How can I make sure that I deal with a real thing and not a fraud?

Asked by Neal Alnajran, Portland, OR Thu Feb 7, 2013

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R Wright, Other Pro, NY,
Sat Feb 9, 2013
The most popular scam now is the foreclosure rental scam. To avoid renting a foreclosed property I would suggest you check the foreclosure status of the property before you sign the lease. You can do so free here, http://www.citywidehousingservices.com
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Fri Feb 8, 2013
Have an agent represent you.
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Tammy Benkwi…, Agent, Somers, NY
Thu Feb 7, 2013
Sorry about all the typos in my answer below! This is what happens when I type on my iPhone!
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Tammy Benkwi…, Agent, Somers, NY
Thu Feb 7, 2013
Search for a licensed real estate agent. Each office had that agents license hanging on the wall. Additionally, every NY state real estate agent MUST CARRY his or her pocket license card. It looks just like a drivers license. (This is different than a business card which anyone can have printed.)

Especially important, hire a real estate attorney to look over any purchase contract or lease. One of theist important task your attorney does is a title search to make certain your are signing with the lawful owner.

I hope this helps!
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Brad Malow, Agent, New York, NY
Thu Feb 7, 2013
Certainly meeting at someone's office is a good idea. The best thing you can do when seeking out an agent is to ask friends or family for a referral. Take a look at some of the chat forums (perhaps on StreetEasy) to see who people have used before as well. Every NYC agent should also have a license they should be able to show you, if you were to ask. Happy to help you, if you need it. I see you are in the Chelsea area as well.

Best,
Brad Malow
Rutenberg Realty
http://www.BuyingNYC.com
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Joseph Baqui…, , New York, NY
Thu Feb 7, 2013
I can meet you in my office.
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Joseph Baqui…, , New York, NY
Thu Feb 7, 2013
my office at 250 Park Avenue South, 11th floor(between east 19th and East 20th)
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Amy Rea, Agent, New York, NY
Thu Feb 7, 2013
Trust is a thing that cannot be completely described, but when it is not there, you will know it completely. Listings through brokers in New York City have to go through quite a lot of scrutiny in order to be state-qualified and license-bearing agents for a transaction.

If you are dealing with web only and there is no connection to the property, you would be remiss not to be concerned about dealing with something that is not real. Real estate is a thing that can be seen and felt, researched, and found to have integrity.

When your instincts start sending out red flags, its time to listen to your heart.

You can do all the research you want, but when you want to find a listing that is ellusive, you will find that the fact is, it is not real.

Reach out and find a real person who can answer real questions, and double check where the space. The internet has its thieves, true enough, but something real will not be in question once you have found confirming facts.

Best wishes you to you, Chelsea Abod-3!
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Rosemarie De…, Agent, New York, NY
Thu Feb 7, 2013
Deal with a reputable firm that you can review on the web. Halstead is very reputable. http://www.halstead.com. We do rentals and sales.
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Joseph Baqui…, , New York, NY
Thu Feb 7, 2013
I'm the exclusive listing agent. You can go to our website, citihabitats.com and go to agents and find my name in there under Joseph Baquiran. All my listings are on my web page or you can call me at 919 625 6307.
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Josh Barnett, Agent, Carney, OK
Thu Feb 7, 2013
Meet in person at your office or choice location.

Best of Luck.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Thu Feb 7, 2013
Since no link is visible--see link for scam related information. Always verify ownership before exchanging any money/personal information...
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/05/rentalscam.shtm
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0079-rental-listing-scams
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