Many new apps are popping up to help New Yorkers navigate the rental scene. PadMapper, is a website that turns each listing into a plot point on a map. The goal is to give potential renters real information about the place and area, by the current tenants or landlord. This is meant to counter all the listings posted by brokers hoping to lure potential customers into their office where they will show whatever apartments are currently available – for a fee.
InsideDigs and RentHackr have the same motive. Users must post information about their current apartment, even if they do not plan to move at the time, in order to view other listings. This will hopefully give viewers an idea about the flaws and give a comparison point.
Apps are even available for home-buyers: HomeSnap lets users snap a picture of a house and through GPS information the app informs the user how much the property is worth by checking tax records and other databases. If it is for sale, the app can connect with a real estate agent.