Beware of Rentals "too good to be true"

While looking for a rental for a client of mine in Wildomar, I happened upon this "GREAT" property for only $700 on Craigslist:

The low price triggered a red flag in my mind, so I checked the tax records and found that the property has been foreclosed upon. Not only that, but when I searched the MLS I found this house is currently listed FOR SALE:

There are some realllllly good scammers out there, and they continue to try to take advantage of this current real estate market. I have reported this scam to the listing agent of the property, and have encouraged him to work with local police to try to catch this person. (I LOVE a good "sting"!)

If you are looking to rent in the future, be sure to have a Realtor check the status of the property you are interested in renting BEFORE you sign any contract or give any deposit monies. This is easy for us real estate agents to do and takes us less than 10 minutes. Before renting a property your real estate agent can help you verify:

1. That the OWNER really is the owner of the property.
2. That the property is not in pre-forclosure.
3. The amount of loans that are on a property, so that you will know if the property has the "potential" to go into foreclosure in the future.

Almost everyone has a friend or relative who is a Realtor, but if you one of the few who don't, feel free to give me a call. I would be happy to check make sure that the new house you've moving into, is not one you will be having to move out of anytime soon.

Quail Valley Kids Are Getting Fat

The Press Enterprise reports that kids all across Riverside County are getting fatter, but specifically it appears that childhood obesity is a severe problem in Quail Valley and Canyon Lake.

An article on the Press Enterprise today has a map showing this area in red, indicating that as many as 44.5% of the kids are chunky... PE_News_Local_D_obese05.2ec1f51.html

And junk food is being blamed...

State and Riverside County public health researchers attributed increased rates of overweight and obese children to the prevalence of fast food and sugar-sweetened beverages, extended computer and video game use and long distances to parks and recreational areas.

Funny, when I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, we had fast food, sugar-sweetened beverages, ice cream trucks, and just about every piece of junk food that we have today.

Computers and video game use was the same as watching television back in the 1970s. And as for long distances to parks and recreational areas, we used to ride our bikes anywhere from five to ten miles to find the best canyons and hills.

The difference back then was our parents kicked us out of the house and made us burn off energy.

The problem is not junk food and computers, it's that there are more parents not taking responsibility for their kids' fitness.