Nov 3, 2020
The urban core’s mass exodus is being exaggerated, according to Taryn Byron. Nonetheless, developers and multifamily property owners need to adjust to changing demands from renters and shifts in demographics. Understandably, as many landlords and leasing agents are seeing more movement from renters, they are becoming more cautious in who they accept as replacement residents. Knowing how to screen tenants during COVID, in the middle of a federal eviction moratorium, can be a challenge. However, there are some key steps property owners and leasing agents can employ to make it easier according to Byron.
Taryn Byron is the president and broker of CJ Dalton, a leading real estate firm that focuses on new developments and multi-family residential leasing in New York City and New Jersey. Byron is the lead real estate consultant for DMG Investments and with over seventeen years of hands-on experience in real estate sales and mentorship, she plays an integral part in the ongoing development of the firm.
In looking at rental applications, many renters use “IG filters” to mask their real financial situation. Leasing agents and landlords need to look past these filters to uncover the facts on a rental applicant. On the shift in demand, Taryn says that renters are seeking more outdoor space and separate workspaces. Current developments in the pipeline are too far along to pivot to shifting demands as the development timeline is around 3 years. Developments being planned now will be more likely to reflect these changing dynamics.
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Key Insights on Screening Tenants and Shifts in Multifamily Development
The product being developed in the more suburban areas [of New York] is more urban style as we are seeing more multifamily development with retail components to it
Some [prospective tenants] are very good at putting Instagram filters on their applications, creating a false image of who they are.
Whenever you accept a check from a tenant who is not on the lease, you open yourself up to a lot of issues as a landlord.
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