Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fresh is better!







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Thursday, August 14, 2014

How to fight back against scammers listing your properties!

So, you've heard that your property is being advertised by a scammer for a much lower rent. What can you do?

The Bad News: There is no way to stop a scammer from copying one of your online ads and posting it with a lower rent and their own contact information. Of course, the scammers do this because they are trying to cheat an innocent renter out of their security deposit.

The Good News: You can fight back! Take these simple steps:
1. Set up a Google alert at: http://www.google.com/alerts. Put your property address in the 'Search Query' box.




2. Google will email you when they find your property address on the Internet. Of course, some of the alerts will be for your legitimate ads. Just check for any ads with a lower rent.

3. When you find a scammer ad, go to the scammer ad and flag it as fraudulent. The website will remove it.

Scammers are looking for easy prey. By fighting back, you won't stop them completely, but at least you'll block their efforts to scam renters using your property information. And, you'll stop the confusion of renters seeing your property at a lower rent.

Good luck!

                                              
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Let it go to voice mail. No big deal, right?


RentLinx studied over 30,000 phone calls from renters and uncovered some shocking statistics. Only 51% of calls were answered by a person, another 19% of the callers were greeted by an automated system that allowed them to navigate to a person. 30% of renters were not able to talk with someone – anyone – during business hours – while responding to a paid ad.

Overall, only 10% of incoming phone calls resulted in the caller agreeing to a property tour. Guess what improves the odds of getting the renter onsite?
1. Talking to the caller! Yep, just talking with the caller resulted in a tour appointment about 20% of the time.
2. Answer the phone! When a person answered the phone (instead of an automated response system), the odds of getting an agreement to tour the property increased to 24%.
3. Invite them to tour! Yes, just ask! Inviting the caller to come and view the property resulted in a 83% rate of onsite tours appointments! Ask, ask, ask!
The proof is in the numbers. It is a big deal if you let your calls go to voice mail because 83% of them wont leave you a message. And, most will never call back or email you either. The combination of answering the phone and inviting the caller to come in for a tour increases your odds of getting the renter onsite from 10% to 83%. Thats huge.

                                                   
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Share Your Properties on Facebook & Twitter

Introducing 'Post to Social Media' Sharing Buttons

We're excited to introduce the new 'Post to Social Media' sharing buttons. You can now share your available rental properties on social media with the click of a button. Just log in to your RentLinx account and you will see the new 'Post to Social Media' buttons in the same row as your property information. Click on 'facebook' or 'twitter' and you will be redirected to confirm your post!

                                                                        

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How pet friendly is each U.S. state?


According to the APPA National Pet Owners Survey, about 68% of American Households own a pet. This means that renters, (homes or apartments) will need to find pet friendly properties to settle down with their furry friends. Americans will spend $58.51 Billion (Source: APPA) on their pets in 2014. That is 5 times as much as Americans spend on movie tickets each year (Source: MPAA).

RentLinx analyzed data from over 300,000 properties to find the most pet friendly places to rent in. Here is a 'heat-map' style breakdown by U.S. state indicating the states' percentage of pet friendly rental properties. Just click on each state to see its respective percentage of pet friendliness.


Most of the Great Plains states have large percentages of pet friendliness. Conversely, many of the metropolitan and densely populated areas do not seem to be as pet friendly in terms of their available rental properties. For example, Montana comes in at 90% vs. New York with only 30% of rental properties advertised as pet friendly.

Here are the top 10 states with pet friendly rentals:

1. New Mexico (91%)
2. Montana (90%)
3. Louisiana (85%)
4. Oregon (83%)
5. Arizona (81.4%)
6. Washington (80.8%)
7. Indiana (79.1%)
8. Oklahoma (79%)
9. Missouri (77.1%)
10. Nevada (77%)

Breaking it down further, Texas has the highest concentration of cities with pet friendly rentals. 

#1 - San Marcos, TX
99% of rental properties allow either dogs, cats, or both


#2 - Round Rock, TX
98% of rental properties allow either dogs, cats, or both


#3 - Fort Worth, TX
93% of rental properties allow either dogs, cats, or both



Looking for your next pet friendly rental property? Search on ShowMeTheRent to find it now!


                       
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Hottest Rental Markets in U.S. - 2014

RentLinx crunched its data to find the most popular rental markets so far in 2014. Our list starts with the #5 spot and works its way up to the #1 city in 2014. Data is based on the number of renters who inquired about each property.

#5 Riverside, CA


With a population of 316,619, Riverside is a large city 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles, CA. The average monthly rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Riverside is $1,057. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apa
rtment in Riverside is $1,152. The cost of living in Riverside is 21.6% higher than the U.S. average. Job growth is positive at 1.17%, while unemployment is at 8.4% (1.6% higher than the national average). Class sizes are average with 23.6 students per teacher in the public school system. Riverside takes the #5 spot.

Breakdown by Property Type


#4 - Decatur, GA


Decatur is a small town of 20,086 and a suburb of Atlanta, GA. The average monthly rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Decatur is $818. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in Decatur is $875. The cost of living in Decatur is 35% higher than the U.S. average. Job growth is positive at 1.77%, while unemployment is 6.8%, which is tied with the national average. There are only 13.1 students per teacher in the public school system.

Breakdown by Property Type



#3 - Washington, DC


The capital of the U.S., Washington D.C., takes the #3 spot. The average monthly rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Washington is $2,283. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in Washington is $3,049. The cost of living in D.C. is a staggering 54% higher than the U.S. average. Population comes in at 632,323. Job growth is negative at -0.41%, while unemployment is 7.6%, which is 0.8% higher than the national average. Washington has small classrooms with only 12.1 students per teacher.

Breakdown by Property Type



#2 - Portland, OR


With a population of 609,456, Portland, Oregon takes the #2 spot. The average monthly rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Portland is $1,591. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in Portland is $1,818. The cost of living in Portland is 25.7% higher than the U.S. average. Population comes in at 609,456. Job growth is positive at 1.59%, while unemployment is at 6%, which is 0.8% lower than the national average. There are 17.5 students per teacher in the public school system.

Breakdown by Property Type



#1 - Denver, CO


Denver, the capital and largest city of Colorado, takes the #1 spot. The average monthly rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Denver is $1,447. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in Denver is $1,886. The cost of living in Denver is 15.1% higher than the U.S. average. Population comes in at 649,495. Job growth is positive at 3%, while unemployment is at 5.8%, which is 1% lower than the national average. There are 18.8 students per teacher in the public school system.

Breakdown by Property Type



Trends?

    Each city costs over 15% more to live in vs. the U.S. average
    Job growth is positive for all cities except Washington D.C.
    Most cities have small classrooms relative to the U.S. average (22 students/teacher)

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Friday, June 27, 2014

New 'Renter Portal' Feature on RentLinx

RentLinx announces a powerful new feature that generates a custom site for you to advertise available rental properties to prospective residents: “Renter Portals”. You get your own custom site that lists all of your available properties. The link to your custom RentLinx powered site can be used to drive more exposure and traffic to properties. It can also be shared on Social Media, in an email signature, in emails to renters, on business cards, and on company websites. How much is a "Renter Portal" and how do I get one? Great questions. There is no cost for the Renter Portal feature. Simply navigate to your manage properties page on RentLinx and view your custom site under "Your Renter Portal:", as illustrated in the picture below. 





                                                 
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Catch RentLinx at the NAA Conference in Denver

Going to the NAA Conference in Denver? Stop by Booth #1807 and say "Hi!". You may also win a Chromebook! Can't wait to see you there! #NAAEduConf



                          
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