FAQs

Who is ApartmentSmart?

We offer a free, simple apartment search service that helps apartment shoppers' find a place they can call home as quickly and painlessly as possible from all different price ranges, property types, and communities. Our network was developed with you in mind. Under one roof, we showcase both conventional market rate apartments and affordable (income restricted) housing. From luxury apartments on the beach to an affordable, income restricted apartment in small town America, we've got it.

How does ApartmentSmart help me in my search?

Our nationwide apartment listing network is updated daily with current property information. All of our listings are categorized as either "Conventional Apartments" or "Affordable Housing." Our goal is to provide you with more options than anywhere on the internet. We believe if we give you the tools to turn over every rock we can make your apartment shopping experience better and more productive.

What is affordable housing?

"Affordable housing" is a broad term usually used to describe decent, safe housing which is affordable for individuals who, generally, earn less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). These properties almost always benefit from some sort of Federal, state or private subsidies to keep the cost of providing housing low enough to remain affordable.

What is Area Median Income (AMI)?

Area Median Income (AMI) is the average income of persons and families living in a defined geographical area. This area could be a county or group of counties in rural areas or a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in urban areas. The AMI is determined and published annually by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The AMI is used to determine individuals' and families' qualifications for various Federal and state assistance programs, including affordable housing programs.

Can I talk to someone who can help me find an apartment?

No. We are sorry, but at this time we are not equipped to offer personalized assistance over the phone, through email or chat. Our entire apartment database is publicly available on our site.

How do I find properties that accept Section 8?

Section 8 may be accepted as a form of payment for rent by any property meeting the Section 8 standards set by HUD and the Local Housing Authority. From apartment communities to individual homes owned by individuals, Section 8 may be accepted as a form of payment. If you have a Section 8 voucher, to find out if a property accepts Section 8, contact the property.

What are Conventional or Market Rate Apartments?

It is an apartment that is classified as Affordable Housing, that has no rent restrictions. The landlord could price the apartment at whatever the market price may be.