Hello allen.shelli, this sounds like a typical rental scam when they are to good to be true and especially from Africa. You should flag any you find so they are removed.
Beware of the many rental scams out there these days on all sites. The scams are on all of the rental listing sites except one that us agents/broker use such as mls, multiple listing service. You should not give anyone any funds or personal information without confirming with a licensed agent/broker or management company to find out whom you should be dealing with and the status of any address of interest.
You should study RENT vs BUY options as you may qualify to buy with minimum out of pocket expenses and pay less than rent in many cities. If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve you can be emailed listings to fit your search criteria.
The rentals in Santa Rosa currently start from $950 for studio or 1bd 1ba condo and the single family homes start from $1,950 for 2bd 2ba home. The purchase in Santa Rosa currently start from 175k for 2bd 1ba condo, 269k for 2bd 2ba single family home. The inventory is quite low currently but new listings come available daily.
Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs. You will also need to be pre-approved to be able to meet an agent to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice. You may qualify FHA from fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down or as low as .5% half percent down payment program. You may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score.
If you have credit issues, your credit scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary. It only takes a few dozen questions to qualify, go over your options and email you listings to study and compare. Here are some links to study as well as web reference links to many loan program pages offered...
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This sounds like a scam which is very common on sites like Trulia, Zillow, and Craigslist. If you are looking for a rent you are much better off to use a local Realtor or a local property management company. This will ensure your information and your safety is protected.... more