I recommend to report the scam immediately to Trulia. I had the same on one of my listings in Fort Myers Florida, except it was posted on hotpads. A realtor colleague made me aware of it. I contacted the poster and ask them for removal, they replied that I am mistaking. I find out that the scammer set everything up with Google phone # and Google email, so I had to deal with hotpads to get the scam listing removed.
I myself deal with quiet a few rentals in Florida and in all my transactions the tenants are required to pay a deposit upon signing the lease agreement, after viewing and inspecting the place and upon approval of their tenant application. I can't speak for Hawaii, but a tenant should not pay a deposit before even viewing the property.
Kirsten S. Prizzi
FL Lic Real Estate Broker / Realtor
Immobilienfachwirt / Immobilienmakler
Residential & Commercial Real Estate
TMB Realty, Inc.
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No one can know if it a scam or not, but you should not ever send your personal information or money to someone you have not met. Don't rush the system, make the person offering the home show it to you and make sure they have a key to the home. No guarantee, but people who get scammed just need to stop and think. If you get in a rush and try to rent a home sight unseen, chances are great you will get scammed. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!" Remember, no money, no personal information to someone you haven't met AT THE HOME YOU ARE WANTING TO RENT.... more
The person e-mailed me and told me that they have a tennant now and it will be available for viewing
after Dec. 20th sound to good to be true. But if the place is real I really want to get it.
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Great question! I think I would first need to ask a question of your question - overpriced compared to what? Other markets in the U. S.? Other condominiums in Honolulu? Since Hokua At 1288 Ala Moana was completed in 2006, it has been regarded by many Honolulu residents and by many in the real estate community as a "premier" or "THE premier" highrise condominium in Honolulu. Because the ocean views from Hokua are largely unobstructed, the neighborhood is one of the most exciting and upcoming neighborhoods in Metro Honolulu in an outstanding location (across the street from a beautiful beach, walking distance to the largest shopping mall in Hawaii, walking distance to restaurants, movies, etc.), and because the units have very high quality finishes, one could argue that it is not overpriced. Are there less expensive condominium units in nearby buildings? Yes. But there is only one Hokua! Are Sellers willing to negotiate price on there units for sale in the complex? They have been. I can help you.... more