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few/no inquiries (by cjl [NY]) Sep 8, 2020 10:06 AM
       few/no inquiries (by Barb [MO]) Sep 8, 2020 10:13 AM
       few/no inquiries (by Ken [NY]) Sep 8, 2020 10:22 AM
       few/no inquiries (by cji [NY]) Sep 8, 2020 10:33 AM
       few/no inquiries (by myob [GA]) Sep 8, 2020 10:40 AM
       few/no inquiries (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Sep 8, 2020 11:00 AM
       few/no inquiries (by cjl [NY]) Sep 8, 2020 11:11 AM
       few/no inquiries (by cjl [NY]) Sep 8, 2020 11:16 AM
       few/no inquiries (by Sisco [MO]) Sep 8, 2020 11:25 AM
       few/no inquiries (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Sep 8, 2020 11:44 AM
       few/no inquiries (by cjl [NY]) Sep 8, 2020 11:51 AM
       few/no inquiries (by RentsDue [MA]) Sep 8, 2020 12:11 PM
       few/no inquiries (by Ken [NY]) Sep 8, 2020 12:30 PM
       few/no inquiries (by myob [GA]) Sep 8, 2020 2:03 PM
       few/no inquiries (by Nellie [ME]) Sep 8, 2020 2:42 PM
       few/no inquiries (by Vee [OH]) Sep 8, 2020 4:11 PM
       few/no inquiries (by myob [GA]) Sep 8, 2020 5:12 PM
       few/no inquiries (by melinda [MD]) Sep 8, 2020 6:53 PM
       few/no inquiries (by Sisco [MO]) Sep 8, 2020 6:56 PM
       few/no inquiries (by MikeA [TX]) Sep 8, 2020 11:05 PM
       few/no inquiries (by Small potatoes [NY]) Sep 9, 2020 1:08 AM
       few/no inquiries (by JB [OR]) Sep 9, 2020 1:49 AM
       few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Sep 9, 2020 3:44 AM
       few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Sep 9, 2020 3:51 AM
       few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Sep 9, 2020 4:05 AM
       few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Sep 9, 2020 4:08 AM
       few/no inquiries (by myob [GA]) Sep 9, 2020 8:12 AM
       few/no inquiries (by Ken [NY]) Sep 9, 2020 8:25 AM
       few/no inquiries (by kkezir [KS]) Sep 10, 2020 11:56 AM
       few/no inquiries (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Sep 13, 2020 4:39 PM
       few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Sep 13, 2020 10:47 PM
       few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Sep 13, 2020 11:31 PM
       few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Sep 13, 2020 11:49 PM
       few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Sep 13, 2020 11:51 PM
       few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Sep 16, 2020 1:43 AM

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few/no inquiries (by cjl [NY]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 10:06 AM
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I have a few rentals available and I'm a bit surprised that I'm getting very few if any inquiries on them.

Recently (at the end of August) Z went to a pay weekly (which I did not do) but even before that I had little to no activity when I posted.

Typically, I would be getting inundated on these. Are you all experiencing the same thing? Is this another effect (or side effect) of the pandemic?

I don't think it's the cost/price - all utilities are included and these typically go FAST.

Any other insight from this group would be beneficial.

--67.242.xx.xx




few/no inquiries (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 10:13 AM
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I've had fewer inquiries on my vacancy than expected. A few lookers, not much else, and usually they fly off the shelves, so to speak. --67.43.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 10:22 AM
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Sounds like you could sell them faster than you can rent them. --104.229.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by cji [NY]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 10:33 AM
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Is it the "the time of year" (but usually NOW is the time that I really push when needed / have an opening because after September/ October it's usually like this - "slow" and no one wants to move).

Here is where I have them listed now: Zumper, Avail, apartments, cozy, our own website, signs in the yard/building and I even posted one on craigslist (with ONE reply asking if it was still available - that was about 4 days ago).

--67.242.xx.xx




few/no inquiries (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 10:40 AM
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Sorry to be blunt. Have you not been following whats going on in NY, WI, MI, CA and MN?

NYC has 20,000 empty apartments......

When we advertise we're getting 100's of calls-- many many many from the North East and Northern states looking to escape.

My last vacancy filled was to a lady from CA.

Their words" "trying to get my family away from the nut cases up there" and high taxes and just the plan high people!!!! All have families and are use to high prices. When we say 2000.00 for deposit-- that's normal for them. --99.103.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 11:00 AM
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All inclusive is not best way to go as consumption is very high compared to separate utilities. Also problem tenants have unpaid utilities where unpaid utilities and unpaid rent go hand in hand together. While the upfront is expensive where immediately the value of rental building goes up. Rents where utilities are separate are a lot lower as that cost is taken out of the rent. If rent control is ever brought in then increases in utility costs put one in negative cash flow situation. No one ever complains about heat along with windows are closed up tight then lights are not left on. Even here vacancies are up everywhere where the foreign students are no longer going to be here. So now it is renters market where in the past vacancies were at one per cent or less. What is happening is a depression where things are not likely to change in five years or more. Many businesses that were struggling have closed down. Recovering is going to take time. Governments are not going to have the funds to build non-profit housing. While the fringe groups say governments should be building more non-profit rental housing they will never sacrifice universal health care to do so. No matter who wins in a election reality is going to be there. --147.194.xxx.xx




few/no inquiries (by cjl [NY]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 11:11 AM
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MYOB ... I'm not in the city ... we are one of the places these people want to come to. I understand the high taxes, etc that you are referring to obviously ... but renters aren't paying those in the first place. --67.242.xx.xx




few/no inquiries (by cjl [NY]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 11:16 AM
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I understand and agree with you Robert ... however, with these particular units (in separate cities) they are what they are. One or two furnaces for the building, etc.

The one property is a 4 unit and honestly should go quite easily with everything included. Although it is a one bed and "space is limited in there" ... the rent is not bad ... plus here, many people are looking for utilities included. Now that I have a few ... none are looking (haha) --67.242.xx.xx




few/no inquiries (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 11:25 AM
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You didn't say which advertising platforms that you are using. I would analyze whether those platforms are still viable, if so, check how you appear when searching for housing using common filters.

Since you experienced a drastic drop off, my guess is you are using a platform that has fallen out of favor. CL and Zillow are of no use in my market at this time- in the past they dominated. --67.43.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 11:44 AM
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cjl,

Traditionally we see a drop in activity just before and after school starts. People are busy with back to school shopping then focused on all the start up activity, fees, etc.

Right now I think their brains are on overload with virus? Masks? In class? Distance learning? Hybrid? New computer?

As always, double check your mechanics of receiving inquiries and applications. Try contacting yourself with a test inquiry.

BRAD --174.231.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by cjl [NY]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 11:51 AM
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I did post where we have them. I typically don't like to use craigslist for the past few years as it's just been horrible.

Many times even Zillow I get the inquiries but no feedback, etc. Zillow now charges but the others are there. I see them.

What i've found when I look is that the only ones that are using these other sites are complexes ... so I checked CL and there are the "regular" ones out there.... but only one person has reached out and it was the typical "is this available".

I was just wondering if you are all experiencing the same or if there is another platform to use that I may not be aware of ...

--67.242.xx.xx




few/no inquiries (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 12:11 PM
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I’m getting a steady stream from Hotpads ( Hotpads, Zillow, Trulia). I know that it is a pay site now . Craigslist is a more desperate crowd and Facebook Marketplace is a train wreck. --68.118.xxx.xx




few/no inquiries (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 12:30 PM
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In my area,capital district of NY,there are a few facebook sites meant to connect landlords with renters you will probably have the same in your area i think the ones i use are 518 rentals or something similar --104.229.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 2:03 PM
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CJL I am from NY and have family still there. Since your from there you have no idea how they're ripping you off.

" We are one of the places these people want to come to"

WHO wants to come? -- people in these area's are wondering? are we next??? because they're moving further and further out of town with their antics.

Renters aren't paying those taxes-- sales taxes-DV lic tax car tax-ny subway tax (even if you don't use the subway) you name it and they tax it up there.

OK I'll give you no property tax-- but they wallop you on everything else.

If these "peaceful" protests continue whose gonna stay?

My bro in law moved from MD here. He's retired and moved from a 500K home in MD paying property taxes of 20K. He lives in a golf course community here and his place here is worth 450K. Since he's over 62 he pays no school tax and since he's over 65 his property tax is cut 50%. his tax is 3400.00. He also isn't taxed on his retirement income from work.

I don't have a crystal ball that is a fact-- but the pure attrition and erosion of the tax base tells you if it's not already happening-- it's on your door step. --99.103.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by Nellie [ME]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 2:42 PM
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I think maybe you Need to cough up the price for Zillow. It is the cost for business. We’ve been spoiled with the free advertising, but we have been doing this long enough that we remember paying $100 for a two week ad towards the end. $10/ week seems pretty cheap. --71.161.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 4:11 PM
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Time to raise the rent 300bux, you get another version of tenant when you do this. --76.188.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 5:12 PM
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Vee we've been hitting the deposits hard and high. (along with rent) When we see someone we really like-- the carrot-- "we will lower your deposit" comes out. A little reverse psychology.

We did as you suggest Vee with the $300. Rent was 780. we went to it to 1025.00. Dep went form 800 to 2000.00. --99.103.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by melinda [MD]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 6:53 PM
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you need to get on the phone with all of your contacts--(current and past tenants, friends, neighbors etc) and let them know about your rentals. Even do a flyer with photo, price, short description and mail it to them. --24.233.xxx.xx




few/no inquiries (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 6:56 PM
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CJL, 18 months ago I experienced the same. Zillow lost its mojo in my market.FB marketplace is the dominant advertising platform ....By far.

Much has been written on this forum about the need to automate your responses because of the heavy volume of low quality inquiries from FB marketplace ads.

--67.43.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Sep 8, 2020 11:05 PM
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I second Facebook Marketplace, it's become the standard here. I would also check out the adds for your competition. How does it compare? Not just rent and deposit but also how your advertising stacks up. Do your pictures show clean and bright or worn out. Put yourself in the tenants shoes as you look. As the market contracts you have to find a way to stand out above the competition to get them hooked. --64.130.xx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2020 1:08 AM
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Cjl, I have two units listed a sm 1 br starter apt for 550 and my refinished smokers 2br. Zumper is providing 2 to 5 inquiries a day. Most do not fill out my pre-screening form (or those who I reply w zumper address prolly go to spam). 2 out of 20 passed for the 1 br. One is the bankrupt propsct I posted about recently, the other will view this week. On the 2 br, out of 10 forms 1 qualified, and it was daughter-in-law who thought mil wouldn't like the small brs. Everyone else who replied for both Apts has pets, smokes, is leaving parents for the first time and doesn't have income. So not a great crop. But zumper is bringing them in. There are not a lot of other listings, I'll have to look into fb 518. What kind of competition do you have?

Last fall my B rental was hard to rent because a developer renovated a factory and had units w heat and internet 720. They were functional,mine at 875 is pretty. I had to drop to 800 or I would have been empty for the winter.

Historically Sept is a good month. My sm 1 br sounds similar to yours in a 4 family. Some years they're easy to rent and others is tough. No rhyme or reason.

Myob, this c crowd does not have the intellect or capacity to flee ny. They are Rubbing nickels together. --24.194.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2020 1:49 AM
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I just read something yesterday that of those age 30 and under, more than 50% were living with their parents...

How's that for freedom? --73.25.xx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2020 3:44 AM
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Here in Connecticut I just put a plywood sign at the property,with my phone number and if it’s a one or two bedroom,don’t know enough about the internet to get involved.that would be over my head,after all I’m only a poor immigrant...............charlie..........the sign usually works at least in one or two days...............if it doesn’t something must be really wrong.would be beyond my comprehension..........? ? ? Would just have to row the boat a little harder.............. --32.214.xxx.xx




few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2020 3:51 AM
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Vee,interesting logic.Learn something every day......................charlie.........? and I’m only a little over 80,won’t say how much.............. --32.214.xxx.xx




few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2020 4:05 AM
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Cjl,maybe you should let. them pay their own utilities,and pay the rent accordingly ............charlie...............? ? ? on the sign put “pay own utilities “. Who knows? Worth a try............... --32.214.xxx.xx




few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2020 4:08 AM
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Who knows what involved the heart of men? --32.214.xxx.xx




few/no inquiries (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2020 8:12 AM
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Cjo'h no knowledge of Internet? Not involved in that? -- Yea your just a dumb Irishman (mick) first name Oh Danny boy!--- I picked up on that from your post????? Poor migrant???

We stopped using yard signs. One side it said home for rent other side home with AC unit-- take your time taking it-- the house is empty. --99.103.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Sep 9, 2020 8:25 AM
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Small Potatoes,in your area there are a couple more facebook sites,try fulton montgomery apartments,you can probably find a couple more also,if you cant find them let me know and i will look them up. The c crowd doesnt need or want to leave NY,they arent paying for anything,they are the ones getting all the free stuff --104.229.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by kkezir [KS]) Posted on: Sep 10, 2020 11:56 AM
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I had two that rented in a day. Made me think that I didn't ajust the rent high enough. But I did raise from the prior tentants.

I listed on Zillow. This was the first time I had to pay. --165.201.xxx.xxx




few/no inquiries (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2020 4:39 PM
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Where are you located at? In the big city? I am told there is a migration out of the expensive cities and into more affordable living.

That makes sense. Why pay extra for the ability to enjoy the perks of big city living when the large city is shut down. All that is left is huge rent bills --24.101.xxx.xx




few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2020 10:47 PM
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MYOB,the pipes ,the pipes are calling, from Glen to Glen and downt the mountain side ,‘Tis I’ll be here ,in sunshine,or in.....stopped in a restaurant in the. Outskirts of Statesboro some years back on our return from Florida ,a car drove in with Quebec plates As usual I started to shoot the Blarney with them,turned out the lady was a cousin of my wife’s mother,now liveingl in the surnirbs of Montreal Small. World................ ......................charlie... --32.214.xxx.xx




few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2020 11:31 PM
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Still like the painted plywood sign,Like I said if you don’t rent it in the first couple of days,something is definitely wrong with the unit.Time to reconiter?and have the ladies check it out for you............................charlie.............myob.what you expect,only a poor country. boy, jennae parllez ze English................? ? ? ? ? --32.214.xxx.xx




few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2020 11:49 PM
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myob,here in Connecticut wouldn’t mention AC,that would go overl like a lead balloon and you can guess how high that would float.............. charlie --32.214.xxx.xx




few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2020 11:51 PM
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Might be worse than the Internet........... --32.214.xxx.xx




few/no inquiries (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 1:43 AM
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MYOB,that should have been “who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men”.It’s stil easier than the web..............................charilie --32.214.xxx.xx



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