Idea: Rental Blog?

Victorian HomeAnother idea I stumbled across last night was in relation to the problem of rental search engines and the fact that people don’t need these sites more than an average of once per year.

This lack of traffic is problematic. But, if you think about it, real estate sites are used even less. The difference is the importance of the perception of the amount of money at stake with a poor decision in either the renting or the purchasing of real estate. And yet, real estate sites are making money through means having to do with the sale of the property (lead generation). In contrast, rental sites are traditionally compensated as a cost of advertising to the property manager.

Anyway, I was thinking about the original problem of a lack of traffic. I thought, why don’t I just display the best of the best in an area? Kind of like the HGTV shows which tell us what kind of real estate we can get in different areas of the country for a median price. In our case, we’d profile the best rentals available from a property manager. We could put adsense ads in there too, but the main idea would be to focus people’s attention on the site. The blog would be more of a gateway.

I’m not sure it would really be that big of a deal. But, if you think you’d like to see something like that, let me know. For now, it’s just an idea.

[tags]hgtv, rental, home, search, blogging, blog[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

One Comment on "Idea: Rental Blog?"

  1. Jamie says:

    A Tenant’s Guide to Renting

    The first challenge every tenant faces is finding an apartment for rent that suits their individual needs. For today’s tenant, the most effective apartment search can be done using an online apartment finder. Tenants should decide what they require in an apartment or house rental before beginning their search. For example: the number of bedrooms, location or distance from public transportation and how much the tenant can afford to pay in rent, furnished or unfurnished apartment, etc. By making these important decisions first, tenants can avoid renting an apartment or house only to regret it later. Many tenants today are taking advantage of the convenience of the internet to locate apartments for rent as opposed to the traditional print publications.

    Once a possible apartment or home has been found, it is the tenant’s duty to thoroughly inspect the premises making a commitment in the form of a security deposit. A tenant should not rely on the landlord or the landlord’s agent to tell the tenant if anything is wrong with the property. The tenant must inspect the property carefully and ask questions about it.
    Inspecting the condition and functionality of the following areas/features of the apartment before committing yourself as a tenant is highly recommended.
    1. Kitchen appliances in working order.
    2. Water pressure strong, plumbing without leaks.
    3. Electrical outlets and wiring working.
    4. Walls and ceiling painted or papered without cracks
    5. Ventilation or air conditioning accessible.
    6. Floors, railings and bathrooms in good repair.
    7. Fire escape easy to use.
    8. Stairs safe and well-lighted.
    9. No rodents or insects.
    10. Heating system in working order.
    11. If furnished, check and write down condition of all furniture.
    12. Windows and doors operable and weather-tight; screens provided.
    The tenant should also check the security of the building to find out if there is a dead-bolt lock, security chain, or through-the-door viewer.
    BEWARE OF EXISTING DAMAGES: In order to avoid being blamed for damages that already exist in the rental unit, the cautious tenant should take every step for self-protection. Before moving in (or as soon as possible thereafter), the tenant should make a list of all existing damages and repairs that need to be made. A copy of the list should he presented to the landlord and attached to the lease This way the landlord cannot blame the tenant for damages caused by others and the tenant will know what the landlord intends to repair. If the tenant keeps good records the landlord will not be able to keep the tenant’s security deposit for damages that were actually caused by others. Taking pictures before moving in is also strongly recommended.
    Edited: Although this comment has some nice content in it and has some relation to my blog, it certainly is spam. Thus, I’ve removed the portions of it which are spamtastic and left the content. A note to Jamie. DON’T DO THAT!

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