To find an apartment rented directly by the owner, consult websites that specialize in such listings, according to Teri Karush Rogers for BrickUnderground. Apartments for rent by owner help renters avoid having to pay real estate brokerage fees, which can be a considerable amount in major city markets.
Even in tight apartment rental markets such as New York City, there are plenty of apartments rented by owners advertised in various listings, says Rogers. One of the most popular listings for such types of apartments is Craigslist. This site is specifically helpful when searching for apartments by single-unit owners and in smaller markets. Apartment hunters should keep in mind that the site has been known to attract scammers. A new app called Padmapper can also be used very effectively with Craigslist, letting apartment hunters use maps to more efficiently search and receive instant alerts on their mobile devices.
Social networking sites such as Facebook can also be very useful in finding apartments that may not even be listed yet, reports Rogers. Posting a message for friends and asking them to share the message with their networks may lead to finding a place that is just about to be vacated or is available in the building of someone in the extended network.