i would like to know if this property is in rent?

Asked by jackiieroqe88, Livermore, CA Wed Nov 14, 2012

i have received an application from the supose owner mildred malone but i dont know if the information she gave me is true can you please help me

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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Sun Nov 18, 2012
Hi jackiieroqe88,

If you find yourself interested in a property where the owner/Landlord cannot meet in person I have a few suggestions before you provide a deposit and any confidential information:

a) See if you can find the property using the “owners” name at http://www.blockshopper.com

b) Until the adoption of California Government Code Section 6254.21; which, blocks all state and local agencies from providing home address (and other information) of an "elected or appointed official" you could easily check the County’s online public tax records to confirm the property's ownership. Unfortunately, Alameda County is blocking ALL such information for ALL property owners. Nonetheless, you in fact can see the property tax information. Every homeowner is pretty aware of what their property tax payments are and this would be a good question to ask the "owner". Alameda County property assessments can be found at http://www.acgov.org/MS/prop/index.aspx

c) Drive by the property for clues regarding the property’s habitation.

d) Contact a Realtor® and ask if they can confirm any recent transaction history by the "owner".

If you do meet the "owner" in person ask to "take a quick peek" at their Driver's License to confirm identity (although, if they are a "Scammer" they might have fake one!)

In addition, you may want to also ask “a Realtor® friend” from above to research whether a Notice of Default or Trustee Sale has been recorded, which would indicate the owner may lose the property to foreclosure. Regarding this last point see, you would have some protections via:

CA's "Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act" - need to know info!

These sites may be of help in finding a rental:

These links might also prove useful in the future:

Finally, and most importantly, stay safe (always bring a friend if you can) and don't let the need for finding a rental overpower your gut intuition!

Best of luck with your search and subsequent move.

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The Medford…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Fri Nov 16, 2012
This sounds like a total scam, especially since the names on the tax record do not jive. A very simple way to verify would be to knock on the front door of the home, identify yourself to whoever answers the door and verify the facts. If indeed someone answers the door at all, you’ll know at once it’s not vacant as purported. If this was posted on Trulia, we could deal with it – since it’s posted on Zillow, you can report back to Zillow that this is a scam.
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jackiieroqe88, , Livermore, CA
Thu Nov 15, 2012
this is what she wrote, The house is still available for rent and is
available for long/short term lease,To tell you a little about
myself.My name is Mildred Malone am married with one daughter and am a
professional construction engineer,i work for a construction company
while i was in Livermore, CA but recently plans came up for me with the
help of the management board of the company assisted my project of
investing in a modern construction company which is a dream come true
for me in Florida to head as a branch manager and we will be here for
long so we are looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be
able to take good care of our house.Before i and my family left for
Florida we could not find a competent property agent to handle the
welfare of the house because we really cherish our property so that was
why we decided to take the keys and the documents along with us but we
will make sure that all goes fine...The house is vacant now and it is
available for move in.The house is located at:1007 Bellflower St Livermore, CA 94551.

We are making an inquiry for a responsible person/tenant to take good
care of the house for us pending the time we will be here.We want to
make potential tenant to be comfortable that's why we want to rent out
the house for a monthly rent of $1400 which includes all the utilities
and for either short or long term lease with security deposit of $900
and what is required is the first month rent and the security deposit
which will be refunded to you in full amount after your tenancy that is
when you want to move out of the house and we will be here for
approximated period of like 3/4 years to make the firm take a stand if
you understand what i mean and we want some kind of assurance and
security for our property and the house is available immediately for
moving In ASAP or at a later date.If you are interested in taking care
of the house,you can go ahead and get views of how the exterior of the
house and the nice environment is or drive by and kindly get back to me
so that i can forward to you the rental application form and interior
pictures of the house for you to know how spacious and beautiful the
inside looks.
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jackiieroqe88, , Livermore, CA
Thu Nov 15, 2012
Thank you for your help. About buying a house i would like it but i cant im changing my social secure and i have to move my credit into my new social secure. Maybe later i will contact you to see if i qualify to buy a house.
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jackiieroqe88, , Livermore, CA
Thu Nov 15, 2012
She post her house for rent on zillow and her email to contact her mildredmalone715@yahoo.com I contact her by email and ask what do we need to rent the house. She sent me a very short application and two pictures of her and her family. She said that her house is available with furniture and that she is renting her house because she got a good job offer in Florida so she moved there and that's why she rent the house.
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The Medford…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Thu Nov 15, 2012
Mildred Malone is NOT the owner of 1007 Bellflower. Where did you get the information that this was a rental?
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