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Kathleen Wade, Renter in Long Beach, CA

Be careful about 381 Laurinda Ave., Long Beach Scam rental-owner wants deposit up front (send out of state), not here to show rental fee low to lure.

Asked by Kathleen Wade, Long Beach, CA Fri Feb 15, 2013

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I got the same experience about 4417 Gundry Ave., Long Beach. The owner said that he is out of state and he has to take care of his oil mine business in Texas(red flag).He wants me to send the deposit using western union (which I didn't do) and he will send us the key (red flag). He actually emailed us a form to be filled out which I didn't do. The content of the application form includes Full name....DOB....occupation...and even photo. I don't want to post the name that he is using because it might just be somebody else's name. So BEWARE FOLKS!!!..
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 18, 2013
Thanks for the warning Kathleen. Never ever send a deposit, especially if the owner is not available to show the unit.

Like the others mentioned, is always safer to work with a real estate professional or a property management company

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 16, 2013
Kawain is correct, it's best to have a Professional find you a rental. I will always refer a client to a property manager. Becasue the rental market is so scarce, IF they go to Craigslist or directly to an on line site, I will advise them to be on the look out for red flags
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2013
Too bad there are people out there who make a living scamming others. The best way to make sure you are dealing with a legit rental is to work with a realtor or go directly to a property managment company.

Best of Luck to You!!

Kawain Payne, Realtor
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2013
Hello Kathleen, there are a lot of rental scams out there. You should have an agent look up any rental address to make sure who you should be dealing with and the status of the property. Do you need RENT vs BUY listings emailed to you? There are 76 rentals available up to 2k a month. They start at $850 a month for 1bd 1ba condos and bachelor pad sfr at $1,150 and up. The purchase start at 85k for 2bd 1ba condo which is only $425 down and under $850 includes HOA of $230 a month. There are 45 under 200k which the maximum payment with only half percent down is $1,464PITI @200k.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2013
A LOT of rentals online are scams now. People just need to use common sense. Almost all of our listings end up as scams somewhere and sites like Trulia, Zillow, and Craigslist just can't keep up. It's brutal.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2013
I had this happen to me with one of my rental properties. I posted a large warning in the living room picture window for the folks that had been directed to drive by so they could be saved any grief. They always tell you they are out of town and you need to drive by first and then send them your data and/or deposit funds. I simply posted the warning and a public tax record identifying me as the true owner, the correct rental information such as real price and my number. then I of course contacted Craig's List as well (assuming this is Craig's List too) and let them know so they could take this scammer down
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