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Old 07-26-2012, 01:53 PM
 
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Hi, My family is relocating from New York for a job in Menlo Park in September and we need to find a 2-BR rental ASAP. Craigslist isn't turning up much. Does anyone recommend any real estate agents in the area who might work with us? We're open to apartments anywhere from San Mateo down to Mountainview.

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Old 07-26-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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Hi, My family is relocating from New York for a job in Menlo Park in September and we need to find a 2-BR rental ASAP. Craigslist isn't turning up much. Does anyone recommend any real estate agents in the area who might work with us? We're open to apartments anywhere from San Mateo down to Mountainview.

Thank you!
When you say "Craigslist isn't turning up much," do you mean that what you're finding is too expensive?

Or are you saying that what you're finding isn't very nice (or not nice for the price they're asking)?

Looking at padmapper.com (https://www.padmapper.com/), there definitely seem to be a lot of apartments available between San Mateo and Mountain View.

As far as I'm aware, I've never heard of anyone using a real estate broker on the peninsula (or, really, anywhere in the Bay Area). Most small landlords either advertise on craigslist, or don't advertise at all online (just by word of mouth, which is how I found my place). Many of these places that don't advertise online will have "for rent" signs out front, so it's possible to pick an area you like and drive/walk around to see what's available.

There aren't as many big apartment complexes in the Bay Area as compared to many places of the country, but they do exist. Some advertise on craigslist (although, I often found that the ones that did weren't very nice, for whatever reason, ymmv), and most have their own websites. Hotpads (www.hotpads.com), rent.com (Apartments for Rent & Homes for Rent - Rent.comĀ® Apartment Finder), and apartmentfinder (Apartments for Rent | Apartment Finder and Rentals Locator | Apartmentfinder.com) tend to have advertisements for these bigger apartment complexes.

Also, during your search, you'll want to have realistic expectations about your budget. Prices in the entire Bay Area have skyrocketed in the last year and a half (since early 2011), and the peninsula is not immune to these price increases. There are cheaper areas to live on the peninsula, and most of the peninsula (outside of Menlo Park/Palo Alto) are cheaper than SF. But even these relatively cheaper places will give you sticker shock if you're moving from pretty much anywhere else in the country where cost of housing is significantly lower.
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