How HotPads Works

How HotPads Works

How HotPads Works

HotPads has many unique features that we think you'll find valuable, so we've created this document to help you become a power user and find your next property, whether that's an apartment in a new city (we have lots of apartments) or your first home (we have homes for sale too).

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HotPads begins with a search. Start by entering the city where you want to explore into the search box, or use the links on the left side of the page to navigate to one of the major cities in the US:

After you click "Search", the next page appears, which you can see below. You can use either the left side to select individual listings or the right side to narrow your search further to neighborhoods:

If you want to narrow listings further using Advanced Search, click the advanced option along the top rail to bring up even more options:

Pro tip - use the micro update buttons like "go" next to the location to narrow your search as you go to make sure your filters are correct.

Select a Listing

Now that you have your search, click on any of the building icons to browse listings. If you want to see the list of properties, select "list" next to "map" in the top right corner of the page:

If you are interested in the apartment, use the "Contact this Property" box on the right side of the page to enter your information. The agent will contact you to set up an appointment:

Now go browse more listings and find your new home!

Start Your Search!

Other Helpful Features

Wait, you thought that was it? There's more!

Save A Search

Once you have narrowed down your search, you can save it so that you're alerted by email when new properties become available within this search.

To save a search, click the "save this search" button at the top right of the screen:

You will be asked to create an account. This way we can keep you up to date when new properties come on the market within your search.

Add to Favorites and Email A Friend

If you find a property you like, you should submit an inquiry. An inquiry does not require you to take action on the property straight away.

HotPads offers the option to save a property to your favorites so you can come back later and find them again:

Your favorites will now appear on the map as yellow buildings on desktop and yellow stars on mobile..

We have some more cool features that we'll talk about soon. Check here and the HotPads blog for updates. Until then, happy apartment hunting!

Start Your Search!