What’s the best way to avoid being scammed while searching for a rental property? Today I’d like to highlight three ways to protect yourself.
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If you and your family are looking for a rental property, it’s important that you know how to spot and avoid scams. You can never be too careful in making sure that the person you’re giving your money to actually owns the property you’re paying for.
First, be cautious when using a website like Craigslist. Always drive by properties you’ve seen listed on such websites to ensure that there isn’t a “for sale” sign up front. Sometimes scammers will pull listings they see on the market and post them on Craigslist as if they were rentals. If you aren’t able to drive by yourself, I recommend having someone you trust do so for you.
You can also call a local Realtor to check if the property isn’t on the multiple listing service.
“You can never be too careful in making sure that the person you’re giving your money to actually owns the property you’re paying for.”
Lastly, you should know that every county in Arizona has property ownership records listed online. You can access these records at any time if you have doubts about whether a rental listing is legitimate.
Always trust, but verify, when it comes to sending someone your money. Usually, a deal that seems too good to be true probably is.
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.