What NOT to Rent on Home Rental sites

So I am searching for hours on AirBNB and VRBO. Rental home sites – that I have had a lot of success with. I have heard of scams with these sites, people who up load locations that do not exist, you book it, pay for it and get nothing when you show up. I have a few hints on how to AVOID one of these scams.

First – someone new to the site – RED Flag!

Second – someone without any other rentals – RED Flag!

Third – No history of anything – RED Flag!

Fourth – Cheap prices for more than every other site – RED Flag!

Fifth – Sketchy pictures of the rental location, maybe just part of a room, missing beds or kitchen or bathroom images- RED Flag!

Sixth – No details of the rental location – or very limited details – RED Flag!

Seventh – Next to nothing in cleaning and service fees – RED Flag!

Eigth – Left click on the image of the owner, or home and see other websites with this image – Nothing but SCAM!

See sample image – everything in this area is going for $250, this one – $185, plus very low cleaning and rental fees, new to site, no reviews, no history of any kind to review, pictures are at best sketchy. Now – this might be a great location to rent, but it also might be a SCAM. All I know is I would hate to visit a location and have NO place to stay when I get and have all my money gone too. Not sure in the refund policy for this with VRBO and AirBNB, but I will investigate. I blocked out ALOT of the details, hence the blanked out portions.

Published by David & Laura Speer

Were a Metro Detroit, Michigan, couple – second marriages for both of us – and we dream of retiring early to Travel the World. Follow us while we try and figure out to raise our kids, and save to retire. David is a Robot Programmer, Laura is a Medical Physicist. We put our kids before ourselves for years, saved and ate at home and now after years of all this sacrifice and raising our kids - we are closing in on empty nesting, and we realized we have the opportunity to retire earlier than most and follow our dreams to travel the world. How are we going to do this? Well we have a lot of ideas, but lets see how it works out. Our original retirement date was January 1, 2021. We are reviewing the option of working another 3 years but prefer to keep the 2021 date, either way we will be retired by 55 years old - still trying to figure out how, but working toward our goal everyday, while enjoying each other and our blended family. Follow us to see what happens. All images on this blog are copyright (c)

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