Apartment Renter Tip: Mom & Pop Landlord vs. Professional Property Management: Vol. 1 Tenant Screening

So you are looking for a new apartment to call your home. But you cannot decide which style of apartment living is going to be the right choice for you. With all of the factors flying around in your head like, commute time to work, great school systems, nice neighborhoods, amount of rent you will pay, and how long it will take you to go pick up a gallon of milk; now you need to decide what type of building and landlord do I want to have that will best suit my rental needs? I do not intend to finish up this blog with a recommendation of which one is better[…]

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Renter Tips: Landing Your Dream Apartment: We would love to hear feedback from you

Here are my “Top 10 Tips to get the apartment of your dreams”. We have been property managers for scores of landlords and property owners since 2001. From years of showing apartments and screening hundreds of prospects and rental candidates, I can tell you from first-hand experience these little details that I’ll share with you will go a long way winning over a landlord to want you to rent their apartment from them. We would truly hope that you have found these blog posts useful to assist you finding your dream apartment. We would love to be able to help you further to assist you finding your dream apartment when[…]

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Renter Tip: Follow-up with the Landlord with a friendly note after the showing

It is always a good idea to end the showing on a positive note. So after you have filled out the application, given the copies of pay stubs, your photo ID and credit report if you have it, to the landlord. Then it’s a great idea so follow-up with a little note or text message about an hour or two after the showing. The daily details of managing properties may distract most landlords. A little reminder or thank you that you just met will do well to get you noticed. It doesn’t need to be much at all. Start off by thanking them for your time to show you the[…]

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Tip For Renters: Know your numbers before you call the landlord

I am always surprised at how many times when someone calls me about an apartment I have for rent, that they have no idea how much their monthly income is. It is vitally important for a landlord as the decision maker to be able to know that information as quickly as possible. Being prepared with the answer for “how much money do you make a month”, shows the landlord that you have done your homework, you know how much you probably can afford. You can also help the landlord analyze easily whether or not you will qualify for the apartment. Let me walk you through a brief example on how[…]

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Renter Tip: If you really like the apartment, should you put down a holding deposit?

I use caution when suggesting this tactic. Let’s face it, not all landlords are reputable. Offering to put down a holding deposit on an apartment is something I would always suggest if you truly loved the apartment. If you are 100% sure that this is the apartment that you want, then I would truly consider offering at least a half months rent to the landlord at the time of the showing. If you do this, then absolutely make sure that there is a written document between you and the landlord that this is a holding deposit for the exact apartment that you have seen. The terms and conditions of the[…]

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Renter Tip: Portray yourself as living in that apartment at the showing

Every Realtor or renting professional knows it’s a good indicator from someone looking at a rental space is when they start to envision their furniture in the room. Another good indicator to gauge interest is when they start to call the rooms by name, like “office” or “bedroom” or makes some comment as to how they would set up the apartment should they end up living there. This visualization process shows the landlord that you already imagine yourself living in that apartment. I’m not suggesting that you make extravagant remarks that go over the top when looking at their apartment. But it’s a good idea when you’re in the bedroom to[…]

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Renter Tip: Be prompt, professional, and come to the apartment showing prepared

The most import thing I can stress about being prepared is to show up on time for the showing. Being late, or not calling the landlord to tell them you may be late, is a sure sign to get off on the wrong foot with that landlord. Being late says that the landlord, “your time is not that important to me”. It’s a good idea to be prompt, be polite, and be respectable. This is the fastest way to a landlord’s heart. When you get to the unit, have the things that you will need with you to be prepared to fill out a rental application. Most overlooked item, a[…]

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