PITTSBURGH, PA - Rent Jungle was honored by the 15th annual Webby Awards as an Official Honoree in the Real Estate category. The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is the international award honoring excellence in design and content on the internet. Out of the 8,000 sites submitted, fewer than 15% are given nominations or honoree awards in their particular categories. Rent Jungle placed among the highest in the Real Estate category for sites, placing the company amongst the largest and most popular apartment and housing search sites online. "The Webby Awards are a big deal for startup sites like Rent Jungle," commented CEO Jon Pastor, "and since the awards represent excellence in a particular field, we are ecstatic that ours was honored. To be considered in the same filed with established sites like Zillow and Trulia is amazing."
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Rent Jungle (www.rentjungle.com) raised $300k in a round of angel funding in April of 2011, and will also soon be releasing their new iPhone application. Since last October, Rent Jungle has seen an increase from 30,000 unique users per month to over 500,000 users this March. Rent Jungle is the most comprehensive rental listing site on the web. It works much like other search engines in that it scours the internet to amass apartment listings from a variety of sites. Unlike other search engines, Rent Jungle specializes only in apartments and rental housing, automatically pulling in listings from over 12,000 property management sites.
Similar to most search engines, Rent Jungle allows users to search for specific keywords including bedroom and bathroom count, amenities, price and location. The search engine's rental statistics also grant a view into current rental trends based on market pricing nationally, by city, and by individual neighborhoods. Rent Jungle's search technology can be used as a rental comparison tool allowing users to compare neighborhood rental trends to best match their housing and budget needs - a function new to the rental and housing industry.
The Webby Awards is the leading international award given annually to honor the top websites, interactive advertising, online digital media, and applications. Receiving over 10,000 entries from every state and 60 countries worldwide, the Webby Awards have been hailed by the New York Times as the "Internet's highest honor." The Webby awards were established by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences in 1996.