I just checked our local MLS listings for the entire year and it appears that it has not been listed. Then I ran a Title Search and the property did indeed change ownership on 7-15-08 to NAM Family L.P. out of Marina Del Rey, Ca.
What does that mean to you? Well, does David Russell have paperwork that shows he is a Trustee, or has authorization to rent it out? Did they simply transfer the ownership to their family trust? Maybe, but if you decide to ask him about his role in the situation, make sure you do not mention the owner's name and see if he does. If he sends you paperwork, take it to a Realtor or Title Co., Escrow or even a Bank (if you have a relationship with the Manager) to let them look at the documents. Otherwise, I would steer clear!
Best of luck,
Example #1 You inquire to a craigslist or other rental site. They e-mail back requesting personal info. It is usually written in broken or poor English. Usually they will say they are living abroad and will send you keys.Eventually, they will ask for payment via overnight mail or Western Union.
Example #2 Home is advertised and you meet them face to face. Property is actually in foreclosure or may not even be owned by person who you are speaking with. They will take your money sign a lease and you will find out on move in day that you have been scammed or within a month or so receive papers that notify you that house is in default or in foreclosure. Depending on the situation, you run the risk of arrest for trespassing or being evicted by the lien holder of the prop.
Please Never give anyone any money or sign a lease withiout verifying property owner and default status.
Always go through a licensed rental agency or Real estate agent/broker. Both can be confirmed legit on the DRE CA gov website as to license status and complaints.
Blaine Richards - Real estate Agent - Leasing specialist , Los Angeles, Antelope Valley 310-598-8634. Call me anytime for Rental Advise or questions.
PLEASE do your research! It is the new scam for people losing their houses!
I ran into this same thing myself. Fortunately, I did a search on Yahoo for the address and came up with the real renta listing. The African real estate scam works like this: the scam artist takes on the name of the owner and even gets an email address under the owners name.
Then they send you a rental application and ask you to send it back to them and they will ask you to transfer money. The ads look real and they usually ask below market rent so they can scam multiple people into giving them money. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is!
Hope this helps
Unfortunately, there are many scams out there and this has "red flags" all around it. If something about this doesn't feel right, the best thing to do is move on and explore other options.
You might consider checking with the county records department to verify the ownership of the property. If things don't match up, it should be reported to the local police department.
In any event.....proceed with caution!
Can I ask why you are asking the question, as you are pretty specific about that address? Call me and I will assist you further, without cost or obligation of course.
I just saw on the news recently when a young lady was scammed when she sent deposits to a condo to a person who said she was in hawaii for a family emergency..
They sent the money and never heard from them again.. Needless to say, they were not the owners.