I finally had a moment to read this article in the Stranger from October 8th. Jason Thornberry does a pretty good job describing what the househunt is like in Seattle.
The process described is exactly why I started doing what I'm doing. As your real estate agent, I can help you navigate this weird world of unreturned phone calls and filthy carpets.
No one wants to believe how bad the the rental search can get, but this article is as factual as it is funny.
All is not lost. You can find great apartments here. Give me a call. I can help you.