I am trying to find a summer sublet in Portland on Craigslist. I have sent out a handful of responses to ads, but so far, I haven't gotten any responses--not even a "sorry, it's been filled" or a "sorry, you're not what we are looking for". Is this standard when looking for sublets in a major city, or should I be rethinking the wording of my contact email?
I've never been the person posting the ad for a sublet before. Do posters usually receive so many responses that it is simply impractical to respond to them all (sort of like online dating)? I'm not sure how to interpret the lack of responses. I mean, I'm not taking it personally or getting upset, but I want to make sure that I move forward in a positive manner so that I do successfully find a sublet. I think my reply email to the ads is pretty good--I tailor it to what is said in the ad (based upon sort of a template description of myself), and I think that it is straightforward, slightly witty, and makes me sound like a positive individual to live with. However, since I haven't gotten any responses, I am starting to worry.
Another factor that may be working against me is the fact that I am not actually IN Portland right now--I am hoping to secure a sublet from my current location for when I arrive in Portland in a month. I state this fact in my response (since most ads say that they want to meet you) and offer to "meet" them via Skype. I realize that not everybody will consider this acceptable, but I still sort of expected someone to reply with "sorry, no way we will consider without meeting you in person".
So, overall, I'm trying to figure out why I'm not getting any responses to my emails. I'm certainly not expecting a 100% response rate, but I'm a little surprised by the 0% acknowledgement rate as well. Is this just how the housing search game is played out? Or, should I address the fact that the common factor in each of these non-responses is me?
I've got a fantastic internship this summer that I got based on a lead from my previous AskMe question
, and I couldn't be more excited. However, I've got to live somewhere, and I dislike the idea of showing up in a new city with no place to live.