AppFolio Property Manager vs. CoStar Real Estate Manager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AppFolio Property Manager
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
AppFolio Property Manager is a cloud-based property management software that allows multifamily and single-family, commercial, student housing, homeowners and condo association, and mixed portfolio property managers to market, manage and grow their business. AppFolio includes accounting and property management functionality, including the ability to: provide instant access to reports & statements, post & market vacancies, apply & lease online, screen residents, streamline rent collection, and…
$0.80
per unit/per month
CoStar Real Estate Manager
Score 6.5 out of 10
N/A
CoStar offers a platform for real estate management needs.N/A
Pricing
AppFolio Property ManagerCoStar Real Estate Manager
Editions & Modules
Community Associations
$0.80
per unit/per month
Plus - Community Associations
$0.85
per unit/per month
Residential
$1.25
per unit/per month
Student Housing
$1.25
per unit/per month
Commercial
$1.50
per unit/per month
Plus - Commerical
$1.50
per unit/per month
Plus - Residential
$3
per unit/per month
Plus - Student Housing
$3
per unit/per month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AppFolio Property ManagerCoStar Real Estate Manager
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
AppFolio Property ManagerCoStar Real Estate Manager
Considered Both Products
AppFolio Property Manager
Chose AppFolio Property Manager
We have used COSTAR (Apartments.com) as well as AMSI. AMSI was very dated, slow and didn't NEARLY have the capabilities that AppFolio does. Just the fact that tenants can pay their rent online and it's such an easier process for us, makes it 100% worth the investment! I would …
CoStar Real Estate Manager

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Top Pros
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AppFolio Property ManagerCoStar Real Estate Manager
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User Ratings
AppFolio Property ManagerCoStar Real Estate Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
3.7
(16 ratings)
1.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
1.0
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
AppFolio Property ManagerCoStar Real Estate Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
AppFolio Inc.
We have 6 apartment buildings that we manage. Every month we were having to drive to each location to collect rent checks. Since using appfolio, we only have a couple of renters that still send in a paper check, the rest pay online, so we are ensuring that our renters are paying on time. Once we have an applicant apply, the old way was to take their scanned application, review, and then pay to have a background check conducted. Now, with appfolio, we are able to have them apply, sign off on the background check, and pay their deposit all in one shot. It has allowed our property managers to focus on other property items rather than conducting background checks.
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CoStar Group
Gen-Y and younger will have no problem learning how to use CoStar but its not very intuitive for the older generations (they have to hunt and peck for what they are looking for and have no idea how to manipulate the reporting features)
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Pros
AppFolio Inc.
  • Prior to purchasing AppFolio Property Manager we used a texting app so we could mass text tenants. AppFolio allows us to text them by their unit along with their guarantors (if needed.) We use this feature daily. It is so convenient when we need to reach out residents quickly.
  • The online payment system makes it easy for our commercial and residential tenants to make rental payments. The system has also lessened the work of out Account's manager since it's all in once place now and we do not have to enter payments into a separate system.
  • Navigating AppFolio Property Manager is extremely easy. When we have new hire, it does take any time for them to become comfortable with the system. The main page dashboard makes it simple to get from point A to point B and beyond. The Search engine on AppFolio Property Manager is so efficient. You can search almost anything- phone number, first names, last names, addressed, license plate numbers to successfully find what you are needing.
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CoStar Group
  • Nothing
  • Charging my card
  • Nothing
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Cons
AppFolio Inc.
  • Customer support is horrendous. It can take weeks to get a live person on the phone and once you get someone, they typically will need to escalate your issue.
  • If you have multiple bank accounts at different banks, the bill-paying feature has trouble properly defaulting to the right bank account.
  • Multiple bank accounts also have issues tying incorrectly to the Cash section of the balance sheet.
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CoStar Group
  • In our market (Portland, OR), not enough users implement the tools that could make CoStar so much better. For example, I specialize in medical but brokers and owners don't take the time to mark medical as an approved use in their buildings so I have to search much longer and cross-reference the data by contacting the brokers directly.
  • I find it really annoying that when I download documents CoStar doesn't use smart technology to automatically name my files. It is especially irritating since every piece of marketing we post to CoStar has a relevant file name yet when we download the same file we have to rename it.
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Usability
AppFolio Inc.
The system is so intuitive and easy to use. There’s almost nothing in the system that can’t be undone if you make a mistake. Important things also have their own tabs. It’s also easy to use from the resident side which is helpful for in a world where everyone is not tech-savvy.
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CoStar Group
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Support Rating
AppFolio Inc.
The few times that we have had training with AppFolio, they were SO helpful and quick to answer any questions we may have. Because of their promptness, it shows what a great product they have. If they were not able to figure something out, they would follow up with us within a few days or so, which is so important in a software program!
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CoStar Group
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Alternatives Considered
AppFolio Inc.
This was our old program and it was not user friendly and very inefficient to use. We was never able to answer a question for an owner or a tenant very easily and many times we had to ask for them to let us call them back while we research their question because it was so difficult to maneuver in the program.
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CoStar Group
There is literally not one good thing that I can say about CoStar. They charge my card $450/month because I signed a one-year contract. They provide very little data and properties and most of the time it is inaccurate. Their customer service is atrocious. They overpromise, underdeliver. STAY away from using Costar!
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Return on Investment
AppFolio Inc.
  • As far as positive impact, we are much more organized as a company as far as accounting, maintenance, and managing tenant issues. We are all on the same page and know where to find notes, emails, letters, information, etc... and can be more self-sufficient and self-directed. I think this is a major plus as far as business goes, as time is money. The more efficient you can be, the more time that is saved, the more money that's saved, period.
  • I don't work in Accounting and I haven't had any discussions regarding negative impacts in regards to this program. However, we've been using this since 2013 and we're on our 6th year as a business and I've heard others in our organization saying how much AppFolio has improved over that short time and how it keeps getting more intuitive and better with time. At no point have our leaders considered getting rid of the program or implementing a different program.
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CoStar Group
  • Since CoStar has linked with LoopNet we have had fewer bad data calls. By which I mean old data from LoopNet that was available to the general public is now more regularly updated through CoStar so we have less confusion with our clients.
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