By Michelle Durham
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Jersey shore realtor received a number of phone calls last week about a home she had listed for rent this summer. That doesn’t seem unusual, but it drew attention because the rent posted was half of what it was supposed to be.
Maria Schrenk, a realtor for Coldwell Banker at the Shore in Brigantine, explains, “I was getting phone calls and they were asking about the rental. After a while, I was wondering if they realized if it was $1495 per month and they said it was $700. When I asked them whether they saw it on one of our sites or on Craigslist, it always referred to Craigslist.”
Schrenk says if it looks like it’s too good to be true, it probably is. One couple did get duped into sending money for a shore rental, never to see it again.
“We know our market, we know our neighborhood, we have the listings, the keys, we know what’s available. We are readily available to help anybody.”
She says many are under the misconception if they deal with a realtor, then the rent is higher, which is not true.