Have any other agents been asked to hold a rental and accept delivery of furniture?

Asked by Eileen Musser ex realtor, York, PA Thu Feb 19, 2009

I am a little concerned about a request I have had from a family who claims to be moving to the states to take a job for a year. Today my red flags are raised even higher. They want me to pass their payment for furniture along to the company who is supposed to deliver it. So far they have not given me the name of the furniture company and none of their references has returned my phone calls.
Has this happend to anyone else? Of course I explained that the owner cannot accept payment for anyone else, and that he will not take the home off the market until the check clears.

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Marita Topmi…, Agent, Indianapolis, IN
Thu Feb 19, 2009
If the check is good and they order the furniture, I would open the
house for delivery. I would tell them that I would not be responsible
for the delivery or for the accuracy of the delivery. They need to take
that up with the furniture supplier, or perhaps their friends would see
to that for them. Check with your Broker for other ramifications to you.
Best of Luck, Marita
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Eileen Musser…, Home Owner, York, PA
Thu Feb 19, 2009
I am helping a friend who does not use a computer to find a rental for his investment property. The response came through their ad on Craigs list. I have sent application and lease to them and they say they will sign when they get here.
They claim that their rep in the US will be sending me a certified check for deposit and first two month's rent.

That is the part I let out above. Sorry, was trying to be brief.
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Marita Topmi…, Agent, Indianapolis, IN
Thu Feb 19, 2009
Hi Eileen, I understand your trepidation. From where did this lead come?
I am guessing since their references have no panned out, your connection
to them is tenuous. Ask them why they would consider paying in advance
for furniture when they do not as yet have a home chosen. In other words,
don't put the cart in front of the donkey.

I have never been in this position. Good Luck, Marita
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