Rentjungle.com’s smart new mapping technology civilizes apartment hunting.When it comes to apartment hunting, it’s a jungle out there. The best defense is rentjungle.com’s innovative spidering and mapping technology. Not only does it scour the web and aggregate pages to find every listing, but it presents those findings on an interactive map that makes apartment hunting so easy, a monkey could do it. You get more listings than any other online site, and an instant visual detailing the apartment’s location and what’s nearby: parks, shopping, ultra hip watering holes. Plus you can check out if that “park view” really showcases lush foliage or leaves you staring at a row of fenders.Sure Rentjungle.com works much like Google in that it scours the Internet and pulls together apartment listings from a variety of sites. But it one ups Google by focusing solely on apartment searches and displaying results either on a simple, interactive map or as a listing with links to Google street views. Another advantage over Google is the ability to search by number of bedrooms, price and distance with a simple pull down menu. Your results are culled and mapped right before your eyes.“Our spidering and aggregating technology provides better results than Google,” says founder Rick Ferris. “And it’s extremely user-friendly.”In addition to eye-popping technology, you’ll find everything you’ve ever wanted to know about locating, leasing, moving and decorating your new place. Rentjungle.com is the ultimate apartment resource featuring both the most complete and user-friendly listing of vacancies on the web as well as articles on everything from down payments to self-adhesive shelf liners. (Unfortunately, you will have to install those yourself.)“Bouncing around from site to site wastes a lot of time,” says Ferris. “Rentjungle.com lets users focus their energy on searching for actual apartments, not for sites listing apartments—which is all you get when you search with Google.”The newly redesigned Rentjungle.com launched December, 2009 and within three weeks had experienced nearly 1000 unique daily visitors simply though word-of-mouth advertising. Behind its success is Rick Ferris, a real estate broker with over 30 years experience in residential and commercial realty. He’s sold or leased over $400 million in commercial property and has earned the CoStar Power Broker Award every year since 2002. He founded rentjungle.com to fill a real void in the online real estate market by offering a simple, easy-to-use directory and one-stop-shop destination for leasers.For media inquiries and interviews, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Rentjungle.com’s new comparison shopping feature gives you an inside look at whether you’re paying (or charging) too much for rent.How much should you be paying in rent? How much should you be charging in rent? These are the questions Rentjungle.com can now answer for you. Through its innovative comparison shopping tool (http://www.rentjungle.com/comparerent/), the site lets renters learn the average rent for their neighborhood—without feeling like their swinging from vines. It’s an important piece of info that comes in handy when renegotiating leases and trying to decide if it’s time to pack up belongings and hightail it to a new, more affordable habitat. Similarly, landlords can learn where they fall on the rental market food chain. If they’ve got too many vacancies, Rentjungle.com lets them know if they should be blaming their price point. It also gives them cold hard evidence for raising rents.“What people pay in rents has traditionally been shrouded in mystery,” says founder Rick Ferris. “We’ve pulled back the curtains so everyone can see and make an informed decision.”Essentially, the rent comparison shopping tool saves people lots of time researching rates. With a simple click, they can now learn the average rent for apartments by size and amenities, as well as the range of rents they might expect in a neighborhood. If someone has been renting the same place for years, this tool can be really eye opening.“When you’ve been in a place 5-10 years, you don’t think about having your rent lowered. But in a down economy, you may be able to secure a lower rent just by having the facts,” says Ferris.ABOUT RENTJUNGLEThe newly redesigned Rentjungle.com launched February 2010, is the most comprehensive rental listing site on the web. It works much like other search engines in that it scours the Internet to amass apartment listings from a variety of sites. Unlike other search engines, though, Rentjungle.com specializes only in apartments. Users can search, sort and bookmark individual listings. Plus, users can also view listings on an innovative user-friendly map. Rentjungle.com was founded to fill a void in the online real estate market by offering a simple, easy-to-use directory and one-stop-shop destination for renters.For media inquiries and interviews, please contact email@example.com.Rentjungle.com’s new Facebook Apartment Search App tames the wild world of finding and sharing apartments with friends.Tracking down your perfect habitat is difficult. Locating a place that appeals to you and the others who might be sharing your space is even more complicated. But Rentjungle.com’s new Apartment Search Facebook App (http://www.rentjungle.com/facebook/), the first of its kind in the industry, lets you take advantage of Rentjungle.com’s revolutionary listing technology and share findings with multiple future roommates without leaving Facebook. No cutting and pasting links into an email. No texting friends and asking them to check out a listing. Your friends get to instantly see what you’re seeing, plus they can interact with your search and make their own recommendations—all on the Facebook site.“The truth is, most of the time you have several people weighing in on a rental search,” says founder Rick Ferris. “and Facebook is the perfect communication platform for sharing with Friends. We took this reality and let it be our inspiration for making Rentjungle.com even more user-friendly. Facebook Apartment Search (http://www.rentjungle.com/facebook/) is the next generation of apartment hunting”The new Facebook Apartment Search App (http://apps.facebook.com/rentjungle/) integrates seamlessly with other Facebook features. When you find a listing that makes you go wow, you simply click on the “Share on Facebook” button to share it with as many people as you like. You can add your comments, too. And, if necessary, you can insert the email addresses of friends who aren’t on Facebook—if you still happen to have any of those.“Social media has really changed how people interact on the web. And we’re glad to be the first in our industry to understand this and make use of it,” says Ferris. “We offer something no other apartment listing site does.”ABOUT RENTJUNGLEThe newly redesigned Rentjungle.com, launched February, 2010, is the most comprehensive rental listing site on the web. It works much like other search engines in that it scours the Internet to amass apartment listings from a variety of sites. Unlike other search engines, though, Rentjungle.com specializes only in apartments. Users can search, sort and bookmark individual listings. Plus, users can also view listings on an innovative user-friendly map. Rentjungle.com was founded to fill a void in the online real estate market by offering a simple, easy-to-use directory and one-stop-shop destination for renters.For media inquiries and interviews, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
RentJungle have refined their user interface by adding a few thousand more crawled sites, and they’ve also added a “what” search box so you can narrow your search down to listings that include keywords like loft, garage, hardwood, etc.
Rent Jungle Unveils First Rental Housing Search Engine
October 8, 2010
Rent Jungle (www.rentjungle.com) today unveiled an industry-first web site, allowing apartment and rental-house hunters to search the contents of listings from thousands of other web sites – using spidering and indexing technologies similar to that of a search engine, but dedicated exclusively to the rental housing industry.
“In just about every other industry, there’s a site or two that aggregates data from all of the other sites and puts it together in one place, for example, Kayak.com in travel” said Jon Pastor, CEO and Co-Founder. “Until now, there’s been nothing of the sort in this market – just the sharing of listings via data feeds. This has obvious limitations.”
The company is the first in its industry to spider and index thousands of other web sites to identify available rental-housing listings. “Our technology can identify all of the relevant information about a rental listing – price, bedrooms, bathrooms, exact location – and turn it into a fully searchable listing on Rentjungle.com,” said Pastor. “And we can aggregate this data directly from apartment managers’ web sites, rather than relying on a data feed.”
The result is the most complete collection of currently-available rental housing listings, said Pastor. “We are capturing well over 80% of all listings on the web.”
Beyond Bedrooms and Bathrooms: Natural Search Technology
Rent Jungle is the first in its class to introduce natural search technology. “Almost every listing site lets you search by price, bedrooms, and bathrooms; but try searching for only rentals that include ocean views,” said Pastor. “We’re letting users include terms like ‘ocean view’ in their search queries, and returning only listings that include those keywords.“
Similar to today’s familiar search engines, Rent Jungle’s search results include the search queries in bold text, allowing the visitor to see the results in the context in which they appear in each listing.
“By letting our users search for specific keywords, and by aggregating listings from thousands of sites — not just our own unique listings — we’re making Rent Jungle the ultimate one-stop shop for rental housing hunters,” said Pastor.
Neighborhood Rental Housing Statistics
Rent Jungle’s searching technology can also be used to calculate statistics on each neighborhood’s relative average rental rates – allowing users to easily identify geographical areas that best match their housing budget. Additionally, the site’s “Compare Your Rent” tool helps users identify their current rental rate vs. the average rate for similar apartments or rental houses in a given neighborhood.
Map-Based Apartment Search
The site’s search results can also be viewed and filtered in an interactive map view. For example a search for “loft” in Chicago will display a map of the city, with markers designating only rental listings designated as lofts by the site’s keyword-matching architecture. Bedrooms, bathrooms, and price ranges can also be filtered using convenient sliders located beside the map – allowing users to zero in on the apartments or rental houses that match their criteria, and hide those that do not.
Jon Pastor, CEO and Co-Founder
Geng Wang, CMO and Co-Founder
Location: Pittsburgh, PA