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App Lets You Tour Apartments In 3D

Be a more efficient shopper

By Scott Budman
|  Friday, Jul 4, 2014  |  Updated 7:36 AM PDT
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NBC Bay Area's business and tech reporter Scott Budman shows how a Bay Area company is making it easier for apartment hunters to find their new home.

NBC Bay Area's business and tech reporter Scott Budman shows how a Bay Area company is making it easier for apartment hunters to find their new home.

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 It's hard out there for a renter.

The Bay Area rental market is scalding these days, and for every opening, there seems to be dozens of potential renters.

Enter an app, to save you time. 

"Look" just debuted from Apartment List, a San Francisco company that aims to make your hunt more efficient. Tap on one of the buildings listed (so far, about one thousand spread out over certain cities, including San Francisco), and you can take a virtual tour - in 3D - on your smartphone).

This can, potentially, save you from all those trips to apartments you know aren't going to fit what you need. Says Apartment List's Genevieve Lydstone, "what we found is, renters spend an inordinate amount of time just searching various rentals."

The app (see 'Apartment List") is free, and the company says it will likely spread to other cities.

Scott is on Twitter: @scottbudman

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