Credit Bureau Reports/Background Checks

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My properties are in a desirable rental market and I never have problems finding tenants. I currently use a real estate broker who runs the ads, does the credit bureau check and criminal checks and all the usual tasks. The cost is equal to one months rent which is usually anywhere from $1400-$2300. This year cost the was close to 20K. I have time, so I would like to do the screening myself, does anyone have any recommendations on companies who provide these services?

My Smart Move done by TransUnion is popular:

Also, these books are great.  I used their CA landlord one, but they have one on screening tenants, and contracts, and all kinds of great stuff - all written by lawyers and easy to read.  The contracts are also easy to read and understand by tenants:

Originally posted by @Linval T. :

Yes, you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself. This is not rocket science.

Here is one I use.

 How much do they charge? I didn't see any pricing on their website.

@Andy H. - Yes, the pricing is not posted on their site. But, they will send it to you if requested.

I will send you a PM with what was received because of your deep interest and seeing that it was not publicly posted.