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!
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* This article also recently on the BuildingBlocks magazine.

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Most Common Void Clauses in Rental Agreements in Ontario

Many landlords insist on adding certain clauses to rental lease agreements, however in many jurisdictions, these clauses are deemed void.
For examples, in Ontario the most commonly reported void clauses in rental lease agreements are:
  1. No Pets Allowed
  2. Requiring damage deposit
  3. Requiring content insurance
  4. No subletting
  5. No overnight guests
Therefore, if you are signing a rental lease agreement in Ontario, and the landlord ads any of the above clauses, these clauses are void and hence cannot be enforced.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Landlord Webcon

(TORONTO, May 9, 2012) – RentCompass is proud to announce their sponsorship for the 2012 Landlord Webcon, Canada's Apartment Internet Marketing Conference. Founded by Landlord Web Solutions in 2011, the conference provides landlords and marketing professionals an opportunity to learn about the latest digital trends impacting the rental industry. RentCompass is proud to be launching their new Facebook App for Landlords at the conference.
As the first Canadian App in its category available on iOS systems and Android, RentCompass is an invaluable tool for landlords to promote their vacant spaces. RentCompass also leads the pack, breaking onto the Facebook scene with its recent launch of the RentCompass Facebook App allowing users to share, like and communicate about available listings.
RentCompass’ Facebook App for Landlords is a great new addition to their product line. It allows for Landlords to boost the visibility of their properties by having their own listings on the dominant social media platform. This App allows Landlords to list their properties as a tab on their Facebook fan page providing the landlord with a great way to showcase their vacancies.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The RentCompass Facebook app

(TORONTO, May 1, 2012) – RentCompass is proud to present its new Facebook App! As Canada’s first renters’ mobile App available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices, RentCompass has been dedicated to making renting easy and accessible. Get your friend’s opinion on a new neighbourhood or building, or, share a listing with a friend who is hunting for their next space. Canada’s first apartment rentals App on Facebook is a great way for you to learn more about your next apartment from your own trusted network of friends.