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Rentals in Portland : Real Estate Advice

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Carrie Ward, Renter in New York, NY
Tue Nov 29, 2016
Carrie Ward answered:
Hi,do not transfer any money without asking the home owner to provide proof they own the home.
Secondly,if you inform them you would like your lawyer to review the info,if they never call you back then it's a scam.Or inform them your relative is a police officer and you love the home and want to view the home with them one more time,if it's a scam,they won't call you back looking for your deposit money. Remember this is your hard earned money,and never give cash,Always have proof of a cashiers check from a bank or a money order.I also learned this the hard way.
I myself have seen and even viewed pictures of homes,supposldly for rent,and they are using photos of homes that are on line,and some are scams.
I have even seen them using names such as pastor,and in my own personal experience was a scam,so beware if they are going by or using that title
Most likely they will always say I'm out of town and I need you to send the deposit.
If they text alot reqeusting info and you are not speaking with them personally
.(they usually will call you immediately and speak with you the first time,if you keep calling them back and there is no answer Beware

If you see a very big large home,and they are asking an usually low price,and have very little information listed on the home ,
if it sounds to good to be true it might be a scam.
I've even been told,they will have someone meet you and your suppose to give them the deposit.
Some scams are so good,they email you an application form asking for your social security number even.Yes,I've had this happen.
And they're saying they have a church home,
Some legit owners are actually out of town,so you need to be very careful.Most legit owners who do live out of the country will have a property manager or a realtor they pay.For example I viewed a home and the owner lives in France,but this was legit,a licencd realtor met me at the home.
Ask the home owner to send you proof that they own the home.
Have you been inside the home?
Who showed you the home then?
We're you given a lock box code or did you apply to view the home through a self viewing?
Review,everything that has occured in your situation.

You have a right to ask the owner for certification and just explain you would like to see proof that he owns the home(just as the owner asks for your information,I'd,License,etc)
Don't ever give your social security number out if asked on the phone,etc.
Remember the world we live in,and watch out for yourself.Since I experienced this first hand I am sharing my knowledge with you.
I wish you the best and hope this is helpful.
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Candice_keil, Home Buyer in Sacramento, CA
Mon Nov 28, 2016
Candice_keil answered:
I'm going to build a duplex in North Portland, I would be interested in renting out to a family that is needing both properties, thanks.
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Neil Roxas, Home Buyer in Seattle, WA
Fri Jul 1, 2016
Neil Roxas answered:

Unfortunately, we didn't get enough information about your problem to resolve the issue. Please provide us your email address you want to delete by replying to this email and we will be happy to assist you.

Thank you for using Trulia!

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Jonathan Lah…, Real Estate Pro in Potomac, MD
Wed Apr 6, 2016
Jonathan Lahey of The Lahey Group answered:
Hi Adriano,

We maybe can help you with your searching of home, please feel free to contact us, our team is always open for any discussion and to help you further with your needs. Thanks! ... more
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Jamesreb360, Home Buyer in Portland, OR
Fri Mar 18, 2016
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Jeffbudil, Renter in Bethany, OH
Mon Feb 29, 2016
Jeffbudil asked:
address for my rental property is
5341 NW Lianna Way
Portland, OR. 97229
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Kathy Burgre…, Home Owner in Westchester, NY
Wed Feb 10, 2016
Kathy Burgreen answered:
When you have an accepted offer, you must include a closing date "dependent on signing a rental lease" in your selling contract. Once you sign a contract then go to Portland and look at rentals. ... more
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Gary and Kar…, Real Estate Pro in Boca Raton, FL
Fri Jun 19, 2015
Gary and Karina Youngman answered:

This can be a challenging environment - as more and more developments get taken over and / or more large scale mgmt companies get involved - it may become even harder... As these "big business" operators are far more risk adverse and are more likely to simply and "categorically" deny the application.

Adding to this, today the nation is basking in a surge of rental properties, while the American family has been pushed out of their homes - with that - the demand is currently running at extremely high national levels. Consequentially, the prices have followed suit.

I would recommend you be proactive and get a couple of reference letters -
Employer - historical landlord, etc...

You could also offer financial security - an additional deposit, additional advance months, etc...

Hope this helps...
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Gary and Kar…, Real Estate Pro in Boca Raton, FL
Fri Jun 19, 2015
Gary and Karina Youngman answered:
Typically - I would place this @ 10 llbs...

There may also be breed restrictions...

There are ways people are circumventing these rules...

Ask for clarification - the actual definition will very between association.

Good luck in your quest.
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Jean Herman, Renter in Pullman, WA
Sun Mar 22, 2015
Jean Herman answered:
If there is no phone number, or if it is not a local phone number, don't bother replying. It is more than likely a scam. Scammers post on Trulia, offering property they don't own at much lower than market rates to get your interest. Then they start phishing for information. Then they ask you to send money. Don't get sucked in!

No phone number? Out of state phone number? Move on!
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Karen Peyton, Real Estate Pro in Chandler, AZ
Wed Jan 14, 2015
Karen Peyton answered:
Hi Alexandra,

I suggest you Google "property management" companies in the area you want to live, perhaps narrowing the search by zip code. It often happens that rentals don't end up in Multiple Listing Service. To that end, you have to a bit more leg-work yourself. On the other hand, speak to every bona-fide agent you can - telling him or her what you want, your price range, time frame and the fact you have a dog.

I further suggest you stay away from websites offering rentals. As you have found out, they are often over-ridden with scams

Find someone who professes to be an agent but something "feels" odd? Run the other way or consult your state's department of real estate website ( to check the person's name and company affiliation.

Stay safe and best of luck!

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Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Wed Nov 26, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
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The Stephen…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Fri Oct 3, 2014
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
The Stephen…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Fri Oct 3, 2014
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
I would also recommend "googling" Portland Property Management companies... you can call them and check out their inventory.
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lookingbacki…, Renter in Portland, OR
Fri Sep 12, 2014
lookingbackislookingahead asked:
Hello everyone, I am dire need right now. I just lost my rental home about a month ago, my landlord terminated my lease less then ninety days ago, I had just moved in the property on 4/12/14.…
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Gary and Kar…, Real Estate Pro in Boca Raton, FL
Tue Jul 29, 2014
Gary and Karina Youngman answered:
If this is "unsolicited" email...
Obviously - do not open it...

If this is potential business and you want to confirm prior to deletion...

Send an email back to the provider - preferably from a non-business email account...
If you respond to the email from this email - you are confirming the email address as an "active address".

If you get a response with a phone , do the obvious - call and speak -
Normally you will not receive a response as this is done "en mass" and not a single targeted box.

You can also perform a "reverse look-up" on the email address -
Check the address in the header - is it valid?

Google for instructions... Use a site like

All this can be done - with suspicious email....
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Margaret Tig…, Renter in Richmond, Portland, OR
Sun May 4, 2014
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Janine Ward, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Thu Apr 24, 2014
Janine Ward answered:
One extra step you should take as you are talking to the point of contact for any rental, is make sure they are the true owner or Property Manager for the property. There have been scams lately where someone uses information for properties listed for sale and posts those pictures and descriptions to seek people looking to rent. They then take an application and deposit (getting your personal info and $), then they disappear. Just be aware of who you share information with. ... more
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