Thursday, December 5, 2013

New Way to Shop for Apartment On-Line, by Mikaela Kornowski

A free search engine can locate rental housing in Wisconsin,

The site was recently created to provide affordable, accessible, and, when necessary, emergency housing. This web-based service provides information to the general public as well as to housing professionals seeking clients.

Properties can be searched by county and provide a quick index for wheelchair accessible, pet friendly, smoking friendly, and washer/dryer accessible. The site also provides pricing information and income based options. Photos of the property and maps are also accessible.

Listings can also be sorted by cost, date availability, proximity to medical facilities, public transit, and schools, number of bedrooms or bathrooms, and by realty company.

Users can add prospects to their “basket,” where the renter’s favorite locations can be compared until a final decision can be reached. also offers tools such as an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and information about renters’ rights and responsibilities.

Landlords can upload their rentals at no cost. Landlords will be provided 24-hour access to update their listings and availability. They can also call in the property information.

The site is just several weeks old, and its administrators have updated the search tool since its opening. Users can now narrow their search by their preferences or budget.  The amount of rental listings is also increasing.

The site is promoted by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Housing.The site is supported by a toll-free, multilingual call center, 1-877-428-8844.