From a pair of self-described "technology geeks" with some real estate cred in their pockets, RentSavvy factors user preferences into a proprietary algorithm that's also fed loads of data on everything from nightlife to crime rates, pulled from sources ranging from the US Census to Craigslist, as it is kind of a crime to not pick up a free used couch that only smells, like, a little bit. Here're the steps:
- Pick a city...any city, 'cause they're up and running across the country (hey, if you've been transferred to Juneau, at least Ju know you'll find a good place to live).
- Set your parameters for basics like cost, size, and number of bedrooms/bathrooms.
- Check off location priorities, including everything from food and walkability, to nearby friends (culled from your Facebook account) and number of single people, useful for anyone who lost all their friends by endlessly blubbering about how hard it is to be single in the city.
- Scope out a list of neighborhoods ranked according to said priorities, then drill down deeper by peeping a map populated with places avail for rent, even if you can only afford to live La Vie Boheme.
They'll even send daily or weekly emails with fresh pads that fit the bill, likely the only padding in your life that's fresh if you're a Craigslist couch surfer.