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The best NYC apartment and real estate apps

Sick of the Craigslist crapfest? We put these New York City apartment and real estate apps to the test

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While we all like to brag about how NYC is the greatest city in the world, the cost of living has exponentially sky-rocketed in recent years. Finding affordable apartments in NYC is near-impossible these days—not to mention finding compatible (or, at the very least, sane) roommates. Spare yourself a panic attack and take advantage of 21st century technology! We tested out the below real estate apps for your convenience.

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NYC apartment and real estate apps

1

Zumper

★★★★★

If there’s an apartment listed in New York, you’ll likely find it here. The aggregator pulls available spots from popular agencies like Bond New York and Douglas Elliman and alerts you when places that meet your criteria hit the market. As for apartment browsing, there’s zero guesswork—simply choose between a map or a list view and tap away at spots that catch your eye. zumper.com

2

PadMapper

★★★1/2

A simple interface and all the basic filters (price, number of bedrooms, pet policy, etc.) make navigating PadMapper a breeze. But pay close attention to listing sources—Airbnb is among them, and you’re probably looking for something more permanent than a weekend stay in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, loft. padmapper.com

3

MoveMent

★★★

Want to stay in—or at least near—your ’hood? MoveMent culls open pads using GPS technology, only verifying them when agents upload photos. Nifty, right? Sort of. While there are quite a few Manhattan listings, outer-borough options are paltry at best. Also, we found 11-
and 14-week-old listings, a red flag that tends to mean a place is either horrible or already taken. movementapartments.com

4

Naked Apartments

★★

Because of a possible bug, the same photos pop up for multiple listings on this app (we spied a studio in Woodhaven, Queens, and a two-bedroom in Harlem with identical pics). Try a ’hood search before you log out, though. Those are pretty solid and include area-specific stats such as rent medians and the percentage of buildings with elevators. nakedapartments.com

5

MyNewPlace

Are you looking for a place in Weehawken, New Jersey? Because apartments there were the first to appear when we searched for units in the West Village. The photos are nice, and the listing seems to be legit. But, again, Weehawken. mynewplace.com

Comments

38 comments
Jmoore3
Jmoore3

Try the streeteasy app most accurate and updated.

Raven T
Raven T

It can be a stressful time, trying to find an apartment to rent.

Katie E
Katie E

These apps are super helpful! Thank you! I've found my recent apartment through a similar app and would have loved to also check these out in the process

hunter p
hunter p

Great article. I got transferred to the Midwest several months ago and wish I had known about using more of these services. The old tried and true CraigsL doesn't work well everywhere. I did find a couple sites when I landed in Cincinnati that had more of the type and styles I was used to they were http://www.homelinkcincinnati.com and http://www.furnishedapartmentscincinnati.com I found a place that was great to stay while I took my time to look for a log term rental

Victoria R
Victoria R

I found my recent apartment with an app like those on this list. It occurs to me now that life must have been very different before smartphones. Now, I'm used to just looking at my phone whenever there is something that I don't know or something that I need. http://www.adelaidedresscircle.com.au/the-apartments/ 

Ebony K
Ebony K

I wish there were more apartment and house hunting apps for where I live! Apartment hunting stresses me out a lot and I wish I could just own my own house already. There are quite a few new housing developments going up, but I know I don't have enough money for a down payment yet. I'll have to see if there are any apps like the ones you mentioned in this post for my area. http://www.herberthomesinc.com 

Gary P
Gary P

I will have to look into this.  I am trying to find an apartment.  It can be a tiring endeavor.  An app like this would make it much more convenient.  I like that I can schedule viewings through it as well. http://www.sterlingrealtyny.com

Highland G
Highland G

Great post, seems like these app could be very useful when it comes to finding your next home! 

Ava L
Ava L BannedSpammer

I am new property owner and  I'm just getting familiar with the applications that are used to help people find new homes.  I am planning and renovation my property and having it be a possible condo building. There really is a lot of places to advertise my property which really is getting me excited to put it out on the market in the future.

James S
James S

Toronto has always been considered a nice city to live in. I get that vibe from many Canadian cities. That being said, if it's a big city, you're likely going to have to pay more to be able to live there. It is pretty convenient, though, having everything you would want or need within an easy walking distance. I guess there are pros and cons to living the city life.

Jim T
Jim T

It can be a stressful time, trying to find an apartment to rent. You really want to make sure you're making a wise decision. It can have a huge impact on your life, so you don't want to rush into it. I'm glad there are sites like this available to make the process easier. http://www.crbprogram.org/city/london

Trevor S
Trevor S

So I'm planning on moving downtown, and my wife and I are trying to find the best apartments to move into. We don't have a ton of money, but we want to live in a fairly safe neighborhood. This is a really great site with a lot of great information. I'll have to check out the app as well. http://wynnresidential.ca/Search_Results.aspx

MarcioWilges
MarcioWilges

Some of these sites for apartments look really good. Would anyone know if they work for finding apartments in Sydney? I have a friend who has been packing and reorganizing his flat furiously and itching to move to somewhere else. This list of sites to check out look interesting, but I don't think he's going to go to ALL of them to find his next dream home...

Casey J
Casey J SpammerBanned

Thanks so much for posting all these great apartment finder apps.  I am a freelance photographer and always on the move.  I get bored when I stay in one place too long and I have a job that can easily travel with me.  It is hard for me to find apartments with short notice.  These apps will really help me out!

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Robert S
Robert S

You could just go straight to the source and check an apartment community like Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town. PCVST is a large apartment community sitting on 80 beautiful acres of lush gardening. PCVST also offers spacious apartments that are no fee and affordable. It has been a pleasure living at PCVST; my favorite part is all the activities and social events they offer. You can check them out at www.pcvstliving.com . You truly feel a sense of community living here.


jamina v
jamina v

nice information ... you can also visit bakkencrest.com  for renting house in a  very affordable price.

Laura Pellecone
Laura Pellecone

I never trust pure listings sites like trulia and zillow or even CL. Too many brokers and scams. My best luck finding a good apartment in nyc has always come from spending a solid couple lunch breaks on sites that show detailed data on each building, like rentenna.com, streeteasy.com, nybits.com.

AddressReport
AddressReport

@Laura Pellecone Strongly agree with that approach -- going with local sites that understand the NYC market is almost always going to yield far better results.


To see crime stats, bedbug reports, landlord complaints, and nearby bars / restaurants / gyms for any apartment in brooklyn, manhattan, or queens, take a listing address you find at nybits.com, streeteasy.com, or rentenna.com and plug it into https://www.addressreport.com/ .

Dave
Dave

Buyer's be aware. I found Listings Project not useful at all. I submitted a listing entry on Oct 29, 2013 to rent out my apartment. I didn't hear back from Ms. Stephanie Diamond till a week later asking very basic info like fees and whether I am a broker or owner. Obviously she didn't read my listing because it says "listed by owner and no broker's fee". I already found a tenant by the time Stephanie contact me. Finally, they gave me some lame excuses and refused to refund my money.

Dave
Dave

Buyer's be aware. I found Listingproject.com not useful at all. I submitted a listing entry on Oct 29, 2013 to rent out my apartment. I didn't hear back from Ms. Stephanie Diamond till a week later asking very basic info like fees and whether I am a broker or owner. Obviously she didn't read my listing because it says "listed by owner and no broker's fee". I already found a tenant by the time Stephanie contact me. Finally, they gave me some lame excuses and refused to refund my money.

Alicia
Alicia

This list is a bit old so I thought I would update it with http://www.rentenna.com! It is an apartment ratings website that has over 7,000+ active listings and 50,000+ buildings rated on objective information such as violations data with the city, value, neighborhood, amenities, and the really important "deliverability score" which tells a renter how many restaurants will deliver to a particular address.

James Glassman
James Glassman

Perfect Strangers of NYC is another great resource for apartment hunting. They provide apartment hunting training for $99. You learn everything you need to know about renting an apartment and how to avoid a brokers fee. They also specialize in personal roommate matchmaking. Check them out-psofnyc.com

Jamie
Jamie

These are all great sites but I just came across this new site Rentpicnic (www.rentpicnic.com). It provides a unique social environment unlike any other site.

Edward Engel
Edward Engel

The reason most apartment finding websites are terrible is because they don't make money of people looking for houses. Most websites charge landlords fees and couldnt care less about if the listings are fake or not. The only way you're going to find an apartment is if you pay for a service where they send you apartments that match your needs. I think Nextlanding.com is the cheapest one but rather than type in an area code and how much rent you would pay, you fill out a quick survey where you circle on a map where you want to live and then answer a few questions about your price range, how many rooms and if you would like to live near specific things, such as restaurants or subways. if your frustrated i would recommend visting there

Samantha Alarcon
Samantha Alarcon

I really dont mean to be a mean but this website sucks i have been looking for an apartment for about 4 months now and still havent found anything

Hotchi Juuni
Hotchi Juuni

Thank you for the research done on these listing services. These apartment locator service web sites narrow down the search to 10 or 20 per page and city. Might I also suggest www.RentAptsOnline.Com ? As they seem to cater directly with the locations themselves and provide a lot of virtual tours that help in the decision process prior to visiting a location. Keep up the good articles! B est, Hotchi J.

Hotchi Juuni
Hotchi Juuni

Thank you for the research done on these listing services. These apartment locator service web sites narrow down the search to 10 or 20 per page and city. Might I also suggest http://www.RentAptsOnline.Com ? As they seem to cater directly with the locations themselves and provide a lot of virtual tours that help in the decision process prior to visiting a location. Keep up the good articles! B est, Hotchi J.

Hotchi Juuni
Hotchi Juuni

Thank you for the research done on these listing services. These apartment locator service websites narrow down the search to 10 or 20 per page and city. Might I also suggest http://www.RentAptsOnline.Com ? As they seem to cater directly with the locations themselves and provide a lot of virtual tours that help in the decision process prior to visiting a location. Keep up the good articles! B est, Hotchi J.

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