The Only 3 Websites You Need to List a Rental Property

Written on April 5, 2016 by , updated on December 9, 2016

Top Listings SitesThe way people advertise rentals has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. Today, all you need are three simple things – a laptop, a phone, and some coffee.

In 2006, you were limited to putting the dreaded sign in the yard and paying for advertising in the newspaper which don’t even work anymore in many areas of the country.

To find great tenants, all you really need is a computer, a phone, and some coffee.

The Internet has made it easy and cheap to list and market your rental property. However, while there has been a dramatic increase in the number of sites you can list and market your rental property, most of them are not worth your time.

Here is a list of the top three websites to list your rental property. Please enjoy your coffee, while these sites generate leads for you.

1. Craigslist

Craigslist

Craigslist is the most popular site to get your rental property listed – after all, it still gets 50 billion page views per month!

Despite its traffic, it is, however, flawed with it’s outdated design, and many scammers use Craigslist.

How this scam works: A person copies and pastes the listing. They make up a sad story about why they can’t show the property themselves, and then tell potential renters to have a look outside. If the renters like the property, they are told to send a deposit in and will then be told where the key is. The scammer pockets the money and disappears. Tons of people, unfortunately, fall for this scam.

Related: The Landlord’s Guide to Marketing with Craigslist

2. Cozy

Cozy

Cozy can be super effective in getting you high-quality tenant leads – and it’s free!

There are several ways Cozy is different from other sites. While Cozy does syndicate the listing to Realtor.com, Doorsteps.com, and Oodle.com, the biggest differentiator is that no prospective tenant actually searches Cozy for rental properties. The fact that Cozy isn’t a marketplace for tenants and landlords is actually a good thing.

Here’s what makes Cozy better:

  1. Cozy can be used in conjunction with every other listing service on the planet.
  2. When you create a listing using Cozy, you post it on your Facebook and Twitter accounts and even in your email list.
  3. You can paste your specific listing URL into any other online listing, or share it via text message – it’s dynamic and flexible.
  4. You have increased control of who is looking at your rental property – which is essential sometimes.

Cozy is also tightly integrated from listing to application to lease. Cozy is built for landlords, therefore, it has more utility for landlords than sites built for tenants.

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3. Zillow Rental Manager

Zillow Rental Manager

Zillow acquired Postlets, a favorite of many landlords because of the way they could create very detailed listings. They’ve rebranded it as Zillow Rental Manager has retained all the functionality of Postlets.

A major bonus is that when your property becomes available again, you don’t need to recreate the listing. All you have to do is to make it available again.

Zillow Rental Manager (formerly Postlets) also populates several listing sites, such as Zillow, HotPads, and Trulia, so you get a network effect.

Zillow Rental Manager

Other Marketing Methods

Build Your Own Website!

If you want to really go the extra mile, create a website for your rental property. This is a lot easier than you might think.

Related: How to Create a Free Website for Your Rental Property

Local Newspaper websites

Some landlords do get leads from the local newspaper sites. They don’t necessarily get leads from the print newspapers themselves; the leads come from the online listing the newspaper has.

The major downside to advertising in local newspapers is that it costs money, and they don’t get as much traffic as the Craigslist, Cozy, and Zillow.

Nextdoor & Facebook Groups

Two very popular ways to connect with your neighborhood are Nextdoor.com and Facebook Groups.

Nextdoor is an amazing social networking site that has taken the county by storm, making it super easy to connect with your neighbors.

Facebook groups are typically private and require an approval to join, but they can be a great source for referrals.

A Word of Caution

Unfortunately, listing your site online can lead to a ton of scams and SPAM.

Below are some red flags to watch out for when listing your rental property online:

  1. The potential tenant wants to wire you money before seeing the property.
  2. They want to send you a certified check for more than you are asking for.
  3. The bank they are using is not in the United States.
  4. They insist on giving you the funds when banks are closed so you can’t verify the funds.

Go Forth and Conquer

By now, you should have some good ideas on where to list your rental property the next time you have a vacancy. If you post to Cozy, Craigslist, and Zillow Rental Manager, you’ll hit all the major online rental marketplaces, and drastically increase your chances of finding a good tenant.

Did we miss your favorite site? Let us know in the comments!

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25 CommentsLeave a Comment

  • Ali

    Hi Jimmy-

    I also list on the following free websites. These websites automatically posts the rental ad on other 50 to 60 websites that they partner with.

    http://apnatriangle.com (Local North Carolina Website)

    http://www.byowner.com

    http://www.padlister.com

    http://www.realrentals.com

    http://www.rentdigs.com

    http://www.rentlinx.com (This website also posts the ad on realtor.com for free)

    https://www.rentalads.com

    http://www.sublet.com

    https://www.sulekha.com

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  • AMD

    I have a rental in an 55+ age restricted community; any suggestions on how to get this listing in front of them specifically?

  • Ed Betner

    I suggest you add the new startup SaleTradeRent.com to your list. You can add long term rentals and Vacation Rentals on this site.

  • A1VH

    http://www.A1VacationHomes.com is another good website to list vacation rentals

  • Max Price

    Just wanted to share with you. There are some typos and sentences that can be worded better in this article that you may want to fix. Read the article rather than spell check it.

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    Zillow often has a low estimate of what the going rental rate is for a particular unit. Do you think it is a good idea to set them straight?

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    We are in the process of closing on an investment property. Can I list it for rent before we have actually closed? We have a contract, a closing date, and funding.

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  • William Hueppauff

    Cozy is not a top source as their traffic is negligible. Zillow has a true focus on homes for sale, not rentals. Craigslist has taken a turn for the worse since this article was posted, and because of unqualified applicants and evictions of renters who came from Craigslist, most landlords and management companies are no longer using it.

    On the other hand, the Apartments.com Network, which includes the flagship brand, ForRent.com, ApartmentFinder.com, Apartamentos.com, Realtor.com and more, has 50 million visitors per month. Plus, they offer one affordable rate for all of the sites, and they connect my ads to my property mgmt software to automatically update them. Can’t beat that! Takes one thing off my plate.

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  • Shara

    I’m looking for a list of landlords that own out of state rentals. Specifically in Florida.

    Where can I obtain a list like this?

    Thank you,

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    good article , if i may add , you can add more sites by searching it on google , you can also go to brandonbuysdallas.com

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