About Us

Launched in 2001, Affordable Housing Online is the first online directory created to help low income renters find affordable housing. Anticipating that the affordable housing industry would gradually gravitate towards competitive online marketing similar to that of conventional apartment listings, Apartmentsmart.com, Inc. was launched in 2004.

Helping Renters Find Affordable Housing

We understand the difficulty of finding a decent and safe place to call home within a limited budget. Our goal is to provide the most advanced, up-to-date and convenient FREE online access to quality affordable housing listing options nationwide. Currently, we have over 3 million apartment properties nationwide to choose from and nearly 3 thousand premium listings of apartment communities all over the country. Whether you are looking for apartments, condos or townhouses, we have what you are looking for.

Helping Affordable Housing Managers Fill Vacancies

Our service provides properties with an effective and low cost advertising solution to fill vacancies quickly. We showcase all types of housing, from market rate to affordable housing property types such as family housing, senior housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), Project-Based Section 8, rural rental housing, and handicap accessible housing. Affordably priced premium listings include property details, a toll-free number, photos, income restrictions, and innovative mapping features. Please contact us to learn more about this exciting and affordable marketing solution at (800) 928-3421.

Our Mission

The primary goals of the company are to help low-income renters find affordable housing that offers a decent and safe place to live. We strive to provide a cost-efficient and effective marketing solution for a broad range of properties which helps community managers to fill vacancies with better quality and qualified renters.

Just as essential, we help to promote the affordable housing industry and partner with numerous non-profit housing agencies and private property management companies to advocate for the sustainability of affordable housing in America. Currently our affiliate memberships include: National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and The Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH).

Our Founder

David Layfield, Chief Executive Officer

David's interests have always made strange bedfellows. Whether it was camping and the Commodore 64 while growing up, theatre and politics in college or Internet marketing and real estate development in his business life, he has always found a way to pursue everything he was interested in, no matter how unrelated the subjects.

David has been developing affordable housing for nearly 20 years. He has been involved with most aspects of the industry including development, property management and construction. He even had a stint as a bureaucrat in Washington managing a Federal housing program.

While "paying the bills" with his work in affordable housing development, he continued to pursue his passion for Internet marketing. In 2001, he created our first site, Affordable Housing Online. Over the years, he has turned that hobby site into a successful business that provides incredible value for its clients.

David continues to develop and own affordable housing to this day. This gives him a unique perspective that most other ILS's don't have: that of the client. The complexity of affordable housing programs and its tenant base make it difficult to effectively market these properties. David's intimate knowledge and connections within the industry bring unparalleled value to ApartmentSmart's listing clients and its apartment searchers.