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!

3890 1/2 Margaret Way Carlsbad, CA 92008

$1,995
1 Bed
1 Bath
850 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170013711
Property Type Detached
SFR Cassita, is at the back of the corner lot on Tamarack and Margaret. Fully fenced, off st pkg, natural lights w/sky lights and ceiling fans. Utilities are on a shared meter, Back house pays 1/3 off all utilities ($150 flat fee). Owner is a Broker. Was family home, has Pergo flooring, custom wall mural art, Onyx and granite counters with tons of outdoor living space, wood deck and gazebo covered patio area. Please do not disturb tenant. App 1 mile to beach!Secure interior driveway to house all your toys

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.

4712 Galicia Way Oceanside, CA 92056

$2,600
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,176 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 170058186
Property Type Twinhome
HUGE PRICE REDUCTION! Owner listened & reduced monthly lease amount for this newly remodeled 2BR/2BA Palma Model with added bonus room for possible home office or ? Granite counter tops , new carpet and tile flooring, freshly painted inside , skylites in both bathrooms , roomy back yard and new fencing. Close to Clubhouse & many amenities.

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 September 1, 2018. 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

$2,500
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.

617 Brookside Ct Carlsbad, CA 92011

$9,950
4 Beds
3 Baths
2,736 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180006515
Property Type Detached
12 months lease: $5950- 1 month or more: $8950 a month- $9950 a month for July or August. Beautiful Waters End Luxury Home walking distance to the beach. Short or Long term Fully Furnished (1 Month plus) with brand new furnishings & fresh paint & new carpets. Enjoy the beach & golf community lifestyle of Carlsbad, CA in this delightful North County San Diego vacation rental home! This spacious & comfortable two story single family home sits on a cul-de-sac in the gated community of Waters End. (see below)

4909 Alicante Way Oceanside, CA 92056

$3,100
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,807 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 180014368
Property Type Twinhome
Beautiful FURNISHED rental overlooking golf course in 55+ Ocean Hills Country Club. Enjoy sunsets and ocean breezes on the west-facing back patio. Available for the summer, minimum 3-month lease. Light, clean Costa Smeralda floor plan, with loft, and both bedrooms on main floor. Upgraded kitchen counter tops. Sunny front courtyard. A/C. No smoking. Sorry, no pets. Tenants will have use of all that OHCC has to offer, including golf with no green fees, tennis, pickle ball, and lots of activities.

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.

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