Site users can find apartments for rent on Zillow by entering locations and then specifying criteria such as the type of dwelling, size, price and amenities, according to About.com. Once visitors select specific properties, Zillow provides additional information including rental history and owner or rental agent contact information.
Zillow displays maps of available properties based on the criteria entered by site visitors, and renters searching for apartments can further narrow the results based on specific preferences, such as the property's pet policy, according to About.com. Those interested in specific properties can hover the cursor over icons displayed on maps to view details such as square footage, number of total rooms and bathrooms as well as thumbnail pictures of each property. Zillow allows its users to click on properties to view full postings and see more photos, maps, amenities and other details. Additionally, visitors can learn about neighborhoods and view average rental prices in specific areas, and, if necessary, ask questions on the site's forums.
Founded in 2006, Zillow offers services beyond its search function with the goals of educating potential homeowners and renters. This is done by providing resources to connect users to professionals who can assist them in their property searches and providing them with data to make informed choices. Zillow updates its listings regularly, and it also offers mobile applications to give consumers multiple platforms through which to search for properties.