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  • Does Real Estate Need a Mobile App Strategy?

    Convenience. Accessibility. Engagement. The smartphone puts functionality in one’s hand. And mobile applications, or apps, are allowing people to do more, easier and faster. [more]

  • Is Coordinating Schedules the Hardest Part of Getting a Showing?

    Zach Martino - Stepping aside from the technical side of native apps and the market (check out the full report in Sumu’s 2016 Housing Report), we want to talk about an essential part of renting a little further down the road from the initial use of one of those platforms. [more]

  • 3 trends that will change where you live 🌎

    This guest post was written by Avi Kaufman, a real estate agent with Century 21 Premier Group. We gave him the floor to discuss some of the trends in technology and real estae. Read on for some beautiful insight. [more]

  • Location or Price: What Do Tenants Look For?

    Zach Martino - Returning to the original questionnaire that gave us most of our research report’s data (check out the full report in Sumu’s 2016 Housing Report), we dove in with contemporary apartment-hunting tools and what people like and dislike about them. We’re talking online platforms as well as iOS and Android. Traditionally, these tools lean on location, price and size as the predominant filters for their platform. We aimed to understand how that really came to be, and how our renters here would change them if they could. [more]

  • Tenants Hate Brokers, and Why That's Okay

    Zach Martino - As we continue to examine our 2016 housing report, we return to the focus group we commissioned to learn about their interactions with the Boston renting market. Our conversation with them took an interesting turn when we asked them about previous renting encounters. This is the third part to a multiple part series, catch up on Part 1 and Part 2. [more]

  • Using Multiple Apps to Find a Place to Live

    Zach Martino - This is part two of Sumu’s 2016 report on renting in the Greater Boston area. Check out our insights from part one or go ahead and read the entire report. Where did we leave off? Oh yes, we recruited a focus group to get acquainted with some of the preferences of contemporary renting. This gave us some great insight into what Greater Boston renters really want. [more]

  • Tools and Trials of Greater Boston Renting

    Zach Martino - During the last few weeks, we’ve received the results from a survey sent to over 650 young apartment hunters currently looking for a new apartment within the next twelve to eighteen months. The survey garnered some very interesting findings. While we all know finding your next place can be frustrating. We wanted to understand just how annoying it can be and more importantly, why the process can be so difficult and how apartment hunters would change it to their benefit. [more]

  • Is the Cost of Moving in September Fair?

    For the past month, Sumu has helped Bostonians find the most affordable, best rated, and most valuable moving companies. Amidst our research, we found that the average cost of a moving company in the Boston area surges just before September 1st. This may not come as a huge surprise to many Boston residents as we all know that September 1st is the most popular day of the year to move, however we wanted to shine a spotlight on exactly how much prices surge, and who are the biggest culprits. [more]

  • Top 5 Most Valuable Moving Companies in Boston

    There has been a radical increase in job availability in Boston. Tons of people are moving here to seize these jobs, even if they don’t have the means to act upon housing opportunities. The “means” being an equitable moving company. [more]

  • Best Moving Companies in Boston

    Moving in and around Boston can be confusing. Even if you find a moving company with a good price, how do you know if they are any good? The landscape is mixed with established companies and smaller mom and pop outfits; how do you know if you are getting the the best moving company or a ‘dud’ moving company? [more]

  • Cheapest Moving Companies in Boston

    Moving can be scary and overwhelming. There is so much to consider like arranging mail forwarding, banking, moving your utilities, and then there is the actual move itself. From packing, to loading, unloading, and then unpacking, it can seem pretty daunting, however moving companies can make that process a lot easier. [more]

  • What Success Means: Valley Venture Mentors

    Every Monday we share what our friends and network considers a successful team. This week, the Valley Venture Mentors shares their secret to success. [more]

  • Graduating? Finding No-Fee Apartments in Boston

    You’ve graduated! Now where do I find an apartment? [more]

  • What Success Means: Boston Realty Advisors

    Every Monday we share what our friends and network considers a successful team. This week, the Boston Realty Advisors shares their secret to success. [more]

  • We’re Giving Away One Year of Free Rent for a #YearInBoston

    Renting is impossible. So we’re giving it away to one lucky person. For a year. Mic. Drop. 🎤 [more]

  • What Success Means: SLIPS Technologies

    Every Monday we share what our friends and network considers a successful team. This week, the SLIPS Technologies team shares their secret to success. [more]

  • What Success Means: WeWork Fort Point

    Every Monday we share what our friends and network considers a successful team. This week, the WeWork Fort Point Community Management team shares their secret to success. [more]

  • BOSRETECH5 was a Huge Success!

    We held another SUPER fun Boston RETech meetup, this month: #BOSRETECH5. We wanted to share some photos and information on those that were involved. [more]

  • What Success Means: First Dynamic

    Every Monday we share what our friends and network considers a successful team. This week, First Dynamic shares their secret to success. [more]

  • RETech Podcast: Michael Monteiro on Buildium and the future of Real Estate.

    This week we cover our experience we meet with the Co-Founder and CEO of Buildium, Michael Monteiro (@MMAtBuildium). We hear about his origin story, why he got started building a tool like Buildium, why the real estate market is normally slow to adopt, and the future of virtual reality. [more]

  • We're in with MassChallenge, Harvard REVC, and more!

    We’ve been hard at Sumu HQ. Not only are we constantly pushing amazing new features, but we’ve also been working hard on the business development side of things. Here are just a few programs we’re ecstatic to be a part of: [more]

  • Insider's Guide to Being a Boston Rental Agent

    Like a challenge? Like making bank? Ever jumped through all the hoops of working with a rental agent to find a Boston apartment, and thought, “What’s the big damn deal? I could totally do that.” [more]

  • RETech Podcast: Padmapper

    This week we cover our experience with Padmapper (http://padmapper.com/) and their acquisition by Zumper (http://zumper.com).ding Conversation (http://buildingconversation.com/) an augmented reality app for development and architectural projects. [more]

  • Insider’s Guide to Signing a Lease

    What to expect when you’re expecting an apartment. [more]

  • Insider’s Guide to Apartment Hunting

    The hunt is on– are you ready? [more]

  • RETech Podcast: Building Conversation

    This week we cover our experience with Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator, MassChallenge, and Building Conversation (http://buildingconversation.com/) an augmented reality app for development and architectural projects. [more]

  • RETech Podcast: Houzz

    This week we cover: Houzz (http://houzz.com/) an interior design lookbook and contractor referral tool that lets you dream your next home project. Listen in. [more]

  • RETech Podcast: Realstir

    A podcast that covers a Real Estate technology startups a week. This week we cover: Realstir (http://realstir.com/) a Real Estate Listing tool that lets you ‘Try Before You Buy’ (TBYB) a home. [more]

  • RETech Podcast: Brivity

    A podcast that covers a Real Estate technology startups a week. This week we cover: Brivity, a Real Estate Listing tool for brokerages and teams. [more]

  • Surefire Ways You're Being Scammed on Craigslist

    Now you’ve posted to Craigslist, Facebook, or Sumu for an available place or roommate. There are some sure fire ways to tell if the person reaching out to use is a scam. We can’t stress enough, always use your best judgement. If that’s not enough, here are other sure signs that the apartment you’re looking at is a scam: [more]

  • Introducing: Sumu Pay!

    We believe there is a perfect place for everybody. We’ve had a HUGE success with our marketplace that helps young professionals find sublets, rooms, and roommates in Boston. After talking with our users, we found that many can’t pay the upfront costs to secure an apartment. So we had to step in. We’re ecstatic to announce the next part of our service: Sumu Pay. [more]

  • Found a Roommate! How To Remove your Sumu Post

    You found a roommate! Congratulations, this is the best part of working on an app like Sumu. We can’t wait for you folks to move in, start hanging out, and become the best friends you always hoped for. [more]

  • We Made This Feature For You! Filtering and Sharing

    We’ve been hard at work here at Sumu. Among a ton of other features, hundreds of users asked to filter and sort out listings based on price and it’s now here! Take a look below and see what we’ve been cooking up. [more]

  • How Not Having Roommates Makes You a Rookie

    It is unfortunate that there are thousands of people that move to Boston and decide to live alone. “Why would you say that?”, you ask. “It’s great to live by yourself, who wouldn’t want some alone time after a full day at [work/school/etc]?!”. Choosing to live alone is a millennials’ number one rookie mistake after moving to Boston. [more]

  • Five of Boston's Most Famous Roommate Matchups

    Roommates have resulted in amazing things. Without an off-hand comment from a roommate about music online, Shawn Fanning wouldn’t have come with Napster. Here are a number of other famous, Boston roommates. [more]

  • Sumu Release Log: 1.6.0

    Always busy here at Sumu. We released this feature right in time for our participation in Mass Innovation Night 78. We got to present alongside some great ventures at TripAdvisor’s brand new headquarters. Congratulations to Aaron’s Presents for winning the audience’s choice award. [more]

  • Sumu Showcase at Mass Innovation Night 78

    We’re officially in and will be presenting at the 78th innovated night hosted by MIN. Join us and other Sumu-ers as we showcase side-by-side ten other REALLY AMAZING new products. [more]

  • Finding Rental Agents in Boston

    We wanted to step back and talk about how a rental agent can fit into your search for a home. This isn’t an option for everyone, but is certainly helpful when you know when to use one. [more]

  • Sumu Release Log: 1.3.0

    We’ve been hard at work here at Sumu. And your favorite service find rooms and roommates in Boston, has DONE IT AGAIN. [more]

  • Sumu Release Log: 1.2.0

    We’ve been hard at work here at Sumu. And your favorite service find rooms and roommates in Boston, is getting even better! [more]

  • Sumu Release Log: 1.1.0

    Sumu.io, the best way to find rooms and roommates in Boston, just got better, AGAIN! [more]

  • Sumu Announces Sumu Beta

    Sumu.io, the best way to find rooms and roommates in Boston, just got better! We are pleased to announce the launch of our Beta program, allowing you to sign up and post rooms while we test things out. You guys are the most important part of this program and we want to hear your thoughts, insights, and feedback. [more]

  • Everything to Know about Roommate Agreements

    So, you found a roommate! The hardest part is over and before your apartment’s honeymoon begins, let’s talk Roommate Agreements! [more]

  • Sumu Introduces Concierge Service

    Sumu.io, the best way to find rooms and roommates in the Boston area, just got better! We wanted to reach out and let you know that we can help you find a sublet in no time. And, for a limited time, it’s totally free! [more]

  • Husky Startup Challenge & Demo Day Results

    Wow! Demo Day was a whirlwind of quick pitching, thorough discussion, and nail-biting competition with our fellow ventures. We were surrounded by large crowds and successfully pitched our idea without interruption for several hours. We apologize if we did not get to pitch to you. We will certainly make it up to you next time. [more]

  • Support Sumu at Demo Day

    After months of planning, weeks of development, and days of preparation we’re launching Sumu on December 1, 2014. Moreover, we’re launching at Northeastern University’s Demo Day for Husky Startup Challenge (a small accelerator we’ve been participating in). [more]

  • Finding your Sumu

    We get it. Finding a place to live is hard. You’ve been looking for the perfect place, the ideal roommates, all at the price you want to pay. It all feels impossible. Sumu believes that finding a roommate should be the easiest part. [more]

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