getting a response when inquiring about a property

When responding to an add as a prospective tenant.....always give your number or call us. If you only send us the standard email requesting information, myself and most owners like me will not respond. We view you as being lazy , too lazy to pick up the phone and call us, that or  potential  tire kickers and spam.

Of all the emails I receive that  request  information from me without having a contact number, 90% of  the senders won't call me when I request it of them.
  • June 13 2012 - US
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Profile picture for sunnyview
Some prospective tenants may be unwilling to call because some agents have a bad reputation of using the information they get to use that information for marketing or for adding to their "client" database.

It is helpful to call agents directly on rentals so they can talk to you, but it is entirely appropriate to request that your personal information be limited to the rental inquiry only.
  • June 13 2012
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As a landlord, we respond to 100% of the contacts from prospective tenants be it E-mail, phone, text message or smoke signals.   Okay, admittedly we don't know how to read smoke signals so may have missed one of those.

I'm very sorry to hear that there are some landlords who consider prospective tenants "lazy" who don't use the phone for first contact.
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I'm not sure why one would prefer an anonymous phone call with caller i.d. blocked, and a fictitious first name, as compared to an anonymous E-mail with a "user name" and no address.

To me they are about the same.  But at least with the E-mail, you have a way to send follow up info.  With the phone, they likely will never call you again after wasting 35 minutes of your time, trying to get you to answer the questions that you have no clue for the answers.

Really, how long does it take to type a 2 sentence response to a question anyway?  Talk about "LAZY" Realtors®
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As agents, we know that many people want to test the waters before calling someone new.  Sometimes they have very limiting schedules, such as working hard shifts at odd hours.  E-mails are not always a sign of a lack of motivation.  It may just be a matter of convenience for them or a sign of respect for your time.
  • June 14 2012
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Well said Brenda. Thumbs.
  • June 14 2012
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