1. they give you some story (maybe even a sob story) about why they can't show you the home in person.....they claim they are out of the area, out of state................... out of this world!
2. they ask you to fill out a "lease" application with lots of personal information
3. they ask you to WIRE money for keys! DON'T do it!
Bottom line - the rent amount may/will seem too good to be true...........that's because it isn't true!
Understand that the6y often use real listings - maybe active or expired listings.;they "hijack" the photos and make them look like legitimate listings............
When in doubt, ask for proof of ownership, and to see the home in person!
Ask an agent to check it out for you.
Here are some warming signs:
Party wants you to send money to another state
Party wants everything done electronically
Party only gives you a cell#. no office number
Kawain Payne, Realtor
Ask lots of questions. Check into the background of the person you are dealing with. Check with the police or sheriff to see what they know. Ask the police what they think about the deal you are being offered. Talk to an attorney. Ask for references and check them. Never go unaccompanied to a meeting place where you will be alone with the other person. Google the other person. Google the service being offered and the company offering it. Get everything in writing. Never wire money via a service like Western Union or Moneygram. Never give private or financial information. Never give the names of your children (in case it is a preditor). Also check out the link below. Craigslist.
In other words, please be extremely careful if you have any misgivings.