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Rental Basics in Santa Monica : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Mar 23, 2015
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
There are a lot of con artists out there these days targeting tenants. They are most prevalent on Craig's list. The scammers find a house for sale on some website then steal the photos and list it as a rental. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible for websites to keep up with them. I looked at the listing and there were no red flags that I could see. However, I will say, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. And, if anyone asks you to wire money, especially outside the country, it's a scam, walk away, fast! And by all means flag the listing and let the administrators here at Trulia know. The only thing that will stop these people is if we can educate the public so their schemes are no longer effective. Believe me, if they weren't making money they wouldn't be doing it. ... more
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Wed Jun 6, 2012
Jodi Summers answered:
The information you request is available online from the City of Santa Monica. Please go to and scroll down to the section Housing Authority
Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV)/Section 8 and that should get you on your way.


Jodi Summers
The SoCal Investment Real Estate Group
Sotheby’s International Realty
310. 392.1211
License # - 01343854
The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Sun Sep 2, 2012
Diane Dorin answered:
Good day Kmoon,

Thank you for your inquiry.
There are several great approaches to calculating a rental value for your home, the most common of which is the sales comparison approach. This approach involves comparing and contrasting recently leased properties comparable to your home (Usually within a 6 month span).

I would be more than happy to help you calculate the fair market value of your home. Additionally, I would be more than happy to list your home for lease, and help you find the best, reliable tenants possible.

Warm regards,

Diane Dorin
Teles Properties
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Fri May 25, 2012
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
Hi Sevara,
I strongly recommend you not send any money without a signed lease. Does not sound legit to me.
Good luck,
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