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Toronto Spotlight: Online Apartment Search Tips

 

Know what you want. It is important to have a clear outline of exactly what you want (and what you don’t want) when it comes to searching for an apartment. Make a list of things that are deal breakers for you, as well as things you might be willing to compromise. For example, do you need a parking spot? Can you live without en-suite laundry? Identifying your wants and needs will narrow down your search and save you time!

 

Make a budget. Figure out how much you can afford to spend monthly. When looking at apartments, take note of the fact that some rent totals include utilities, and others do not. Setting your price point early on will narrow down your options and avoid disappointment if you find something great that you cannot afford.

 

Location, location, location. Location is an important factor that is often overlooked. Think about what you are looking for in a neighbourhood in which you want to live. What’s more important to you, nightlife or parks? Do you prefer to be close to public transportation? Anything from restaurants to playgrounds shapes a neighbourhood and finding the perfect fit for you is most important!

 

Find a place that suits YOU. Everyone has a different personality, different habits, and different lifestyles. A homebody may be very picky about the inside of the apartment, but someone who is out all the time might care more about the neighbourhood. Are you a student, and if so, will you be studying at your apartment? Figuring out what kind of lifestyle you have (or want) and finding an apartment to suit it can be difficult, but if you set out with that in mind you will find the best fit for you!

 

Get virtual. It’s not always possible for you to be in the city in which you are apartment hunting. Use Google Maps and the street view option to look at and around your potential building and neighbourhood! Many apartments now have virtual tours, which are very helpful.

 

Be smart and secure. The internet is a wonderful place, but beware of scams. If you find an amazing apartment at a very low price point, it may be too good to be true. Just be cautious before giving out personal information and bring someone with you to view the apartment if you can.

 

Make your search easier with Greenwin and RentSeeker!

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Cursive PR Spotlight: Cursive’s Director (and one of WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women), Jessica Green, shares with Chaim Rivlin of RentSeeker her advice on building a solid brand on Canadian Apartment Magazine. While the tips are geared towards the property management industry, Jessica’s words and advice are universal in their nature. If you are looking to unlock the secret of building an outstanding brand both on-and-offline, check out what Jessica has to say on the Canadian Apartment Magazine website.

 

About Cursive PR

Cursive PR is a Toronto communications firm that specializes in corporate communications, social media strategy, community management, email marketing, web development, search engine performance, analytics/insights, and writing/editing. For more information on building your social media presence in Toronto, visit www.cursivepr.ca

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RentSeeker.ca, a leading Canadian online apartment finder and award winning marketing company, announces planned expansion into the U.S. in early 2015. RentSeeker.ca’s parent company, RentSeeker Inc., plans to offer its services in the U.S. under the RentSeeker.com name.

 

“Thanks to our rapid growth and the well-established infrastructure we have developed in Canada, we have recently been presented with an opportunity to offer our services to the rental housing industry in the U.S.,” said Chaim Rivlin, President and CEO of RentSeeker.ca. “After discussions with some of the largest apartment portfolio owners in America and an internal analysis of our scalability, we decided that 2015 will be the year for this exciting expansion in keeping with our growth strategy. With our complete suite of digital and web-based marketing products and services for the real estate industry, we feel well positioned to become a leading ILS and real estate marketing firm south of the border.”

 

RentSeeker.ca’s dynamic ILS platform and web-based marketing services have made waves in the Canadian rental housing industry over the past five years, positioning the company as a leader in the space. With many of Canada’s largest REITs, Condo Developers, and Property Management firms utilizing RentSeeker.ca’s marketing services for marketing, branding and generating leads, the company is looking forward for this expansion.

 

The RentSeeker.com American launch is slated for a beta launch in the fourth quarter of 2014 with a full launch in the first quarter of 2015.

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