i need help- how do i know the house i'm about to rent is not a scam? what do i ask and look out for..pls help, i'm meeting this person in hours.

Asked by Sue Yaj, Sacramento, CA Thu Sep 26, 2013

he is a private renter, the location is 6935 wagon wheel 95828. i've been home searching for 2 months and have came across so many scams. i'm so scared.

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Kylee Roe, Agent, Sacramento, CA
Thu Sep 26, 2013
It appears this halfplex is owned by Tyrone and Huong Nguyen. If that is one of the landlords you are dealing with, or a reputable property management company, it would seem to me this is a legitimate rental. Check ownership with Sacramento County and do your own due diligence. My information is third party and may not be correct, but it this is how it appears to me.
Hope that helps
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yes, Kylee...thank you so much... that's the name of the manager ;) Thank again!!!!!!!!!
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Teri Andrews…, Agent, Auburn, CA
Fri Sep 27, 2013
Both Trulia and Craigslist have information on how to avoid scams on their websites.
The biggest red flags seems to be below market rent and out of the area/country owners
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Sue Archer R…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Thu Sep 26, 2013
If they are the property manager, ask for written authorization that is written from the owner showing that they are authorized to act on behalf of the property owner. Ask for the phone number of the owner as well and check identification.

If you're dealing directly with the owner of record, they should have identification that shows that they have the same names as is reflected on the tax records.

If there's a sign in the yard for sale then it's not for rent. Another thing to do is talk to some of the neighbors. If you're looking at living there, it's always a good idea to meet the neighbors before anyway. good luck!!
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Jaime Becker, Agent, Sacramento, CA
Thu Sep 26, 2013
Some of these scammers are also using the real homeowners names since it is public information. Some of the things to look out for are the following:
1) The rent is too good to be true.
2) They are out of the country.
3) The house is for sale.

Good luck!
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Grounded. Re…, Agent, Sacramento, CA
Fri Sep 27, 2013
It sounds like you already got your question answered. It's good that you are alert and aware of possible scams like this. They're pretty prevalent around the Sacramento area.
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Keisha Mathe…, Agent, Elk Grove, CA
Fri Sep 27, 2013
It looks like Kylee assisted you. My best to you and for future reference, here is a link that may be helpful to you. A handbook from the State of California which outlines your rights as a renter.


Hope this helps.

Keisha Mathews, REALTOR®
CDPE®, HRC®, HAFA® Certified
SAR Masters Club Member 2012
SAR Masters Club Steering Committee
Mathews & Co. Realty Group
@ Century 21 Landmark Network
(916) 370-1803 cell
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Thank you, Keisha. I really appreciate the information.
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Melissa Goss, , Center Moriches, NY
Fri Sep 27, 2013
If you deal with an agent, you will not have to worry about anyone scamming you. Some folks lean away from us trying to save a few bucks... but in the end, you may end up loosing more money than you thought you would have gained.

So... my advice...

good luck to you...

Call An Agent- you came here asking us for help... and yet...
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Agents don't do rentals in our area unlike other areas of the country. Realtors are sometimes property managers, but otherwise we don't have access to rental properties.
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