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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
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

$2,100
1 Bed
1 Bath
432 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 150049418
Property Type Single Family Residence
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. 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
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

2556 Navarra Drive Unit I Carlsbad, CA 92009

$2,600
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,546 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170063427
Property Type Townhouse
Golf Course Views!! Beautiful furnished home in gated community on the golf course. Available April 1 to October 31, 2019. Rent ranges from $2,600 to $4,200 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. Neighborhoods: La Costa Greens Complex Features: ,,,

134 S Pacific Street Unit B Oceanside, CA 92054

$1,950
1 Bed
1 Bath
400 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180005297
Property Type Single Family Residence
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. Neighborhoods: Beach Sewer: Sewer Connected

428 S Ditmar Street Oceanside, CA 92054

$3,695
2 Beds
1 Bath
998 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC18136872
Property Type Single Family Residence
Spectacular tudor style house! Flexible term from 3 days to 6+ month lease provided it is not booked/occupied. Walking distance to the water, pier, restaurants, a variety of services. Very comfortable 2 bedroom/1 bath house with everything brand new: 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 29 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 $4395 with services/utilities. July and August rate is $5395 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. (booked until 04/14/2019)

3870 Valley St Carlsbad, CA 92008

$2,600
1 Bed
1 Bath
1,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180031487
Property Type Single Family Residence
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. Neighborhoods: Old Carlsbad Sewer: Sewer Connected

910 N Pacific Unit 40 Oceanside, CA 92054

$2,395
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,226 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180039414
Property Type Single Family Residence
Fully Furnished 2 Bedroom, 2 bath condo just 1/2 block from beautiful Oceanside beaches, harbor and pier. Fully furnished including refrigerator, washer/dryer, dishes and linens. Cable and Wifi included. Complex has secure underground parking, pool, spa, tennis courts. Close to shopping, Coaster/Sprinter, movies, restaurants and the world famous Oceanside harbor and pier. Minimum 30 day rental. Lease options available. Neighborhoods: North County Coastal Complex Features: ,,,,

3255 Garfield Street Carlsbad, CA 92008

$6,500
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,653 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180043630
Property Type Townhouse
Everyone loves this home and location. Just steps to beach and downtown Carlsbad Village. AVAILABLE MARCH 1 - JUNE 30, 2019. SEPTEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 31, 2019. Please call for pricing. FURNISHED townhome with double attached garage. Quality furnishings, beautiful pillow top mattresses, Pets are welcome, Beautiful patio with furnishings and BBQ. Beach chairs, beach towels, boogie boards and more. Please call for pricing. Neighborhoods: BEACH AND DOWNTOWN

825 N Cleveland Unit F Oceanside, CA 92054

$2,650
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,188 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # IV18202236
Property Type Condominium
Ocean Breeze-- 2 blocks from Pacific Ocean. 2 generous bedrooms, both en suite, plus powder room in this 2 car-attached, gated garage Beach Condo. Garage equipped with bicycles and beach chairs, opportunity to ride or walk to all that Oceanside has to offer, pier with Ruby's for light meals and fine dining for evening. Farmer's market and approximately 40 community attractions. Minutes to Interstate 5-- Offering lease terms for the Ocean Bound traveler. Please inquire with lease agent regarding availability. 13; Available Feb. 26th, 2019, 30 day minimum.

548 Meridian Carlsbad, CA 92011

$6,500
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,533 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180048479
Property Type Single Family Residence
Beautifully furnished, single level for your most discerning client. Near Lagoon and beach on a quiet cul-de-sac. Tropical Settings throughout the yard. Close to hiking trails. Property is available Oct 1st through November 30th. Owner resides in property yearly from December 1st to March 31st. Property then becomes available from April 1st to November 30th. All lease terms will be considered. Must be rented at least 1 month. Neighborhoods: San Pacifico Complex Features: ,,,

1280 Rue St. Martin San Marcos, CA 92078

$2,700
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,360 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180059118
Property Type Single Family Residence
Fabulous town home located in The Colony... one of the most sought-after neighborhoods at the Lake! Dramatic floor plan offers dual master suites (one downstairs), loft (great for an office, den, exercise area, etc.), breakfast nook, powder room, inside laundry room and over-sized 2-car attached garage. Resident benefits include 24-hour security patrol and all lake amenities including two swimming pools, one that's heated year round, tennis courts, and much more. Please see following supplement.... Neighborhoods: The Colony View: Parklike Sewer: Sewer Connected

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