar 04, 2013 01:38 PM #11
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Carmela Jacobs
Carmela Realty - Thousand Oaks, CA
Ventura Co., Los Angeles Co., CA, & Global Realtor

Bruce,

All great tips, but it doesn't work when a tenant mixes up the ads and doesn't recall what your ad said in the first place.  

Best,

Mar 06, 2013 12:40 AM #12
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What's even better is if the tenant has a checklist & fills in the answers already in the ad.

Mar 10, 2013 01:39 PM #13
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