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Old 03-17-2013, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Portlandish, OR
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we've been here a year and are currently looking to rent a house in a different part of town. Found a really great place and toured it this weekend. It was advertised as being quite a bit larger than the rest of the similar houses on the same street. I checked the address on PortlandMaps.com, and see that the owner is greatly exaggerating the yard and the home's square footage (advertised 1700, actual is 1250. she counted the garage, and then added some more. she also "increased" the lot size). We'd be cool with smaller, but we're not going to pay for space that isn't there.

if you're looking at a house, it's worth a check to that site to make sure you're getting what you are paying for. This site has been mentioned on here before but I thought i'd re-post for any newbies.

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Old 03-18-2013, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Yeah, it really is a great site for getting all kinds of facts on properties. And not just a "prettied up" second-hand information that you get from realtors, landlords, or other self-interested parties.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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What a shame. It sounds like the real estate industry still hasn't outgrown that reputation for sleaze!
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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That's not the only way property scams take place. Sometimes people from out of town will put down deposits on a rental only to find there is no rental when they get here. Either there is a false address or there is a property but it is not for rent or sale. The ad was a total fake. This seems to happen quite a bit.

There was just a story about this happening on the news last week. I couldn't find the link but it just goes to show that you have to really be careful. Renting long distance can be risky. The people in the news story found the fake ad they thought was legit on Craig's List.
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