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What tenants want (by Laura [MD]) Dec 4, 2018 9:03 AM
       What tenants want (by myob [GA]) Dec 4, 2018 9:24 AM
       What tenants want (by Robert J [CA]) Dec 4, 2018 9:30 AM
       What tenants want (by Chris [CT]) Dec 4, 2018 9:30 AM
       What tenants want (by NE [PA]) Dec 4, 2018 9:39 AM
       What tenants want (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Dec 4, 2018 9:50 AM
       What tenants want (by Nicole [PA]) Dec 4, 2018 10:52 AM
       What tenants want (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Dec 4, 2018 10:55 AM
       What tenants want (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Dec 4, 2018 11:16 AM
       What tenants want (by melinda [MD]) Dec 4, 2018 12:08 PM
       What tenants want (by BillW [NJ]) Dec 4, 2018 12:14 PM
       What tenants want (by WMH [NC]) Dec 4, 2018 1:34 PM
       What tenants want (by plenty [MO]) Dec 4, 2018 2:27 PM
       What tenants want (by plenty [MO]) Dec 4, 2018 2:28 PM
       What tenants want (by RB [MI]) Dec 4, 2018 3:05 PM
       What tenants want (by 6x6 [TN]) Dec 4, 2018 4:50 PM
       What tenants want (by Susan [FL]) Dec 4, 2018 5:11 PM
       What tenants want (by Hoosier [IN]) Dec 4, 2018 11:23 PM
       What tenants want (by Lisa [TX]) Dec 5, 2018 5:12 AM
       What tenants want (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Dec 7, 2018 5:23 AM
       What tenants want (by Busy [WI]) Dec 7, 2018 1:06 PM

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What tenants want (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 9:03 AM
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I currently have 2 vacancies (down from 3):

I am finding folks want:

- full bathroom in the basement

- separate bathroom for the master

- newish kitchen

What are you finding tenant must haves?

--108.51.xxx.xxx




What tenants want (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 9:24 AM
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Must have money. Must have GOOD and LONG time job. Smart enough to fill out an app. Smart enough to know they won't trick the LL.

Looking like Marilyn Monroe wouldn't hurt?

Asking to much? --99.103.xxx.xxx




What tenants want (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 9:30 AM
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I took a chapter from Mr. Landlord's play book. When I purchased a half empty apartment complex, I set up three kinds of units. The "Standard", The "Deluxe" and The "Custom" unit.

For $795 a month one got a unit with a couple year old paint, carpet and a few basic appliances. For $1295 one got new paint, flooring, window coverings, full appliances and parking. This left the "Custom" unit, where an applicant could choose what was most important to them, and have the price set on their wishes.

In my case, the applicants wanted air conditioning, parking, storage space and a new refrigerator -- so long as the property had a laundry room. Nothing else much mattered. Even though I had some two units with an extra 1/2 to 3/4 bathroom. --47.156.xx.xx




What tenants want (by Chris [CT]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 9:30 AM
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Easy, watch HGTV, that's what tenants expect and want. --24.187.xxx.xx




What tenants want (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 9:39 AM
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Affordability. --50.32.xxx.xxx




What tenants want (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 9:50 AM
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What tenants want is brand new and shiny. They want turn key move-in ready with granite ad stainless steel.

They want a beautiful neighborhood and a gorgeous landscaped lawn, which they won't take care of.

They want to be walking distance from restaurants, clubs, and their place of work, for half the going rate for rent.

Home buyers are more realistic than tenants are.

No one can provide what tenants want at the price they want to pay, so you have to aim for what they will settle for: clean, in good repair, for fair market value.

Things that they are happy to see in a rental: garage door opener, dishwasher, clean, fenced yard. In central oregon, they all want a wood stove.

My agent tells me that young professionals are eager for high tech wiring systems, but I suspect that is just something else tenant can break. --174.216.xx.xx




What tenants want (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 10:52 AM
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Laura and Woodsmoke's tenants are living on different planets than mine. One of the reasons "one size fits all" doesn't work when asking for and receiving advice/assistance here.

Mine want relatively clean, decent area, cheap rent... cheap rent being the most important. Mine could care less about grey walls, granite counter tops, and landscaping. --72.70.xxx.xxx




What tenants want (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 10:55 AM
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Not only a lower rent but a rental unit that is well insulated that has lower utility costs which means less natural gas and electricity is used. Over time the insulation, windows can upgraded. --147.194.xxx.xx




What tenants want (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 11:16 AM
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Laura,

Mine want perfection. EVERYTHING must be repaired, replaced, scrubbed super clean, and smelling great.

I cannot change the number of bathrooms but I CAN make the batheoom look fantastic.

They also want NICE appliances.

We install dishwasher and disposal whenever possible. Use the 3/4 hp disposal for no jams. Good applicants want these things. LLs who refuse to have such amenities are pushing the good people away.

We also install washer/dryer hooks ups if possible. That is a huge selling feature. Some are along the wall of a bedroom but they are there!

BRAD

--73.102.xxx.xxx




What tenants want (by melinda [MD]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 12:08 PM
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House needs to be freshly painted with all new appliances. Stainless would be good. --24.233.xxx.xx




What tenants want (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 12:14 PM
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I'm writing this as a bit of a joke, as I rent to students, but my tenants want: location near school, safety of the apartment/house, secure and fast internet/WiFi, problems fixed asap, washer dryer, parking, clean place, and about 10 other things. --71.104.xx.x




What tenants want (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 1:34 PM
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My tenants want affordable rent, clean, mold-free (that's a real issue in NC: humid and lots of actual floods from hurricanes) oh and close to everything. Driving 10 miles is a HUGE deal...whah whah...

As for appliances, WORKING is the key word. A washer & dryer is crucial as no laundromats for 180 miles. A dishwasher is a big deal for some, others never turn it on.

No one cares about stainless: it actually RUSTS (we found to our dismay on our OWN appliances!) We go with white everything. --50.82.xxx.xx




What tenants want (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 2:27 PM
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They want to feel they are getting a nice property for the money. Hardwood floors. Washer and dryer included. Fenced yard. A fenced yard, deck or inviting outdoor space, sun room... all go along way. Tub in at least one bathroom. --99.203.xx.xx




What tenants want (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 2:28 PM
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Not the cheapest appliances. Side by side refrigerator...ice maker... give them somethings and they will stay and pay. --99.203.xx.xx




What tenants want (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 3:05 PM
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No gun shots or holes in the house. --184.53.x.xx




What tenants want (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 4:50 PM
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I wonder if tenants want a glass top stove. I have one in my sfh but I think it is a bad idea as they don't seem to know how to clean them. They cook with them dirty and burnt on stuff and it ruins the top. --73.120.xx.xxx




What tenants want (by Susan [FL]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 5:11 PM
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Everyone wants security and a responsible LL to quickly attend to repairs. They want privacy and they want clean. Everything else is frosting. --66.87.xxx.xx




What tenants want (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 11:23 PM
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Mine are like Nicole's --99.92.xxx.xxx




What tenants want (by Lisa [TX]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 5:12 AM
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I only have 1 sfh but when I show it people like it because it is clean. Last vacancy only had to show it twice and it was rented. Applicants are quick to bring the deposit because they don't want to lose it to someone else. Other homes around here are not rented clean - that's the secret around here. I often hear "this is the best house we've seen and we've looked at a lot". --173.173.xxx.xxx




What tenants want (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2018 5:23 AM
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Knowing what residents want is 1/2 of the picture - the other half of the picture is teaching them what they can afford.

I have many folks that want 3 large bedrooms in an A neighborhood, 2 huge baths and a 3 car garage - all on the McJob income that they have.

I do have a nice clean place for this person in a solid C location that is about 50 years old but has been updated 20 years ago.

The McJob aligns itself to a McApartment --72.23.xxx.xx




What tenants want (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2018 1:06 PM
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Mine are like Susanís.

An amenity that is becoming popular in my area for sfh is lawn mowing included. Iíve gone to this, and it has been successful. A little hiccup this summer when I had some surgery, but son in law and husband stepped in. Gets me on each property once a week, not inside, but I used to find that it was becoming two-three weeks before I had driven by some of my properties before. (I can get lazy)

City can fine property owner if lawn/weeds get too high, and tenants really are terrible at landscape work. I enjoy all landscape work. When I get older I plan on hiring my grandkids, Iíll drive them around. --70.92.xxx.xxx



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