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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

$2,200
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 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

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 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 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 $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.

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. Available April 15, 2019, 30 day minimum.

1418 Portofino Drive Vista, CA 92081

$4,150
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,150 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190003276
Property Type Single Family Residence
FURNISHED SHORT TERM HOUSE For Rent $4,150/. Home overlooks the golf course with panoramic views. Free parking, WiFi. Close to Oceanside and Carlsbad beaches, Legoland, shopping centers, grocery stores. Complex with community swimming pool and jacuzzi. 2 month minimum lease term required. Utilities $350/mo paid by tenant. No pets allowed. Home is rented for the summer but is available Sept 1. Neighborhoods: Shadowridge Complex Features: , Sewer: Sewer Connected

714 Franklin Lane Unit 17 Vista, CA 92084

$1,295
1 Bed
1 Bath
950 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # IV19020906
Property Type Apartment
VERY NICE LARGE APARTMENT FOR LEASE FEATURES: 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATHROOM, HAS NICE FLOORING THROUGHT OUT, 950 SQ FT OF LIVING SPACE, CEILING FANS, NICE KITCHEN WITH DISHWASHER & GAS COOKING, PATIO OFF DINING AREA.

134 S Pacific Street Unit B Oceanside, CA 92054

$1,950
1 Bed
1 Bath
400 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190010243
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

175 Avenida Descanso Unit 108 Oceanside, CA 92057

$1,875
2 Beds
1 Bath
741 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC19079033
Property Type Condominium
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.

313 Trailview Road Encinitas, CA 92024

$5,000
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,346 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190019567
Property Type Single Family Residence
Beautifully remodeled 3 bedroom , 2.5 bath home available July 1, 2019 for a year lease. Open floor plan with large entertaining kitchen and gorgeous Tuscan style finishings throughout. Private back yard , expansive deck! Neighborhoods: Village Park Sewer: Sewer Connected

1016 S Tremont St. Unit D Oceanside, CA 92054

$1,550
-- Bed
1 Bath
400 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 190022744
Property Type Single Family Residence
Beautiful European style furnished studio in South Oceanside. Views of the water and walking distance to gorgeous North County beaches! Available for month-to-month lease. Neighborhoods: South Oceanside Sewer: Sewer Connected

585 Lands End Way Unit 230 Oceanside, CA 92058

$2,500
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,100 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC19113645
Property Type Condominium
Gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 full bathrooms with large living space adorned with lovely inviting fireplace, open kitchen with cozy breakfast bar and large formal dining able to host a large family table and close to kitchen for easy and convenient access. Modern wood floors and new modern paint colors and just freshly painted. Bedrooms are good size, master has nice size closet space with open and spacious master bathroom and a romantic private balcony with beautiful views of hills, trees and open ranges. Secondary bedrooms are spaciously set apart for privacy and convenient accessibility to living areas and kitchen. Large private balcony off living area has full 180 degree views of hills, trees and ranges allowing lots of sunlight and open fresh air year round. Unit has a large size one car garage and assigned space for second vehicle. All located within one short mile of the beach; walk, bike or drive and with the inclimate, beautiful Southern california weather, the local beaches are usable almost year round. This beautiful, beach close, bright, open, airly, freshly redone home will be the perfectly warm, cozy like retreat location for anyone. A must see 10+ that won't last long! For information/questions or applications for lease please do not go through a third party real estate website, contact listing agent directly by text or email, Thank you.

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