Unfortunately it is happening a lot. I personally have had 2 of my listings posted by a scammer as if they were the ones who were renting them out. I tell all of my clients to beware of finding properties on certain websites and to call me with the addresses so that I can make sure that it is a legitimate rental/sale. Even with that, I had a client who gave me some addresses. When I investigated them, 2 of the addresses did NOT even exist and one of them was a vacant lot (however the scammer had put a picture of a house, not a vacant lot). My advice to you is to find a good Realtor. We are all supposed to abide by a code of ethics that will hopefully make you feel secure in your home search process.
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