@jhutson , thank you for your post!
Like your Approach 1 we advertise generically (state that we do a background check, credit check and eviction report), but with no specific criteria (such as a specific dollar amount of verifiable income…we just state that they need verifiable income).
Like your Approach 1 we also get an overwhelming number of emails (I do emails as opposed to phone calls as I have a low tolerance for listening to others drama and why they have a drug charge on their record but they are really a good person).
After they answered some basic questions we would give them the address of the Mobile Home, so that they could view the neighborhood, the Mobile Home Park and the exterior of the Mobile Home.
If after viewing the above they were still interested, we would then show the inside of the Mobile Home. For the inside of the Mobile Homes we ended up doing “Open Houses” for 2 to 3 hours on certain days to have all these prospective Tenants look at the interior.
@jhutson hutson , that is awesome that you are tinkering with your advertising approach.
We are always trying to tweak our processes to make them better for our MHP and for us.
Your Approach 3 of a “pre-showing application” sounds great.
@jhutson , I have a couple of questions:
1.) For the “pre-showing application” will you have them give you one or two months of their pay stubs in this process?
2.) When will they pay an application fee (before or after showing the inside of the mobile home)?
3.) Do you allow people with prior evictions?
4.) How much verifiable income do you require (what percentage)? We require 30% verifiable income.
We have had some people who “say” they have a job on my basic questions, but come to find out their job was not verifiable (they work for themselves).