Hotpads.com – The Place to Find Your Place
Here’s a site that might shake up the things in the Real Estate listings market: Hotpads.com is a map-based housing search engine that allows users to list their availability for free, whether it is for buying, selling or renting a condo, a house or an apartment.
The service is powered with Microsoft Satellite Mapping and other sociological, economical and demographic statistics which allow users to click into any US state (service is available for the US for the time being) to investigate what are the properties for sale or available for rent, and what the general income level or age in the zone is. When choosing any of them, a small profile-like information area displays where you can take a look at the pricing issues, amenities, pictures, and mail the manager for further information or to schedule a visit. Interestingly, users can customize maps in order to present the kind of information they are interested in, like schools or public transportation facilities. All searches are stored in a favorites-like menu, and users can choose to be alerted whenever a property that adjusts to their interests is advertised on the site.