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Biti Al, Renter in Valley Stream, NY

How can you know is the person / agent renting a house is real and not a scam?

Asked by Biti Al, Valley Stream, NY Wed Oct 23, 2013

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Since scams do exist you are correct in being cautious, and you may wish to consider working with an agent of your own. If the person claims to be an agent ask to see his/her real estate license, or Google the person's name and or contact the office of his/her affiliation, or search licensees in the Department of State Real Estate Licensing; if its an owner, always verify ownership before exchanging any money, also see link for helpful information. http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/05/rentalscam.shtm
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My house is listed as a rental and cotact information is not mine or my realtors--it is part of a scam. How do I get this info removed?
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If a licensed real agent has listed a house/apartment he is bound to Multiple Listing Service rules and regulations and NYS laws... So you would see the house/apt on the MLS web site within 48 hours of receiving the listing, if its a scam it would not show up there... Another indicator is the lack of a phone number, name of person or brokerage affliation advertising the property... Most scams request your personal information(tax returns, drivers license, credit reports). prior to you viewing the property be sent by email... So buyer/renter beware it always safer and better to use a licensed real estate agent and don't meet him at the house, ALWAYS, meet them at their office on your initial contact...
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Hello Biti,

You know by checking public records and verifying ownership, which will ensure that the person offering the home for rent, has the right to do so, being a current owner of record.

I hope this answered your question! If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me by the ways below.

Wishing you all the best,

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Person should verify license ID from the realtor and check public records for ownwer of record.
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You can ask for the pocket card and call the agency name printed on it.
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That's one of the reasons you should use a reputable rental agent to assist in your search. There are a lot of scams out there and a good agent should be able to protect you from them.
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Biti al,

Is the person willing to show you the interior of the house and not just communicating saying they are out of town?

Is the person renting the property a licensed NY real estate agent or Realtor? Ask for credentials.

A real agent/person renting a house will not be in a hurry to receive personal and confidential information. They will show you the property and perhaps ask for a credit report.
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