A personal letter sealed the deal AGAIN

Reblogger Chris Ann Cleland
Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA VA License # 0225089470

A personal letter accompanying a rental application is a very good thing.  I suggest that all of my tenants write one.  It is especially important for folks who may have lost their home in foreclosure, or just sold in a short sale.  Landlords want to know why a tenant can afford their property, but couldn't afford their own mortgage.  A little upfront explanation goes a long way.

Original content by Michelle Gibson
A personal letter sealed the deal AGAIN

letter writingLetter writing isn't a thing of the past when I'm working with prospective tenants.

I've always been a firm believer in writing a personal letter introducing yourself to a prospective landlord when submitting a lease offer. 

In todays economy so many prospective tenants don't look good a paper, but in my experience theres always a reason why; divorce, death, job lose, medical bills, etc. 

I have found that writing a letter explaining your circumstances almost always supersedes a bad credit report or a questionable rental application.

A few weeks ago another one of my clients signed a lease all because of the personal letter we submitted with their lease offer. The listing agent/owner was reluctant after reviewing their rental application and credit, but after reading my clients "sincere letter" their offer was accepted.

Letter writing may seem like a thing of the past, but if you are looking for a rental I highly recommend submitting a personal letter along with your lease offer regardless if your credit is 800 or 400.


Michelle Gibson REALTOR®
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc.
561.333.0446
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Letters are always a great idea to have a prospective tenant write and accompany their rental application.

Sep 12, 2010 11:40 PM #1
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I don't know why more people don't do them. 

Sep 13, 2010 09:27 AM #2
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Michelle Gibson
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Chris Ann - Thank you so much for the re-blog!

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Michelle:  It's my pleasure.  I believe 100% in doing the same thing. 

Sep 14, 2010 10:08 AM #4
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