Our first version of RentWiki.com is now live and open for private beta users.

So what is RentWiki?

Well, to draw from personal experience, I recently moved to San Francisco and had no idea where to live, what neighborhoods were good, and even had no idea what a fair price was. I moved from Arizona so apparently $400 per month just gets you a parking spot and not an actual house. Anyways, I spent hours calling people, walking the areas, and canvassing streets to try to get a feel of the environment. A simple peer recommendation could have saved me hours of headaches.

When we move, we want to know much more than location, price and amenities. We want to meet their neighbors, understand the area, and experience the social scene – content that is not readily available online. We do not start by going to Craigslist.com or Move.com to sort through hundreds of listings, we call a friend, family member, or co-worker and ask for advice and their opinion to narrow down the location.

So RentWiki is just that, peer recommendations on where to live. The website is in its first iteration and just in a rough form, so I would love to get some feedback. Email me if you want an invite code to participate. Let us know what you think!

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