The 6 Best Listing Sites to Find Your Next Apartment
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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed during (and before) an apartment search. You have to consider a handful of factors — neighborhood, amenities, roommates, fees — and with so many listing sites, it can get confusing, and every apartment starts to look the same. Well, we’re here to help.
Here are the top apartment listing sites to help you narrow down your options, and find your next home. Good luck!
Available in both English- and Spanish-language versions, Apartments.com is one of the most extensive search engines out there for rental listings. You can get highly specific by filtering price range, apartment type, and features like “income-restricted apartments” and “elevator buildings.”
Though you can’t search for options by neighborhood, you can use the keyword search or draw out borders on the map view with the Polygon tool. Plus, the “Plan Commute” feature allows you to choose how long you want the commute (from your apartment to your job) to be, either by car, bike, or public transportation.
Zillow, founded in 2006, has data on more than 110 million homes across the country, making the brand the leading real estate research platform. Simply type in a neighborhood’s zip code, and the Zestimate tool will provide estimated prices for rents and purchases of properties within that area. With Zillow’s new tools, you can also apply to multiple apartments with one application and even pay rent.
RentHop serves most major cities in the US and offers a good range of filters. In a list or drag-and-zoom map view interface, you can conduct a granular apartment search for any neighborhood. For every listing, RentHop calculates a “HopScore,” an assessment based on the freshness, listing quality, and property manager reputation. If that’s not enough, you can opt for a “Price Comparison,” which compares the rent of that listing to median rents for similar apartments in the same area.
Hotpads may be one of the friendliest and most in-depth search engines for rentals across the country. You can set the basic filters, including price range, apartment size, and rental type (regular, sublet, room for rent). To dig deeper, you can use the keyword search or filter by amenities or the number of baths. There’s even a filter to view only listings with multiple photos.
All your options will show up on the interactive map and a list next to it. When you select a building icon, you can see details of the specific apartment — such as proximity to public transportation — as well as photos and a Google Street View.
Although Trulia is known as the leading site for buying or selling houses, the site also caters to renters. Especially if you’re drawn to a specific neighborhood or nook of a city, Trulia can help you find the little-known opportunities available there. You can narrow down your search and sorting options further based on the amenities, pricing, and square footage you need.
Additionally, Trulia partners with local crime reporting agencies, which means users can get location-specific information regarding crime, schools, and local non-discrimination housing laws. Similar to Apartments.com, you can set a maximum commute time or filter by options located “near transit.”
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