How safe and accurate is the trulia website? Can it be trusted? Im trying to rent a home and I am kind of worried of the outcome.

Asked by, Sat Aug 18, 2012

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Antonio Vega…, Agent, Saint Cloud, FL
Sun Aug 19, 2012
Trulia is mostly a replicator of information. That means it obtains some legitimita information from MLS around the country, other info is basically paid advertising from firms wanting you to subscribe to their service and then there is lots of dated (not updated) that can confuse you and give you an erroneous idea. However Trulia is very good when it comes to information shared by agents such as this forum.

My suggestion is you go into the Find a Pro tab (green bar above) and ask for an agent with experience on "Property Management", and ask for a list of available homes in the zipcode you are looking for. This will be a free service from the agent, and you wil get very accurate and specific Was this answer helpful? If so please click on the "green thumbs up" or the "best answer".

Tony Vega
La Rosa Realty
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sun Aug 19, 2012
Anyone renting "long distance" without meeting the owner, seeing the property, and being asked to forward money in advance should take great caution. Regardless of what website, there are many scammers out there that are looking for opportunities to take advantage of others.

Proof of ownership supported by proof of identity are a must.......

Be cautious and make sure your aren't another of those "stung" by these scams.

Good luck,

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Kevin Clouti…, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Sun Aug 19, 2012
There are lots of scams out there in any forum.

Try finding a Realtor the does rentals and be assured you will not nbe the victim of a hoax or scam.

You can try my website if your coming to greater Fort Myers. just click on rentals, all from the MLS.

Kevin Cloutier
Southern Premier Realty
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My NC Homes…, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Sun Aug 19, 2012
Trulia is certainly better than a site like Craigslist where almost one out of tow rental ads are scams. That said, not site is completely safe from con artists and scammers. The best advice I can offer you is that if the owner of the property can't or won't meet you personally at the property to show it to you and give you a lease to review, move on you're being conned. Never send money to someone you don't know who promises to send you keys etc.

There are also professional property managers who post here on Trulia, but as above they should meet you at the property, show it to you, answer you questions, be able to give you a lease to review etc.

Good Luck!
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sat Apr 12, 2014
NO, the problem is it is only a site that people place ads on. They are not verified. There is MANY scams being listed every hour through the day, as soon as one is taken down, 2 or more are added. Beware any online ad that sounds too good to be true and never wire money or rent a home sight unseen.
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Barbara Klare, Agent, Fort Myers, FL
Sat Apr 12, 2014
Anyone can post a property for rent on Trulia. If you can not meet the owner or their agent at the home forget it, it is a scam.
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Doris Daniels, Renter, 39211
Thu Apr 10, 2014
NO!!!!!! A friend of mine responded to a rental property on this website. The property was listed in Jackson,Ms. She got an email from Trulia and also from the "so call" property owner. They wanted her to send 1st mth rent plus deposit and they would send her the keys to take a look at the house. Owners suppose to have moved out of town because of job. she had her attorney to call and asked a few question and they hung up. So I would'nt trust this website.

Doris Daniels
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