As I have noted in the past, one of my own listings was being advertised by scammers on said website.
1. Best thing to do is work with a real estate professional to have them protect your best interests and sift through the garbage.
2. Since 90% of leases are not listed with Realtors it is likely you will have to do your own homework. Having a realtor pull public record is the easiest way. I often do this as favors to clients for commitment to future business and referrals. THIS IS THE MOST LIKELY OPTION
3. Like Grandma always said (and I think an Econ or Finance professor or two), "IF IT SEEMS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT USUALLY IS."
Ryan Ole Hass
The Red Door Group L.A.
Keller Williams Realty Larchmont
I agree with all the agents below and suggest you do the following :
1. Work with an agent that will qualify the deal and confirm property status.
2. Don't proceed with this deal until you have representation.
3. Call either myself or another qualified agent asap
Thirdly, go with your gutt instinct, it is usually right!
Not sure who "them" is. Normally a purchase is done through a title company and they will deliver a preliminary title report that shows who the legal owner(s) is. This sounds odd to me - is there a realtor involved?
Please call me immediately and I can clear this up for you. I would advise to not proceed at this point until you consult with myself or another qualified realtor.
Proceed with extreme caution especially if the price is especially good.