Updater Welcomes First Multifamily Client in DC Region: Oculus Realty Launches Updater to Help Residents Move

New York, NY – March 25, 2015 – Oculus Realty, LLC is the first multifamily real estate firm in the Washington, DC metro area to launch with Updater, a New York City-based technology company that offers residents the leading web-based application to ease the moving process. Updater’s automated and guided web application seamlessly changes an individual’s address, shares the new address with whomever the resident chooses, updates accounts and records, transfers cable services and other utilities, and offers a 24/7 moving concierge.

“Leveraging technology to deliver services to our residents has always been a focus of ours,” said K. David Meit, CPM® of Oculus Realty. “Updater provides us with a way to bridge the gap between lease signing and resident move-in through technology, greatly improving the move-in experience for our residents.”

As an urban provider in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Oculus works with increasing numbers of millennials and other tech-savvy individuals, many of which expect a certain level of convenience. “By partnering with Updater, we’ve found an easy way to save our residents hours and headaches before they even move in,” says Meit. “We understand how stressful moving can be, and it’s important to us that we support our clients through the entire process.”

Updater helps residents save hours of time with the following features:

Update Accounts: 

Updater can automatically update nearly 15,000 business and account records including alumni associations, charities, retailer loyalty and frequent flier accounts, etc.

Connect Home Services: 

An Updater moving concierge helps set up the resident’s digital services including phone, Internet, and cable, identifying the best prices deals available and scheduling in-home installations.

Forward mail: 

Updater files each resident’s official U.S. Postal Service mail-forwarding form; residents never have to set foot in a post office.

Digital Moving Announcement: 

Residents can create a custom digital e-card to let friends and family know they are moving. Updater can automatically send the announcement to all of the resident’s contacts and/or social media followers.

Move-in Offers: 

Updater provides special offers and exclusive deals on moving services and expenses, such as discounts on professional cleaning, truck rental companies, cardboard boxes, recycling bins, and more.

Updater is just one tool in Oculus Realty’s arsenal of technology. The company also uses Square for easy credit card processing during the application process, ePremium for renters’ insurance, AppFolio property management software, and MyBuilding® to streamline building operations.

“We are thrilled to welcome Oculus to our growing team of multifamily partners,” said Updater Founder and CEO, David Greenberg. “As our first multifamily partner in the DC-Metro area, Oculus is a true innovator in the field and dedicated to providing residents with the most seamless move-in experience possible.”

About Oculus Realty, LLC

Oculus Realty, LLC provides property management and advisory services to private real estate investors in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The firm specializes in the investment and management of boutique apartment communities and small retail centers. Oculus is a licensed real estate broker in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia and an Accredited Management Organization (AMO®) through the Institute of Real Estate Management. For more information, visit www.oculusrealty.com.

About Updater

Updater makes moving easier for the 45 million Americans on the move every year. Updater users seamlessly transfer utilities, update accounts and records, forward mail, and much more. Additionally, thousands of relocation professionals (from real estate brokerages to property managers) rely on Updater’s business solutions to save clients and residents hours with a branded and personalized Updater experience. Headquartered in New York City, Updater has raised $10 million from SoftBank Capital, IA Ventures, Commerce Ventures, Second Century Ventures (the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors®), and leading angel investors. For more information, visit www.updater.com.

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Hi, I'm Ash Bell. I am the Executive Director of Multifamily & University Housing at Updater, where I’m responsible for securing strategic partnerships, technology integrations, and sales operations. I am a lover of good red wine (life it too short for bad wine) and great local coffee. You'll be hard-pressed to hold a conversation with me without hearing about Updater, Apple and CrossFit.
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