I just got a text today from the same person - they are asking that I send them $150 of the deposit and then they will send me the keys to the property - once i move in I can send the remaining $1500 deposit and first months rent.
I asked him for his name so that I could compare to county records and no response. This is a scam for sure.... more
I would recommend talking with your loan servicer about the possibility, as they have the option of granting an exception.
I realize you asked this question a year ago. The market has changed significantly. Have you taken a look at selling again? I would be happy just to go over the local market with you if you would like, just give me a call (801) 949-1194.