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    attn: landlords - apartment advertising?


    sup sup...what are all you tech savvy kats using to advertise a rental?

    besides the basic - craigslist/zillow

    rents are pretty strong in a unit I'm living in...looking to get top rent there, and buy another property/move

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    Craigslist all the way. I tried newspaper and signs but CL just works. Some landlords will use a real estate agent but they take 1 months rent for their services and if you get a shitty tenant it's still your problem to deal with.

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    Larry is right. I only use craig's list. I stopped using a realtor a couple years ago and haven't regretted it. I just use smart move to check backgrounds and credit now.

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    I used cl, zillow and a sign. I gave out about 75 applications.

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    Craigslist x 100. I got my last 3 tenants from CL. So far, so good. References and pay stubs are a MUST too.

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    Re: attn: landlords - apartment advertising?

    Am I the only non-landlord that finds it offensive to be asked to show a paystub? I understand the reasoning...but it's kind of a violation of privacy. I wouldn't have any problem showing my paystub, if they showed me theirs, or last year's W2. I mean, it's only fair, right? Chances are, I make more than they do...!

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    No, not really. You can take you massive income elsewhere if you like.

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    Typical internet response. Indecisiveness, with an un-needed douchebaggery comment. A perfect example of why I never post here. Thanks, sunshine.

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    With how the law favors tenants in MA, I use every legal method to screen.

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    Re: attn: landlords - apartment advertising?

    Yup...and I am in scam-ifornia

    Quite a few applicants with no job or $$ just lie..if they can't produce a pay stub, how can I be sure they don't have one and can't pay the rent.

    Improper tenant screening is a landlord's top 5 mistakes

    @fitron - how much do you make?

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    Re: attn: landlords - apartment advertising?

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post

    @fitron - how much do you make?
    Not enough to buy his own place, but enough to be insulted

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    Quote Originally Posted by e30addict View Post
    Not enough to buy his own place, but enough to be insulted
    That was funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e30addict View Post
    Not enough to buy his own place, but enough to be insulted
    Kind of surprised you'd make such a shallow comment. Filtron might have the last laugh though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gumby View Post
    Kind of surprised you'd make such a shallow comment. Filtron might have the last laugh though.
    That he might.

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    Re: attn: landlords - apartment advertising?

    Craigslist!

    I will not use a real estate agent. The experiences I've had is that the agents are only concerned about their commission.

    Pay stubs, criminal background check and credit check which they provide. If someone is interested in the apartment and they are upstanding tenants they won't have a problem providing the information.

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    Re: attn: landlords - apartment advertising?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fitron View Post
    Am I the only non-landlord that finds it offensive to be asked to show a paystub? I understand the reasoning...but it's kind of a violation of privacy. I wouldn't have any problem showing my paystub, if they showed me theirs, or last year's W2. I mean, it's only fair, right? Chances are, I make more than they do...!
    The real reason is to make sure you can afford the apartment. If I'm interviewing a potential renter, I want to make sure their checks can cover what they're drooling over. Any renter that rents from me has to be able to cover the rent and expenses in less than 2 weeks of pay. 1 week's pay is ideal.

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    Craigslist and go through one of the many agencies that do background/credit checks.

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    Re: attn: landlords - apartment advertising?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fitron View Post
    Typical internet response. Indecisiveness, with an un-needed douchebaggery comment. A perfect example of why I never post here. Thanks, sunshine.
    If one person's response is enough to get you that upset, you might need to lighten up.

    Maybe as an alternative, you can talk with whoever answers the phones at your place of employment about landlords calling in to verify employment? I think a lot of places are willing to confirm that for you. Helps alleviate some of the concern. Of course that only shows employment, not any ability to pay for it.

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    We used Craigs and word of mouth......but NH is easy for rentals

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    Out of curiosity (not to derail the thread, I'll make another if need be) how might buying a rental or duplex work as a first time buyer? I'm in a position to buy, and trying for a house that's currently in probate, but considering other options if that doesn't work out. I've been traveling too much in the past to consider it, but that's changing. I have plenty to put down in the right situation, but it'd have to guarantee a better return than where that money is currently sitting to consider it.

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    I use these guys: Tenant-Net Maine Tenant Screening, Eviction, Property Managers, Landlords

    Great service & worth their weight in gold to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanNicholson View Post
    Out of curiosity (not to derail the thread, I'll make another if need be) how might buying a rental or duplex work as a first time buyer? I'm in a position to buy, and trying for a house that's currently in probate, but considering other options if that doesn't work out. I've been traveling too much in the past to consider it, but that's changing. I have plenty to put down in the right situation, but it'd have to guarantee a better return than where that money is currently sitting to consider it.

    I currently own a 2 family on Pembroke Street. I love it and have had great luck with the tennants ect..,


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    Re: attn: landlords - apartment advertising?

    Quote Originally Posted by RyanNicholson View Post
    Out of curiosity (not to derail the thread, I'll make another if need be) how might buying a rental or duplex work as a first time buyer? I'm in a position to buy, and trying for a house that's currently in probate, but considering other options if that doesn't work out. I've been traveling too much in the past to consider it, but that's changing. I have plenty to put down in the right situation, but it'd have to guarantee a better return than where that money is currently sitting to consider it.
    Don't do it unless you can easily float the whole mortgage without worry by yourself.

    Nothing is guaranteed and one bad tenant can set the whole house of cards tumbling down otherwise.

    It may be NH, but they have quite the eviction process of their own. It can take months to do it legally there as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanNicholson View Post
    Out of curiosity (not to derail the thread, I'll make another if need be) how might buying a rental or duplex work as a first time buyer? I'm in a position to buy, and trying for a house that's currently in probate, but considering other options if that doesn't work out. I've been traveling too much in the past to consider it, but that's changing. I have plenty to put down in the right situation, but it'd have to guarantee a better return than where that money is currently sitting to consider it.
    it's all just guesses, no idea man

    I'm risking it...skipped single family and got some rentals...at least I took a loan my tenants pay off w' tax benefits. Consider a rental (or any real estate investment) as part of a "diversified long term portfolio" -max out your 401k/HSA, do backdoor Roth IRA, some into real estate (buy 1 property every 1-5 years), rest in taxable account, and dabble what you can into a business to replace your day job and grow to sell or delegate others into managing

    anyways - back to my original question...

    I asked my 20's roommate (who is looking) and she said they also used apps (ie. "Apartments" - looks like a recycle sign...posts to apartments.com)...

    I also used zillow since it cross posted on trulia and hotpads...got 2 responses in an hour!

    CL - 1 response in 2-3 days...

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    edit: may be a socal thing but I got 5 responses in 4 hours on a Monday night in November using Zillow (and trulia/hotpads)...CL is getting blown out here!

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    My advice. I posted my apartment for rent at my job because I knew that'd guarantee 2 things, income and my ability to check how they operate.

    As for having tenants, I echo what dude said earlier. Make sure you can float it all with zero tenants. They make a nice bonus but in no way should be critical.

    Good luck!

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