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Is It Still Available? (by Jeff [CO]) Nov 29, 2018 6:36 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by Laura [MD]) Nov 29, 2018 6:48 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by S i d [MO]) Nov 29, 2018 6:48 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by Frank [NJ]) Nov 29, 2018 6:49 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by WMH [NC]) Nov 29, 2018 6:50 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by Jeff [CO]) Nov 29, 2018 6:54 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by Annie [IN]) Nov 29, 2018 8:00 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by Tim [IN]) Nov 29, 2018 8:33 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by Gail K [GA]) Nov 29, 2018 9:07 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by razorback_tim [AR]) Nov 29, 2018 9:16 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by Chris [CT]) Nov 29, 2018 9:35 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by CGB [MI]) Nov 29, 2018 9:48 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by Laura [MD]) Nov 29, 2018 10:01 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by Jeff [CO]) Nov 29, 2018 10:39 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by Laura [MD]) Nov 29, 2018 10:42 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by Barb [MO]) Nov 29, 2018 11:21 AM
       Is It Still Available? (by cjl [NY]) Nov 29, 2018 12:44 PM
       Is It Still Available? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Nov 29, 2018 1:34 PM
       Is It Still Available? (by Shelby [IA]) Nov 29, 2018 1:51 PM
       Is It Still Available? (by Jeff [CO]) Nov 29, 2018 1:54 PM
       Is It Still Available? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Nov 29, 2018 2:48 PM
       Is It Still Available? (by NE [PA]) Nov 29, 2018 3:48 PM
       Is It Still Available? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Nov 30, 2018 1:37 PM
       Is It Still Available? (by GKARL [PA]) Nov 30, 2018 7:35 PM

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Is It Still Available? (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 6:36 AM
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I am doing most of my advertising on Zillow Rental Manager these days, although I still use Craigslist as a backup. Most of my responses come from Zillow.

The problem with Craigslist is the stupid "is it still available?" e-mails. It's funny to place an ad at 7:00 AM and some idiot writes at 7:20 asking that.

I am tempted to say: "No, it is not. We placed the ad 20 minutes ago and we had 10 showing and just signed a lease. We will keep the ad up for a while because we're lonely and love all of your e-mails."

Instead, I write: "Thanks for writing. Sorry, but the unit is not available to you."

I don't know of the typical CL responder is dumber than those of Zillow, or if it's spam.

--76.120.xx.xx




Is It Still Available? (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 6:48 AM
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Ditto, I have the same feelings & I get the "Is it still available response" ALL THE TIME.

While I do not verbalize it, it is now my internal response (not to you). I began responding to them. After probably 30 responses, i have not had any result in a lease, or even follow through with filling out my prequal form.

I am sure the most appropriate response is to touch these folks once a day, using literally just minutes of my time. Any to not use any psychic energy on them. --108.51.xxx.xxx




Is It Still Available? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 6:48 AM
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Jeff, yep, I hear you!

Those "is this still available" are about the same as the "I'm SUUUUUUPER interested; please contact me with more information" emails I get from Zillow/Trulia and Facebook market (which also has "is this still available).

While I enjoy these free ad sites, one problem is there's no policing old ads or lazy, non-responsive land lords. It doesn't cost anything to leave ads up, so why bother deleting ads? I do delete mine ASAP once we're rented, but my guess is many folks just let them expire...eventually. Prospects don't want to waste their time, so they flood the market knowing that only diligent LLs who have openings will respond. I think CL ads run 30 days before expiring. Zillow prompts me every so often asking if my property is still available. It did remind me once about 5 days after I rented one to take it down. Oops, lazy S i d...had to add that to my checklist!

Think about the process from a renter's POV: how long does it take to write a custom email inquiring about availability or to call someone asking about a place? 1-3 minutes, perhaps? Or they can push a button that auto generates an email...takes only a second. They can inquire on 50 properties in a minute!

Bottom line: this is a numbers game for both renters and for land lords. Renters don't want to waste time: we don't want to waste time. This is why I have a streamlined process where it takes no more than 5 seconds to respond to every inquiry. 100+ "is this available" emails/texts can be answered very quickly! The only thing that could improve this for me is if I could set up and auto-answer system...working on that now. That way I don't even have to copy/paste/send any more! --173.20.xxx.xxx




Is It Still Available? (by Frank [NJ]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 6:49 AM
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We sell things on FB Marketplaces and List. Those responses and timing you speak of are identical to us. Mostly it is fishing for active emails. Of course after a few days it COULD be gone and many posters are not diligent with losing maintenance. --174.225.xxx.xxx




Is It Still Available? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 6:50 AM
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I asked on Facebook once about that, and the admin of the group explained that is what prospective tenants were allowed to ask - other responses might get deleted. Why I don't know!

Also, way too many ads get left up for a long time after being rented, so I guess I don't blame people for asking. I'm sure they don't read the time it was posted! --50.82.xxx.xx




Is It Still Available? (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 6:54 AM
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S i d, you're right. I also know what you mean about the "super interested" e-mails. They are infamous. I usually just delete the "is it still available" e-mails without responding.

A writer has to be really dumb when asking that question when the ad was just posted.

Agreed - many listers are too lazy to remove expired ads. But I'd think they'd get tired of receiving responses to ads for properties that are no longer available.

From the number of "is it still available" responses on CL one might think that most ads there aren't current, but I doubt that is the case. Really an annoying response.

--76.120.xx.xx




Is It Still Available? (by Annie [IN]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 8:00 AM
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I. too, get this all the time from FB. What annoys me, is that when I respond "yes", and to please call xxx-xxx-xxxx for an appointment, they never follow through. I think there are too many out in FB land that have insomnia (most of these come through in the wee hours of the morning), and they are just clicking on anything.

I try to delete the posts as soon as a lease is signed on a unit. Once in a while I forget, but never very often. I want to quit getting the "is this available" messages at all hours.

I try to be thorough in our descriptions, and put in all relevant info in the posts. They are constantly asking stupid questions, that could have been answered if they only read the post.

But it is all a numbers game, I agree. The more people you reach, the more likely you are to fill a vacancy.

--75.103.xxx.xx




Is It Still Available? (by Tim [IN]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 8:33 AM
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Something to keep in mind... If they are still using Craigslist, they are either a die-hard fan or scammer. The die-hard fan believes it is Craigslist and nothing else. They remember the good days when you posted something, it would be gone 15 min later. Reality is, Craigslist is a ghost town in some parts of the country. Others, it's still thriving but on life support.

The fb idiots, they just feel the urge to click something because it interested them 1%. All being said... It's free. Use it and accept some of the headaches... --166.137.xx.xx




Is It Still Available? (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 9:07 AM
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When I advertised our smallest, cheapest house on FB Marketplace I was awash with those "Is it available" responses. I finally changed my ad to state that those who only replied with that (and yes, folks CAN provide more details) would be automatically deleted.

One person told me I was rude. They, of course, were instantly deleted.

Now with available units that have higher rents I still get that but to a lesser extent. I just hit the "yes, it is" button and go on.

Gail --71.203.xx.xx




Is It Still Available? (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 9:16 AM
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I used to get really irritated about this. I had a realization that these people - the ones who can’t come up with anything else to say besides still available or more information - are the ones who make it possible for me to create wealth through real estate. If everyone had the same mindset and capabilities that we do, our business wouldn’t exist or would at least be a lot smaller. Are there times it still aggravates me? Absolutely. But if I keep this perspective in mind and a canned response handy to copy and paste, the aggravation goes away pretty quickly. --166.137.xxx.xxx




Is It Still Available? (by Chris [CT]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 9:35 AM
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I think part of the problem is that people these days just have poor communication skills. They don't know how to open communication so they just ask something generic.

Craigslist in my area is full of scumbags who apparently don't sleep because they only text, email, call between the hours of midnight and 4am. --24.187.xxx.xx




Is It Still Available? (by CGB [MI]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 9:48 AM
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Here is how I handle that situation with a minimal waste of my time. Remember, the landlord is in charge. First, I pick a 2 hour window that is convenient to me, usually Saturday 10 to 12. For all inquiries, I reply, the same way, "Thanks for your interest. I have a time available a 10:15 or 11:45 am on Saturday for a viewing. Let me know if you can make it." I usually give them the option of two times and vary the times I give people. It literally takes 10 seconds to respond to the email. No claims of discrimination as I reply to all emails. 30% reply and confirm a time. 50% of those that reply show up. 20% of those that show up complete an application. I have SFHs and this has worked for me so far but may not work for or everybody. --107.130.xxx.xx




Is It Still Available? (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 10:01 AM
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I have thought about doing this & have done it many years ago.

My issue is safely. As I single female I am concerned about inviting folks who I know nothing about to an empty house.

Years ago I got an email asking me to verify i would be at the house at X time. I asked who was asking, no response? It kind of freaked me out. --108.51.xxx.xxx




Is It Still Available? (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 10:39 AM
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Safety is not an issue, it is a concern. --76.120.xx.xx




Is It Still Available? (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 10:42 AM
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Jeff what kind of comment is that? My ISSUE is a concern about safety! --108.51.xxx.xxx




Is It Still Available? (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 11:21 AM
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My canned response to these emails is to provide the link to my pre-showing survey. No one gets in without filling it out. That way, people see a response, but until I get that survey filled out, I don't provide any further response. --131.151.xx.xx




Is It Still Available? (by cjl [NY]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 12:44 PM
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uggh … yes and I don't think it really matters where you post it - that's almost the first question they ask. Another one that is apparently the "new" click here button response is "What is your availability in the next few days" for a showing. --209.217.xxx.xx




Is It Still Available? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 1:34 PM
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I think people are just rying to communicate and they’re not sure what to say.

Another reason ALL CALLS GO TO VOICEMAIL and email/texts get a canned reply to go to our website.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




Is It Still Available? (by Shelby [IA]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 1:51 PM
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What doesn’t help, is on Facebook people accidentally hit the “I’m interested” and “are there more photos?” and “is this still available?” When landlords respond, the person says, “oh sorry, I accidentally pushed that while I was scrolling through, I’m not really interested.” I see it all the time on my many groups I’m on. --173.26.xx.xxx




Is It Still Available? (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 1:54 PM
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Laura, an issue is basically a subject of debate. Safety in this context is a concern or a problem, not an issue. --76.120.xx.xx




Is It Still Available? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 2:48 PM
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I do understand the problem. We suffer thru it here too.

But if I only took people who communicate perfectly we'd be bankrupt.

An ounce of patience and some grace gets us lots of residents who are run off by other LLs.

It's not a house business - it's a people business.

BRAD

PS Isn't it amazing how fast this advertising thing has changed! --73.102.xxx.xxx




Is It Still Available? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Nov 29, 2018 3:48 PM
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I just answer yes or no. --50.32.xxx.xxx




Is It Still Available? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2018 1:37 PM
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I've never had one of those "is it still available?" people turnout to be a decent prospect, but I have started answering, "yes it is. If you would like to do a drive by and look at the outside and the neighborhood to see if it suits you, let me know and I will send you the address."

I never hear back from any of them. --174.216.x.x




Is It Still Available? (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2018 7:35 PM
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I answer yes and if they inquire again, I send my pre-screening questions. --209.122.xx.xxx



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