The meteoric rise of Uber, an app that lets you request a driver from your smartphone, has inspired a slew of entrepreneurs to introduce "on-demand" services to other industries, including real estate. At least three startups now connect consumers who want to immediately peek inside listings they discover on the street or online with nearby agents ready to show the homes at a moment's notice. The listing site Naked Apartments pioneered what it calls “showings on demand” in the hypercompetitive New York City rental market in July 2013. The feature now supports 150 showings a day, said Joe Charat, CEO of Naked Apartments. Showings on demand -- which Charat said was inspired by Uber and the peer-to-peer rental site Airbnb -- is increasingly becoming the focus of Naked Apartments,...
May 21, 2014 by Paul Hagey
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