Rentgrata, a Chicago-based iOS app, and web platform is providing apartment hunters a search engine for available apartments and an easy-to-use chat service, making the process of apartment searching simpler than ever.
Ben Margolit, CEO of Rentgrata said, “It’s a social sharing economy take on the whole apartment search process because there is that monetary benefit that’s split between our two users. We’re giving them the ability to really transform the way they think about their apartment lease not just as money going out the door every month, but think of it as somewhat of an asset, a way for them to generate a little bit of side hustle income.”
The COO, Sam McArtor pointed out that this is also a good way to build community at a property, "If you are moving into a building and you’ve had a chance to talk to someone on Rentgrata, you might already have an acquaintance at that building.”
Individuals looking to sign up with Rengrata can do so via Facebook, by submitting their address alongside their likes and interests. Following this short procedure, the user is then able to browse apartment listings, selecting the ones they are interested in, and they will be given a list of currently available residents, who are organized in the order of Facebook connections while the rest are categorized on the basis of the likes and interests selected by the user.
“The platform makes it easier to connect with someone whether they’re your current friend, a Facebook connection, or another Rentgrata user who’s signed up as a resident of the building,” McArtor said. “We wanted to make the process of signing up to be a resident at a building straightforward because we want the experience to be simple without any major hurdles.”
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