Searching for an apartment should be fun. There are so many possibilities to daydream about.
You can just imagine the place's sun-filled rooms, oversized walk-in closets and stainless steel appliances. Step outside and, of course, there's a sparkling pool, ample parking, a crime-free neighborhood, and a great school district.
Reality will settle in sooner or later. But, the reality is, you can find rental properties that get really close to your ideal place to live. Driving around isn't a convenient way to find it, but smartphone apps like Trulia are.
Just type in your address, or create a custom map of where you'd like to focus your search. Then, put in the most important criteria, like how much you're willing to spend, and the size of the place, like three bedrooms and two bathrooms.