May 1, 2006 5:00 AM PDT

MyNewPlace promises easier apartment hunting

MyNewPlace, an online apartment search service using an innovative combination of user-created content, map mashups and other Web 2.0 technologies, debuted Monday.

MyNewPlace is launching with a database of more than 6 million currently available apartments throughout the United States, said CEO John Helm.

The site, which describes itself as being in beta still, is expected to compete with the likes of Rent.com and Craigslist--though much more so in cities like San Francisco and New York than in cities like Dallas, Helm said.

The site differentiates itself from competitors by giving would-be renters the opportunity to post blog entries talking about their experiences and asking for tips, and by also providing Google maps showing apartments' locations with even the simplest searches, Helm said.

Further, MyNewPlace gives renters specific information about potential apartments, even without asking for registration.

The site's business model is what Helm called "Pay for performance." That is, apartment owners pay MyNewPlace a fee when a unit is rented using the service. In return, MyNewPlace users get a rebate of around $100 when they sign their rental agreement.

The site is also built with advanced search tools that allow renters to specify up to 20 different criteria to look for, including pets, type of pets, location, number of bedrooms and so on.

"We have the most robust way for them to take a 6 million (apartment) database," said Helm, "and sift it down to the five or six they want to go visit on a Saturday afternoon."

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How much did they pay you to write this article? Probably a pretty big amount. I'm just trying to find out how this is newsworthy at all.

It appears to be a blatant ad masquerading as an article.
Posted by ballssalty (219 comments )
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My thoughts exactly.
Maybe they should have a "Special Advertising Section" like some
magazines do.
Posted by tcarreon (16 comments )
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Well that's a yuppie, ignorant bourgeoisie comment, spoken by someone who undoubtedly lives quite comfortably.
Posted by guardianhunter (2 comments )
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THEY ARE ABSOLUTE LIARS ...even after repeated requests and proofs they never gave the 100$ inspite of perfect paper work ..they made so many excuses ...they are scammers tricking poor people ...SHAME ON YOU RENT.COM
Posted by dasvidania (2 comments )
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Awful Site
There is nothing "easier" about this site.
Posted by douglaslandon (1 comment )
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CribCrawler.com
You should check out <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.cribcrawler.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.cribcrawler.com</a>. They just launched a flash based web site last week for searching and listing both rentals and homes for sale. It's really easy to find exactly what you're looking for. They have slider bars where you can specify a range of values for features like price, bedrooms, bathrooms, square feet and distance to search location. The content is just getting started, but with the ease of use and fact that it's free to list and search, it should take off pretty fast. Try searching in new york, ny (that's where I found the most properties anyway).
Posted by nruben75 (1 comment )
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CityCribs.com
Check out <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.citycribs.com," target="_newWindow">http://www.citycribs.com,</a> they are now going national. Easy to use site
Posted by paulfischman (1 comment )
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How many out of those 6 mil rentals are actually seen?
In the middle of a housing market slump, the last thing any landlord or property owner needs is to spend more money to list their vacancies. Cribs4students' is a platform that connects landlords to the student market without charging a fee. With sites like Facebook on their side (<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://apps.facebook.com/cribsforstudents" target="_newWindow">http://apps.facebook.com/cribsforstudents</a>), they surely have the student apartment information market on a strangle-hold.

What makes Cribs4Students.com different from other websites that offer similar services?

Cribs4Students is free, convenient, and easy to use. Rather than having your listings unattended, Cribs4students? advertises your listings with all universities, university papers, student events, and social networks (like Facebook) so your listings are viewed by millions of students in several days.

Additionally, Cribs4students is working with Uhaul's College Connection - to help students split the cost of a truck rental, with Manhattan Mini Storage for storage services, and with Rentometer to help renters find the average housing prices in specific regions.

How can one post an apartment, room, or sublet for free?

In the home page, <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.cribs4students.com" target="_newWindow">http://www.cribs4students.com</a> :

1) Select a state from the map
2) Select a university
3) Click 'Post Apartments/Sublets'
4) Insert the information for your property; click submit

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://cribs4students.com/" target="_newWindow">http://cribs4students.com/</a>

About the company:

The website was launched in February 2007 and has received widespread attention in universities and colleges across the United States. The website is now global and supports international universities in major cities around the world.

Contact info @: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://cribs4students.com" target="_newWindow">http://cribs4students.com</a>
Posted by realestatesurvey (1 comment )
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I found MyNewPlace pretty easy to use, perhaps if they put it in picture format for some of you, you might have an easier time.
Posted by guardianhunter (2 comments )
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THEY ARE ABSOLUTE LIARS ...even after repeated requests and proofs they never gave the 100$ inspite of perfect paper work ..they made so many excuses ...they are scammers tricking poor people ...SHAME ON YOU mynewplace.COM
Posted by dasvidania (2 comments )
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The two main roads of Collegetown, Eddygate's clean modern lines attract the student that is looking for an environment of fine living amidst Collegetown's social atmosphere.

http://ithaca-rentals.com/eddygate.html
Posted by JoCoks (1 comment )
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It's about time they get their butts on the go. I've been looking for a decent set of <a href="http://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/Wisconsin/Middleton/public-transportation-3hg/">middleton wisconsin apartments</a> for what seems to be forever and I finally managed to get onto their site to look .
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