Re: A fine line - Posted by Anne_NDq
Posted by Anne_NDq on September 11, 2004 at 13:11:44:
The best thing to do is to have a set of WRITTEN standards that you adhere to as a minimum for approval in your park. Make sure they follow Fair Housing Guidelines and then be sure to implement them the same way across the board.
All of us have prejudices, some of us are more willing to admit it than others- it’s just the human condition. If you have a standard that you adhere to, you are more likely to make the right choice for the potential buyer and yourself.
This is not easy to do, but it is important, and it’s the law. One of my rules is that if someone stands me up, they don’t get a second chance to rent or buy unless they have a dam good reason for it, and they made some attempt to contact me pretty quickly.
I’ve had buyers who on first acquaintance I might have felt “funny” about, but I used my forms to get them approved and they turned out to be great. One of the things I’ve discovered in life is that most of the time the cream will rise to the top.
If this guy has had a good job for 7 years and part of your approval process is to verify employment and ask for personal references, then it sounds like you may have a buyer you can approve.