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Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Apr 1, 2021 8:14 AM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Apr 1, 2021 8:18 AM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by NE [PA]) Apr 1, 2021 8:33 AM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by DJ [VA]) Apr 1, 2021 9:30 AM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Apr 1, 2021 10:03 AM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by J [FL]) Apr 1, 2021 10:06 AM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by RentsDue [MA]) Apr 1, 2021 10:13 AM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by Still Learning [NH]) Apr 1, 2021 11:02 AM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Apr 1, 2021 11:16 AM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Apr 1, 2021 11:17 AM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by Nicole [PA]) Apr 1, 2021 12:03 PM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Apr 1, 2021 12:56 PM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Apr 1, 2021 1:06 PM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by Jim in O C [CA]) Apr 1, 2021 1:11 PM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by NE [PA]) Apr 1, 2021 1:19 PM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by Still Learning [NH]) Apr 1, 2021 1:27 PM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by S i d [MO]) Apr 1, 2021 2:01 PM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by Hoosier [IN]) Apr 1, 2021 7:48 PM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by PG [SC]) Apr 1, 2021 9:05 PM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by plenty [MO]) Apr 1, 2021 9:46 PM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Apr 2, 2021 9:54 AM
       Zillow-Big Difference! (by small potatoes [NY]) Apr 2, 2021 12:42 PM

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Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 8:14 AM
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I placed an ad on Zillow yesterday and the difference in the quality of the applicants is already readily apparent. It appears that Zillow advises the applicants how to market themselves as a few have sent their application and credit report in with the inquiry. That saves time as I don't have to send my pre-screening form. It's only been a day so the jury isn't fully in yet, but so far I'm impressed.

--209.122.xx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 8:18 AM
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Prior to signing up with Zillow, I used Turbotenant, Zumper and FB Marketplace. Turbotenant syndicates heavily to FB, as does Zumper, so I was getting a triple blast from FB. Zillow does not syndicate to FB and that may be the biggest difference. --209.122.xx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 8:33 AM
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I wouldn't take Zillow as being on the side of the landlord, so if they are schooling the tenants, it's to help the tenants. I still want my own app and credit report from them. --70.44.xxx.xx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 9:30 AM
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I have assumed the zillow application would not cover things important to me.

Did you find it to be thorough, or will they still need to go through your entire app process?

How can you (can you?) tell if their submitted credit report is real &/or recent?

If they did all that, I might consider at least they are willing to put forth some effort - and that is a good character value.

However, will they be upset when they are told they have to re-do everything my way?

Does zillow charge people to do their app? --68.229.xxx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 10:03 AM
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Both Zillow and Turbotenant allow tenants to complete the application that they use to apply for apartments. From what I see, it's good deal for tenants to market themselves and just pay one app fee to cover several applications. There's a full background and credit score similar to what I would get if I used the service I normally use. I have no idea what they charge. The report is legit, so I wouldn't make them do another one. They also upload paystubs, W-2's and etc. Turbotenant works similarly. --209.122.xx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by J [FL]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 10:06 AM
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I would still run my own credit report on these people separately. --72.188.xxx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 10:13 AM
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Most of our vacancies get filled through Zillow. I have it set to NOT accept Zillow applications. Too many unqualified applicants who get feisty because they submitted an application and are waiting to find out if they are approved. Some wonít even fill out the prescreening because ( in their mind) they are already three steps ahead of that and I should be calling them to tell them when they can pick up the keys. --75.133.xxx.xx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 11:02 AM
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So on the credit report, you get a score, but Iím assuming you are not getting the detail I do when running a trans union through Mr. LL. Is it just a vague summary? --75.67.xxx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 11:16 AM
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The credit reports I've seen have all the details including the score --73.81.xxx.x




Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 11:17 AM
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It's basically a TransUnion report just like you would get from anywhere else --73.81.xxx.x




Zillow-Big Difference! (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 12:03 PM
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You seem confident with the info you are receiving and others appear somewhat cautious. If you start to think about it and question the results, why not apply to yourself and see if the info you receive is accurate --72.70.xxx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 12:56 PM
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The Transunion database is the same regardless of where one pulls it from. On thing I did not see is an eviction check however on Zillow's reports. I can easily check PA residents but can't easily do that for other states. I think I'm going to use the information Zillow provides for pre-screening and have them complete a separate application using the Turbotenant platform. Turbotenant provides a far better formatted screening report that combines eviction, criminal and credit combined in one nicely formatted report. Both use Transunion and the vantage score. Up to this point, I had been having people apply through Turbotenant and will continue to do so. They can also upload all documents I require on either platform. Otherwise I'd they'd have to e-mail or give to my physically--neither of which I'm interested because it's a hassle. Turbotenant works similar to Zillow with the exception being far better formatted reports as I compare the two. --209.122.xx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 1:06 PM
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As to accuracy of the Zillow report, I reviewed an applicant today with $ 273,000 in student loans who was a social worker making about $ 40,000 a year; a non starter for this particular rental due to both income and DTI. Her score wasn't bad though.

Zillow and the rest of these services have no reason to lie for tenants and the information was granular enough to assess. The main issue is whether you get all the information you need in your preferred format from whatever source you're using. --209.122.xx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 1:11 PM
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I will look at the applicants credit report but I still run my own which I have total control. If the applicants credit report doesnít meet my standards I will advise them of and not run my own or charge them for a credit report. --174.195.xxx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 1:19 PM
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Don't forget that application fees are also a profit center in our business. --70.44.xxx.xx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 1:27 PM
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Interesting. My thought was that because we have to be inspected to run a full trans union report that they could not send that full report to landlords. --107.77.xxx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 2:01 PM
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I like the concept and will look forward to hearing your updates. My application is still probably more detailed than what Zillow has, so even if I get a credit report for the Big Z, I'd still want them to fill my app out. Then again, maybe I'll give it a whirl just to see how it goes. That's the beauty of running a one man shop: you can change processes on a dime.

There's also some disadvantages to that....but we'll worry about those on another post. --107.216.xxx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 7:48 PM
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I use Zillow but require my own application and credit report, and it has a link in my ad right to the "pre screening" tool I created. Zillow does not give me enough info. Overall I'm happy with Zillow but I do get a LOT of people who apparently just click the "I'm interested" button, which shoots off an email to me that I must respond to...and when I send them an email with some info I never hear back from them. --99.92.xxx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by PG [SC]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 9:05 PM
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GKARL - I have used Zillow for several years. I don't think Zillow is training any prospects, at least none of my prospects as of late 2020. Maybe prospects are responding to the tight rental market by sending the required information to quickly get in line. --184.63.xxx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Apr 1, 2021 9:46 PM
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Ive read that Zillow runs the reports, so tenants just have to pay once to "shop" and apply for the properties. A few of my applicants were not happy to find out they still had to pay for my screening services. The one Zillow paperwork that i did read was vague and not enough information for me anyways. One applicant said "what did i pay Zillow for if i still have to pay more?" --172.56.xx.xx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Apr 2, 2021 9:54 AM
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PG, when I say training I mean advise them how to market themselves like they do for landlords listing properties. Zillow will advise LLs to post plenty of pictures, format the ad in certain ways and etc. I suspect they're doing that on the tenant side as well. It makes sense for them to do so because they're trying to create a marketplace and they want to drive both landlords and tenants to that marketplace. They can't get fees from landlords unless the quality the tenants is somewhat decent otherwise you'd just simply use the free services. --209.122.xx.xxx




Zillow-Big Difference! (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Apr 2, 2021 12:42 PM
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I've noticed on Zillow that a few of the prospects will say what their credit score is. I suppose that comes from Zillow prodding them? --24.194.xxx.xxx



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