Tenant screening and prospecting is a big part of Philadelphia property management. A lot of people have commented that this is where you make or break your investment. There’s a bit of truth to that, and today we’re talking about how you find and screen the best tenants.

Online Advertising and Management

Tenants today are very savvy. They have access to the same information that you do as an investor. They understand what’s available throughout the city, and not only in your specific neighborhood. So, you’re competing with a lot more properties. You need to be online, and you need to be able to do things quickly. It’s important to always be in 24/7 mode. We use online schedulers so prospective tenants have access 24 hours a day to the properties that are available. They can easily schedule an appointment from their mobile phones at any time of day or night.

Screening Applications Consistently

All applications are run through an online system. We require every applicant to fill out the same form and provide the same information. Then, we review the results. Even before we review the application, we require information, such as proof of income. We ask for pay stubs, bank statements, or proof of SSI income so we know the applicant can afford the unit. We have a standard that tenants earn at least three times the monthly rent.

Everyone is screened the same way. It’s important to be fair and consistent to avoid violating fair housing laws. Our process allows us to give applicants an answer within 48 to 56 hours. We try to be responsive, and we never want to leave things hanging.

Screening ApplicationsThe tenant screening process is not over when a tenant is approved and ready to move in. We require a deposit, and the property is considered open until that deposit is received.

We encourage you to follow this same process when you’re screening tenants. If you have any questions, please contact us at McSherry Property Management.

John James Roedig

With 30 years of financial and management experience, John is Co-owner of McSherry Property Management and Co-Founder of Roedig Vesco Commercial Real Estate. John sets the overall corporate direction for both companies and is responsible for the administrative affairs. He is also the president and owner of Valley Holding Group, Inc. a multi-family asset owner. John Is a member of NARPM, IREM and National Association of Realtors.

Prior To John’s career in Property Management and Commercial Brokerage John held senior management positions in the cogeneration & independent power industries.

John grew up in Huntingdon Valley, PA, and LBI, NJ. He now splits his time in PA and in South Florida.

John has a BS degree in Accounting & Finance from LaSalle University and also holds an MBA From LaSalle University

Joe Vescovich

As a longtime resident of the Philadelphia metro area, Joe understands the numerous intangible benefits of life and opportunities within Philadelphia and surrounding areas. After graduating from Penn State, Joe and his family moved back to the area and he has extensive experience within the commercial and residential appraisal fields. Through this extensive background within the local area and regional market, Joe has a strong understanding of the dynamics within the various communities of this area.

Connected to the community through volunteer and board membership, Joe has additional insight into local zoning, as a member of the Cheltenham Twp. Zoning Board and other nonprofit organizations. Joe’s contacts and lifelong residency leverage his energy and enthusiasm.

Education includes degrees’ in Construction Engineer (Spring Garden College), and Operations Management (Penn State). Professional designations include those in the appraisal sector. Joe has been involved in professional podium speaking/training, and teaching activities. Joe has authored and taught multiple 30 hour and full day Certification and Broker programs at The Pennsylvania State University, Polley Associates, Appraisal Institute, and Northeast Board of Realtors. Other professional commitments have included several national and local professional committees with the Appraisal Institute, International Right-of-Way Assoc. and Appraisal groups.

When not assisting clients, Joe enjoys spending times time in the art world. He is interested in the visual arts. Trained as a woodworker, this creativity component extends into the business arena and beyond.

Get A Free Rental Analysis

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Call us at (215) 867-6595 during business hours.

We guarantee that a team member will be on the other end to answer any questions you may have.

Application Guidelines

Nancy Lewis
Director of Leasing

Nancy Lewis has over 20 years of experience in customer service and account management. She previously worked in the new build construction field. She recently joined the team at McSherry Property Management as the Director of Leasing. Some of her current duties include meeting with future tenants, showing rental properties and creating leases, as well as handling client concerns. She is also given the opportunity to create new policies and procedures to help the business grow. The entire team at McSherry Property Management is very respectful, open to new ideas, and work in a positive environment while expanding their business and remaining innovative as they proceed. Nancy enjoys the close relationships built between coworkers and management. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be part of the team and to work with all of McSherry Property Management’s clients.

MaryEllen Meehan

MaryEllen has been a member of the JG McSherry team for over 40 years. Her experience crosses over many aspects of the real estate business including title insurance, property casualty insurance, condominium, conversions, sales and property management. Her current duties are more in an assisting capacity in any of our departments at this time. She is very proud to be associated with a firm that has consistently exhibited integrity, responsibility and professionalism over the decades