This is a comprehensive list of search engines that help renters find available apartments to rent, online. Property managers can also use many of these websites to submit their vacant rental properties and office space for lease.
Some of these sites only return listings that were posted to them specifically, while others gather active listings from various other prominent places around the web.
Top 10 Apartment Search Engines
|Search Engine||Alexa Rank*||Unique Visitors**|
*Alexa Traffic Rank (global). **Monthly Unique Visitor estimates from Compete.com (U.S. only). Updated for 2015.
ApartmentGuide.com – Launched in 1999 by PRIMEDIA, this is a great resource that helps occupants find available units while also guiding them throughout the entire moving process. It allows people to search by geography, price or amenity, and includes rentals with photos, flooring design and community information.
HotPads.com – Founded in 2005, it’s a map-based real estate search engine that lists apartments, houses, condominiums, vacation destinations, available hotels and foreclosure listings. It offers renter and buyer guides, a q&a forum with top real estate professionals, and an insurance center.
PadMapper.com – A free rental hunting tool that allows you to search for properties by city, address and zip; that are offered as full leases, sublets, rooms and vacation getaways; then displays the results on a Google map. It’s what I would call a meta-search engine for rentals because it displays listings from numerous other sources such as Craigslist, ApartmentFinder and Rent.com
Apartments.com – Originally created as ApartmentsPlus, the domain name was changed in 1998. Use it to find apts., town-homes, condos, and other types of rentals. Potential tenants can view videos, layout, and photos with 360-degree views. In addition to distribution through several partner web sites, it also distributes its content to users through respected directories, search engines and online communities.
Rent.com – Founded in 2000 by Scott Ingraham and Allan Hunter, it was originally launched as Viva.com. Renters can search millions of properties for lease and view the site’s detailed listings, which include contact information, photos, pricing, floor plans, and virtual tours. It also offers an apartment guide, robust mobile applications, desktop and web tools.
ForRent.com – A leading Internet listing service and online community that provides a customized search experience to its users using thousands of listings nationally. Apt. seekers can view photos, virtual tours, pricing, e-maps, stream video, and instantly get in touch with a local agent.
ApartmentRatings.com – Created in 2000, it is one of the most popular online rating communities for rental housing. Users can read reviews of apartments by other people and view listings of thousands of available properties for rent nationwide. The website offers a moving and leasing center with quotes from top companies throughout the United States.
ApartmentFinder.com – Initially created in 1997, it allows shoppers to search units and view associated fees, images, layout, and choose amenity options when looking for the best place for them to live.
Rentals.com – Launched in early 2000, this is a comprehensive property listing website that allows anyone to post their own ads and view other submissions for free. It includes single family homes, houses, apartments, condos, townhomes, vacation facilities, and many others.
Keep in mind this top ten list of apartment search engines is based on Alexa Traffic Rank only; not necessarily which ones are best from a user’s perspective. If you’d like us to review another search engine missing from our one of lists don’t hesitate to send us the web site information via our contact form.