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Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 23, 2022 8:02 AM
       Screening / How long? (by S i d [MO]) Feb 23, 2022 8:39 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Vee [OH]) Feb 23, 2022 8:48 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 23, 2022 8:50 AM
       Screening / How long? (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 23, 2022 8:54 AM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 23, 2022 8:57 AM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 23, 2022 8:58 AM
       Screening / How long? (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 23, 2022 9:02 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 23, 2022 9:09 AM
       Screening / How long? (by S i d [MO]) Feb 23, 2022 9:22 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 23, 2022 9:53 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Feb 23, 2022 10:20 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Small potatoes [NY]) Feb 23, 2022 10:27 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 23, 2022 10:38 AM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 23, 2022 10:51 AM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 23, 2022 10:57 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Feb 23, 2022 11:05 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 23, 2022 12:09 PM
       Screening / How long? (by Bonanza [NC]) Feb 23, 2022 12:31 PM
       Screening / How long? (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 23, 2022 12:39 PM
       Screening / How long? (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 23, 2022 12:41 PM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 23, 2022 12:46 PM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 23, 2022 2:17 PM
       Screening / How long? (by S i d [MO]) Feb 23, 2022 3:45 PM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 23, 2022 4:14 PM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 23, 2022 4:53 PM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 23, 2022 5:01 PM
       Screening / How long? (by Sisco [MO]) Feb 23, 2022 5:30 PM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 23, 2022 6:23 PM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 23, 2022 6:26 PM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 23, 2022 7:07 PM
       Screening / How long? (by GKARL [PA]) Feb 24, 2022 3:24 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 24, 2022 5:39 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Steve [MA]) Feb 24, 2022 5:51 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 24, 2022 6:46 AM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 24, 2022 6:53 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 24, 2022 7:44 AM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 24, 2022 7:49 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 24, 2022 8:37 AM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 24, 2022 8:58 AM
       Screening / How long? (by GKARL [PA]) Feb 24, 2022 8:59 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 24, 2022 9:45 AM
       Screening / How long? (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 24, 2022 9:42 PM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 25, 2022 6:11 AM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 25, 2022 7:39 AM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 25, 2022 7:40 AM
       Screening / How long? (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 25, 2022 8:36 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 25, 2022 8:40 AM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 25, 2022 9:01 AM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 25, 2022 9:03 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Feb 25, 2022 11:05 AM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 25, 2022 11:17 AM
       Screening / How long? (by Jason [VA]) Feb 25, 2022 11:31 AM
       Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Feb 25, 2022 11:34 AM


Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 8:02 AM
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Just because I am always curious about how other LL do things, I would like to know how long (minutes, hours, days etc.) it takes you to properly screen just 1 applicant? I am referring to pulling credit reports, calling previous LL's, verifying employment/income, checking for evictions/criminal records, reviewing bank statements, etc. etc.

And if you have 5 applications that you have taken app fees on, how long will it take you to verify those 5 apps. in trying to make a decision on who your next tenant will be? --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 8:39 AM
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"It depends".

On average, I can DQ most applications within 2 minutes or less. I look, in this order:

1) Is the application fully filled out, or is it missing a lot of info? If there's one thing missing, I'll ask for an update, but if they leave off all contact info for a land lord or an employer, I know right away that this is the kind of tenant who will expect me to jump thru hoops for them. Time: 15 seconds.

2) What is their move-in date? If it's more than 45 days from now, I just put it in pending status and move on. Time: 5 seconds.

3) Does their credit report have more than 3 collections/charge offs within the past 2 years? If yes, DQ. Time: 10-15 seconds.

4) Do they have income 3x the rent listed (but not yet verified)? If not, DQ. Time: 10 seconds

5) Do they admit ever being evicted? If yes (but not yet verified)? DQ. Time: 5 seconds

So in about 30 seconds, I have DQ'd half the applications that come in. It's not rocket science, and I take the minimum time possible. I also list all of those qualifications on our website which are available for anyone to look at, so the fact that they chose not to and applied anyway tells me they will not be a good fit.

For the remaining 50%, I start with the criminal background because it is free and takes the least amount of time. Unless they are a common name (John Smith), I can find everything I need in a minute or two. If they are a John Smith, then I'll usually skip this step and go to land lord/employer verification.

All in all, I've streamlined my process. What I've found over a decade and half experience is this: applications that take me more than 30 minutes to completely process ultimately do not end up making good tenants. A good applicant has clear, concise, easy to verify references. On the other hand, a poor applicant leaves off important information, gives phone numbers that are not up to date or require me to go thru a maze of "to speak to so-n-so, press 1" vs. giving me their supervisor's direct line, and usually has many exceptions and special circumstances that require a lot of extra work.

In other words...simple applicants are usually the best. Complicated applicants are usually the worst. Are there some exceptions? No doubt, and I admit my system is not perfect. But I don't need or want perfection: it takes too long to screen each application perfectly. And that same applicant that requires tons of extra work to screen often also requires tons of extra time to train and deal with, so I'm not interested.

--108.230.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 8:48 AM
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Sometimes you go off the paper to connect the dots and it takes time for outside office staff to return your calls concerning this-n-that, I give it a week - after that I call it an unsolved puzzle and move to switching the clothes from the washer to the dryer. --76.190.xxx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 8:50 AM
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Sid,

One reason I prefer to meet prospects in person is so that I don't take an application fee ($25.00) from someone who I just DQ'd by looking or talking to them for 2 minutes. One lady last week started trashing her current LL and that was an immediate the DQ.

This post deals with applicants who you accepted app fees from and you are going to give them a full background check worthy of their app. fee. --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 8:54 AM
Message:

Great question Roy as I have been wondering the same thing.

It takes me forever. Usually the most difficult part, I find to be verifying employment. --73.120.xx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 8:57 AM
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Not much time at all. 3-5 minutes for income and credit check. A few more minutes to check reference if they answer when I call. Then if they are good to go there, whatever time it takes me to drop off a sample lease at their current residence for the critical 2 minute in home inspection.

This does not include any automated pre-screening. --174.198.x.xx




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 8:58 AM
Message:

Also, I start with the shortest disqualifiers in regards to time when screening an applicant. If I can do the math on their paystub and see that they donít make three times the rent per month, thatís a minute of my time spent and they are done. --174.198.x.xx




Screening / How long? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 9:02 AM
Message:

I love Sid's detailed explanation.

Sid, I do have one question though, at what point do you run the credit report?

I assume last. --73.120.xx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 9:09 AM
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6x6,

Are your applicants giving you pay stubs which are mostly online these days. Pay stubs tell the story of many hours they actually work and how much they are bringing home. Occasionally I will see on their pay stub where someone else is garnishing them! Usually, I will DQ them right then. --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 9:22 AM
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Roy, to be clear, I DQ the kind of people you meet before anything happens. The process I outlined only applies to those who have passed pre-screening, toured the property via lockbox showing, and have paid the app fee. I DQ them when they fail to fill out the pre-screen or the pre-screen shows problems, which takes me only about 10-15 seconds to review. I don't know how long it takes you to drive to your rental and do your showing, but it's significantly more time than I spend. My guess is we're DQing most of the same "types"....the ones whose app looks as bad as their personal appearance.

6x6, the applicant fills out all their info online, so it takes me no time at all to run credit. It's included as part of their app process. I used to collect paper apps and then after attempting to decipher their hand writing I would input the info. It takes me a few minutes to review the info. Criminal all I have to do is input their name into our state's website, which is Copy/Paste from their app. The thing that takes more or less time is if they have a common name. I can usually X-ref by their birthdate, but some cases (usually older ones) do not always include that info, so it becomes a craps shoot. One thing I've noticed though: people with a criminal past are rarely stellar in other areas. I have yet to find anyone with a 720 credit score but also has 3 evictions and 7 drug charges. This is why I leave this to the last step if the name is common, because I know it usually doesn't yield much new information and it takes longer to dig thru. I won't spend more than 10 minutes on it, tops.

--108.230.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 9:53 AM
Message:

Sid,

If you (or anyone else here) is doing the final 2-minute in-home inspection, then that time driving to/from the tenant's house or apartment has to be accounted for in total time to screen an applicant. Are you going to drive 30 miles across town to make a surprise visit on your potential tenant? And what if they are not home?

All of my rental properties are within 9 miles of where I live. 15 minute drive tops being a small town here. Not a big deal. --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 10:20 AM
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I believe Sid is saying that it so much easier to say NO than to get someone to Yes --24.101.xxx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 10:27 AM
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I'm along the lines of NE but maybe more like an hour or two over the course of a week. old ll or references rarely pick up the phone, and employers may require you to submit tenant authorization and Qs via email, which takes time to screen shot their signature and create email, or worse they have to write hr their own letter, so I have to contact the prospect. I'm prolly talking to them about their report, so that's another little chunk of time. not been doing in home inspection yet. --172.58.xxx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 10:38 AM
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Ray in PA,

That is what this post if all about. How much total time does it take you to get an applicant to YES. And then, about the time you are asking for a deposit and 1st month's rent, you learn they have taken their 'move-in funds' and made a down-payment on a used car and they won't be moving at all. This happened to me last week. --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 10:51 AM
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Roy, as I said in a previous thread. If I am going to drop off a sample lease and do a two minute in-home inspection and it takes me an hour round-trip. It is way less time than meeting tenants at the unit and showing potentially dozens of prospects.

Over the past 4-5 years, my interaction with potential tenants is probably less than a 10th of what it was the previous 10 years.

Without having your pre-screening automated, youíre depending on your brain & memory to not miss anything during the initial phone calls. And then once you waste your time going to show the unit to people, you are also wasting more time. Far more than someone simply running to do a quick in-home inspection for 10% or less of their prospective tenants. --174.198.x.xx




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 10:57 AM
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Also, I disagree that the time taken to drive to do the in-home inspection gets counted into how long it takes to screen an application. And the number one reason is because by the time youíre at the point of doing an in-home inspection, the application is approved and that tenant is 99% ready to go. The only thing that would keep them out at that point would be if I get there and their place is completely trashed. I donít count an in-home inspection as part of my screening of the actual application. Because it happens so infrequently during the normal course of business that it wouldnít be really fair to average it in with the time spent for everything else. I consider it a separate process all together. --174.198.x.xx




Screening / How long? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 11:05 AM
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Anywhere from about 30 minutes to about a week. The online stuff is fairly quick. Getting landlords to call me back and to get employers to call me back can take some time. If employers have the policy of not giving information, then we have to start the applicant on the process of verifying employment and income.

Also, once the applicant looks good, I will go to the courthouse and pull records and I do a home inspection. Both of those take time.

Occasionally, there is an application that can be rejected in a seconds because of the information, or lack of information, given by the applicant.

I will let anyone fill out an application, but usually, they can take the hint that there is something on their application that is going to be a problem and they won't apply. Occassionally, you can hit people over the head with it and they still insist upon applying, and those are an easy rejection. --76.178.xxx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 12:09 PM
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NE,

Just how far will you drive to do the in-home inspection? When I lived on the very north end of Atlanta, driving across town meant driving 60 miles (one way) from the North end (in slow grinding 15 mph bumper to bumper traffic) down to the working class hoods of the South end of Atlanta. That was a real journey and one of the reasons I moved out Atlanta. And when it is too far to drive, what do you do then?

My answer is to meet all of them them at the house first and then pass out paper applications to whomever loves the house and wants to move forward on it. If they are local, I may do a drive-by of their current house/apt. but I have no desire to go inside. If they are hoarders, that will be obvious from the outside. --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 12:31 PM
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Anywhere from a day to a week depending if people get back to me. I want their previous LL references and sometimes they take awhile to get a hold of and then respond to my inquiry. --71.217.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 12:39 PM
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NE, how do you proceed if the references don't answer when you call?

Roy, as far as paystubs, I haven't gotten that far yet this year. I don't know how I would tell if they are fake or not. A lot of scams these days. One of the problems I see with everything being online.

Also Roy, I would contact the applicant about the in home visit and give them a "24 hour" time frame for me to see the home they currently live in. My experience is lacking but how are they going to clean their home enough in 24 hours?

Roy said "That is what this post if all about. How much total time does it take you to get an applicant to YES. And then, about the time you are asking for a deposit and 1st month's rent, you learn they have taken their 'move-in funds' and made a down-payment on a used car and they won't be moving at all. This happened to me last week."

Roy, I would imagine that you would be able to catch that kind of behavior before you approved them?

Sid, thank you

Small potatoes point is where I get stuck. Running into problems verifying employment for the same reasons. What is the solution?

--73.120.xx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 12:41 PM
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How are other LL's getting their units filled so quick if it can take up to a week sometimes to process an app?

I am missing something. --73.120.xx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 12:46 PM
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Iíll drive 45 minutes to an hour to drop off a sample lease. Most times I work it into my schedule and end up going to dinner with the family after or something. Remember, if Iím dropping off, itís 99% a go. If they are out of state and I canít do an in home, then the app needs to be 100% perfect and Iíll just charge a double deposit. --174.198.x.xx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 2:17 PM
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6x6,

Screening any applicant is a PITA. And there are LL's do not screen applicants and just use their 'gut feeling' about people. A typical M&P LL will interview someone and say to themselves, 'this person does not drink, smoke, they have a job and they go to church on Sunday,..so that is good enough for me! Sometimes that approach works just fine and sometimes it becomes a disaster.

There is a flip-side to the above coin. You have LL's who are searching for Mr. and Mrs. Perfect Tenants. These LL's will screen their applicants like the CIA or FBI would in doing a background search on a possible terrorist suspect. They will use whatever means possible to dig up 'any and all dirt' they can uncover about a person going all the way back to the day they were born! This type of background screening can take at least a month,...unless you have access to the FBI/CIA/IRS data bases which not many people do.

I am somewhere in the middle of the above extremes. I screen my applicants to the best of my ability with whatever information I can get my eyes on. This information could be real or could be fake. I have an applicant that is e-mailing me 3 months of pay stubs today. If anything looks phony, I will call her employer to verify what I am looking at. But if the employer will not take my call, I may have to trust my gut feeling and either accept it as real or just DQ the applicant. It is always a judgment call sometimes.

Screening is not a perfect science. If it was, we would all have Mr. and Mrs. Perfect tenants.

--71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 3:45 PM
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All right, Roy, you got me! When I do the 2-minute home inspection, that does add time beyond the max of 30 minutes I spend if there's an application that I thoroughly scrutinize. But the point is, I'm making ONE trip vs. the folks who meet everyone making DOZENS of trip. On a rare occasion, I find a dud and have to make a second 2-minute home inspection.

Overall, I'm probably spending only 10% of the time screening tenants as are folks who insist on meeting and showing every property in person. My vacancy rate is below 5% and my eviction rate is below 2% for the past 5 years. Average turnover is less than $200, all of which gets billed to security deposit.

Feel welcome to adopt any of these strategies as desired.

--108.230.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 4:14 PM
Message:

My experience is pretty much the exact same as Sidís last response. --174.198.x.xx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 4:53 PM
Message:

Sid,

I do not make dozens of trips. Where did that come from? I meet all of them one time at an 'open house' to pass out applications. I will DQ some of the apps and then screen the remaining 4-5 apps. If I find a winner that has jumped successfully through all of my hoops, I will meet with them again for a 2nd interview where I will collect the deposit, 1st months rent and hand-over the keys. Two visits max.

My vacancy rate and eviction score card are about Par with yours. And since I am earning consistent 35% returns on every rental house of mine, then you should feel welcome to adopt any of my strategies as desired. :) --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 5:01 PM
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Attaboy Roy. If you ever want to quit wasting your time with open houses, let me know and I can share some strategies with you. Or if you want some pointers on rentals earning infinite returns, I can share a few of those too. Or tips on buying multi units, since those are also taboo. --24.152.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 5:30 PM
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Roy, regarding your long distance in home inspection; I hire a realtor and pay them $50.00. via paypal. It takes me 5minutes do handle this task.

You already know all of this as Brad20k outlined this strategy on this forum multiple times over the past decade. --149.76.xxx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 6:23 PM
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Sisco,

Just because Brad20K does something different than me, that does not mean I automatically adopt everything he says and or does. I have a system that works like a charm and it earns me a boat load of money every month, however, everyone here seems to think I need to make changes to my system. Why is this? --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 6:26 PM
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Roy, weíre not saying that you arenít good at your process, weíre just saying your process isnít any good. --174.198.xx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 23, 2022 7:07 PM
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NE,

My 'process' is making me wealthy. And if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.

I don't see anyone telling Warren Buffett that he is 'old school' and that he needs to change his 'system' so that he can be more efficient and make more money.

--71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 3:24 AM
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I can't think of one instance where I ever had 5 completed apps at once. At best, it's one or two and the process goes quickly. No more than an hour. --209.122.xx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 5:39 AM
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What I find real surprising is that only a small handful of LL's here answered my original question,...how long does it take you to screen an applicant? A very easy straight forward question but most LL's here chose not to post an answer. Why is this? Not even Jeffrey posted an answer. Is screening applicants a taboo subject? Of just maybe, most LL's here still use screening methods that are so 'old school' they are too embarrassed to post it here? I will admit to being 'old school' but I not ashamed of it. --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 5:51 AM
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Some potential applicants screen themselves out in 2 minutes or less. Unless they really push it, these people don't even qualify enough to get an application. Most completed applications take a couple of hours or less for me to decide whether I'll deny them or offer them the unit. --72.93.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 6:46 AM
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Steve,

Since my phone number is listed in my Zillow Ad, I get quite a few people calling me and I do take their calls. I actually find it entertaining to listen to them tell me their reasons of why they need my rental house. Many of these are DQ'd and never get invited to my open house. The ones that can hold my attention on the phone usually get invited to my open house. --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 6:53 AM
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Answering incoming calls for a vacancy is a HUGE waste of time. As a landlord, probably one of the biggest. --24.152.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 7:44 AM
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NE,

I don't consider answering my phone a huge waste of time,..only you do. I answer my phone because it is educational and most important it gives me a very valuable insight as to the type of people who are answering my Zillow Ads. From a business marketing viewpoint, it tells me exactly just who my 'target market' actually is. There are big name corporations in the U.S. that spend millions of dollars each year on market research firms just to find out one thing,...who exactly is their target market? Once a corporation knows its target market, it can better allocate resources to advertise to that market.

How do I know all of this? Between 1976-1980, I attended a major university and I graduated with a B.S. in Marketing and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

So, instead of wasting my money on market research firms (all they do is make telephone surveys), I have learned that by answering my own phone, I can learn more about my own target market than any high priced market research firm could. --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 7:49 AM
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Nonsense. You are surrounded by colleagues you have known for years who are telling you that your business practices are antiquated and youíre still stuck on them. Your marketing research is never going to change in this regard. Deadbeats will always have sob stories for you. Incoming tenants donít want to talk to old Roy on the phone. Only the ones who want to cry you a river. Modern tenants want to ďclickĒ their way to the keys. Let them. --24.152.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 8:37 AM
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NE,

I am going to try to ignore you today. I wish you would return the favor and ignore me and my postings also. --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 8:58 AM
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Maybe someday you can apply constructive criticism? Whatís the point of round tables Roy? Growth or coffee shop s-hyt talk? --24.152.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 8:59 AM
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In my experience, most applicants won't call and I don't answer if they do. Their application has to speak to me before they get to talk to me. I had someone blowing up my phone after completing an app here recently. The app was weak and was not approved. There was no reason for me to talk to her. I find phone calls stressful generally as I'm busy so anything that I can do to minimize unnecessary conversation I'm going to do.

. --209.122.xx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 9:45 AM
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Gkarl,

I respect your position of not answering your phone. If phone calls are stressful to you, by all means, don't answer the phone! --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 24, 2022 9:42 PM
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Roy, how long does it take you? --73.120.xx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2022 6:11 AM
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6x6,

I require all of my applicants to jump through a series of hoops if they want to become my next tenant. Some of these hoops are simple and others are more challenging. So, it usually takes about 1 hour for me to judge which applicant is the best at jumping through my hoops. When I phone screen an applicant, that is the first hoop. Here they either get DQ'd or get invited to my open house. --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2022 7:39 AM
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How many open houses do you have per vacancy? --24.152.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2022 7:40 AM
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Iím really not trying to razz on you Roy. Iím just reading your screening process over and over the past few weeks and so many parts of it, I just sit here and shake my head. --24.152.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2022 8:36 AM
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Thank you Roy --73.120.xx.xxx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2022 8:40 AM
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NE,

Usually I have only 1 open house. However, if I DQ all the paper apps from that first open house, I will then re-boot my Zillow Ad and schedule another open house. I have never had more than 2 open houses. My open house thing actually started in the summer of 2020, when Covid had everyone freaked out and everyone had started wearing masks and doing social distancing.

Last week, during my last open house, as usual I would stay outside and let everyone tour the house and those who were interested in moving forward, would take an application and fill it out right then. There were some who would take the application home, fill it out, scan it and send it back via e-mail.

Quit shaking your head, that can lead to neck injuries. --71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2022 9:01 AM
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If you did lockboxes, you could sit at home and not have to have open houses. --24.152.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2022 9:03 AM
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As far as neck injuries, I have a great chiropractor. When I go with a stiff neck, she asks me why? I say Roy. She said, ďnuff said!Ē --24.152.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2022 11:05 AM
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NE,

I do open houses because I want to meet the applicants in person. I have had men show up with swastikas tattooed on their bald heads and women with their ex-boyfriend's name tattooed on their necks. I need to DQ these immediately. Plus, being at the house I can answer any question an applicant needs answered and not waste time trying to answer that same question with back and forth Texting.

At my last open house, a 19 year old woman who was working 2 jobs to support herself, she was also 7-months pregnant and was desperate to find a home for her unborn baby. When I asked her how she was going to pay rent when her baby arrived, she just gave me a very sad blank stare. I had to DQ her right then.

This is the reason I need to meet the prospects and DQ the obvious ones.

--71.207.xxx.x




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2022 11:17 AM
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Misconception Roy. None of this needs to be done in person. --24.152.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2022 11:31 AM
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Arenít open houses super spreader events? --50.202.xxx.xx




Screening / How long? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Feb 25, 2022 11:34 AM
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Yes Jason, you would think they are. Glad you saw that also. Some people get lost in their own worlds trying to keep everything straight. Much less exposure meeting one at an in-home inspection vs the infected hordes at an open house. --24.152.xxx.xx





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