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Stupid questions cut-off? (by NE [PA]) May 15, 2024 1:50 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by RB [TN]) May 15, 2024 1:55 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by NE [PA]) May 15, 2024 2:08 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by jonny [NY]) May 15, 2024 2:25 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by NE [PA]) May 15, 2024 2:35 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by OREO [WI]) May 15, 2024 2:36 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by Jo [CT]) May 15, 2024 2:44 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by Miffed [MA]) May 15, 2024 2:48 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by ken [NY]) May 15, 2024 3:01 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by Sisco [MO]) May 15, 2024 3:04 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by hubba hubba [CA]) May 15, 2024 3:06 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by RB [TN]) May 15, 2024 4:07 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by plenty [MO]) May 15, 2024 4:23 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by S i d [MO]) May 15, 2024 4:36 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by NE [PA]) May 15, 2024 4:45 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by Nicole [PA]) May 15, 2024 4:59 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by zero [IN]) May 15, 2024 6:21 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by mapleaf18 [NY]) May 15, 2024 6:29 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by 6x6 [TN]) May 15, 2024 7:36 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by 6x6 [TN]) May 15, 2024 7:38 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by Jason [VA]) May 15, 2024 8:21 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 16, 2024 12:40 AM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by NE [PA]) May 16, 2024 9:26 AM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by 6x6 [TN]) May 16, 2024 7:42 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) May 16, 2024 8:49 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by Renne [TX]) May 16, 2024 10:03 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by S i d [MO]) May 17, 2024 8:04 AM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by John... [MI]) May 17, 2024 8:28 AM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by Renne [TX]) May 19, 2024 8:55 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by 6x6 [TN]) May 19, 2024 10:14 PM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by John... [MI]) May 20, 2024 9:28 AM
       Stupid questions cut-off? (by plenty [MO]) May 20, 2024 9:40 AM

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Stupid questions cut-off? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 1:50 PM
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What is your threshold for cutting off stupid questions from prospective tenants? They all seem to be carbon copies of each other anymore and always ask some of the most obvious questions that are either answered in the ad or at the showing? My stuff is about 99% automated, but there is a messages system that allows for questions. Iím getting to the point where I feel like just ignoring stupid questions. Not answering them at all. Maybe asking stupid questions can become part of my screening. --24.152.xxx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by RB [TN]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 1:55 PM
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Share a half dozen, for entertainment value. --69.130.xxx.xxx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 2:08 PM
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Basic stuff RB. Do you take pets? When its advertised that we do. Are all utilities included? When itís a stand alone house. Is this a scam? Asked AFTER they went and physically walked through the friggin house. --24.152.xxx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by jonny [NY]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 2:25 PM
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Yeah... it is amazing but I do realize (or do now, I should say) that some sites that they see the ad on are simply grabbing them from either the site I use OR another site that syndicates from one that I use and they actually just don't pull all of the information over.

HOWEVER, I'm sure you do the same as I do in the write-ups (NO PETS or SOME PETS OK, etc) and they still ask because they just don't read. You know... "I've inquired on so many places... what can you tell me about yours?" stuff. Uggh.

The utilities thing gets me... the ones that I have that DO include everyone asks "so what's included" or "how much are the utilities" and it seems the ones that they are NOT included are saying "and everything is included, right?"

What I REALLY want to do is find a way to screen for STUPID PEOPLE and/or LIERs.

I have a tenant right now that last week lied right to my face on Saturday and then TEXTED ME on Monday a totally different story. I called them out on it but it went right over their head. That's what I have to find out how to screen for... stupid and lies. I thought I did a good job on the lies but apparently not as much as I thought... Although, maybe it's because they are so stupid that they don't even know they are telling the lies. Hmmm --69.201.xx.xxx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 2:35 PM
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Itís at the point that if they canít answer basic obvious questions on their own, that I just need to be done. They can blame it on me for not responding as to why they go elsewhere. Jonny is right, stupid needs to be screened out. --24.152.xxx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by OREO [WI]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 2:36 PM
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I noted some people just click on the pictures and don't read through the ad. I advised them to read the ad when I got stupid questions; then they reply, which ad. They are clicking on ALL the ads they like the pics from. I don't want them because they don't read the lease either.

Or you could have a page titled, frequently asked questions. Reanswer all the questions, automate the page to refer those with questions to that page. --75.11.xx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by Jo [CT]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 2:44 PM
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In my ads, the first thing I say is "as long as this ad is up, the place is available...I will not respond to "is this still available." I then say "tell me a bit about yourself." The ones that READ and follow directions get my attention and a viewing appointment.

If you can't read, then boo hoo. It saves me lots of time in answering back. --68.191.xx.xxx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by Miffed [MA]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 2:48 PM
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I get annoyed when my ad is very clear stating right at the top: "No pets - NO EXCEPTIONS"...then in my pre-qual questions when asked if they have any pets the answer is "Yes" --174.210.xx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by ken [NY]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 3:01 PM
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Miffed, dont get upset,they just disqualified themselves very quickly for you,saved you time --74.77.xx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 3:04 PM
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I try to include the pertinent information on my ad, and I restate on my text messages.

Address, rent amount, security deposit amount.,Viewing instructions , application link are provided multiple times.

If I am asked a question that is in my previous reply, I message them the the answer to their question is in my previous reply.

I keep my replies on the notes app on my phone. Copy and paste. --149.76.xxx.x




Stupid questions cut-off? (by hubba hubba [CA]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 3:06 PM
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Include a FAQ with the ad? --157.131.xxx.xxx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by RB [TN]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 4:07 PM
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All adds up to -

lack of maturity, low IQ, very little real life experience. --69.130.xxx.xxx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 4:23 PM
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I've suggested to a few to go back and reread the ad and then we can speak again. --172.59.xxx.xxx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 4:36 PM
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I will answer a couple questions that are in the ad. In each response, I attach following via a cut and paste:

"Blah blah (answer to specific question). You can find this and answers to most other common questions such as rent, deposits, pet policy, utilities, the application process, renter qualifications, and more in our ad on (fill in website)."

If they keep asking the same stuff after 2 responses ... they fail the cooperative/self-sufficiency test. DQ. Clarification is fine, but not just blatant asking.

Example:

Q: What's the rent?

Me: Response regarding rent with cut 'n paste.

Q: What's the deposit?

Me: Response regarding deposit with cut 'n paste.

Do you take pets?

Me: *Crickets.... block phone#, block email.

You'll be hand-holding them forever if this is how the application process goes. I look at it this way: a rental application is like a job interview. It's the TENANT's job to impress me. Unwillingness to perform basic tasks like reading the ad means they won't read the lease and won't follow our process. I have 54 tenants and do not have time or desire to constantly read their lease for them and send them snapshots of pertinent paragraphs. --184.4.xx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 4:45 PM
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Thatís what Iím thinking Sid. If you canít answer basic questions on your own, time to ignore you. --24.152.xxx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 4:59 PM
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For quite a few years I've actually put in the ad to read it three times prior to responding because if you ask a question that has already been clearly answered I'll delete you and not respond. Doesn't necessarily work for all but with it being a landlord tilted rental climate in my area it's working. Should it flip to tenant favoritism, I may have to put up with bull$hit that I SO dislike. --98.237.xxx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by zero [IN]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 6:21 PM
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Sid nailed it with the rental application is like a job interview statement.

I'm keeping that one in my quotes to lift my spirits file. --107.147.xx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 6:29 PM
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I literally had a so called PROPERTY MANAGER from Howard Hanna call "on behalf of a prospective tenant who is tired of filling out applications and being turned down."

WOW not just tenants are doing stupid stuff, Property Managers are too. Then he continued:

Me: Have your inquirer text this number directly and I will send them a link to my prequal form. There are no fees.

PM: "you don't put any qualifications in your ad"

Me: "That's right. I find people are more honest that way when they fill out my prequal form."

I also preached a little "the more NYS keeps passing these ridiculous militantly pro tenant laws, the more difficult it will be for those on the margins to find housing."

Didn't hear from him again

When the tenant goes beyond 2 questions (beating around the bush hoping I'll fall for their sob stories) I just send the link to the prequal one more time and then that's it.

I do save contacts with an "N" for No Way! and sometimes FTFSI Failure to Follow Simple Instructions --64.246.xxx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 7:36 PM
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" Is this a scam? "

Why do you ask, is the rent too low?

--76.129.xxx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 7:38 PM
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I wonder how young or old most of the inquirers are? I get a lot of young people where I am. --76.129.xxx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 8:21 PM
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ďPlease refer to the FAQ page on our websiteĒ --174.193.xx.xxx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 16, 2024 12:40 AM
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I am the opposite.

Questions demonstrate interest.

And I know they are looking at 100 homes as they swipe thru the internet sites so I don't expect them to remember each home individually.

And we're not dealing with rocket scientists, just everyday folks looking for a home who might be frazzled and confused.

I try to include ALL info in the ad but I also know more words means less likely to read it.

Other LLs have incomplete ads and odd policies so prospects can get skittish.

We often hear comments about other LLs being rude so little patience goes a long way. Don't let PRIDE get in the way.

Sometimes WE get the lease because we're the only ones who are patient with the questions.

OUR job is to help folks feel comfortable about giving us big chunks of money and moving into OUR homes.

BRAD

PS This might a good job for AI.

--73.103.xxx.xxx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: May 16, 2024 9:26 AM
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Nothing to do with pride. --24.152.xxx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 16, 2024 7:42 PM
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I think your right, Brad, in how it can be confusing and a lot of information. --76.129.xxx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: May 16, 2024 8:49 PM
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Typically if someone can't tell me why the yare moving within the first three or so minutes, I start to tune out. I want to hear death, divorce, medical, job or family. If I don't don't hear any of those, I'll let them know that I will send you the pics to your phone but these pics are the same ones that are online.

I see this largely as a numbers game and its our job to get the cream of the crop as quickly as possible. The ones that don't qualify, we tell them they can stay in cabooses. Once loaded onto trains and send to Western NY so everyone can enjoy them --24.101.xxx.xxx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by Renne [TX]) Posted on: May 16, 2024 10:03 PM
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We had a prospect "fail" our prequalification questions as his credit was less than 600.

He kept inquiring and we kept sending the same prequalification questions.

After about 5 times back and forth, he sent this unbelievably long answer about how his credit doesn't define him as a person, etc...

Instead of ignoring him, we gave him the address to go look at the home, and he filled out an application. We accepted him. Although his credit was less than 600, he made $100,000 + per year as a nurse and had excellent current and previous references.

He did not have accounts in arrears, he simply owed quite a bit for student loans. He is an excellent Resident and we would take duplicates of him all day long.

Based on that experience, we are pretty lenient when it comes to questions. We simply cut and paste the answers from the ad into an e-mail and push send. --12.196.xxx.xxx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: May 17, 2024 8:04 AM
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NE, I agree it's nothing to do with pride. It's about time management and efficiency.

I do not collect app fees up front like Brad does, so answering those questions is me working for free. I've learned having to manage a day job along with 54 tenants/units that I only have many hours in the day. Do the thing that is most productive and keeps me freed up.

Tenant selection begins with the screening process, but the results of that carry over into the tenancy. I find that self-sufficient applicants tend to be self-sufficient tenants. If they pepper me with questions that are easy to find answers to in the ad (where they somehow miraculously found my phone number!), they also pepper me with questions during the lease period.... and once again it's all in their relatively short (10 pages, one of which is just their payment information for electronic debit) lease. On the other hand, the applicants who read the ad and follow my process are usually some of the easiest to manage folks I rent to.

--184.4.xx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by John... [MI]) Posted on: May 17, 2024 8:28 AM
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Renne: That's fine, but I'm curious why he credit was so poor?

You say that he had no accounts in arrears -- so that is good.

You said that he just owes quite a bit in student loans -- but making on-time payments to student loans usually increases your credit score.

And, at $100k/year, he shouldn't have had a debt-to-income ratio problem either even if he had loans for his entire student career in most cases.

So, why was his credit bad?

--107.181.xxx.x




Stupid questions cut-off? (by Renne [TX]) Posted on: May 19, 2024 8:55 PM
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John... (MI), I am completely in the dark how credit scores are calculated. We use the service that sponsors this site.

The report was very detailed and offered the following...

TransUnion: Score: 489 (FICO Classic 2004)

ResidentScore: Score: 539 (ResidentScore 3.0)

Not enough available credit on revolving accounts

Balance of non-mortgage accounts is too high

Too few revolving accounts

He owes over $288,000, has 38 creditors on the report and had 9 recent credit inquiries. With 38 creditors I am baffled how he can have "too few revolving accounts."

--12.196.xxx.xxx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 19, 2024 10:14 PM
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That is confusing, Renne. --76.129.xxx.xx




Stupid questions cut-off? (by John... [MI]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 9:28 AM
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It sounds like he must have a lot more credit accounts at near-maximum capacity based on the info provided here. We'd have to see the full report to know more, but it seems like much more than just his student loans (unless he somehow has like 38 of them). :)

--107.181.xxx.x




Stupid questions cut-off? (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 20, 2024 9:40 AM
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Sounds like you me he has a spending plan that ends with BK --172.59.xxx.xxx



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