Who among us does not know the particular misery of seeking a shared apartment? Situated somewhere between a job interview and a date, the roommate search process requires warmth, charm, pay stubs and an ability to convincingly convey that one will not leave dirty dishes in the sink. And that’s assuming that all is well when it comes to the apartment itself (there’s nothing quite like the heartbreak of meeting a truly appealing roommate looking to rent a room in her tiny, windowless hovel).
Craigslist, for all its faults, remains the dominant means for most people in large cities to find apartment shares. But ApartmentList.com, which claims to be the country’s fastest-growing housing search engine, is hoping that a new app might help it to take a big chunk of the roomshare market. Today, the company is launching a free app in New York, as well as in Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston that uses Facebook to match potential roommates. Read More