I had actually walked past that house last week as I was taking photos for an upcoming blog. I wrote about 319 Grinnell Street on September 13. 2011 when it was listed as a bank owned foreclosure. It sold very quickly. But nothing has happened since the new owner took title. At least nothing noticeable other than a "No Parking" sign that was posted by the driveway.
I sent the email writer a response and said the house had not been renovated and told him to be weary of any rentals on Craigslist or most other non-realtor websites. I suggested that he actually call and speak to a live person and not pay any money on anything that he could not verify.
The email writer was in fact doing his own due diligence by contacting me. A day later he sent me a new email with the link to the website which supposedly has 319 Grinnell Street in Key West available for rent. The web address is:
|319 Grinnell Street - 2011|
|319 Grinnell on 9-26-2012|
|803 Olivia St on 9-26-2012|
The fake website show interior photos of a Meadows townhome located in the 1500 block of Petronia Street. Our office sold out those properties a couple of years ago. I recognize the interiors. CLICK our website for proof.
|510 Frances St on 9-26-2012|
|Pool at 510 Frances Street|
|213 Julia St on 9-26-2012|
I have no idea who the internet frauder is or where he or she is located. It could be some person in Key West, but I doubt it. The supposed website has a telephone number listed. The email writer told me he has made numerous phone calls none of which get answered.
I recommend people who plan to rent a private home or condo rent through a local property management company with a physical address in Key West such as Rent Key West, Compass Realty, Historic Hideaways, At Home In Key West, Preferred Properties, and others. Be wary properties you see on Craigslist or other sites. It's your money and your vacation you are gambling with. Whatever you do, do not send any deposit by Paypal or Western Union.