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Price per bedroom is back! Any other features that are sorely missed?

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No-Fee and Max Listing Age Filters are Back

Hi guys, continuing with the work of bringing the new site back up to parity with the old in terms of filtering functionality, I’ve just released a new version of the site that includes the old No Fee and Max Listing Age filters.

One thing to note on the max age filter, it filters based on the date when the listing was first added, rather than when it was last updated. If something was posted 100 days ago, it may still be available – many big complexes constantly have openings, and just update their listings daily to reflect pricing over time. The max age filter will, unfortunately, filter those out. So, just be careful with the power we’re giving you :-)

No-Fee filters out listings that we’re sure have a fee, but there may be some that are tagged incorrectly. Please feel free to flag inaccurate listings.

Keep the feedback coming, and we’ll keep improving the new site! Thanks very much for your patience in the meantime.

Happy hunting!
Eric

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Fulltext Search Filter is Back!

Hi everyone, fulltext search is back! Next up, no-fee and filter by age. Sorry they didn’t make the relaunch.

A little primer on how the fulltext search works.

If you just put some words into the box, it’ll require that ALL of those words appear in the ad.

If you want to do something a bit more nuanced, there’s a pretty advanced query syntax you can use to get exactly what you want.

To get listings that include one OR the other, put a pipe character | between the words.
ex: bath | tub | garage will get listings that include any of the words bath, tub, or garage.

To only get listings that DON’T include a word, put a minus – or exclamation point ! in front of the word.
ex: -basement will exclude listings that mention the word basement

If you want to match a phrase, like “hot tub”, put quotes around the phrase. Let’s say I want a hot tub, but I don’t know how it’ll be written, so I need to include a couple spellings.
ex: “hot tub” | hottub will get either spelling

If you want to get really fancy, you can group sets of searches with parentheses.
ex: (hot tub) | (basement roof) will get things that include hot and tub, or basement and roof (or 3 or 4/4 of those words).

And you should be able to mix these up in any way you want.

Happy hunting!
Eric

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PadMapper is Joining Zumper

Hi everyone, I’m very excited to announce that PadMapper has joined forces with a much larger (27 person) and much better resourced startup – Zumper!

I’m guessing that many readers of this aren’t very familiar with PadMapper, and there’s no reason anyone would know anything about the company’s inner workings, so I’ll start by saying a little about us.

Our main goal so far has been to provide a search engine for apartment listings, with the long-term goal of going beyond that to Make Apartment Hunting Suck Less ™. It started as a hobby project of mine in the summer of 2008, and grew organically to consume all of my time by winter 2009.

We’re not one of the stereotypical startups you hear about all the time in the Silicon Valley press, raising tons of money, driving around in Ferraris, and complaining about only having three options of catered lunch. PadMapper is a very small company – we had only 3 full timers and 1 part timer when we were acquired by Zumper. Until a year and a half ago, I was the only full time employee. Despite our small size, we have a successful product by most metrics – the website recently passed the 100 million session mark, from 50 million unique users, despite almost no marketing spending. “Pssh. Snapchat gets those numbers every day.”, I can hear you saying. Hold on a second, though – if we do our job well, our users will drop off within a month of first using us, and not come back for two years. The better we are, the less someone needs to use us before they succeed. We’re not trying to gamify addiction here.

We’re essentially bootstrapped – except for $14,000 raised from Y Combinator in the summer of 2010, we had no outside investment at the time of acquisition other than the $20,000 of personal savings I had when I laid down the first lines of code. Our office was some combination of my apartment living room and our local public library. The park outside the library was our call room. We owned our own server hardware that we colocated 10 minutes down the road (it made sense when AWS didn’t offer SSDs and their prices were much higher, plus RAM is still so much cheaper to buy than rent). We had weekly team dinners, but almost no meetings – we spent a very large percentage of our time on productive work. Most years, we spent <$1,000 on marketing. We were all engineers, including our business development person, Ed (who also wrote our iOS app). We survived a 3 year lawsuit brought on by a much, much larger company. We focused on promoting retirement savings for our employees as much as we focused on equity grants.

Not all of this weirdness was unambiguously good. If I was starting this today, I would have focused much more on finding a second person earlier, perhaps even lowering my standards for the second person (which might sound like a mistake, but looking back, my standards basically boiled down to “must be named Rob, have gone to MIT with me, and have the last name Crowell”). I might have accepted the distraction and taken the time to raise money. With a bigger team handling the day-to-day operations, I would have engaged with the industry more in-person. In earlier versions of this post, I thought it’d be useful to readers if I tried to lay out the things I would do differently in greater detail, but having never tried the other route, it’s impossible for me to compare effectively and offer any sort of sage wisdom, and I’m guessing there were aspects of our operation that would inspire envy in most VC-backed companies. Especially my fiancee’s awesome cooking for some of the weekly team dinners.

Fortunately, Zumper has figured out a lot of the things we haven’t been good at historically, and we have very well aligned visions for the long-term. We’re actually, honestly, not-for-PR-reasons very excited to be joining forces with them, learning from them, and sharing our experience with them to help them improve. They complement us extraordinarily well, and one of our big motivations for joining with them is that it will enable us to provide a higher level of service than we have been able to with our relatively meager resources. Having a dedicated mobile team, for instance. Or, actual partner support, instead of just me answering emails when I find time between deploying new HAProxy configs. The site will get a lot more listings as well, thanks to their excellent bizdev team and the Zumper Pro platform, which will eventually replace our aging PadLister platform. It will let us compete at a much higher level, and let us help more people in ways we wouldn’t have been able to support alone.

Hopefully my saying this doesn’t earn us an entry on Our Incredible Journey someday, but the current long term plan is to keep PadMapper itself separate and true to its roots, and expand its capabilities. We’ve just launched a long-planned upgrade to the desktop website that adapts the mobile website to take advantage of the additional screen real estate of laptops and desktops, and should let us make apartment hunting suck less across all platforms in a more unified way. Please let us know if there’s anything from the old desktop site that you sorely miss – I hate gimped mobile/console-first experiences when I have a real computer and a huge monitor, so please help us not be that by dropping us a line at hello@padmapper.com. (Also, please feel free to just say hi, send us photos of places you’ve found with PadMapper, pet photos, etc. – we enjoy all of it). There are some bits that we’re planning on bringing back soon, and just haven’t had time to rebuild.

And we have some incredibly interesting and unique things planned for once we solidify the new site. Zumper’s actual roadmap reads very much like the wish list for making apartment hunting suck less that I’ve had banging around in my head for years. I think this combination makes it much more likely that we’ll actually pull it off. It’s been a crazy adventure so far, and I’m really excited for the next few years.

Please excuse a short Oscar speech to thank people who’ve helped us out. I’d like to thank Rob Crowell, Ed Jiang, Hendrik van de Bruggen, Mary Nguyen, Stephanie Curley, Molly Rosen, Greg Kidd, Meg Nakamura, Bryan Springmeyer, Jason Kwok, Venkat Balasubramani, Sean McChesney, Andy Hecht, Tri Hoang, Pete Kruskall, Colin Gilboy, Wil Chung, Scott Stram, Josh DeSeno, Sean Quinlan, Rekha Doshi, Denise Pitterle, Rodney Knight, Gang Huang, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Brown, Miguel Hernandez, Tracy Osborn, Louis DeMenthon, Natalie DeMenthon, Paul Graham, Jessica Livingston, Harj Taggar, Jon Levy, Kirsty Nathoo, and everyone else who has played a part in the first leg of this adventure. Special thanks to my fiancee, Shan Huangfu, for putting up with me throughout our many ordeals, counseling me, feeding the team, and generally being the best partner one could ask for.

My thanks also go out to everyone who has used our software, told their friends about us, and sent us their feedback for making it possible. Please keep using our sites, telling your friends about it, and sending us feedback :-)

Happy hunting!
Eric

PS: Check out the new site! PadMapper – Apartments for Rent

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The 5 Best Affordable Denver Apartments on Padmapper Right Now

1. Montclair – 1 bed, 1 bath, $895

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Recently remodeled, this one bedroom apartment in Montclair boasts lustrous hardwood floors and large windows in the living room, granite countertops and modern backsplash in the kitchen, and new tile flooring and a shiny tub in the bathroom. Comfortable and cozy, this home is great for a couple or a single professional looking for modern amenities at an affordable price. There is even an assigned parking spot outside.

 

2. Highland – 2 bed, 1 bath, $1,350, $675 a person

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Bright and spacious, this two bedroom apartment in Highland offers stainless steel appliances and wooden block counters in the kitchen, ample closet space in the bedrooms, and a quirky blue tub in the bathroom. Glossy hardwood floors and large windows run throughout the home. Although this apartment is located in a gated community, the surrounding neighborhood is trendy and upcoming with tons of small eateries and quaint shops.

3. Park Hill, 3 bed, 2 bath, $2,200, $733 person

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With over 1,400 square feet, this stunning three bedroom house is roomy and inviting. The eat-in kitchen boasts granite countertops and tons of cabinet space, the master bedroom has a full bathroom and a walk-in closet, and the living room has plush carpeting and recessed lighting. Outside, there is a large backyard with a cemented area and a grassy patch, perfect for summer barbecues and get togethers.

4. Capitol Hill – 2 bed, 1 bath, $1,550, $775 a person

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Conveniently located, this dog-friendly two bedroom apartment has easy access to public transportation, major freeways, and tons of fun shops and restaurants. This home offers a large kitchen with shiny stainless steel appliances, a bright living room with hardwood floors, and bedrooms that both have access to a full length balcony for great views. Some building amenities include a shared pool and reserved parking.

5. Hale, Studio, 1 bath, $775

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Recently renovated, this modern studio features a Murphy pull out bed that transforms into a full length mirror, a fully equipped kitchen with hardwood floors and ample cabinet storage, and a bathroom with a sparkling tub and a walk-in closet. Outside, there is a large balcony that is accessible from the living area. The apartment building boasts modern amenities that include a state of the art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and a steam room.

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PadMapper makes apartment hunting sucks less. If you’re in the market for a new place, check out apartments for rent in Denver on PadMapper now.

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Moving Back to College After Summer Vacation

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So you’ve spent your long summer days at your parents’ pad and while we all wish those days could have lasted a little longer… that wishful thinking makes it even harder to believe that the end of summer is already upon us. Yes, it’s already time to start thinking about the move back to campus and another year at school. Which means it’s time to start thinking about finding your own pad! While PadMapper is making apartment-hunting suck less, today, we’re here with some tips for making the move back to college suck less too!

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PadMapper is now on Android!

We’re excited to announce that we’re bringing PadMapper, North America’s most comprehensive apartment search website, to Android phones!

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Search on the go with the new PadMapper app. Find a new apartment during your commute to work, or while touring different apartments! Here are some of the things you can expect from PadMapper’s Android app:

Fast and Responsive

We’ve always strived to create the fastest search experience, and PadMapper’s app is no exception. PadMapper helps you find an apartment quickly so you can go back to doing what you love most.

Call and Email Landlords

Save time by directly calling landlords on your phone – no need to write down or remember phone numbers anymore.

The Most Comprehensive Apartment Search

PadMapper is the most comprehensive apartment search site in North America – we scour through over 100 data sources for information so you don’t have to.

Try downloading it today, and let us know what you think!

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RegisterSigns Now Posts to PadMapper!

Today we’re excited to partner with RegisterSigns for another easy way to post to PadMapper!

RegisterSigns sells physical signs at thousands of retail locations across the country. Once you buy one, you can create a simple listing page for your property. RegisterSigns will post your listing to PadMapper and other apartment search sites, while people driving by the property can text a phone number on your sign to get more information and pictures of the property.

Best of all, the signs are reusable and start at $6.98.

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Onward!

After 3 years, we settled our lawsuit with craigslist today. As part of the settlement, we’ll no longer be including craigslist users’ listings in our search results.

However, PadMapper is not going anywhere, and we’re excited about what we have in store. PadMapper has over 100 sources of listing data, and over 700,000 non-craigslist listings on our map at any given time, representing many millions of apartment units. PadMapper will continue to help our many millions of users find a place to live every month.

In the past year, our team has grown quickly, and in the coming months we’re preparing to release a large update for our Android app, followed by a revised iOS app and a fresh look-and-feel for PadMapper.com.

If you are an owner or property manager, we’ve made it easy to post your listing directly to PadMapper. It’s free and can be renewed after 30 days.

We’d like to give a big thank you to all who have supported our legal battle – 3taps, Greg Kidd, Focal Law, the EFF, and the thousands of you who wrote letters of support.

We still wake up every morning excited to make apartment hunting suck less.

Onward!
Eric and the PadMappers

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New Integrations for PadMapper

Hey! This is my first post on the PadMapper Blog as our Business Development Manager. I joined PadMapper nine weeks ago to build out and maintain our relationships between PadMapper and all of the property managers, software vendors, and other teams that work with us!

In the past month, I’ve been working on building out new integrations between us and different property management software companies, and I’m happy to announce that we’re adding three new integrations, with three more in the works.

Here’s the new partnerships:

Yardi – one of the largest rental software companies out there. If you’re using Yardi Voyager, you can seamlessly publish your apartments to PadMapper via RentCafe. Just hop into your control panel to enable PadMapper!

RealBird – The RealBird Listing Publisher is an easy-to-use and powerful online, social media and mobile listing marketing platform. If you’re using RealBird, there’s nothing else you need to do — your listings are already on PadMapper!

Onsite Property Manager – Affordable, professional rental property management software that increases income, improves efficiency, and fills vacancies faster. Anyone using Onsite should already have their listings on PadMapper!

We’re also working hard to add more integrations every month. Coming up next, you can expect to see us integrate with MRI Software, RealPage, and HeroPM!

Let us know what you think! Feel free to email me if you’d like to integrate with us, or request an integration with your software provider.

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