Maybe someone can find out who owns the phone. The person I spoke with was Todd .....he says he is the owner.
Thanks again for all your help and the advice, it's greatly appreciated.
Do you have the name of the landlord/owner? This property does not have any MLS history nor does it show up in Tax Record searches?
Be cautious!! Others have outlined the fraud below that is taking place.
Are you truly at the end of the road on the one you are in? Would you like to stay longer?
You MUST demand something from the 'owner' verifying that he/she is actually the owner of the property. Without being able to look up the property on the county website to get a name (which would enable you to cross-reference and verify the person you met as the owner), I would be VERY apprehensive. (If the property is being rented by a property management company, they should be able to give you some of this info.)
Please NOTE: I'm not saying you're being 'scammed', but the fact that the property isn't on the county website is very puzzling.
The basic rental scam that has happened here in the Valley goes something like this:
The scammers break into a vacant home that is either in foreclosure or has been foreclosed by the bank and NOT been relisted yet. They change the locks, run an ad on Craigslist or other site, and start taking calls from potential renters. The renters show up, pay a deposit and first months rent (without doing some homework), and they lose a TON of money when they eventually find out they've been scammed (sometimes weeks or months later) by someone who didn't even own the home.
Here are some VERY helpful articles I found after a quick Google search of 'Phoenix AZ rental scams':
Please don't sign anything or give someone a deposit with verifying some VERY basic info:
>who is the owner? Is the person you spoke to the actual owner? Check his/her ID; they could just be giving you a name.
>is the home in foreclosure? (this sometimes cannot be verified easily, but you'll need to be very direct once you speak to the actual owner. Ask him/her if they're current on their mortgage payments. This is YOUR family's well-being we're talking about here; you owe it to yourself and your family to ask this question. The last thing you want to do is rent a home and then find out it's going to foreclosure in 60-90 days.)
I hope this helps!
Realty ONE Group
Yes, this is the correct address.We have been by the house to look over the area and outside before arranging a viewing the inside. If you use google maps and enter the address, it will show the home we looked at. This is also the address that is on the front of the house.
I have no idea of what to do now to try and find this information. I had planned on asking the landlord for a mortgage notification from his bank, but think this might sit bad with some landlords depending on how it's presented....not looking forward to this ;)
I would rather know something than nothing because I won't know if they are being truthful or not and at this stage of the game, we don't need to get ripped off.....not something I would handle well ;).
Please let me know what else we might be able to try?
Adam (below) is correct. According to Maricopa County Tax Records, '3403 E Helena DR' does not exist. I could only find 3401 and 3405. It's possible that you've been given the incorrect address OR that this is some sort of rental scam. PLEASE be careful as many scam artists are still working the Phoenix area.
There is no reason that a property in Phoenix/Maricopa County would NOT have a record in the County tax database or that there would not be any utility records available.
I'd also like to ask you about your specific situation with BofA.
Have you tried a loan modification with them and it's failed, and that's why you are looking to move?
You might not be aware, but the Fed just extended the Mortgage Debt Relief Act another year (it now ends on 12/31/13), so if you meet the criteria and complete a successful short-sale of your home you won't be taxed on the deficient balance.
There are some wonderful programs still available for homeowners that sell their home via a short-sale, and believe it or not Bank of America has some excellent 'incentive' programs that you might qualify for in which they actually pay YOU, the seller, at closing.
I recently completed a short-sale through BofA in which my client (the seller) received $3000 at closing from their participation in the HAFA program.
Feel free to call me for a no-nonsense/no-obligation consultation. It's not too late, even if you've received a pending trustee sale notice from Bank of America, but time is of the essence.
Realty ONE Group
Will you be listing your current home for sale as a short sale? I have negotiated dozens of short sales with BofA and I understand your frustration, pain and Iâ€™m sorry that you may be leaving your home after so many years. I would be happy to sit down with you and go over your option of a short sale and how I work with BofA, and complete successful transactions with them. It really is not as bad as it seems (if you have the right agent working it for you). Feel free to call me or email any time.
I would also be willing to help you with finding the right rental property. Itâ€™s nice to have one contact to rely on.
Your Realtor can help you with this or you can go to the assessor's website at: http://mcassessor.maricopa.gov/assessor// . Select the propery on the map in case you wrote the address down incorrectly.
Jeff Masich, Realtor
I checked the tax records, MLS and also USPS.com and it appears that maybe the address does not exist.
Here's the full address, using standard abbreviations and formatting...
The address you provided is not recognized by the US Postal Service as an address we serve. Mail sent to this address may be returned.
3403 E HELENA DR
PHOENIX AZ 85032
Be very cautious as there are many scams. You are doing the right thing by investigating and questioning the validity of the property.
Good luck Mike to you and your family.
Realtor at Property Management Real Estate Services