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Best Ways to Find a Rental: 7 Platforms to Look for Your New Place


[Updated: May 19, 2020 ] Jan 26, 2020 by Aly J. Yale
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Pros Cons
• Lots of search filters.Includes bike lane and transit map overlays.

• Lets you use custom keywords in your search.

• Includes way more apartments than houses, so if a single-family home is your goal, you may want to supplement with other platforms.
Pros Cons
• Has a favorites features so you can save the best listings.

• Map-based, so it's easy to see if a rental fits the bill for location.

• Automatically includes Airbnb listings, so you'll need to exclude these.

• Filters aren't as robust as on other platforms.

Pros Cons
• Broad range of detailed filters.

• Uses a star rating system to help you evaluate listings.

• Overlay search feature.

• Available in Spanish.

• Includes way more apartments than houses, so if a single-family home is your goal, you may want to supplement with other platforms.
Pros Cons
• Includes Apartments.com listings.

• Has a favorites feature so you can save the best listings.

• You may need to go through a real estate agent to view some listings. 

• Rental listings aren't as robust as for-sale ones.

Pros Cons
• Lots of low-cost listings.

• You can deal directly with the landlord, rather than an agent.

• Listings include walk and transit scores.

• Listings aren't verified.

• Not available in every city.

• The interface isn't as user-friendly as other options.

• There's potential for rental scams.

Pros Cons
• Lots of search filters.

• Includes renter reviews and ratings on each property.

• Includes a moving center to help you get moving quotes.

• Much fewer listings than other platforms.
Pros Cons
• Includes a walk, transit, and bike score for each property.

• Lets you see who posted the listing and see their Facebook profile before moving forward.

• Not as user-friendly as other options out there.

• Requires a Facebook account. Very few feature filters.