I have had TWO instances like this ... fortunately, although moving to Amarillo from Oklahoma City, I have a well established trusted friend who is available to go look at the houses ... so both times, they wanted money but could not make the home available ... and received no funds from me because of this. One, I was able to locate the actual owner and called him, gave him all the information and phone numbers, emails, etc.
IF YOU CANNOT ENTER AND VIEW THE INSIDE OF THE HOUSE ... DO NOT SEND MONEY.... more
If you are a for sale by owner the post is not allowed, you can however try blogging about the property; if and when you do list with an agent, ask; or consider any flat fee realty company that feeds into the site....... more
What is the budget? Renting is quite a bit more expensive so I would recommend a month-to-month in case you decide to buy something in the future! Would love to help if you get ready to buy!! 351.BLUE, look forward to showing you around and finding the perfect home sweet home!... more