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Pitfalls Of Poor Tenant Screening Part 1

Most seasoned Landlords have been subjected to a similar scenario: a prospect shows up to view a property and says they have first months rent, full deposit and need to move in right away due to some semi-believable story.  It’s tough to pass up the money in hand when the market reflects a surplus of inventory.  They seem like a nice couple, are not trying to negotiate, and you are tired of showing the unit, so you take the money straight to the bank and turn over keys.  This is usually where the dream ends and the nightmare begins.

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This used to happen more often years ago, when we didn’t have the power to search courthouse records 24/7 from our phones.  However, you may be surprised to hear that it still happens a lot.  People who “work the system”, grifters, scammers, con artists, deadbeats, shysters, whatever you call them, know how to play it to their benefit.  They show up in nice clothes, speak kindly and with respect, praise the property, and can tell their story with so much drama it will leave you teary eyed.

Here’s a video of one example showing the condition of a property where the owner did very little to screen the prospect:

https://youtu.be/xnLU8ekyANg

Please, please, please resist the urge.  If they have to stay in a hotel for a day or two, you would be better served in the long run.  Before you even start marketing your property for rent you should have a tenant screening company set up so you don’t lose time setting them up once a tenant is ready to move.  I am not here to sell you on one company over another.  There are plenty of very good screening companies out there.  I would suggest you find one that offers as many of the following services as possible:

Nationwide criminal search
Nationwide eviction search
Credit report
Social Security Number validation
Lien/Judgment search
Sex offender registry search (Nationwide, in case they did not register at previous address)
Employment verification
Landlord (more importantly previous Landlord) verification
Global Homeland security search

I will dig in deeper on the next installment.

 

Best Things in Andalusia

This article will discuss the 7 best things to do in Andalusia. The area with nice weather, nice people and charming village.

1) Eat sardines specials on the Costa del Sol.- Every visitor should once in their life enjoy the pleasure of eating fresh coal-fed sardines at the snack bar on the Costa del Sol. Cold beer and beautiful sunsets overlooking the Mediterranean Sea are the best gastronomic combination of a sunny day.

2) Bread breakfast with oil and tomatoes from Antequera.- This bread (mollete) is a kind of typical Antequera bread which is characterized by softness and round shape. This delicacy is mixed with pure oil extracted from olive trees from this Andalusian soil and its tomatoes from the fertile vega that surrounds it. You must try this unbeatable way.

3) View the sunset in front of the Alhambra in Granada.- One of the most beautiful prints in the world is the famous Parador de San Nicolás in Granada. The picturesque neighborhood of the Albaicín is witnessed every time the sun falls on one of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet where the Alhambra is majestic at your feet and is dyed colored until falling asleep.

4) Marbella and luxury lifestyle.- At least once in your life you have to travel to Marbella to enjoy its glamor and luxury. Meetings, celebrations and events between yachts and shops of international designers are some of the things that you have to experience and mix with the simplicity and Andalusian style of its historical center.

5) El Rompido and its nature.- Taking into account the impact of the human being in nature, finding still virgin landscapes is complicated. For this reason, El Rompido is a must visit to take a dip between the purest vegetation and crystal clear waters.

6) Try the shrimp in Huelva.- You have to sit at a bar and eat a plate of good white shrimp. In the market you can also get this delicacy from the Atlantic Ocean to bake it with garlic and parsley.
7) Watching the Iberian lynx in Doñana.- Doñana is one of the places you must visit in Andalusia. It is important in this country to visit this place where you can find one of the most important native species of the peninsula, Iberian lynx.