I'm wondering if someone can help me out here. I'm having problems with
prospective tenants that seem to want to tell me their life story when
they're looking at a vacant apartment for rent. They start off by
telling me where they're living now, and why they want to move, and why
it would be more convenient for them to live here rather than there, and
that's because they're going to be babysitting for their daughter who
lives just a few blocks away. She just had a baby a few weeks ago, and
is finishing her maternity leave from where she works. As the baby's
grandmother she's going to be babysitting while her daughter is at work.
She works at Russell Metals... in the office. She's been working
there for over 10 years and she likes it.
See what I mean? People think I'm interested because I'm listening to
them. Truthfully, I really couldn't care less.
Up until now I've been saying things like "Excuse me, but I really
should be getting back to work."
The problem is that even this doesn't work well because I have to wait
for them to stop talking before I can get a word in, and that often
takes a lot longer than it should.
Is there any way I can give these people the message, either verbally on
non-verbally that I don't care WHY their moving. I only care about the
kind of reference I'm going to get from their previous landlords, their
employment status and whether they smoke or have pets? Is there some
way to give people that message without offending them? Truth is, I
truly don't care what's all going on in their life because none of it
affects my decision as to whether or not to rent to them.