My Listing is Also a Rental – REALLY??!!
I was quite surprised by a call from an Orange County agent recently about my listing in Emerald Lake Village, a 55+ community in Oceanside.
Not surprised that I got the call, but why the caller was ringing me.
“I’m calling about your listing at 3590 Amber Way in Oceanside.”
“Yes, how can I help you?”
He then proceeded to tell me about a family member relocating to the area from the desert who was potentially interested in purchasing but wanted to rent for until her house sold.
And then he hit me with the zinger. “I saw your rental listing on Craigslist, so I wanted to know if it was for sale or for rent.”
I didn’t place a rental ad, nor did I think my seller would have without telling me. But it took the wind out of my sails. I told him I would confirm things and let him know.
I left an urgent message for my seller and also sent a text message about the rental ad.
And then I went scouting for the ad on Craigslist.
It was immediately clear this was a scam ad.
First the title - “$600 / 2br - lovly hoome (Oceanside CA)”
No other information. And the rental price is ridiculous in today’s market. You can’t even get a studio for that price.
Too bad the scammer isn’t smart enough to even create a simple ad title without typos.
But it did the trick – it got one agent to call me (he clearly looked it up in the MLS since the ad had no contact information). And I actually got a second call yesterday from a prospective renter. And the scammer maybe netted a couple of email addresses
The seller knew nothing about it, of course, but was curious why someone would even do such a thing. Well, you get email addresses, and potentially someone foolish enough to send $600 up front to lock in a terrific rental price
I reported it, but of course nothing has happened and the ad is still there.
I've been told by many who use Craigslist for searching for rentals that there seem to be alot of scams out there.
By the way 3590 Amber Lane in the 55+ community of Emerald Lake Village in Oceanside IS for sale at $279,000.
I couldn't agree more.