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Read the ad (by MikeA [TX]) Feb 4, 2023 10:56 AM
       Read the ad (by Frank [NJ]) Feb 4, 2023 11:14 AM
       Read the ad (by Jo [CT]) Feb 4, 2023 11:17 AM
       Read the ad (by MC [PA]) Feb 4, 2023 11:19 AM
       Read the ad (by Richard [MI]) Feb 4, 2023 11:41 AM
       Read the ad (by plenty [MO]) Feb 4, 2023 1:18 PM
       Read the ad (by myob [GA]) Feb 4, 2023 3:12 PM
       Read the ad (by WMH [NC]) Feb 4, 2023 3:41 PM
       Read the ad (by 6x6 [TN]) Feb 4, 2023 10:29 PM
       Read the ad (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Feb 5, 2023 11:37 AM
       Read the ad (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Feb 5, 2023 1:27 PM
       Read the ad (by DJ [VA]) Feb 5, 2023 7:04 PM
       Read the ad (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Feb 5, 2023 8:52 PM
       Read the ad (by bet [MA]) Feb 7, 2023 8:14 PM
       Read the ad (by Jim in O C [CA]) Feb 8, 2023 8:00 AM
       Read the ad (by zero [IN]) Feb 8, 2023 9:57 AM

Read the ad (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2023 10:56 AM

I'm about to decide prospective tenants today don't know how to read, they just look at the pictures. How frustrating to have to answer things that are covered in the ad. I think on the next one I am going to make the title say "READ THE AD BEFORE RESPONDING"

Read the ad (by Frank [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2023 11:14 AM

LoL....amazing isn't it. I will ask 'did you read the ad?" and wait while they together some silly reply.

The run them thru the pre-qual questions which gets rid of them pretty quick.

The prospect pool here in Jersey is really shallow at this time.

Read the ad (by Jo [CT]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2023 11:17 AM

I agree! I have had the same issues. I do preface the ad with "as long as this ad is up, the place is available. I will NOT respond to "is this available."

I ask them to tell me a bit about themselves, then I respond.

You can't imagine the "is this available" clicks that I still get. I don't respond.

The ones who READ the ad and give me some information are the ones I respond to.

Read the ad (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2023 11:19 AM

When they ask something in the ad, I just say "read the ad". Yes, I know more words than the answer but I got tired of it also. Especially when you are messaged on Messenger-it is right there. I don't have the tolerance. If it is something that needs clarifying, no problem. I had to ask myself why I even spent the time writing and posting it if it is not actually read. I do Bullet points also-try to make it really easy to read.

Read the ad (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2023 11:41 AM

Same here- the tenant pool is pathetic. Meth heads and people on the state sex predator list are all over.

I've come to the conclusion that hardly anyone reads the ad or even looks at the pictures. They don't care about those things. They hit the is it available button to see if you will contact them so they can "give you their story about how you should give them a chance and also how they only have half the rent and no deposit money". All the women have "abusive relationships" and are on welfare and/or disability. They all have "emo support dogs and cats". No jobs. But, of course, they have thousand dollar phones, long fancy fingernails, tictok accounts, only fans pages, etc. They come from lousy cities like Flint or Detroit and have drug dealing baby daddies hanging around.

It's pretty bad. --97.85.x.xx

Read the ad (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2023 1:18 PM

Sometimes they are just making small talk but yes it's annoying! And yes I have such lines in my ad should it become an issue .

Read the ad (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2023 3:12 PM

reading is not good enough. We require they ride by and when you do tell me the number i have posted in the window so I know.

You want to stop browsers-- that's how.

Next question: what's the number? there is none. --108.239.xx.xx

Read the ad (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2023 3:41 PM

SOMETIMES I've had prospects apologize but say they have looked at dozens of houses online and they actually forget which house I had listed. I can understand that. BUT I will then send them a LINK to the ad so they can go read and see the whole thing again.

(this would all be email as I never answer phone calls.)

Read the ad (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Feb 4, 2023 10:29 PM

They won't read that either. --73.120.xx.xx

Read the ad (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2023 11:37 AM

Don't read and don't think. I've actually had people inquire "how many bedrooms in that three bedroom house?"

Read the ad (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2023 1:27 PM

Richard, you NAILED it. Tenant pool is exactly as you described... PA THETIC!

Read the ad (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2023 7:04 PM

If you insist on talking to them on the phone, then do like Frank says: ask "did you read the (whole) ad?


Go back and read it and follow the instructions it contains. It is company policy to process inquiries in a certain way, and that must be started by following the instructions in the ad.

Then make a note that that they do not follow instructions and therefore have failed one of the key qualifying criteria.

Personally, my ad tells them to send an email. An email gets an auto-response with a link to a short pre-qual questionnaire. Anything that is not an email gets no response at all. Company policy - same for everybody.

Read the ad (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Feb 5, 2023 8:52 PM

Sometimes I want to ask them, how many years did you spend in the third grade as a screening question

Read the ad (by bet [MA]) Posted on: Feb 7, 2023 8:14 PM

1st step in the screening process: Can they read, no then pass

2nd step can they follow instructions, no then pass

Only deal with applicants that can get to step 3. Fill out the application

Read the ad (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2023 8:00 AM

Face it, renters are lazy or stupid. No pets, how about a small dog?, gardener paid, how about water?, would you consider a lease option?, not interested in selling, newly painted can I paint some rooms?

Read the ad (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Feb 8, 2023 9:57 AM

I have never had luck with tenants painting. You hear them say how good they are at it, then you see the final product.

Had one long term tenant I inherited spill a 5 gallon pail on the stairs. Then walked thru it and ran down the sidewalk to another apartment. Footprints were there until she moved.

Paint on the floors, doors, trim, ceilings and other walls. Plus the ugly hard to cover colors they choose.

I was reluctant to allow paint in a house I was selling on contract. Buyer put vinyl plank down and it did not increase the property value at all. If she bails I will have to pull it all and redo it.

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