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Our mission is to help Austin residents find a great place to live by helping them lease or buy property. Our licensed real estate agents provide free apartment locating as well as purchasing and sales services.

When was created?

Housing Scout was founded in 2009 by a single UT student with the mission of providing top-notch leasing services to the West Campus area. Since then, the company has grown to over 60 associates and agents who have help thousands of Austin residents find housing every year.

Why are your apartment locating services free?

Apartment locators are paid a referral commission by the owner or manager of the rental property. In other words, we are paid by the landlord once the deal is finished on your end. This is why it is important to let your manager know we helped you find your apartment. And this is why our services are free for you up-front.

If I am out of town, can you help me pre-lease an apartment to be ready for when I move there?

Sure! We help international students, transfer students and all sorts of people with unusual and fun situations. We are definitely capable of finding and leasing an apartment on your behalf without you ever having to make a trip to Austin. We understand it can be hard to be physically present for a property tour sometimes.

Before you begin your apartment search, give us a call and let us know what you are interested in and we will make your life a lot easier. We will send you the property’s details along with photos as well as all the necessary information. We will also assist you in completing the necessary paperwork.

What is S.M.A.R.T. Housing? How do I qualify?

In April 2000, Austin city council passed a resolution creating S.M.A.R.T. Housing in order to moderate the trends that made much of the local real estate unaffordable for low and medium-income families. Only certain apartment complexes that meet high quality standards issued by the City of Austin qualify for S.M.A.R.T. Housing. This program aims to provide affordable housing options for people who qualify.

In order to qualify, you must provide proof of financial aid, last three pay stubs (if applicable), and proof of tuition cost. The S.M.A.R.T. Housing program aims to make your rent less than 30% of your income. A parent or guardian may provide one third of your income. Specific requirements and qualifying rental rates are unique to each apartment complex. In order to determine if you qualify for this program and want a list of participating apartments, feel free to contact us. And read our blog post on S.M.A.R.T. housing here.

I would like to list a rental. What do I do?

As one of the most well-known brands around the UT campus and central Austin area, we have the marketing capacity to lease your apartment or house quickly and to a qualified tenant. Refer to our ‘List with Us’ page for more information and give us a call when you are ready to list a property.

What is an apartment locator? is an apartment locator (in addition to real estate brokerage), which means we help renters find the apartment or house that best fits their needs. We work with over 4,700 apartment complexes, owners and leasing companies around the Austin area---meaning our clients enjoy the security of knowing we will find them the absolute best deals. Our job is to narrow down this list of properties so you can tour the ones which best fit your needs. Since we specialize in Austin real estate, we understand the local market inside and out.

Will I pay more for the rental because I used an apartment locator?

Absolutely not! Everyone gets the same price regardless of whether you go into a service yourself, or use our service. You save money by using our service because we find deals it’s likely you will find on your own, and we also have an intimate knowledge of the area. Some of these deals include free rent, reduced deposits, discounts for quick move-ins, etc. This means you will get more for your money.

I want a Realtor to help me find a place. Can you help?

Of course! We have over 60 licensed real estate agents working for Take a look at our ‘Meet the Team’ page and contact any of our experienced Realtors.

How accurate is the information contained within your database?

Our database of properties is updated daily to reflect changes in the market. Even though we try our hardest to ensure its accuracy, there are occasional errors. The best way to check if an apartment is still available is to ask us!

How do I know I'm getting the best deal available?

We know the UT Campus and central Austin areas like the back of our hand. We have leased at probably every complex in the area and know which places and companies offer the best deals to our clients. Our full-time real estate agents work every day around the clock to seek out the best deals in the area.