With so many scams going around, you want to work with an agent you trust.
DO NOT wire money to a anyone claiming to own a property, if you have not previously actually met the person. Many scams ask for the first 3 months be sent by money order to a P.O. BOX in another country.
Ask your agent to see if there are any foreclosure proceedings against the person whose property you plan to rent. You can then periodically check on any actions against the owner by check the county clerks website for your county.
Renter (buyer) beware.
Here's a great article on Zillow that you might find helpful:
The Landlord Code of Ethics
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