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Wants a video (by Jo [CT]) Jun 27, 2023 1:22 PM
       Wants a video (by Richard [MI]) Jun 27, 2023 1:39 PM
       Wants a video (by MC [PA]) Jun 27, 2023 1:41 PM
       Wants a video (by Sparky [PA]) Jun 27, 2023 2:15 PM
       Wants a video (by FloridaNative [FL]) Jun 27, 2023 2:28 PM
       Wants a video (by Still Learning [NH]) Jun 27, 2023 2:30 PM
       Wants a video (by RB [TN]) Jun 27, 2023 2:37 PM
       Wants a video (by Laura [MD]) Jun 27, 2023 2:39 PM
       Wants a video (by Jason [VA]) Jun 27, 2023 2:43 PM
       Wants a video (by Larry [MN]) Jun 27, 2023 2:52 PM
       Wants a video (by Jo [CT]) Jun 27, 2023 4:03 PM
       Wants a video (by DJ [VA]) Jun 27, 2023 5:04 PM
       Wants a video (by DJ [VA]) Jun 27, 2023 5:11 PM
       Wants a video (by Barb [MO]) Jun 27, 2023 6:30 PM
       Wants a video (by 6x6 [TN]) Jun 27, 2023 8:55 PM
       Wants a video (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jun 27, 2023 8:59 PM
       Wants a video (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 28, 2023 12:06 AM
       Wants a video (by Jo [CT]) Jun 28, 2023 7:23 AM
       Wants a video (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jun 28, 2023 9:44 AM
       Wants a video (by RB [TN]) Jun 28, 2023 9:56 AM
       Wants a video (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Jun 28, 2023 10:43 AM
       Wants a video (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 28, 2023 12:29 PM
       Wants a video (by S i d [MO]) Jun 28, 2023 12:49 PM
       Wants a video (by Plenty [MO]) Jun 28, 2023 2:47 PM
       Wants a video (by Jo [CT]) Jun 28, 2023 2:48 PM
       Wants a video (by Barb [MO]) Jun 28, 2023 3:56 PM
       Wants a video (by bet [MA]) Jul 2, 2023 9:26 AM
       Wants a video (by Jim in O C [CA]) Jul 2, 2023 10:00 AM
       Wants a video (by MC [PA]) Jul 3, 2023 8:48 AM
       Wants a video (by Jo [CT]) Jul 3, 2023 8:56 AM
       Wants a video (by Jim [OH]) Jul 4, 2023 11:24 AM


Wants a video (by Jo [CT]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 1:22 PM
Message:

I have several ads up on Zillow and marketplace and other rental sites

I have a nice ads lots of pictures, and explain the apartment interior well.

I have a graduate student who contacted me as he is interested in renting a room that I have. He is presently in New York and wonít move to the area until mid August. The room is available now and I certainly wonít hold it open unless he pays for July and August rent.

He wants me to go to the apartment and use the WhatsApp app and give him a video tour as Iím walking around the apartment. I told him that I thought the pictures were pretty self-explanatory, but that was not good enough for him.

Do any of you do this? Do you think it makes a big difference in whether somebody would except the apartment or not?

If I do this, I will have to coordinate with his time frame, and it might or might not make a difference in his decision. I have other interested applicants anyway. Any thoughts?

--68.191.xx.xxx




Wants a video (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 1:39 PM
Message:

Next!

People who make demands never quit with the demands.

Not worth it. --172.58.xxx.xx




Wants a video (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 1:41 PM
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Your call. If you aren't really sure and prefer to meet your Ts in person, I would decline. I usually don't do anything a T asks regarding apps. This is it. If there is a particular picture they want and I am not going out of my way, I might take it and send. I prefer to meet my Ts in person prior to moving in. No app either so my time isn't worth catering. He could be a criminal/serial deadbeat and you wouldn't know without an app. --73.230.xxx.xx




Wants a video (by Sparky [PA]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 2:15 PM
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I wonder why he is insisting on a WhatsApp video? Maybe so he can save it and use it in his scam rental ad marketing your property with payments going to him with a video tour in your own voice. Sound like a perfect crime. Yah. That will be challenging to explain to people who track YOU down and want their money back. --73.40.xxx.xx




Wants a video (by FloridaNative [FL]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 2:28 PM
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^Sparky nailed it. The WhatsApp is a huge red flag. Don't do it. It's about 99% chance of scam based on your OP. Rent to someone that is there and can see it in person. Someone that won't ask you to go to another platform to communicate. Red flags all over the place. --98.211.xxx.xx




Wants a video (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 2:30 PM
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Wanting to do it on Whatís App makes me wonder if he is really in NY. Whatís App is usually used for international. If you have other interested parties, I would pass. Otherwise, if they fall through and he verbally agrees that he is willing to pay July and August, you could offer to face time from the rental to have a conversation and showing that way. I did that once and it did not work out. I have had people send someone to see it on their behalf and it has worked out at least twice that way, maybe more. --75.67.xxx.xxx




Wants a video (by RB [TN]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 2:37 PM
Message:

This aint Burger King ! --24.183.xxx.xxx




Wants a video (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 2:39 PM
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I have gotten that kind of request multiple times before...nothing odd. I think it is how the younger generation rolls. What is odd, as others have mentioned, is the Whats Up App request. I too would wonder where he is located and why? --108.56.xxx.xx




Wants a video (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 2:43 PM
Message:

Everybody that clicks the ďIím interestedĒ button gets an instant video walkthrough. Itís what tenants expect nowadays. --50.219.xxx.xxx




Wants a video (by Larry [MN]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 2:52 PM
Message:

I agree with Laura. This is what young people want. Not sure about the What's App part but seeing a video is helpful. --68.46.xxx.xxx




Wants a video (by Jo [CT]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 4:03 PM
Message:

He went to a university in Bangladesh and he is presently in Potsdam, New York, at another school of engineering

He does have a legitimate email address for the large university close by however, you never know.

I could just send a video in messenger for goodness sakes I donít need to use the other app. I donít want to start having lots of requests when someone hasnít even moved in yet. I will not hold the room. He would need to pay July and August rent and thatís probably not going to happen. --68.191.xx.xxx




Wants a video (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 5:04 PM
Message:

It sounds like you will be taking a different, local applicant because you are more comfortable with that.

That's fine.

But, to answer your question, "Do any of you do this?"

Yes. I offer a virtual option for them when scheduling a viewing, if they are from far away. I tell them to choose between FaceTime and Skype, and we do it at the predetermined showing time. They also upload their photo ID, which "should" have a far-away address and I know who I'm talking to.

About a year ago, I rented to a couple from NM this way. He's in the military, so income was continuing. They were the best tenants - except they left too soon : (.

All the neighbors have told me they were wonderful neighbors.

So, it can work successfully. You can screen for cooperation, watch their dog obey commands, answer questions, etc

I would do it differently next time, though - I would hire a local Realtor (in their city) or somebody to do an in-home visit for the see-and-smell part.

--68.229.xxx.xxx




Wants a video (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 5:11 PM
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Even if I have a video, they want / deserve to see I'm a real person with access to the inside of the house, as well as I want to meet them.

Also, photos alone can be very hard to piece together to understand the floorpan & true size. I like to include a floorpan in the ad with the photos.

--68.229.xxx.xxx




Wants a video (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 6:30 PM
Message:

If the student is not originally from the US, WhatsApp is the default for communication more than likely.

we do this sort of thing for travel nurses and foreign students all the time. Part of it is them wanting to see it is not a scam. Part of it lets us meet virtually. It is a good practice to be in. --149.76.xxx.xx




Wants a video (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 8:55 PM
Message:

DJ, sounds like you are getting good at tech. --73.190.xxx.xxx




Wants a video (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2023 8:59 PM
Message:

Does this person have a photo ID that shows where he is living at now? If they are not willing to cooperate with you and provide it, then they will not qualify.

I can't think of too many reasons why you wouldn't have some kinda ID --24.101.xxx.xxx




Wants a video (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 28, 2023 12:06 AM
Message:

Jo,

This is a very reasonable request.

BUT I already posted a video.

Young prospects live and communicate by video.

WhatsApp is an everyday popular app even in the US.

My normal advertising includes a walk thru video I do with my iPhone and post on YouTube for free. I have not had a request for a live walkthru since.

Each YT video will get several hundred views.

Tip: iPhone 14 has a built in stabilizer. Or use a GoPro.

MARK Twain said ďI like progress. Itís change I hate.Ē

The world is changing and we must adjust or be left behind.

BRAD

--73.103.xxx.xxx




Wants a video (by Jo [CT]) Posted on: Jun 28, 2023 7:23 AM
Message:

Thanks, everyone for all your input and yes, it seems like everybody lives by video today. Iíll make one anyway in the event that someone asks for one in the future. --68.191.xx.xxx




Wants a video (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jun 28, 2023 9:44 AM
Message:

He strikes me as being very demanding. I'd be afraid that he expects concierge service whenever he wants it. A special in-person video just for him.

Just this year, I had people from out of the area send a friend or relative to view for them. I expect that and can accommodate that request. One took videos and the other was walking through the house, taking video and talking to the potential tenant at the same time and filming whatever the tenant wanted to see. That tenant and cousin arranged to have their meeting at my convenience. It was at the time that I offered to do a showing.

I suppose you could insist that he be in his current residence and then ask him to turn the video around and give you the tour of his current residence for the in-home inspection. --76.178.xxx.xxx




Wants a video (by RB [TN]) Posted on: Jun 28, 2023 9:56 AM
Message:

Sounds like a Catering Business. --24.183.xxx.xxx




Wants a video (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Posted on: Jun 28, 2023 10:43 AM
Message:

No on this tenant due to demanding nature. If you want to do a video, make one independently of apps like TikTok, WhatsApp., etc. Post one on your own website or via Zillow/Zumper, etc. --64.246.xxx.xx




Wants a video (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 28, 2023 12:29 PM
Message:

Not sure why so many LLs think this person is overly demanding.

It's a simple request.

Gotta learn to work with Gen Z

AND today's technology.

WhatsApp is free phone to phone live video, even internationally, and works with any smartphone. Not limited to iPhones like Facetime.

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx




Wants a video (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jun 28, 2023 12:49 PM
Message:

As others have mentioned, you can create ONE video after a turnover/cleanup is finished and either post it on your website or on a cloud service like DropBox or Google Drive, then just send them a view-only link to it. Even better, just upload it to Zillow. They have a specific place for "video tour."

It's the way things roll now.

The other thing about this is you'll have to devise a way to do the 2-minute in home inspection for anyone moving in from out of town. I recommend if they qualify fully on paper (include credit, background check, landlord refs, and income verification), then have a starving REALTOR floor agent from a local office go do your tour. For $50 or whatever you offer to PayPal over to them, you'll have so much more peace of mind knowing someone checked on what their current home looks, smells, and sounds like!

--184.4.xx.xxx




Wants a video (by Plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jun 28, 2023 2:47 PM
Message:

I can understand why. But Geez, I want a pony too. I would just keep advertising and ignore the request All the while working on my pony request. :) --172.59.xx.xx




Wants a video (by Jo [CT]) Posted on: Jun 28, 2023 2:48 PM
Message:

Well, I want to say that I did go over and contact him on WhatsApp. He is an engineering student at a university in Potsdam New York, and will be moving to this area mid August. He was very grateful for the video and thank you all for encouraging me to do videos, especially after cleanup.

He also has a friend who wants the second available room for August 1. However, the second room is available now and if somebody rents it for the month of July then unfortunately he will lose it. However, most students want August 1 move-in times. Hopefully it all works out. --68.191.xx.xxx




Wants a video (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Jun 28, 2023 3:56 PM
Message:

We get the "I don't want it until August" all the time.

My response is that we are showing NOW for immediate availability (When showing in February or March, it is for June availability). If you wait until August, this one will likely be gone. Most people who wait until they arrive in August aren't happy with what is left.

90% or more of leases in my university town go from June 1 until the end of May. People pay for June, whether they are here or not, to have satisfactory housing locked in for the start of classes in August.

--149.76.xxx.xx




Wants a video (by bet [MA]) Posted on: Jul 2, 2023 9:26 AM
Message:

Good applicant asked me yesterday to do a video chat. I told them I would go and take a video for them. My ads usually have a video anyway. Its no big deal, just take a video and send. We deal with tenants coming in from out of state and country all the time. I just tell them apt is ready now , so they will have to commit now if they want it. --68.66.xxx.xx




Wants a video (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Jul 2, 2023 10:00 AM
Message:

I donít video. My 20,000 words or 20 pictures is all i provide. --99.23.xxx.x




Wants a video (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Jul 3, 2023 8:48 AM
Message:

Did he or his friend rent it yet? Have you heard from either of them? Did you get someone now? --73.230.xxx.xx




Wants a video (by Jo [CT]) Posted on: Jul 3, 2023 8:56 AM
Message:

The first guy who wanted the video, I did a walk-through and he liked it, but then he asked me if he could do just a one semester term from August to December. I told him no, that I require a yearís lease. He told me he was going to think about it.

His friend, however, who is still in Bangladesh is very interested in the room. I am going to go over and do another video recording with him today at noon. I already sent him an application. He is very interested, but he does want to see the apartment which I understand. I will also just make a video recording for myself for the future.

Iíll keep you all posted on how this goes. I think he will be taking that room as it is completely furnished along with the whole apartment, itís a two minute walk to the university, bus line and he has no vehicle, however, until I get this application and his security deposit/holding fee, I will keep moving forward.

The University near me has many international students, lots of engineering students, so hopefully he will be taking it. --68.191.xx.xxx




Wants a video (by Jim [OH]) Posted on: Jul 4, 2023 11:24 AM
Message:

Moving from the land of entitlement to CT? Wish them good success in their continued search for a place to live. --184.57.xxx.xx





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