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Posted: 8/30/2015 6:58:57 PM EDT
Who/what services do you use for background/credit checks?
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 7:42:24 PM EDT
We use www.postlets.com to list. They list on all major boards. They also do the background checks through smart move which is a transunion company.

$35 per applicant.

Lots of info.

WARNING if you list nationally be prepared to get lots of out of state inquiries. We did one day walk throughs which included two over Skype.
Link Posted: 8/30/2015 10:19:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/30/2015 10:20:24 PM EDT by 57fairlane]
Originally Posted By gajeep94yj:
We use www.postlets.com to list. They list on all major boards. They also do the background checks through smart move which is a transunion company.

$35 per applicant.

Lots of info.

WARNING if you list nationally be prepared to get lots of out of state inquiries. We did one day walk throughs which included two over Skype.
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x2 on postlets.

I've used rentprep.com in the past . . . works great for background checks.

I don't do credit checks anymore . . . I think like one person who ever applied for one of my rentals had a credit score over 700.  99% of them are 600 +/-50 . . . didn't see a point to it after awhile.  Background check and digging through their work and personal references was a lot more foolproof but really you get a decent idea in the first 5 minutes of meeting them.

I also drive-by their current housing and scan for them on social media.  Amazing what people put out there publicly.
Link Posted: 8/31/2015 7:23:34 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 57fairlane:



x2 on postlets.

I've used rentprep.com in the past . . . works great for background checks.

I don't do credit checks anymore . . . I think like one person who ever applied for one of my rentals had a credit score over 700.  99% of them are 600 +/-50 . . . didn't see a point to it after awhile.  Background check and digging through their work and personal references was a lot more foolproof but really you get a decent idea in the first 5 minutes of meeting them.

I also drive-by their current housing and scan for them on social media.  Amazing what people put out there publicly.
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Originally Posted By 57fairlane:
Originally Posted By gajeep94yj:
We use www.postlets.com to list. They list on all major boards. They also do the background checks through smart move which is a transunion company.

$35 per applicant.

Lots of info.

WARNING if you list nationally be prepared to get lots of out of state inquiries. We did one day walk throughs which included two over Skype.



x2 on postlets.

I've used rentprep.com in the past . . . works great for background checks.

I don't do credit checks anymore . . . I think like one person who ever applied for one of my rentals had a credit score over 700.  99% of them are 600 +/-50 . . . didn't see a point to it after awhile.  Background check and digging through their work and personal references was a lot more foolproof but really you get a decent idea in the first 5 minutes of meeting them.

I also drive-by their current housing and scan for them on social media.  Amazing what people put out there publicly.



Good info. I have never done the drive by.
Link Posted: 8/31/2015 10:45:40 PM EDT
Ask to go to the prospected rentors current place of residence, will tell you much more than a background check.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 11:10:47 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Johns96ss:
Ask to go to the prospected rentors current place of residence, will tell you much more than a background check.
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If they shrug and say "Sure", or pause and have an 'oh shit' look on their face will tell you pretty much everything you need to know.
Link Posted: 9/2/2015 4:51:28 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Johns96ss:
Ask to go to the prospected rentors current place of residence, will tell you much more than a background check.
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Some friends of ours own a few dozen rental properties in OH and visits every tenant they are considering. When the prospect fills out an application they have to include current address. If our friends decide they are a viable tenant they just show up to ask a few questions, and are able to see how they are keeping the current place. He has been doing this for decades and feels it is one of the most important steps he takes in finding good/clean renters. He doesnt have to visit all, just the one or few he thinks he would allow to sign.
Link Posted: 9/2/2015 7:04:43 PM EDT
Asking to visit or come take a look is one thing, and I see how that is a good deciding factor to consider and don't disagree. Just showing up unannounced wanting to come in and ask me questions is a bit much. If I rented from you you're welcome anytime until it gets stalkerish then I'm moving. If I'm just asking about a place and you pop up without at least a little notice I probably wouldn't rent anyway. I could be doing naughty things on my only day alone without kids with the blinds open.
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