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Scam vs realistic

shangirl
October 31, 2015 11:26PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 136

I see a lot about scams on craigslist. What could I expect to pay on STX or STT for 2/1 view not important? Is something like this a scam? Price looks good and looks like an agent. [virgin.craigslist.org]

Re: Scam vs realistic

nohstx
November 01, 2015 05:22AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 130

That link is a local agent and is not a scam.

Re: Scam vs realistic

shangirl
November 06, 2015 07:35PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 136

Thanks nohstx. I'll keep an eye on her listings.

Anyone else have any input? I've seen some posts here about people having unrealistic expectations for rent prices on the islands. And some other posts about not using Craigslist as a measuring stick as there are so many scams. So what I am looking for is an idea as to what is realistic on STX and STT for:

2bdrm
1 or more bath
Fenced yard for dog preferred but not necessary
View would be awesome but not necessary
Could be:
apt, condo, home or apt inside larger home

Thanks in advance guys. Love reading this forum.

Re: Scam vs realistic

Alana33
November 06, 2015 08:25PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,970

You can check Craig's List to get an idea of costs of rentals.
STT and STX are different and rents will probably be less on STX than STT but options for work and exploring St. John (a 20 min ferry or barge ride away) and other offshore cays and BVI are better on STT.
Just depends on what floats your boat

Just be aware of ads that offer heat, fireplaces, heated parking garages, basements, no outdoor pics, modern with designer finishes, stainless steel appliances and corian counter tops for $700.00.

Re: Scam vs realistic

shangirl
November 06, 2015 08:51PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 136

Alana- Do you ever use heat there? Is that why it wouldn't be offered? Even in Florida we use the heat a couple months out of the year and usually see freezing temps at night a couple times a year.

Re: Scam vs realistic

shangirl
November 06, 2015 08:58PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 136

Ok, well I just looked up average temps and Tampa has four months where the average low is in the 50's so definitely gets a little colder here. [www.currentresults.com]

Re: Scam vs realistic

shangirl
November 06, 2015 09:03PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 136

To me this is a great price if this is real. Trying to look up Frechman's Bay now. I don't know, the planning may be just as much fun as the going ;-) [virgin.craigslist.org]

Re: Scam vs realistic

Alana33
November 06, 2015 09:39PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,970

It's rare we get below 70 degrees in winter.
Then you drag out the comforter or blankie and pull a sweater on.
No 50's here! Jeeze, we'd all freeze!

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shangirl
To me this is a great price if this is real. Trying to look up Frechman's Bay now. I don't know, the planning may be just as much fun as the going ;-) [virgin.craigslist.org]

Looks like a valid rental. Pics look real.
340 is local area code.
Doubt they have AC included in rental amount.
Best not to rent sight unseen.
Pics can be different from reality plus is location good for where you'll be working.
All things to consider.

Re: Scam vs realistic

shangirl
November 06, 2015 09:58PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 136

Yes, definitely all to consider and which utilities are included is important when I consider the monthly rent. Right now I am just trying to guesstimate a monthly budget and will not rent unseen. When all is ready I will have short term rental to keep me going while I look for something permanent.

Re: Scam vs realistic

stjohnjulie
November 07, 2015 05:53AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 770

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shangirl
Alana- Do you ever use heat there? Is that why it wouldn't be offered? Even in Florida we use the heat a couple months out of the year and usually see freezing temps at night a couple times a year.

surprised No, no heat! I don't think I've ever seen a place with heat here. I was in Orlando area for a stint this last winter/spring and I froze me a$$ off. It's nothing like that here. The lowest I've ever personally seen the temps here is 68 and it was raining, the dead of night, in February. And that is not usual by any means. I used to think it was weird to see people in jeans and jackets when I first moved here, but now I get it. My blood is thin and I get cold if the temps drop below 75.

Re: Scam vs realistic

islandnewbie
November 09, 2015 10:21AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 66

Don't wait long to check it out. Good rentals don't stay around long. Also, make sure it is a long-term rental, not just a few months. If they take pets, find out if they have restrictions. Good luck.

Re: Scam vs realistic

shangirl
November 09, 2015 07:45PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 136

Thanks islandnewbie- I won't be moving for another ten months. Just looking at rental prices so I can get a feel for what to expect and create a loose monthly housing budget.

Re: Scam vs realistic

kakalee
November 11, 2015 05:15PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 163

There is another scam indicator I have found on craigslist besides the heat thing. Even with pictures and rent that is only a tad low, as soon as the return post to your inquiry touches on something like missionary work or a pregnant daughter- some reason the owner can't actually be there, but don't worry financial arrangements can be made.... SCAM

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