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Be careful to do your due diligence before you rent

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker, Tampa FL BK3029088

When you are looking into renting a home, please do your due diligence and make sure that the home isn't in foreclosure.  


There are scam artists that look for homes that a foreclosure has been filed on with an out of town home owner.  Then these scam artists pose as the home owner, run an ad, possibly even hire a real estate agent to fill the home with a tenant.  The tenant then moves in after paying first and last month's rent as well as possibly a security deposit.  Then comes the notice that the home is now owned by the bank and the tenant must move out.


You can go the the property appraiser's website to verify who owns the property and the county clerk's website to check to see if the home is in foreclosure.  Make sure you are dealing with the actual home owner.


Again, make sure you do your due diligence to protect yourself.   


Are you sure you wouldn't rather own a home? Interest rates are so low right now.  There are a lot of advantages of owning a home, including tax advantages.


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Please let me know how I can help with any of your real estate needs in Tampa Bay,

Stephanie LeFew, Tampa Realtor

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - North Tampa Office

813-624-3332 cell phone