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Apartment List Overview

San Francisco, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Real Estate
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Here at Apartment List, we believe that everyone deserves a home that they love and we want to help you find it. After all, the place you call home is often your biggest investment.

The rental process can be way more complex than it needs to be. By taking ... Read more

Mission: Everyone deserves a home they love. We help make the search simple.

Company Updates

  • Does political polarization in the US affect housing choice? We examined how housing choice correlates with how we see ourselves fitting within the American Dream, which can have a strong influence on how we choose our elected officials.

    Political Polarization in America Explained Through Housing Choice - Rentonomics

    With American political polarization more divisive than it has ever been in the modern era, pundits have been scrambling and struggling to explain the divide within our nation. The 2018 midterm elections showed us that this trend is more pronounced than ever, but unlike previous elections, 2018 has given us valuable insight into how the problem can be explained through the lens of housing choice.

  • 5. Housing policy will take center stage in national politics.

    Apartment List's Predictions for 2019

    1. Smaller technology hubs will grow. New ones will not rise (yet). Amazon's HQ2 contest dominated real estate headlines in 2018, and the final decision taught us that distance still matters more than ever. Technology firms want to be near infrastructure, investors, and pools of high-skilled talent.

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Apartment List – Why Work For Us?


Here at Apartment List, we believe that everyone deserves a home that they love and we want to help you find it. After all, the place you call home is often your biggest investment. From making dinner with friends to a baby’s first steps, your home becomes your interior world, a place built on relationships and shared moments.

With over 110 million renters in the U.S., we want to change the conversation around renting, and we’re engaging the brightest minds to help reimagine the rental process. We currently have more than 4 million units on our site and we’re growing!

Apartment List launched in September 2011 and was founded by CEO John Kobs and COO Chris Erickson. We’ve raised more than $110M in funding from Canaan Partners, Matrix Partners, and Passport Capital. The company has been named one of Forbes’ “Top 25 Most Promising Companies” and one of Inc.’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S.

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Our Perks

Health & Wellness
Healthy employees are happy employees, so we do all we can to keep you in shape! Take advantage of the our monthly gym membership stipend. We offer full coverage on our health, vision, and dental benefits for you and your family. We make sure you can take a break with programs like flexible time off and competitive parental leave, so you can enjoy your life outside the office. 

Out of Office
We love spending time together outside of work. We celebrate everything from Halloween to company milestones, and we do it in style. We also go beyond the parties—join monthly company-wide events like community service, scavenger hunts, our yearly Tahoe ski trip, and monthly department outings to get to know your team better.

Dining In
Grab a plate and join your teammates for daily lunches, brought to us by Nourish Inc. Our office also has fresh fruit courtesy of Fruit Guys, and a variety of healthy and yummy snacks.

Getting Around
Not everyone lives within walking distance of the office, so take advantage of our monthly transportation stipend, as well as pre-tax account for commute. Use it to cover refills on your Clipper card, bike costs or Lyft/Uber rides to the office.


In addition to general tech rockstars, we embody these core values.

  • Succeeding Together - Our team is our greatest asset. We are unstoppable because of the commitment and passion of our teammates.
  • Endlessly Helpful - By always going the extra mile, we build strong, trusting relationships internally and externally.
  • Driven by Data - This approach creates a meritocracy and harnesses the intellectual horsepower of our team. Thoughtful, data-driven insights trump seniority and titles.
  • Making an Impact - We are motivated by game-changing solutions that will have a lasting impact on the entire rental marketplace.
  • Forever Learning - We believe that ongoing learning is critical to our happiness and professional development.
  • Bold While Pragmatic - A healthy and growing business fuels our growth and enables us to invest in our people and pursue our audacious goals.

Apartment List Reviews

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Apartment List CEO John Kobs
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  • "Working for this company has been an incredible experience"

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    Current Employee - Regional Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Account Director in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at Apartment List full-time (Less than a year)


    Working for Apartment List has been the best decision career wise that I could have made. From the CEO down, the employees all genuinely care about the success of the platform and it shows in the daily flow and work within each department. Although it is a smaller company, it is growing quickly. However, there are ample opportunities to foster and cultivate an atmosphere that allows all employees the chance to interact or feel as part of the team. This includes company events (holiday party, skiing in Tahoe, annual SPARK conference, etc), as well as in office meetings like the Friday Q & Meals, in which everyone (including us remote employees who call in) attends. For me, the compensation and benefits for my role have been more than adequate and are a huge incentive for me to continue to work at Apartment List for as long as I can. I also think that the leaders are incredibly easy to work for and always motivate me to push myself to do more. Even on days that I am exhausted or feel like I didn't do my best, I am always thankful for this job and don't have a negative about the company itself.


    I honestly do not have any negatives. However, if you are looking for a job where you can get by without pulling your weight, you're looking at the wrong company. I do not always work 9-5 hours, but I personally feel like it's worth it because of how happy this job makes me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and maintaining the same transparency and concern for not only the product, but your clients and employees, even with the amount of growth expected.

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Apartment List Photos

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Apartment List photo of: Aloha Friday
Apartment List photo of: ALOHA Friday
Apartment List photo of: Check out our sales team at the NAA conference helping these puppies find their forever home.
Apartment List photo of: Listy Blue everywhere we go! Our ladies of the sales team are rocking it.
Apartment List photo of: We help you AND Max find a home.
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Apartment List Interviews



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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Apartment List (San Francisco, CA) in August 2011.


    The interview process was thorough but not over-the-top difficult or exhaustive. Also, it gave me enough chance to meet a lot of different employees and have all my questions answered.

    Interview Questions

    • When tackling a particular software problem, do I approach it by gut or by thorough analysis and research?   1 Answer
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Apartment List Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work, San Francisco Business Times, 2014
  • Webby Award People's Voice Real Estate, The Webby Awards, 2012
  • Vator Splash, Vator Splash, 2013
  • Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Inc. 5000, 2013
  • Top 25 Most Promising Companies,, 2014
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