"Savvy" is typically applied to people who are good at investing, and athletes who used to be good, but now can look forward to a contract year in which their team won't invest any more in them. Applying it to finding you shelter: RentSavvy.com, now fully up and running.
Started by a couple of Dallas "technology geeks with a background in real estate", Savvy collects raw data on everything from
how many times Eddie Murphy said "f*ck" in the 1987 movie (223!) crime stats to bar locations, from sources as varied as the US Census, GMaps, Craigslist, and several not available to the general public, then uses proprietary algorithms to rank available properties based on each user's individual preferences. The simple steps:
- Sign in via Facebook, then pick a city -- their service works all across the country, so no matter where you're headed, the algorithm is gonna get you
- Pick apartment cost, size, and specifics like # of bedrooms and bathrooms
- Select location preferences, like nightlife, walk-ability, and even nearby friends, or at least nearby people whose FB requests you accepted because the closest you ever get to saying "no" is "G.N.O.", which is a Hannah Montana song
- Check out the ranked list of each 'hood, then dial down to specific properties to find out where you'll be calling "home, except I don't own it, so I'm not going to improve it in any way"
They'll also send you a daily or weekly email of all incoming pads that fit your criteria, and offer a "deal of the day" that'll get lessees cash back -- if you've been downgraded from "athletic freak" to "savvy", it's the last signing bonus you can expect.