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Realtime Home Rental Search

Published 03/12/2014 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Zumper is a home and apartment rental search that works in real time. Visitors can search by U.S. city, town or zip code to find available dwellings. The user can narrow down the search results by adding a price range, desired number of bedrooms and preferred listing age. Additional check boxes are included for locations that accept dogs and/or cats. The results include an embedded map along with a short overview of the location that includes address, size and price. The user can click on a specific location to see a detailed profile. The profile pages include contact information, amenities, photographs, floor plans (when available) and a longer description. Users can also follow neighborhoods to receive a listing feed.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Zumper has received a lot of attention from sites like Wired and TechCrunch. The application has built excitement primarily because of the way it plans to improve how people search for apartment and home rentals. Users love the real time search function. Rather than simply throwing ads out there, Zumper focuses on building relationships with people involved in renting, like landlords, property managers and brokers. This quality control aspect is very attractive to users.

What are the differences to other apps?

One of the biggest differences between Zumper and the many other rental listing websites out there is quality. The application doesn’t just post ads, it builds relationships to ensure quality comes before quantity. Rather than giving landlords and property managers free reign to post, the site requires an approval process that verifies they really are who they say they are. The site’s tools are also very visually attractive and includes a convenient color coded system.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Zumper offers users a pleasant visual experience. There is no clutter or annoying ads. The user can dive right into the search. The results pages are nice and tidy, with clearly marked filter options, listings and a nice spacious map complete with color coding and highlighted communities. Even users who are searching for rentals online for the very first time will have no trouble mastering Zumper’s interface.

How does the registration process work?

Anyone can search Zumper without an account. Users who want to take advantage of all features should click the “Create Account” link in the upper, right hand corner on the search results page. The form that appears asks for a first and last name, email address and password. Users can also click the Facebook button at the top of the form to login with their social networking account. Landlords and property managers can instead click the gold “Post with Zumper Pro” button. The Pro registration form requires the same details as well as a telephone number, company name and what the user’s role is (landlord, agent or building manager).

What does it cost to use the application?

Zumper is completely free to anyone searching for a home or apartment for rent. Users are not required to register and no premium features are offered to those searching. Users who would like to post a listing are required to subscribe to a Pro account. A free Basic version is available and includes the ability to post listings, send listings to HotPads, Zillow or Trulia and access to basic flyers for classified sites. The Pro Plus plan costs $29.95 per month and upgrades to include branded postcards and flyers for classified sites, access to a personal agent page and photo watermarking. A custom enterprise account is also available for users who need multiple logins.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Zumper is a convenient tool for anyone who is searching for an apartment or home for rent in the United States. The application can also help property managers, brokers and landlords find tenants by setting up listings. The experience is very user-friendly and includes a number of attractive features as well as an eye-catching interface. Zumper is definitely a big step up from Craigslist and similar classified sites.

  • Look for apartments and homes for rent in a specific area
  • Filter locations by price range, size and pet rules
  • Follow neighborhoods to receive listing feeds
  • Embedded maps show the surrounding area
  • Save attractive locations as a favorite to access later

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Postal address:
470 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107

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FREE - Permanently free version
Cheapest plan (per month) : $29.95

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