Yup, you read that right: The Maui rental scene is like a page from a Stephen King novel. (If you’ve had a crazy easy time renting a home on Maui and scored the best price for your rental and have lived in the same place for the last thirteen years, then consider yourself blessed. Very blessed. This post is not for you. It’s for the rest of us.).
Yes, this image that was floating around the internet on screens across Maui recently is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but when you look for a home to rent this feels like the reality. Sure, living in a hut would be amazing, but for $2400/month? I don’t think so.
Unfortunately, I have my own experience with renting homes here on Maui. When our family first moved to Maui it was our first time setting foot on the island. Our little nest egg would have made a nice down-payment on a home, but with the expense of basic living, that nest egg flew the coop quickly. So, renting became our necessity. Currently, my husband and I are preparing ourselves to purchase a home, and while at times it feels like it’s a far-off dream, having the knowledge of what we need to do to buy a home on Maui, and get out of the ridiculousness that is the Maui rental market, is the first step.
Fellow Maui resident and friend Erik Blair is a leader of the Tiny House movement here on the island. The idea of building beautiful, smart, eco-friendly tiny homes on Maui is brilliant, if you ask me. With a family of four, and having lived in a 600-square foot cottage before, I know that for our family “tiny house” would need to mean at least 800-sq.ft. (Know thyself.) Oh and we need at least 1.5 bathrooms. I’m a woman living with three guys. Two bathrooms are not a luxury; they are a necessity. But if tiny living is something you could dig, I highly recommend staying up to date on the development of Erik’s dream community.
If you currently rent on Maui or are dreaming of moving to Maui, I’m excited to share about this wonderful and FREE (hello, it’s free, no obligations, totally gratis!!!) Community Workshop that my husband and a few of his colleagues are offering. I went to the first workshop a couple of months ago because I wanted to hear for myself what they had to say, and I walked away with more hope than ever that home ownership on Maui really could be a possibility for me! It may seem silly for me to say that, seeing as my husband is a realtor, but we are both self-employed and living in one of the most expensive places in America, so yeah, I’m saying it.
(And yes, that’s me with our two sons modeling on my hubby’s ad. Ya gotta use whatcha got, right? LOL. Our dear friend Chantelle Kanani took these photos for us, and she’s amazing, so as a side-note, if you need a photographer, she is wonderful!)
But back to the free workshop…
Here’s what I love about it: No need to run around or call a million places to get your questions answered about the home buying process. It’s in a relaxed, no obligations atmosphere, and it will allow you to get all of your Maui real estate questions answered in one place, at one time. My hubby Greg Poppy and the other team of professionals from Bank of America and Old Republic Title and Escrow will discuss topics related to buying and selling property on Maui, as well as answer any of your questions. It’s seriously laid-back. Our kids hung out in the adjoining office and colored with other kids, so you can bring your kids and not worry about needing a babysitter. They even have door prizes, and good ones, too, not just pens with their logo on it; I’m talking a spa basket and beach day basket filled with all sorts of goodies.
So, if you’re tired of the rental scene here on Maui and curious about the steps needed to take to make your first home purchase on Maui, definitely check out the workshop here…you can register for the upcoming class or sign-up for information on upcoming classes.
Upcoming Free Community Workshop:
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
WHERE: 444 Hana Hwy, Suite A-1, Kahului, HI 96732 (next to Maui Coffee Roasters)
Let me know if you decide to attend! And please share this post with any one you think may be as tired of the Maui rental market as I am! Mahalo, friends! 🙂
Psst…if you’re curious about the rental market here, my friend Courtney at Maui Jungalow wrote about it more here.