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365 Connect Launches Leasing Data Platform Integration with The Rentables

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

NEW ORLEANS, LA – 365 Connect, the New Orleans based technology platform provider to the multifamily industry, announced today that it has launched its live data feed integration with The Rentables (www.TheRentables.com). Employing its latest product, the 24-7 Leasing Center, the integration automatically brings all of the apartment community marketing data for 365 Connect’s apartment clients to TheRentables.com rental housing search engine via the Center’s syndication platform.

The Rentables is a rental housing search engine that takes a fundamentally different approach to rental property listings to deliver the most relevant, accurate and comprehensive housing information to anyone at any time. Instead of tedious search forms, The Rentables presents all available units in a specific region through its map-based platform, and provides simple interactive filters to narrow results. These filters make it extremely easy and natural for users to make trade-offs between location, price, unit size and other characteristics.

The Rentables is packed with features that aim to both enrich and simplify the rental search experience. The site includes measures to ensure content is highly structured, and presents all of the relevant details of each listing upfront. The structured content allows users to add a property to their “Favorites List” and compare those units side-by-side.

24-7 Leasing Center is a joint product of 365 Connect and MultifamilyBiz.com, which harnesses and syndicates information across the Internet through multiple data feeds from the 365 Connect Network of Online Leasing Centers. The powerful MultifamilyBiz.com platform serves as the data hub and entrance point for the syndicated feeds. Going beyond traditional hosted websites, the 365 Connect platforms gather and sort data into bundles and then mass syndicates the most relevant data that apartment shoppers are seeking (such as photos, floor plans and pricing) across the Internet. The syndication platform saves time and money for multifamily property owners through the elimination of redundant marketing efforts which normally demand an extraordinary amount of management staff time.

In today’s ever expanding Internet marketplace, where 90% of all housing searches start online, it is vital that multifamily owners and operators market their communities efficiently and inexpensively on the web. 365 Connect strives to place each of its clients’ apartment communities in as many online destinations as possible with automatic, real-time updates in a seamless process that property managers never have to touch, see or update. By pushing the leasing information for 365 Connect platform communities across high traffic sites such as The Rentables, 365 Connect clients are ensured that their most relevant property information is reaching online prospects across the breadth of the Internet.

365 Connect and MultifamilyBiz.com are proud to align their 24-7 Leasing Center syndication platform with The Rentables to create a new integration which enhances their mission of driving quality traffic to all of the 365 Connect Online Leasing Centers.

About 365 Connect, LLC: Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, 365 Connect was founded in 2003 by a team of multifamily housing professionals with wide-ranging expertise in real estate development, management and technology. 365 Connect provides web-based technology solutions to the multifamily industry, with a focus on resident and management interaction and doing business in the digital world. Today, 365 Connect is the leader designing and delivering Web-based multifamily technology platforms with an array of products ranging from online leasing centers and interactive resident platforms to MultifamilyBiz.com, a powerful and robust B2B industry portal. More information on 365 Connect businesses and services is available on the Web at: www.365connect.com

About MultifamilyBiz.com: MultifamilyBiz.com is the place to be for everything touching multifamily housing. From its robust vendor directories to professional blogs, MultifamilyBiz.com is dedicated to providing a suite of focused, leading-edge, online tools and resources for maximizing and accelerating commercial activities in the multifamily marketplace. For more information regarding MultifamilyBiz.com and its services visit: www.MultifamilyBiz.com

About The Rentables: Since its launch in 2009, The Rentables has served thousands of visitors each month. The site’s traffic is growing at a rapid pace as more and more people continue to become familiar with the benefits that the site offers to both landlords and tenants. The main asset of The Rentables’ system is that instead of providing a search functionality, it offers users the opportunity to explore all available units within a specific region, along with filters to narrow the results to meet individual preferences. The idea is to dispense with search forms, which are tedious, and provide a more natural and easy-to-use solution where the interested party can intuitively explore various locations, unit sizes, price ranges. For more information visit: www.TheRentables.com

Source: MultifamilyBiz.com

Press Release: Apartment Listing Site Provides Valuable Off-Campus Housing Resource For Students

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

College and university off-campus housing offices have been partnering with apartment search websites to help their students find accommodations.

Beverly Hills, CA (Vocus) July 28, 2010

The Rentables (therentables.com), an online apartment rental listing service, has been working closely with colleges and universities throughout North America to offer a useful resource for students seeking off-campus housing. Pavel Tchourliaev, one of the founders of The Rentables explains: “We have designed the website around simple filtering of search results in terms of location and pricing. Students can easily narrow thousands of search results to find those closest to their campus and then compare those units side-by-side within seconds. If a certain type of unit is not available, students can subscribe to a customized RSS feed based on their filter settings and receive instant notification as these type of units are listed for rent.”

Over the past year The Rentables has partnered with several large rental listing providers to combine available listings across North America. Potential tenants now have a “one stop shop” to find the exact type of rental they want. Schien Dong, another of The Rentables’ founders and lead developer at the firm states: “With our main focus being usability, we have integrated as much technical capability into the website as possible without sacrificing speed. We want to save our users time by giving them intuitive and powerful features.”

Most universities and colleges offer off-campus housing resources to their students, and by partnering with apartments for rent websites, school administrators have increased the relevance of the resources they provide.

The Rentables launched nationwide in July 2009 and has already helped over 50,000 landlords fill their vacancies online. Contact The Rentables to learn more about how you can provide a valuable new off-campus housing resource to your students free of charge.

Press Release: Apartments for Rent Made Easy with The Rentables

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

By simplifying the process for both landlords and tenants alike, The Rentables has emerged as a major player in the online rental listings business.

(Vocus) July 13, 2010

In the competitive market of apartment rental listings, it can be difficult to stand out. A recent start-up, The Rentables (therentables.com), has taken a fundamentally different approach to providing these listings and has become a cutting edge competitor within a year of its launch.

Andrew C. MacDonald, one of four partners in the company explains: “As owners of income properties, we must market our own properties when vacancies occur. After using other online rental listing services, we realized that most existing rental websites are just not making the process easy and effective. The Rentables aims to make it very simple for landlords to post and manage ads for one or multiple units through a very streamlined process. We’ve spent hundreds if not thousands of hours designing the page flow to make our site as intuitive and fast as we can. There are some very neat features such as interactive filters and side-by-side unit comparison, which not only help tenants in their selection, but also helps landlords determine fair rents for their property.”

The Rentables gives landlords a choice of whether or not to create an account, keeping the posting process very quick. Landlords appreciate this approach and over 48,000 listings have been posted throughout North America. In addition to the listings posted directly to TheRentables.com, visitors can browse thousands more listings from numerous partner sites, which provides a comprehensive selection of rental properties for tenants.

“We have created a website that offers an improved experience for both landlords and tenants, and best of all, it’s free,” states Mr. MacDonald.

Incorporated in August 2009, The Rentables now serves thousands of visitors each month. Andrew believes that traffic will continue to increase significantly over the next six months as more and more people continue to become familiar with the benefits that the site offers to both landlords and tenants. Visit TheRentables.com to find your next apartment for rent online.

The Rentables Spring Technical Update

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Technical Upgrade - therentables.comOver the past few months we have been working hard to tweak our service based on user feedback. Here is a list of changes that have taken place so that the website can serve you better:

  1. Ability for landlords and property managers to post online rental listings with or without an account (using the dual-screen login)
  2. Updated account control panel for landlords and property managers making it easy to manage more than 1 listing
  3. Updated search engine friendly URLs for each post to ensure listings can be found on Google
  4. New footer menu with more relevant links
  5. New “Featured Advantage” page explaining the benefits of featuring your listing
  6. New “Advertise with Us” page to explain our new geo-targeted
  7. New Publisher API allowing other websites to embed The Rentables into their own site to display only their own units, or units meeting any user defined criteria
  8. Bug fixes to take care of compatibility issues or minor annoyances as reported by our users

Thank you for constantly providing us your feedback. We take your suggestions to heart, and work hard to ensure we provide the easiest classified website to use for all of our users.

Small online firm riding high – TheRentables.com helps clients find the right apartments

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Today The Rentables was featured in an article in the Toronto Star. Also mentioned were co-founders Pavel Tchourliaev, Schien Dong and Andrew MacDonald as well as Toronto area real estate sales representative Elena Fort. To see a full size PDF version of this article, click the image below: SG2V9D2UMWF4

After working hard to develop The Rentables throughout 2009 and establish a foothold, the team has shifted its focus in 2010 to growing our user base. As more people are aware of the service we offer, we are confident our site will explode in popularity. Simply put, The Rentables offers a better online rental listing search experience for its tenant users, and a simpler more streamlined posting process for its landlords and property managers. The more users our site has, and the more postings our site has, the more useful the site becomes for all parties involved.

We are at a level where TheRentables.com is a great resource to advertise your unit for rent or search for a new rental unit as a tenant. Best of all, both tenants and landlords can use our service free of charge, so be sure to check it out next time you are in the housing rental market, and be sure to tell your friends!

Happy Holidays from The Rentables

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

saks-holiday-decorAs we wind down for the (much needed) holiday break, we’d like to wish all of our users and fans a Happy Holiday season!

Whether you like to spend your holiday break socializing, reflecting, or relaxing, we wish you all the best. As you enjoy this anticipated time of year, take a minute to think how fortunate you are. If you’re reading this post you’re alive, breathing, probably well fed, have internet access, and a whole host of other blessings to be grateful for. Keep those things in mind as you enjoy a fantastic Christmas weekend and holiday season.

Sincerely,
Your Friends at The Rentables

LA Music Academy Offers New Off Campus Housing Resource

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Last month we announced some new schools participating in our University Campaign just in time for the back-to-school season. More recently, LA Music Academy joined our program to offer rental listings to students in the area surrounding campus via a new vanity URL:
www.therentables.com/go/lamusicacademy. This new resource can be seen on the LA Music Academy Housing Assistance page.

We look forward to helping students find LA Music Academy off-campus housing. To find out more about how this campaign works, or how your school can participate, see The Rentables University Edition landing page for more details and a quick (2min) overview video.

The Rentables on 163.com Tech News

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

The Rentables was reviewed by 163.com, a very popular Chinese web portal run by NetEase.

This represents our first review by a foreign source, and although we do not yet offer our services outside of North America, we are pleased to be featured on 163.com.

To check out our latest review, see the following link: http://tech.163.com/09/0902/19/5I7S9CKC000915BF.html

The Rentables Helps Students Headed Back to School

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

In our most recent campaign we’ve started to partner with colleges and universities to provide off-campus housing resources for their students. To find out more about how this campaign works, or how your school can participate, see The Rentables University Edition landing page for more details and a quick (2min) overview video.

We are pleased to be working with four new schools for the new Fall 2009 semester beginning in just a couple weeks. To assist students in finding off-campus housing for the upcoming school year, we have created a custom vanity URL for each participating school. These links take students directly to their campus on the map at TheRentables.com, and allow users to begin exploring listings surrounding their campus.

Each of the following schools have recently signed on with our campaign, and have posted links for their students:

Gnomon School of Visual Effects
Gnomon Housing
http://www.therentables.com/go/gnomon

Guilford College
Guilford Off Campus Living
http://www.therentables.com/go/guilford

Harvey Mudd College
Harvey Mudd Off-Campus Housing
http://www.therentables.com/go/hmc

Wells College
Wells Residence Life
http://www.therentables.com/go/wells

We look forward to helping students of these schools find off-campus housing, and to working with additional schools to further extend this service. For more information, please see The Rentables University Edition.

TheRentables.com – One Killer Start-Up

Monday, August 24th, 2009

The Rentables was reviewed again last week. This time, our site was picked up by KillerStartups.com in a brief article discussing some of the key benefits of our site. The article focuses on our explore vs. search approach to finding online rental listings, and the availability of real-time data in our system; 2 important features which both improve our user experience.

Our method of exploring a neighborhood for rentals is much closer to how we look for apartments in real life. First, you get to the area you’re interested in, and second you start exploring that area looking for a certain type of property in which you are interested. Using our interactive search filters to narrow results in any area makes this process very easy. Furthermore, having real-time data limits the need to call for availability. When you find a unit you like, you can add it to your favorites list, compare your favorites side-by-side, and finally make a decision on which property you’d like to see first. As the review on KillerStartups.com puts it “Those looking for a property to rent are certain to appreciate the practicality of exploring units in real time like this.” In order to make the most of this review, we’d like you to take a moment to vote for TheRentables.com on KillerStartups.com. You can see the article, and vote for us here: TheRentables.com – Finding Property To Rent Online. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to offering our users continued innovation to maintain our status as a Killer Start-Up.