Find the Perfect Pad With These Apartment-Hunting Apps

Published On May 28, 2014 | App & Software

Finding the right apartment, in the right neighborhood and for the right price can be a bit of nightmare. If you’re tired of driving around looking for places or scanning online listings in a futile search for a place to call home, there is hope.

Smartphone apps are making the apartment hunting process much easier, allowing house hunters to do a lot of the footwork online. Here are some of the top apartment-hunting apps to help you find the perfect apartment.

1: Mokriya Craigslist

There are many Craigslist apps available, but Mokriya Craigslist is actually officially licensed by the popular online classified ad site. The Mokriya Craigslist app has a sleek interface and allows you to use an advanced search function to filter out apartments by price, area, bedrooms and more. Mokriya Craigslist is a favorite amongst the sea of Craigslist apps for its presentation of listings in easy to navigate photos and grids. For a small fee, users can upgrade to the premium version which includes the ability to set alerts and favorite items.

2: Padmapper

Padmapper makes apartment searching by area a breeze. This app draws data from Craigslist and displays rentals on a map, making it great for the visual apartment hunter. Padmapper makes it easy to see where a rental is by allowing users to switch between a standard map view and a detailed street view. Padmapper also lets users set up alerts for new listings so you can jump on your dream apartment before someone else.

3: Trulia

Though Trulia may be better known for valuating real estate, it has a lot to offer to the apartment hunter, too. Trulia doesn’t pull its listing from third party sources, so it’s worth checking out for the potential apartment gem that is not listed anywhere else. You can also customize your search and sort rentals by location, price, size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as desired amenities. If you’re concerned about work commute, you can use Trulia to search for rentals which would fall within your maximum desired commute time.

4: My Apartment Map

Like other rental apps, this handy app lets you search listings or map views, but it stands apart from other apps with its Data and Deals features. The data feature provides vital rental information like average rent in a specific area, the average rent in surrounding areas and trends in renting. The deals feature highlights move-in specials and other promotions offered by apartment complexes.

5: Zillow

With the Zillow app, you can draw on a map to isolate the areas where you’re looking to rent. However, the free Zillow app lacks filters, which makes searching a little more cumbersome.

6: Lovely

Lovely sources its listings from Craigslist and rental agencies and offers many features which make it worth using. Search for listings by entering a desired zip code, filter by price, pet allowances and number of rooms. Lovely makes apartment searching easy by showing a full-page view of apartment photos with a simple click of a listing. Another outstanding feature of Lovely is that it allows you to apply for rentals and set up search alerts directly through the app.

7: Realtor

The Realtor.com app lists both for rentals and for sale homes, but only from real estate agents (not private owners). Rentals can be searched for by drawing on a map and are listed by price. Because all listings are from agents, you can be sure of the accuracy of listed information.

8: Apartment List

This app searches across many housing and rental sites to find you a wealth of apartment options. Map based searches and filters help you pinpoint just what you’re looking for. You can even add notes to listings and take photos and videos to help you keep track of any apartments you tour.

Apartment hunting doesn’t have to be stressful. Try out one or more of these apps on your next apartment hunt.

By Stephanie Willingham

Stephanie Willingham is a contributing writer to Freshly Techy and a variety of industry blogs. She has professional experience in the medical and financial fields.

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