Top 11 Best Rental Websites to List Your Properties on

Knowing the best rental websites to list your property on is essential if you want to fill vacancies fast and secure the best possible tenant.

Getting your property listing out there and in front of the right people is a laborious and time-consuming process. However, it needs to be done.

From creating the listing, getting great photography, posting online, organizing viewings, going through tenant applications, screening prospective tenants – to finally getting the lease signed.

The good news though is that there are plenty of websites now that make it a whole lot easier to find good tenants – or perhaps more importantly for the perfect tenants to find you.

Related: Rental Property Marketing Strategies To Avoid Vacancies

11 Free and Paid Options to List Your Property and Find Tenants Fast

1. Build your own website

A great place to start is to set up your own website. This becomes the central hub for your online property portfolio. You can feature photos, detailed information, and easily connect with your property management team.

You will want your site to be attractive, easy to navigate, and informative. Plus make sure it’s mobile-friendly!

You can build a website pretty quickly these days, how much it costs will depend on the service you use.

  • Professional build – The most expensive option, however, if you have a large property portfolio or want something more bespoke this could be the best solution to effectively show off your properties.
  • A free website builder – There are several website builders that offer freemium models. For example, WordPress. However, the free versions come with limitations.
  • A paid-for website builder – Personally, I like using Squarespace – it has a very easy interface that allows even a novice to build a beautiful, easy-to-use, clean-looking website.
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2. Zillow

Zillow is the largest rental listings website in the US.  Zillow is free, however, via Zillow Rental Manager. However, if you want to boost your listing to increase it's reach this will cost a flat fee of $29.99 for up to 90 days. Zillows features include an interactive map and allow prospective tenants to compare two properties side by side.

3. Hotpads

Another very popular website, Hotpads was actually acquired by Zillow in 2012, so it’s unsurprising that the two have very similar features and abilities.

This though also caters to pet owners, with pet information shared upfront. And it’s great for listing units in a multi-family building.

4. Trulia

It has an attractive interface and simple and clear property listings which allows renters to see a group of photo listings with vital statistics about a property right underneath. Make sure you have at least one really great photo for your property listing on this site.

5. Zumper

Zumper is the second largetst rental listing site. It features a few very handy features that are worth mentioning. For example, it offers up neighborhood information and city guides for your tenants. Its initial listings are pretty minimal, so it may be worth upgrading to detailed listings which offers you the opportunity to add an engaging paragraph about your property and multiple photos. Another interesting feature is it shows the rent trends in the area.

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6. Apartment List

Apartment List is a unique choice among rental listing sites because it is free to list, but there is a back-end fee if you do end up renting through the site. While we know that this doesn’t mean the whole process is free, you’ll only end up paying that fee if you find your renter on this site.

Another interesting feature of Apartment List is that they have a partnership with Facebook, where Facebook imports listings from Apartment List so that tenants can find the property listing there too.

7. Craigslist

Craigslist is where many people turn for everything from jobs to accommodation. It’s an inexpensive option and allows you to word your listing in your own way. You can pay to promote your listing to get more views or simply use the free listing service. The main problem is that not everyone will be serious when they inquire and that can take up a lot of time.

Related: How To List Your Rental Property on Craigslist

8. Facebook

Everyone has a Facebook account which means it is the place to reach people. Facebook’s more recent updates have been leaning towards pushing their groups as a primary way of reaching people, so listing on the marketplace and then sharing through relevant Facebook groups is a sure-fire way to find the tenants.

Related: How To Share Your Rental Listing On Facebook Marketplace

9. Padmapper

Padmapper has an interactive map that allows prospective renters to set a price, set a number of bedrooms, and look at cities across North America that suit that price range. Renters won’t see your actual listing until after the initial search when they dig a little deeper.

10. Lovely

Set up with a very simple interactive map. This makes quickly browsing through properties based on location, price, and a single picture easy.

The latest listings show up in red on the map, so that renters can see what’s fresh on the market. It’s also easy for tenants to see whether a property is pet-friendly, and there’s a bullet list of amenities that you’ll need to fill out.

11. Airbnb

Whilst perfect for short-term and holiday lets, Airbnb isn’t the right choice for many properties, and renting your property out on Airbnb will require a little more effort and input from you as a landlord. However, for many, this is a smart and easy way to reach a vast list of prospective renters – if your rental is in the right location you are almost ensured to get bookings. Plus, if you collect a few good reviews and pay attention to the details, you could quickly end up booked out.

Related: A Guide To Managing Short Term Rentals

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Final Words: Choose Your Tenants Carefully

These are just a few of the many options available for getting your property out there and in front of prospective tenants.

If you’re new to the game it’s worth trying a few and seeing what works for you. Some people swear by Facebook or Craigslist, others only list through Zillow or their partner sites. Whatever you decide, it’s never been easier to find great tenants.

Once you’ve got a great listing out there though you’re likely to be swamped with inquiries from potential tenants. Sorting through all these tenants may seem tiresome but it’s important to screen and select the tenant carefully.

If you choose the wrong tenant or don’t follow up with their references you may end up in the unfortunate position of needing to pursue an eviction. With a proper tenant application and screening process though you can lower your risk of ending up with a poor tenant and actually improve the efficiency of managing your tenant applications.

To get to that point though you need to be listing your property on the best paid and/ free rental listing sites available.

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