I finally decided to clear this matter up a little. I get e-mails frequently asking to speak to the president, tech support, marketing department, or just e-mails wondering who in the heck we are.
Well, Canada Rentals is a one-person show – me! My name is David, and I am the owner, tech support, editor, marketing and every other department. I started this site several years ago, and it has taken off beyond my highest expectations.
Although I enjoy the programming aspect of the site, I am more a person who has a knack for getting traffic and visitors, and respectable rankings in the search engines (ethically and organically!). I think this is of most value to anyone posting an ad on the site. The site is approaching a milestone 10,000 page views in one day! I also believe in a spam-free website. I know this is an ideal, but I do spend a lot of time blocking spammers and bad people from the site, and I try to make sure that each ad is a legitimate rental or renter. There is no way to be 100% with this, but I have made some great progress in this area.
I take a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment in helping people with their ads, and making sure there is a human connection with the site. From the comments I have received, people really appreciate this.
The photo below is of myself and my son (my wife is holding the camera).
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Am I the only one working today? Traffic seems down (naturally) on the site. I guess the government is forcing (or strongly encouraging) people (most people) to take today off. They gave a pretty stern warning to Sears because they opened several stores today. Oops!
From the Canadian Press:
TORONTO — At least 10 Sears Canada (TSX:SCC) stores in Ontario opened their doors to the public on Monday, even though the provincial government warned the company that it would be against the law to do so on Victoria Day.
Fines for violating the retail act could range between $500 up to $50,000 but… said it was completely up to the police to act on complaints from the public and then act accordingly.
Guess I’ll go find a parade somewhere.
The most powerful thing at your disposal to help detect if a potential “renter” is a fraudster is their IP address. The IP address is basically the user’s online “signature” that can tell you where a user is from geographically. Of course, if the user is from Nigeria, or out of the country, you would want to be very careful with any transactions.
A typical IP address looks like this: 22.214.171.124
To track where a user is from, I like to use this tool:
It usually gives you one lookup per day without having an account. I signed up for an account (it is free) and you get several lookups per day. It is a great tool that will provide you with a map of where the IP address is from, and other valuable information.
IF YOU DO suspect that a fraudster or scammer is contacting you, please send us (Canadarentals.net) the information (IP address) and we will block them from using the site.
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I had a really nice lady advertise her summer rental in Toronto with me recently. I asked her how she found my site, and she said she typed in “Best place to find a summer rental in Canada.” My site came up.
I think a lot of people don’t know that if they are going to be gone for several months during the summer for vacation, they can rent their house out while they are gone, and pay for a good part of their vacation. On the flip side, if you are going on vacation, finding a few week or few month rental home would probably be cheaper than staying in a hotel.
It’s a win-win on both sides. The biggest thing you would have to do is screen the potential renters so you don’t get ripped off.
At any rate, we welcome summer rental ads. You can post one with photos, a google map, and much more by using our ad submission form here.