Property Management requirements in Hawaii

Must Hawaii property managers have a real estate broker's license?

YES. Key components of property management (renting and leasing) are considered real estate activities under existing Hawaii real estate licensing laws.

A real estate broker's license is required for any person or company that, for compensation, rents, or offers, attempts or agrees to he rental of any real property or who advertises or holds out to the public by any oral or printed solicitation or representation that she or he is engaged in the business of leasing or renting business enterprises or business opportunities or the real property of another, or leases, or who directs or assisting in the procuring of prospects or in the negotiation or closing of any transaction which does, or is calculated to, result in a leasing of real property; and all persons who advertise rental property information or lists. A salesperson working under a broker may engage in such activities.

Are there any exceptions to the requirement that a Hawaii property manager have a broker's license?

YES. For example, there are limited exceptions for onsite residential managers (there are the custodial and care taker exemptions).

For more information about these and other Hawaii property management requirements and exceptions, please contact the Real Estate Branch of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Before hiring a property manager to manage your Hawaii rental property, you should always check that he or she is licensed appropriately. You can check the license status of Hawaii property managers at the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs a href="http://hawaii.gov/dcca/quicklinks/online/business_online/"/>licensee search webpage.

Must Hawaii community association managers have a real estate broker's license?

NO. A broker's license is not required to manage community associations in Hawaii; however, condominium association managers must register with the state.

Hawaii Real Estate Broker Licensing Requirements

Hawaii real estate broker licensing requirements include:

  • Age: Be at least 18 years of age by the examination date
  • Citizenship: Be a United States citizen, a United States national, or an alien authorized to work in the United States by the examination date.
  • Trustworthiness: Possess a reputation for or record of competency, honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity and fair dealing.
  • Application: Within two years of passing the broker's exam, submit a complete application for licensure.
  • Experience: Have practical real estate experience as a full-time Hawaii-licensed real estate salesperson with a Hawaii-licensed real estate broker for at least three years of the five-year period immediately prior to submission of the application. A candidate may request a determination of equivalency.
  • Education: Satisfy the prelicensing education requirement.
  • Examination: Pass the broker's license examination.

    Hawaii Salesperson Licensing Requirements

    Hawaii real estate salesperson licensing requirements include:

  • Age: Be at least 18 years of age by the examination date
  • Citizenship: Be a United States citizen, a United States national, or an alien authorized to work in the United States by the examination date.
  • Trustworthiness: Possess a reputation for or record of competency, honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity and fair dealing.
  • Application: Within two years of passing the salesperson's exam, submit a complete application for licensure.
  • Education: Satisfy the prelicensing education requirement.
  • Examination: Pass the broker's license examination.

    For more information about these and other licensing requirements in Hawaii, please contact the Hawaii Real Estate Board.

    IMPORTANT: This information is intended for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should it be considered legal advice or relied upon without first confirming its contents with your state real estate commission. Laws are updated frequently, and this information may not reflect the current law in your state. To confirm the specific requirements for each state, please contact your state real estate commission.

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