Rental listings app RadPad, which first launched in January of this year, has added new features that make apartment hunting easier for renters and more user-friendly for landlords. For those unfamiliar, RadPad is a photo-based apartment listing app (think a combination of Instagram and Craigslist) which allows landlords to post new listings directly to the app. RadPad also partners with more than 25 rental services to provide more listing content, including the MLS, WayPoint Homes, Apartments.com, Sublet.com, AppFolio and Property Solutions.
The Rental Girl sat down with CEO of RadPad, Jonathan Eppers, to get the low-down on the new features and how they can benefit apartment hunters.
One of the new features on the updated app includes Quick Message, which Eppers describes as “an instant messaging platform to directly communicate with property owners, making it easy to ask questions and set up viewings.”
Eppers says, “We’re creating features to help make the entire experience of renting easier, safer and to be honest, just a lot more fun. Quick Message is a lot like text messaging. Renters can send messages to a property right through our app, which makes the experience feel more instant. It’s really designed for the renter on the go.”
The second additional feature allows landlords to create a profile and a spot where they can now showcase all their listings in one place. Also in the works for the future is a dashboard, where landlords will be able to see all of the messages that renters have sent them about a property.
As we hear this worry a lot from potential renters, we asked Jonathan how RadPad prevents the ever-present threat of fake or scam listings. Eppers describes RadPad’s verification process: “If you list a property on RadPad for the first time, we make you verify your phone number. It’s our way of making sure that you are who you say you are.” In order to go one step further and get the “verfied” badge (which appears as a check box next to their name at the bottom), a member of the RadPad team calls within 48 hours of the listing going up and speaks directly to the listing party to confirm details of the listing.
We also asked RadPad what rental market trends they had been noticing. According to Eppers, their app gets the most traffic on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesday. They have been tracking 1 bedroom prices as of August 2013, which can be seen in the infographic below:
In addition to Los Angeles, RadPad has launched in 13 cities across the country, including: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Orlando, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.
For more information on RadPad: www.onradpad.com