Apartment Hunting: 50+ Tools for Renters & Landlords

By Sean P. Aune
|  Thursday, Jan 7, 2010  |  Updated 5:31 PM CDT
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Apartment Hunting: 50+ Tools for Renters & Landlords

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The Internet is filled with websites and services that can help you find a new place, but sorting through them can be more frustrating than the apartment hunting process itself. Whether you’re planning a move across town, relocating for a job, or just need to find an apartment with cheaper rent, we’ve put together over 50 tools to help make the process easier.

If, on the other hand, you’re a landlord looking to rent a property, we’ve included a few tools specifically for you. Also note that almost all of the listing sites we’ve provided for renters invite landlords to add vacancies, quite a few of them for free.

Apartment Listings

ApartmentHunterz.com - Focuses on smaller rental properties in Southern California.

Apartments.com - Apartments.com tries to provide as many pictures as possible for each property, customizable searches, a moving center that lets you arrange movers and much more.

BidRent.com - Allows you to bid on how much you wish to pay in rent for listed properties in the USA and Canada.

CityCribs.com - While CityCribs has listings for most major US cities, their heaviest focus is on listings for New York City.

Craigslist.org - The place where most people start their search for locating a rental property.

EliteRenting.com - A Google Maps mashup showing you rental properties and their neighborhoods as well as offering you side-by-side comparisons of various properties to help with your selection.

FlyRig.com - FlyRig is a Google Maps mashup focusing on just the 5 boroughs of New York City.

ForRent.com - Features all kinds of rentals for singles, families, college students and military.

GreenRenter.com - Limited to properties in the Portland, OR area, GreenRenter aids in telling potential renters how green a building is.

HotPads.com - Highly customizable search for each city letting you select rooms, rent range, and more. Also has heat maps to show you where the most activity is.

HousingMaps.com - Google Maps mashup that lets you easily visualize where a location is.

HubBuzz.com - HubBuzz attempts to take your likes and dislikes into account while trying to help you find an apartment that best suits you.

MyApartmentMap.com -A Cragslist/Google Maps mashup that lets you view the neighborhood and other data while also giving you a roommate finder, college apartments and more.

MyNewPlace.com - An apartment search site that provides detailed photos and floor plan drawings, they also offer $100 or more cash back when you sign your lease.

PeopleWithPets.com - Site specializing in pet friendly rental units.

Rent.com - An eBay company providing rental searches and will give you a $100 gift card for a successful rental through them.

RentalAds.com - Provides regular listings as well as specialized listings for pet owners, rent to own properties and more. Landlords can list their properties for free.

Rentals.com - Find all sorts of rentals across the United States including apartments and houses.

Rentals.NationalRelocation.com - A site focusing on people making long distance moves, will also help you locate all types of movers, including piano movers.

RentalSource.com - A rental listing site with all of the normal search functions as well as roommate finders and tools to help you move.

RentBits.com - Lets you search the entire country or region of your choice for rental properties.

RentMineOnline.com - A social network enhanced rental system which focuses on friends referring friends to rental properties. Also has a Facebook app to ease referrals.

TheRentMap.com - A mashup of Apartments.com’s listings with a Google Map.

Zilpy.com - Zilpy will give you an amazing amount of information about an area by breaking a city down by region and then telling you the average rental price for various styles of apartments and information about the neighborhoods.

Listings Outside the US

FindMyCrib.com - A Google Maps mashup for finding rental properties located around the UK.

FusedWorld.com - Apartment listings from countries all over the world.

HouseFinderUK.com - Despite the site’s name, HouseFinderUK also features a large selection of properties to rent in the UK.

Properazzi.com - Search all over Europe for properties in your own language and currency.

RentRight.co.uk - A rental listings site based in the United Kingdom with everything from lofts to houses listed.

Spyk.com - Search for rental properties throughout Australia.

Surf4AProperty.com - A UK-only site for locating rental properties around the country.

Rental Management

GetPropertize.com - Geared to helping an individual with property to rent, Propertize helps you track income & expenses as well as helping you generate your tax reports.

OnsitePropertyManager.com - Multi-featured property management software that also includes nightly back-ups of your data.

Property-Management.Buildium.com - A full-featured system that prints checks, makes work orders from online maintenance requests, allow residents to pay securely online and more.

Rentomatic.com - Offers both free and paid plans, can assist you in advertising, automating rent collection, track maintenance and more.

RentYield.com - Lets you manage your vendors as well as your tenants, track the performance of your properties and more.

TenantMarket.com - Helps landlords to locate tenants for their vacant properties.

Reviews

ApartmentRatings.com -Nearly 700,000 reviews of rental properties and their landlords, helping to save you some of the hassle of not knowing what you’ll get after you sign the lease.

IntroIn.com - Find people living in the complexes you are interested in and connect with people living there so you can get the inside track on what it’s like.

LandlordReview.com - Lets you review landlords and management companies in a dozen major cities in the USA such as Washington D.C. and San Francisco.

NeuLandlord.com - Rate and read reviews of landlords in all 50 states in the US, see who are the best and worst on their leader boards.

PickALandlord.com - A community based around reviewing landlords before you sign a lease.

RateMyStudentRental.com - A site devoted to renting your student housing, and if warranted, the site will send your landlord a note about problems with the property.

RottenNeighbor.com - When you rent a property, not only do you have a landlord to worry about, but also possibly annoying neighbors. Check out the neighborhood you’re moving into as well as look for sex offenders and more.

Roommates

EasyRoommate.com - Has over 190,000 listings in the United States for rooms to rent and people looking for rooms.

Gradspot.com - Use the website or their Facebook app to help you find roommates for your post-grad life.

MetroRoommates.com - Roommate referral service that focuses on major metropolitan areas in the USA.

RoommateClick.com - Focused on college and university students, RoommateClick will help you find a room or let others know you have a room to rent.

RoommateConnection.com - A roommate referral service for the northeast United States with a heavy focus on Boston, MA.

RoommateLocator.com - Assists you with you finding roommates across the USA as well as some oversea locations.

Roommates.com - Almost like a dating site for roommates, you set up a profile and start searching for your perfect roommate match.

Roommates4You.com - This one lets you set if you are looking for a room or have a room, in addition to price ranges you are looking for from the initial search.

Roomster.net - Helps match you with a roommate with a compatible personality, works for cities in the USA, Canada and the UK.

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