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Posted on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 10:17 a.m.

Looking for an apartment? This website could help

By Lizzy Alfs


An Ann Arbor resident stacked free things outside her house on moving day late last summer.

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Three Univeristy of Michigan students, fed up with apartment hunting in Ann Arbor, launched a website last week to help simplify the search process for their peers.

Jason Okrasinski, Tim Jones and Evan Dancer launched, which aggregates available properties surrounding the downtown Ann Arbor area, the Michigan Daily reports.

The website uses Google Maps to help users search more than 4,000 housing listings. Searches can be narrowed by rent prices, total units, lease term and type.

“We’ve all been at that point where we need to find off-campus housing,” the website says.

“Those (rentals) that are not already leased can only be found by searching across forty plus realtor sites…our initial goal was to, if nothing else, create a cool site that makes the Ann Arbor housing search a little less painful.”

The site will be updated frequently to take leased properties down and post subleases. Local realtors are also able to manage their properties on A2Cribs for free.

Read the full Michigan Daily report, or play around on the A2Cribs website.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at


Ypsi Eastsider

Wed, Nov 14, 2012 : 11:40 p.m.

An App already available for iOS and soon out for Android to do the same thing.


Wed, Nov 14, 2012 : 3:20 p.m.

the picture of the young lady stacking free stuff outside her home is a great idea! hint to outgoing students: let's say you are moving, want to get your security deposit back and in order for that to happen, your domicile must be Entirely Cleaned Out. okay, I get that so why don't you go through your stuff that you don't want but that could still be useful, and put it out to the curb for "urban recyclers" like myself to claim? yes, I'm drawn to "free" piles. No apology. if you are driving by and see me happily investigating one such pile, if you don't like what you're seeing then don't look, you should be keeping your eyes on the road anyway!!


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

Good deal guys. I am in that same situation right now myself and the 3 of you stepping forward to help fellow students that may not know the area as well as you do will be able to sit at home and make a list of places to look at and then set up appointments around their class schedule. Keep up the good work. Please don't take this the wrong way but THANK YOU BRANIACS. Glad someone stepped forward with such a great idea.