NASHVILLE, March 14, 2013 – One is all a renter needs, but the TNHousingSearch has 100,000 in the list.
Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) built a website, www.TNHousingSearch.org, and has been inviting property owners to post Tennessee rental properties of all sizes, shapes, locations and costs on the site for each searching by households wanting to rent a home.
“We serve as a resource for housing and housing information,” said Lorrie Shearon, THDA’s chief strategy officer. “If THDA can make it easier to connect a renter with a landlord, we want to try.”
The state housing finance agency partnered with Social Serve, a non-profit organization that combines technology with effective customer service to provide customized housing locators, to build the site, beginning in 2008. There are now 100,000 properties listed in the database across Tennessee’s 95 counties. Renters can initiate searches on-line by town name, requesting to see a list by bedroom size, or cost, or other requirement. Property owners can post
pictures and list useful information such as pet rules, washer and dryer connections, or access to public transportation.
Posting properties and searching for properties is free. THDA covers the cost of the site.
“We developed the site as a service to Tennesseans, or those wanting to move to Tennessee,” said Shearon. “If a family is being transferred here from Oregon, they can check on-line first to plan what properties they want to visit.”
An important feature of the site for property owners, is the ability to “hide” a unit when it is rented so renters are not given property addresses that are not available. At the same time, as soon as a landlord knows a unit will be available, a few keystrokes make it visible to the next searcher. The site can be searched in English or Spanish. For those who want personal assistance, the customer service desk at Social Serve (1.877.428.8844) will create a search and mail the results to the caller. Assistance is available in English and Spanish.