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How To Make The Right Apartment Find You

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Now that we’re passed the halfway point of 2016, it’s time to start acting like it. Technology is advancing and making life both more simple and more complicated, depending on your ability to adapt. Many of life’s struggles have been eased with the Internet — dating, cooking, renting movies, grocery shopping, even transportation. So the fact that apartment hunting has now been added to that list of “things that are easier thanks to the Internet” shouldn’t be surprising to anyone.

However, now that posting available apartments and rental listings onto the world wide web has become a no-brainer, this means that a lot of apartment vacancies never make their way to official channels like rental companies websites or newspapers. Craigslist, Facebook groups, Twitter and Reddit are now king when it comes to posting the most affordable, most coveted apartment listings. Which means it’s now your responsibility to monitor each of those individual feeds to be sure not to miss anything. 
Fear not, because the Internet has now come up with a way to make Internet-ing even easier. Ifttt.com removes the need to be stapled to your phone or computer to stay up-to-date with apartment listings in your price range and desired neighbourhood. You can customize Ifttt.com in a variety of different ways to make sorting, filtering and sharing your apartment searches simpler than ever — which basically means the Internet is now letting the right apartment find you, rather than the other way around.Learning to use Ifttt effectively is like having your own mission control, full-time realtor, accountants, research assistant, and file sorter, working for you. It’s also like having telepathy, and insanely good luck, as you get the spring on less tech-savvy apartment hunters.What is Ifttt.com?Ifttt.com is a very simple but utterly indispensable free app/web service. Ifttt stands for “If This, Then That”, which is an easy way to understand how it works. Ifttt (rhymes with “gift”) works with strings of commands for popular websites like Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Craigslist, and Instagram. These chains are known as “recipes”.

An example of a recipe might be “If someone tweets the tags #apartmenthunting #Toronto” then send that tweet to a Google Spreadsheet.”

You begin to see the possibilities for finding specialized, localized listings and storing them in one place. You won’t believe how much this can help your apartment hunt stay streamlined and organized.

4 Useful Ifttt Recipes For Finding The Perfect Apartment

1. Get Notified Of New Craigslist Posts Via Email: This is probably the simplest and most iconic Ifttt recipe, which makes it a great place to start, to begin exploring the wealth of possibilities this site brings. Its premise is simple – when someone posts a particular search term to a specified Craigslist address. Whether you’re looking for a two-bedroom walk-up, or a sunny studio, custom search threads let you specify your needs, and have all pertinent results sent straight to your inbox. If you need faster results, this recipe sends those results to a SMS Text, giving you an automated text-messaged apartment hunting feed.

2. Log Craigslist Results To Spreadsheet For Later Review: Anyone who’s spent any time cruising Craigslist for apartment listings can tell you – it gets pretty overwhelming, pretty fast, particularly when you live in a busy urban area. When my girlfriend and I were apartment hunting in Portland, I set the first Ifttt recipe to send me an e-mail anytime any apartment, anywhere, opened up in the Portland area (we were pretty desperate). It didn’t take long (about ten minutes) when the first two pages of my Inbox were overflowing with shared housing, new condos, trailers for rent, making the need for further filtering immediately obvious.

Sending your Craigslist results to a spreadsheet makes filtering a breeze. It’s easy to search by area, by price range, by pet availability. Ifttt itself can be modified for whatever search terms you need, but doing it on a spreadsheet is slightly less complicated than using Ifttt, which can be like writing computer code when you’re not used to it.

3. If a condo opens up in a specific address, then add it to my Apartment Hunting spreadsheet: What do you do when you find that perfect place, and it’s all full up? Every once in a while, we find the perfect apartment, and we simply cannot live anywhere else. Getting into an exclusive address can be difficult, at the best of times, and nearly impossible in competitive rental areas like NYC, Boston, or San Francisco. This recipe is another simple, but essential, tool for any apartment hunter set on moving into a particular building. It merely sends an alert when an apartment opens up at a particular address to a spreadsheet. For certain addresses, you could be waiting a while for the first alert.

The efficacy of this simple result becomes obvious when you find a handful of addresses that suit your needs. Set up a separate alert for each address, and consolidate them to one spreadsheet. Or maybe make separate sheets for different areas. After a couple of days, you’ve got a fully-searchable database of apartment vacancies in locations you hand-picked yourself. No realtor can do that for you, and you don’t have to wait by the computer, endlessly refreshing the apartment listings like some dejected lover.

4. Feed apartment listings directly to a Slack channel: Do some of your apartment hunting team work during the day? Or maybe you’re just all over town, and you’d like a chance to talk to multiple people at a time. Slack is a popular, real-time messaging system that is used by a lot of businesses, as well as high-tech individuals. If some of your potential roommates are working at an office, feeding apartment search results directly into a Slack channel is a way to chat with them during the day, to get their opinion or enlist their aid. One example of how this could be useful would be to have the remote workers in your posse monitor listings in a Slack channel, and handle the written messaging.

Anyone seen Ifttt used in a particularly innovative way? Let us know in the comments!

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Rich Elliott

The author Rich Elliott

Rich is the Marketing Director at RentMoola, he enjoys rugby, food, and his pet Corgi Prince.

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