Real estate search company Trulia is adding to its mobile lineup today with the launch of Trulia Rentals for iPhone. The app joins its Android rentals-only counterpart, which launched back in September. Like the former, the new iPhone app will also offer a dedicated view of nearby rentals, including property details, photos, as well as other neighborhood rental info, including where restaurants, schools and other points of interest are located.
In addition, the app will offer new property listings sent out via push notifications, the ability to save search, and a feature that connects you with a broker or landlord right from within the app.
The now profitable Trulia says it’s seeing the rentals market really pick up as of late. This seems to coincide with a housing trend in tech hotspots like San Francisco, in which entrepreneurs are simultaneously being encouraged not to buy a home, and yet, also can’t seem to find one. For those looking to rent, the idea is that you’ll need to be first, and fast, grabbing a place before others know about it.
That’s where a few of the new app’s features can help. The push notifications offer immediate alerts about new rentals in the area, while color-coded listings are organized by time-on-market, allowing you to spot the newest (less than 24 hours old, indicated by green), as well as those that have been viewed (grey) and those older than 24 hours (in black). Yes, 24 hours is old.
You can also configure your search using your own personal criteria so that the notifications you receive are relevant to you, then jump into the app to beat everyone else to the property. Searches can be filtered by monthly rent amount, property type, number of beds and baths, and square footage.