A freshly launched US-based Rental Startup Platform ClikHome describes its service as “your rental consultant that never sleeps”.
Founded by Nick Kljaic and Junjie Shi ClikHome a site created to help rental seekers find the perfect place to live went live just one week ago.
“We combine cutting-edge technology with a traditional offline support to find exactly what you need,” says Klajaic, who is also the president of the company.
“Our proprietary software factors in your basic requirements – city, bedrooms, baths, and price – and also matches you with new homes that fit within your lifestyle and personal interests.
“After receiving your results, we can immediately schedule a viewing, and get you connected with the renting party.”
Kljaic and Shi, who started as renters in the tough market of New York city, decided to change how hard it can be for renters who have little choice but to settle for what they can get.
“There are no good rentals,” Kljaic tells Inman.com in an interview.
“You have to search through those other marketplaces, and it’s very difficult to find something that is for you, which is even more difficult when you’re not from that city.
"As we started expanding, we just quit our jobs, and that’s the beginning of ClikHome and where we are today."
Kljaic who is in charge of the strategy and business development says ClikHome is an online advisor for apartment renters.
With ClikHome, renters can select properties according to both budget and location. The site allows them to fill out a few basic fields including number of desired bedrooms, desired neighborhood and so on.
Then, a more detailed search using the responses to 10 specific questions about their lifestyle and the budget constraints matches them with the best apartments.
Inman’s report says the service is currently live in New York City and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the company has big plans to expand to new markets this year.
“It’s just 10 questions at the moment,” Kljaic tells Inman. “The engine is random; we have a database of questions which are not always the same. One answer determines the next. It can specify what apartment is the right match. This calculation and the matching is happening in real time.
“Nothing is predetermined,” he adds, “how you answer the question is what makes the algorithm go to work and calculate. The matches you receive are just for you. No one will have the same score or the apartment with the same score as you. That is a very important aspect of our personalisation.”
Having built the entire platform in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and launched last week, Nick Kljaic and Junjie Shi are travelling in San Francisco aiming to expand to other markets.
“We are in an ongoing process of testing new markets,” Kljaic tells Inman.
“A lot of big corporations can use our service and our model for corporate relocations. We are in talks with a Fortune 500 company in Cedar Rapids and are in the final stages.
"They are most likely going to be on board for us to deliver corporate housing and inquiry relocation, which means that the employees, wherever they are, will use our algorithm to find the apartments they like and we will take care of the apartments for them to find.
"This is a huge problem for big and middle-size companies who use third party vendors. We give offline support and customer representatives 24/7, as well.
“We are working with property managers everywhere; more choices are better for renters.”