Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Big Deal:

Rent Jungle traffic has shown a significant increase over the last year ending in our highest traffic numbers ever this November. We know we could not have gotten here without the gracious support of our partners and friends, and we would sincerely like to thank everyone who has lent a hand since our site re-launch in late 2009.

We have been eagerly watching our numbers rise over the year. Our summer peak was about 80,000 unique visitors in August with almost 300,000 page views. Following rental market trends, our numbers dipped in the next few months until we began to see a rise in early October. Since then, our traffic has grown exponentially to over 150,000 unique visitors by the end of November, about twice the level of our previous peak. Our page views rose to 400,000 and are continually increasing.

So what does this mean for Rent Jungle in the holiday season? Typically people do not move in the winter (Google Trends), so Rent Jungle’s traffic should be decreasing at this time.  Instead, our numbers are rising exponentially due to all the support and referrals we have received from all of you – our users.  As the market picks up in January our traffic should sky rocket. We are expecting record numbers in the months that follow, and we are willing to bet December will yield our highest numbers yet. Thanks for checking in, we will keep you posted on our following development!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Keep it Cozy, Keep it Chic

        Watching the seasons change outside your window can serve as a sensible reminder that we too must adapt to the weather. Even extravagant apartments can lose their luster if they are not well prepared for the icy winter weather. Cold drafts, chilly bedrooms, and heat hemorrhages can kill more than your patience; they can also kill your wallet. So now, amongst the dazzling spectrum of foliage and leaves falling outside your apartment window, it’s time to buckle down and bundle up.  

Keeping your apartment warm does not, however, necessitate lowering your fashion standards by erecting drab or frumpy heat coverings. Some of these more frugal methods tend to be quite practical, but utilitarian means generally lead to unfortunate appearances, i.e. duct-tape prom dresses or spray-painted cars.  Let’s take a look at some ways to stay warm while also keeping your cool.

Heat tends to escape your apartment in two ways: gaps and windows. The former can often be alleviated with a quick and assertive call to the super. The latter is generally fixed by the creation of a heavy cellophane fa├žade buttressed by clear tape around the window frames. Remember, we are trying to avoid eye-sores! Thermal resistant curtains may be a better idea, and when coupled with conservative weather stripping, offers both a practical and fashionable solution when battling the weather.

Keeping unused areas of the apartment closed, closets included, can maximize the effectiveness of your heater. Unblocking radiators is also a good idea, as is strategically placing larger furniture in front of the draftier windows (only with permission from your Feng Shui guru).

You should also utilize programmable thermostats. This way you can find your preferred temperature and have it waiting for you when you return from work or school. It is recommendable to lower the temperature while you are out, especially if your apartment tends to leak. Using space heaters can be a good idea, as can running your ceiling fans in reverse to promote a better distribution of heat.

So man the fireplace, light some candles (cinnamon apple scented for best results), and cozy up with that special person or pet; you’re ready to enjoy watching the light blanket of snow gathering outside your windows from the comfort of your warm and attractive apartment.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Win Free Rent!

Dear Bloggers,
With much elation we would like to invite you to be our friends on Facebook and enter the contest for free rent! That’s right, friend us on Facebook and you stand to win $100 that can be used to pay rent, pay bills, or just to make you smile. Here’s the contest, good luck!
Rent Jungle

Check Out What Everyone Is talking About

We’re here to make your life easier. So if you are ready to find a new home, do it right the first time. We offer the largest selection listings for apartments in America and our site is free and easy to use.

The quick overview:
You can register for free in about 15 seconds here. The benefits of registering are summarized with our three splendid icons.

Once you’ve registered and logged in, you will be able to save your favorite apartment listings and recall them at any time for ease of use. No need to waste time searching through all of the listings again, simply click the star icon to save the favorite and the next time you log in it will be here waiting for you.

When you click on your saved listings, you can also write notes on them to remember why you liked them in the first place. Was it the great location? The proximity to work? The fantastic deal? The space? Just jot it down and you’ll never have to filter through all the features to remember why you loved it. You can also share your notes with your friends by emailing them the listing…

Share your favorite apartments with friends! If your friends are important to you and you want their input on where you are considering living for the next year or so, it might be a better idea to hear what they have to say about the apartment. Maybe they know something about the neighborhood that was not mentioned in the ad. Maybe some of them have seen the apartment before and can tell you about it. It can’t hurt, so give it a try! You can share your apartment listings with your friends and read what they think of the place and what they plan on bringing for the house warming party.

Take a look at all of these features and see the difference between us and all of those other sites.  It speaks for itself! 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rent Jungle Featured in Pop City!

Read a little about our history and what we do from Pop City:

Read more at Pop City

Last Year's Rental Deals May Not Repeat

The last few months of 2009 were great for apartment hunters. Rents were down significantly from prior quarters. Will that repeat itself this year? Average rent data through September indicate that it will not for most cities. However, some deals can still be found depending on the geography.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rent Jungle is now number two for apartment search site results on Google!

Rent Jungle is now the number two search result for "apartment search sites" on Google.  We have continued to move up on the search engine results thanks to everyone's support.  We really appreciate it, please keep linking to us!

Basement living got you excited? Knowing your market could land you the perfect apartment!

If you are anything like the 11.9% of Americans nationally relocating this year, you will undoubtedly find that moving can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned travelers. Especially when moving to a new city in a new state. This can seem even more difficult if this new city is unfamiliar to you and if your contacts there are limited.

But that’s ok. You’ve got that new job lined up and you’re probably going to Craigslist your way through a few months of living in cramped, sublet-apartments or overpriced basement studios with low ventilation. I mean, only until you find your new place, right?

Well you should know that taking this route can waste a lot of time, energy, and money. Moving can be a positive experience if you are prepared for what lies ahead. So before you hesitantly hand over your hard earned cash over for a new lease, I recommend you take a quick inventory of your available resources so that you may learn how much you should be paying for rent.

Most people are usually surprised to know they have many more tools at their disposal than they are aware of. Take for instance a tool which allows you to find the city’s rent averages. This would let you know what to expect in the current market so that you wouldn’t have to worry about overpaying for your new apartment. Let’s say that with this tool you could even compare the rent prices against your current city, or even compare prices between different neighborhoods. You would be able to gauge where you want to live based off of proximity to your office or amenities, as well as by the rent average of any particular neighborhood.

Rent Jungle’s Market Trends can do just that for you. Instead of walking into a situation that leaves you with a less than opportune abode, you can find the perfect apartment with reasonable rent that is right for you. See how much you should expect for rent, and even compare neighborhood trends to make sure it’s the neighborhood for you. Rent Jungle’s Market Trends gives you the knowledge you need to move into a new city with confidence. You don’t have to deal with being swindled and disappointed: you can make this move knowing the facts and having a positive experience.

So go ahead, give it a try. It’s free, easy to use, and can save you a lot of heartache.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Rent Jungle Featured in New York Daily News!

Do you think the rent is too damn high?  Check out what our data shows for the rent in New York:

NY Daily Post

Friday, October 8, 2010

Complete Site Redesign and Tons of New Features

Today we unveiled an industry-first web site, allowing apartment and rental-house hunters to search the contents of listings from over 8,000 web sties – using spidering and indexing technologies similar to that of a search engine. Plus we completed a full redesign.

Check it out here: Rent Jungle Apartment Search

Read our press release here: Rent Jungle Unveils New Rental Search Engine

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Nationwide Rents Continue to Improve in Q2

We've updated our quarterly analysis of US rent trends. See it here. During the second quarter of 2010, the average rent for an apartment in the United States increased by $27 to $1,087, an increase of 2.5%.

"In the second quarter, rent nationwide was up by 2.5% when compared to the first quarter of 2010, which is the continuation of an improvement trend that started in January. Rent in Q4, 2009 was down by approximately 3% from the prior quarter, and during Q1 2010, rent was flat. So an increase of 2.5% in Q2, 2010 is significant."

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Nationwide Rents Show Improvement in Q1

We've updated our analysis of US rent trends. See it here. During the first quarter of 2010, the average rent for an apartment in the United States has remained flat at $1,020 according to Rent Jungle, an apartment search and market research website.

"We are seeing some encouraging signs in the overall national rental market," says CEO Jon Pastor. "In the first quarter, rent nationwide was flat when compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, which is a reversal in a negative trend. Rent in Q4, 2009 was down by approximately 3% from the prior quarter, so a flattening in Q1, 2010 is an improvement."

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Detailed Rent Trends By City Now Available

We've rolled out the capability to see detailed average rent trends by city. From our "Market Trends" section, select the city name from the yellow shaded drop down in the upper left of the screen to see average rents, trends for the last 6 months and detailed statistics by neighborhood.

For example, rent trends in Chicago.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Nationwide Rents Down 4%

We've updated our analysis of US rent trends. See it here.
Over the last 6 months, the average rent for an apartment has decreased by $40 to an average of $961 per month, a decrease of ~4%. Wichita, Indianapolis, Miami all saw rent increases above 2%. The majority of cities, however, are still flat or decreasing. Oklahoma City, New York, Albuquerque, Portland, Louisville, Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix, Denver, and Nashville all posted declines from 7% to 9%.