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Why I'm Happier Using Shack to Secure Sublease Listings

The truth is that finding the perfect sublease is hard... At least it used to be.

Many students use word of mouth to find a sublease. They ask their friends, neighbors, and classmates. I've even heard stories about friends asking teachers, RAs, and TAs for a referral. More recently, there has been a huge wave of students flocking to Facebook groups to find a place to move in. Facebook is free, easy, and popular for subleases. What more could you want?

That's the problem - students use Facebook because everyone else is doing it, but real solutions aren't found by jumping on the bandwagon. Real subleasing solutions are found by using Shack. There are 3 critical differences between Facebook posts and Shack listings that will ultimately determine whether or not you find a house or apartment to live in.

1. Shack Gives You the Whole Picture

After reading this, take 2 minutes to browse through sublease listings using Facebook. Besides the advertisements, spam, and strangers, Facebook posts all have one thing in common: they don't give you the whole picture about a sublease. By whole picture, I mean the real details, for example: who you're living with, how many people, where exactly is this place, and how much does it cost? On average, 50% will tell you that their place is "price negotiable" without leaving a number. In other words, you don't even know if you're negotiating in the $200s or $2,000s. If you read even closer, some posts won't reveal whether you're getting yourself into a private or shared room, or more importantly, when exactly the availability is. Finally, about 99% of Facebook users posting their sublease on Facebook won't mention their email or phone number. That's a problem because nobody checks Facebook messenger frequently, especially students in their 20s & 30s.