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Mon Aug 3, 2015
Nicolas answered:
Hi guys,

just applied on craiglist to rent an appartment and I was also wondering if he was a real real estate agent.

so can you tell me about your previous experiences with him ?

Thank you in advance
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Wed Jul 15, 2015
Beulah Sipp asked:
MOVED OUT OF MY APARTMENT, NO WALK THROUGH WAS DONE BY Land lord with me, now he is trying to charge for a lot of damage
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Thu Jun 25, 2015
Aviva Liberman answered:
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Thu May 14, 2015
MegSM answered:
MyScreeningReport.com - this tenant screening company allows the applicant to initiate the tenant screening process by creating their own account and ordering their comprehensive tenant screening report. Reports are thorough (including credit report AND score). Because these reports are applicant initiated, they are a "soft inquiry" on your credit report - meaning it does not negatively affect your credit score. MSR reports are portable - you can share them with one or more landlords (for 30 days) at no additional cost to you. What's more, reports are shared through a highly secure sharing platform that requires applicants & landlords to authenticate prior to accessing.

MyScreeningReport.com offers a secure way for applicants to share their tenant screening reports with prospective landlords without jeopardizing sensitive information.
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Sat May 9, 2015
Dan Tabit answered:
Pat,

Rental scams are common here and on any site that allows the general public to post. Please be very cautious with deals that seem too good to be true. NEVER send money expecting keys back by mail.
You can search the address in any search engine to see how the homes are advertised elsewhere. If one listing is much cheaper than other places, it's likely a scam.

Read the scam warning Trulia posts. I've attached a link to it below.

When you find a questionable listing please go to the More button on the listing and then hit the FLAG button on the listing page to warn Trulia and others or email it to Rentalfraud@Trulia.com.
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Wed May 6, 2015
Cindy Davis answered:
Agents, by law are not allowed to comment on neighborhoods. You should check out crime statistics, talk to local police stations and spend some time in the community to determine if its right for you. ... more
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Wed Apr 22, 2015
no name answered:
http://thomasjmargherha.point2agent.com/Neighborhood/page_2537612.html heres another! Now I'm worried about what they can do with my name email and phone number.... This is annoying
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Wed Apr 1, 2015
Antonio Prado answered:
Hello Gracelei88,

Check Airbnb.com (in case you still need) .

Sincerely,
Antonio Prado
Better Homes and Gardens
antonio.prado@gobhg.com
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Wed Apr 1, 2015
Antonio Prado answered:
Hello Chastity,

Not all rentals accept section 8. Usually they will display that information on the ad, but you should always ask before making any commitment.

I hope it helps.


Sincerely,
Antonio Prado
Better Homes and Gardens
antonio.prado@gobhg.com
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Tue Mar 31, 2015
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Gigi, the rentals in San Francisco start from the lowest rent and up on this link from Realtor.com.
http://www.realtor.com/apartments/San-Francisco_CA/type-apartment,house-rentals,condo-townhome-co-ops-rentals/affordable

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve you can be emailed listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

Beware of the many rental scams out there these days on all sites. The scams are on all of the rental listing sites except one that us agents/broker use such as mls, multiple listing service.

You should not give anyone any funds or personal information without confirming with a licensed agent/broker or management company to find out whom you should be dealing with and the status of any address of interest.

You should study RENT vs BUY options as you may qualify to buy with minimum out of pocket expenses and pay less than rent in many cities. You may qualify to buy FHA with fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down or as low as .5% half percent down payment program. You may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary.

You will need to be pre-approved to be able to meet an agent to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice. Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, home price, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs.

It only takes a few dozen questions to qualify, go over your options and email you listings to study and compare. Here are some links to study as well as web reference links to many loan program pages offered...

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If my response was helpful, consider clicking Thank, Link or Best Answer.
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Sun Mar 22, 2015
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Sat Mar 21, 2015
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Hi Joyce,

This seems like it could be best answered by contacting Trulia staff directly using their contact information on the website.

Good luck!
-Ryan
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Fri Mar 13, 2015
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Hi Kiyana,

Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you out with Trulia or any other real estate needs.

-Ryan
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Sat Mar 7, 2015
Francis Somsel, SRS & Kate Tomassi, SRS answered:
Sounds like a scam. Please report that person to http://sf-police.org/index.aspx?page=53.
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Sat Mar 7, 2015
Francis Somsel, SRS & Kate Tomassi, SRS answered:
If you doubt that someone is an agent, you can easily look them up here: http://www2.dre.ca.gov/PublicASP/pplinfo.asp

If you still have questions, look up their office number using a Google search.

There are two listings for "Robert Donald" in the DRE database, one in Visalia and the other in La Mirada.
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Sat Mar 7, 2015
Francis Somsel, SRS & Kate Tomassi, SRS answered:
In most cases it is provided on a monthly basis. Sites like AirBNB or Craigslist might list daily or weekly rates for short term rentals. When in doubt, ask.
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Sun Feb 22, 2015
Gloria Donnon answered:
California limits the amount of security deposit to 2 months' rent. So increasing the security deposit is not legally allowed if the landlord is already requesting 2 months. Get references from past landlords that say you paid on time and write a hardship letter describing why your credit is poor and why this will not affect your ability to pay now. ... more
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Sun Feb 8, 2015
Ryan Rudnick answered:
If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Rental and purchase prices in SF are very high these days, so something that is way under market value might be a marketing strategy to get a bidding war, or perhaps a scam of some sort. I'd suggest contacting a local real estate agent to get more information on the specific properties you're interested in. ... more
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Sun Feb 8, 2015
Ryan Rudnick answered:
This depends on the situation - some owners will post their information or the information for their representatives online, while others will prefer to be more private. If you're having trouble getting the info you need to get a showing, I'd definitely suggest contacting an agent to give you more details.

Good luck!
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