Top Websites for Advertising Your Property Rental Listing

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While landlords may have once relied on physical advertisements in newspapers and real estate signs to fill vacancies, the best way to quickly reach a large pool of potential tenants today is to list your rental online. With endless options out there, it can be hard to know where to start. However, we’ve done the hard work for you, here are some of the best free rental listing sites to advertise your property.

Zillow

Zillow is the most-visited real estate website in the United States, making it hard to compete with when deciding where to post your listing. It’s a stalwart of the industry with the largest database and the most site traffic. With so many active users, there’s a good chance that your rental won’t be sitting vacant for too long if listed here. Your first listing is free and includes cross-listing to Trulia and HotPads. Additional listings come at a cost of $9.99 per week.

Walk Score

Walk Score’s unique selling point is that it will rank your property based on its proximity to local amenities and attractions. This makes it a great option for you to list on if your rentals are in a less rural area where a car is not always needed to get around. Landlords can only list on Walk Score directly if they own more than 15 buildings but even if your property portfolio is smaller than this, your listing can still be pushed there from other platforms.

PadMapper

Next on the list of best rental websites is PadMapper, a map-based listing service that allows you to advertise your property for free and on the go using their Android or iOS app. It’s effortless to use for tenants, so they’ll easily be able to see your rental, once the filters have been adjusted to their preferences.

Rent.com

Rent.com is part of the RentPath network, which has almost 10 million monthly users, making it a great (temporary) home for your property listing. The listings on the site tend to be for apartments with multiple units for rent, so if you’re wanting to list your multifamily rental, it would fit right in here.

Apartments.com

Despite the name, Apartments.com doesn’t just specialize in listings for apartments. You can also list multifamily properties and single-family homes. It pulls in over 20 million views each month, making it a great place to give your rental maximum exposure. It’s free to list at a base level and at an extra cost, the premium plan puts your property in a top search result for 30 days. This makes Apartments.com another one of the best rental websites to use.

Facebook

While Facebook isn’t a purpose-built rental website, we’d be remiss to not mention it here. With over 2.7 billion monthly users, it has by far the biggest reach across the world when compared to the other websites on this list. With so many people already using it, there’s no need to set up new accounts or familiarize yourself with new software. It’s completely free and listings can either be posted on the Facebook Marketplace and on various groups.

Craigslist

Most landlords will be familiar with Craigslist. It’s been around for many years, making it one of the more established platforms on this list. Like Facebook, it is not solely for advertising rental listings but it does attract a high volume of traffic, meaning it’s an easy (and free) way to get your listing out there. Do be aware though, that it is not closely regulated so you’ll need to make sure that your ad is legitimate enough to stand out from the scam posts.

Final words

This selection of the best free rental listing sites is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the options for advertising your rental property. Depending on where your property is located, what type of home it is, and the type of tenant you are hoping to attract, some of these sites will be more appropriate than others. They all have different features but the bottom line is, that using them will enable you to give your rental maximum exposure, leading to reduced vacancies and increased rental income. It’s a foolproof way to find a tenant.

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