5 Tips for Finding Housing in San Francisco

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San Francisco is the startup hub of the world. With more than twice as many budding companies vying for everything from capital and investors to customers and clicks, there is no telling how high this economic haven can fly. And whether you’re relocating there to make a name for yourself or want to upgrade your housing situation after a big investment, a few tips for the housing market can go a long way in helping you get your bearings.

Plus, if your startup is looking to make moves before you settle down in your new abode, Tech.Co is excited to announce we are holding a Startup Night in San Francisco this upcoming July 13. We are looking for cutting-edge startups to demo their product and for the community to come and enjoy some fantastic networking! Our sponsor Microsoft Accelerator will have a team member on site to check out the showcase. This is an opportunity to be reviewed by Microsoft for their special accelerator program.

Now, take a look at a few of these housing tips from budding entrepreneurs so you can get settled in San Francisco before you head over to our event on July 13th.

John Egan, editor-in-chief at LawnStarter

“It was almost imperative for me to hire a real estate broker to lead the search in San Francisco, as I was living in Austin while hunting for an apartment there. The cost of hiring the broker was 1/2 months’ rent. Without her help, though, I don’t know that I would have been able to navigate the choppy waters of apartment hunting in San Francisco.”

Dan Laufer, cofounder and CEO of RentLingo.com

“The Sunset and Richmond neighborhoods tend to provide more bang for the buck. Another option, especially for people transplanting to the area is we have a lot of furnished rentals on our site in San Francisco that people can rent by the month. So it’s an opportunity to get to know the different neighborhoods and options before committing long term.”

Murray Suid, creative director at MobileMovieMaking Magazine

“Yes, there are benefits of living in San Francisco. But the cost of housing–and the near impossibility of finding parking space–suggests considering outlying places. For example, housing is much more affordable in Novato and Petaluma. Both towns offer a lot of benefits–cafes, shopping centers with easy access, music venues, parks and recreation.”

John Egan, editor-in-chief at LawnStarter

“If you’ve never lived there before, you need to know that most apartments have open houses, just as most homes for sale do in other parts of the country. In some cases, the open house may last only 15 minutes. Be prepared for a swarm of people with deposit checks and resumes — yes, resumes — at the ready. The competition is fierce, particularly if the apartment is “inexpensive” for San Francisco standards and is in a nice location.”

Dan Laufer, cofounder and CEO of RentLingo.com

“We’ve created a Charm Index which uses Big Data to allow users to visualize how desirable or charming a location is and a Noise Index which shows how noisy a location is and both can be helpful even if you’re moving across town. Unfortunately there’s no short cut here, housing supply is tight and demand continues to grow and that’s a big reason why rent is so dang high in the area.”

Register Now

Now that you have a little insight into your housing options in the Bay Area, you can feel comfortable applying to the Tech.Co Startup of the Year competition! By applying before July 8th, you’ll have a chance to compete with 50 finalists in San Jose this September at the Celebrate 2016 global conference, where you can win prizes, cash, and an invite to a top US accelerator program and more.

Tech.Co’s San Francisco Startup Night will take place on Wednesday, July 13 at WeWork Civic Center from 6 PM to 8:30 PM. Sign up today and bring your team! We’ll have cocktails, snacks, and some great networking. Support your favorite local startups as we begin our search for Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year!

Register for our San Francisco event here.

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Conor is the Lead Writer for Tech.co. For the last six years, he’s covered everything from tech news and product reviews to digital marketing trends and business tech innovations. He's written guest posts for the likes of Forbes, Chase, WeWork, and many others, covering tech trends, business resources, and everything in between. He's also participated in events for SXSW, Tech in Motion, and General Assembly, to name a few. He also cannot pronounce the word "colloquially" correctly. You can email Conor at conor@tech.co.
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