Agree with all of the above, but I would also suggest making sure all of your friends know you are looking. Because craigslist is a hassle, I think some landlords skip it completely if possible, which good landlords/rentals often can accomplish easily. My landlords have those rare great deal apartments – relatively cheap because they want people who really take care of the place not because anything is wrong with it. They notify us when there is an opening. With the good price, good apartment, and our recommendation of the landlords, they get multiple responses simply through our networks and the place is gone within a few days.