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!)

2505 Navarra Dr. Unit 326 Carlsbad, CA 92009

$2,400
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,524 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2101776
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
FULLY FURNISHED GOLF COURSE CONDO!!! Available starting November 1st for a min 6 month lease term. 2 bedroom, 2.5 baths, 1524 sq ft. Second floor unit. No elevator available. Fantastic views of the Omni - La Costa Resort & Spa golf course !!! Beautiful, fully furnished two-story condo. Very light and bright end unit! Recently updated with new carpet and paint throughout. Sony 55” Smart 3D 4K Ultra HD flat screen TV in living room. Spacious, fully equipped kitchen. Air conditioned. Two master bedroom suites with large walk in closets. Lovely balcony with BBQ and views of the serene pond on the golf course. Community pool, spa, and tennis only steps away. Perfect location, near shopping, dining, and entertainment. Only 4 miles to the beach! Full washer and dryer within home. Tennis courts above garage. One parking spot in gated garage. No pets or smoking allowed. Internet, basic cable, phone, water and trash are included in rent.

532 4th St Encinitas, CA 92024

$5,000
1 Bed
1 Bath
999 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # 210005557
Property Type Apartment
Price Type --
PANORAMIC OCEAN VIEWS! 1 bedroom, 1 bath beach bungalow with panoramic endless views across the Pacific Ocean and beyond. Decorated in beach motif and able to sleep up to 4. This home is close to all... Excellent location allowing you to walk to shops, steps to the beach, parks, surfing, library, Coaster, dining, shopping, and many activities. This property is business appropriate for travelers, a second home, or to have a beach place. NO parties, NO smoking allowed. This is a 6 month or more lease property. Frontage: Ocean/Bluff

2004 Subida Terrace Carlsbad, CA 92009

$6,995
6 Beds
3.5 Baths
3,600 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2105145
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
THE VIEWS FROM THIS HOME ARE TO DIE FOR - views of both La Costa and Aviara golf courses, distant ocean and full on lagoon view! Breathtaking sunsets every night! No monthly Homeowner's Assoc Fees and No monthly Mello-Roos fees! THIS IS LIKELY THE LARGEST AND MOST SPACIOUS HOME IN MONARCH HILLS BY QUITE A BIT (CLA). ONE OF THE LARGEST BONUS/FAMILY ROOMS I have seen that you can fit a regulations pool table AND a ping pong table into easily. A 2nd eating AREA OFF THE KITCHEN. CATHEDRAL CEILINGS, HUGE SKYLIGHT OVER LIVING AND DINING ROOM combination. THREE CAR ATTACHED GARAGE, EVERY SINGLE BEDROOM in the home is LARGE which is really rare to find anywhere! MASTER BEDROOM WITH SEPARATE FULL BATH AND SEPARATE SHOWER ON THE FIRST FLOOR which is a blessing for anyone who has a problem climbing stairs, FORMAL DINING ROOM AREA, HUGE EATING COUNTER ISLAND IN THE KITCHEN - GREAT FOR ENTERTAINING. LOADS OF STORAGE AND CLOSET SPACE. ATTIC/LOFT HAS BEEN FINISHED AND MAKES A GREAT OFFICE AND OR EXERCISE ROOM. Tankless-on-demand hot water heater so many occupants can take a shower without running out of hot water. Lease option possible; owner may carry 1st Trust Deed with no points, no fees, and no prepayment penalties. Please do not disturb tenants and CLA for appointment.

2747 Argonauta St Carlsbad, CA 92009

$1,950
-- Bed
1 Bath
500 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2105474
Property Type Studio
Price Type --
Utilities included (excludes cable & internet) with this new construction guesthouse nestled high in the La Costa Ranch Hills, close to beaches, business parks, highways, entertainment & dining. A private sidewalk takes you to your own entrance w/a small front patio area. Newer appliances, full-size refrigerator, stove w/an oven, plus a washer/dryer inside for convenience. The space has a bright open layout with plenty of privacy, closet space and bookshelves for storage. The unit has an electric fireplace, and also equipped with heating/AC for year round comfort. Plenty of street parking! This rare unit will not last. Owners are looking for a 1 year minimum lease. Electric, water and trash are included in the price.

2351 Altisma Way Carlsbad, CA 92009

$2,600
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,440 SqFt
Status Pending
MLS # NDP2106525
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
FULLY FURNISHED TOWNHOME IN GREAT LOCATION! Available August 8th, 2021. 6 month minimum lease. Fully furnished 2 bed, 2.5 bath, 1,440 sq ft home in the La Costa Grande community. Located near the Omni La Costa Resort and Chopra Center in Carlsbad. Close to beach, shopping, and restaurants. Updated lovely home. Gorgeous kitchen with granite counters, large island, bar stool area, wood floors, and stainless steel appliances. Beautifully remodeled bathrooms. Separate dining room. Lovely living room with large flat screen TV. Enjoy relaxing on the balcony off living room or off the master bedroom. Master bedroom has king size Tempur-Pedic bed. Second bedroom has beautiful queen size bed and en-suite bath. Full size front loading washer and dryer in laundry room. One assigned parking space in the carport close to the unit. Trash included. No pets, no smoking. Call our office to visit this beautiful home!

7509 Jerez Ct. Carlsbad, CA 92009

$3,500
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,495 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2106524
Property Type Townhouse
Price Type --
Gorgeous La Costa Vista home!! Rental rate $3,500 to $4,000/month based on season & length of stay. Available January 2022. Open floor plan makes this home great for family living or entertaining. Beautiful kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances including gas stove, lots of cupboard space, & a bar stool area. Home is open & airy with high ceilings, bright walls. Beautiful tile floors downstairs. Right on the golf course!! Master bdrm includes king size bed, walk-in closet & a lovely balcony overlooking the golf course. Relax in the master bath tub overlooking the golf course or enjoy the stand-up shower. 2nd bdrm includes queen bed, television, & lots of closet space. 2nd bath includes shower/tub combo. 3rd bdrm allows for sleeping for 2 with bunk bed. New, front loading washer & dryer upstairs in laundry closet near bedrooms. One parking space in the attached 2-car garage is for tenant use. Additional street parking nearby. No smoking or pets please.

6686 Cabela Place Carlsbad, CA 92011

$9,500
5 Beds
4.5 Baths
4,000 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2106675
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
A premier one of kind property in Aviara! South West Carlsbad at its finest. Overlooking the Park Hyatt Aviara Golf course, 5 minutes to Carlsbad state beach, close to movies, shopping, walking trails. This property has over 120 feet of unobstructed view perimeter and you can see as far as the eye can see. Large expansive backyard for entertainment, sporting games or just soaking up the sun after a long week. Surrounded by the evening lights gives that on top of the world feel. The home with a carefully thought out floor plan has a full guest bedroom suite on the lst floor and 4 bedrooms including the master on the second floor. Highly ranked Aviara Oaks elementary/middle school is very close by. As are walking trails. The home is situated in a cul de sac making for privacy and if children a great place to ride bikes, etc. No smoking. Move in flexible around August 15th for a one year lease. Shorter term (6, 9 months could be possible) but will impact the monthly lease rate.

1399 Temple Heights Drive Oceanside, CA 92056

$4,000 - 2Br/1Ba -  for Sale in Oceanside, Oceanside
New
$4,000
2 Beds
1 Bath
935 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # OC21129756
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Beautiful Fully Furnished Home with nice city lights and mountain 360 degree views on an elevated corner lot in highly desirable Peacock Hills 55+ Senior Community. Remodeled 2 bedroom, 1 bath, with Expanded with a bright sunny Family Room with fresh doors that lead to a relaxing, private back yard. Enjoy the large kitchen with a pass-thru window to the Family Room. Master has a King size bed and second has a Queen bed. Fully equipped, fridge, microwave, washes and dryer and attached garage. Brand New Central Air Conditioning. Summer rates $4000 (June through September), rest of the year $3300. Rent includes all utilities, cable, internet, WIFI, Gas and Electric up to $75/ month, tenant pays the difference above $75. $3000 deposit and $250 cleaning fee, and a refundable $250 key/remote deposit. Centrally located near shopping and transportation hubs. Please call before showing.