Robin, please don't take great offense at my response to your question. I know you will be disturbed to some degree, but it may be unavoidable.
The only reason scams appear is because they are PROFITABLE! Some one IS using Western Union to send the deposit to the owner located in Nigeria.
As long as people like you are using Trulia and Zillow and Craigslist to find your real estate solutions, you are contributing to the PROFIT stream. THAT truth is the correct answer to your WHY?
Here's my WHY?
Why have you not picked up the telephone and called ANY REALTOR in Green Valley to help you in your search for a rental? (Note: I did not say call the agent on the advertised rental)
The professionals are the ones who have and can give access to the reliable. legitimate inventory.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor University High School distirct
the rental market in most areas is as hot as the sales market. whenever the market is hot, the snakes come out of the weeds. The Bible says 'the sun brings forth the adder'. Be careful, do your homework and you might want to consider a good property manager to help you.
Robert McGuire ASR
Your Castle Real Estate
Direct - 303-669-1246
Hope that helps.
Best of luck!
1. Rent is lower than it should be for the subject property.
2. Property cannot be seen
3. Because the owner is out of state or out of the country. Just drive by and peak in the windows.
4. Sent money (wire good funds, no personal checks) and the keys will be mailed to you.
Often accompanied by a story that the owner had to relocate suddenly and they are looking for a good family to watch over their beloved house until they returnâ€¦thus the low rent.
Also, watch out for similar scams in which the â€œlandlordâ€ wants you to fill out a rental application which provides information of a personal nature which the scammer can use to steal your identity.
Not the best analogy, imo - I know a lot of people who would strongly disagree with you on that, as they are now married, quite happily, to people they met online!.
Online dating is always touting their successes, but then you ask a real friend and they tell you it is terrible. You want to be in a real relationship, free dating sites online are NOT the place to meet a quality mate.
Want a car? There are plenty of online sites. But you sure wouldn't buy a car without driving it, having a mechanic check it out, getting background info on the car. I recently needed a car and asked friends, family and co-workers. I found a fantastic deal by word of mouth. Much better than any of the online stuff.
So the long and short of it, you have a large list of Realtors who took the time to answer your question. Good place to start with TELEPHONE interviews, pick an agent, sign an agency (CONTRACT) and have a professional help you get a great home.
Trulia, Zillow... are all online advertising options not controlled by NAR, so bad people can prey on good people then pull there post and disappear.
Be careful and make sure you can speak to and even see your potential landlord
You're not alone - many consumers do that.
Those of us working in this industry know how unreliable online "listings" can be.
Work with a local agent so you do not waste any time...or money.......with a scammer or on outdated listings!