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Web address
Commercial? Yes
Owner RentPath
Launched 1999; 16 years ago (1999)
Alexa rank
positive decrease 11,926 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active is one of the largest apartment listing services on the Internet. It was acquired by eBay in 2005[2] and sold to Primedia in March 2012.[3]

History[edit] was co-founded by Scott Ingraham and Allen Oakley Hunter Jr. in 1999 as[4] The company was the first pay-for-performance online rental site, a business model that outperformed competitors who went with subscriptions, listing fees, or costs-per-lead revenue models.[5] charges the property manager $409 when a verified lease is produced through the site.

Much of's early success was due to its strategic investors. The company raised $17 million in financing in November 2000 from some of the nation's largest REITs (real estate investment trusts). These REITs controlled nearly 20% of the rental apartments in the US.[5] This allowed to open new markets with immediate sources of apartment vacancy listings.

Jerry Slavonia, the architect of the company's distributed marketing network, joined in May 2001, [6][7] and oversaw its growth to 36 million annual visits by 2005. [8] enjoyed better conversion rates than its early competitors by collecting more user information during the registration process, allowing the company to better tailor its search results. also incentivized users by offering a $100 reward to customers who signed a lease through the company. The company launched by spending no money on traditional marketing, relying solely on search engine marketing.

Sale to eBay[edit]

In the winter of 2004, eBay decided to expand its reach into classified markets, buying at 25% stake in Craigslist and purchasing for $415 million in cash plus acquisition costs, net of's cash on hand.[9] was rumored to have $40M in 2004 revenue, with strong profit margins, giving the company a 10x trailing revenue multiple upon acquisition.[5]

Sale to Primedia[edit]

On March 22, 2012, eBay announced the sale of to Primedia. Terms of deal were not disclosed.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Valuewiki:EBAY
  3. ^ a b FitzGerald, Drew. "EBay Sells Website To Primedia". Dow Jones Newswires. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Company Overview
  5. ^ a b c » Case Study: Value of strategic investors - Startup Review Blog
  6. ^ "Jerry Slavonia". 
  7. ^ "VB Profiles: Jerry Slavonia". 
  8. ^ "At A Glance". 
  9. ^ eBay Inc. - eBay Completes Acquisition of