If you'll give me a call to provide your e-mail address and contact information, I'll search the MLS for you to see what I can find. However, you'd be better contacting rental manager offices since most of what's on the MLS are going to be long-term unfurnished rentals. You can find a list of rental managers on the Gulf Shores tourism website: http://www.gulfshores.com/lodging/.
As for buying a home, do you have anyone helping you research the market yet? Again, if you can provide me with basic details about your budget and what you're wanting, I can set you up for automatic notifications to monitor the listings that are still active that fit your specific criteria. Then, when ready, you can tell me what you want to see and I'll make all the arrangements, as well as assist you through the buying process.
I had one of my for-sale listings taken over for a rental scam recently. As a result, I had to work to get the bogus ads pulled from craigslist and Zillow, and then ran warning ads of my own hoping to prevent folks for falling for the scam.
When calling the number, they would only reply by text message. (I know this from folks who called me after driving by the house and seeing the for-sale sign with my name on it.)
This is not the first time listings from our office have been targeted. Past schemes would have folks thinking their rental application had been accepted, that the deposit was to be mailed to the owner's daughter somewhere in New York, and a key would be mailed to the tenant. I found this out also from someone who had obviously fallen for it and did some research when the key didn't show up.
If you need help finding a rental, start with a Realtor. Any rentals listed on association MLS systems can only been listed by Realtors, so you know you're dealing with a local licensed professional. If dealing with individuals, be sure you can see the house in person and look the owner in the eye before providing any personal information or money.
Let me know if I can be of any help in your search. I don't manage rentals, but I can help you locate something among those still active on the Baldwin County MLS.... more
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