WhatsTheRent.com

A shout out to a cool new website that creates a whole new definition for the phrase user friendly. We at the Property Management blog are proud to call them friends and welcome you to check out their site [Here]. Below I have posted some information from their About Page do enjoy and have a … Continue reading “WhatsTheRent.com”

A shout out to a cool new website that creates a whole new definition for the phrase user friendly. We at the Property Management blog are proud to call them friends and welcome you to check out their site [Here]. Below I have posted some information from their About Page do enjoy and have a brilliant weekend.

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WhatsTheRent.com
was launched early in 2008, and is the web’s only 100% free site that offers simultaneous searching for apartments and rooms for rent.

My name is James, and I have been both a renter and a landlord for the past eight years.  I created WhatsTheRent.com after becoming frustrated with the other websites out there. Some are just too expensive, most are plagued with scams and fake listings, and the free ones are featureless and just difficult to find you want.

Although WhatsTheRent.com is free, it is packed with user friendly features. How annoying is it to be forced to create an account just to search for a place to live? Not here! Searching is as simple as typing in a zip code, and then contacting a landlord is just a couple clicks away, still without the need to create an account. However, if you do create an account, you have the ability to save listings to your "favorites" list, as well as receive email notifications of new listings that meet your search criteria. Not just new listings in your city, but listings that actually meet your specific criteria! And how about an advanced search? No problem, you can enter in a simple zip code search or create a very specific search to show just the type of listings you want.

WhatsTheRent.com was built to be mouse click friendly, meaning that you do not need to constantly click back on forth from one page to another to view details about a particular listing. All the information you need is right there on the search results page. Photos, maps, and detailed descriptions can be shown by opening the drop down sections at the bottom of each listing. You can also assign a rating to each listing, or hide listings that you are not interested in. This means that you can systematically narrow down your choices until you find the perfect place to rent.

When you are looking for a place to live, do you ever search for a room to rent and also search for a place of your own, perhaps an apartment? Sometimes you just don’t know what you can afford and so you search for both, often requiring you to use different websites. Well not anymore, because WhatsTheRent.com allows you to search for, and display at the same time, rooms for rent and entire units for rent. All your options are right there for you to compare, all on one page.

Another WhatsTheRent.com exclusive is our integrated Google Maps with the ability to show estimated distance and drive time to any address you enter as a reference. For example, you can search for apartments on the edge of Chicago, yet know the drive time to get downtown to your office. No need to ask the landlord "how long will it take for me to drive downtown?" You can also use the Compare Listings feature to show all your matches on one map.

And how about spam control? Some sites do not even make an effort to control spam and fake listings. Some require you to pay to read your emails, and so if a scammer sends you an email, and you pay to read it, then the website just made money. On one popular roommate matching website, I reported fake listing after fake listing, all of which were obvious fakes, yet they continue to show up. My frustration with fake listings and scammer emails was one of my main motivations for creating this site. We promise to take down any listings that are reported as fake, and we will do our best to ban that user from accessing the site again. Also, all initial emails to owners are sent through our system, and we have a complex program that analyzes the email to try an determine if it is a legitimate email or a scammer trying to dupe you into sending them money. We can’t promise that we will catch all fake emails, but we promise to try our best, and if we are doing a good job you’ll never get a bogus email in your "IN" box. Check out our User Safety page to learn more about what to look for.

From an owner’s point of view, WhatsTheRent.com is the perfect place to list your room or property. Totally free, and creating a listing takes just minutes. If you are a property manager, you can turn your listings on and off with just a click of your mouse, and there are no limits on the number of listings you can create. Once you create a listing, there is no need to continually come back to the site to bump your property to the top of the list.

My goal is to make WhatsTheRent.com the web’s #1 source for roommates and rentals.  Thanks for visiting, and good luck finding your new home!

James Mattox

Founder

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