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The Rehoboth Beach Police Department will again partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration for a National Drug Take-Back Initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27.

This is an opportunity to give the public a chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescriptions. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Studies show that most abused prescription drugs are obtained from the home medicine cabinet.

Bring pills for disposal to the front lobby of the police department, 229 Rehoboth Ave.

The collection is free; no appointments are necessary. Participants may dispose of medication in its original container, crossing out personal information or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. This program is anonymous, and no questions or requests for identification will be made.

For more, call 227-2577.

 

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Over 5 million renters have lost money in rental scams

 

Published: July 22, 2018 10:19 a.m. ET

 
 

Nearly half of young renters say they have encountered fraudulent listings

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An estimated 43.1% of all renters have encountered a suspicious listing in their hunt for new housing, a new report found.

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The three-bedroom home on Lexington Court in Largo, Fla., 20 miles north of St. Petersburg, looked like the perfect family home, with a nice front yard, central cooling and laminate floors. For 18 families, it turned it was too good to be true — and at a serious cost.

A married couple, Nicole and David Johnson, allegedly posed as the owners of the rental property, giving tours and collecting more than $25,000 from those families, local television news station WFTS reported in late June.

The home, it turned out, belonged to Nicole Johnson’s parents and was not available for rent. The Johnsons targeted the families using social media and by posting to Craigslist. Local police have called it the largest rental scam they’ve ever seen. Many of the victims only realized that the listing was a fraud when they showed up to the property on the same day and notified police.

Some of those families were moving to Florida from out of state, and many have had to resort to GoFundMecampaigns in an effort to recoup their losses, according to WFTS. The scammers are believed to have fled the state.

 
 
 
 
 
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These 18 families are far from alone. As rents have shot up nationwide in recent years, millions of people have been lured by fraudulent listings promising affordable housing.

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An estimated 43.1% of all renters have encountered a suspicious listing in their hunt for new housing, according to a survey conducted in June by real-estate website Apartment List. Over half of those people said they had reached out to the person behind the property listing before realizing it was a fake.

 

Apartment List conducted a national survey of more than 1,100 renters and local surveys of between 50 and 54 renters in the 30 largest metropolitan areas across the country.

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Rental scams can take many forms, the Apartment List report describes. In some cases, scammers will pose as a landlord for a real property that’s available in an attempt to get the would-be renter or buyer to hand over a deposit or some other payment such as a fee meant for a credit check. This commonly happens with vacant homes that are on the market.

Other scammers will lure renters with a listing that advertises one property and then will try to dupe them into paying a deposit or signing a lease for a different property in a bait-and-switch tactic.

Renters can also fall victim to schemes where they sign a lease for a property that’s meant to come with certain amenities such as laundry or air conditioning, only to find out that the features don’t exist.

Read more: Renters, this is how many years it takes to save up for a down payment on a home

While the vast majority of people who encounter fraudulent rentals don’t end up losing any money to the scam, that’s not the case for all renters. More than 6% of renters, or roughly 5.2 million people, reported a financial loss due to a rental scam. Younger adults, who are already more likely to be rent-burdened, are more likely to lose money in a rental scam — nearly one in 10 renters under the age of 30 has lost money in such a scenario.

“Millennial renters are generally more tech-savvy than older generations, but despite being familiar with online rental searches, many lack the ability to recognize fraud,” Igor Popov and Sydney Bennet, the Apartment List report’s authors, wrote. “Young renters often move to new cities, for example, for a summer internship or post-grad job and, thus, may be forced to sign a lease sight unseen.”

Of those who did lose money because of these scams, the median loss was $400. But for nearly a third of rental scam victims, losses exceeded $1,000. And when the cost is that high it can have disastrous consequences for the victims.

How to avoid a rental scam

The Federal Trade Commission and Apartment List have some pointers for how consumers can avoid falling for a fraudulent rental.

  • Beware when the supposed landlord or broker asks for payments to be wired. The FTC called this “the surest sign of a scam.” A money wire is no different than sending cash—meaning there’s no way to get the funds back if the listing is indeed a scam.
  • Don’t pay before signing a lease, meeting the broker or landlord advertising the property in person and touring the property in person. Renters who are looking to secure a property somewhere they don’t yet live should see if a friend or family member can meet the person who controls the listing rather than give away money sight unseen.
  • Double-check that the property isn’t also listed under another broker or owner’s name. If so, it could very well be a fake ad.
  • If dealing with someone who claims to be a property’s landlord, verify if they are being honest using city property records. Speak with current tenants to double-check the landlord’s identity and get any additional information about the property.
  • Think twice before providing confidential information including Social Security numbers or bank account details.
  • Ensure all supposed amenities and features are listed in the lease before signing.
  • If all else fails, consider renting from a well-known, reputable property management company. Particularly for consumers who are in the difficult position of having to get an apartment or home sight unseen, finding a reliable property management firm that employs trusted real estate agents with set procedures can help avoid fraud.
  • And remember: If the listing looks too good to be true—a beautiful apartment at a ridiculously low price—it probably is.
 

Jacob Passy is a personal-finance reporter for MarketWatch and is based in New York.

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Buying a home is a little different every year. These tips can help you buy smart in 2019.


New year, new housing market. Here's how to navigate 2019.

If you’re revving up to buy a house in the next 12 months—or trying to decide if it’s the right time for you—a little inside info will help you make your best moves. The housing market made some big changes in 2018 as the rise in housing prices (finally) starting slowing, and the 2019 market will have its own quirks, too. Here’s what home buyers and home-dreamers need to know, compiled from the last year of Trulia research and analysis.

Inventory’s still tight – but great houses are out there.

Inventory has fallen nonstop for the last few years, and in 2019, that won’t change. The good news is, you can still find a great house. Here are three tips for buying in a tight market:

  • Consider a fixer-upper. Instead of looking at houses above your budget, look at fixer-uppers priced below your budget and invest the rest upgrading it. You’ll end up with a home full of your own design choices, and just think of the eventual return on investment. Just be sure to buy smart: avoid fixer-uppers with red-flag issues like a crumbling foundation.
  • Look at old listings. Old doesn’t always mean a listing has issues—it can also mean the house was priced too high from the start. Some sellers drag their feet before lowering the price, and the house just hangs out on the market. When buyers search only for new listings, they can miss great properties with price adjustments.
  • Get a sneak peek. Ask your agent about “coming soon” listings for homes waiting to hit the market. Often, real estate agents have the inside scoop on homes two to four weeks before they’re listed.

Homes are expensive, but your down payment doesn’t have to be.

Home prices have largely outpaced income growth, making it increasingly hard for would-be homebuyers to purchase a home. And in 2019, limited supply will only keep pushing prices up.

For 53 percent of renters who want to buy, the biggest challenge is the down payment. But here’s something that might surprise them: the 20 percent down payment everyone talks about is way more than what most people pay.

Most buyers pay 5-10 percent down, and some even pay zero (yep, zero). Talk with your real estate agent and lender and research loan alternatives with traditionally low down payments like FHA and VA. You can also find down payment assistance through sites like Down Payment Resource and your state’s housing finance agencies.

Interest rates will continue to rise, but not enough to be a deal-breaker.

In 2019, mortgage rates will reach a 10-year high, making an already tight, expensive market feel even costlier to enter. But—deep breath—it’s important to put the interest rates into perspective. Interest rates are still at a historic low at just above 5 percent. Dial back 30 years to 1988, and your parents paid a whopping 10.34 percent in interest on their home loan.

The rise in interest rates can easily be offset by other home buying decisions you make, including location, loan structure, price, and whether the home is a good fit for you. You can’t change interest rates, but you can change your list of wants and needs to make home ownership fit your budget.

Markets to Watch: Hey there, Heartland

If you’re looking not just for a new home but a new town, we’ve got some ideas for you. Based on five key metrics—job growth, vacancy rates, affordability, percent of inbound home searches, and high population of first-time buyers—we’ve identified some of the best markets to watch in 2019. Coastal tech hubs, move over for the areas formerly known as flyover states. Here are our up-and-comers:

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs may have been founded in 1886, but it’s still got plenty of hot property today. This city at the base of Pikes Peak tops our list for its blend of high school ratings, above-average median income, moderate home prices, and a stable economy. Outdoorsy types and mountain-view fans will love the Southwest Colorado Springs neighborhoods, where the Cheyenne Mountain are right out your back door. Or for a family-friendly area with a university vibe (thanks to the local University of Colorado campus), try Northeast Colorado Springs.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-largest city, is also one of the fastest-growing in the United States. Within driving distance of Lake Michigan’s beautiful shoreline (one of the top 25 in the world, according to Conde Nast Traveler), this lively metropolitan area is known for its vibrant arts scene, including the citywide, weeks-long ArtPrize event. Look for a sidewalk-friendly home in the Alger Heights neighborhood or immerse yourself in the beautiful architecture of Heritage Hill‘s historic district.

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Jacksonville, Florida

When you think about Jacksonville, Florida, you might automatically start thinking about sandy shores. But it’s also known for another natural feature—half of the city is covered in trees. That makes this town of nearly 825,000 perfect for buyers who love both green cities and ocean access. Raise a family in the Normandy Estate neighborhood, where you’ll find good schools and a dog-friendly vibe. Or find a charming bungalow in Murray Hill, where you can while away a hot afternoon with soft serve from the original Dreamette ice cream stand.

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Austin, Texas

Austin has long been a hipster magnet, but its appeal is actually as broad as Texas itself. Home to the flagship Whole Foods, the music and film festival SXSW, and too many cowboy boots to count, Austinites rave about all of their options for the arts, nightlife, restaurants, and cafes. Shoppers and biking enthusiasts should check out the Zilker neighborhood, which backs up to a little swimming hole called Barton Springs. Or try the neighborly, kid-friendly Southeast Austin.

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Here’s our full list of the 10 hottest markets to watch in 2019:

  1. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  2. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  3. Jacksonville, Florida
  4. Bakersfield, California
  5. Austin, Texas
  6. Fresno, California
  7. Phoenix, Arizona
  8. Columbia, South Carolina
  9. El Paso, Texas
  10. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Don’t let the coming year’s still-tight market and rising interest rates slow down your home buying momentum. There are great homes out there, whether they’re in one of our hot markets or your own neighborhood. In 2019, the New Year may just mean a new home. You can start looking for it right here on Trulia.

6 Ways You Can Cut The Cable Cord

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Cable TV used to be the gold standard of entertainment. Today, there are plenty of other ways in which you can get all your favorite shows in one place and never miss an episode. Cutting the cable cord has become increasingly popular: but is it for you? Read on to find out why you should (or should not) cut the cable cord and 6 ways to do so.

Should you cut the cable cord?

There are a few things you need to consider before cutting the cable cord. First, look at your monthly statement to see how much your cable is costing you. Knowing what you’re currently paying is a good starting point for filtering out other options, which may be costlier than your current plan. Also check with your provider if perhaps there is a different, more affordable plan that still provides you the cable you want. Once you know how much your cable costs you, you are better equipped to decide if you want to keep the service or not. Keep in mind that if you decide to return to your cable plan after canceling there will be extra first-time fees, which can add up.

Second, if looking at your cable bill reaffirms your dissatisfaction with your current plan, check your internet speed. This is a very important step for a couple of reasons. It is highly likely that your internet and cable provider is the same company, so you might want to check how much you’re paying for both. If you cut cable, you will still be paying for internet, so know how much you are paying and how fast your current internet speed is. Testing your internet speed is key as you will need fast internet if you plan to rely on streaming services as a substitute for cable. Check out this quiz to get a better idea of what internet speed you need.

What are the alternatives to cable?

1. HD antenna

$20-$80, depending on the brand

An antenna will be your one-time investment for all the TV networks you could ever want. Plus, you’ll be getting all your shows in HD.

2. Cable replacement service

$44.99-$59.99

Some devices, such as a PlayStation, have streaming services already built into them. For Playstation, it’s PlayStation Vue.  

3. Streaming player

Starting at $29.99

Consider a streaming device, such as Roku Streaming Stick+, as an alternative to cable. You can watch media from any app you download, including TV channel apps and live broadcasts. Since Roku is a neutral creator it works with most streaming services and almost any TV. In addition, there is a super compact version of the device, that comes in flash drive-like form which plugs into your TV.

4. Smart TV

$600-$900, depending on the brand

Smart TVs tend to come with streaming services already included, so you might not need anything else at all. You can also install streaming services if your Smart TV doesn’t have any. For example, Apple TV contains some of the brand’s fastest processors. Another cool feature of this product is the Apple TV app, which compiles your streaming channels and devices into one organized place. You can add to the library by installing additional apps directly from the Apple Store.

5. Streaming services

$14.99/mo.-$50.00/mo., depending on company

Streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Video are apps that you can install in most wifi-connected devices and watch your favorite shows. These services have considerable libraries, where anyone can find something to their taste.

6. Stream your way

Plex and other services like it allow you to stream things directly from your hand-held device or laptop.

Have a different alternative for cable that you love? Let us know by tagging @ApartmentList on Twitter or Instagram.

Angelina Bader

Angelina is a Marketing Specialist at Apartment List where she writes content on rental lifestyle. Angelina previously worked as a Russian and German language specialist at Facebook and Google, and has a BA in Applied Linguistics from UCLA.