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My Take - Rental Properties

You've saved money for that big summer getaway,  but before you rent that  house or condo look out for red flags that could signal a scam.  Few of us can see the house or the condo before we rent it, so for the most part, we rely on pictures we see on the Internet.  But be careful of a bait and switch.  If you really want to make sure what you'll be seeing online is what you will get, ask for facetime with someone at the property.   Do this especially if you're looking at a very inexpensive property.   You want to make sure it's a good deal, not a rundown home. Also never pay with cash.   If you use a credit card, you can dispute the charge if you don't get what you pay for. Use a trusted agent.   Often an agent who specializes in rental properties will have a lot of them.   If you're happy, then keep going back to the same person year after year. Ask friends what rental agent they use and whether they were happy. More importantly, don't rush a decision. Trust your instincts. I'm Vanessa Oubre that's "My Take" what's yours?

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