I have rented most of my life and I absolutely feel no need to own a house. But lets face it, renters take a back seat to owners. Everyone is always asking why you’re renting and that you should buy. We’ve all had that conversation with family and friends. But it’s that buy at all cost mentality that led to a serious financial mess and has also led to a lot more renters than buyers. As a renter you now have a powerful tool in your hands to find that perfect apartment or rental house. Zillow just released a dedicated rental app for phones and tablets with some cool new features.
Zillow is one of the leading sites for real estate with an Android app that includes both real estate and rental properties. But to accommodate renters they have recently released Zillow Rentals with only apartment and house rentals. I’m planning on moving from my apartment at the end of summer so it’s good timing for me and I’m sure many others. The app is simple with just three screen but very powerful.
The first screen in the Zillow rental app let you set your filters including price, beds, baths, single family, and apartment. After choosing your option you are taken to the map display at your current location. You can choose another location by typing in city or zip code in the box above the map. At the bottom of the map is the number of listings based on you filter and location. Now a very cool and useful feature is the draw function. You can simply draw around your desired location with your fingers (see image) and the filter listing at the bottom automatically adjusts. Once you are happy with the location you can view the listings.
The listing are ordered by newest to oldest with location, price, beds, sqft, and bath displayed. Once you choose an apartment you can get more detailed information like pictures, description, deposit, map , and more. The standard sharing options are available along with favorite tagging for later. My only issue with the app is that you can’t view the listing on the map. Maybe they felt this wasn’t needed since you can now draw your location on the map but I would still like this option. Besides that missing feature overall I really like this app for function and ease of use. So what are you waiting for right now. Go checkout Zillow Rentals and find your next great apartment.
Download from the Google Play Store.