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How long do you wait? (by rentON [PA]) Aug 12, 2017 7:50 AM
       How long do you wait? (by NE [PA]) Aug 12, 2017 7:54 AM
       How long do you wait? (by Andrew, Canada [ON]) Aug 12, 2017 8:16 AM
       How long do you wait? (by bet [MA]) Aug 12, 2017 8:29 AM
       How long do you wait? (by Jim in OC [CA]) Aug 12, 2017 8:39 AM
       How long do you wait? (by Jeff [CO]) Aug 12, 2017 9:07 AM
       How long do you wait? (by Jeff [CO]) Aug 12, 2017 9:16 AM
       How long do you wait? (by Robert J [CA]) Aug 12, 2017 9:49 AM
       How long do you wait? (by Dave [MO]) Aug 12, 2017 10:13 AM
       How long do you wait? (by MikE SWMO [MO]) Aug 12, 2017 10:26 AM
       How long do you wait? (by WMH [NC]) Aug 12, 2017 10:36 AM
       How long do you wait? (by Terry [ID]) Aug 12, 2017 10:44 AM
       How long do you wait? (by Barbara [VA]) Aug 12, 2017 11:09 AM
       How long do you wait? (by Jeff [CO]) Aug 12, 2017 11:57 AM
       How long do you wait? (by David [MI]) Aug 12, 2017 12:17 PM
       How long do you wait? (by Gail K [GA]) Aug 12, 2017 12:39 PM
       How long do you wait? (by AllyM [NJ]) Aug 12, 2017 1:50 PM
       How long do you wait? (by GKARL [PA]) Aug 12, 2017 2:36 PM
       How long do you wait? (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Aug 12, 2017 3:32 PM
       How long do you wait? (by John2 [MI]) Aug 12, 2017 4:02 PM
       How long do you wait? (by Vee [OH]) Aug 12, 2017 5:44 PM
       How long do you wait? (by ntj [GA]) Aug 12, 2017 5:53 PM
       How long do you wait? (by Lynda [TX]) Aug 12, 2017 9:08 PM
       How long do you wait? (by Elena [PA]) Aug 13, 2017 6:06 AM
       How long do you wait? (by Jeff [CO]) Aug 13, 2017 6:45 AM
       How long do you wait? (by WMH [NC]) Aug 13, 2017 7:04 AM
       How long do you wait? (by rentON [PA]) Aug 13, 2017 11:10 AM
       How long do you wait? (by Nicole [PA]) Aug 14, 2017 5:41 AM
       How long do you wait? (by Pmh [TX]) Aug 14, 2017 1:46 PM
       How long do you wait? (by Doogie [KS]) Aug 14, 2017 2:01 PM
       How long do you wait? (by Pmh [TX]) Aug 14, 2017 4:04 PM
       How long do you wait? (by Blue [IL]) Aug 15, 2017 8:31 AM
       How long do you wait? (by Rick in central [PA]) Aug 22, 2017 4:33 PM
       How long do you wait? (by Pmh [TX]) Aug 22, 2017 4:54 PM

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How long do you wait? (by rentON [PA]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 7:50 AM
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How long do you wait for a prospect that is running late? Sorry, can't do lockbox showings for this apartment

--73.79.xxx.xx




How long do you wait? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 7:54 AM
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10 minutes and then I leave. I don't care if they call me at the 11th minute and they're there.

If they call me a few minutes ahead with a believable excuse, I'll wait a couple minutes.

I also have them contact me 1/2 hours before the showing to confirm. I won't go if they don't call or text me.

I also won't do lock boxes. --50.32.xxx.xx




How long do you wait? (by Andrew, Canada [ON]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 8:16 AM
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I schedule all my showings 30 mins apart. I will wait 10 mins for the last showing if they are late (unless they have contacted me with notice of delay), then im gone....had too many no shows over the years to bother waiting any length of time anymore. --70.30.xx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by bet [MA]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 8:29 AM
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If this was a job interview ( it is) how long would you wait? 10 mins, but already have a black mark for disrespect. --96.233.xxx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by Jim in OC [CA]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 8:39 AM
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I have them call when on the way with an ETA. No

additional call I leave after 15 minutes. This is an indication of the actions as a future tenant. --75.22.xx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 9:07 AM
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I give them literally a minute or two.

I hate it when people are late for a business appointment. I wonder if the late shows are like that with job interviews.

When I started out I used to wait 5 or 10 minutes. I felt stupid when many never even showed. Big waste of time.

I still rock a flip phone so I don't get e-mails on it and texting is turned off. I love these messages: "It's 9:55 and we're supposed to meet at 10:00, but I am stuck in traffic. See you in 20 minutes." :) Of course I am already back home.

I don't deal with people who don't respect my time, and I have better things to do than wait around for people who may or may not ever show up.

The good news is that for every tenant who loses an opportunity to rent in one of my buildings (very attractive and well-maintained), there are plenty of landlords who will wait for them. They don't need me. And here in Denver I don't need, or want, them.

--174.51.xx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 9:16 AM
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Clarification: I get their e-mails on my PC when I am already back home. Not that it matters... --174.51.xx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 9:49 AM
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With the traffic in Los Angeles, if someone is running 30 minutes late, they are early for the appointment. --47.156.xx.xx




How long do you wait? (by Dave [MO]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 10:13 AM
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I wait 10 minutes, and then I leave. --108.243.xxx.xx




How long do you wait? (by MikE SWMO [MO]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 10:26 AM
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The head guy at church said "if you are 10 minutes late for St. Peter that gate may be closed.

I guess it's your choice. --98.22.xx.xx




How long do you wait? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 10:36 AM
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Everyone (except Jeff LOL!) has a way to instantly communicate these days. If they don't call or text that they will be late, I will wait 5 minutes and then leave.

They could text me 10 minutes PRIOR and give a good excuse, and I will certainly wait because it can happen to anyone. But no text telling me? Nope. --173.22.xx.xx




How long do you wait? (by Terry [ID]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 10:44 AM
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All the comments above are right-on. I do not wait...if they're making excuses before they even meet you, what's going to happen after they move in and the rent is due? Excuses are like belly buttons...everybody's got one! --75.174.xxx.xx




How long do you wait? (by Barbara [VA]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 11:09 AM
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10 min. And that is for someone who called in advance to say they were late. Good excuse and I might wait longer. I do make it so there are things that need to be done at the rental while I am waiting. I figure 10 min. is reasonable for unexpected traffic. No notice, then I wait as long as it takes me to lock up. --68.107.xxx.x




How long do you wait? (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 11:57 AM
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Terry, you echoed my thoughts. Nailed it!

WMH, I hear you! I also did IT consulting until recently, and you can imagine the laughs and shock when I pulled out my Samsung Rugby flip phone! :) --174.51.xx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by David [MI]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 12:17 PM
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I schedule all my appts for the day for the same time. I text them 1 to 2 hours ahead of time, asking them to confirm they are still coming. That usually results in 3-5 confirmed prospects; if there's only 1 confirmed prospect and I wouldn't otherwise be at the house, I will cancel and reschedule. I will arrive at least 15 mins early for the prospects that arrive early.

It takes about 10 minutes for a prospect to walk through the whole house and around the yard and garage and ask me a few questions. So obviously if another prospect shows up no later than 10 mins after the scheduled time, I will still be there showing the house and still let them see it.

If it's 10 mins after and no word from them, I assume they're not coming and lockup. If it's the appt time and I have a breather , i'll text the ones that haven't showed and ask them if they are still coming. It takes me 2-3 mins check everything and lock up and if they make it by then i will show them --50.4.xxx.x




How long do you wait? (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 12:39 PM
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For me it's 15 minutes but I'm rethinking this.

If the appointments are later in the day (rush hour time) I MIGHT understand being 10 or 15 minutes late.

If in the middle of the day I'm less accommodating. Even if they show I've half written them off already.

I have found that those who show up late and go on to renting the place invariably are those who will also be late on their rent. Maybe their whole life is set back an hour or so?

Gail --71.203.xx.xx




How long do you wait? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 1:50 PM
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half an hour and if they are coming from really far and have been considerate, a little more. You need to ask them to call you when they leave their site and then again as they approach your area. --73.33.xxx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 2:36 PM
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Like NE, I insist on a call 30 minutes before and tell them if I don't hear from them, I won't show. At other times, I'll schedule multiple people at the same time frame like an open house setup. I do this if I'm generally going to be around doing something else. I had two people scheduled at the same time today; one ran late which worked out well as she was waiting while I finished up with the other applicant. Works pretty well. --207.172.xx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 3:32 PM
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Only open house showings here. Everyone is invited at the same time. We only show in teams, so one of us can do the walk through while another is answering questions about the application process, looking at ID and collecting app fees. With our last vacancy, we set up a card table and chairs with pens and applications and brought a computer printer to use as a copier.

When we first started doing it this way, I was afraid it would be awkward with different parties looking at the apartment. But everyone seems to take it in stride, and letting applicants know there is other interest is never a bad thing. it is a huge time saver, and we are not frustrated when 9 are supposed to show and only three actually show up. --208.185.xxx.xx




How long do you wait? (by John2 [MI]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 4:02 PM
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We do showings that are scheduled 15 min apart. I also send reminder text the morning of to all scheduled people... for example, showing scheduled 2:00,2:15,2:30,3:00 and I leave at 3:15. If they don't show and call next day to reschedule I make them first on the list for next showing... --24.231.xxx.xx




How long do you wait? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 5:44 PM
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I wait about 15 mins, gives me time to repair 2 or 3 fixture stops valves, this time can also be spent working on the breaker box labels, once in awhile I actually read a book while waiting. --76.188.xxx.xx




How long do you wait? (by ntj [GA]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 5:53 PM
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In retrospect, anyone who showed up late to the appt wasn't a good prospect anyway. --24.98.xxx.xx




How long do you wait? (by Lynda [TX]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 9:08 PM
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I never haven this problem because I don't give specific appts. I schedule I viewing time on a weekday, a weekend, and an evening. I stay at the unit the whole time (with a computer, a book, and a snack). That way, no matter what someone's work schedule is, there is a time they can come. I have had factory shift workers, teachers, city workers, etc.

Whoever wants to view can come on by. Anyone who misses one viewing can make arrangements to go to another one.

--108.87.xx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by Elena [PA]) Posted on: Aug 13, 2017 6:06 AM
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We schedule everyone for 6 pm, for example, but stay there for an hour, until 7 pm. There is usually a task or two to be completed (even if I am picking up trash around the house). At 7 pm exactly I leave.

I don't expect tenants to be on time. tenants are tenants for a reason. They don't have their act together. Otherwise, they would be homeowners, lol :) --71.162.xxx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Aug 13, 2017 6:45 AM
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Ntj, you're right. I have a policy of arriving a few minutes early and leaving after 2 minutes past the appointment time, max. If they are not there at the time we agreed upon, that's it. I never reschedule no-shows or late shows.

On the few times that I have violated my own rule, the tenants were not good. I can recall one being late for a showing and then being late with the first month's rent. Not a surprise.

Since then I have had quite a few prospects shocked that I had left the site before they arrived 5 or 10 minutes late. My guess is that 50-60% of my prospects never get to see the unit. It's a weeding out process that has great value to me.

As they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

- --174.51.xx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Aug 13, 2017 7:04 AM
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I confirm all appointments (15 minutes apart) on the morning of the showing via text. If they don't confirm I cancel them, they are not coming.

If they confirm and I am at unit and they text they are running x minutes behind, I'm okay. It happens. If they DON'T though and the appointment time passes, I'm out of there. They are not coming. Or if they are, I already consider them rude for not letting me know and I don't want them.

I have had the occasional "confirm but no-show" try to reschedule later but they are already on my permanent "no" list. The usual excuse is, "I got called in to work." SO? Text me and cancel, don't just no-show. --173.22.xx.xx




How long do you wait? (by rentON [PA]) Posted on: Aug 13, 2017 11:10 AM
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I did wait an hour for the prospect. The appointment was confirmed 1 hour before via text. The Prospect did text about a delay resulting from Mass Transportation issue. I did wait longer than usual based on following: confirmed appointment, plausible explanation, good communication, rental biz slow at this property, curious to meet self employed writer making above minimum...And it was a bust other than some time at the property. --73.236.xxx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Aug 14, 2017 5:41 AM
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like some others, I have "open" times. I'll be there Sunday between 11 and 1. For a specific appointment, yes, it's rude not to be on time but I hang out "a while" ...no specific time frame.

For my job, I have specific appointment times. You cannot believe the folks that waltz in the door 1/2 hour late for closing when buying a house... carrying a fancy to go coffee, etc. --72.95.xx.x




How long do you wait? (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Aug 14, 2017 1:46 PM
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15 mins. if Grandma just died then 20 mins. I have declined several showings bc no call and I was waiting and they want to tell me they got there at 20 mins past scheduled time. I tell them I went to next appointment. --97.94.xxx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by Doogie [KS]) Posted on: Aug 14, 2017 2:01 PM
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I try and schedule everyone at the same time for whatever day. I confirm via text 1 hour before the appointment. If no response, I don't bother going to the property. If they confirm, I get there on time and wait 2 min.

It's amazing to me the number of times 45 min AFTER the scheduled time, I'll get a call/text saying "We're here, where are you at?" Uhh, back home with beer in hand. Sorry, can't reschedule. --98.175.xxx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Aug 14, 2017 4:04 PM
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Elena. Tenants are renters for many reasons. It is stupid comments such as yours that cause adverse opinions of 'LL. My daughter rents bc she is at grad school. My Dad rented bc he would be transferred every two years. My nephew rents bc he doesn't know where the Marines will send him when. You are an idiot. --97.94.xxx.xx




How long do you wait? (by Blue [IL]) Posted on: Aug 15, 2017 8:31 AM
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When setting the appt, I ask if they text. If yes, I tell them to text me 15 min ahead of the showing or I will not be there. If no text, I don't bother to go.

If they do not text, I arrive 2 minutes late (they will wait, after all, I have the keys!). I wait 10 mins in driveway unless there is something I need to do there. Then I leave. Too many no shows. --75.132.xxx.xx




How long do you wait? (by Rick in central [PA]) Posted on: Aug 22, 2017 4:33 PM
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Pmh (TX),

In Elana's defense, the renters you mention will be on time and she'd show the place to them. There are a lot of stupid people in PA, hence her statement. --97.119.xxx.xxx




How long do you wait? (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Aug 22, 2017 4:54 PM
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I am sure Rick there are a lot of smart people in PA who are renters. my statement stands. --97.94.xxx.xx



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