My name is Matt and I'm the VP of Marketing at RentJuice. I think that there might be some misunderstanding as to what RentJuice is based on this post. RentJuice is a web-based tool that helps agents become more efficient, so you can do more rentals in less time.
To answer your question, we help agents find renters by helping them create and post ads to Craigslist (and 20+ other sites, including Trulia) in a fraction of the time. We also organize all your listings (including those from the MLS and property managers) and automate much of the application/credit check paper work.
Laura: We're different from Craigslist in that we're not a destination site for renters. We're web-based software that will manage your rental process so that everything is all in one place. Think salesforce.com, but for rentals.
Mark: We have hundreds of agents using us in the Chicago area. The San Francisco Chronicle recently profiled one of our Chicago customers. Read more here: http://bit.ly/hlw9qU
You can visit http://rentjuice.com/brokers/ for some more information or please feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope that answers your question John!
You will not get any renter leads from Rent Juice. Rent juice is a great tool to manage your listings and market them to various sites. It is mediocre at best as far as a CRM goes but you have the ability to run credit reports in about 2 seconds which is a great feature. If you work in a team setting it also serves as a leaderboard for your team and tracks production.
Hope that helps!
Where I am--Northern Virginia--my experience with "alternative sites" has been poor. The potential clients are . . . flakes. Pure and simple. And they love calling up with questions that are asked in the ad; are they trying to verify information you've presented or can they just not read? And I could go on and on. For that reason--and because the MLS alone works nicely in finding tenants for me--I wouldn't use Rent Juice.
Having said that, I know that--in some areas, for some properties--Craigslist is considered effective, as are other marketing methods.
As for Matt's description of RentJuice as SalesForce for rentals . . . if the description is accurate, then the question really is whether the agent needs that form of assistance.
I've never heard of "Rent Juice" and feel that there are so many other avenues on the internet to locate potential renters where there is no fee. Craig's List being one of the best.
I hope this is helpful.
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I'd rather pay a 25 percent of my net commission check as a referral fee to someone for a vetted lead than to have what amounts to a cold call that I've paid a fee up front for.
Even Trulia, and their "Pro" service, doesn't give you anything more than somebody who may have expressed some interest in a property. To top it off, they give those leads to several agents at once. And all of the other sites I've run across do the same thing. So what, exactly, are we paying for with services like these?