Flat Dot To Technologies Pvt Ltd
Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:00 AM IST (04:30 AM GMT)
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Flat.to Launches v2.0, Introduces Shared Flat Listings, Flatmate Finder and More
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Thursday, October 17, 2013 — (Business Wire India) — Flat.to, a platform for college students to find accommodation, is today announcing the launch of version 2.0 of its website, packed with a host of new features to further enhance the experience. There are a total of 14 new features in this version, based on detailed feedback from students and brokers since v1 went public in June. The highlight is a platform to find people to share flats with, which has 2 components: 1) list a flat you already rent and need a flatmate for 2) find someone who you can rent a flat with.
It is common practice for students to share flats or even rooms; in fact given the high cost of real estate in cities like Mumbai, it’s pretty much a norm. “You cannot have a student rental website without shared flats”, says Gaurav Munjal, Founder & CEO. “We took some time to build it as we wanted to incorporate student feedback and make sure the experience is first class. We are really happy with the outcome, given the overwhelming response of the initial users.” The interface is indeed pretty simple: people who have space in their flat can now “list” their flat similar to how brokers or owners currently list full flats. These listings then start showing up in search results along with all other listings. The ‘lister’ is authenticated using Facebook, and that is the only way an interested party can get in touch with him or her.
An industry first effort, ‘Flatmate finder’ solves a similar use case, but without having to list a flat. It provides a list of all potential renters looking for flats in the same area, and users can directly connect with each other. Says Munjal, “We have already been informally doing this through our Facebook group Flat.to Roommates, which now has over 1,300 members in less than 2 months. There is a clear need for it.” The company is launching this feature through a special event, which will bring together renters to instantly connect in a speed dating type format. Details can be found here: http://flat.to/find-flatmates
Among the other features being launched today, is a section for recommended brokers, a new interface for listing a flat, nearby attractions to flats, a new search results page using a card layout, dynamic distance of college from each listing, and many other smaller enhancements.
Flat.to is currently operating only in Mumbai, and will expand to Pune later this month. The company has 17 employees and is looking to hire further in sales, operations and development. It has been funded by Aakrit Vaish, ex-Head Flurry India, who is also an active member of the team.
About Flat Dot To
Flat Dot To Technologies Pvt Ltd is a Mumbai based internet services company that runs the real estate listings website http://flat.to Launched in 2013, the website helps college students find accommodation by connecting them with real estate agents, flat owners and other renters.
Gaurav Munjal, Flat Dot To Technologies Pvt Ltd, +91 9004456881, firstname.lastname@example.org