Apartments 101: What is an Apartment Locator?

By: Kinan Beck

"Looking for an apartment can be a time-consuming and tiring ordeal. If you use the old fashioned methods of searching for an apartment, such as looking through the newspaper classified ads or relying on word of mouth, you may feel as if you are caught up following endless leads that result in nothing but dead ends. Therefore, to make your search easier, you should take advantage of the help provided by an apartment locator.

The High Tech Apartment Locator

One kind of apartment locator that you might use involves the use of technology. With the Internet growing more and more every day, increasing numbers of landlords are turning toward this technology to get them in touch with potential tenants. As such, numerous apartment locator websites have been launched.

When you visit an apartment locator website, you will be asked to fill out a blank online form. This form won't ask for personal information such as your social security number and many won't even ask you for your name. Rather, the form will ask you to provide information regarding the type of apartment you are looking for.

Depending on the apartment locator website, you might immediately get results that display all of the available listings that meet your criteria. Others might ask for your email address so the information can be sent to you while others will ask for your phone number so a representative can contact you.

Obviously, those looking for a phone number or an email address are trying to find a way to get in touch with you and to add you to a client list. If you don't want this to happen, you should avoid these apartment locator websites. Just be aware that this may severely reduce the number of apartment options available to you.

The Personable Apartment Locator

If you are not much of a technology buff or if you simply prefer to work with a human being rather than a blank online form, you can look into getting the help of a human apartment locator. Generally, you can go to a broker or a real estate agent to get help finding an apartment.

Since a realtor deals with property every day, he or she will have a good idea of the current apartment listings. In addition, a real estate agent should be able to provide you with helpful information about the neighborhood and should be able to answer any questions that you may have. This valuable insight can make it easier for you to find the apartment you are looking for.

Whether you go with a high tech apartment locator or a human apartment locator, don't give out any of your personal financial information. This is particularly true when looking for an apartment online because it isn't difficult for a scam artist to put up a fake website in order to acquire personal information from innocent people looking for an apartment. Remember, the purpose of using an apartment locator is simply to put you in touch with landlords offering apartments that fit your needs. Leave all other aspects of the deal between you and the landlord, unless the landlord uses a leasing agent to find and finalize deals.

Although finding an apartment is not necessarily as serious as trying to buy a house, you still want to find a place where you will be happy. Take the time to look around and to use an apartment locator and you will be sure to be thrilled with the final results. "

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