How do you determine whether or not the posting is legitimate?

Asked by Elizabeth Williams, 70117 Wed Jul 16, 2014

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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Thu Jul 17, 2014
If you can not lead the police to the front door of the person taking your money, you should keep your money in your pocket.

The best pathway to success is working with professionals.
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My NC Homes…, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Thu Jul 17, 2014
If you get an email telling you they are out of the country, just send them the money and they'll send the keys you know you're being scammed.

Legitimate property owners will either meet you personally at the property to show it to you and answer any questions you might have or they will have hired a professional property manager to meet you and show you the property. Never send anyone you don't know extremely well money under any circumstances.
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Miriam Berns…, Agent, New Orleans, LA
Thu Jul 17, 2014
Tricky, the criminals are smart. Check everything out, ask the right questions such as do you own the property, if not who does? If an agent who are you affiliated with and what is the address of your agency...if they are a criminal they will hang up on you and not answer. Never mail or wire any money anywhere - meet the individual if an agent AT THEIR OFFICE not at the property, if they claim they are the owner ask for ID such as a driver's license and check on the Assessors Website, etc....
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Michael Free…, Agent, Metairie, LA
Wed Jul 16, 2014
Great Question? The main thing to remember is what standard does someone have in their performance of duties? A Realtor has an obligation not only professionally but we have a code of ethics, fiduciary responsibility to our clients and a legal obligation against fraud. When in doubt hire a Pro! Legal Zoom may be great for selling your bike, but do you really trust someone who has no skin in the game?
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melanie.more…, Renter, New Orleans, LA
Wed Jul 16, 2014
You don't necessarily have go thru an agent (which can be expensive or only have access to expensive apts). If the owner says they were called out of town or out of the country suddenly, due to an emergency, a job change, or a church mission trip, and that they cannot trust anyone locally to show the place, and that they want you to wire money to them in order to get the key. Also beware if the rent is significantly lower than than the usual rent locally. And unfortunately, also be wary if the "owner" quotes a lot of scripture ;-(. It's a bad sign.
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Amy Perdomo, Agent, New Orleans, LA
Wed Jul 16, 2014
If it is listed by a property owner, then cross reference the city tax assessor's web page.(Enter in the property and verify ownership) If it is listed by an agent or broker, cross reference the LREC website to verify credentials. Hope this helps, if not, call me 504-617-0517.
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Jessica McPh…, Agent, New Orleans, LA
Wed Jul 16, 2014
The best way to determine a legitimate listing is to contact a real estate professional, like myself, and they can find out for you.
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