Hotpads adds vacation rentals by Brian Blum in Real Estate 01 Apr 2009 We’ve always liked Hotpads. It’s a scrappy startup that often innovates. It was an early pioneer of real estate heat maps, and more recently added a “Buy vs. Rent” search feature where users can search homes to rent or purchase at the same time and compare them based on monthly costs. The latest addition is a “vacation” tab which lets users search This article is only available to AIM Group clients. Please subscribe now or log in to view. Share Brian Blum Brian Blum covers the U.S., Canada and Israel for Classified Intelligence Report, and contributes to our special reports and research projects. Originally from San Francisco and now based in Jerusalem, he has been with the AIM Group since 2004. He is the president of Blum Interactive Media, specializing in writing and multimedia content development for online, print, video and audio. His clients include newspapers, universities and non-profits. He is currently working on a book about the billion-dollar bankruptcy of a once high-flying Israeli startup.