ATLANTA - You’ve decided you need a new place to live, but the number of rental communities in metro Atlanta is overwhelming. And, that’s not even considering the huge number of private rental homes available at any given time.
What’s the best way to approach the talk of finding the right rental home for you? Real estate expert John Adams is here with the answers:
The home rental business has become extremely competitive, and that competition directly benefits you, the prospective renter. And because there are so many rental units available in a large metro area like Atlanta, technology is the logical way to tackle the challenge.
Q: OK, what’s number 5?
A: Number 5 is APARTMENTS.com.
Claiming to have a current inventory of more than 25 thousand apartment homes in metro Atlanta, this site is a comprehensive, map-based way to begin your search for a new apartment.
Because it’s backed by the REALTORS, it’s probably the safest site of the ones I’m giving you. There’s no guarantee of validity, but most of these site are listed by licensed real estate professionals, and as a result, are more likely to be legitimate than those on a free site like Craigslist.
That being said, the rentals on this site are likely to be more expensive than those on other site, simply because they are on the upper end of the spectrum.
ZUMPER offers access to an inventory of more than 1 million rental listings, with instant alerts as residences that meet your needs come online. Zumper also partners with Experian to provide you with a free copy of your credit report to submit a rental application to a landlord securely through the app.
Just a few years ago, the ONLY relevant rental advertising source in the Atlanta area was the major local newspaper, and technology simply passed them by.
With the advent of CRAIGSLIST, apartment complexes and more importantly, single family landlords became able to list their homes for free, and then tap into a huge audience of prospective renters.
That not only hasn’t changed, it’s simple gotten stronger as a comprehensive source for those looking for a new home to rent.
The one problem is the one we talked about in our last visit, and that is the problem of scam listings. This is where the crook is trying to steal your money on a house or apartment they simply do not own or represent.
Beyond that warning, CRAIGSLIST can be an extremely helpful source in finding your next rental home. More than any other site, it is utilized by private owners.
Recently, Zillow acquired rival TRULIA, and is now consolidating its position as a TOP provider of rental opportunities, both in Atlanta and across the country.
ZILLOW has demonstrated an ability to grow faster and be more innovative than its competitors, not only nationally, but also here in the Atlanta area.
THE BOTTOM LINE: The Atlanta rental market is too large and fast-moving to take on without help. Look to these five technology tools to help you get a good grasp of what’s available. In particular, both ZILLOW and CRAIGSLIST are extremely helpful to anyone looking for a new home to rent. Don’t pass up these powerful tech tools.