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12+ of the Best Apartment Rental Sites to List Your Property On


Apr 22, 2020 by Aly J. Yale

There are dozens of rental websites out there, and while each one has its perks, listing your property on all of them just isn't feasible -- or efficient.

Fortunately, that's not your only option if you're struggling to find a tenant.

We've rounded up the top apartment rental websites, as well as what's great about them and how much they cost. Next time you find yourself with a vacancy, this guide can help.

Cozy.co

Cozy is a great tool for both listing your rental and marketing it. All listings are distributed on Realtor.com and Doorsteps, and you can even enable online renter applications through the platform. These basic features are free, though there are paid upgrades like rent estimates ($19.99 each), tenant screening reports ($24.99), and credit card processing (2.75% per transaction).

Cost: Free to list; add-on services may cost a fee

Features: Property listings, marketing, tenant screening, online applications, rent collection

Syndications: Realtor.com, Doorsteps

Apartments.com

Listing on Apartments.com gets your rental featured on partner sites like ForRent.com, Apartment Finder, and Apartment Home Living (among many, many others). The platform also offers advertising opportunities, renter reviews, and more. It's free to use, though ads do come with a fee.

Cost: Free to list; add-on services may cost a fee

Features: Property listings, renter reviews, advertising

Syndications: Apartment Finder, ForRent.com, Apartment Home Living, ForRentUniversity.com, Realtor.com, Doorsteps, CorporateHousing.com

Zillow

Zillow's (NASDAQ: Z) (NASDAQ: ZG) Rental Manager tool lets you market your rentals and apartment listings on some of the market's most popular sites, including Trulia, HotPads, and of course, Zillow itself. It also offers online rental applications, rent collection tools, and tenant screening.

Cost: Free to list; add-on services may cost a fee

Features: Property listings, online applications, tenant screening

Syndications: Trulia, HotPads

Craigslist

This one's the old standard for rental listings, and while it may not be the most appealing site, it's still pretty darn effective. Though there aren't any bells and whistles, it's free, easy to use, and a go-to for most renters on the hunt for a new property. It's not a site you'll want to skip.

Cost: Free

Features: Property listings

Syndications: None

Homes.com

If you have a single-family rental home, Homes.com can be a smart place to list. The site works more as a lead-generation tool than a simple property listing website. You add your home and pay a fee, and Homes.com sends you any leads that show interest in your rental. The platform also offers digital marketing and customized print marketing collateral as well.

Cost: Varies

Features: Property listings, lead generation, advertising, marketing services

Syndications: None

Zumper

Zumper offers the same features as many of the others on this list, including listings, tenant screening, and rent collection. A nice perk with this one is that its tenant screening is provided by TransUnion (NYSE: TRU), so you can get a comprehensive credit report as well as a background check, eviction history, and more when you use this feature. Best of all, tenant screening is free for landlords, as it's paid for by the applicant.

Cost: Free

Features: Property listings, online applications, tenant screening, rent collection

Syndications: PadMapper, PadLister, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) Marketplace

TurboTenant

TurboTenant is a property management platform much like Cozy. You can use it to list your property on dozens of sites as well as accept online applications, screen tenants, collect rent, and more. It also has marketing and renter management tools you can take advantage of.

Cost: Some features are free; lease agreements, rent estimates, and other services cost an added fee

Features: Property listings, online applications, tenant screening, marketing

Syndications: Facebook Marketplace, Realtor.com, RentPath, Apartment List, Rent.com

Apartment Guide

This one is more of a rental advertising site than a listing site. It's part of the RentPath network, which includes major players like Rent.com, Rentals.com, and Lovely. Altogether, the network reached over 21 million prospective renters every month last year. With its partner site Rentals.com, you can also accept online applications, screen tenants, and collect rent online.

Cost: Varies

Features: Property listings, advertising, reputation management, lead management, tenant screening, online applications, rent collection

Syndications: Rent.com, Rentals.com, Lovely

Apartment List

Similar to Apartment Guide, this one is more of a promotional marketplace. Apartment List aims to be your "partner" on your tenant-finding journey, and while they do charge a fee (they're not upfront about how much this is, unfortunately), they don't do so until they've found you the right renter and they've actually moved into the building. The site also has advertising opportunities you can take advantage of.

Cost: Varies

Features: Property listings, advertising

Syndications: None

Abodo

Abodo is an apartment listing website that's free and easy to use. Listings are syndicated on Facebook Marketplace, and there's even a helpful chatbot that can field leads on the platform. Additionally, Adobo offers advertising features you can leverage.

Cost: Free to list; add-on services may cost a fee

Features: Property listings, advertising

Syndications: Facebook Marketplace, Walk Score, HotPads, Zillow, Trulia

PeopleWithPets.com

If you allow pets in your rental property, then PeopleWithPets.com is a solid option. For $69, you can list your property for three months on your city's property page. You can include photos, floor plans, lease terms, descriptions, and much more.

Cost: $69

Features: Property listings

Syndications: None

Walk Score

If your property is in a prime location, near in-demand amenities, convenient subway stops, or local hotspots, you might consider listing it on Walk Score, which rates properties in terms of commute time, walkability, and public transit access. Though there aren't any built-in applications or anything like that, prospective tenants are referred directly to your website when they indicate interest.

Cost: Varies

Features: Property listings, advertising

Syndications: None

Have a short-term or vacation rental?

Some of the above-mentioned sites also accept vacation and short-term rentals, but not all of them do. If you're looking to find renters for your vacation property, look to Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, and these Airbnb alternatives.

Other options

You can list your rental property in online news publications, too. The New York Times real estate section and The Washington Post's rental list are popular options for property managers. And you can look to papers and publications in your city for local advertising and classified opportunities as well.

Finally, if you're having trouble finding a tenant, you may think about bringing in a real estate agent. Though you'll pay a broker's fee if they find you a renter, they may have access to listing sites that you don't -- and it could cut down on vacancies and reduce lost income in the long run.

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Randi Zuckerberg, a former director of market development and spokeswoman for Facebook and sister to its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Aly Yale has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Facebook, Zillow Group (A shares), and Zillow Group (C shares). The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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