Ron Thomas, I would want them identified.
If the price is too good to be true, then it isn't true.
Contact a Realtor to represent you as a Buyer rep no matter if you are purchasing or leasing.
It is of no cost to you.
Double check all listings on HAR.COM or go to the County Records to see who owns the property.
The Houston market is so hot right now, the scammers are crawling out of the woodwork, beware.
The aegis is on Trulia moderators to identify and remove them ... it should be easy. My suggestion is that all non-Realtor-listed properties require positive identification of the poster, along with verification that he/she actually owns the property ... the HCAD documents should suffice.
Always work with a Realtor when looking for a home, to buy or lease. We can assist you with for sale or for lease by owner. We have a bit more experience and can help you figure out if your really working with a out-of-town home owner or a scammer.
Many folks for some reason want to go it alone, maybe trying to save money or something. But Realtors do this every day and keep you out of trouble and possibly save you some money. Let us know if we can assist you.
Bernstein Realty, Inc.
Typical is I'm on a mission trip.
Send me the money by Western Union and I'll send you the keys.
Don't worry about any of the things you would normally worry about, I just want someone to take care of the house.
#1 SEE the house on the inside.
#2 Never send money by western union.
#3 Use a realtor
#4....dont be tempted if the price is too low.
I agree with Persis... If you can't see inside of the property, do not rent.! Just as... If the potential tenant can not meet me, I do not rent. Also, it's good measure to to require seeing ID and copy of ID and copy of social security card before any lease sign.
"I reside out of the US" is a very typical scam. They generally request you send payment, look at the property from the outside because there is no one to show it to you as they are out of town; they have a very attractive price tag - too good to be true and it generally is.
Thank you for checking here on Trulia. I have seen quite a few questions about properties that are listed for rent but are not even available to begin with.
..Is it possible that the listing was removed to be renewed with updates by the owner or ad agency? There are many possibilities why a listing would be removed...