It is really all about trust - buying a home, selling your home or even renting a home.
For example, police arrested a man in Palm Bay, Florida who allegedly changed the locks on abandoned foreclosed properties and posed as the owner to rent them to unsuspecting folks.
With so many foreclosures and abandoned properties in some areas it just makes sense to use a Realtor® - not some stranger posting advertising on the Internet.
As a prospective tenant your background will be checked by the owner. I suggest, as a prospective tenant, you check out the homeowner.
I also strongly suggest you find a real estate professional to guide you through the process - buying, selling or renting.
As a buyer, the seller pays for your real estate agent. As a renter, it is the owner who pays your real estate agent. Find one you can trust...Why go it alone?
In Viera, Suntree, Rockledge and Melbourne, Florida, call me at 321-693-3850 or email me if I can assist you in any way.