Q: I've recently begun looking for a new apartment with roommates (utilizing Craigslist's "rooms & shares" listings) and while most people who've posted open rooms for rent will schedule one-on-one time, others try to get it all out of the way with one open house. I find these incredibly frustrating as there's no time for them to get to know me (let alone remember who I was of the 20+ people that showed up). How can I make sure to stand out during these open houses and win the open room if I feel like it's a good fit?
Yep, Ann and I are big bad landlords. I like to think we're on the nice end of the landlord spectrum, but we also have to do right by ourselves. For example, it requires (sometimes very significant) time and/or money to find new tenants. In the case of early lease breaks, this means several searches in the course of the year, which is a huge drain. Since we don't live on the premises (or even in the same state) it's even harder to find a replacement.
When searching for a new apartment rental last year, I spent the first few months obsessively combing Craigslist. I told friends, friends of friends, and coworkers of my search. I spent weekends riding my bike around a neighborhood of Brooklyn I had become partial to, looking for signs and talking to landlords. After a lot of frustration and not a lot of luck, I turned to a broker who eventually found the great apartment I live in now.
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