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July 13, 2009

Need to Find a Place to Rent? RentHop Can Help, or Can It?

Filed under: Start-up Companies Reviews — admin @ 7:18 am

RentHop is another new company that offers a service. RentHop’s website is a service that helps people find a place to rent or buy, and also allows landlords list places to rent or sell, bypassing the need to hire a real estate broker, which can be a costly undertaking. The site allows you to sign up or register for free, but the main problem with the site is that it does not seem to function the way it is supposed to.

For example, if you are planning to find an apartment to rent somewhere in America’s heartland, and you type in the town of your choice to try and find a place; you always end up with a map of New York City. Furthermore, only after spending time browsing through all the nooks and crannys of the RentHop site, you will find out that it only caters to New York City real estate. This is great if you live in New York City, but if you are trying to find a place somewhere else, it will do you no good. If RentHop only caters to New York City real estate, that’s fine, but it should make that clear on its homepage, not to confuse people.

RentHop works by registering on the site. Registration is simple and free. When you first go onto the site, you have the option of either logging in or registering as a new member. The registration process requires you to type in your first and last name, email, create a user name and password. You also have the option of typing in your current address and your city to help you find a place.

Once you have logged into the site, you will see the homepage will have changed by the log in and register buttons changing into “find housing” and “offer housing” buttons. You will also see pictures of apartments that RentHop has to offer. You can click on the find housing and a whole list of apartments throughout New York City will appear.

RentHop also allows you to offer housing by clicking on the “offer housing” button. Once you have clicked on the “offer housing” button, you have the option of typing the address of the apartment or home you plan to list. You can also type in the name of the city. For example, suppose you want to offer a place in Michigan City, Indiana. Suppose you own, for example 119 Oakdale Way, Michigan City. First type in the address, city and state, and zip code. If your rental home is a unit in a condo complex or apartment complex, you will also need to enter a unit number. You also have the option of uploading photos of your rental property. Once you have typed in all the important information you post the offer for people to see.

Another problem with RentHop is the contact information is only one email address and no phone contact. This leaves those people who like to talk to people out in the cold. Furthermore, the company does not disclose company information, such as investors, how many people they employ or their management.

For more information about RentHop, click here.

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