When it's all said and done, accounts of apartment searches can read a lot like the first line of A Tale of Two Cities. On top of steadily climbing rental prices, misleading listing photos and descriptions can render the hunt for an apartment downright Kafkaesque. According to a recent survey of 1,000 millennial renters by Rent.com, 30% of participants said searching for an apartment can be worse than the DMV. One out of ten participants even said that finding the apartment is better than sex. Well then.
The survey, which is part of a new advertising campaign featuring The actor and comedian J.B. Smoove (above) showcasing some of the sexier features of Rent.com: HD photos, 3D floorplans, verified listings and Certified Ratings and Reviews from real renters who were actually previous tenants.
Rent.com, which joins a litany of other websites Philadelphians can use to find an apartment in the city, shared more of its findings on the terrible-wonderful process of finding a new apartment:
· Over half (56%) of respondents said they spent over three weeks looking for a new apartment.
· 40% of respondents look at over seven apartments in person before they find the one.
· Millennials said searching for an apartment was worse than cleaning (30%), going to the DMV (30%) and grocery shopping (30%).
· One in five (20%) of the women surveyed said that searching for an apartment was worse than going to the gynecologist.
· More than one in ten respondents (12%) said that finding the perfect apartment is better than sex
· Almost a quarter (24%) say they celebrate by 'christening' the place with their significant other.
You can view Rent.com's 'Legitimate Listings' campaign on its YouTube Channel.
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