Finding a rental property in Cape Girardeau is painful. Many landlords do not have websites and do not show up on existing sites. We wanted a way to make finding a rental easy and lay the groundwork for a rental that will benefit Cape area renters, landlords, and the city as a whole.
What it does
Cape Rentals facilitates a detailed filtered search of rental properties in the Cape Girardeau area. The rentals are plotted on a map and have images so that potential renters can find exactly what they are looking for. Properties can be claimed by home owners and managed to include amenities, add images, and write descriptions.
How we built it
We built Cape Rentals on top of an existing open source web framework, Ruby on Rails. It is designed to run on the cloud and uses elasticsearch and a mysql backend to support the data layer.
Challenges we ran into
Our biggest challenge was communication as we had a remote teammate for the weekend.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Cape Rentals is both functional and attractive software. It works as expected when you launch the site, and looks great doing it.
What we learned
We learned a lot about elastic search and existing mapping technology as well as how to work well together on a remote team.
What's next for Cape Rentals
We see Cape Rentals as the central rental hub for Cape Girardeau. We would like renters to be able to sign leases, file complaints, submit ratings, and even pay their rent on the application.