Apartment List Seeks To Rule Rental Search Market

Craigslist competitor boasts of "better supply."

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013  |  Updated 12:21 PM PDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Bedbugs Targeted in Richmond Apartment Building

esquireeric/Instagram

Finding a spot in one of these apartments could be done on multiple services.

Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

Finally, some competition in the Web-based free apartment hunting.

A four-year old startup in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, Apartment List, is banking on users being willing to list their apartments on their service -- and not just with Craig, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Apartment List charges landlords to use their service, which may be a turn-off when compared with the free Craigslist. However, the listings at Apartment List are curated, which means fewer "scam artists" and fake listings, the newspaper reported.

Apartment List also offers a "Roommates app," which pairs apartment hunters with future living mates, the newspaper reported.

The company is small, but did $10 million in revenue last year without the aid of venture capital, according to the Chronicle. It's also betting that it can make inroads in other parts of the country, where the Craigslist brand isn't so strong -- and that over time, its possession "of the best supply" of apartment listings will make it a viable Craig competitor.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Bay Area Proud
Bay Area Proud is NBC Bay... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out