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Renter's Apartment Search Resource

Published 01/03/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for? provides users with an easier way to search for an apartment. The application is designed to take the hassle out of apartment hunting. The user can create an account and search for apartments using a map. The application works with real time data so any availability changes show up instantly. The application taps into tens of thousands of rental listings from many resources all over the web. The user can set up email alerts that show them when an opening is available in a specific area that matches their needs. Potential tenants fill out an application and can build a renter’s resume that reveals their rental history, employment data and other relevant personal details that will help them make a good impression with their next potential landlord.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

LiveLovely was founded in March of 2011 by Leslie Chicoine, Doug Wormhoudt and Blake Pierson. The application is intended to provide apartment hunters with an easier way to find the perfect living space. Users can search based on their individual criteria and view real time data that comes from many places all over the web. The current version also allows users to build their personal renter’s resume that can help them make a positive impression each time they apply for an apartment.

What are the differences to other apps?

Many websites offer an apartment search service that is similar to LiveLovely. The application is a bit different in its approach. Rather than throw a few search options and a list of apartments at the user and leave it at that, LiveLovely helps the user seek out a fitting dwelling that matches their needs and budget. The user can also establish themselves as a good tenant by building their renter’s resume which can be seen by potential landlords.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

LiveLovely has a very gracefully style about it that makes it appealing to most apartment hunters. The user interface features a large, colorful Google Map embedded into the center and left hand side. Buttons at the top help the user access their renter resume and favorite listings. Items are marked using circles. Matching blue outlines highlight specific areas so the user can browse a city or community up close. The application’s interface is very user friendly and makes the task of apartment hunting pleasant thanks to its soft style and clean design.

How does the registration process work?

A new user must sign up for a LiveLovey account to begin searching the site for apartments. The registration form is presented along the right side of the homepage. The form requires a first and last name, email address and password. After completing the form and clicking the grey “Start Finding Apartments” button below it, the user is logged in and can begun browsing maps for their next home. A dark blue button above the form is available for users who prefer to sign up with an existing Facebook account.

What does it cost to use the application?

LiveLovely pulls listings from other sources on the web and does not actually list them itself. Charging a fee for this service might deter some apartment hunters and lower the number of available listings included on the site. All users can sign up for a LiveLovely account for free, and that is definitely a good thing. Users can search for an apartment without having to pay for the luxury. All users are given access to all current features and can search as many times as they like.

Who would you recommend the application to?

LiveLovely is a great tool for anyone searching for apartments online. The application’s search feature currently seems crippled. Users are restricted to areas primarily in California. The user can drag the map around to view other areas, but these do not have any apartment markers. The search bar below does not work when destinations outside of California are entered. For users searching in California, LiveLovely is a helpful resource.

  • Embedded Google Maps show the user where locations are available
  • Search filters allow the user to choose price, bedrooms and pet rule settings
  • Renter's resume gives users a place to list their history to impress a potential landlord
  • Listings can be saved by adding them to the user's favorites list
  • Real time data ensures that listings are shown as up to date as possible

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