Looking to rent in downtown San Diego? Here’s a little friendly advice.

Want to rent an apartment or condo in downtown San Diego?  Sounds great.  So you start by contacting every Realtor downtown, every all-rental apartment building, and start scouring Craigslist to contact a million posters about rental ads.  Congratulations.  You’ve started exactly the wrong way.

While it’s true that a lot of downtown San Diego rentals never hit the Realtor Multiple Listing Service (apartment buildings, Craigslist ads, etc.), the best place to start, in just about any venture, is finding a professional you trust.  This is what we do all day – help people find their new homes.  What do you do for a living?  I have no idea – but it isn’t this.

Same goes for real estate, renting or buying.  And the best part is that hiring a professional downtown San Diego Realtor is free.  You might think, incorrectly, that the best thing to do is to get all the agents to go to work for you.  Right?  Wrong.  We know what you’re doing.  And so no one is working hard to help you.

While you think you’ve got 10 agents working to find you that perfect place, in reality, there are zero working on your behalf.  See, we get paid on results and work hard for clients committed to us.  And it’s pretty hard to get up and go to work in the morning if you think you won’t get paid for your time, effort, and expertise.  Consider this: Would you have gone to work today if you thought you might not get paid?  Say “yes”.  I dare ya.

So, if you need downtown San Diego real estate help, find a professional you trust.  (Read Yelp reviews, ask friends and co-workers, query Señor Google.)  It doesn’t have to be 92101 Condo Guru.  Just make it somebody.  One somebody.  A full-time professional, hyperlocal downtown San Diego Realtor will make your life easier and you’ll get better results.  Even if you end up finding something on Craigslist and your agent doesn’t make a dime.  Try it.  You’ll like it.  It’s free. Tell your friends.