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Old 05-26-2007, 06:35 PM
 
Location: ~Palm Coast, Florida~
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O.k. we are moving to Florida on the 30th of June. We found a great house, which we have seen pics of and have the address of. We are getting ready to sign the lease, but I am wondering....How do we know that the owner of the house isnt just a *******, after our money??
We have emailed and talked by phone, the owner seems to be a very nice man, married with kids, lives in Orlando.
He would rather sell the house, I think he is hoping we will buy it after a year.

We wont be able to see the house in person till we move.
does anyone know what we should be asking, or what we should look for, to make sure that this isnt some type of scam?

Thanks,
Jen
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Old 05-26-2007, 06:48 PM
 
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O.k. we are moving to Florida on the 30th of June. We found a great house, which we have seen pics of and have the address of. We are getting ready to sign the lease, but I am wondering....How do we know that the owner of the house isnt just a *******, after our money??
We have emailed and talked by phone, the owner seems to be a very nice man, married with kids, lives in Orlando.
He would rather sell the house, I think he is hoping we will buy it after a year.

We wont be able to see the house in person till we move.
does anyone know what we should be asking, or what we should look for, to make sure that this isnt some type of scam?

Thanks,
Jen
What could the scam possably be?
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Old 05-26-2007, 07:11 PM
SKB
 
Location: WPB
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I would check the property records on the appraisers web site just to confirm that the owners name checks out. You can do a reverse search of his phone number (if it's listed) to confirm that it is the same person.

Other than that, I guess you are going on faith at this point. I can see your predicament. It seems like so many people are out there looking for a fresh new scam idea these days.
I would not want to hand over any money until I actually set foot into the house.

If it were me, I would fly down even if it is just for a day to see it and sign the lease in person. What if you don't like the area?

Best of luck to you.
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Old 05-26-2007, 07:13 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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The scam could be- that the "owner" owns nothing and a deposit is placed on a virtual property. The scam could be that it is in a terrible neighborhood, misrepresented by the owner. The scam could be that the pix was from an old listing sheet and the property's condition is quite different now.

Where is it? Maybe a CD member in the area will check it out for you.
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Old 05-26-2007, 07:21 PM
 
Location: ~Palm Coast, Florida~
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Yes hereinfla, thats what we are afraid of. Everything seems just fine so far, but now that we are close to signing the lease....we just want to be sure.
I think what we will do is ask him if we can wait to give him any money until we are at the actual house when we arrive.
We have never rented a house in a different state before...

Thank you for your replies.

Jen
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Old 05-26-2007, 07:31 PM
SKB
 
Location: WPB
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Remember this to, he may very well be legit and feel the same nervousness that you do. He has a lot a stake here as well.

Can you not fly over for the day?
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Old 05-26-2007, 07:33 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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Yes. I remember a scam in southwest Florida where they were taking deposits for rental homes from SEVERAL people for the same house. The local news got involved. This woman said she moved in and several other people showed up to move in, too.

I believe it was a rent-to-own situation. Those signs on the side of the road that said you could own your own home for $2,000 down.

Doesn't mean that is the situation with you. Just have to be careful. Lots of scam artists, but more so in Florida. I think a lot of the con-artists are moving out of the state, though. Less money to be had. We've seen them showing up in Tennessee, lately. They follow the money.
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Old 05-26-2007, 07:44 PM
 
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What city are you moving to?
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Old 05-26-2007, 08:03 PM
 
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The scam could be- that the "owner" owns nothing and a deposit is placed on a virtual property. The scam could be that it is in a terrible neighborhood, misrepresented by the owner. The scam could be that the pix was from an old listing sheet and the property's condition is quite different now.

Where is it? Maybe a CD member in the area will check it out for you.
Anything is possible but not if everything checks out and I would expect anyone renting a house to know who they are handing their money to. All this is very easy to do. I think the renter is having remorse and doesn't know what to do and is imagining everything that can possibly go wrong instead of just making sure they know what they are doing and moving forward with the deal.
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Old 05-26-2007, 08:28 PM
 
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you could search the address on the county tax appraisers website and match that name to his licsence...just tell him you have heard of people renting houses they don't own and you need to verify that he is the owner...legit people should not mind...
I have heard of people a few days from eviction/foreclosure trying to rent their house out...people will do anything to get drug money.
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