Showings on Demand

July 11th, 2013 : Joe Charat

Showings on Demand

A First in Real Estate

Through the years our business has adapted to the realities of the NYC rental market, using technology to simplify how renters find their next home. We’ve innovated in an industry badly in need of it. And we’re incredibly proud of our many accomplishments:

We were the first to sort listings not by date added, not by who was willing to pay for top placement, but instead by our “Quality Score”. Prioritizing renters, not revenues.

We were the first to let renters remain anonymous when inquiring about a listing. Defending renters’ privacy.

We were the first to combine duplicate listings, to easily compare the different descriptions, photos, and agents who advertise the listing. Saving renters’ time.

We were the first to put into place a comprehensive verification system, to avoid dealing with listings that are no longer available. Protecting renters’ sanity.

And today we’re the first in the nation to create a true on-demand service in real estate. So our renters land the best apartments, before anyone else.

Today we unveil Showings on Demand. See a listing you like, tell us when you want to see it, and we’ll find an agent to show it.

The best apartments in the city are rented in less than 24 hours. Now you can see them before they’re gone.

We make this possible through incredible, first-of-its-kind technology, and by leveraging our rental network – thousands of agents, landlords and management companies throughout the boroughs, who all pay to advertise on Naked Apartments. Those real estate pros have downtime. Economists call it underutilized capacity. They want to be showing properties, not responding to emails, or hoping their phones ring. They want to meet renters in-person, show them their inventory, and help those renters find their next home. Now they can.

Happy hunting.

Showings on Demand in the News

What would you do if your rent shot up? Would you stick around and take the hit or would you look for a new place?

We interviewed NYC renters that are experiencing or have experienced rent increases and asked them how they plan to proceed.

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Why Are You Apartment Hunting? We asked New York City renters to tell us the main reason why they are for searching for a new place. I want a nicer apartment:  21 percent. I am looking for my first place: 41%. My landlord raised my rent: 11%. I want to live closer to work: 15%. I want to live in a better neighborhood: 12%. Naked Apartments

Sometimes New York City can feel like the most expensive place in the world. We at Naked Apartments wanted to find out if this was actually the case. We took a look at some of the most expensive cities around the world in order to see how their costs of living and renting compare to NYC.

Renting Around the World We looked at some of the most expensive cities in the world to see how their costs of living and renting compare to New York City.  New York Tokyo Hong Kong Moscow Average Monthly Rent Two Bedroom Upfront Costs of Renting Reikin, sometimes referred to as key money, is a mandatory upfront payment similar to a security deposit. However, it is considered a gift to the landlord, so the renter does not get it back Security Deposit 1-2 Month’s Rent Broker’s Fee Public Transportation Price of one single-ride ticket on city metro or tram. $1.00 Cost of Goods Fast-food meal Gallon of gas Cup of coffee Data Sources: 2012 Mercer Cost of Living Report, CNBC, Forbes Naked Apartments


Categories: Apartment Living

For Kristen Buccholz and Ashley Savage, this was the second apartment hunt within the year and this time they had a system. They knew what they were looking for in a rental agent, what they needed in an apartment, and had their expectations in line with what they could afford. But even with their act together, it wasn’t long before they had seen dozens of listings, extended their current lease another month, and lost out on ideal apartments. In the end, their diligence paid off and their story offers an opinion or two on what kind of agents make the sale.

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Categories: Apartment Living

With data from our 2+ million NYC renters, we at Naked Apartments have learned a lot about them, their habits and desires.

What follows is a portrait drawn from their registration data (contact info, desired apartment, move and roommate details, income, etc.) as well as their search history and survey results. Read more »

Categories: Market Data

Once again FairCompanies produces an incredible video on maximizing the use of small spaces.  Watch a 420 square foot SoHo apartment  transform into 1100 square feet of functionality. “The main idea is to get double, triple, quadruple, use out of every space.”

The mastermind behind the concept is Graham Hill.  You can learn more about the apartment, his company, and his philosophy at LifeEdited.

When my roommates and I unanimously decided that we were going to get a puppy, I started scouring the web for tips on pet ownership in New York City. As is usual on the Internet, what I found was a lot of disagreement. Angry residents were in uproar about their building becoming a dirty, noisy madhouse by suddenly allowing pets. Meanwhile, pet owners told horrific tales of pet eviction and harassment by other tenants. Both sides furiously attempted to illustrate their frustrations with one another even though the problems were probably caused by a few irresponsible individuals.

The fact is that some apartment buildings need to be pet-friendly while some apartment buildings need to be pet-free, but that does not mean that there can’t be a healthy middle ground. So for the sake of keeping the peace within that space, here are some tips for Pet-Friendly Apartment Hunting as well as some ways to demonstrate responsible pet ownership to your potential landlord or condo board. Read more »

With power finally returning to areas of New York City, resilience is an idea that is on everyone’s minds. For many homes and businesses that are fortunate enough to be back in working order, the return to normalcy is just around the corner. But for many others, these recent events have shed light on problems that must be addressed while the event is still with us. In addition to recovery, we have to prepare for future events of this nature and perhaps of even greater magnitude. “In just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods — something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable,” Mayor Bloomberg stated in an editorial on Thursday. Read more »

The damage that Sandy has caused is unimaginable. If you’re one of the thousands of individuals who have suffered from the hurricane, our hearts go out to you. We hope that you’re safe.

For those with renters insurance that have also suffered property damage, and are wondering about making a claim, below are some contact numbers and links that should be helpful. Please be prepared, however, for the high likelihood that your policy does not cover damage from a hurricane/flooding.  Read more »

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