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Renters Beware: Scammers With Very Believable Listings

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SXSW Craigslist Ad: Rent-Free Room With '6% Body Fat' Musician

Rentals in Austin, Texas, during the week of SXSW can run you up to $834 a night for some decent downtown lodging. But your entire stay can be free, if you heed the call of this strange and slightly creepy Craigslist ad. A musician in Northwest Austin is offering free boarding to any ladies in town in exchange for their... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: Most Annoying Craigslist Ad Ever?

We thought New York listings were bad, but this San Francisco Craigslist ad has taken "annoying" to a whole new unprecedented level. We can understand vegetarians seeking non-meat-eating roommates (though that's still annoying). We can understand the call for "young professionals" to share space with. Heck, we can even... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: 'Disciplinarians' Could Live Rent-Free in New York

Want to live rent-free in New York City? You could either squat in a home that's not yours (at the risk of eviction and, you know, arrest), or you could help this "interracial gay couple" do some squats in exchange for a free place to stay in Brooklyn. In order to pay $0 a month to live in a borough of one of the world's... Continue Reading »

They Said What?! (Listing Fails)

As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every week, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings we could... Continue Reading »

Homeless Man Allegedly Rents Out Vacant Home to Tenants

Is being a thief better than being a squatter? A homeless man allegedly stole $1,375 in cash by renting out a vacant home in Ormond Beach, Fla., so that he could afford a place to live, MyFoxOrlando.com reported. Eric Sisson, 27, (pictured at left) listed the foreclosed home on Craigslist, claiming that he recently... Continue Reading »

Craigslist Ad's Selling Point: Forget France, Come to N.J.

How do you unload a $3.175 million five-bedroom, seven-bathroom French-style estate in New Jersey in the throes of a housing crisis? Appeal to French aristocrats, of course. In one of the most bizarre craigslist ads we've ever seen, B.T. Edgar real estate agent Naoji Moriuchi points to newly sworn-in Socialist French... Continue Reading »

Real Estate Agent Arrested for $20 Million Ponzi Scheme

A real estate agent from Petaluma, Calif., has been arrested in connection with an alleged Ponzi scheme that took over $20 million from investors. Aldo Baccala, 71, purportedly collected money from more than 75 investors by promising returns of at least 12 percent. Using his company, Baccala Realty, Inc., Baccala is... Continue Reading »

Spring Sellers Try House Swap Instead

Wendy Bauwens is no stranger to swapping. As a horse trainer, she has traded a harness for a new website and a riding lesson for a haircut. Today, however, she's lining up her biggest swap yet: her horse farm, Sunnyside Farms (pictured at left), located near Bozeman, Mont., for something closer to the ocean. A new place... Continue Reading »

Use Your Rental to Make Extra Money

It doesn't take much these days to find oneself strapped for cash. When you own your home, you don't always need outside approval to use your space to make extra money. But with a little creativity and know-how, even renters can use their homes to generate income. "Around the same time I first got serious with my... Continue Reading »

Val Kilmer's Santa Fe Ranch -- on Craigslist?

It includes seven miles of breathtaking river frontage along the Pecos River, 30 minutes out of Santa Fe, N.M., that it took actor Val Kilmer many years to amass. But now the "Batman Forever" star is unloading his 6,000-acre Pecos River Ranch, which includes a 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom home of 11,573 square feet, with 10... Continue Reading »

Rental Roommate Nightmares: No Privacy, Nerds, and Swedish Massages

Craigslist is a vast pool of roommate nightmare scenarios. If there's red flags in the roommate wanted ads, what do you think it will be like once you move in? Today we got Swedish massage fanatics, nerds, and a guy who will forbid you to have privacy. Read on to find out about all these and more.... Continue Reading »

Rental Roommate Nightmares: Houseboys, Voyeurs, and a Female Touch

Having trouble staying up at night? Well here are a few Craigslist ads that will keep you from sleeping. Today we've got a roommate who will watch you through the crack in your door, while others look for a houseboy and "arrangements" with females. Read on to find out about all this and much more.... Continue Reading »

Rental Roommate Nightmares: INS, Freaks, Non-Fat Guy, and Resume Services

Imagine the horrors of having the worst roommate known to humanity. It's a goal that's easy enough to achieve. All you've got to do is look on Craigslist, and it's all laid out right in front of you. Today we have someone who might turn you into the INS, a non-fat guy, and a man who wants sex and to help you with your... Continue Reading »

Rental Roommate Nightmares: Cheap Nudes, Massages, and Hell

What do we have in store for you today from craigslist? Nude roommates who keep slashing their rental prices, a guy who simply wants a massage every now and then, and everyone's version of roommate hell. Read on for all this and more.... Continue Reading »

Rental Roommate Nightmares: Older Gentleman, Unlicensed Massages, and a Shouting Man

Ready to be freaked out by some creepy Craigslist roommate wanted ads? You've come to the right place. Today we got a creepy older gentleman, unlicensed massages, and a large shouting man. Read on to find out the full details on these and more.... Continue Reading »

Selling Your Home on Craigslist: Trickier Than You Think

Craigslist's free classifieds are familiar to everyone from real estate agents to average homeowners trying to sell a home. The site covers 700 cities worldwide and is used by 50 million people per month. More than a billion real estate ads have been posted since the site's founding in 1995. But do you know how to... Continue Reading »

Don't Buy New, Borrow From Your Neighbor

So there you are, packing for your European backpacking trip when you realize that you pretty much have everything you need except the backpack. Most would have to go to their nearest sporting goods store and drop two hundred dollars for two weeks of use, then stick it in the back of a closet where moths will eat it until... Continue Reading »

Rental Roommate Nightmares: Drunk Stoners, Old Guy Wants a Lad, and Red Flags Galore!

Nothing can be worse than a nightmare roommate situation. Imagine your personal space invaded by pure creepiness. However, due to to the allure of cheap rent we are sometimes forced into roommate slavery. Today we have a drunk stoner, an old guy who wants a young lad, and perhaps one of our biggest red flag ads of all... Continue Reading »

Rental Roommate Nightmares: No Disease, Potential Hidden Cameras, and Camping

Red flags! Red flags! Red flags! Yes, loads of Craigslist roommate wanted ads sprouting red flags of a potential roommate nightmare are just ahead. Today we got a guy who doesn't want a roommate who has diseases, potential hidden cameras in your room, and a gent who likes sex and camping. Read on to find out about all... Continue Reading »

Roommate Rental Nightmares: Marriage, Creepy Guy in Shorts, No Sex

In this edition of Roommate Rental Nightmares we ask the question: Why are human beings so darn creepy? Once again the roommate rental fishermen are putting the bait out there, claiming they have rooms for free and no sex would be required. Guess what? They want sex. Go figure. Read on to get our insights on these... Continue Reading »

Rental Roommate Nightmares: New Level of Creeps, Erotic Sex Lessons, Bed Sharing and No Drama

The bar keeps getting raised on Roommate Rental Nightmares. Today we have a new level of creeps, erotic sex lessons for boys and girls, more beds to share with strange men, and a guy who wants you to be the house's new mommy. All this and more by simply reading on... Continue Reading »

Rental Roommate Nightmares: Asexual Cuddler, A Private Secret, and a Naked Couple

Trying to find the right roommate on Craigslist is hard enough. Imagine answering an ad where the red flags are all right in front of you? That's what we track down with each Roommate Rental Nightmares. Today we got an asexual cuddler (that's all he wants), a private secret that you will keep with your new roommate, and... Continue Reading »

Roommate Rental Nightmares: Stoner/Drinker, Slave Cuckold, and Free Rent With 'No Catch'

Ready for more roommate nightmares that only Craigslist can give you? Scenarios so twisted we couldn't even dream them up. Today we have a stoner/drinker/sexpot who will let you live in a room that feels like a boat, a wonderful slave cuckold situation, and two men who most likely will look through your stuff when you're... Continue Reading »

Roommate Rental Nightmares: Sex With Attitude, an Entrepreneur and a Well-Hung, Goateed Fun-Lover

Why is the world so creepy? Why do we have to endure an endless sea of creepy people on Craigslist looking to have you as their potential roommate? What do we get today in our search for a room? Sex with rich men, well hung roommates with a goatee, and an eccentric millionaire who will spoil you. Click on to read about... Continue Reading »

Rental Roommate Nightmares: Tiny Studio, Shower Peeking and Cuddle Partners

Help! There's more crazy potential roommates out there on Craigslist -- and they're waiting for you to move in. What's on the plate? A small studio apartment only big enough to fit one bed; a guy who wants to see you nude in the shower; a couple who want to cuddle with you and more. Read on my friends, read on ... Continue Reading »

Rental Roommate Nightmares: Open-Minded Couples, Annoying Parole Officers and More

Why can't finding a roommate be easy? Do there have to be so many weirdos out there trying to rent rooms? Today we have some great Craigslist Rental Roommate Nightmares, featuring, open-minded couples, annoying parole officers, stumbling drunks and more. Continue Reading »

Rental Roommate Nightmares: Dodgy Brits, Salesmen, and One Cute Tokyo Girl

Okay, more nightmares on the plate in the form of Craigslist roommate-wanted ads. Today: How they do it in London when it comes to the sleazy roommate department; a man offering a "cool girl" a chance; and an adorable roomie in Tokyo. All this and more on the next page.... Continue Reading »

Apartment Hunting Essentials: 6 Online Tools

This may come as a shock, but when you are apartment hunting ads on the Internet might occasionally be a little misleading. Go figure. I am just amazed that someone would lie about what they really have to offer in a Craigslist ad. (So amazed, in fact, that I even write a regular feature for RentedSpaces on creepy,... Continue Reading »

Online Rental Scams to Avoid

Sure, we've already discussed how to avoid a Craiglist rental scam. But there are even less obvious ones to be concerned about. You know the ones -- they don't immediately send chills, but seem like a very tempting, rare opportunities. These are the "lure listings." They will bite you if you aren't careful! Here are five... Continue Reading »

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