Because I am once again looking to uproot my life in the near future, I just downloaded an app for my iPhone that shows available rentals listed online directly on a map. PadMapper is an apartment search tool that aims to make searching online for an apartment a little easier by letting you see where the apartments are on a big Google map and by using filters to eliminate listings that you’re not interested in. After I set the location I was interested in looking in (my old neighborhood) and my price range, I was presented with a map and all available apartments. Upon clicking on each one, I got a better description of the place, contact information, leasing terms, and some other things depending on what the property provided. I can imagine going to an area and then using this application to save me from driving around aimlessly, knocking on doors and wasting time calling on apartments I couldn’t afford. (It can also search near your location using GPS) Here is what the screen looked like after I put in the area and filters I wanted to contain my search within:
As of right now, the following major cities are supported by PadMapper (smaller towns are supported as well):
Honolulu and most of the rest of Hawaii
New York City
Salt Lake City
San Francisco and Silicon Valley
For a free app, it sure does a lot to help out. If you are looking for a new apartment and are an iPhone owner, you may want to check it out. It definitely streamlined my search experience!