As I’ve written before, my iPhone is indispensible to me. Not only is it my checkbook, calendar, contact list, to-do list, Kindle reader, phone book, atlas, camera, grocery list, stock ticker, weather channel, baseball rulebook and game scorer, it also has the means to locate apartments for the entire team.
The iPhone applications for apartment hunting are – as usual for most iPhone apps – intuitive, multidimensional and informative. All are available on iTunes and free as well. For the most part, they are listed as “lifestyle” apps, although there are some also available categorized as “utilities” and “productivity.” The applications listed below are also compatible with iPad. When searching, use both the singular “apartment” and the plural “apartments” as search terms.
#1- Apartment Guide
This application icon for Apartment Guide appears as the white letters “Ag” on a red square. While it looks more like a box from the periodic table, it is actually a lifestyle application available at no cost on iTunes. I’ve described what this app looks like as it is only found when one searches for the plural “apartments.” However, once located, the page shows the Ag symbol next to the singular title “Apartment.”
Apartment Guide is sold by Primedia, a company that offers another similar iPhone app, Rentals.com.
According to the information on iTunes, Apartment Guide offers the ability to search for apartments as sorted by price, distance, size, etc. Specific areas can be searched for “nearby” via GPS settings or by specific city name or zip code. Searchers can also view photos of apartments, get driving directions via the map function, and “save” your favorites for further investigation. Further, this nifty little apps allows you to “email or call properties directly” to make queries or schedule a viewing.
Apartment Guide is rated an average of 3 stars out of 5 in almost 44,000 ratings, by far the most rated of all the apartment hunting applications.
The icon for Apts.com is, amazingly enough, the words “apts.com” beneath three green apartment buildings.
Apts.com allows for apartment, condos, and single-family home searches via GPS or zip code. Searchers are also privy to an “extensive selection” of photographs and floorplans, walk-through apartment videos. As with Apartment Guide, searchers can contact properties via telephone or email, obtain maps and directions to properties, and save those special ones for further investigation.
Apt.com also offers filtered searches, so that searches can be narrowed per bedroom, bathroom, price, pet policies and other variables.
This app has been rated by 13,000 users for almost 3 out of 5 stars.
#3- Apartments by ForRent.com
Apartments by ForRent.com is another one of those confusing icons that looks like something from a periodic table. This time, it’s the dark blue letters “FR,” underlined in red, on a baby blue tile.
This app has been recently redone for reportedly improved functions. It offers features similar to the two other apps I’ve listed above. However, it does offer maps with “touchable pins” to synchronize searches.
Apartments by ForRent.com is now available in version 5.2 and has a solid 3 star rating out of 10,000 customers.