Online Apartment-Hunter Finds Pads With Facebook

'ApartmentList' scans your activities to find the right place
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2011 6:53 PM CDT

(Newser) – Your mind-numbing hunt for an apartment may have gotten a little bit easier. A new apartment-matching engine called ApartmentList personalizes listings by connecting to your Facebook page and scanning your activities and those of your friends, TechCrunch reports. It also asks questions like, "Do you have money in the stock market?" and "What's your favorite birthday cake?"—seemingly tongue-in-check, but useful for refining an apartment hunt, says ApartmentList CEO John Kolb.

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ApartmentList also allows collaborative apartment searching with Facebook friends, so they can tell you about pros and cons of certain neighborhoods and streets. Currently at beta stage, ApartmentList may need to add more apartment listings to compete in the long run, says TechCrunch, but it's off to a good start with around 1.3 million apartments. You can try it here. (Read more apartment stories.)

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