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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 Unit C Carlsbad, CA 92011

$3,600
2 Beds
1.5 Baths
1,060 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 120013809
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
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. Neighborhoods: Alta Mira Complex Features: ,,

1114 S Myers Oceanside, CA 92054

$2,200
1 Bed
1 Bath
432 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 150049418
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Single Story Beach Unit. No one above or below. This 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit is approx. 200 steps from sand! Available 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. Neighborhoods: Coastal Oceanside

3690 Carlsbad Blvd Unit B Carlsbad, CA 92008

$7,900
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 160049368
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
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! Neighborhoods: The Village Complex Features: ,, View: Panoramic Ocean

428 S Ditmar Street Oceanside, CA 92054

$3,295
2 Beds
1 Bath
998 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC18136872
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Spectacular tudor style house! Flexible term from 3 days to 12 months plus lease provided it is not booked/occupied. Walking distance to the water, pier, restaurants, a variety of services. Very comfortable, nicely appointed 2 bedroom/1 bath house with washer/dryer, refrigerator, furniture, TVs. mattresses, dishes, utensils, pots, towels, etc... In the master bedroom is a queen size bed, in the second guest room 2 twins. The 2 couches/futons in the living room unfold. Combined become a king size bed. Just bring your toothbrush! THIS IS an IDEAL TEMPORARY HOUSING OR VACATION BEACH HOUSE. Utilities included for rentals up to 30 days. High Speed Cox Internet, TVs provided up to 29 days. Can be rented for 12 months furnished for $3695 without services and utilities. Tenant/guest to reimburse Landlord for all services/utilities. June rate is $4995 with services/utilities. July $6595 and August rate is $6395 with services/utilities. Monthly - 3 months minimum stay. Daily - 3 days minimum stay. Daily/weekly/monthly rate varies throughout the year. Contact broker for availability and any additional information. The property is listed on HomeAway (VRBO) and AIRBNB.

459 Lexington Cr. Oceanside, CA 92057

$5,000
4 Beds
2 Baths
2,375 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180064617
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Beautiful single story fully furnished home available all year. Recently remodeled bathrooms, freshly painted and new carpet in master bedroom. Hardwood floor throughout the rest of the house and slate tile flooring in bathrooms and laundry. King bed in master, queen in two bedrooms with a desk and sofa in the study. Private pool and Jacuzzi. All utilities including cable and Internet are included. SDG&E up to $75/mo. tenant pays difference. Minimum one month lease. Neighborhoods: Heartlands

175 Avenida Descanso Unit 108 Oceanside, CA 92057

$1,895
2 Beds
1 Bath
741 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC19079033
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
Like New condominium for lease in Oceanside. This is an upgraded condo. The kitchen has granite countertops, under cabinet lighting, gas stove, microwave, new faucet, dishwasher and new refrigerator. Crown molding has been installed throughout the unit as well as new 2 blinds. The bathroom is upgraded and includes a Corian countertop. There is a stackable washer / dryer. Central Air and Heating. The bedrooms are spacious and both include mirrored closet doors. There is one covered carport parking space with storage cabinets as well as one assigned uncovered parking space. An additional storage closet is located on the units charming patio. The HOA does a wonderful job of maintaining the community grounds so that everything is perfect inside and outside of your new home. Also being Offered for Sale at $290,000.

230 Aurora Ave San Marcos, CA 92078

$2,300
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,027 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190033157
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Clean & quiet condo. Tenants may be able to move out sooner & after it is cleaned incoming tenant can move in if they need it before 8/1/19. All appliances furnished and condo will be professionally repaired if needed and deep cleaned & sanitized, all windows & screens will be washed inside & outside, carpeting will be spotted & steam cleaned to look like new and condo to be turn key ready for move in. One year lease required. prefer long term tenant. Tenant pays all utilities, owner pays HOA fees. Neighborhoods: Campana @ Rancho Coronado Complex Features: ,,,,,, Sewer: Sewer Connected

1625 Appaloosa Oceanside, CA 92057

$2,750
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,270 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190033549
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Incredibly charming country home in desirable Jeffries Ranch. 3 bedroom 2 bath single story, lot of natural light throughout the home. Large back-yard with plenty of room. Home will rent un-furnished. Pictures were taken pre-tenant in Feb 2018 Available 7/20/2019 Please call or text agent directly at 760.845.2844 All showings will be scheduled for Saturday 6/22/19 from 12-1:30Pm by appointment only Neighborhoods: Jeffries Ranch Sewer: Sewer Connected

3622 Garner Pl Encinitas, CA 92024

$6,400
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,037 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190049249
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Amazing view home in this secluded location of south Encinitas. Home has been beautifully upgraded with 3 BD & 2.5 BA. Sunrise views from the front of home w sunset views, west, from large deck in back of home. The community of Pacific Ranch offers large green belts, parks, pool/spa & 2 tennis courts. Easy access to freeway, Del Mar Track, amazing restaurants & the best surf spots & beaches. Home is furnished & pets will be considered on a case by case basis. Lease can be short term or long- beginning Nov Neighborhoods: Pacific Ranch Complex Features: ,,,, View: Lagoon/Estuary,Valley/Canyon Sewer: Sewer Connected

3468 Garfield St Carlsbad, CA 92008

$3,295
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,226 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190053632
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
*Beach Sand/Waves Apx 900 feet away!! * NOT a Vacation Rental. *Detached single family house 2 bedroom/2 bathroom *Hardwood floors abound. *New paint inside and out. *Loads of built-in storage. *Secure Off street turn around parking in back yard. *Recessed Entertainment area and separate Grassy area. *Washer/Dryer hook-ups (gas) *Must have acceptable credit. Asking $3295.00 with a year's lease. Neighborhoods: Coastal Complex Features: ,,,

1734 Aldersgate Encinitas, CA 92024

$4,250
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,467 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190053948
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Wonderful beach townhome with det. 2 car garage just one block from the ocean w/ steps to beach. Gated ocean front community, 2 pools, jacuzzi, tennis courts and a playground. New carpet, paint, remodeled kitchen and baths, upscale and ready to move in. Rare one year lease available. Enjoy the beach lifestyle in this wonderful home. Private courtyard for entertaining and then enjoy a deck that runs the full length of the home. Quiet location with greenbelt in the back. Vaulted ceilings, open floorpan. Neighborhoods: Sea Bluff Complex Features: ,,,,,,, Sewer: Sewer Connected

4036 Aidan Carlsbad, CA 92008

$4,000
4 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,842 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190054680
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Totally FURNISHED RENTAL READY NOW. High quality condo w/quality furniture perfect for executive or corporate tenant. AIR CONDITIONED. Wood and travertine flooring, carpet in bedrooms, 1 bedroom lower level being used as media/TV room. Kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances. Refrig, washer, dryer, 3 TV's incl. Private patio in front facing common area. Quiet area, easy freeway and beach access. Approx 1 mile to beach at end of Tamarack, 1+ mile to downtown Carlsbad. No Pets please. Neighborhoods: The Village Complex Features: ,, View: Lagoon/Estuary Sewer: Sewer Connected

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