If you have a San Jose property that you want to rent, but you are NOT sure what to charge for rent, you might be luck!  The website called RentoMeter.com is a neat resource that allows you to test drive the rent you have in mind for your San Jose  property.   The site offer the use to input:

1) Property Address
2) Number of Bedrooms
3) Expected or Desired Rent

Then the site display a round dial (seen in the image above) which shows where you expected rent ranks among the nearby properties.     The Site uses a 0.6 mile radius to find similar homes using only the bedrooms to find the match!    

The challenge with the site is that there is no other input fields besides the one’s listed above that might impact a potential tenants interest in paying more for the property.   For instance, if you had pool, extra storage, detached studio that could be valuable to tenants, there is no way to adjust for them using this application.  

The other problem with the pricing model here is that caps the maximum number of bedrooms at 6 which means it’s not suitable for pricing multi-family or much larger homes that have more than 6 bedrooms.  Finally, the site should include the number of bathrooms which in our opinion impacts the decision of tenants on the value for rent. 

We tested the site with one of Rental properties in San Jose that we manage.  We use $2,500 rent for desired Rent and got the following results: 

  • 39 3-bedroom rentals
  • …in a 0.52 mile radius.
  • Median rent: $2500
  • Average rent: $2545
  • 20th / 80th percentile: $2300 / $2950
  • 10th / 90th percentile: $1650 / $3495

This is very good start for Landlord and property managers who might need to do a quick rental survey when they are assigned a new property.   We do much more extensive Property Profile using County records which includes a Rental Market survey as well.   

What do you use to make your final decision on the rent?!   How have used RentoMeter site before?! Let us know.

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