Yepp.. the scams are everywhere. If you try to sell a car online and you get the same sort of stuff. They send out thousands of email. If just .0005% reply and send money, it's worth their time. Unfortunately the elderly are the most common type of person that sends off their money to these low-lifes.
Joe Stone - REALTOR®
Exclusive Homes Realty
Check out my new blog post. It addresses the issue of avoiding rental scams on the internet. I think you might find it interesting.
If I might make a recommendation, contact a local real estate agent (you can find great ones on here.) They will find what you are looking for and it will most likely be entirely free to you.
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That depends on the listing agreement.....and the agents involved with the transaction.
What does the listing state in regard to what you, as the tenant, will have to pay?
It should be stipulated in advance.
Personally, I don't look for another commission if the lease is extended, nor do I expect 2 commissions if it is a 2 year lease..........it's expensive enough for a tenant to come up with the commission, the first month's rent and the security deposit all at once, in advance of moving in (in my area we get 1.5 month's rent as security).
I see rentals as more of an accommodation, as my business is really based on sales and listings, so I am happy to help get someone settled in a new home.
What the expectation is in your area may be entirely diffrent.... more
You certainly have a bone to pick with the Realtor and your landlord about the intrusions, but you should speak to an attorney about potentially breaking a lease. As a renter, your rights are well-protected here in Chicago, but it can be a pretty complicated situation. I would speak first to your landlord about this Realtor who clearly doesn't respect your privacy...... more