If you have extra cash to burn and want to take all of the legwork out of your quest for a new San Francisco apartment, here’s one way to do it: hire somebody to do your searching and applying for you.
As a new service sector, this is in the category of boutique personal assistant-style help. You might find it of use if you are among the ranks of those who can afford expensive – think $4000 a month and up – rental range. (If you’re over $6,000 a month, you probably already have your own personal assistant who can do double duty as your concierge.)
The concierge, who will take into account all of your personal needs and desires for your new apartment (close to a park where you can walk your dog, dog-friendly, 3 bedrooms, big window in the kitchen, hardwood floors, etc.) is likely to charge a fee of one to two months rent for their services, depending how time consuming and difficult their search on your behalf turns out to be.
When we hear stories of how hard it can be to find a great place in the city – and how little the market has eased up even during the traditionally slow-moving fall and winter months – using a concierge services begins to sound very attractive.
But we suggest giving it at least a solid try on your own before resulting to magic rental fairy pixie dust to make all your dreams into realities. Try the search function at RentCafe San Francisco – it’s a free concierge, with a brilliant robot brain to seek out your most coveted amenities, that can get your search off on the right foot.