You are definitely receiving sound advice here on Trulia! Matter of fact, I'm not sure why ANYONE would hold an Open House for a rental. Furthermore, when I have investors, relocation clients or anybody wanting advice on rentals I ALWAYS tell them to start with Craigslist. In the years before Craigslist it was always the Sacramento Bee, but that is simply not a reliable source, nor do they have the comprehensive info such as Craigslist.
As for your neighbor, that could potentially invite risk where you don't want it. It's a double edged sword too....will the neighbor screen out everybody because they prefer no one in the property or do they simply not care who rents and subsequently push the first live body through the door. So, in my humble opinion, I'd be pushing your Property Manager to get the house on Craigslist ASAP and then get over there ASAP.
Good luck Jerry~!
I would strongly not ask a neighbor to show your property to a potential tenant. This is a liability and may be setting yourself for problems down the road. Always meet your potential tenants. If they don't show, ask yourself, do you really want them as a tenant.
Nancy S Bergman
DRE # 01893550
Lyon RE Downtown
2801 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Your Property should be meeting each potential tenant and evaluating each one during the viewing process.
With regards to the neighbor idea, please remember there are liability issues at hand and I would suggest not to go that route.
All the best,
Bob Thomas, RMP, CRS, GRI
I suggest you use a supra box rather than a combo box if they are available in your area - they are much more secure since they records each visit electronically and capture identification of the agent accessing the box, and your home.
Good luck to you,
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As for you using your neighbor to show the home, they are not licensed and if they say something wrong it could come back to haunt you and/or your agent. What about liability and insurance for an unlicensed person?
The rental market in most areas have been brisk, so you will want to make sure that your lease price is correct for the location and condition of the property.
All the best to you.