Tripadvisor for rental housing is born: a portal for condominium and actual property opinions | News from Catalonia | EUROtoday

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A overview portal, like a Tripadvisor, however designed for tenants to charge the residences the place the landlords reside or have already lived. It known as Reviu (“revive” in Catalan) and that is the way it encourages customers: “Leave your opinion about the apartment and the real estate agency. Any detail can help someone who is about to move.” “Find out if the real estate agency will treat you well before signing the contract.” “Review the apartments where you have lived and share your experience.” It was launched this Monday by the IDRA cooperative (Urban Research Institute), for now within the metropolis of Barcelona and with the thought of ​​with the ability to incorporate, on the finish of the 12 months, opinions written by actual property corporations.

Just final week the identical institute revealed a report that acknowledged that the rise of intermediaries within the sector makes housing costlier and causes dissatisfaction amongst tenants. “In Barcelona there are 300,000 rental apartments and it is valuable that there is information about the homes, their condition, and the owners,” explains accomplice Jaime Palomera. “At IDRA we do research, but we also wanted to create this tool because the market information system on real estate portals does not differentiate between who acts well and who does not, and tenants go blind, information is power,” factors out who He was founder and spokesperson of the Tenants' Union within the Catalan capital. The portal was offered this afternoon throughout an occasion within the Paral.lel 62 room.

The cooperative that created the portal insists that the thought is to supply truthful info in a pleasant tone, “avoiding it being a place from which to channel frustrations.” On you are able to do three issues: search for an opinion on a house or constructing (by handle), give your opinion, or seek for an actual property company (by identify). Tenants can fill out a sequence of fields (handle, situation of the house, meters, worth once they entered and worth once they left, pictures, opinions and whether or not they suggest it or not). They can even connect pictures, charge one of the best and worst, and summarize whether or not or not they’d suggest the condominium.

Users should register prematurely, and people accountable for the portal don’t ask for the contract upfront, “but if a suspicious review is detected, information, the contract or evidence will be requested to verify authenticity, as in other user communities.” To forestall somebody from inventing a flat that doesn’t exist, the web site is supported by the cadastre (the place residential buildings and their flooring seem) and Google.

Detail of a review of the Reviu portal, where you can evaluate rental homes and real estate agencies in Barcelona.
Detail of a overview of the Reviu portal, the place you may consider rental houses and actual property businesses in Barcelona.

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The condominium information are full and embody questions resembling whenever you entered, the rental worth (on arrival and departure), a ranking (consolation in winter and summer time, noise, whether or not it has electrical energy, situation of the condominium, companies) and If it has been rented by an actual property company, ask for the identify and ranking of the remedy obtained. The goal, IDRA insists, is for it to have a constructive and goal tone, “not to be a space of hate.” The housing file additionally lets you assess the steps and their environment in 300 meters of diameter: how the neighbor would outline it, if it has vacationer residences, the connection with the neighbors, proximity companies, cleansing…

From the information, the portal will generate a listing of actual property businesses and “encourage them to participate” beginning on the finish of the 12 months. “We want real estate agencies to be able to provide quality information like any other service.” IDRA assures that after the launch there are two years of labor and that they’ve gone past what in pc jargon known as “MPV, minimum viable product.” “We could have launched a year ago, but we knew that we would be scrutinized, it has more functions than those required for a launch,” says Palomera.

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