Thursday, April 11, 2013

Craigslist Scams, How to Research a Rental

To conclude our Craigslist Scam topic, I wanted to be sure to provide some helpful insights on choosing the right rental, location, and method of search!  Craigslist can be a useful tool, but many more are out there as well!

Tip 1: Locate the potential rental, and research!  It so unbelievably important to do your research, even if you do something as simple as Google searching the address.  If someone that had located the Lyndhurst home, typed the address into the Google Search bar, my listing for the home for sale would return multiple results.  It is pretty unlikely that a home would be for sale and for rent simultaneously!

Tip 2: Drive past and take a look!  The entire reason I uncovered my listing scam was because people were driving to the home and saw my for sale sign in the front yard!  Instead of referring back to the Craigslist ad, they called me direct.  The same would hold true for a condo- If a listing is up for rent, call the Condo Association or Management Office to confirm before doing anything else!

Tip 3: Utilize knowledgeable alternative resources.   REALTORS will also often assist current and past clients in fulfilling a rental scenario.  In addition, we have access to several avenues that can assist in the search process as a whole!  Our knowledge on local information, especially for people who may not know the area, can be beneficial in choosing a neighborhood or school district.

My goal is to ensure everybody is aware, and educated, that these scams are occurring!  If you, a friend, a family member, a co-worker- anybody that you know, are looking for a rental- Please share this information! 

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