Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How to list your property using RentCompass iPhone App?

On Tuesday Apr 1st 2014, RentCompass pushed another update for RentCompass iOS App. The latest  App update is fully optimized for iOS7 on the iPhone and the iPad.

We designed an easy to use mobile Apps to help our customers find a place to rent, because we all know finding an apartment can be hard. 
With our least iOS App update, we are introducing Air Listing. Landlords can use RentCompass App on the iPhone, iPad and even the iPod Touch to list a property.

You can take photos with your iPhone or update existing photos for your property, set the price and location and submit your property to RentCompass. It's easy to use air list with RentCompass iOS App, you can list your property under 1min.

Try RentCompass App today and list your property.
I am going to walk you through the process of listing a property using RentCompass App on the iPhone, you can also do this on your iPad and iPod Touch as long as you have access to wifi.

Step 1
- Choose New Listing.

- Sign in using your RentCompass account.
If you don't have a RentCompass account, click Create New Account to create a RentCompass account. If you don't remember your password, click forgot my password link.

Step 2
- Add your property Address details.

It's easy to locate your property on the maps, type in your property address or find it on the maps.
- Set the price, the description of the property and how long you would like to rent it for. 
- Select existing photos or use the camera to take photos of your property.

Note: you must submit at least one photo with your listing. 
To rent your place faster, make sure you update good photos of the place you are renting. 

Please note: Once you submit your property, it can take few hours for your listing to show up on RentCompass.com website and RentCompass Apps

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

FACTS about rental housing in Ontario today

Here is some very useful facts about rental housing market in Ontario

Income and housing prices have outpaced rents for the past 10 years.

Rent increased 10% between in the last ten years, while 
- incomes went up 26% and 
- house prices went up 35%

Cost of owning home compared to renting is at 60 years high
According to the bank of Canada, the ratio of home ownership costs to renting is close to its highest level since 1949

42% of all Renter households are 1-person households
Over 42% of all renters in Ontario consist of just one person, up from 22% in 1971.

Highest vacancy rates are found in apartments the lowest monthly rents 
Toronto vacancy rate for apartments $799/month or less is 3 times higher apartments renting over $1000/month

Saturday, June 15, 2013

RentCompass iOS App adds support for lookup by RentCompassID

Finding a place is hard, but luckily RentCompass web and mobile Apps make it easy. When looking for a place, it's common to share a link for the property with friends and family, also helping a friend to look for a place is easy on RentCompass, if you find a property that you would like to share, share RentCompass ID or the web link to the property. Using RentCompass iPhone or iPad App enter RentCompass ID to locate the property. Photos show lookup by RentCompass ID on the iPhone
Photo shows lookup by RentCompass ID on the iPad
You can also click on the web link in the mail app or safari browser, then click open button on the smart banner. RentCompass App will take you directly to the property details screen.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

SoLoMo Presentation at Landlord WebCON

The LandlordWebCON this year was great. We had the chance to speak about mobile at the conference this year, and we had some very interesting information to share. Many people have asked us for the slides, and we are sharing them here:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

RentCompass iOS universal App learns French

Bonjour Québec, 
We are excited at RentCompass to announce that RentCompass popular iOS App is available in French. Our bilingual App is designed to work for customers in their English or French language of choice.

Télécharger RentCompass App gratuite

Monday, October 29, 2012

RentCompass Brings Canada's Most Popular Rental App to iPhone 5

Apple latest iPhone had a successful launch, according to Apple, the iPhone 5 has sold out one hour after the presale began. We recognize that many of our customers will be upgrading to iPhone 5, RentCompass iOS App last update brings support to iPhone 5 and iOS6 to make use of the larger retina screen on the iPhone 5.
The latest App update include changes to make the App more stable and fix issues related to handling interrupted wifi and internet connections.

RentCompass universal App update is now available on the App Store

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Facebook: The $100 Billion Gorilla, what’s in it for you?

In 2012, Facebook hit 900 million users, Twitter follows with 500 million users and Google+ boasted 100 million users. These massive figures show that we can no longer ignore the importance of social media as means to communicating with each other and especially the younger generations.
Canadians are spending more time online than any other country. The average Canadian spends about 45 hours a month browsing the Internet, according to new figures from ComScore Inc. The majority of that time is spent on social networking sites such as Facebook.
While ComScore said social networks are rapidly expanding their user base, it added that Facebook was “nearing a point of visitor saturation” in Canada. Still, it remains the preferred destination of most Canadians – the term “Facebook” was the No. 1 search query in the country to close the year. Canada has more than 17 million users. Canada's penetration rate of about 51.2 per cent of the population, or 65.9 per cent of the online population, is still one of the most significant on Facebook.
This signals a drastic shift in how we get our information; instead of searching for information on search engines and other portals, we are finding that information by viewing our friend’s recommendations or asking friends for feedback using social media networks.

 An important question to ask here is how would the rental industry make use of this significant shift in where we consume data? Many are adding Facebook share and like buttons to their websites, others have built Facebook fan pages, and created Twitter accounts. While these are essential steps in harnessing the power of social media, they are only making it easy for users take the information to social media networks, they simply lack engagement and we need to engage.
How do we engage these users you may ask? By participating in conversations with both existing and potential tenants and by taking our information to the social media networks. We can share photos, news and announcements on social media networks. We need to ensure that the communication is not a one way stream. Users themselves need to feel they are engaged and participating in this interaction and the best way to engage them is by…. building apps!
Imagine a tenant searching for an apartment right on Facebook and ask their friends for opinions about neighbourhoods without having to switch to another website to perform their search. Imagine them using Facebook chat to ask their friends for feedback and getting a reply in real time, while looking at the property details and photos. Facebook itself does not provide all that capability but all this can be done by building Facebook apps that allow people to search for rentals and communicate on the platform itself.

You can also build apps that list out details about your apartments on your own Facebook page, and have that information update the pricing and availability automatically without having to post it manually every time it changes. You can build apps to engage your existing tenants, allow them to submit forms, make it easy for them to refer friends or even hold contests. You can also build useful utility apps that everyone can use on daily basis as a way to promote your brand and increase visibility.
Today's reality requires we innovate; RentCompass has the first Canadian app for finding rentals on Facebook, and the first and most popular app for finding rentals on mobile phones. Contact RentCompass to learn how to get your own Facebook App - Free!
To learn more visit http://www.rentcompass.com/social

* This article also recently on the BuildingBlocks magazine.