Today, we are talking about avoiding online scams when advertising your rental properties. There are many websites that people use to list their properties and those websites can be good for your marketing goals. Many of them are free and easy to use. The problems arise when people go to them and find ads that have been copied and lifted. Dishonest people will take a rental ad and list it themselves, changing the price as well as the verbiage. If you contact the person running one of those ads, they will tell you that you need to send money in exchange for the keys. The person you are talking to might state that he or she is not in the area, so can’t show you the property. This is false advertising and a lot of people are finding themselves victimized.

You want to avoid having your rental property used in an online scam. The best way to do this is to make sure your telephone number is placed in a window on your property. It should be large and readable so that people can call you if they see an ad and want to know if you’re really the person renting out the home.

How to Avoid Online Scams Pleasanton, CA Landlord AdviceThese websites that put you at risk for getting involved in a scam are not the only places to advertise. We know that there are a number of marketing strategies you can use, and they will get you even better results when it comes to finding a tenant. If you have any questions, or you’d like help advertising your property in a way that’s safe and secure, please contact us at Action 1 Properties, and we’d be happy to discuss those methods with you.

Posted by: Patty on December 2, 2014