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ApartmentList creatively recommends apartments for renters – dream search

New apartment search tool

The above video is best viewed in full screen to get the full essence of what ApartmentList.com offers. As part of the “TechCrunch Disrupt” conference, the company came out as a disruptive force in the rental search category, aiming to combat complacency in the marketplace. Their claims of comprehensiveness are accurate, as they have more data sources than any startup we’ve seen in recent years- ForRent, ListHub, HotPads and so on.

The user interface is fun and easy to understand, the algorithm appears to be relatively sophisticated, resembling a more intuitive version of Coldwell Banker’s “Blue Search,” also based on the premise of recommendations based on lifestyle. ApartmentList one ups its competitors by integrating Facebook into their offering and making sharing simple, as well as integrating Yelp listings onto the map search to solve the (“is it near a grocery store?” conundrum).

ApartmentList.com is certainly worth the industry taking a hard look at- it is a dream to use and if a residential real estate search site functioned as seamlessly as this, consumers would flock to it. Most sites either master information or master novelty- ApartmentList does both. It will be interesting to see if (or rather when) one of the major industry players acquires the company not only for their product but for their talent.

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Tara Steele is the News Director at The American Genius, covering entrepreneur, real estate, technology news and everything in between. If you'd like to reach Tara with a question, comment, press release or hot news tip, simply click the link below.

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. ApartmentNINJAS

    October 18, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    ApartmentList.com…I don't get it. I tried to search the Texas market and got redirected to an error page.

  2. Charles Mackenzie-Hill

    January 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    This seems a terrific idea for the future busy tenant and motivation for the landlord to get great reviews . Whish we could do something similar in Spain. Just the data gathering would be daunting due to all the privacy measures. Interesting , though , with great potential

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