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2 minute home visit (by Roy [AL]) Aug 6, 2022 11:39 AM
       2 minute home visit (by Robert J [CA]) Aug 6, 2022 12:32 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Sisco [MO]) Aug 6, 2022 12:38 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Roy [AL]) Aug 6, 2022 12:44 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Ken [NY]) Aug 6, 2022 12:45 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Ken [NY]) Aug 6, 2022 1:06 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Roy [AL]) Aug 6, 2022 1:12 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Roy [AL]) Aug 6, 2022 1:25 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Aug 6, 2022 2:02 PM
       2 minute home visit (by S i d [MO]) Aug 6, 2022 2:11 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Laura [MD]) Aug 6, 2022 2:33 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Aug 6, 2022 4:38 PM
       2 minute home visit (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Aug 6, 2022 6:17 PM
       2 minute home visit (by MikeA [TX]) Aug 6, 2022 8:24 PM
       2 minute home visit (by plenty [MO]) Aug 6, 2022 9:05 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Roy [AL]) Aug 6, 2022 9:47 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Busy [WI]) Aug 7, 2022 12:55 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Ken [NY]) Aug 7, 2022 1:49 PM
       2 minute home visit (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Aug 7, 2022 10:06 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Nicoe [PA]) Aug 8, 2022 11:35 AM
       2 minute home visit (by plenty [MO]) Aug 8, 2022 11:42 AM
       2 minute home visit (by Roy [AL]) Aug 8, 2022 1:38 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Sisco [MO]) Aug 8, 2022 1:50 PM
       2 minute home visit (by Ken [NY]) Aug 11, 2022 3:46 PM

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2 minute home visit (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 11:39 AM
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From my open house yesterday I have received 2 completed applications and one of them is worth doing a 2 minute home visit on.

Their current LL is actually a friend / business associate of mine and I have called him and he had only positive things to say about them. The rent he is getting from them is $450.00 and my asking rent is $650.00 and that is the only potential red flag at this writing.

I now want to do a 2 minute home visit. Would you call first and let them know you are coming or just drop in and surprise them? With home visits, what are the most important things you want to see or not see? --71.207.xxx.x




2 minute home visit (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 12:32 PM
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I call first, while being parked down the street to see if they let 20 people out the door and see if someone walks a dog... --47.156.xx.xx




2 minute home visit (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 12:38 PM
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Text this response:

"Good news! Your application is almost done and everything is looking good! I need to stop by to inspect your current residence. How about 4pm today?” --149.76.xxx.xxx




2 minute home visit (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 12:44 PM
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Sisco,

Texting is fine here but I do not want them know my true intentions of coming by to do a 'sight and smell' inspection. I need a ruse instead. --71.207.xxx.x




2 minute home visit (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 12:45 PM
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What are you looking for? dog poop on the living room floor,yup found that once. dog bowls if it is supposed to be no pets,count the toothbrushes, holes in walls --74.77.xx.xx




2 minute home visit (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 1:06 PM
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Roy,who cares if they know why you are coming? If they can clean it up in the time it takes to get there then it wasnt a problem to start with --74.77.xx.xx




2 minute home visit (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 1:12 PM
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Ken,

These are the applicants that have cats and my worse past pet disasters have been from tenants with cats. However, it was not the cats fault, it was the irresponsible cat owners who would never change the litter box and neuter the cats.

Why count tooth brushes? Most of my D tenants do not brush their teeth on any regular basis. --71.207.xxx.x




2 minute home visit (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 1:25 PM
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All I really want to know is if these people are Responsible or Irresponsible cat owners. There is a huge difference.

--71.207.xxx.x




2 minute home visit (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 2:02 PM
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I let applicants know before they apply that there is a home inspection. I don't spring it on them as a surprise.

I don't care very much about their housekeeping (up to a limit). I am interested in damage and smells and evidence of smoking. If they can clean the place up with a 24 hour notice so that it suits me, I am fine with that.

If the cat pees on the carpet, or they smoke, or punch holes in the walls, or have someone living in the basement, or let the lawn die, or let mold grow, they can't cover that up in 24 hours.

I'd prefer to get my houses back clean but if I can get them spotless and damage-free in one day after tenants move out, I'll deduct from their deposit and call it good. Big damage like cigarette smoke or holes in walls or ruined carpet is what I am trying to keep out. --76.178.xxx.xxx




2 minute home visit (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 2:11 PM
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Two options:

"Good news, Fred, your application is approved. I need to swing by your home today and have your sign our holding agreements to reserve the place for you. Does 4 PM work?"

"Good news, Sarah, your application is approved. I need to swing by and get a picture of your pets at your home to show to my insurance agent. They keep our rates lower when I can show them evidence of how good a job our residents do taking care of their animals. Does 4 PM work?"

Btw, I used to think of a ruse, but now I'm like Sisco... just tell the truth. Good tenants like to show off their space and pets to everyone. Tenants with stuff to hide won't want you to stop by regardless if you have a ruse or not. If you prefer, though, the line I gave above is what I used to use. --184.4.xx.xx




2 minute home visit (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 2:33 PM
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I currently have 2 vacancies, and I am rethinking when I let folks know about the home visit. I think you need to let them know you will be doing a home visit to; verify no pets, verify no roaches ( place I am renting is roach free and needs to stay that way) ,verify condition of property (because you i feel how they treat their current home is how they will treat yours) .

Previously I told folks who I invited for a showing during the showing. But half would not apply, I don' think it was the rent or property. I am not thinking I need to tell folks prior to a showing, so I can eliminate the showing wasters. --108.56.xxx.xx




2 minute home visit (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 4:38 PM
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Part of my thinking on this is I don't want to take the money of people whom I know are not going to pass the screening. Also, I don't want them to apply and waste my time if they are not going to pass the screening.

If I let them know I do a home inspection before they apply, they can back away and not apply before they waste any more of my time.

I don't want to go through the entire screening process, take their money, spend my time, and only after all that I find out that they are hoarders and I am going to reject them. Let them know and if they know they can't pass an inspection, they will go away. --76.178.xxx.xxx




2 minute home visit (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 6:17 PM
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Roy,

We send a text "congratulations! You are preapproved for the house at 123 Main St. The next step is a two minute visit of your current home. Would you prefer 7 PM or 8 PM today? Please reply"

No need to surprise and no need to have a ruse.

Appointment so I don't waste my time and filthy people don't bother to clean up even when they know I am coming.

I don't care about clutter and toys and laundry, I'm looking for trash, stink, nicotine, and damage. I snap a couple of pictures of the house, the pets, and especially the litter box.

I ask "if my house looked like this a year from now would I be OK with it?"

I cannot send my maintenance super to do these because he is a smoker and cannot smell stinky house.

I recently hired a helper to do some of these errands for us. I stopped by his house to drop off a paper and realized his house smelled like 10! Cats! So that might not work.

I go with the intent of two minutes but they usually have questions and it's a great time to discuss items with a "new resident" which is different than talking to a prospect. Set A friendly and positive tone for your new relationship.

I also take a lease with me. If I approve the visit and they can give me some money, preferably the deposit or even just 100 bucks we sign the front page of the lease on the spot. This nails them down.

If the visit fails I simply say I'll give the pictures to the office and walk out.

If they stall or ghost we move onto the next applicant.

Another note: never call it an inspection, call it a visit. People like visits and heat inspections. Inspections are evil and kids are taken away when they fail inspections.

Sidenote: it's interesting to see how other landlords take care of their properties. I am often blown away with how much rent other landlords get for crummy houses with crummy old appliances.

BRAD --174.202.xx.xx




2 minute home visit (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 8:24 PM
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Those that would be a problem aren't going to be able to make a dent in their current living environment in 4-6 hours even if they had the energy to do it. The reality is they won't even try or they will decline your appointment because they are too embarrassed by it. --96.69.xxx.xxx




2 minute home visit (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 9:05 PM
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Roy, just ask to be invited. Say "ok your application is approved, next is the home visit. I have Wed open, is that good for you?" --172.58.xxx.xx




2 minute home visit (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Aug 6, 2022 9:47 PM
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Plenty,

My home visit will these folks will be around Noon on Sunday. I have talked to them and they have welcomed me to their home.

BTW, they are currently renting from a LL associate of mine who I talked to earlier today. Their LL is one of my great 'slumlord associates'. It will be interesting to see the inside of a slumlord house. Also, while on the phone with my slumlord associate, I asked him if I could buy him lunch and just pick his brain for 1 hour. He said sure,...'Roy you can call me anytime'. This guy is not your typical slumlord, he owns and manages over 500 doors which includes SFH, apartment complexes, motels, and some commercial properties like Sid does now. I just would like to know how he manages that many properties! It is mind boggling. --71.207.xxx.x




2 minute home visit (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Aug 7, 2022 12:55 PM
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Roy, you are really showing growth! I'm a little envious, as I spend time babysitting, then with my husband, so no time for more rentals! Enjoy you lunch with your fellow LL.

I was pleasantly surprised on several in-home visits how very tidy the tenants were/ are. The outsides of house weren't where they focused their attention, but insides showed pride in clean spaces. --70.92.xxx.xxx




2 minute home visit (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Aug 7, 2022 1:49 PM
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Busy,that probably means the female does a good jon and the male does a mediocre job at best --74.77.xx.xx




2 minute home visit (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Aug 7, 2022 10:06 PM
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Another…we do the visit same day, at least within 24 hours

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx




2 minute home visit (by Nicoe [PA]) Posted on: Aug 8, 2022 11:35 AM
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Roy, what is missing from the home visit scenario in your situation will be these are not middle of the road/middle class tenants who have a traditional family living situation of mom, dad and kids.

Lower end often live with others or others live with them. Two or three generations to a household and moving does not mean they all will be coming ... or someone else is coming this time. "Families" are fluid. This is a fact of life for MANY people in today's world. And outside in a multi unit is difficult to judge.

Not saying it's a bad thing but a two minute look around is also not a slam dunk --98.237.xxx.xx




2 minute home visit (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Aug 8, 2022 11:42 AM
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Roy, how did the visit go? Any surprises? --172.56.xx.xxx




2 minute home visit (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Aug 8, 2022 1:38 PM
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Plenty,

The visit went fine. Saw some clutter but nothing on the level of hoarding though. (My last tenant was a hoarder). Saw some cats but the place did not reek of cat urine.

I am still waiting on the husband to produce some pay stubs that will show proof of his stated income (application) in making $20.00/hour and $4,000/month as a diesel mechanic. They are currently paying $450.00 rent and I need to figure out if he afford my rent of $650.00/month.

--71.207.xxx.x




2 minute home visit (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Aug 8, 2022 1:50 PM
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Get all verification BEFORE the in home visit. --149.76.xxx.xxx




2 minute home visit (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2022 3:46 PM
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Roy,he shouldnt have a problem showing he makes $20 an hour,my friends high school sons are being paid $20 an hour this summer working for a local flipper --74.77.xx.xx



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