MEDIA ADVISORY: Tips to avoid being scammed in a vacation rental

65-bayberry-4Cape Cod real estate agents are reporting vacationers continue to be scammed through online websites.

Here are some helpful tips from the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® to ensure your vacation goes smoothly instead of arriving on the Cape to find that you do not have a vacation rental:

-Call and talk to the person who is renting you the house.

-Investigate online by searching the property address. If the property is listed for sale, it may be a red flag that it is a scam.

-If your contact person says they are the owner, look up the owner of record at the Barnstable Register
of Deeds site and be sure it is the person you are corresponding with.

-Always use a REALTOR® for your short term rental to ensure that you are working with a professional who will adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and is trained in property management.

“In the height of tourism season, it’s important for visitors to be aware of potential vacation rental scams. Working with a REALTOR® who manages the vacation rental is the best way to ensure you have a professional on your side who will make your vacation happen in the home you expected,” said Ryan Castle, Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®.

“It is likely that if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Take a few extra minutes to investigate to make sure your vacation will go according to plan,” Castle added.