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Rentals in Orange County : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Jan 14, 2013
John Arendsen answered:
From what I glean from your question if it's your property you shouldn't need a business license to rent it. It would be like renting a room or a granny flat I would think. Now if you're going o rent it to someone who want to run a business out of it that's another story.

k They would then need a license. Or if you're planning to run a business from the studio technically you'd need one as well. But you really should consult with the city and find out what their requirements are.
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Wed Feb 6, 2013
Linda Lukas answered:
Did they give you an accounting of your deposit? By law, they have to do that and they have 11 days to do it. So, all you have to do is take them to small claims can go online and file against them. Make sure you have your cancelled check, rental agreement etc. Once they are served, they will cough up the deposit.....unless there are other circumstances like cleaning, damages etc. They will not want to go to court since the courts usually take the side of the tenant... You cannot use the roaches or poor maintenance as leverage.....

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Fri Feb 1, 2013
Jeremy Lehman answered:
It's incredibly frustrating for us all. Craigslist, Zillow, Trulia, and many others are all inundated with fraudulent posts. It seems we've found the evil side of technology. Many of my teams listings have been used in these scams and it's heart-wrenching to hear from the victims who call us as an afterthought because they drove by the home and saw our for sale sign. The problem is, there is no verification process when a listing is posted to public sites. Almost all real estate for sale listings in the actual MLS (member paid subscription with very strict rules and fines) are posted via a third party provider, but anyone can go directly to these sited or use to post their listing directly to many of the most used home search sites.

Best of luck to you.
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Mon Dec 31, 2012
Lori Hanson answered:
Currently there is only one 2br 2ba and three 2br 1ba units available in the multiple listing service that I see under $1700 a month, unfortunately they are all apartments.

Lori Hanson
OC Homes Realty
DRE 01405146
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Sun Dec 30, 2012
Mark Mixon answered:
This is a good question! Normally the HOA fees are paid by the owner of the property or the landlord. However, it never hurts to ask because local customs can be quite different from one neighborhood to another. ... more
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Mon Apr 25, 2016
Annette Lawrence answered:
Pick up the phone and call a real estate professional in the area of your interest.
You will know they are legit because a professional will be registered with the state of CA.
If the agent you call does not handle rentals, the agent will refer you to another agent within the office who does. Repeat the process until you connect.
NOTICE: Do no use the 'contact' button or Trulia email. CALL!
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Sun Dec 30, 2012
Lisa Mills answered:
Dear Professional Couple,
I have forwarded your request to an agent in my office that handles rentals in the Village. She knows the rental inventory. If you don't hear from her today, please call me (949) 678-9919.

Best regards,
Lisa Mills
Century 21 Rainbow Realty
Laguna Woods
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Thu Jul 3, 2014
Joe Van Fossen answered:
If you'd like, you can sign up on my site for a listing alert on any rental property that comes on the market in La Palma or Cypress. Link below.
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Thu Jul 3, 2014
Alex Montelongo Real Estate Group answered:
It just varies. There is no time of year where there are more rentals or less rentals. There are rentals coming on the market every day so you will have to keep your eyes and ears open. Your best bet against scammers is working with a Realtor. There are a ton of false listings and garbage that can be found online.

All the best,

Alex Montelongo/Broker
Coldwell Banker Star Realty
562-810-7387 Cell
BRE Lic #01456982
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Fri Nov 9, 2012
Joe Van Fossen answered:
This listing is still active. It will be available starting December 15th, and the security deposit is $2000.
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Mon Nov 12, 2012
Joe Van Fossen answered:
Considering rental and home prices have been consistently going up in Orange County, it might be difficult to save up to buy a house in a few years--and by then, homes may not be as affordable as they are today. There's really no predicting what's going to happen a few years from now, so the answer largely depends on your current financial situation and what your priorities are.

Security deposits will generally be cheaper on properties that are smaller and cheaper. It all depends on what the owner thinks is fair.

In terms of the cheapest route to home ownership, there are loan products available with minimal down payment costs to buyers. In some cases, you can pay as low as .5% down towards the purchase of a home--if you qualify. Of course, this means you will be paying a higher monthly payment on your mortgage, in addition to private mortgage insurance. That's just one solution, but ultimately it depends on your financial situation and what you're most comfortable with.

If you have any questions on homes or rentals in Cypress and Orange County, please get in touch with me at (714) 584-7154, or e-mail at I'm always happy to help.
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Wed Apr 16, 2014
Joe Van Fossen answered:
I've included a link directly to my website's search results for available rentals in Cypress with a minimum of 3 bedrooms. All of the listings here are direct from the MLS, submitted by licensed real estate professions. You can rest assured these are legitimate rental listings (in regards to your other question, if you come across a rental on another website that seems too good to be true, it probably is)

Please get in touch if you would like more information on any of these properties, or any information on the area in general. You can reach me at (714)584-7154 or
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Thu Nov 8, 2012
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
I don't know whether it's a scam or not, most of the really blatant scams start off with "hi my wife and i are missionaries to some foreign country and we need someone to rent our home that will care for it as it were their own...." However, I will say this, I would find it highly suspicious that a landlord would not require credit checks or a reasonable security deposit. And, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably IS. Having said that, I wonder if this ad isn't trying to attract people who want to 'rent to own'. Depending on the terms, that may not be a terrible option. I would, however, proceed with extreme caution going so far as to have an attorney review any paperwork required. ... more
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Wed Nov 7, 2012
John Doyle answered:
Rental properties go quickly in most areas. To get the most up to date list, find an agent with real time access to the MLS.
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Wed Dec 5, 2012
Joe Van Fossen answered:
There are several single family residences in Irvine currently available in your price range. One of them is very close to IVC. If you'd like more information on any of the available rentals, please email me at ... more
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Thu Jan 10, 2013
Darlene Stinson answered:
I would be happy to help you... you can contact me at or call me directly at 714-376-3751. Unfortunately, Cutter doesn't allow pets but we can discuss your criteria and find exactly what you're looking for! Darlene, REMAX Fine Homes. ... more
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Mon Oct 22, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
Trulia does not list homes, they are like a newspaper where people can list homes for rent or sale. With home sales there are protections that agents have to be licensed in order to protect from scams. In rentals someone just has to claim to be a landlord. There is a rash of scams that people overseas are taking homes for sale, turning them into rentals at half price and asking people to wore money to say Africa. As fast as the scams are removed new ones are being posted under a new name. The best thing a person can do is to work with local agents and to avoid anything that looks to good to be true, do not rent a home sight unseen and never wire money for a rental. They need to change their policy of who can list rentals to stop teh scams ... more
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Mon Oct 22, 2012
Cindy Davis answered:
The funds should be going into a trust account. If however, the agent is the owner of the rental property, then paying to his or her personal account would be acceptable.
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
John Souerbry answered:
It's not that simple. To evict a tenant with a one year lease before it expires, the landlord has to prove that you violated the lease. Disturbing neighbors is usually a lease violation, but as a tenant you have the right to fight the eviction. Recommend you review your case with an attorney. ... more
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Fri Oct 12, 2012
James Melton answered:
If you're already working with a Realtor, he/she will be able to direct you to available homes for rent that meet your criteria. If you're not already working with one Realtor, please contact me and I will help you out. Thanks.


James Melton, Realtor & Mortgage Broker, CA DRE Broker #01222353, NMLS #300133
President, Victory Mortgage & Real Estate Home Loans & Sales Since 1979, NMLS #366399
2901 W. PCH, Suite 200, Newport Beach, CA 92663
cell(714)318-4664, phone(949)939-9676 or (714)374-0022, fax(714)844-9094
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