As a real estate broker I am seeing more and more rental scams. Unknown people are taking our photos from websites and reposting the home as a rental. I have seen some of the emails where the scammer has an email address appearing to be the seller - firstname.lastname@example.org for example.Â
If you are looking to rent PLEASE be careful, especially at this time of year when we are getting tax returns and excited to get a new home. If the deal is too good to be true, it probably is. Here is an example of an email from scammer to potential tenant "we need a responsible individual/family that is neat to take care of our house as if it were theirs. Our home is still active as for sale house, but we had a change of mind recently in renting it out ourselves because of the bad experience we had from our Agent." OR "We will be willing to rent our house to any person/family that is willing to assure us of taking absolute care of our home, at least making sure that our home is kept neat and always pay their rent on time especially now that we are not around."
If you are unsure, search the address and see if it is listed for sale, call the listing agent and ask if it is available for rent. You will be surprised how legitimate some of these scams might seem. Good luck with your home search!!
Unfortunately I cannot help you find a rental, but if you are looking to purchase a home on contract or regular mortgage, please give me a call - I would love to help.
RE/MAX Real Estate Concepts
Des Moines Metro, Iowa.
Licensed to Sell Real Estate in Iowa