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Sandy Cibik, Renter in Phoenix, AZ

There is a rental property on Trulia that seems like it may be a scam. It seems to good to be true. Are these postings screened at all?

Asked by Sandy Cibik, Phoenix, AZ Wed Oct 16, 2013

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Trulia isn't screening the listings. A few warning signs this may be a scam:

- The unit can't be shown
- The owner is in Africa on Missionary work
- The price is far below normal market value
- There is a sale listing for the same property.

I've already identified one of the four for you!

2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 16, 2013
I am adding the address for the house I am questioning: 3413 W. Adobe Dam Road, Phoenix. If this is legit, I am extremely interested in this home!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 16, 2013
The MLS shows that home as listed for sale by West USA Homes. Who is the agent or brokerage listing it for rent?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 20, 2013
Call your Realtor. Screening properties is part of their job.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 16, 2013
What is the listing that you are referring to?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 16, 2013
When you looking to lease or buy a home, it is always a good idea to go with a realtor. They can pull up all the information on the property and it is no cost to you. We as an agent are responsible to check every thing and we are on buyers side. Trulia or zillow does not have 100% correct information. You can also go my website, which is linked to the ARMLS and look for properties at your ease.
Any questions, call me at 480-235-9550
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 16, 2013
I don't believe Trulia screens listings. I do know that they will action if a listing is reported by a consumer or a professional.

Always ask a lot of questions. If you don't like the answers, move on. There might be a good reason why the rent seems lower than it should be.

Also consider hiring a real estate agent. Most will help you find a place without charging you anything.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 16, 2013
Hello Slcibik. As everyone else mentioned, this probably isn't a 'scam' as much as it's bad information provided to Trulia. They 'pull' listings from other third-party providers and they don't have the resources to double-check every listing that ends up on their site.

That home is currently listed for sale as a HUD home for $247,000 and it's been on the market for five days.

Here's the MLS link to that listing:,12,1

Have you thought about buying or at least contacting a lender to see if you can qualify? Now is a great time to buy with low interest rates and good prices.

I did an MLS search for ALL 'Active' rental single-family homes in ZIP 85027 (all price ranges). At this time, there are currently 26 properties listed for rent. Here's the MLS link to those 27 homes:,12,1

If you'd like help finding a rental home, just give me a call or send me an email. I can also email you other listings from different ZIP's if you like.


Jim Mitchell
Realty ONE Group
PH: 480.231.6769
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 16, 2013
No screening buyer beware, all due diligence is buyer/tenant responsibility.

Harnek Singh Dadiala

623 229 6691
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 16, 2013
Trulia does not screen rental listings. This may be a scam. If it seems too good to be true it probably is. Best wishes, Tiffany
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 16, 2013
That is a HUD home that's currently available FOR SALE.

I can help you find a rental, and it doesn't cost you anything. I'm paid by the landlord when you take possession.

Call or text me at (602) 617-6872 and let's get started today!

James Reynolds, REALTOR
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 16, 2013
No, Trulia does not screen the listings.. particularly rentals.

Alan's Axiom: If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
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