The past couple of days have been challenging for me and really had me feeling like a dirty diaper. The issue really started about 2 weeks ago when the little one was having trouble sleeping and since I was really tired I brought her to bed with us. Bad idea!! I was fast asleep when I got woken up by getting hit in the nose/cheek area. Ouuchhh!!!! I cried and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
Fast forward to last week, all of the sudden I wasn’t feeling good and neither was Baby J. Luckily, she had her 9 month appointment the following day and I could just sneak in the fact she wasn’t feeling good. That night though, it felt like my nose was going to fall off. The amount of pain I was feeling was insane!! Once we both saw the doctor it turns out that my tiny one had an upper tract infection and my nose is sprained which my allergies and sinus pressure increased the pain.
After several days of not feeling like myself, I finally had a good day and went out to do my regular grocery shopping routine with the exception of where I shopped. I was begged by my family to go to a different store which I’ve had crazy experiences such as: The man that was hitting on me while wearing a pink velour tracksuit, the cashier that insisted that I go get on food stamps because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to take care of my unborn, almost getting ran over and many more occurrences. As I’m walking up to the store passing by the handicap section, there is a man who is loading up his groceries and very nicely said, “Hi! How are you today?” I was polite and said, “Great, how about yourself?” He stated he was great as well and I went about my business.
When I enter a store, I like to get my cart move out of the way of others getting carts. So I’m standing over by the produce section when I see the man that greeted me go by but I didn’t think much of it. I’m reviewing my list and talking to Baby J when I see someone standing by me which completely startled me. It was that man again and he is just smiling at me. With a very nervous laugh I greeted him which he then says, “Can I ask you a question?” I smiled and said yes. “Are you married?” he asked. Without skipping a beat I was like, “Yes, Yes I am! And very happy!” Very quickly his face changed and he left without saying anything else. I stood there for a minute trying to figure out what happened and kept thinking that it just felt very weird. So I picked up my phone and texted my “husband” and told him what happened as well as a description of the man. I hate how skeptical I have become but you really can’t be too careful nowadays. If you feel uncomfortable or think something is off, say something and do what you can to remove yourself from that situation. If something seems too good to be true or all the pieces don’t add up, ask for more information.
I came across an article about a family that fell for a Rental Property Scam. They saw a Craigslist Ad and contacted the phone number that was on it. The owner stated he was at the hospital with his son and gave them the code to the home. They fell in love with the home and they wired the first month’s rent and deposit to the man. A couple of days later the property manager for that property shows up. My first thoughts when reading the story was why were they not suspicious of not meeting the landlord? And wiring money to someone they had never met?!? Many people think a Realtor is not needed and they can do the job themselves but its times like this where someone with knowledge would have kept them from being victimized.
If you still don’t want to use an expert that’s fine just go about things safely and logically. If you were the landlord, what would you want to know about the person who will be living in your $200,000 investment (just throwing a number out there)? Name, income (Job), rental history, credit history and definitely meet the person. When a landlord really doesn’t care about any of that information, how attentive are they going to be when it comes to repairs? A home is a big investment, as a renter you want an owner that is going to maintain it and as a landlord you want a tenant that is going to be responsible with it.
Like I said, if something doesn’t feel right go with your gut feeling. Staying safe is the #1 priority. If a situation doesn’t add up and you are dealing with a “mystery” person, ask for more information. Scammers only want to deal with naive people and as soon as you start asking too many questions they will back off quickly!!
PS – If you are looking to move or relocate to the Dallas Area, let me help you find your new home. I promise to make your experience a wonderful one and I will entertain you with all of my stories. 😊
Karen Guzman with JP and Associates REALTORS