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Billie, Renter in Bakersfield, CA

I am looking to rent a house but when I searched Zillow it showed the house to be foreclosed on. How can I make sure this is not a scam?

Asked by Billie, Bakersfield, CA Thu Apr 11, 2013

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Hi Billie - Contact Cameron or Steve. I'm confident they can help you find out.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 12, 2013
Doesn't smell right. don't part with your money unless you check, recheck and check again.

Unless there is a compelling reason to rent this particular property, walk away.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 17, 2013

It sounds like you found a house that someone is advertising for rent. If the house has already been foreclosed, then that means the bank owns it. If the bank owns it, then it's possible they're trying to rent it. Not likely - but it's possible - stranger things have happened.

So, ask the person who is trying to rent it to you for more details. If the bank owns it, then they're going to give it to a real estate agent to rent for them. If such is the case, then simply ask the "landlord" if they are an agent and if they say they are, get their license number and then check that with the DRE (Department of Real Estate) which you can find online through a search engine such as google.

If they say they're not, you can delve deeper by asking additional questions such as "are you the owner"? If they say they are, get their name and check it against county property records as the first step. If that checks out, ask them to show you a copy of their grant deed. Ask for a copy of their identification (driver's license). While this kind of thing is unusual to do for most people, it will keep you from getting scammed. Don't be surprised if they show reluctance, but express your concerns and see what they say. If they won't prove it, walk away. If they tell you they're out of town - run.

If they tell you they're the property manager - again - ask if they're an RE agent and then do as mentioned above. To manage someone else's property in CA you have to be an agent so don't be shy about making demands.

You can also knock on neighbor's doors and ask them if they know the person trying to rent it to you and/or what the status is. They often know what's going on.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 17, 2013
You can use Craigslist, I put all of my rentals there, but I put my name, company name, etc..on the ads..
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 14, 2013
It's a scam.

Zillow isn't good for many things, but if the property is a foreclosure, then you can't rent it.

Work with a Realtor in your area. And stay away from Craigslist (where that scam is particularly popular).
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 14, 2013
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
Hi, if you are interested in renting a home in the Bakersfield, you can visit Tholco Real Estate Group is a full service real estate company that provides professional property managment. You can browse rental properties and then contact Carrie Culifer sales manager for more information.

Hope this info helps:)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 14, 2013
Hello Billie,
If you would like help finding out if this property is a rental and not a scam, I would be happy to help you. You can either call or email me through Trulia. Representation is always helpful in buying or renting homes.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 11, 2013
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