NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 6, 2013) - RentHop, the smarter apartment search marketplace, today announced a new partnership with Citi Habitats, one of New York City's largest and most successful real estate brokerages.
RentHop can now access the firm's diverse rental portfolio to offer more high quality, exclusive apartments for rent in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, as well as the entire New York City metro area. The integration also enables Citi Habitats agents to participate in RentHop's innovative Appointments On-Demand real estate scheduling system, which shows renters real-time locations of brokers and property managers available to show apartments. This enables renters to schedule same-day viewings using RentHop's integrated email and SMS messaging tools.
Unlike existing apartment search alternatives that simply sort by price or posting date, RentHop uses sophisticated data analysis in the form of its HopScore™ to rank apartment listings based on their "freshness", their accuracy and completeness, and the responsiveness of the manager who posted the listing on the site. Renters can use list-based or map-based search tools to browse RentHop's listings and comprehensive search filters to find the best listings for them. RentHop makes it easy and fast for renters to reach out to brokers and property managers to schedule viewings and to manage responses.
Citi Habitats is the leader in New York City rentals, and offers many unique exclusive listings that no other brokerage can offer. RentHop can now immediately notify consumers when exciting new apartment inventory from the firm hits the market.
"The partnership is a huge win for RentHop users," said Lee Lin, CEO and Co-Founder of RentHop. "We're bringing more exclusive listings to NYC renters and making it even easier for them to schedule real-time appointments with brokers. The rental market has become much more competitive in recent years and consumers with real-time access to inventory updates have a huge advantage. We're very excited to be working with Citi Habitats."
"RentHop has established itself as a useful destination for apartment seekers because of its innovative and user-friendly technology," said Gary Malin, President of Citi Habitats. "We look forward to increasing exposure of our exclusive listings through this partnership. We think it will offer value to our clients -- both tenants and landlords alike."
Founded in 2009 by Lawrence Zhou and Lee Lin, RentHop simplifies real estate decisions using technology and data analysis. It offers the most sophisticated apartment quality ranking algorithms, helping apartment hunters quickly sift through large pools of inventory to find the most appropriate listings. RentHop has also created the innovative "Appointments on Demand" feature, which allows renters to locate brokers and property managers available to show apartments in real time and to schedule viewings quickly and easily using RentHop's integrated messaging tools.
RentHop is funded by Y Combinator and currently serves the NYC, Boston and Chicago metro areas. For more information, please visit www.RentHop.com or follow RentHop on Twitter at @RentHop.
About Citi Habitats
As one of New York City's leading real estate brokerages, Citi Habitats operates 9 offices in the borough of Manhattan. The firm offers a variety of real estate services including existing apartment rentals, townhome, condo, co-op, and investment sales, new development marketing and relocation services. Citi Habitats is owned and operated by NRT LLC, a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. For more information, please visit us at www.citihabitats.com.
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