October 12, 2015
Screen Before You Meet
“You mean I get to see the applicant’s criminal report before I meet him?”
A female landlord asked this of my wife last month after hearing about RentValet.
We might save her 5-10 hours per vacancy. She might enjoy our FREE and unlimited services. But what is most important to this woman is her safety.
She is the typical real-estate investor, as over 60% of all rental units are owned by individuals. She has several single family homes in the area and she has a full time job. The only time she can meet a prospective tenant is in the evenings or on the weekends. Her goal is to fill vacancies as fast as possible with qualified applicants, and she currently meets them at a time of their choosing.
She prioritized her business over her own safety because, until RentValet, there was no other option.
RentValet is located in Cincinnati, where a recent serial rapist operated in 2006. The Blue-Eyed Rapist was his nickname and he terrorized the Cincinnati area, including bordering towns in Indiana and Kentucky.
His modus-operandi: David Hopper (above) would schedule showings at model homes in the evenings with female real-estate agents. Then he’d rob and rape them.
The threat is real, and as of today only one Internet service provides a Screen-Before-You-Meet solution: RentValet.
Hopper was finally caught and is serving, or owes, prison time in all three states.
Media Links: News5 (2007), Dayton Daily News (2009), and Fox19 (2010).
Another blog post inspired by RentValet friend Bob K.
Posted by Chris Pohl, RentValet Founder at 6:16 PM