I regularly follow various real estate investment resources around the web seeing what others are saying about their own markets, catching trends and getting ideas for future projects. And it seems there is no shortage of crystal balls out there because everyone must have their very own and real bad tenants make bad investmentsestate investing certainly has its own fair share of pundits.

These pundits can passionately write about what they think and why it’s true yet just a few clicks away to another site, the very opposite is being preached. Some love certain areas in which to invest and others decry that same territory. One of the most common reasons certain opportunities are deemed unworthy has less to do with the zip code but the quality of renters.

“It takes at least six months to evict a tenant there and who pays for the mortgage, the insurance and the utilities? Me. The investor. I say stay away from (fill in the blank)” wrote one investor on a website who responded to yet another writer about how great the rental market appeared to be. But who’s right in this instance? They both can’t be right, can they?

Actually, yes and no. Here’s how. Rental properties in any major metro area cover the entire spectrum of property types. From a collection of simple duplexes near a college or university to a luxury rental with ocean views. At the same time, there are also renters with different characteristics. The problem with the person who complained about how long it takes to evict someone may be right but six months isn’t the problem—the investor rented to the wrong person.

To make a rental property work like it’s supposed to, without a thorough vetting of a potential tenant including credit and rental history, criminal background check and third party validation of income and job stability then that investor can’t really complain. A long eviction process isn’t a problem for someone who only rents to quality tenants.