Beware San Diego Rental Scam

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San Diego Rental Scams

I’ve had several calls this afternoon from folks who were about to be taken in by a San Diego rental scam. These callers were saved, because they drove by 335 Venetia Way and saw our For Sale sign in the yard and took the time to call.

This lovely 3-bedroom home is on the market at $389,000, but someone who calls himself “Mark” is advertising it as a $1200 month rental–which would be an outrageous bargain.

Unfortunately, this Oceanside property is not for rent, as owners will only consider a sale–and have priced it to move quickly.

I called Mark’s phone: 910-310-7984, which is a Google phone number. Left a message, and hope to hear back from him.

BEWARE: THIS IS A RENTAL SCAM

…and one that is not unique to San Diego real estate. I’m sure the scammer will try to get a deposit (and possibly first month’s rent) to hold the property–and that’s the last you’ll hear from him. That would leave me on the hook for sharing the sad news to those taken.

I Googled the phone number, and it appears this guy is an operator working out of who-knows-where. And although the 910 area code serves southeastern North Carolina, the fraudster could be operating almost anywhere in the world.

My advice for anyone who is looking for rentals on sites like Craigslist is to cross-check owner of the home with a real estate agent who can easily pull up tax records to verify ownership. We offer it as a free service to our clients–and would-be clients. To check, just call 877-818-8197 or 760-942-9100.

Listed below, because we receive so many requests for them, are legitimate and currently-available rentals in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista. For rental information in other areas or if you are seeking property management, call Roberta or Scott Murphy at 760-942-9100 or 760-613-6190 or email scott@sandiegopreviews.com (NOTE: Some of these listings may be vacation rentals, which we cannot filter. Apologies!)

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6677 Paseo Del Norte C Carlsbad, CA 92011

$3,600
2 Beds
1.5 Baths
1,060 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 120013809
Property Type Townhome
Gorgeous WHITE WATER VIEW!!! Great location, you can walk to the beach, Company Stores-Outlet mall, Legoland, restaurants etc. Beautiful ocean views from every room. New living room furniture with new Smart TV and brand new Number Sleep bed in master bedroom. Small dog ok upon approval, no cats please. Must see to appreciate. Rate $2800 and Summer June-September $3600/mo. Cleaning fee is $150, processing fee is $25, Security deposit is $1000 or damage Ins. $69, covers up to $3000 in damage.

1114 S Myers Oceanside, CA 92054

$2,100
1 Bed
1 Bath
432 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 150049418
Property Type All Other Attached
Single Story Beach Unit. No one above or below. This 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit is approx. 200 steps from sand! Available short term, monthly or annual lease. Part of a small, 6 unit complex. Fully furnished. Stocked with linens, dishes, appliances, etc. Outdoor patio area with furniture, natural gas grill, outdoor shower and 1 off-street parking spot. An assortment of beach equipment is provided. Rent includes utilities, cable and WIFI. See supplemental remarks for details on pricing. Pets considered w/ fee.

514 S The Strand A Oceanside, CA 92054

$3,995
2 Beds
1 Bath
900 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160027998
Property Type Detached
So you say you'd like to Vacation at the Beach! How about a Vacation on the Beach! If you were any Closer to the Beach you'd be on a Boat! Welcome to Suzzi's On The Strand. This 2BR 1BA 900SF Detached Cottage is Amazing! Completely remodeled from Head to Toe with New Contemporary Furnishings! The Kitchen features Granite Countertops and Stainless Steel Appliances! The Dining Area looks out to the Pacific Ocean! A Private One Car Garage is Included! Please see Supplement for additional info. Thanks.

3690 Carlsbad Blvd B Carlsbad, CA 92008

$7,900
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160049368
Property Type All Other Attached
THIS IS A VACATION RENTAL. RATE SHOWN IS THE STANDARD MONTHLY OFF SEASON RATE. Amazing oceanfront home on world famous Carlsbad Boulevard. High end finishes and furnishings are sure to please even the most discriminating tastes. Beautiful master suite has a wonderful sitting area that faces the ocean and invites relaxation. The large living area has a huge comfortable sectional that invites family lounging time. The large patio is the perfect place to watch the sun go down over the ocean and breathe!

3715 Longview Drive Carlsbad, CA 92010

$3,900
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,900 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170025181
Property Type Detached
FULLY FURNISHED 2BR 2.5BA WITH OPTIONAL 3RD BR ON QUIET, PRIVATE .75 ACRE LOT ON CUL DE SAC STREET. WITHIN 3 MILES OF BEACHES, CARLSBAD VILLAGE, AND THE LIGHT RAIL COASTER TO SD & LA. OFTEN SUNNY WHILE THE COAST IS OVERCAST. 3 MONTH LEASE TERM WITHIN 4 MONTH WINDOW OF 6-1 TO 9-30 INCLUDES ALL UTILITIES, WEEKLY GARDENER, AND HOUSEKEEPER EVERY OTHER WEEK. SMART TV EQUIPPED WITH DIRECT TV, WIFI ACCESS THROUGHOUT, AND TEN SPEAKER STEREO SYSTEM. 12 SEPARATE SITTING/MEDITATION AREAS. JACUZZI. NO PETS.

2556 Navarra Drive I Carlsbad, CA 92009

$2,500
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,546 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170063427
Property Type Townhome
Golf Course Views!! Beautiful furnished home in gated community on the golf course. Available May 1st to October 31st 2019. Rent ranges from $2,500 to $3,750 depending on season. Single level floor plan. 2 master bdrm suites with queen sized beds. Fantastic views of the golf course at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Central air conditioning! Two large parking spaces in gated garage. Basic cable, internet, local phone, water and trash included in lease. See Supplement.

134 S Pacific Street B Oceanside, CA 92054

$2,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
400 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180005297
Property Type All Other Attached
You have all the comforts of home with the beach just a short stroll away! This beautifully updated unit is 1 of 3, and has all the comforts of home with a fully stock kitchen and linens. Stays under 30 nights require 11.5% tax paid separately after booking. 1 small dog under 15 lbs may be considered, $100 pet fee applies. Dogs must be kept on a leash and no excessive barkers please. Sorry no cats. This property is non smoking including patio and common areas.

128 Roper Ct Encinitas, CA 92024

$4,400
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,160 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180023373
Property Type Detached
Great family vacation and short term rental. We pets with a deposit and approval in advance. Sleeps 8-9 plus we have an air mattress. Very comfortable home with a formal living room with fireplace, huge dining table for 10, cozy family room with second fireplace. Fenced yard. Garage has tons of toys for kids including Malibu Barbie truck and Basketball game. Single level, close to both shopping. 2.8 mi. to beach! Check VRBO 1306564 for calendar and availability. Please book through me for this price.

3870 Valley St Carlsbad, CA 92008

$2,600
1 Bed
1 Bath
1,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180031487
Property Type All Other Attached
Fully furnished attached guest house 14 foot ceiling fully equipped kitchen. Excellent for corporate rental. Minimum 60 day lease. All amenities included in lease. Utilities, WiFi, TV, laundry facilities. King size bed, ample closet and storage, linens, just bring your clothes. Onsite parking. Walk to the beach or Carlsbad Village.

3313 Cabo Ct Carlsbad, CA 92009

$8,500
8 Beds
5 Baths
5,803 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180034877
Property Type Detached
Seller may carry-back or possible lease option. Enjoy stunning sit-down panoramic ocean, lagoon, golf course and city views from family room, living room, kitchen, nook dining room, and both master suites from this spacious custom La Costa dream home, perched on a hill top and sitting on large lot with beautiful entertainer's backyard featuring a 60 foot pool with designer bottom. Great home with guest quarters and 2 master bedroom suites. Room for RV or boat.

3315 Lilac Smt Encinitas, CA 92024

$16,000
7 Beds
7.5 Baths
7,191 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180036877
Property Type Detached
Beyond the gates of Wildflower Estates awaits this premier executive 1.83 acre hilltop estate, available for long-term lease, and with a vanishing edge pool, accompanying spa, and surrounding lush landscaping. Nestled atop one of the best lots in Olivenhain, experience this 7,191 sf, 6 bed, 7.5 bath, plus an office, single level guest house, and an exercise room equipped with a steam shower. This home offers the ultimate in comfort living and spectacular mountain, valley, and sunset views. See supplement.

2903 Wishbone Way Encinitas, CA 92024

$8,000
5 Beds
5.5 Baths
6,262 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180037674
Property Type Detached
YEARLY LEASE PARADISE RENTAL ; OCEAN&CANYON VIEWS can be seen from this luxurious, custom built, single story home. Exceptional architecture,landscaping,infinity edged swimming pool,Professional kids playground. Designed by Richard Haeger, home is located on premium cul-de-sac VIEW lot with adjacent canyon preserve.Fully remodeled; Industrial grade heating, equipment in the house, playground, areas for entertainment and retreats, resort swimming pool,fully fences.Available August 10, 2018

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