Rent-Direct.com Springs into Action with New Website and “Virtual Exclusive” Apartments

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Rent-Direct.com, metro New York's number-one no-broker-fee apartment search website, launches new features designed to save renters thousands of dollars in broker fees. Virtual exclusives offer direct access to landlords. Students receive discounts. Company and clients featured in Time Out New York's April 15, 2004 "Apartment Issue." Find no-broker-fee apartments in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Nassau and metro New Jersey.

Rent-Direct.com (http://www.Rent-Direct.com), New York’s number-one marketplace for no-broker-fee apartments, launched the newest version of its widely used apartment search website today. With the peak rental season quickly approaching, college graduations nearing and corporate relocations on the rise, Rent-Direct.com launched its site to accommodate an expected increase this year in the number of renters looking to avoid costly broker fees.

The new streamlined website is packed with resources that make finding an apartment in New York City faster, easier and more economical. The newest addition to the website is “virtual exclusive” apartment listings. The “virtual exclusive” logo on a listing helps renters to easily identify apartments that can only be found on Rent-Direct.com and not on any other no-broker-fee website. This gives renters who use Rent-Direct.com an added advantage and exclusive access to more apartments than ever before.

More Than Just a List

As mentioned in Time Out New York’s April 15, 2004 “Apartment Issue,” Rent-Direct.com members enjoy access to the largest marketplace of currently available no-broker-fee apartments, as well as useful tools and services, including:

Rent-Direct.com Advisor and Customer Service support 7 days a week

Neighborhood info from the Not For Tourists Guidebook

Street maps and mass transit links

New apartment, rent reduction, open house and landlord incentive e-mail alerts

Apartment building photos and street panoramas (when available)

Free utilities transfer with ConnectUtilities.com

“Think of Rent-Direct.com as a marketplace for apartments where renters and landlords come together without an expensive broker in between,” says Rent-Direct.com Vice President, Ralph Barocas. “Renters need to know we are more than just a list. We are a full-service alternative to using a broker.”

Rent-Direct.com Advisor Advantage

A major benefit of using Rent-Direct.com is the ability to consult with an apartment Advisor trained on NYC apartment finding strategies. Rent-Direct.com Advisors give customized attention to each member, providing them with the answers to their questions on everything from move-in costs to neighborhood info to landlord negotiation tips.

Renters with difficult situations, such as credit issues, pets, no rental history, students or those coming from out of town, especially find Rent-Direct.com Advisors key to their success. “I didn't know anything about getting an apartment in the Big Apple,” said Molly Gallegos, a happy Rent-Direct.com member and recent University of Denver graduate. “My Rent-Direct.com Advisor was excellent and taught me everything I needed to know about finding an apartment in this difficult city.” Molly saved more than $1,500 in broker fees on an amazing apartment on Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side and her rent is $250 less per month than the previous tenant.

No More Broker Fees

Instead of paying the traditional broker fee, apartment seekers can join Rent-Direct.com for a one-time registration of $150 or $195 for three months of service with a money back guarantee. Students and recent graduates are eligible for a discount on registration. The average Rent-Direct.com member saves up to $3,600* in broker fees. Traditional brokerage commissions vary from one month’s rent up to 20 percent of the annual rent depending on the location of the apartment and the broker.

Renters looking for an apartment in the NYC metro area can speak with a Rent-Direct.com Advisor by dialing 1-888-278-7111 ext. 3 for a no-obligation discussion about their apartment search and a free guest account or by visiting the website at http://www.Rent-Direct.com.

About Rent-Direct.com

Rent-Direct.com is New York’s number-one marketplace for bringing renters and landlords together to rent apartments without the traditional broker fee. We are committed to permanently changing the way people rent apartments in the New York metro area by replacing the need for a broker with economical and easy-to-use apartment finding resources and top-notch service. Rent-Direct.com is the online division of Apartments Illustrated, Inc., a licensed Apartment Information Vendor.

Note:

  • Based on a $2,400 monthly rent and 15 percent broker fee in Manhattan

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