Renters love PadMapper.com because it aggregates rental listings from across the web and displays them on one simple Google map. The website also allows searchers to filter results based on a number of factors, including rent range, bedrooms and bathrooms, amenities, pets, and location. As the filters are changed, the map of listings continuously updates. In a nutshell, PadMapper eliminates the hassle of scrolling through page after page of unorganized Craigslist ads, and it’s a great way to compare rents across a city.
This video shows PadMapper in action:
So how can property managers get their apartments and houses listed on PadMapper?
Because PadMapper is an aggregator, meaning it pulls and compiles listings from other rental websites, there’s a good chance your places are already on it. If you advertise on Apartments.com, Move.com, Postlets.com, or Craigslist.org, for example, your listings are automatically displayed on PadMapper. (Propertyware.com users: Recall, Propertyware automatically syndicates listings to Hotpads.com, Trulia.com, and RHPros.com, but not to any website that PadMapper pulls from so you’ve got some work to do).
But there is also a direct way to get listed: PadLister.com, a free tool from the creator of PadMapper. PadLister is the only direct way to get listed on PadMapper. And PadLister updates PadMapper in real time, while the syndicated sites have some lag. Also, and perhaps most importantly, PadLister postings stay active longer on PadMapper. Syndicated listings are displayed on PadMapper for 7 to 21 days, depending on the source and location; PadLister listings, however, stay active for 30 days before asking to renew.