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No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) May 28, 2021 12:08 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Fishsticks913 [IA]) May 28, 2021 12:42 PM
       No calls go to VM (by WMH [NC]) May 28, 2021 12:46 PM
       No calls go to VM (by LordZen [MA]) May 28, 2021 12:57 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Homer [TX]) May 28, 2021 1:08 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Small potatoes [NY]) May 28, 2021 1:19 PM
       No calls go to VM (by GKARL [PA]) May 28, 2021 1:21 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Jason [VA]) May 28, 2021 1:30 PM
       No calls go to VM (by MikeA [TX]) May 28, 2021 1:32 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Sisco [MO]) May 28, 2021 1:35 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Ken [NY]) May 28, 2021 1:41 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Rich [PA]) May 28, 2021 2:31 PM
       No calls go to VM (by gevans [SC]) May 28, 2021 2:37 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Deanna [TX]) May 28, 2021 2:50 PM
       No calls go to VM (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 28, 2021 3:24 PM
       No calls go to VM (by S i d [MO]) May 28, 2021 3:36 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Nicole [PA]) May 28, 2021 3:40 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Mike45 [NV]) May 28, 2021 4:24 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) May 28, 2021 4:58 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Paulio [PA]) May 28, 2021 7:05 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Sisco [MO]) May 28, 2021 7:18 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) May 28, 2021 7:24 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) May 28, 2021 7:35 PM
       No calls go to VM (by Still Learning [NH]) May 28, 2021 7:36 PM
       No calls go to VM (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 28, 2021 11:43 PM
       No calls go to VM (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 28, 2021 11:44 PM
       No calls go to VM (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 28, 2021 11:45 PM
       No calls go to VM (by J [FL]) May 29, 2021 3:58 AM
       No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) May 29, 2021 4:34 AM
       No calls go to VM (by GKARL [PA]) May 29, 2021 6:25 AM
       No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) May 29, 2021 7:20 AM
       No calls go to VM (by GKARL [PA]) May 29, 2021 8:24 AM
       No calls go to VM (by plenty [MO]) May 29, 2021 8:41 AM
       No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) May 29, 2021 8:58 AM
       No calls go to VM (by GKARL [PA]) May 29, 2021 9:15 AM
       No calls go to VM (by LisaFL [FL]) May 29, 2021 9:41 AM
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No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 12:08 PM
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How many LL's here have old fashion ways of answering your phone when you have an Ad on Zillow,...assuming you even put a phone number in your Ad? Right now, I am answering 8-10 calls a day for the house I have listed on Zillow. Yes, I have to listen to a lot of people giving me their life history but I do not mind since I am 'pre-screening' them while they babble on about this and that. If I like what I am hearing, I will invite them to my Open House on Saturday. If not, I will end the conservation.

Am I the only LL that still answers his own phone? --68.63.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Fishsticks913 [IA]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 12:42 PM
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I answer and like you Roy, I am pre-screening them the whole time they are talking.

And while I am talking to them, if Caller ID comes up with a name, I am already on the online courts for our state looking them up there as well.

Next stop after there is Facebook.

LOL --173.187.xxx.xx




No calls go to VM (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 12:46 PM
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I don't answer any calls ever. Except family or doctor. --50.82.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by LordZen [MA]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 12:57 PM
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i don't answer them after i learned from Sid : all calls goes to VM (Google #) or text or email... --98.216.xx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 1:08 PM
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I typically will answer when I have nothing else to do. But if busy they go to VM. One thing I do on the Zillow calls. Once I answer and find out the call is being recorded by Zillow, I hang up and call the potential tenant directly, Itís usually a recording as soon as I say hello, and I immediately push end call. Honestly though, most all my contacts are through email or text, I have pre canned responses I copy and paste, that eliminates most people. The ones that call are more likely want to explain their situation. At that point I tell them I am texting my qualifications over and look them over and let me know if they think they will qualify --66.169.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 1:19 PM
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I do not answer the phone. My vm says to leave me an email and I'll send the prescreen form. Also says all detail in ad and it's available if they can hear this msg. So many call and wasn't m me to tell them about the listing. Read the effen listing, geeze.

Sometimes I'll call an email contact, but only if it's slow and I want to switch things up.

Homer what's a zillow call? Zillow has my vm#. Do they give you a# for your listing? --172.58.xx.xx




No calls go to VM (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 1:21 PM
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I don't answer. Here's what I send out via text:

"Thanks for your interest! This property is a duplex and we have a three bedroom unit available at this property. The unit is newly renovated and has central air and heating as well as in unit laundry hookups. The rent is $ 1,375 a month. Minimum household income requirements are $ 4300 a month from consistent gainful employment. At this time, we don't accept section 8 . If you have a history of landlord tenant cases , you will not qualify for this apartment. To set up a showing, complete the tour request linked below. This is a google survey form. If the link isn't clickable, you'll need to cut and paste into your browser. Message me here when complete. Thanks."

I use this same message on Zillow and etc as well as via text. It addresses the basic questions and requirements. If they complete the form and get through the pre-screening, we'll talk later. If I didn't have this in place, I'd be tying up too much time on the phone repeating the same thing over again.

--209.122.xx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 1:30 PM
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Iíll watch the phone ring. I donít advertise my number because Iím not going to waste my time with anyone until they pre-qualify. --172.58.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 1:32 PM
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I use Facebook Marketplace and Messenger, they don't get the phone number until after the pre-screening. I had over 150 inquiries on my last vacancy, at 2 minutes each that would have been a solid 5 hours on the phone without breaks. My new system takes all of 5 seconds to paste my prescreening questions back to them. It has cut the time to process the hoards by 90%. --64.130.xx.xx




No calls go to VM (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 1:35 PM
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If anyone longs for the personal touch of having the owner of the business answer your, call Roy AL. He is the last of the breed. --67.43.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 1:41 PM
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I have an office phone for tenants and prospective tenants,they can leave a message there and i call back.My advertising for buying houses goes to my cell which i answer right away,in that case i want to hear the stories,then i know i am onto a possible deal --72.231.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Rich [PA]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 2:31 PM
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Hi Roy,

I still take calls and texts from prospects. I only have 15 units - 3 multi-unit buildings - and I typically get 5 - 10 prospects each week when I do advertise. I provide my screening criteria in my advertisements and also require an application fee in order to submit an application.

I usually have two or three openings each year so the one on one contact is not overwhelming. I still find benefit in screening a tenant on the phone. --108.39.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 2:37 PM
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I typically don't answer unknown numbers calling me. All my tenants are tagged and know to text instead of call.

I honestly cant remember the last time I had an actual phone call from a prospective tenant. They respond via text or email. Some of them may TRY to call first, but if they don't leave a message, they don't get a return call. Most just send a text instead.

Hey, it's the 21st century. --69.80.xx.xx




No calls go to VM (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 2:50 PM
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I answer my calls when I have an ad out. I'm not too optimistic about the initiative for much of my tenant pool. :) "Pay the rent on time" and "take care of the house" are the best I can depend on. Anything beyond that is gravy. :)

If I don't have an ad out, and I don't recognize the number, I don't answer it.

But I'd say it's one more example of how certain strata of the rental biz is a little more management-intensive, vs if I was renting a $4k/month place in a highly desirable location. And that's okay... because we all do what we need to do for our reality, even if the ideal situation is a little different. --137.118.xx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 3:24 PM
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Roy,

Have you tracked how many of those calls result in a good resident?

I found that the calls were from people with problems who wanted to convince me to "give them a chance". The good people were looking at our website or Zillow photos and applying online.

You know we don't answer the phone. It's partly a matter scale. We average 5 listing at any time. We'd be on the phone 24/7. I had to find a more efficient method.

If this helps those who still take calls, THIS was my format back when I answered the phone.

First, take control of the conversation. Interrupt them and say I have a few questions so I know how to help you. I think people appreciate that.

1. WHEN do you need a place?

2. Where do you work? How much?

3. How much rent do you pay right now?

Do not allow them to deflect the question. Do not move to the next question until you have a real answer.

End with "You are welcome to complete an application. They are in the pouch on the yard sign (or go to our website).

BRAD

--73.102.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 3:36 PM
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What's a phone call? ;-)

Scaling requires systems. A system can be created for free with a robust combination of voicemail, email, a good website, and text auto-responses.

If you really want a human voice answering every call, then hire a VA for $1 per call answered. Your time is more valuable. CEOs don't handle incoming calls about this week's blue light special. They only take calls from other CEOs, Wall Street, and trade group presidents. Not because they are arrogant, but because the CEO's time is more productively spent elsewhere.

Observation: I am fairly certain you let calls go to voicemail after you go to sleep until when you wake up. Why are you comfy with that, but not during the day time?

Folks work all shifts: days, nights, weekends, holidays, etc. You have to draw a line somewhere or you are on call 24/7/365 Why be arbitrary about where you draw your line?

CEO Elon Musk builds a car that he sells for over $100,000. He also plans to sell rock trips into space for $250,000 a person. He will not take your phone call, even if you buy a fleet of his cars or the entire cabin of his space cruiser. No offense to you; this is how to modern world works.

To each his own: I've pontificated enough.

--107.216.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 3:40 PM
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I have them e-mail first. Then, I check them out through public records. If they pass that far, then I send them an e-mail and ask them to call to schedule a time to look at the place. That goes to voice mail because I want to hear their babbling and rambling before meeting with them. Time for these numerous steps? Less than five minutes total.

My opinion is that on paper (or via computer) will NEVER replace in person interaction with the same results. If they qualify, they qualify. But often times we don't want to accept folks for reasons I've seen here - dirty cars, dirty work clothes, smoke smell, out of control children, etc. Yes, you can spend 2 minutes (actually it's going to be closer to minimum 1/2 hour unless they live right near you) and they can possibly (not probably) hide some of that but speaking to them tells volumes. Single woman w/a child. Boyfriend in tow. Lots of "we" in the discussion. Had one once who was great on paper. Boyfriend was all excited about the attic because it was going to make a great man cave for him and his friends ... but he wasn't going to live there.... they both told me so !! Kids totally out of control with parents not saying a word. Yes, we can assume the current residence will show some of that but not always. --72.70.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Mike45 [NV]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 4:24 PM
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One of the effects of this Wuhan virus shut-down is that I no longer have a receptionist/secretary working in my office. I am working alone in this 1,000 square foot space.

I no longer have buffers to screen my incoming telephone calls. So I personally answer all calls to my office lines, unless I am on another line. If someone leaves a voicemail message, I will usually return the call.

I would estimate that about half of the calls are spam/phishing, which my receptionist used to protect me from. And no, I do not want from some cold caller an extended car warranty or to transform my debt into interest free loans, and please do NOT send me a "charitable donation" envelope. I now appreciate the protection that my screeners used to provide to me, now that I know how much they protected me from!

I rarely answer unknown numbers calling to my cell phone (but I rarely get unknown calls on it). My cell number is not advertised.

--76.4.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 4:58 PM
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Now that Sid is finally done with his pontificating rant, allow me to make one more argument in my own defense before you all convict me and escort me to gallows.

At my last open house, just a week ago, I asked everyone who showed up,..."Have you all looked at any of other houses listed on Zillow for rent? And if you did, how did they compare to what I have for rent here?

The typical response from most was,.."I tried to look at everything available but no one answers their phone anymore and when I leave a VM, no one returns my call. I am here because you are the only one who answered my call, you were professional and most important,..'you personally invited me to come see your house.'

In own defense, this is why my houses rent out in less than 1 week and other LL's here (who don't answer their phone or return VM's) their houses stay VACANT for at least 1 month or more.

I rest my case,..your Honor. --68.63.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Paulio [PA]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 7:05 PM
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Sounds like you're trying to convince yourself more than anybody else. --50.32.xxx.xx




No calls go to VM (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 7:18 PM
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Roy, how much will you charge if I forward my calls to your number? You will likely improve your game with more at bats. --67.43.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 7:24 PM
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Paulio,

I have a 'system' that I have used for years in evaluating applicants. My system is not perfect, sometimes time consuming but it does work for me though. That is all that is important here. --68.63.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 7:35 PM
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Sisco,

You could not afford me to answer your calls. I don't need to improve my game either,...I am the highest paid LL on every block where I have a house and I get above market rents too. Local LL's ask me how I do this. It all starts with answering the phone and having a normal conversation with the person on the other end. --68.63.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 7:36 PM
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I do often answer my phone when I have a vacancy and many times I kick myself but actually both these vacancies were filled by answering my phone. Much like you Roy, I may have been their only option. 1 is moving from too far away and wanted to rent sight unseen which I am nit always a fan of but had local friends here that were able to view it for him. The other is moving from 2 hours away and set up appointments for 1 day a week after calling and the only reason I had one is because I hadnít listed it yet. Sometimes I get big sob stories but sometimes I find the person just trying to reach a landlord in person. --24.61.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 11:43 PM
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Roy, With multiple homes on the market we were getting at least 50 calls a day. WE have 2 lines so if one line is busy it rolls to the other line's answering machine.

My helper was spending an hour trying to write down all the messages, then 2-3 hours calling them back. MOST never answered. It's the current culture.

Out of those 50 calls, 1, MAYBE 2 would submit an application.

We were approving 1.5 out of 10 apps so to get *1* new resident we had to field 500 calls.

AND I discovered most renters (40% are Millennials, 10% are IGen, that's HALF the prospects) don't really want to talk to some old Boomer.

Do some research for me please - tally all the incoming calls, tally the incoming apps, how many were approved, how many signed a lease?

BRAD

--73.102.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 11:44 PM
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PS

Now we post the home on our website and hundreds of views over the next few days. I like to think each view was a phone call we did not have to entertain.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 28, 2021 11:45 PM
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PPS

Housing providers are sued by Fair Housing over comments made during recorded phone calls.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by J [FL]) Posted on: May 29, 2021 3:58 AM
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I do email. There were too many people who didn't read the ad back when I did phone, or wanted to talk for too long.

I don't know how you would even do phone these days because I get at least five calls a day from scammers or flippers. It would be a nightmare. --72.188.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: May 29, 2021 4:34 AM
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Brad20K,

I am not going to argue statistics with you because deep down I know you are correct in your assertions. However, you know as well as I do that we all have to kiss some frogs in this business before we find our princess. And many of those frogs are downright ugly smelly toads! However, when we (finally) get to french-kiss our princess, that makes it all worth the time and the effort we invested here. Wouldn't you agree?

So, the question becomes, how do we deal with all of ugly toads in this business? I choose to deal with on the phone and most of you all seem to just want to avoid them and hope they leave you alone so that don't have to kiss them. --68.63.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: May 29, 2021 6:25 AM
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It occurs to me that I couldn't do phones even if I wanted to. I simply don't get that many calls. Most of the initial interaction is via message boards on whatever platform I happen to be using to advertise. The applicants also prefer to communicate without voice contact. I usually don't talk to them until we meet at the showing. Messaging and the prescreening form handles all info gathering and showing invites. It's not only my preference but the preference of the applicants that drive all this. --209.122.xx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: May 29, 2021 7:20 AM
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Gkarl,

Most of the Zillow responses I get come via the Zillow e-mail system. I send a return e-mail to each one telling them about my upcoming open house. Since my phone is listed in the Zillow Ad, the people who seem to be 'really serious' about seeing my house, those are people who will call me on the Zillow supplied phone number and I hear that familiar recording that says "This Zillow call will be recorded" and I then start my pre-screening the moment I hear a voice on the other end. If they slip-up and mention a pit bull or some family member just got out prison, I end the call right then. If not, I just let them talk until I have the information I need. --68.63.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: May 29, 2021 8:24 AM
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Roy, even with Zillow, I get maybe one call out of every 20 inquiries. All others are messages. All basic questions I have are covered on my prescreening form which can be completed in five minutes. I simply don't get a lot of calls. Most of the applicants prefer not to call which also matches my preference. --209.122.xx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 29, 2021 8:41 AM
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Answering. For the same reasons as you Roy. And I'm told exactly the same comments "no one answers the phone, but you did " all the "frogs" get kissed, the sooner the better, they are place holders for the right one. Might as well it thru it sooner than later, if it's a numbers game, then the first 25 I can get out of the way quicker then the 26th one will be right in all aspects . If i am at Church, it's late at night, eating lunch - those calls i return. Everyone says it's refreshing to hear a voice, someone they can count on to be their partner in housing, someone who is goin to be there. I say NO to alot of people, maybe that's what ya'll are avoiding? It's not always easy to say NO, wait, that's not right, it's easy to say "next" recognizing when to say Next is easy when i talk to them on the phone. It's also easy to hear when it's the right one too. Game on. I admire those who have a system that works, for me this is my system, answering the phone. Rent On. --172.58.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: May 29, 2021 8:58 AM
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Way to go there plenty! Yes, it is a numbers game.

When I want to end a phone conversation with a toad, my favorite line is: I apologize to have to cut this conversation short, but I am about to pee in my pants. Being a man, I can't do this hands free. I always end a conversation with a good chuckle. --68.63.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: May 29, 2021 9:15 AM
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Roy,

Here's an example of a message conversation I had yesterday after I send my standard message with the prescreening form:

Applicant: We have RENTERS insurance through Liberty Mutual! What is the complete address so we may view rental? (I don't ask about renter's insurance while pre-screening. This is a diversionary tactic).

Me: If interested in seeing the property, please complete the tour request linked in the initial message.

Applicant: There is a problem on our background. We have a criminal charge from 2020 from a jealous ex. The charge is false and have no evidence, but we like to be up front with this before moving forward. I had my background and criminal pulled and can provide you with this if you want to move forward.

Me: The form is used to pre-screen. I cannot assess your situation until the form is completed and submitted. Generally however, crimes that involve violence and assault are a disqualifying factor.

A couple of things to note: My google voice number is listed but he didn't call me and the pre-screening went quickly. All the information I needed was gotten through the messaging platform. He attempted some diversionary tactics here like offering me his background information as if it weren't going to be pulled anyway. But handling in this manner got me the information I needed without voice contact.

I think all of this really gets down to preference and how we prefer to handle this process. It's not just about not taking calls. My system ensures that everyone is processed the same and the data I get to evaluate is summarized in the google form. It replaces a phone conversation. What I am suggesting also is that the most of the tenants themselves prefer to communicate in this manner.

--209.122.xx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by LisaFL [FL]) Posted on: May 29, 2021 9:41 AM
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I donít think there is a right way or a wrong way. The best way is what you feel comfortable doing.

I basically do what Nicole/PA does.

I get literally 100 email inquiries. Our of those maybe 5 will ultimately pass my screening. If they havenít already provided the info required in the ad I will reply asking for any missing info.

I check any seemingly qualified people in public records and on Facebook and reply back to them about scheduling an appointment to show the property.

99% of those I select this way ultimately pass the formal credit/criminal check and I havenít had a bad renter in years and years.

The only three I passed on after prescreening were:

1. One had too many vehicles and parking would be an issue. Did not move forward with criminal/credit check.

2. Criminal/credit check showed a 200k tax lien they ďdidnít know they hadĒ.

3. Didnít pay the holding fee in a timely fashion after being approved, so moved on to next one.

I prefer to prescreen via email first and only engage those I know have a good chance at passing. I know Iím not just not quick enough on my feet and donít want to say something I regret or not say something I should have on a phone call.

Roy is obviously very secure in his phone call skills and I admire that. But itís just not me. Since I have no problems finding well qualified tenants the way I do it, I will stick with doing it that way unless that changes. --75.89.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Jim [OH]) Posted on: May 29, 2021 10:05 AM
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Prospective renters are asked to text this number. If they call the number, they will be reminded by voicemail to send a text to arrange a showing of the apartment. --184.57.xxx.xx




No calls go to VM (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: May 29, 2021 10:22 AM
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I do think that answering the call can be faster if you follow your script like Brad did and steer the conversion. There are still a higher volume of email inquiries, w no phone numbers. Emailing them back the prescreen link, looking them up on fb, and following up by email or text takes time too. --172.58.xx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: May 29, 2021 3:51 PM
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I also answer the call unless it is at a rude time and they screen themselves out therefore. No one who calls at midnight ever gets to rent from me. I start screening immediately. Voice, attitude, background kids and dogs, smokers rasp or cough. Questions asked, level of desperation, manners. Can't replace that first impression. --216.23.xxx.xx




No calls go to VM (by T [IN]) Posted on: May 29, 2021 9:27 PM
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Roy- got an easy way to deal with the toads in this biz. 1. Don't answer the phone. 2. Send all applicants to your website. Have pics, video, and application. 3. Respond to those that have filled out application and not a toad. Easy....

I usually get about 15 application, one will approve and see it. Next day they are signing the lease. No open houses, unlocked doors, no show, etc...

The only calls I answer is in my contact list. Everyone else, VM. I got work to do... --76.77.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 30, 2021 4:03 PM
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Thanks for describing this: This is a diversionary tactic.

I have recognized this happening. And thought "why are the volunteering such and such?" Trick?

Your sharing this just solidified some of my calls and possible trip hazards. Appreciate this information . --172.58.xx.xx




No calls go to VM (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: May 31, 2021 10:46 AM
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If my hearing werenít so iffy, Iíd answer the phone too. But, my hearing has good days and bad. ( Menierís maybe?) So, I have them text names, month and day , but not year, of birth, I can look them up on our online courts. Then I set appointments to view, where face to face, I can see/hear.

This last screenings was very worried about the masks interfering with my abilities to decipher their speech, but my hearing Ďwas having a good dayí ( extra allergy meds, decongestants)

If I were a mega-landlord, with dozens of properties, of course, this wouldnít likely work. The office staff might be just as clueless as to what to listen for as the average prospect is about how things work. So, that would be spending money for clueless to converse with clueless. And, the owners of mega-landlord operations NEED to be managing the staff, rather than doing the task like screening prospects, or repairing windows. But, for the smaller landlord, especially those who also prefers longer term tenants, the occasional day or two, three spent listening can be an excellent way to ferret out information from prospects. IF you know what to listen for, as Roy and Plenty, and others here do. --70.92.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Mick [CA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2021 11:06 AM
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All my calls go to vm via a google number. Somehow, I fiddled with the setting while on my PC & the number doesnít ring, but thatís fine with me. A good number of ppl leave a message with no name. I return calls when I have time and I have my notebook ready to jot down notes. --184.176.xx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2021 1:03 PM
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Question: both my husband and I get multiple (LOTS) of spam calls a day. Car warranties, Marriot, Hearing Aids, Someone Hacked Our SSN, the ones that have human sound voices that saym, 'Hello! My name is Steve! Are you there?" etc. etc. etc.

How do distinguish between the spam and the real calls? --50.82.xxx.xxx




No calls go to VM (by Mick [CA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2021 6:22 PM
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@WMH - if the number is not in my contact list, I donít answer. Call goes to vm. I get a few calls per week from ppl asking if I want to sell my property or buy a property. --184.176.xx.xxx



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