If you have ever hunted for an apartment in the Bay Area and thought, there has to be a better way, this site might be worth a bookmark. In addition to helping you find an apartment, San Francisco-based start up Lovely helps to try and ensure you are the one who gets the apartment. No easy task, these days. This community for renters and landlords alike draws data from Craigslist and Trulia (and will eventually allow landlords to post listings directly) and displays it in a user-friendly map. You can quickly see listings by neighborhood, find the newest listings, as well as keep track of which apartments you like and which ones you've contacted.
Lovely also lets you build a Renter's Resume to gather all of those important details like employment, references, and past rental history. The site is operating in the Bay Area currently and plans to expand to other cities in the near future. Finally, an approach to apartment hunting that sounds, well, lovely.
For more information, visit Lovely's site.