DashLocal Launches Vacation Rental Search and More

February 4, 2016 – 3:59 pm
The current landscape of vertical search is broken. Google does a great job of broad searches but when it comes to vertical searches like cars, real estate, dating, rentals, jobs, etc there are others that do a much better job. But even some of these sites lack in user experience, data and transparency. Lets take Craigslist.com for example, the largest first mover in classifieds and "vertical search", or a more appropriately name in their case, "vertical sort" engine.  As anyone who has even searched on craigslist knows, it is not meant to wow you or quite frankly help you find what you are looking for. It is simply a data dump of the most recent listings per category. That has worked very well for them over the years and has built a rather large moat around them but this is going to change dramatically within the next few years where ...

Handling the Food Situation When You Have a Roommate

January 22, 2016 – 2:28 pm
If you live in an apartment with a roommate, you probably enjoy having someone around to keep you company. Plus, it probably doesn't hurt to have someone who can help you with the bills, either. One thing that you probably want to avoid is arguments with your roommate, but unfortunately, big arguments can erupt over the littlest things. For example, the two of you might find yourselves arguing about food. Luckily, following these apartment tips can help. Sit Down and Talk to Your Roommate -- Calmly To prevent a huge blow-out when you get fed up, it's best to talk to your roommate calmly right now. If you get irritated when your roommate eats your leftovers, say something about it. By talking calmly now, you can help prevent a big argument later. Split the Fridge Consider talking to your roommate about splitting the refrigerator so that each of you has your own spot for ...

Making your Apartment Designer Ready

January 6, 2016 – 2:06 pm
Apartments, while small, are perfect for the budget conscious dweller looking to enjoy a designer living space. By reviewing some apartment designer tips, implementing design principles that work well for your apartment should be achievable. A Blank Space Most apartments only require a small up-front deposit. Past this, most landlords will not mind up to a certain point if the space is renovated to meet your design desires. A common request in terms of painting is to return the interior to its original color. Brighten up the Place Lighting is your best friend in an apartment. Placing lamps in the right places and choosing light bulbs that produce a desirable spectrum can completely change the overall ambiance of each area. According to The Huffington Post, "Although mo' money often equates to mo' problems, this issue does not translate in the world of lamps. Having a good mix of lighting from at least three different ...

Decorate Your Apartment For Fall without Spending Money

December 2, 2015 – 2:26 pm
Fall is here! That fun time of year that brings cooler weather, hay-rides, corn mazes, cinnamon candles, apples, and pumpkin flavored – everything! The leaves are changing, the corn is nice and high, and temperature is dropping but does your apartment look like it is ready for fall? Even those who do not have the money to spend on tons of fall decorations can decorate for fall in fun and creative ways. Here are some apartment designer tips on how-to decorate for fall without spending any money: Bring Outside – Inside Instead of going to a craft store and buying fake leaves, nuts, pinecones and paying an arm and a leg, why not get those things for free right outside? If you do not have a yard try going to your local park. During the fall you are sure to find great things lying in the grass or on the trees you ...

5 Apartment Items to Check Before Signing a Lease

December 2, 2015 – 2:25 pm
Is rent increasing at a steady pace? Are you looking to get away from your lazy roommates? Perhaps you are simply ready to move out of mom and dad's. Either way, you may be considering an apartment as your new home. If it's your first time moving out on your own, you need to take the following factors into account before moving in so that you don't waste time and money. 1. Health Hazards Take a look at some of the most important rooms -- the bathroom and kitchen. Look for signs of black mold, which looks like black splotches on the wall. Mold can make you extremely sick, and the unfortunate truth is that some landlords may try to cover it with paint. 2. Safety Hazards First, take a look at the apartment building. Is there a buzzer or a code? Do the locks work? Is there a guard watching people come in? ...

Decorate For Fall without Spending Money

November 13, 2015 – 4:18 pm
Fall is here! That fun time of year that brings cooler weather, hay-rides, corn mazes, cinnamon candles, apples, and pumpkin flavored – everything! The leaves are changing, the corn is nice and high, and temperature is dropping but does your apartment look like it is ready for fall? Even those who do not have the money to spend on tons of fall decorations can decorate for fall in fun and creative ways. Here are some tip on how-to decorate for fall without spending any money: Bring Outside – Inside Instead of going to a craft store and buying fake leaves, nuts, pinecones and paying an arm and a leg, why not get those things for free right outside? If you do not have a yard try going to your local park. During the fall you are sure to find great things lying in the grass or on the trees you can use for ...

Jazz Up Those Cast Off, Glass Top Desks and Tables

October 28, 2015 – 2:49 pm
Do you love spending the weekend looking for other people’s cast off items? Perhaps you enjoy transforming them into unique pieces to keep, giveaway or sell? Many people have taken up the hobby and some have even managed make a little extra cash. However, there are also deal hunters who steer away from certain items because they end up stumped over what to do with them. Well, here is an apartment designer tip that may help: Glass top desks and tables often end up in the pass-over pile, which is a shame. Glass top desks and tables are actually perfect finds. Many window glass repair companies can help deal hunters repair, replace and visually enhance all of their cast off items’ glass elements. For example, if presented with a pattern or idea, they could transfer it on to glass top desks and tables for a matching look. Oh, and you don’t ...

Apartment Designer Tips for Cooking Dinner and Keeping the Kitchen Clean

October 11, 2015 – 9:03 am
Whether you are cooking dinner for you and your roommates, yourself, your family, or for some friendly co-workers – it can be a messy process. Cutting, peeling, and slicing things. You also go through mixing things and using multiple bowls and mixing utensils to do so. Then you also need to do the frying and the baking followed by the table setting and the actual eating. By the end of dinner you are surrounded by dishes in a greasy sink, a messy stove top, and tons of spills and drips all over the floor and countertop. Here are some apartment designer tips for cooking dinner and keeping the kitchen clean: Start Out Clean There is nothing harder than trying to cook and clean a kitchen that started out messy. If your kitchen is messy, try to clean it as much as you can before starting on dinner. It might seem counterproductive but you are ...

Set Guests’ Expectations on Their Ears with Joan Miro’s Art

October 11, 2015 – 9:02 am
Modern art is about more than Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin. It also includes the work of Barcelona native, Joan Miro. He was born in the late 1800s to parents whose work with precious metals and timepieces was well-known. He enrolled in formal art classes at an early age, which eventually pulled him away from Spain and sent him off to Paris as well as the Netherlands. Many Modern Art collections includes Joan Miro’s work from his most prolific periods. During those times, he favored abstract and surreal images awash in bold colors. One print that reveals his tendencies clearly is,The Harlequin’s Carnival. Widely believed to have been painted in the mid 1920s, it tells a story within a story. On the surface, it looks like a bizarre celebration but upon closer examination, symbolism may be found throughout the work. For example, take a look at a framed copy of Miro’s ...

Apartment Designer Tips for Renters Who Cannot Paint in Their Apartments

September 17, 2015 – 9:03 pm
Renters who have apartment designer talent inside them die a little when they rent a place that will not allow them to paint. Are you among these renters? You move in and every room is pasty white and you cannot do anything about it because you cannot paint. There are answers that will help relieve the apartment designer inside you, here are just a few of those apartment designer tips: Starch and Fabric Did you know you can use starch to put fabric on the wall much like wallpaper? You simply have to mix ¼ cup of corn starch with ½ cup cold water, then add 4 cups of boiling water to your mixture. You can use this mixture like glue to stick any fabric on the wall. What is the best part? You can peel it off whenever you like and it does not damage the wall underneath. Curtains Have you ever tried colorful ...

Apartment Designer Tips - Staging the Scene

September 4, 2015 – 2:51 pm
You can be an apartment designer as a renter or a landlord – as a renter you can make your living space look more homey, decorated, and clean, as a landlord you can make the house or apartment you are trying to rent look and feel more classy and open. As a renter especially, you need to stage the scene and make the space look like it is a space with elegance and potential. Here are some apartment designer tips you can use to do just that: Light More lighting can make any space look nicer, cleaner, and bigger. A sure-fire way to drive people away from an apartment is to keep it dark and gloomy. If your apartment does not have many windows that let in light, or if you have people visiting in the evening time you should make sure you bring in lot of light. Do not skimp on low watt ...

Avoiding the pitfalls of repairing a rented home

August 6, 2015 – 8:20 pm

Consider Home Automation for Vacation Rentals for an Ideal Experience

July 31, 2015 – 10:24 am
Turning one of your properties into a vacation rental is an excellent way to generate some extra income, especially because it allows you to live at the property when you feel like vacationing. It is important to make the experience as positive as possible for your guests because it will lead to an excellent reputation and greater popularity, which will help you avoid long vacancies on the rental. To improve your experience, you should consider investing in home automation for vacation rentals. Provide Top-Notch Access to Guests With a system that relies on automation, you can make your guests feel safe and comfortable in your vacation rental. Instead of supplying a key in a lockbox or under a mat that can be replicated, simply give them access via a unique 4 digit code that expires when they leave the property. Get Automatic Notifications While the guests and proper authorities will get notified, you will also receive ...

Houston Rental Market: Spotlight on the SNAP Bay Area Community of Clear Lake

June 29, 2015 – 10:20 pm
Did you know that the Houston rental market is filled with SNAP neighborhoods? It’s true. And in case you’ve never heard of the designation before, they are neighborhoods that have been signaled out for their active, vibrant residents. As such, they are among the very best places in the Houston rental market to live. As it stands now, there are more than 80 different communities with a SNAP designation and one of them is the Clear Lake – Bay Area. Perhaps the region’s name sounds familiar. It’s considered part of Harris County, which is often included in the Sugar Land – Woodlands Metropolitan Statistical Area. Situated on Galveston Bay, less than a 30 minutes drive from Downtown Houston, it is a perfect community in many respects. The area is full of educational attractions, water-filled recreation, boutique shops and renowned, seafood restaurants where renters can grab some fresh shrimp cocktail to go. Some ...

Appfolio Files for $100M IPO

June 23, 2015 – 3:18 pm
Appfolio, a leading property management software company has filed their S1 and is looking to raise $100M when they go public.  Appfolio's mission is to revolutionize the way small and medium sized businesses grow and compete by enabling their digital transformation. Appfolio also owns and operates other sites including MyCase and Rentlinx. Appfolio recently acquired RentLinx for $4M. Financial Summary In 2012, revenues were $12.7M with a net loss of $12.3M In 2013, revenues were $26.5M with a net loss of $7.3M  In 2014, revenues were $47.6M with a net loss of $8.6M 

Top 5 Apartment Amenity Trends

June 19, 2015 – 10:19 am
1. Home Automation: Greater Access, Customization, and Flexibility Apartment Home automation helps residents save money on their utility bills, keep their homes safe, and return from work each day to a more comfortable living space. People quickly fall in love with the peace of mind of always knowing that the oven is turned off and the doors are locked. Adoption rates of these systems further demonstrate the popularity of home automation technology, as well as the risk of falling behind your property management competitors. From 2012 to 2017, the size of the US Home Automation market is projected to more than triple from $22 billion to $72 billion.   Market research is good for raising eyebrows, but how can you introduce this technology to your residents? To promote these systems, it’s a good idea to point out the differences between generic home automation and custom, renter-focused solutions. As ...

The Denver Rental Market

June 1, 2015 – 10:19 am
The Denver rental market is known for its low cost of living, 100+ days of annual sunshine and it’s alluring, eclectic neighborhoods. On that list of lovely places to rent is Washington Park (AKA Wash Park). It is considered part of the Central Denver rental market and includes University, Louisiana, Broadway and Alameda. As such, it is also surrounded by 11 other neighborhoods, including Cory-Merill, Cheeseman Park, Speer, Cherry Creek and Wash Park West. Wash Park West, by the way, starts at Downing Street. It’s where renters are bound to find a favorite place to eat nearby. Some of the eateries located on the street are Mecca Grill and the Wash Park Sports Alley. The “Alley” is a great place to hang out, drink a beer, eat some grid-iron cheese fries and get your arcade on any night of the week or weekend. There are also 20+ televisions on-site that are always ...

Austin Rental Market: Shopaholics Searching for Style Will Love Onion Creek

May 6, 2015 – 4:21 pm
Has the Austin rental market left you awestruck? Are you having a hard time finding a luxurious apartment in a neighborhood that suits your shopaholic lifestyle? If so, check out Onion Creek. It’s home to the Colonial Grand luxury apartment complex, which is close to Southpark Meadows. Southpark Meadows literally has everything a shopaholic needs to be happy. There are more than 50 different shops, eateries and professional services on offer within the complex. Consequently, renters can get their teeth cleaned, perfect their tans, grab a bit to eat and walk away with bags full of new items for their homes all in one great place. The Colonial Grand at Onion Creek’s rentals feature anywhere from 680 to 1,410-square feet of opulent living space. The one-bedroom, one-bath apartments are the smallest and the three-bedroom, three-bath units are the largest. Floor plans are characteristically open and each unit features interior amenities Austinites would be ...

I Might Not Move to Houston. . . .Here’s Your Sign!

March 25, 2015 – 8:18 pm
Remember Bill Engvall’s comedy routine in which he regaled audiences with dumb stuff he’d seen? He would finish each story with “here’s your sign”, presumably printed with “I’m dumb” or other pertinent identification. Those considering moving to Houston have so many enticements to check out that we, personally, don’t want to see anyone holding that sign! Thanks, Mr. Engvall, for the inspiration. It’s difficult to narrow down all Houston’s blessings, including the Houston rental market, to just a few hundred words, but we’ll do our best. As Houston grows with its influx of millennials and older executives and professionals setting up shop in town, the housing market has exploded. The inventory is so low that prices have soared. Trending now among the younger set is renting, because they aren’t ready yet to buy. However, the rentals cover single-family homes as well as townhomes and condos, lofts, bungalows and cottages, gated communities and suburban ...

The Phoenix Rental Market Is Hot, And It Is Expected To Stay Hot

February 10, 2015 – 11:55 am
If you are thinking about making an investment in a rental property, you should take a look at the Phoenix rental market. The market in Phoenix is likely going to help you see a healthy return on your rental investment. Although, at one point, the market in Phoenix was hit hard by the housing market, there has been big improvements in real estate values over the last few years. As of right now, there does not seem to be an end in sight, regarding the improvements in real estate values. Here are additional reasons why Phoenix is such a hot market for investing in rental properties: Military presence Growing population Nearby schools, colleges, and universities Great Opportunities This means investors will have great opportunities to buy properties while the prices are low, as well as the rates. Phoenix enjoys a big demand for the various rental properties. There are large pools of renters from the military ...

The San Diego Rental Market: Drought Regulations that Landlords Must Follow

January 3, 2015 – 4:44 pm
California is suffering its worst drought in years with three straight dry winters and heat that's breaking all records. In response, the Board of Directors governing the San Diego County Water Authority has implemented mandatory water conservation as of November 1. The following are some of the regulations you must implement in the San Diego rental market if you're a landlord. You may only water your grounds on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. From November 1 through May 31, you may only water for seven minutes at each station from the hours of 4 p.m. To 10 a.m. From June 1 through October 31, you may only water for 10 minutes from 6 p.m. To 10 a.m. If your complex has smart irrigation system, it is exempt from these regulations. If you allow tenants to wash their vehicles on your property, they must only use hand-held houses with shut-off valves. They must restrict ...

The Renaissance of the Atlanta Rental Market: Yall Enjoy the Charm

January 3, 2015 – 4:41 pm
Atlanta is comprised of 132.4 square miles encompassing 242 neighborhoods in addition to 86 towns forming suburbs of Atlanta. That kind of area boggles the mind especially if you’re considering the Atlanta rental market. Atlanta has reinvented itself multiple times. It is presently in the midst of revamping old and previously abandoned properties into hip new multi-purpose buildings housing rental units, boutiques, retail space, offices, restaurants, parking and more. In this renaissance, you will find several desirable neighborhoods being reborn and located near the prestigious Beltline, a former railroad line encircling the heart of the city. The nearly ¾ completed walking/biking/light-rail trail is hugely popular which makes bordering neighborhoods highly desirable. Old Fourth Ward One of those neighborhoods is the Old Fourth Ward or O4W. Just steps away from the childhood home of Martin Luther King, Jr., the formerly derelict area is surrounded by some of the most stunning parks in Georgia. The Oakland Cemetery, ...

What Makes the Denver Rental Market Hot?

December 16, 2014 – 10:46 am
Many people are relocated to various cities when their company needs help in particular areas, they have family in those areas or they’re just ripe for a change and want to check out those areas. Colorado is famous for John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High, the Old West, gold mines and the cleanest air in the country. If you’re thinking of relocating to Denver, then you’ll need to know some facts about the city in addition to one of the hottest rental markets in the country.  Vacancies One of the things that make any market hot is supply and demand. The Denver rental market, according to the AllState blog, has seen increased vacancies since the first quarter of 2014. Rent prices have stopped rising which means rentals will settle into varied price ranges. The blog lists the hottest neighborhoods as: City Park Highlands Sloan’s Lake Lohi Sunnyside Baker With the rise in millenials seeking jobs and living quarters, Denver rentals are ...

Moving to a New City? Five Functional Tips to Finding a Suitable Apartment

October 13, 2014 – 5:08 pm
You've had the opportunity to start an adventure, moving to a new city; it's exciting and filled with intrigue and mystery. Your boxes are packed, you've cancelled your cable, and you're ready to change you address, but wait! What will you be changing it to? Moving, while exciting, can be extremely stressful and overwhelming at times, especially when moving to a completing new locale. Continue reading for five important apartment tips to keep in mind during your search for a new place to call home. One: Neighborhood Walkability In a city setting, it is important to decide upon your desire for a walkable community, and what level of walkability will be acceptable for your needs. This depends on your means of transportation and whether or not you have a personal vehicle at your disposal. Regardless of your preferences, keep in mind that having restaurant, shopping, and nightlife options within a short walk is ...

Moving to a New City? Five Functional Tips to Finding a Suitable Apartment

October 10, 2014 – 11:54 am
You've had the opportunity to start an adventure, moving to a new city; it's exciting and filled with intrigue and mystery. Your boxes are packed, you've cancelled your cable, and you're ready to change you address, but wait! What will you be changing it to? Moving, while exciting, can be extremely stressful and overwhelming at times, especially when moving to a completing new locale. Continue reading for five important apartment tips to keep in mind during your search for a new place to call home. One: Neighborhood Walkability In a city setting, it is important to decide upon your desire for a walkable community, and what level of walkability will be acceptable for your needs. This depends on your means of transportation and whether or not you have a personal vehicle at your disposal. Regardless of your preferences, keep in mind that having restaurant, shopping, and nightlife options within a short walk ...

Property Manager Directory - JustPropertyManagers.com

September 25, 2014 – 11:43 am
At rentbits, we have been getting feedback from thousands of advertisers that they needed a better Property Management Directory. We took this feedback to heart and are excited to announce the launch of a more robust, better user experience directory where owners of rental properties can search, review and compare Property Managers throughout the entire US for free. In addition, JustPropertyManagers.com helps property managers gain more visibility and generate more business at a lower cost. Here is an example of the search experience for property managers in denver.  Owners can search by type of property manager, residential, apartment, vacation and more within their area. 

Remotely Wins First Place in SIM Tank Best New Start-Up Pitch

September 8, 2014 – 8:08 pm
Remotely won first place in the second annual SIM Tank Best Start-Up Pitch competition. There were some incredible companies that presented and we are honored to have been selected as the best new start-up.

How to Make Better Use of a Small Space

July 13, 2014 – 10:14 am
People that are looking to rent an apartment may look for one with ample space to get enough room for everything they already have, and everything they are going to get in the future. However, you do not need an incredible amount of space to have a fulfilling and enjoyable experience in your apartment. It is a matter of following apartment tips that help you make excellent use of a small space. Place Curtains around Your Bed It can be hard to imagine a very relaxing experience with sleeping when you have a studio. However, placing curtains around your bed can be all you need to do to make enough of a separation. Although having your own room may be preferred, this is a great alternative when you want to save money on rent and are willing to come up with an alternative solution to privacy and tranquility. Use Plywood to Separate an ...

Remotely.com Named Best New Multifamily Start-Up

May 7, 2014 – 10:38 pm
remotely.com is honored to have been named the 2014 best new multifamily start-up at the National Apartment Internet Marketing Conference which attracts more than 600 Senior Level Multifamily Executives from around the nation. All companies selected won the first round of judging which was held the day before at the MTEC (Multifamily Technology and Entrepreneurship Conference.) All of the companies that presented at MTEC did a fabulous job. These companies were: August Presenter: Jason Johnson, CEO GoToMyApartment.com Presenter: Joshua Swanson, CEO Happy Inspector Presenter: Jindou Lee, CEO InRentive Presenter: Melissa K. Moline, Founder Leonardo 24/7 Presenter: Daniel Cunningham, Founder Parcel Pending Presenter: Lori Torres, CEO Property Connect Presenter: Tim Manson, Founder & CEO Pynwheel Presenter: Jennifer Cox Cyphers, Founder & CEO Remotely Presenter: Dan Daugherty, CEO Rentbits.com The final 5 that presented at the AIM conference were remotely.com, Parcel Pending, Leonardo 24/7, Happy Inspector and Property Connect. Below is Dan Daugherty, our CEO accepting the Best New Multifamily Start-Up award and Daniel Cunningham, founder of Leonardo 24/7 accepting the award for runner-up.  Congratulations to all of the ...

Channel 9 News - New technology helps renters, landlords

April 1, 2014 – 9:48 am