You religiously, obsessively hit the ‘refresh’ button every 5 minutes on whatever listing website you’re using.
You can spot a scam listing from a mile away. $1,000 a month one-bedrooms don’t exist in this city.
You arrive at an apartment showing to find out you’re the 20th in line. You try to contain your waves of panic …but hey, at least you’re not that guy who’s number forty.
There’s a bouncer at the apartment showing because letting everyone in would be a fire hazard.
You arrive at a showing prepared with your checkbook, plus the obligatory manila file documenting every detail of your rental history. It may or may not include a resume for your pet cat.
You act like a sycophant to pass the roommate interview process.
Weird roommates? You can deal! (Hey, the rent’s under $1200!)
Median rent in San Francisco is $3,300 a month. If you spend one-third your income on rent (the amount the federal government says you should budget for housing), you should be earning about $9,900 a month, or $118,800 a year.