Are some of these listings too good to be true?

Asked by imastar1984, Tacoma, WA Mon Feb 11, 2013

I'm in the process of apartment hunting in San Francisco. I had been looking a lot of Craigslist until I found Trulia, and I started seeing a lot of really, really nice apartments for rent in various areas around the city. They are a heck of a lot nicer than anything I've seen on Craigslist, yet some are the cheapest rentals I've seen. I tried inquiring about one apartment to see if it was a scam, and I got an email back that seems totally legit.
What's the deal? Are scams common on this site?

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David Tapper, Agent, Burlingame, CA
Thu Feb 14, 2013
If it's too good to be true, it is! Be very careful. Find a property management company or a real estate agent who specializes in rentals.



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Coldwell Banker
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David Are you a property manager that specializes in rental? If so, lets talk!
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Gregory Karr, , San Francisco, CA
Mon Feb 11, 2013
Scams are all over the place and apartment hunters are a prime target. It is simply. If anyone asks for any money up front for any purpose it is a scam. The scenario has a few variations, but as soon as you send money to anyone you don't know or have not met, and they want the money for an up front fee, for an application fee, credit report fee, background check fee, security deposit, earnest money deposit, and who know what else the crooks can think of; kiss it good bye. If the person on the other end cannot show you the unit in person then you are most likely dealing with a scam artist. Actually I'm not going to use the word artist anymore. They are thieves pure and simple.

Your first thought is a good one, to protect yourself. That being.... if it's too good to be true it's a lie. By searching around on Trulia though you should be able to develop a pretty good idea about what rental rates are. Are you in the position that you want to get a place before you arrive here? Any difficulties with logistics, then you should call a reputable leasing specialist. Good luck. No matter the problems you may be facing now..... you are going to love it here.
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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Mon Feb 11, 2013
Generally speaking, if something is too good to be true ---- it's too good to be true. I's good to be cautious.
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