Watch RentHackr demo at the New York Tech Meetup!
Renthackr will be joining us on May 20th at Pivotal Labs
— Sam Young (@youngsam_218)April 15, 2014
Happy to announce Renthackr will be joining us on May 20th. Will we see you there as well? Learn more + get tickets here >
RentHackr scored a few seconds on Fox News in the coverage of NY Tech Day!
RentHackr at the New York Tech Meetup
RentHackr got a chance to demo in front of 800+ members at the March New York Tech Meetup,
and we killed it! 😄
— scott coates (@scoarescoare)March 7, 2014
NYTM is the world’s biggest meetup, with over 38,000 members. Tickets sell out every month, and the event is live streamed to other meetup groups and to viewers at home. You can watch the video here (RentHackr starts at 41:38).
While NYTM drives some traffic, in my opinion its true value is placing startups in front of talented and likeminded group members. The crowd is a big mix of people and projects, and a ton a really smart people. People in the NY tech scene talk about you enough to increase awareness about your product, and that can pay huge dividends down the road in recruiting, fundraising, and sometimes press.
We want to thank the NYTM community for allowing us to demo and for giving us your amazing feedback and support! THANK YOU ALL!
And now, here’s a shameless collection of tweets from our time at NYTM.
— Andrew Rasiej (@Rasiej)March 5, 2014
— Zach Rosen (@zachrosen)March 5, 2014
— Jason Shen (@JasonShen)March 5, 2014
— Theodore Angelus (@teddy777)March 5, 2014
Oh man. @renthackr. Like flight purchase predictors (plus lots more details), but for the oh so brutal apartment rat race. Flat out amazing.— Alison Morris (@AlisonMorris)March 5, 2014
— Justin Schier (@justinschier)March 5, 2014
— whitney fishman (@whitneyfishman)March 5, 2014
— Molly Aaker (@MissMolls)March 5, 2014
— Heather Martino (@HeatherSaidTHAT)March 5, 2014
— Daniel Lizio-Katzen (@djlk)March 5, 2014
— Katie Josephson (@Katie_Josephson)March 5, 2014
— Raj Roy (@rajroyenergy)March 5, 2014
— Carmen Magar (@papillonc)March 5, 2014
— Patrick Sullivan (@RightsFlowCEO)March 5, 2014
— Vibe (@VibeApp)March 5, 2014
— lauren albert (@lauren_thinks)March 5, 2014
— James Queen (@JPQ)March 5, 2014
— Patrick Sullivan (@RightsFlowCEO)March 5, 2014
RentHackr Wins WeWork Labs Demo Day
We’re grateful to our audience for voting us the winner of WeWork Labs Demo Day.
— WeWork (@WeWork)February 25, 2014
A big thanks goes to WeWork Labs and their sponsors for our prize – an iPad Mini. Here’s what the new RentHackr looks like on an iPad mini 😄
We hope to see y’all when we demo at the New York Tech Meetup on Tue March 4th.
Hacking Our Way to a Better Rental Marketplace
We’re proud to announce that the new RentHackr has arrived to help you find and connect with the best apartments first, with help from your fellow renters.
On the new RentHackr, for the first time you can:
- See when apartments will become available months in advance
- Search for apartments through your social network
- Subscribe to get notifications from the buildings you want to live in
- Message renters that you share a social connection with to learn more about a place
- See what apartments all around you cost
- Use RentHackr anywhere in the world
RentHackr gets out in front of other services and gives you the straight story from renters. Renters share if they’re moving or renewing, when their lease ends, how much rent is, as well as their apartment’s location and amenities. This collaborative effort helps RentHackr provide a marketplace for apartments like no other.
At RentHackr, we believe that people will use technology and networked information to help make the decision of where to live a lot more than they do today. Instead of going to look at a hodgepodge list of apartments culled from craigslist, broker and apartment search sites, and maybe from an agent; we believe people will filter down to a select few apartments that they’re sure are very good or great, and just go visit those.
The RentHackr platform is our first step to deliver the tools people can use to make smarter decisions and find better apartments where they want to live. If you signed up during our first beta, you’ll be familiar with our goals, and pleasantly surprised at the new features and design we’ve put in place to support those goals.
RentHackr enables renters to make smarter decisions and find better apartments where they want to live. We have a lot more great feature we’re working on, including a way to grant access to users who don’t currently rent.
Please let us know how we’re doing – like what’s working and what needs improving – via our support widgets on the site. With your valuable feedback, we’ll continue to get better. We’re just getting started to change the way we rent.
Keep hackin’ — Zeb and Team RentHackr
… At the same time, multifamily accounts for an unusually high share of new construction, which means more urban apartment rentals should come onto the market in 2014. Urban apartments will be the first stop for many of the young adults who find jobs and move out of their parents’ homes. In short, 2014 should mean more supply and demand for urban apartment rentals, but slowing supply and demand for single-family rentals. Ironically, economic recovery means that the overall homeownership rate will probably decline, as some young adults form their own households as renters. Still, the shift in rental activity from suburban single-family to urban apartments would be yet another sign of housing recovery.
Rental Action Swings Back Toward Urban Apartments — A relevant and interesting outlook on rental housing in the US from Trulia’s Housing Predictions: How 2014 Will be Different
Disruptor: RentHackr is the name of this piece by Debra Borchardt for TheStreet.com. We’re thankful and thrilled for the coverage, which was distributed across a lot of outlets like USA Today (pictured above).
Thanks to Debra for noticing and covering us, and thanks to Projective Space LES for the location!
An all-new and dramatically improved RentHackr is almost here.
RentHackr Wins Startup Category at #Crowdfundx NYC Challenge!
Thanks to Crowdcentric & Crowdfunder folks (and special thanks to Toby Daniels & Chance Barnett) for putting on a wonderful event, and for the opportunity to share a sneak peak of the all-new RentHackr with a great crowd on Wed July 17.
It’s awesome to get a little love back in New York after being away so long and being head’s down on product at Startup Chile. We won the startups category, and we were super lucky to do so amongst some terrific companies: Dash, SolarList, Swishu, and Waspit.
Congrats to The Sill for winning the small business category, and high five to the women of THINX — they took home social enterprise and won the whole shebang, including the 25k grand prize! Awesome sauce.
That was fun. Now we’re back to shipping product. Look out for a new RentHackr coming later this Summer!
Zeb and Team RentHackr
Here’s the full rundown of the challenge event on Business Insider.
Here’s the livestream archive for the daytime talks (everything except the challenge event in the evening… if the pitch videos get posted I’d love to see them).
Urban Observatory is a fascinating new effort to crowdsource all kinds of city data, put it in the cloud, and give users friendly, usable tools to compare, create, play, and learn about cities. The interactive tool comes from geospatial firm Esri, the film company @radical.media, and TED creator Richard Saul Wurman. There’s lots of great data in there!
Catch RentHackr at Booth 53 at the Northside Festival in Williamsburg!
Come join RentHackr and a whole bunch of other cool startups at Northside NExT on June 13 and 14. It’s free, fun, and we’re excited to be exhibiting. We hope to see you there!
Q:only way to sign up is via fb connect?
Thanks to You, We Won #fnDemo!
Thanks RentHackrs, and everyone who supported our campaign to win the Founders Network Inaugural fnDemo Startup Competition!
We’re on the cusp of finishing a vastly improved RentHackr, and we’re excited for this opportunity to connect with more people. Thanks to you, we got 3,572 votes, and took home first place!! We couldn’t be more humbled or more grateful.
Thank you, thank you, thank You.
fnDemo is a virtual tech startup pitch competition featuring more than 30 of founders network’s member startups. Founders Network is a peer mentorship organization that includes more than 350 tech startup “founders helping founders.” And that’s the magic it has. Experienced and earnest founders take time out of their incredibly busy schedules to answer silly and sophisticated questions alike from other founders. We’re excited to be a part of fn.
Stay connected with us on RentHackr.com, and let us invite you to check out our new service as we roll it out.
- Team RentHackr
Gentrification or Beautification of Brooklyn? : A study 2006-2013 by Marivic Guevara, Guest Blogger
As the renter-powered site, RentHackr preps for a re-launch, I was approached by founder, Zeb Dropkin to further my interest in the topic of GENTRIFICATION. I want to see just how much RentHackr can be used as a tool to see how gentrified neighborhoods affects the behaviors of apartment hunters moving into (or out of) Brooklyn. As a former Brooklynite, I can attest to how much my ability to make an income in NYC aligns with which neighborhoods to settle into.
Photo: Marivic Guevara (http://instagram.com/p/KSvKdPOonJ/)
If you live in any major cosmopolitan city, you’ve probably heard of the word Gentrification. The dictionary defines is as:
This map from Property Shark shows property price changes from 2004-2012.
According to an analysis by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Michael Petrilli, Brooklyn is home to four of the top 25 fastest gentrifying zip codes nationwide. Also, in 2009, Brooklyn’s median per capita income was just under $23,000. This number is almost $10,000 below the national average. So, does this mean that although the neighborhoods are being “GENTRIFIED,” shouldn’t residents be earning higher wages, not lower? More businesses = More jobs, right? NOT necessarily.
Having worked and lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn between 2006-2008, I saw first-hand how 4th Ave went from a chain of tire shops to hipster bars, dance studios and swanky high-rises. New York Magazine also named it the most livable neighborhood in NYC in 2010. I continue to cross the Manhattan Bridge from the LES to support the small business that survived the building of Jay-Z’s pride and joy, the Barclay’s Center. Although he is the unofficial ambassador of the Brooklyn Nets, games and concerts have certainly helped businesses like Melt (440 Bergen) thrive. I know this firsthand because I lived 2 blocks away from the Navy Yards and worked at Melt when they first opened in the neighborhood. The tips that I earned back then, is far less than what the current mixologists at Melt currently make (I’ve asked). Now that the Barclay Center is up and running, foot-traffic in nearby businesses are also benefitting.
The map shows substantial increases in property values in Brooklyn neighborhoods directly across the river from where I live now in the LES. Neighboring Park Slope hoods such as Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill, Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens/Gowanus (also tended bar at PJ Hanley’s on Court St) are among the top 10 that fits the bill.
THEN (2006) NOW (2013)
*Single-fare metro-card: $2.00 $2.50
*Avg. cost of 2-bdrm apt: $2000 $3200
*Avg. cost for lunch: $10.25 $14.15
*Avg. cost for a muffin+tea $3.75 $4.60
*Avg. electrical bill in 2-br/mo $36.18 $48.13
*Avg. cost for weekly groceries $45 $52
*Avg. $ for 3-course dinner for 2 $76 $92
*Federal Min. wage in $5.15 $8.75
*Prices sourced from personal receipts/inquiries from same landlord & apartment building, same small businesses in existence from 2006-Feb 2013 and current rates enforced by the state of NY for said items.
*Taken in front of Cherry Tree Bar on 4th Ave.
In conclusion, whether economists or the governing councils in your region call it, “gentrification” or “beautification” is up to the residents. If it’s possible for the gentrification of a certain neighborhood to result in its beautification is really up to the quality of life that an individual experiences in the process. For me, I’ve lived a pretty nomadic life that fits my ability to earn a wage that is also conducive to my minimalistic lifestyle.
The gentrification of Park Slope from 2006-2013 has been gradual but has provided a more difficult challenge to live a minimalistic way of life. New restaurants pop up but wages aren’t necessarily matching up to enable you to enjoy them. Even if the federal minimum wage increases in the next couple of months, the high costs of rent will continue which doesn’t match up with the small increase in your paycheck. It was fairly manageable to keep up with the high cost of rent back in 2006 as a mixologist (refer back to the 17.4% increase on the map) but has been less so with its popularity by a more affluent stream of renters moving in.
Investors who propose the construction of job creating venues, like the Barclay Center, should consider beautification in their plans because low-income people should also benefit from the gentrification of a neighborhood. What good is it to create new jobs if you push the people out who live in the current financial conditions/times in places they can no longer afford?
RentHackr hopes that renters who sign up on the site will help landlords and leasing agents to price rentals accordingly-leading to a better transparency for the entire rental market. The rental market is broken, and whether or not the topic of gentrification affects this marketplace can only be fixed by renters like me and you. What are you waiting for? Sign up now at http://www.renthackr.com!
1) Map: Property Shark
2) Photos & Video: Marivic Guevara’s own archive
3) Minimum wage information: *http://www.mpnnow.com/topstories/x1781261465/Minimum-wage-question-on-the-table
**Marivic Guevara is a guest blogger from Start-Up Chile working alongside RentHackr’s founder and CEO, Zeb Dropkin
How Green ARE You?
When you hear “Green Living,” do you automatically think of toting a Sigg water bottle or energy efficient appliances and recycling bins for glass, plastic and metal stuff? Maybe it means having more living plants in your apartment, or driving a hybrid car? Or, maybe you ritualistically go to the Union Square Greenmarket and buy locally produced food, dump your bag of biodegradables in the composting bins (where they also sell potting soil for your urban herbal garden). You should be congratulated for doing any one of these things. They’re all good-for-the-environment individual actions. Now, think of what we could achieve if our apartment did its part to reduce its carbon footprint. You’d enjoy lower energy bills, peace of mind, and maybe even a tax-break from Uncle Sam.
The green standard for buildings is called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). You’ve probably heard of it, though most of us have only dreamt of the chance to live in a LEED-certified buildings because of the cost. In the early 2000s, a few affordable housing developers began to apply green building standards to their projects and a few cities began to promote their own standards for affordable housing and other residential development. According to a list just released on Jan. 23, 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) approved 1908 LEED building projects in 11 states.
Then there’s the more guerilla, grassroots side of greener living spaces. For example, some of you have probably heard of storage containers being re-purposed as living spaces in countries like the Netherlands and the UK. There are even some popping up in Manhattan. In fact, according to Mother Nature Network (the world’s most visited environmental and social responsibility online network),
there are more than 300 million shipping containers sitting empty at ports around the world-shipping containers are used to build full-and part-time single family homes and much more. In their basic form, recycled shipping containers offer a quick and inexpensive solution to emergency housing needs and when stacked sky-high, they make for intriguing dormitory complexes.
As RentHackr grows, we’ll do what we can to support renters’ efforts to find and live in greener buildings and apartments. We want to help renters achieve greener living. It can be a lot harder to affect change in a rented apartment than it is in a house you own, but it can and should get easier as the awareness of LEED-certified housing becomes more transparent in the rental market. RentHackr will be a resource to help you get a greener apartment, and we’ll provide content to help you streamline your living space and make that old school apartment a little (or a lot) more greener for you.
A simple example of bringing some green into your home: add some bamboo. Not the stalks in a pot that you get in Chinatown (though we like those, too). We like companies like BambooKi who makes quality bamboo products like towels, sheets, kitchen utensils and more, all from 100% bamboo. They even have bamboo clothing, beauty products and bikes with bamboo frames. The company is committed to bamboo because this readily available, green fiber has so many benefits to both the environment and to customers. Who doesn’t love that? (More on bamboo here). I bet some of you eco-philes already own clothing and gear made of bamboo, right? That’s one step in the right direction. We’ve also seen buildings that use recycled bamboo flooring instead of your traditional wood or concrete flooring, and it looks and feels terrific!
We can go on and on about ways to go green, but we’ll spare you (for now). If you’re an eco-nut and would like to share any tips, please send them our way. Whether you’re aspiring to get a little greener, or if you already grow all your own herbs, let RentHackr help you make the best apartment decisions, and join in the discussion on how we can resdesign the rental market by putting renter’s first.
We’ve created Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest accounts so that you can visit those anytime you feel like reading about how you can be more GREEN, amongst other things we’re finding about the rental market.
1) Union Square NYC image: Creative Commons
2)Mother Nature Network website: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/remodeling-design/photos/8-eye-catching-shipping-container-homes/a-new-kind-of-living
3) LEED Logo https://financial.ucsc.edu/PublishingImages/Green_Purchasing/USGBC_Logo.gif
4) Storage container housing image: http://www.theargus.co.uk/resources/images/2247090/?type=articleLandscape
5) Sustainable Programs logo: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RvLRTMh5kMc/TGdi51Qkg-I/AAAAAAAAASY/NLONp-hOIKs/S1600-R/Sustainable+Programs+usgbc-li+long+island+u.s.+greenbuilding+council+long+island+blog.jpg