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    Posted January 14, 2014 by
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    DoNotRent.com Helps College Students Find Apartments Near Campus

    DoNotRent.com, the first national social apartment review site by and for renters, recently added neighborhood information and data to their site. This new content will help college age renters and parents research and find the best housing in thousands of university communities nationwide.

    New demographic, college, school and community information will help college students and renters make an informed decision about housing and the quality of life around university campuses, said DoNotRent.com CEO Mike Cerny.

    As renters research a neighborhood or specific apartment complex, the free site provides capsule demographics of the nearby area from Zillow, the second most visited real estate site according to Experian Hitwise. This new content describes neighborhoods from “power singles” high-income urban singles to “suburban climbers” who are younger suburban singles. Other quick-read visual descriptions include: age distribution, commute times, relationship status and homes with kids.

    DoNotRent.com also added nearby colleges and postsecondary programs to their apartment listings so students can see exactly how far an apartment is located from campus.

    Families researching apartments will find helpful new reports on nearby schools provided by partner GreatSchools that include school type, grades, ratings from parents and distance from an apartment community.

    Searching for an apartment, student housing or rental home can be a frustrating experience. Finding a good apartment is often based on word of mouth opinions that can be haphazard. DoNotRent.com provides a user friendly social platform bringing renters together to search reviews and ratings in over 10,000 communities nationwide and create their own reviews of apartments rented or toured. “Millennials trust their friends and social connections far more than they trust advertising. DoNotRent.com helps bring renters together to share their apartment renting experiences across the U.S.,” said Cerny

    “We’re not a gripe site for upset renters and we remain neutral,” said Cerny. “When users visit the site and see the logo (Do Rent - thumbs up) and (Do Not Rent - thumbs down) and see positive/negative trending reviews they understand that users are posting both good and bad reviews.”

    Landlords and property managers can list their apartments for free on DoNotRent.com. The apartment listings on the site are compiled from public records and anyone can add an apartment listing for free. Apartment managers take advantage of the low cost claiming service which allows them to advertise vacant units, add photos, videos, receive leads and respond to reviews.

    Here are the top trending reviews on DoNotRent.com:

    Top 5 Positive Reviews

    1) Tenant praises management for evicting a stalker
    2) Awesome grounds with gated parking
    3) Quiet apartment units
    4) Knowledgeable and friendly on-site leasing agent
    5) Friendly staff and maintenance is fast to repair damages

    Top 5 Negative Reviews

    1) Maintenance is slow to respond
    2) Management is dishonest
    3) Landlord is cheap and doesn’t address deferred maintenance
    4) Landlord is insane and was institutionalized
    5) Left apartment in a better condition and received a $500 cleaning bill

    About DoNotRent.com

    DoNotRent.com (http://www.donotrent.com) was founded by a group of real estate professionals in Chicago in 2011 who envisioned a better way for renters to share information about rental experiences both positive and negative using a social platform to search, review and share apartment reviews. The service aims to help some of the 94.4 million residents who live in 38.7 million renter-occupied households in the U.S. [National Multi Housing Council, 2012.] Today, about 70 percent of the thousands of users that sign up write a review. Additional services for renters include moving resources, rental data, neighborhood information, maps allowing users to search nearby businesses and nearby colleges and schools.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DoNotRentSite

    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/donotrentcom
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