The recent items shortcode works with IDs. To see the IDs easier see this help:

http://help.wprentals.org/2015/10/28/how-to-see-ids/

The shortcode is listed in visual composer or in the wordpress editor.

This shortcode can be used for articles or properties. Only some options apply for articles. Read more here

http://help.wprentals.org/2016/11/03/recent-items-shortcode-for-articles/

For properties list, the shortcode can be used in different combinations.

NOTE: For full row effect you must use Visual Composer row options.

Display option 1: Recent Properties – No Space

This combination can apply for articles too

Display option 2.  Recent Properties – No Space – Full Row

This combination can apply for articles too

Display option 3: Recent Properties with Space between cards

This combination can apply for articles too

For Properties you can specify Category Id(s), Action Id(s), Area Id(s), Citi Id(s) in any combination you wish:

For Articles you can specify Post Categoy ID.

How to display properties in this shortcode randomly