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How HotPads Works

How HotPads Works

HotPads has many unique features that we think you'll find valuable (we do!), 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. To begin, enter 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:

NBED homepage

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:

NBED search-page

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

NBED advanced-search

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.

The Lasso Tool

One of our favorite tools on HotPads is the lasso tool, which you use to draw an area on the map where you are interested. Talk about control!

NBED lasso-tool

From here, you can save a search, share the coordinates with your friends, or switch views to see all of the properties in a list. To save the search and be notified about new listings, simply create an account.

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:

NBED map-list

A typical listing looks this way:

NBED listing-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:

NBED contact-listing

Now go browse more listings and find your new home!

More 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 are alerted via 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:

NBED save this search

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:

NBED add to favorites or email

Your favorites will now appear on the map as stars:

Hide A Property

We recognize that not every property is a candidate for you, and we don?t want to send you properties that are not interesting to you. Therefore, we?ve created the ability for you to hide listings.

To do this, select ?Hide? on the listing on the map:

NBED hide-listing

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!

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