why is it that the answer I've received from 3 different owners is that they are out of state and cant show me the place until I fill out a form?

Asked by roxy_hearts89, San Diego, CA Tue Jul 9, 2013

the form is the application.

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JR Thrasher, Agent, San Diego, CA
Thu Jul 18, 2013
I agree, sounds like a scam.

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Sinead McAll…, Agent, Oceanside, CA
Tue Jul 9, 2013
Hmmm, make sure it is not a scam.
1) Do they want you to send money via Western Union or other non-refundable, non-traceable means?
2) Is the rent a super good AMAZING deal? You know what they say about too good to be true?
3) Google the address. Does it come up for rent more than once? Is all the contact information the same?

​Sinead McAllister-Clifford
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McAllister Homes Real Estate
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Ryan Bourda, Agent, San Diego, CA
Tue Jul 9, 2013
Watch out for the "Out of State" landlords. They could be scammers trying to get your personal info. It's becoming very common for scammers to pull pictures off Zillow/Trulia and post the property as a rental. They are even pretending to be the owners on the phone. Do a drive by of the house before you give them anything. A lot of times there will be a for sale sign in the yard. A dead giveaway for a rental scam.

Good Luck with the search,

Ryan Bourda
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thank you! will look into it.
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John Juarez, Agent, Fremont, CA
Tue Jul 9, 2013
Fill out the form and send it to these out of state “landlords” who will not show you the house until you complete a rental application and you will not see the houses. What you will see is your personal information used to steal your identity by these crooks.

Don’t get taken in by those scammers.
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Tue Jul 9, 2013
it's a scam - run in the opposite direction!

Let me guess - the rent seems almost too good to be true! (that's because it isn't true).
The scammers always have a story about why they can't show you the home......that's a ref flag!

Next they will want you to wire them money.........don't do it...........don't offer any personal information.

Work with an agent or at least verify you are speaking with the genuine owner or property manager.

Good luck!
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Mary K. Myers, Agent, San Diego, CA
Tue Jul 9, 2013
If you work with a realtor, you may have more success in getting into a property.
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Maureen Bye…, Agent, Oceanside, CA
Tue Jul 9, 2013
Hector is correct. You can tell them that you want to view the property first and then you will complete their apl. and set an appt to view.
Web Reference:  http://www.coastal.biz
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Jill Miranda…, Agent, San Diego, CA
Tue Jul 9, 2013
Because they probably AREN'T the owners, just fishing for information from you. Watch out for scammers, there's a lot of that going on in the rental market.
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Craig G Hodg…, Agent, San Diego, CA
Tue Jul 9, 2013
If the form asks for your social security number. Then it is for sure a scam. Most out of state owners hire a property management company to show places. Once seen and you want it. The management company will have you fill out a form for a credit check. Run for the hills !
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Hector Gaste…, Agent, Coronado, CA
Tue Jul 9, 2013
Hire a REALTOR. Seems like a scam
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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Tue Jul 9, 2013
I'm not sure any of us can answer this...except that the application is a way of qualifying you.
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