Husband and I are seeking a rental home. We found a nice house and the landlord has invited us to apply. Last time we applied for rental the property manager had us do a credit/background check via an online service.
This new landlord gave us a paper form asking for SSN, DOB, our checking and savings account numbers, employment history, and other info. The landlord is an older person with a couple investment properties. I'm sure this is not a scam, but I am reluctant to hand all my ID and bank numbers to a stranger.
Advice? Anyone know a simple, reputable online background checking service that I can suggest to this landlord? We would pay the fee.
My goal is to make the landlord comfortable so we can lease the house. The Seattle rental market is very tight. This landlord has his pick of many worthy applicants. We have excellent credit, references, etc.
posted by valannc
on May 26, 2013 -
Real estate filter: Is it considered in any way derogatory or impolite to refer to non-prime commercial office space as "Class B" or "Class C"? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on Mar 29, 2013 -
I am advising on the creation of a web portal for the sales of homes. One of the concerns is that buyer and seller will find each other via the site but then carry out the purchase on their own, cutting the site out of a potential "intermediary" fee.
Does anybody have any ideas / experience on how this can be addressed?
posted by BigBrownBear
on Mar 3, 2013 -
I'm having a really hard time finding a reputable mortgage broker. The property is in Boston, MA, but I'm willing to work with someone in another state. The most important thing is that they're not slimy or condescending. Can you recommend someone in my area? Anyone to avoid?
posted by barnone
on Feb 26, 2013 -
My neighbor built her fence on my property. Many many years ago. Is it too late to do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker
on Aug 19, 2012 -
How do one handle buying property jointly before getting marrried? (One partner has assets and the other one has income) [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 5, 2012 -
We have a property with a house and garage, and we are going to have the unrepairable house torn down. Our insurance company says they can't insure an outbuilding, because they only insure houses. We really don't want to leave the house standing, but the garage is new and we'd like to keep it. Any suggestions?
posted by mezzanote
on Mar 18, 2012 -
My aging parents want to put their 160 acres (where we all live) in my name. I know nothing about owning property. I am in Oklahoma. What can I expect to have to pay? Are there any other ways this will affect me? YANMEstateL.
posted by ThisKindNepenthe
on Jan 30, 2012 -
Are foreclosed homes cheaper? And how would you go about buying your very first home? [more inside]
posted by Danah_78
on Jan 14, 2012 -
I'm considering buying a single family dwelling in Hawaii that is part of a two unit Condominium Property Regime (CPR). I'm interested in people's practical experiences with this sort of arrangement--what are the odds I'll end up regretting the whole thing? [more inside]
posted by LadyOscar
on Dec 7, 2011 -
Home Loans Question: How can we possible afford the mortgage on a 500k house with only ten percent down? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit
on Sep 26, 2011 -
What happens and what to do when I hear my mom dies 1,500+ miles away. What will the landlord do in the short term? Where does her body go? What happens to the cat? The medical bills? How do I unload fine art? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife
on Jul 27, 2011 -
I'm looking for a property website allowing me to compare cheap ($150,000 or less) urban apartments and condos worldwide. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring
on Dec 7, 2010 -
I'm considering buying property on the New Jersey Shore. I like the look of some of the Sea Isle properties
that are available under the million mark. The prices have come down nicely since I've been watching but I'm not sure it’s the right time to get into the real estate market yet. [more inside]
posted by nightwired
on Feb 2, 2009 -
Am I about to get screwed over in regards to the house I'm buying, that's currently being renovated? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob
on Mar 3, 2008 -
I just bought what was once a very nice house in Maplewood, NJ (Essex County). It has become very rundown and was assessed by our mortgage company at a value of 340,000 in it's current condition. It was a great deal and after a little work will be amazing. Is there a way to have it's taxation rate changed based on the purchase price? Currently, it's very high. Is there somewhere I can go locally to ask about this? Also, anyone know how the property tax cuts will play out in NJ.
posted by Shanachie
on Apr 11, 2007 -
Any rental property owners with experience using a property management service? [more inside]
posted by eas98
on May 10, 2006 -
How can I learn as much as possible about the Spanish market for vacation homes: construction, project development, brokering sales, etc.? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear
on Apr 26, 2006 -
What are the best low cost or free web sites for researching real estate information and statistics?
I'm primarily interested in current appraisals, past sales history and property taxes for a single address, and also current and historical inventory of homes for sale (# of MLS listings) in a single town or zip code.
I'm aware of Domania.com. Any others? I had access to realquest.com for a short period of time, but they are rather expensive for individual use.
posted by de void
on Jan 4, 2006 -