App of the Week – Zumper

Published On March 30, 2015 | By Tom Huskerson | App of the Week

square-logoApartment hunting is a time consuming and frustrating task. It can come down to finding the right place at the right time and being the right applicant with the right qualifications, i.e credit. That’s why Zumper is the App of the Week.

Zumper, a real estate start up, is offering tools that connect brokers and property managers with potential renters. The company recently released a new mobile application that allows apartment hunters to fill out their rental applications and pull their Experian credit report from their iPhone. The company claims over a million monthly visits from web and mobile devices.

The feature is called  “Instant Apply.” It is intended to help give rental applicants an edge over others in competitive real estate markets. In prime rental markets like San Francisco, where Zumper is currently headquartered, apartment hunters need every edge they can get, as the average apartment lasts only four to five days on the market. If it ever gets to market. You need to have effective strategies when it comes to securing an apartment in the most competitive markets.

According to CEO Anthemos Georgiades, there are always multiple offers on the same apartment, so being able to apply immediately from your phone can help you beat others looking at the same property. “Using Zumper’s iPhone app, renters can apply for the apartment from their phone in the open house,” he says. “And because Zumper has very strong business-to-business (B2B) adoption through more than 10,000 Zumper Pros, renter’s applications are guaranteed to be reviewed when they carry the ‘Instant Apply’ symbol,” he adds.

Apartment hunters using the app can file an application and also purchase a $10 Experian credit report directly from the new iPhone app using Apple Pay. Their credit report is then submitted along with the application. This streamlined process speeds up the application process. 

According to Georgiades,  Zumper is now handling over 10 percent of the rental applications in San Francisco. San Francisco was the first market where Instant Apply went live. The company claims that its Zumper Pro, a business-to-business tool, originates over 25 percent of all the rental listings in major U.S. markets like New York, Boston and Chicago.

“Because the majority of applications and Experian credit reports are submitted when one of our B2B Zumper Pro users requests a renter’s application, well over 75 percent of applications are successful in closing the apartment,” the CEO claims.

 Zumper is currently available in over 30 cities and can be downloaded free for Apple and Android platforms.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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