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The Top Three Free Apps To Take Apartment Hunting

We've already shown you what you need to do to score your dream rental in San Francisco, but now let's talk about some tools that can help you decide which apartment ultimately scores you. San Francisco's current rental market is overwhelming, but don't let the frenzy blind you to essential factors in an apartment's worthiness of your commitment. To help, we've put together a list of the top three free apps you can take with you on your search to make an informed decision before signing on the dotted line.

New to The City? Or just considering a new neighborhood? SF Climates shows you a snapshot of the different micro-climates in San Francisco, so you know what to expect from every San Franciscan's BFF, Karl the Fog. A helpful reality check before you sign a lease in the Outer Sunset swearing that you can handle it.

Have a car, but considering an apartment without parking? BestParking will show you the garage options nearby - both daily and monthly, so you can make a realistic judgement of how much you'll spend on top of your rent for reliable parking.

Your daily commute is one of the most impactful elements in your quality of life, so making a realistic judgment about your commute times and options is a must. Arrive shows you all the transit options around your current location - from muni buses to ZipCars, and lets you plot routes to key destinations like work and home. You can see at a glimpse if your commute will be a breeze, or require three bus changes or a long walk (which will, let's admit, often be in the cold or rain).