The 10 Best Apps for Finding Your Next Apartment
These apartment for rent apps can help you find a place, submit an application and even pay your rent.
When searching for an apartment apps come in handy and allow you to browse listings when it's convenient for you.(Getty Images)
When you start looking for a new apartment, chances are you have a finite amount of time before you need to move.
It can be tough to find the right place to call your next home, and finding it before it gets snapped up by another renter can be even tougher. In a competitive market, available apartments come and go in a moment’s notice, and a rental open house can feel more like a face-off with other renters than a tour of the space.
Fortunately, there are quite a few apps to help you on your apartment hunt.
The online apartment listing industry is competing to provide more accurate availabilities and better search options, which benefits renters as more useful information becomes available with a tap of a finger. As rental apps evolve, they are not only making it easier to find available apartments – they're also providing renters' financial information to potential landlords and allowing tenants to pay rent once a lease has been signed.
Here are 10 popular rental apps you can use to find your next apartment:
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If you have a short amount of time to hunt for an apartment, apps come in handy and allow you to browse listings when it's convenient – whether you're standing in line at the store or watching TV in the evening. “Today people expect magic at the touch of a button, and finding their next home is no exception,” says Jeremy Wacksman, president of Zillow. “Renters have told us they want the entire rental process to happen online, which is why we’ve made it possible to complete an application, obtain a credit check, apply for a rental and pay rent – all from our app. There’s tons of opportunity to make the process even better, but these new features are a big step forward in making renting, buying and selling a home a more seamless, on-demand experience.”
As the demand for real-time apartment listing information grows, rental apps are racing to provide better services that make life easier for renters.
For example, Zumper allows prospective renters to obtain their credit report and personal details before touring apartments, making it easier to submit a rental application instantly through a secure system.
Zumper CEO Anthemos Georgiades says the app helps renters take the next step toward signing a lease, starting with an initial search and taking them through rental applications and closing on a lease. “Our mission is to make renting an apartment as easy as booking a hotel,” he says.
Here are 10 of the most popular free renting apps for Android and iOS:
The Zillow Rentals app (Apple, Android) gives users access to more than 400,000 spaces for rent throughout the country. You have the ability to personalize a search with specific features such as pet policy, in-unit laundry or on-site parking, and then save the searches that interest you the most. More recent features include automatic online rent payments through Zillow (a fee may apply for tenants, depending on the form of payment) and an online application that renters can submit to as many landlords as necessary in 30 days, for $29, which includes an Experian credit report and eviction history and background check by Checkr.
Trulia Rentals (Apple, Android) helps streamline inquiries with its one-click feature, which puts interested renters in direct contact with the property manager, without having to fill out an inquiry form for every apartment they're interested in or search for a phone number.
Apartments.com's app (Apple, Android) provides real-time availability on a map-based app, with a focus on including details of the amenities apartment communities offer and additional fees renters can expect. With 3D tours, you can see an apartment before even visiting the property.
The rental app by realtor.com (Apple, Android) allows users to browse by map or photo and provides driving directions to check out apartments in person. The app can also alert you when apartments that meet your criteria become available. With one tap, you can contact the leasing agent and start your conversation.
Zumper (Apple, Android) offers access to an inventory of more than 1 million rental listings, with instant alerts as units that meet your needs come online. Zumper also partners with Experian to provide you with your credit report so you can submit a rental application to a landlord securely through the app. In major markets like New York and Chicago, renters can take advantage of features such as booking tours, prequalifying for an apartment and making an offer on a rental.
Apartment Finder (Apple, Android) caters to new renters and budget-conscious tenants. The app offers filters that help apartment hunters find the best deal based on their budget, including properties that accept housing vouchers, short-term housing and whether utilities are included in the rent.
HotPads (Apple, Android) is best known for its apartment listings in major cities, but the app displays inventory throughout the country. Features include neighborhood details, such as nearby schools and a walk score, to help you get a feel for the area around the apartment you’re considering. You can also check out designated “hot” listings that are seeing a lot of interest from other app users.
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Apartment Guide (Apple, Android) provides high-definition photos and floor plans for a deeper look at available spaces. The app lets you save listings and send interesting ones to a friend for a second opinion.
Rent.com's app (Apple, Android) allows you to find available visit times and book a tour for the apartments you’re interested in. You can narrow down your search based on certified residents' reviews, which are obtained by a Rent.com survey of residents.
RadPad (Apple, Android) provides available apartment listings nationwide. RadPad users have the option to pay their rent through the app by debit or credit card for a fee, and RadPad will send payment to the landlord, regardless of whether the apartment partners with RadPad.