I want to rent a house in Cape Coral. How can I find who owns it to ensure it is not a rental scam?

Asked by Karenr, 33914 Wed Jan 18, 2012

The rental that I have organised through an agency in Germany has asked me to pay for the rental directly into the private bank account of the property's owner. How can I check that they really own the house in SW 26th Avenue, Cape Coral.

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Danielle Sha…, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Wed Jan 18, 2012
Property records are available at http://www.leepa.org and you can pull a copy of the deed at the Clerk of Courts website http://www.leeclerk.org.
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Neil Blair-B…, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Wed Jan 18, 2012
Mark and Danielle have provided great resources. I would also go so far as to say use a reputable property manager who works directly with home owners. Danielle is one of the best that I have worked with.
Web Reference:  http://Hope4HomeBuyers.info
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Marc Comisar, Agent, Bonita Springs, FL
Sun Jan 22, 2012
Get yourself a Realtor.

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Terry McCarl…, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Thu Jan 19, 2012
With so many scams out there you have reason to be concerned. Feel free to email me the property address and I will check the tax records for you. If the home doesn't have a mortgage, has a low mortgage, is NOT listed for sale etc...you should be in good shape.

I have seen cases where people are trying to rent out homes they don't even own so you are being very smart to check into this rental prior to paying out any money.

You can email me at leecountyrealtor@earthlink.net

Terry McCarley, Realtor®, CDPE
Jones & Co Realty
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John Bennett, Agent, Orlando, FL
Fri Jan 20, 2012
My friend has a nice home there with a pool on one of the canals that goes to gulf.

YOu can get him at:

Jay Monaghan


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Alma Kee, Agent, Tampa, FL
Thu Jan 19, 2012
Also you need to be concerned about Toxic Chinese Drywall. Here is a map of the homes that are getting a property tax deduction for toxic drywall... there may be other that aren't aware they can get a property tax deduction:


All the best,

Alma Kee, Realtor
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Professional…, Landlord, Cape Coral, FL
Wed Jan 18, 2012
Hi Karen,

I would be happy to help you with your rental property question and I can also help you find out more in regards to the property you are questioning at the moment. I hold a REPM (real estate property management) certification and am a Realtor at Century 21 Sunbelt Realty, Inc. ~ a name to trust in Southwest Florida ~ that also has a rentals & a property management division.

I look forward to hearing from you and possibly helping you with your situation. You are correct in being cautious.

Have a great evening.

Therese A Clapp, Licensed Florida Realtor®
Member of REBAC: Educated in Buyer Representation
Century 21 Sunbelt Realty, Inc.
725 Cape Coral Pkwy W
Cape Coral, FL 33914
Primary: 239-542-4777
E-mail: TClappCentury21@aol.com
Web: http://www.thereseclapp.com

2011 Platinum Five Star Education Award Recipient
Community of REALTOR® Excellence
REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, Inc.
Web Reference:  http://www.thereseclapp.com
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Lilo Clacher, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Wed Jan 18, 2012
Hello Karen!
You can go on Lee County property site at http://www.leepa.org
and look up the owner of the property.
Not a good arrangment on the part of the agency. Your deposit money should go in to a managment company's
escrow account.
Good luck
Web Reference:  http://www.LiloRealtor.com
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Mark Washburn, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Wed Jan 18, 2012
Here is a blog post that provides a quick tutorial on using the Lee County Property Line website http://www.leepa.org to look up property owners: http://www.gulfreturns.com/2008/08/buyer-tip-lee-county-prop…

Good Luck!
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Mott Marvin…, Agent, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Wed Jan 18, 2012
Daniel Sharp has provided a great answer and I really can't add more to that. There may be even more information that you may want to gather. Try working with an agent to represent you and your interestes.

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