is paying to reserve an apartment without seeing it common?

Asked by Hadara Alook, San Francisco, CA Wed Jan 30, 2013

is it common for short term/ furnished lease to ask for a pre- lease payment before you even saw the apartment? Im getting alot of these kind of requests and a bit worried that its a scam

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Dan Tabit, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Wed Jan 30, 2013
No it's not common and yes, it's likely a scam. Save your money, search the area in person, view the rentals before committing any money. If a deals too good to be true,...
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Jed Lane, Agent, Petaluma, CA
Wed Jan 30, 2013
It is a common SCAM. Never send money to anyone without seeing the property.

Understand also that these grifters use greed as the primary motivator. Be very skeptical of anything that sounds like a good deal. The better the deal the more likely hood it is just someone offering to separate you from your money.
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Matt Ciganek, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Jan 30, 2013
If you're finding rentals way below what you're generally seeing, that has to be a red flag for you. The market is extremely competitive. If you find the listing online, the person listing it has access to the same rental data you do and isn't going to give away money. People want to "beat the market" and find an inexpensive place to live, but it's just not likely and is probably a waste of time. You could possibly seek a rental outside of San Francisco and use public transportation to save money. SF is experiencing a housing crunch and it's not going to end soon. Best of luck-Matt Ciganek
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Greg Corvi, Agent, San Ramon, CA
Wed Jan 30, 2013
It's probably a scam. Are you finding these on Craigslist? You should be able to look at the apartment before you make any payment. If the landlord or property manager is not willing to meet you, move on.
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thanks, they are actually on Trulia.. and yes some on Craigslist. Thank you for the answer.
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