Finding and Keeping Track of Your Favorite Rentals

With RentFaster’s Map Feature and “My Faves” tab, finding and keeping track of your favorite homes for rent is simple. No longer do you need to save a link to a listing that you liked. Nor do you need to keep clicking the back button every time you look at a new listing. Now you can have them all in one place! Using your desired search criteria, search thousands of listings from every city, like ‘places to rent close to me (Victoria)’ or ‘places to rent near me (Vancouver)’,all on one scrolling page, liking them as you go. This avoids taking too much of your time switching back and forth within your favorites. The condensed favorite listing view lets you scroll through feature images and basic information (type of home, address, price, contact info, pet friendly rentals, etc.). That way you can favorite places of interest and do the deeper research later. Whether you like to look at rentals in list view or Map View, a “My Faves” page will appear. The “My Faves” tab is there to quickly see the listings you saved while keeping your other search where you left it.

 

Attached to One Account

Create Account

The best way to keep your favorites in one organized place is to create an account. This will ensure that you can easily track and locate preferable listings on one page. It is easy and free and will assist in your rental search. Using your name and e-mail address, an account will be created to keep your favorites ready for easy viewing. You can also use the Rentfaster.ca app to login and see your listings on multiple devices.

 

Easy Saving

Easy Saving

To save a favorite is as simple as finding a listing you like in any city and clicking the heart icon. When searching rentals (either in the Map View or the list view), there will be a small heart icon in the top right of the listing’s information. The heart will fill blue once you have favourited it, otherwise the heart will appear white (like this Victoria rental listing, for example). Once ‘favourited’, you can locate all your favourite listing in the “My Faves” tab. This is found on the top of the search page beside the tab “Search Results.”

 

Comparisons

Comparison

The RentFaster “My Faves” feature is the best way to assess and compare your favorite listings. Use the Map Feature search, then click “My Faves” and your favorite listings will appear on the map! Your favorite rentals will also appear in list format beside the map to help compare the compressed basic information. Say goodbye to your pro-con list and hello to the easiest comparison of your life!

 

Overall Map View

Fave Map View

With the use of the Map View feature on RentFaster’s search, your favorites will appear on the map, for example, rental listings in Vancouver. This can help with comparing commute times and finding surrounding communities, neighbourhoods, and other Vancouver areas. Once you have selected the “My Faves” tab (next to the ‘search results’), only the listings you have favourited will appear on the map. When you hover your mouse over each listing on the side bar to the right, the rental’s location marker on the map will appear orange.

Toss the graph paper for searching and comparing rentals. Use the “My Faves” tab and your rental search will be a breeze! Create your RentFaster account today at Rentfaster.ca and begin your search. Looking for a guide on how to use the Map View feature? Check out our blog for more information.

Feature Community: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s Broadway Area

Feature Community: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s Broadway Area

Broadway Contest

The city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is booming with creativity, experience, and change. Specifically, there is a babble of excitement in the Broadway area. Broadway is located within the Nutana community, close to neighboring communities like the central business district and the University of Saskatchewan. This five block district represents the culture and history of Saskatoon while bringing in the modern vibe.

 

It was in 1986 when Broadway first established an improvement district by the businesses local to the area. These businesses came together as the Broadway Improvement District (BID), and worked to support and enhance the commercial district. Now Broadway is known for its various businesses located across the area:

 

  • If you are looking for a trendy food scene, head over to OLiV International Inc. and try their tasting room! They will provide an all-natural experience that is sure to wow your taste buds. You will be able to taste premium extra virgin olive oils and true balsamic vinegars of various flavors. Whether you are looking for something sweet, spicy, fruity, or savory, OLiV International has everything and more! Boost your meals with these amazing oils and vinegars
  • Broadway also has various specialty shops and services provided by businesses like Revamp Salon Company, who will keep you looking your best self! Revamp Salon is part of the Green Circle recycling program and is committed to ensuring you love your look. They provide services such as extensions, color correction, eyebrow specialists. The hair on your face will be as perfect as the hair on your head! The Revamp Team now offers a complimentary makeup touchup with every service to let your day keep running smooth and add an extra touch of feel-good beauty!
  • This community is also very involved in keeping active with locations such as Ryde YXE cycle studio, where you will have fun staying healthy! Located in the heart of Broadway, this company is built on passion, positivity, and a love for everything local. No matter if you are a beginner or an advanced cyclist, there are programs and classes available for every level. Expect high energy and a positive environment that will get you moving!

 

Why not make a day of it? Broadway is so rich with unique and trendy businesses that you could create your perfect day around it. From relaxing at Edgewater Spa before grabbing a bite at Japa Bowl or Sushiro, to picking out the perfect outfit at Masie and Gracie and strolling through the Saskatoon Farmers Market – your perfect Saturday has just been planned.

 

The Broadway area is a great location for students or downtown workers, being so close to everything. Living in Broadway allows engagement in the community and gives you the urban village experience. Numerous events take place on Broadway that allow a sense of integration and comradery within the area. There is rarely a day when something is not happening on Broadway Avenue. Whether it be karaoke night, yoga classes, theater, or a Fairtrade show. You can always take a look at the community calendar for the latest events (http://broadwayyxe.com/events/).

 

This area is a wonderful place to fit your engaged, urban, and active lifestyle. There are rentals located within or nearby Broadway Avenue that allow integration of the buzz of the area. If a car is not available to you Broadway Avenue is within walking distance from surrounding communities. There are also transit options to assist in getting around. Currently there are 18 current listings available in the surrounding area (with more expected) close to Broadway! The average monthly rental price of the listings in Nutana and Broadway Area are $1,028. Compare this to communities nearby such as Varsity View and University with average rents of $1,800 and $1, 300 respectively. If you are looking for a rental in communities farther away, Rentfaster.ca has 296 other rental listings in Saskatoon for you to choose from!

 

As they say, Broadway is a “fusion of culture, community, and commerce,” and they couldn’t be more correct! Check out Rentfaster.ca to take a look at local rental listings and find the perfect place for you!

 

 

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES for the Broadway Local Business Giveaway on Facebook (April 14, 2017)

No purchase is necessary and winner will be chosen in random draw. Each comment gives one entry; multiple entries per person allowed. Contest is open to any Saskatchewan resident over 18 years of age. Contest is open until April 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM. Prize includes Beauty Package. No substitutes or cash replacement allowed. Skill-testing question required.

Winner will be contacted via Facebook within one week after contest close and has one week to respond to claim prize or a new name will be selected. Odds of winning depend on entries. Gift basket will be delivered via mail to winner’s address within six weeks of accepting prize via Facebook or email.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. 

 

 

Contact Information

 

Broadway Community : http://broadwayyxe.com

OLiV International Inc.: https://www.facebook.com/olivtastingroomsaskatoon/

Revamp Salon Company: https://www.revampsaloncompany.com

RydeYXE: www.rydeyxe.ca

7 Photos You Need to Rent Your Property

 

Our society is very visual and heavily reliant on images. Many people do not believe what they can’t see, and real estate advertising is a prime example. Images are how we have come to trust online marketers for selling and buying. Pictures show us a product and through that we decide if we want to purchase it. The same goes for real estate. When renting a property, we can’t just rely on the price to make our decision, we need to see the place, what condition is it in, and how the space is laid out. Because of this, it is important to have all necessary photos of your rental property! Ads with clear, well-lit pictures will rent out 4x faster than listings with blurry, poor-lit, or non-existent pictures.

The 3 things that get your property noticed are

  • Price
  • Pictures
  • Proximity (aka location).

Price point is key as 80% of our renters put a range in the search criteria for property searches. After that, pictures are your first chance to wow renters. Execute the 3 P’s and your property will rent in no time.

 

The other problem is if a listing has too few images and the viewer does not feel they have the full story. Be sure that your listing has the 7 photos you need to rent your property!

 

1. Living/Dining Rooms

Living Room

Taking a photo of the living space is the beginning of the journey for people to visualize themselves in the home. It is these areas of our homes that we spend the most time in. If listing photos do not show this space, renters are more likely to move on to the next property. They may feel you are hiding something, or just don’t want to waste time checking a place out with so much missing information.

 

2. Bedrooms

Bedroom

The bedroom is where most people spend the most amount of their non-waking hours (and often many of their waking hours).  Photos of the bedroom will allow people to begin to connect with the property and visualize their own stuff in the room. The room can be unfurnished to show the potential (but this can make it difficult to tell scale and size), or furnished with nice staging. If staging a room, take out all personal pictures and clutter and clean it excessively.

Often times, listings will identify that there are 3 bedrooms, but not have any pictures of them. While it is not necessary to show each room if they are the same size, make sure to specify that in the description so people know if there is a master, and if one bedroom is more like an office than a full room. Though, showing photos of each will help renters figure out if there is enough space for the people moving in.

 

3. Kitchen

Kitchen

The kitchen is the most important room in a home. When buying a house it is often the kitchen that will make or break a deal, and renting is no different. Depending on the renter’s lifestyle, the kitchen could be where they entertain their friends and will often become the focal point of for the whole family. Knowing the size of the room, cupboard space, features, and layout can help renters make their decision. Include all appliances in the photo (or multiple photos with different angles) so renters know what will be included in the rental agreement. Inserting this simple kitchen picture could be just the thing to rent your property!

 

4. Bathroom

Bathroom

This room can often be the deciding factor. Aside from its obvious uses, the bathroom plays a major roll in people’s lives – from bath time with the kids to getting ready in the morning or with friends for a night out. Depending on how many people move in, the layout of the bathrooms can be a contributing factor to deciding if the rental suite is right for their lifestyle. Having photos of the bathroom will help them visualize the space for those who are more visual – or as an aid to the listed dimensions. It can also identify the fixtures each bathroom has (bathtub, standing tub, shower, vanity space, etc.). For some, the location of a bathroom is important as well, such as whether or not there is an ensuite bathroom.

If you have recently renovated a bathroom, this is a great opportunity to show off the newly styled space to renters.

 

5. Backyard/View

Backyard View

Sometimes the best feature of the rental is the outdoor living area. Both stand alone homes and apartments (and everything in between) can have great recreational spaces and other amenities. It is in your best interest to show off the outdoor area. For houses, show the backyard from 2 angles (coming out of the house and facing the backdoor). This can be especially significant for those with pets!. If your rental is an apartment or a property that doesn’t have yard space, take a photo of the view and the amenities the renters can enjoy (gym, lobby, pool, hot tub, etc). Perhaps the property has a balcony, small deck, or just a large window. Show off those spaces and views!

 

6. Rental Exterior

Rental Exterior

Curb appeal isn’t just for buyers. People often want to feel proud of where they live when they pull up out front. If the exterior is more basic than impressive, people will still want to see what they will be coming home to. It can also help people locate the house if they decide to come for a viewing. If your rental has curb appeal show it off! It may be just the thing to peak a renter’s interest. If it is really nice, make it the first photo on the listing!

 

7. Surrounding Area

Surrounding Area Calgary

Taking stock of surrounding areas near your property can help renters get a better feel of the neighborhood and lifestyle they will be entering into. Most people will explore the space on Google street view, but your photos can highlight the best parts of what is nearby. This can be especially good if your property is near a park, school, and other attractive feature areas. Plus, communities will draw in a larger audience (runners, families, etc.) for those interested in longer term rentals.

 

 

Quick Property Photography Tips

 

When taking photos of your rental property, you want to catch it when it looks its best. That may involve taking photos at a certain time of day, tidying it up, or adding pops of color. Here are a few quick tips to take the best photos of your property!

 

– Use Natural Lighting!

Use natural lighting to get the best photo of your rental.

According to Digital Real Estate (Link to: https://www.digitalre.com.au/blog/whens-the-best-time-to-photograph-a-property/):

  • For east-facing properties, morning is the best time to shoot.
  • For west-facing properties, afternoon is great.
  • If your property faces north, any time between 10:00 and 14:00 is ideal.
  • And if it faces south, you’ll want your photos taken first thing in the morning, or last thing in the day.

 

– Clean up Your Stuff!

Clutter makes it difficult for people to imagine themselves in the space with their own belongings. Clean up, de-clutter, and maybe invest in some flowers and décor accents to spruce up the space!

 

– Capture the Entire Room

If a photo only captures a portion of the room it can be hard to imagine the space. Take a photo that will include as much of the room as possible. Shooting out from a corner or doorway may prove the best option, but try to take the photo straight on if possible. Do your best to capture as much as you can (multiple pictures are also an option)!

 

– Take Low Shots

If you take your photos from too high it can make the room look misshapen and small. Shooting your photos from a lower standpoint will give the photo a similar appearance to that of a magazine! The perfect height will be as if it were being viewed at eye level. Use a tripod to get even better, clearer shots!

 

– Shooting Angle

As mentioned, it is better to take photos of a room straight on, as opposed to on an angle. Don’t let your camera turn upwards or downwards either. If you take images from straight on they will show the parallel lines of your house and make it more appealing!

 

Having these necessary photos in your property listing will ensure they are viewed more often and for longer, and you will be more likely to find a renter! If you don’t feel confident in your photography skills, let us take them for you! We have professional photographers that specialize in property photography so your listing stands out among the rest!

 

Sources:

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/5170769/list/take-great-home-photos-the-easy-way-5-tips-from-a-pro

 

Learning to Look Past the Photos in Real Estate

Searching for the right apartment can be a frustrating and daunting task when you start looking at photos. The problem is that many people are not professional photographers and will take terrible photos of the property. These photos have bad lighting, a messy house, or don’t capture the whole room. When hunting for the perfect rental, it is important to learn to look past the photos. Begin to understand that a rental can have huge potential and not be exactly what the photos depict. Here are some tips on how to overlook those bad photos and find the diamonds in the rough!

 

Look for Windows and Lighting

windows and lighting

A major flaw that many landlords do when taking photos is not letting enough natural light into the room. The pictures end up looking dark and dreary, leaving you with an unwelcoming impression of the property. Just because the photos make the space dark and unfriendly, it doesn’t mean that it is. Those taking the images will often struggle with too much light in their images and reducing visibility; this results in them closing all the windows and blinds and only having a few lights on. The trick to looking past the photo and at the space is to look for windows and light fixtures. They may be dark now, but imagine the amount of light let in when available. Once you open the windows and turn the lights on, it is surprising how much a room will transform!

 

Don’t Look at Their Style

 

When looking at rental property images, you will find that some pictures contain the items of the previous owner. You may detest that gaudy photo of cats hanging over the fireplace, but don’t let that deter you from considering the rental. Just because the previous owner has bad taste, understand that the property will not include it. Observe the size of the room, the angles that the room has, and any other features that will make it your perfect home. Avoid making a snap decision based off of the décor the previous owners used. Also keep in mind that walls are easily painted and your own pictures can be hung!

 

 

Clutter

clutter

Surprisingly, some people won’t care what types of photos they post on a listing. They will take photos of the house with all of their junk lying around. This sometimes can be due to the fact that they are in the process of packing up. The pictures will look cluttered and messy, but that does not mean that the apartment is dirty. Look to see if you can see the state of the carpet, the size of the rooms, and anything else the clutter may be hiding (good or bad). Disorganization can often distract us from the beauty within and the potential an apartment may have. If the rental is well taken care of, it might only need a clean-up to show off the space!

 

No Outdoor View

 

It is common for rental-seekers to skip over listings that lack enough photos. It is frustrating to not be able to see every room or square inch of the property, but that doesn’t mean that it is bad. When there are not enough photos, it is worth it to do some grunt work on your own. Search up the street view on Google Maps, contact the owner for more photos, or schedule a viewing. If the property is in a perfect area, fits within your budget, and has potential, go check it out! Don’t let the lack of photos dissuade you from looking further into the place.

 

 

Angles

bad angle, photo

Most people taking the photos are not professional photographers, therefore the photos may not properly display the whole space. The frame may cut off an amazing hallway, or the photo is angled too high and doesn’t show off the newly installed hardwood. You may have to take some risks and take the time to view the property. If the photos are taken from the side rather than straight on, the room appears smaller than it is. Learn to see past the awkward angled photos and focus on the features of the space.

 

Look past the photos in real estate and deeper into the potential a property can have. As a landlord, it is beneficial to have good photos, as most people are visual shoppers. If you don’t have the photography skills required, contact RentFaster.ca! For a small fee of $30, we will come and photograph your space so your listing will increase its viewings!

5 Appliances You Can Use to Substitute a Stove

5 Appliances You Can Use to Substitute a Stove

When renting, sometimes there are sacrifices you may have to make. Whether that is not getting that perfect window seat you always wanted, or giving up the dream of living with a view of the lake. It doesn’t mean that the space doesn’t work, it just has a few things missing. One of these missing things can also be the absence of a stove (usually because a stove will not be allowed in the space). Many will see a rental like this and instantly disregard it. The fact is that not having a stove isn’t that bad of a compromise to make for those other things you want! If you are about to turn away from the suite you love simply because it does not have a stove, there are alternatives! Here is a guide to 5 appliances that you can use to substitute a stove:


Crockpot

 

The crockpot: one of the best inventions known to home cooks. A pot that will prepare you a meal while you are away from home. Most people think that the crockpot is only used for soups, chili, and stews, but there is so much more it can do. A crockpot will cook potatoes, roast any type of meat you desire, and even bake a cake! The possibilities are endless with the things you can make in a crockpot. Soon enough you will forget why you wanted a stove in the first place!

 

Breakfast –  A “Veggie Omelet” filling you with all the right things to start your day!

http://diethood.com/slow-cooker-veggie-omelette/

 

Lunch – Overnight “Lemon Pesto Chicken” meal that is freezer friendly for leftovers!

http://www.themagicalslowcooker.com/slow-cooker-lemon-pesto-chicken/

 

Dinner – Delicious “Chicken Burrito Bowls” that will leave you satisfied all night long!

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-slow-cooker-chicken-burrito-bowls-207333?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=managed&crlt.pid=camp.Q2EPJ6Y0WWUf

Convection/Steam Oven

 

A convection/steam oven is available to cook your food faster at higher temperatures. With convection ovens, it is important to remember that lowering the temperature for quickly cooked foods is better. Be more diligent of checking on your food when cooking in a convection oven to ensure you don’t burn it. One of the best things about these ovens is that it cooks your food… quick! Say goodbye to hours of waiting and hello to fast food (not the McDonalds kind).

 

Breakfast – A “Lemon Tea Loaf” that needs the convection setting to make it better.

http://www.cuisinart.com/recipes/breakfast/9908.html?utm_source=BrideClick&utm_medium=SocialBoost&utm_campaign=May

 

Lunch – Feeling like a snack? Homemade “Potato Wedges” to satisfy your cravings!

http://www.livestrong.com/article/505735-how-to-cook-potato-wedges-in-a-convection-oven/

 

Dinner – On a single pan you can cook “Salmon with Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli” fast!

http://recipestotry.ca/the-one-pan-roasted-fresh-salmon-with-roasted-broccoli-brussels-sprouts-a-cuisinart-steamconvection-oven-recipe/

Microwave

 

Don’t believe the lie that because you only have a microwave you are forced to eat pre-packaged meals and microwave popcorn. Microwaves are simply a different version of an stove, using radio waves instead of heat, but it is able to make just as much! Not all microwave meals have to be filled with carbs, preservatives, and sugars. If you find yourself with only a microwave you can still have a livable meal plan without worrying about your weight! On the plus side, you can always reheat your leftovers in a matter of seconds!

 

Breakfast – Who needs the extra carbs when you could have “Cinnamon Maple Breakfast Quinoa?”

http://www.laurenslatest.com/microwave-cinnamon-maple-breakfast-quinoa/

 

Lunch – Use your microwave (and a mug) to make this comforting “Broccoli and Cheese Rice Bowl.”

http://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/microwave-mug-cheese-broccoli-rice-bowl/

 

Dinner – Enjoy a healthy and delicious “Parmesan and Herb Spaghetti Squash” side with your meal!

http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/parmesan-herb-microwave-spaghetti-squash/

 

 

Cooktop/Portable Burner

 

Another substitute you can use for a stove is a cooktop (also known as a portable burner). These may not be as common as a microwave in Canada, but you can order them easily on Amazon! Cooktops are similar to the burners you used in high school chemistry, except now you can use them to cook your food! These wonderful things let you to make anything that you would normally make in a pan, as well as everything else!

 

Breakfast – Your taste buds won’t know what hit them with this healthy and delicious breakfast! – “Apple Pie Oatmeal”

http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-apple-pie-oatmeal/#more-14563

 

Lunch – “Corned Beef” anyone? Use your portable burner to make a meaty lunch for yourself!

http://lovefoodies.com/corned-beef-dinner.html#.VDPY0vmSzhS

 

Dinner – Get gourmet with this “White Wine Braised Chicken and Vegetables” recipe!

http://www.asaucykitchen.com/white-wine-braised-chicken-and-vegetables/

 

 

Waffle Iron

 

It may seem strange, but this appliance can be used to substitute a stove! You may not be able to make soup, but the various meals that a waffle-maker can do will amaze you. Of course, you can expect all of your meals to have a waffle patter on it, it works for anything needing pressed heat. These meals can include eggs, panini sandwiches, bacon, brownies, and of course waffles! Don’t let the size and name of this appliance stop you from cooking up a delicious meal without the help of a stove!

 

Breakfast: Get away from typical breakfast waffles and make “Breakfast Quesadillas” instead!

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/waffled-breakfast-quesadillas

 

Lunch: A panini with all of your non-typical ingredients: “Oregon Summer Panino.”

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-oregon-summer-panino-si-148436

 

Dinner: Get ultimate comfort food in one press with these “Mashed Potato, Cheddar and Chive Waffles.”

http://joythebaker.com/2013/09/mashed-potato-cheddar-and-chive-waffles/

 

 

Just because a rental is missing a stove doesn’t mean that you can’t live a delicious lifestyle! Let your other appliances take over. The more you use your imagination, the better the meals you can create! Why use a stove when you have these amazing appliances that will work just as well? Who knows, you may never want to go back!

The Dangers of Renting with Just Anyone – Horror Renting Stories

The process of renting can be a great experience with no major hiccups, or a bad one filled with challenges and obstacles. Most times these negative experiences occur because the rental was done through an unreliable source, such as free or questionable sites. These are the kinds of sites that allow anyone and everyone to post or reply to an ad, with no screening procedures to eliminate scams from the rest. Instead of dealing with a company or relator you are working with an individual you know very little about. There are various things that both landlords and renters can do to avoid a horrible renting story, things such as: doing thorough research, taking the time to look into a property, and using written and official documents. If you come across a rental property or tenant that seem too good to be true, they probably are. Reduce your rental risk and do the research while also using a good source so you can be stress-free when the time comes for the rental agreement!

 

A lot of trust goes into rental agreements made through casual sites. That trust is broken when either the landlord or the renter are left with terrible circumstances. For landlords, one of the worst things to occur is having your property destroyed. Many first-time landlords make the mistake of not screening those who are interested in the rental, and their property is damaged. In these situations, the damage costs usually come out of the landlord’s own pocket. With proper screening, you can ensure that your tenant is one who you can trust to keep your place in order and ensure your rental property benefits you in the long run.

 

Landlord Scenario #1:

 

A man in Lethbridge, Alberta who was recently married, decided that renting his old place would be a great way to keep his old home and use it to earn some extra income. Being a first-time landlord he did not have the information and familiarity required to help him avoid choosing bad tenants. After renting the property, he stopped by the home and found that the front window had been smashed in. Unpleased with the care for his home, he made the decision to evict the tenants. When he went back to the property after they had left he found his house in a very different state. The property was utterly destroyed: garbage was scattered everywhere, broken glass on the floor, stained carpets, a boarded-up window, holes in the walls, items indicating drug use on the floor, and much more. The damage was estimated to be about $8,000 in repairs. The landlord was devastated to find his house so poorly taken care of and was dismayed to know that most of the damage repairs would have to come out of his own pocket. He now knows that if he is ever to rent the property again that good background checks and reviews of the tenants should be done to ensure his property is better taken care of.

 

Landlord Scenario #2:

 

In Toronto, a landlord began the search to fill her condo rental property with a tenant that would take care of her place and wouldn’t cause any trouble. A woman who applied for the condo seemed to be an excellent candidate for the place, appearing very responsible, and she soon became the tenant. Almost as soon as the place was rented out, the landlord became aware that her tenant was actually renting the condo out to other individuals. They assumed that Elizabeth Tremblay was using a homestay site, which offered rentals for short amounts of time. It was only after she realized this that the cheques began to bounce and Vivian was left unpaid. When the case went to trial, Elizabeth Tremblay was arrested and was found to have been forging documents as well to get the property in the first place. Once the police did some more looking into Tremblay they found that she had done similar things like this before. The landlord decided to not go back into the renting business and is traumatized by the struggle she went through.

 

Unfortunately, the human race is not always as honest and reliable as we would like to believe. People lie about the condition of a rental space, use the place for questionable things, or leave you with a terrible apartment that does not match the photos. Being a renter can be intimidating and it is best that you put in the time and effort before committing to a place found on an unreliable site. A lot of rental scams involve people renting out a property that they do not own – they take your money and when you arrive on moving day, you are informed that the space is already taken. It is beneficial to visit the rental space and make sure everything checks out before signing any agreements.

 

Renter Scenario #1:

 

Free sites can be a great to find used goods and purchase antiques and other desirables from people in the local area. Many of these sites also have a section where individuals can post rental properties – it was here that a woman in Toronto rented a studio apartment from a man who claimed he was a doctor. The deal was made that rent would be $750 a month, everything included. She agreed to pay the landlord the first month and final month’s pay in cash up-front. She was given the keys and told to enjoy her new place, but when she arrived, she noticed that the apartment was in the same condition as when she had first viewed the apartment. All of the furniture and other items were still in the house and clothes were scattered around as though the place had been lived in until the moment she walked in. Neighbors told her that the owner seemed to be an unreliable person and was actually in the process of being evicted. Even the building property owner claimed that the man in the apartment had not paid him rent and had even sold his own furniture. There was no sign of the man who seemed to have bolted and the unsuspecting woman lost $1,500 dollars she’s not likely to get back.

 

Renter Scenario #2:

 

Two young women who had recently graduated college decided that they were ready to go out and look for a small place that the two of them could share. They went to a rental office and after some searching found a place that they loved. The apartment was rented and they were looking forward to moving in the summer. Before the moved they decided to stop by the place to get some room measurements, but when they arrived at the address, nothing looked the same. They had no memory of the things they were seeing and when they knocked on the door and looked around they realized that it was not the apartment they had originally decided upon. The girls went back to the rental office to see if a mistake of address had been made. When looking at the lease they noticed that the form had white-out over the address and number and they realized they had been baited and switched. They were told that the apartment they originally wanted was already gone and the agent they had met with didn’t know this. Instead of letting them know the agent had just switched it to another property when the mistake was identified. Luckily the girls were able to get their money back after a lawyer spoke to the office. Unfortunately, due to the little time they had until they needed a place, the situation left them looking at even worse apartments.

 

At RentFaster.ca we want to ensure you have the best possible experience, and help you avoid having a horror story of your own. It is for this reason that we have staff who check for spam and are able to get it under control. Our review process includes mapping functionality and allows you to view and access the documents and contracts whenever you like. Last year we partnered with Nuera Insurance and created the opportunity for Online Tenant Insurance – benefiting both tenants and landlords. Instead of trying to manage on unofficial and possibly risky sites, RentFaster.ca has ensured that our website is organized, easy to use, and has the products and services you need for a good home rental experience! Avoid those horrifying experiences and feel good about renting once again!

 

Sources:

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/10/02/tenant-turned-airbnb-proprietor-becomes-landlords-nightmare.html

 

http://globalnews.ca/news/2439508/i-was-almost-brought-to-tears-how-could-someone-do-this-landlords-property-destroyed-by-rogue-renters/

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-kijiji-apartment-rental-scam-leaves-woman-without-2-months-rent-1.3169633

 

http://boston.curbed.com/2015/6/3/9953696/boston-rental-horror-stories

 

 

7 Best Crockpot Recipes

Many people think that when using a crockpot, they are restricted to making only soups and chili. The truth is that crockpots can be used to make almost anything and they make it for you! These amazing appliances are great for those busy-bodies who don’t have the time to prepare a large dinner after work. They save time, need little effort, and make amazing food! Simply throw all the ingredients into a pot, turn it on and head to work. Your creation will be done by the time you get home! The best thing about the crockpot is that it isn’t limited to one type of meal. Crockpots can be used to make stews, soups, cakes, lattes, roasts, and much more! Here are 7 of the best crockpot recipes to keep your meal plan exciting and easy!

 

  1. Chicken Noodle Soup

http://damndelicious.net/2016/10/27/slow-cooker-chicken-noodle-soup/

For those times you are feeling under the weather, or just looking for something to warm your soul, make this soup! A homemade chicken noodle soup that is filled with fresh vegetables, noodles, and juicy chicken. It is as simple as throwing in most of the ingredients for 6-8 hours and then adding some finishing touches afterwards. A great meal to come home to on those cold and windy days!

 

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breast
  • Chicken Stock
  • Minced Garlic
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Dried Thyme
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Bay Leaves
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Lemon
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Black Pepper and Salt (to taste)

 

  1. BBQ Ribs

http://www.therisingspoon.com/2016/05/crock-pot-bbq-ribs.html

Yes, you can even make BBQ ribs in your crockpot, avoiding using the actual BBQ outside! This recipe is so simple that you will be in awe of how easy dinner can be. These BBQ ribs only need spices and meat, so no need to run to the grocery store for obscure ingredients. Make a salad, mashed potatoes, or steamed vegetables for a side and your dinner is complete!

 

Ingredients:

  • Pork Ribs
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Your favorite Seasoning Blend
  • Black Pepper and Sea Salt (to taste)

 

  1. Breakfast Casserole

http://www.spendwithpennies.com/slow-cooker-breakfast-casserole/

Breakfast doesn’t always have to be boring cereal and toast. Shake it up by making breakfast in your crockpot, so that when you wake up breakfast is ready! Put the ingredients in right before you go to bed and a quick 6-8 hours later you will be ready to eat! Not to mention you will wake up to the beautiful smell of breakfast casserole just waiting to be eaten. If you don’t have all of these ingredients, you can easily throw in ingredients found in your fridge and make it specially yours!

 

Ingredients:

  • Hash Brown Potatoes
  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Eggs
  • Milk

 

  1. Jambalaya

http://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/slow-cooker-jambalaya/

There is something about comfort food that makes us feel relaxed and… comforted! Jambalaya is the perfect evening meal that is satisfying and makes great leftovers! The whole family will love this one and make them come back for more. The flavor will thrill your taste buds and you can choose the amount of spice you want – throw in an extra two jalapeños for some real kick!

 

Ingredients:

  • Andouille Sausage
  • Uncooked Shrimp
  • Chicken Breast
  • Bell Peppers (Yellow, Green, and Red)
  • Onion
  • Jalapeños
  • White Rice
  • Chicken Broth
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Minced Garlic
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)

 

  1. Veggie Lasagna

http://www.wellplated.com/low-carb-lasagna/

Not all pasta dishes need a noodle. For those who are trying to avoid carbs or need gluten free options, this is the meal for you! A healthy lasagna made with eggplant and zucchini that can be made in your crockpot! This recipe is a great way to change up pasta night and requires barely any effort.

 

Ingredients:

  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Tomato Based Pasta Sauce
  • Red Onion
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Low Fat Cottage Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt (to taste)

 

  1. Risotto with Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese

http://www.wellplated.com/slow-cooker-risotto-butternut-squash/

Not all crockpot recipes have to be your average, well-known meals. You can make exciting and new dishes with your crockpot that avoid the routine soups and stews. This Risotto dish will bring all kinds of flavors into your mouth and leave you feeling satisfied and healthy! Best of all, this crockpot dish does not require any stirring, so you can be out and about all day and not have to worry!

 

Ingredients:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Shallots
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Dry White Wine
  • Butternut Squash
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Short Grain Brown Rice
  • Sage
  • Goat Cheese
  • Sea Salt and Pepper (to taste)

 

  1. Chocolate Lava Cake

http://hip2save.com/2014/08/20/slow-cooker-chocolate-lava-cake/

Are you looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth? Do you need a desert but have no time to make anything? This chocolate lava cake is just what you need! Although it may not be the healthiest thing your crockpot will make, it sure will be tasty! It is simple and can be baked in a quick 2 ½ hours. Who needs a birthday cake when you can have a crockpot cake!

 

Ingredients:

 

  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Chocolate Pudding
  • Chocolate Chips

 

Map View – Make Your Rental Search Simple

Searching for a rental property can be frustrating when trying to figure out where each listing is located. You have multiple browsers open with google maps, as well as the various rental properties you are interested in. Flipping back and forth is extremely annoying and more work than needed. If only there was a way to view the listings as well as a map of the area! Now, there is! Rentfaster.ca has created an easy and simple way for you to view rental listings without the various browser tabs. Introducing our new Map View option. It combines the best parts of list-view and map-view to make renting stress-free! This search method saves you time, as everything is located on one browser page. It includes advanced search features, map viewing opportunities, and easy-to-use icons. Finding the perfect rental will be a breeze!

 

Locating a Listing

 

This rental search is one step up from google maps. Map View displays all the listings in an area within one window. When you find your desired location, numerous pins will appear showing you how many listings are available. This makes it easy to browse surrounding areas and find the place that is just right for you. It is as simple as moving the map or entering in a listing ID or search criteria to help you effortlessly search high numbers of listings. If you are flexible on what area you want to live in, you can filter based on search criteria. Utilize the advanced search options to find listings that fit your price point, size, and type of living space. Map View avoids having to scroll through hundreds of rentals and instead easily finds the listings that match your rental requirements.

 

 

Searching the Numerous Listings

 

If you prefer to look for properties by scrolling through the listings, Map View also allows this. The listings are located on the right of your screen, showing all key information so that you can quickly identify the properties that peak your interest. Hover over any listing with your mouse and the marker will be highlighted orange on the map to show where it is located. On the other hand, if you click a marker on the map, the listing as well as those nearby, will appear at the top of the listing search. This helps you quickly find a rental that looks and fits your expectations, and also allows you to assess if it is the best area for you right away.

 

 

Keeping Track of Your Favorites

 

Reduce the hassle of copying a URL and saving it elsewhere and instead use your login to save your favorites! On the list of rentals in Map View there will be a heart on the right of each listing. By simply clicking this it will remember that property for you so that you can continue your search. It is easy to view all of your favorited properties by simply clicking the favorites tab located beside the search results tab.

 

Features on Each Listing

 

All listings include basic information about the property, such as a feature image, location, price, and size. Provided is also the direct contact information for the landlord (a phone number) as well as a button to e-mail the landlord right away (a pop-up screen appears allowing you to write a quick e-mail and return to your search).  On the far right of the listing box are icons that let you favorite the property as well as see if the listing is pet friendly. Below this are two useable google icons: a directions icon and a street view icon. These are there to assist you in finding directions to a property. It is also a great option to see potential commute times!

 

 

With this new search tool, finding the perfect rental will be nothing to sweat about! Check out the Map View search today to see what listings are in the area you desire! Have any questions, shoot us an e-mail or direct message us on Twitter or Facebook and we will be happy to help!

How to Arrange a Bachelor Apartment

When people come across a rental bachelor apartment, they are often overwhelmed by the wide open and empty space. It causes people to turn away and look for other options because they don’t want a place where the kitchen would be in the same room as the living room and the bedroom. What people don’t realize is the immense potential these spaces have. If you properly arrange these types of apartments, the possibilities are endless in the ways you can use your living space. There are various strategies that can assist in make the space comforting, filled, and less intimidating. Adding walls is a great way to separate spaces or play with your furniture arrangement. This is a type of apartment that is not restricted by any odd corners or random walls. The room is yours to do what you will with it! So, what are some strategies you can utilize to make the space work for you?

 

Adding Walls

In today’s day, there are solutions to any home problem or need, even adding walls! Wall partitions are a great way to separate rooms in a bachelor-style apartment, letting you decide how big or small a “room” will be. Wall partitions don’t simply have to be a grey stand on wheels, like we see in so many offices, there are many unique styles and colors out there to fit your own décor style. You can use beams, windows, a wall made of pallets, curtains, or even a large shelving unit filled with your favorite things. By adding walls, you will create a smaller feel to the large apartment, leaving a cozy space for you to work, sleep, eat, or do whatever you need to do away from the other spaces.

 

Furniture Arrangement

furniture arrangement in bachelor apartment

If you aren’t interested in setting up a wall in the middle of your apartment, but still want to create the illusion of rooms, furniture can easily be arranged to make this happen. Depending on the direction you face your furniture it can act as a barrier, therefore enclosing off a room. Have your couch facing away from the kitchen table – that way if all of your furniture is turned away from the kitchen and is instead facing the other living room furniture items (television, arm chairs, coffee table, etc.), then you will create the sensation of a “separate room.” This can also be done with cabinets and dressers, bookshelves (be sure they are securely fastened and stable), or coat racks.

 

Fill the Walls

Wall art and standing décor will assist to fill those seemingly empty spaces of a bachelor apartment. With such a large room, you don’t want to over-load it, but you also don’t want to leave the space looking un-lived in. Purchase art that matches your colors and themes and put it on your walls. Although it is hanging on a wall, it will give the space a comfortable feel. If you want to fill the space even more, purchase larger décor that can sit on the floor but has height to it. This will give the room a vertical look and it will not be focused so much on the pieces that are sitting on the floor.

 

Stay Organized

When clutter begins to build, it is these times that bachelor-style apartments can look messy, unorganized, and cold. Come up with unique and creative ways to store your stuff. Use baskets, shelving units, or drawers that fit under couches or a bed. Get your stuff out of the way so that the apartment can look neat and tidy, and therefore more welcoming. When purchasing furniture for your apartment, be sure to invest in larger dressers, side tables, and bookshelves that have many options for you to get your stuff organized and avoid the clutter. The other option is to buy ingenious furniture that can double up as storage – there are beds you can purchase that will lift up and have drawers and shelves underneath!

 

Use Lighting to Your Advantage

lighting in bachelor apartment

One of the worst things you can do for your bachelor apartment is hang heavy curtains over the few windows you may have. When less light is let into the apartment, the feeling of duskiness and emptiness will ensue. A great way to add personality and fill your space is by adding hanging lights. There are various styles that can add style and light to your rooms, so you can maintain your theme throughout the apartment. Instead of filling your floors with standing lamps, making the room appear more cluttered than it is, get the light fixtures off the floor and use find the type of lighting that best fits. Chandeliers, basic lamps, string lights, fake candles, anything that will match your space and brighten in up!

 

Color 

color in bachelor apartment

When painting your apartment, it is important to consider which “rooms” will be the most lit. If your bachelor-style rental does not have many windows, you will want to avoid using dark colors that will make the room feel dreary. Focus on your lighting and use color to brighten up the darker areas of the space. Almost any shade of white or yellow will artificially brighten up a room, these colors are great to use because they can be paired with almost any accent color of your choosing. Use your accent colors to make the large space feel more welcoming is by adding those pops of color on throw pillows, décor, art, and carpets. These will draw the eye and fill the room, without taking away from the overall style you have created.

 

See the Potential in a Bachelor Apartment

Next time you are viewing a bachelor apartment, alter your perspective and instead of seeing a large empty room, see the vast potential that the space has to offer! By using these tips and tricks you will end up with a large space that has been made cozy. The space has no walls but can still be functional. Create rooms using different arrangements, and add your own style and personality to your walls and décor. Once you have put your stuff in its place you will be in awe of how that large empty room suddenly became a home!