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open house...again? (by J [FL]) May 10, 2019 4:32 PM
       open house...again? (by 6x6 [TN]) May 10, 2019 4:56 PM
       open house...again? (by Skunk [KY]) May 10, 2019 4:59 PM
       open house...again? (by Ed [PA]) May 10, 2019 6:22 PM
       open house...again? (by J [FL]) May 10, 2019 6:25 PM
       open house...again? (by Ponari [TX]) May 10, 2019 7:31 PM
       open house...again? (by Robert J [CA]) May 10, 2019 7:50 PM
       open house...again? (by James [VA]) May 10, 2019 8:33 PM
       open house...again? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 10, 2019 8:35 PM
       open house...again? (by James [VA]) May 10, 2019 8:40 PM
       open house...again? (by RentsDue [MA]) May 10, 2019 9:08 PM
       open house...again? (by Robin [WI]) May 10, 2019 10:52 PM
       open house...again? (by Oregonwoodsmoke [ID]) May 11, 2019 9:59 AM
       open house...again? (by Vee [OH]) May 11, 2019 12:27 PM
       open house...again? (by J [FL]) May 11, 2019 1:06 PM

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open house...again? (by J [FL]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 4:32 PM
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For anyone here who does open houses, do you still do pre-screening on people for the open house or just put up the open house time on the web and let everyone come?

--72.188.xxx.xxx




open house...again? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 4:56 PM
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I have never done one yet but I would think that an open house would also include people coming in from the street so I don't know how you could really prescreen for that. --73.120.xx.xxx




open house...again? (by Skunk [KY]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 4:59 PM
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Prescreen and figure out a rough time they'll show. I used to open it to all, but realized I was wasting time with unqualified tenants. Plus, if you were expecting 5 viewers, and you got all 5 already, then close up shop early and enjoy the rest of your day. --166.137.xx.xx




open house...again? (by Ed [PA]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 6:22 PM
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We don't try to prescreen for an open house. More people the better as it puts pressure on those that are good candidates to apply quickly rather than look at more. --71.112.xxx.xxx




open house...again? (by J [FL]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 6:25 PM
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Thanks... --72.188.xxx.xxx




open house...again? (by Ponari [TX]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 7:31 PM
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I usually show on Saturday only starting at 11am and finishing at 1pm. I space them 15mins apart and put a sign out front. Iíve had great results from that. --47.188.xx.xx




open house...again? (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 7:50 PM
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Because Los Angeles has 1 attorney per 100 people (not sure of the exact number), I can not do a complete pre-screening in fear of being sued. I list the property's address and open house information in the online add. --47.156.xx.xx




open house...again? (by James [VA]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 8:33 PM
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I donít even waste time with open houses. I prescreen every soul with the same questions, permit those who qualify a lock box showing, and use the time saved to make money.

Iíve never in my life heard of being afraid to legally pre-screen applicants for fear of being sued. Especially coming from a man thatís sued the IRS and every known government entity. --73.177.xxx.xx




open house...again? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 8:35 PM
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J,

We have too many vacancies right now and good apps are hard to find so weíre promoting open houses to find more potential residents.

We pick the nicest home amd advertise it to the public for SATURDAY @Noon.

Note: not noon til _____, just NOON. If no one shows after 15 minutes we go home. No need to stagger times, just let everyone see it at the same time.

We DO pick up more apps by doing this. Only takes an hour max.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




open house...again? (by James [VA]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 8:40 PM
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If more apps is what youíre after, open houses are definitely the way to go.

If qualified applicants is what youíre after, allowing them pre screened applicants in when itís convenient for THEM is the way to go.

If you intend to make a killing on application fees from disqualified applicants, then open house all weekend! --73.177.xxx.xx




open house...again? (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 9:08 PM
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I think if or how to do an open house is very much related to the area and your comfort level. I pre-screen more as a safety measure than anything else. The only time I did not the home was broken into that night. I realize that somebody could lie about their identity and their intentions but that is too much work for most criminals. There is lower hanging fruit out there. --71.10.xxx.xxx




open house...again? (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: May 10, 2019 10:52 PM
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No prescreening for me. Too much work to qualify them before they've even decided whether they like the property. I'm happy to take as many apps as people want to give me--I can disqualify most in less than 2 minutes, and it helps cover the cost of the open houses.

Like Brad, we advertise the open house AT a certain time. It helps us avoid the issue of someone showing up 5 minutes before the end of the open house and taking another half-hour of my helper's time. In the past we've had cars lining the street down the entire block before we even opened the doors. We do Friday night at 7 and Saturday at 11 or 12. That allows most everyone to make it. The few that email asking for a different time get prescreened and a lockbox showing if we don't get a decent app at the open house. --204.210.xxx.xxx




open house...again? (by Oregonwoodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: May 11, 2019 9:59 AM
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I don't do open houses, but it would be easy enough to have them only for pre-screened applicants. Set your block of time and only tell your pre-screened applicants about it.

Myself, I like to have one-on-one time with each applicant. If I am friendly and interested, they will happily tell me about the things that disqualify them. If they smoke, I can smell smoke on them. If they are a boozer, they smell like stale booze. I can see if they keep their clothing clean and their car clean.

Like Robert, my policy is to show the house to anyone who asks and I give an application to anyone who asks. Firm policy. I never reject anyone until I have an application where I can make a note of the legal reason to reject.

About 3/4 of my callers will self-eliminate themselves after hearing my rental requirements at the first phone call. I never tell them that they aren't acceptable. --98.146.xxx.xxx




open house...again? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: May 11, 2019 12:27 PM
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No prescreening for me, I run it from 1130 to 230 on weekends. --76.188.xxx.xx




open house...again? (by J [FL]) Posted on: May 11, 2019 1:06 PM
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Thanks for all the responses. This all makes sense.

To OregonWoodsmoke that's kind of how I feel too, although I was considering trying it again. I've had problems in the past with open houses where someone (deadbeat) monopolized my time with questions about the application and I couldn't deal well with the others who showed up, and with someone bringing a small child and letting them run around screaming while I was trying to greet and deal with new people.

--72.188.xxx.xxx



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