RentHop’s mobile app helps landlords connect with renters by letting property managers check-in at listings

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RentHop, a rentals listing site covering New York City, Boston and Chicago, has launched a free iPhone and iPad mobile app for property managers that allows them to "check in" to properties to advertise their geotargeted availability to consumers. The professional-focused app pairs with a new Google Maps feature on RentHop's website, "Appointment On-Demand," that shows consumers in real time where and how long ago property managers have checked in to a property using the app. Screen shot of RentHop's new "Appointment On-Demand" feature on its website. Red markers show where landlords have recently checked in using the app. The teal markers show where landlords have checked in up to a few hours previously. The new app, which also allows rental pros to update their listings on the fly, was a way to bring the on-demand world to the rentals space, said Lee Lin, RentHop's CEO. Consumers can see where and when property managers checked in to a property and know their availabi...