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11 Excellent Apartment Search Tools You Need To Know

11 Excellent Apartment Search Tools You Need To Know

Finding the perfect apartment can be a real pain. Trust me, I just spent four months doing that exact thing. You end up looking at specific features, making calls to see availability, and doing tours to see if that’s a place you want to live. It can be daunting and overwhelming. Where do you start? Try these apartment search tools to get your search started!

Apartment.com

Apartment Search tools

    First up is the most obvious one and that’s apartment.com. It’s one of the most recognized apartment websites on the planet. It’s the most frequently updated and typically has most of the apartment complexes in your area. You can search by city, state, and zip code and sort by bedrooms, bathrooms, and price. The descriptions and floor plans are easily accessible and sending emails or making phone calls is pretty easy to figure out. It’s where every apartment hunter should start.

    Craigslist

    Apartment search tools

      If you think this doesn’t work, then take it from someone who has tried it. I found my current apartment on Craigslist. You can find some decent selections on Craigslist that you can’t find on other sites. This is especially great for stuff like condos and very small, independent apartment complexes because they don’t want to go through the trouble of signing up for the other websites. You should always be weary of scammers but a good way to make them prove they are who they say they are is to simply meet up with them at the property. If they’re unable to, they’re probably scammers. Otherwise, you can find some amazing diamonds in the rough on Craigslist.

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      Hotpads

      apartment search tools

        Hotpads is kind of a mix between Craigslist and Apartments.com. It has all of the main places like you’d find on Hotpads but it also has a lot of the smaller, out of the way, and independent places that you probably wouldn’t find elsewhere. It also features a map-based interface so you can browse around in the area you want to live. You click on the building icons and see quick stats and contact details. This is a great way to see things on a wider perspective.

        LiveLovely

        apartment search tools

          If you want to view Craigslist places but don’t want to use Craigslist bland interface, give LiveLovely a try. It’s another map-based website like Hotpads that lets you see places on a map rather than a list form. It sources information from Craigslist and also lets propery managers and owners sign up and post their stuff. It comes with a number of other features like the ability to pay your rent online, receive alerts, and messages. It’s a very robust site and worth checking out.

          Trulia

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          apartment search tools

            Trulia is one of those all-in-one property sites. You can search for houses or apartments for rent, properties to buy, and pretty much everything else property related. It offers more options than other places because it also shows places that you can buy but since you’re likely looking for just apartments, those other features won’t matter. You can save places on a favorites list for future reference, contact properties, and sort by a number of categories. Don’t forget to try their crime map beta to see if the neighborhood you’re moving into is safe!

            Zillow

            apartment search tools

              Zillow is pretty much Trulia’s direct competitor so it should also be included on the list. I actually liked Zillow a little better than Trulia because it felt like a more comprehensive experience. It has pretty much all of the same features but like every site on this list, there always seems to be a few places that the others missed. They’ll even be so kind as to let you know when property owners trip red flags that could mean that they’re scammers and that’s always a nice feature to have. It also includes such features as integrated Walk Score scores, estimates on how much the property is worth, and other information.

              Rent Jungle

              apartment search tools

                This place is the Google Search of apartments. It has over 12,000 websites indexed so when you search on Rent Jungle you’re actually searching pretty much everywhere. There are some places that won’t show up like the independent places that only post on Craigslist or newspaper ads, but otherwise you’ll probably be able to find it here.

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                Walk Score

                apartment search tools

                  Walk Score is kind of a dual purpose site. You use it to see if the apartment you want has a good walk score. This essentially measures how much you can do within walking distance. Some people don’t mind driving everywhere but there’s something to enjoy about being able to walk places. It also has an apartment search tool that allows you to search based on, you guessed it, walk score.

                  For Rent

                  apartment search tools

                    For Rent offers similar features and reliability as Apartments.com and includes one of the nicer interfaces that we’ve seen. They make it very easy to contact the property management so you can get information you need. It’s a sleek interface and it has most of the options you’d find on these other sites.

                    PadMapper

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                    apartment search tools

                      PadMapper is one of the original sites that lets you search for your perfect apartment on a map view. It features easy-to-use sliders to filter your results until you find the ones that you’re really looking for. It also lets you search for individual rooms for rent, sublets, and vacation housing for those of you looking for something a little different.

                      My Apartment Map

                      apartment search tools

                        Last and certainly not least is My Apartment Map. This awesome website lets you search using a variety of filters. You can search based on what pets you want, what amenities you may need, whether or not the apartment is furnished, and more. A fun strategy is to find a good number of apartments on the other sites then narrow them down further using the search on this site.

                        Apartment hunting is a rough process. You’re looking for a place where you’ll be spending a good percentage of your life. You need a place that’s best for you in terms of finances and the amenities you need. Having the right tools will only get you so far and there will come a point where you just need to go with the place that feels right for you.

                        Featured photo credit: World Property Channel via worldpropertychannel.com

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                        Published on September 20, 2018

                        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                        In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                        Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                        In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                        Minimizing Tabs

                        Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                        Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                        Incognito Mode

                        Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                        1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                        2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                        3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                        This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                        Save Webpages as PDF Files

                        Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                        Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                        Open Recently-closed Tabs

                        Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                        One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                        The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                        Solve Mathematical Problems

                        Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                        For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                        Play Media Files

                        Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                        In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                        Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                        With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                        Stay Focus(e)d

                        Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                        Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                        With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                        This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                        Grammarly for Editing

                        Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                        You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                        Loom

                        There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                        There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                        With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                        Chrome Calendar Extension

                        No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                        Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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