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Brooke Ellin…, Renter in San Jose, CA

Re the rental prices on this site true rental prices?? these homes seem wayyyy toooooo nice for the low amount on the rental

Asked by Brooke Ellington, San Jose, CA Thu Jan 10, 2013

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One of the strategies of rental scammers is to price the ‘fake’ rental below the average rental rate in a specific market. This allows the scammers to receive as many emails or inquiries as possible.

One way to see if a rental is too good to be true is to look at average rental rates for like properties within that area. rentBits has a rental rates tool that currently offers rental rates for over 4,000 cities in the US.

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2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 21, 2013
Those of us who spend any significant time perusing Trulia’s posts are aware that there are a certain amount of fraud rental postings on the site. That is not an indictment of Trulia but is a reflection of broad-based internet activity of fraud when it comes to rental ads. Be careful when looking at rental ads on the internet. Be wise and not foolish. Yes…very low rental offerings are often bait for the unwary and unwise.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
Thank you for your question Brooke:

Yes as Sheryl pointed out there are a number of rental scams that are designed either to steal your Identity or steal your deposit money.

These rental scams use ads for properties to rent at ridiculously low rents. When people call on the advertisement they often give up enough information about themselves that their identification can be stolen, or they send in a deposit for the property for rent.

The best protection against this scam is to make certain that the person that you are dealing with has a California Real Estate License. I recommend that when you call on one of these advertisements, that you ask the person for their real estate license number. Then contact the California Department of Real Estate at Click on the line that says "verify license" Type in the license number and see if it is a valid current license number and who it belongs to.

If the person that you are talking to does not have a valid California real estate license, it is probably a scam designed to steal your identity or your deposit money..

Thank you,
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
American Realty
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
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