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Stephanie, Renter in Houston, TX

how do i know if the listing is a scam or not?

Asked by Stephanie, Houston, TX Tue Mar 12, 2013

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The best and safest way is to you a Realtor your a buyer so there is no cost to you, trying to deal with real estate matters on your own even if you have lots of experience is very similar to you trying to operate on your heart just because you had a heart since birth. Realtors are updated on scams and law changes and new rules almost daily the consumers usually learns of these updates or changes when they are in court. Please stay off CL, and like site go to and select a realtor .

Cedric McGrew
MPI Real Estate Group
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If your looking to lease, you first want to confirm the home is on the market for lease. If you found it on the Internet, do a search for that address. If you see it on a dozen or so other sites, likely it is for real. A for-lease-by-owner without a Realtor assisting might be difficult in this case. Listed with a Realtor, you will see the home on other sites.

Get the "owners" name. Then go to the county tax rolls and cross reference to see if it is the same person. Sometimes the "owner" is actually a tenant moving out without letting the landlord know. If you meet the landlord, ask for their ID to confirm they are who they are (and compare to what you viewed in the tax rolls)

NEVER send a cashiers check to anyone without first viewing the property. Another reason to use an experienced Realtor. If you found a rental property on your own, a Realtor could still assist you.

Mark McNitt
m 832-567-4357
Bernstein Realty, Inc.
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You can contact me. I have my own personal web-site and have been a real estate agent since 2005. Never mail money to anybody, ever, never-ever. I can search almost all properties. There is zero charge to use my service, util we get into real estate work. Usually, seller pays or Land Lord.

Joe Cano - Realtor/Locator
(281) 785-5132
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You don’t, another good reason to hire a Realtor to protect your interest.

Good luck,

Jim Simms
NMLS # 6395
Financing Kentucky One Home at a Time
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First turn on the Common Sense.

If the owner/landlord can not show you the rental and or if they ask for you to send money = scam.

If they are asking a crazy low price = scam

Do a google search of the address, many homes for sale are taken and converted to a rental that is not real. The listed home will usually not also be listed as a rental so start asking questions.

Is there an owner or agent you can call? There should be and they will be able to show you the house, not mail you keys.
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