Here's a word of advice you MAY have heard before: "If it SEEMS too good to be true, it's probably not true.
Yes, both Trulia, and Craigslist SHOULD have moderators who could screen these bogus "ads" before the public sees them, and YES, there should be a better way.
Until that happens, engage the free services of your local agent, who gets paid by a legitimate landlord, not such scum from Africa, attempting to steal your money.
The scam is ALWAYS "send us the 1st month's ( incredibly low.) rent, and we'll mail you the keys."
And DON'T spend so much time dreaming about that screaming deal that you think you're somehow the only person who has found it.
OC Homes Realty
The frustration you have experinced is nearly tangible in the words you wright.
As Alan suggested, if you are serious, you need to pick up the phone and call a real estate professional.
Please allow me another moment to add that information appearing on Trulia does NOT come from the real estate agents involved. Trulia states they get real estate data from ListHub. Listhub and Trulia reserve the right to change, subsitate, suppress, alter or replace data as it suits their purpose..
Here is a link from the WAVGROUP that reports the accuracy of aggregare real estate websites like Truila and Zillow.
They report 37% of the information on Truila is wrong.
It time for you to pick up the phone and call a pro who can connect you to the information that will not have you chasing VAPORS.
I sure understand. I hear that from many pople looking for a rental/ place to lease.. What city are you looking in to rent/lease in? I might be abl to help.. Talk to you soon
Ingrid Ski Realtor
Not all rental properties are found in the MLS. A Realtor(r) who specializes in rentals will look further to assist you in finding those outside the MLS (hopefully). Best of luck,
Tim Kunze, Realtor(r)
Focusing on . . . YOU!!!
most of you have recommended contacting a real estate agent and to that I have a couple questions:
How do I find an agent that deals in rental properties?
Does the real estate agent know of all the rental properties like they would sales listings? (i.e., MLS?)
again, thank you all for taking the time to help!