hot pads and craigslist (by melinda [MD]) Dec 5, 2017 5:01 PM|
hot pads and craigslist (by plenty [MO]) Dec 5, 2017 6:05 PM
hot pads and craigslist (by RentsDue [MA]) Dec 6, 2017 4:46 AM
hot pads and craigslist (by Smokowna [MD]) Dec 6, 2017 4:49 AM
hot pads and craigslist (by David [MI]) Dec 6, 2017 5:38 AM
hot pads and craigslist (by S i d [MO]) Dec 6, 2017 7:22 AM
hot pads and craigslist (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Dec 6, 2017 7:28 AM
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hot pads and craigslist (by melinda [MD]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2017 5:01 PM
I know that some of you have had success with internet sites. In the last five days I have had responses from those two sites. Both have been such losers---schedule viewings, texting, etc and then cancel at the last moment. I am becoming disheartened with what responses are coming from them. These are people from out of the area and perhaps they are trying to accomplish too much. It seems that if you do not show the property immediately, you lose them. Is this correct? --24.233.xxx.xx
hot pads and craigslist (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2017 6:05 PM
Quality of tenant pool shopping on CL has declined for me too. But have better luck on Zillow. --66.87.xx.xx
hot pads and craigslist (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 4:46 AM
I use Craigslist, Hotpads, Trulia and Zillow. I've had an amazing amount of responses, but they are mostly looking for a Christmas miracle. I think I may pull the ad and try again after the holidays. It will get better. I used to think that showing it right away was the best way to get it filled. I learned that it's the quickest way to get it filled......but definately not the best. I don't expect mine to fill quickly solely because of my screening criteria. I send a quick pre screening questionnaire before I even set an appointment. It just confirms what the ad says ( no pets, no smoking, move- in money, income requirements). Most will not return it because it basically asks them to confirm that they qualify and they do not. Those are the ones that either would have not shown up for the showing or would have been a waste of my time if they had. I'm not refusing to show it to anyone , I'm simply putting the responsibility on them to set the appointment.
hot pads and craigslist (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 4:49 AM
Do you put your phone number in the Zillow ads? Or do you prefer that people contact you through a message first?
There is a huge amount of spam and phone number fishing in our areas --74.96.xxx.xxx
hot pads and craigslist (by David [MI]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 5:38 AM
I have a 50% cancel/noshow rate. So I text them 2 hrs in advance of showing , asking them to confirm they still coming. If only one confirm ends up confirming, I will cancel with them and reschedule as there's a decent chance they will no-show. --12.156.xxx.xx
hot pads and craigslist (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 7:22 AM
I use Zillow since it syndicates out to Hotpads, Trulia, and some other lesser known sites. Stopped using Craigslist because in my area the mega-plex apartments constantly over-post their ads for the same place 10x per day with slightly different wording. I griped to CL about it and they did nothing. My listing got buried and wasn't getting any responses, so no sense in fighting the tide. It's free....so it's kinda hard to complain when it sucks.
Zillow is much better in that it only allows ONE ad per address at a time. I've never seen anyone figure out a way to re-post their ad more than once. I recommend sticking with it.
Regarding the quality of candidates: this time of year is slow. Most folks won't move over the holidays, and of the ones who do, the only ones you want are from job transfers....a lot of evictions this time of year.
Double down on your target market. Who are you trying to reach and where do those folks gather when not online? --173.19.xx.xxx
hot pads and craigslist (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 7:28 AM
We rarely have vacancies but have migrated to Zillow rentals for our advertising. We get a higher income demographic off of Zillow.
The Zillow app has a button looker can press requesting more information. You will be flooded with emails from people requesting more information. Have a canned email ready to send back that lists your requirements and app fee and asks those who are still interested to reply again. Then arrange a group showing because you will still get lots of no-shows. My husband and I work in a team. For our last showing, we had 13 people who were supposed to attend but only 4 showed up. It was OK though because we got 2 strong applicants, and rented our apartment to one of them. --98.146.xxx.xx
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