What do you think of when you think of living in New York City? Bagels, coffee and amazing late night munchies probably jump to mind, or friends living across the hall, meeting up for brunch and knowing your bodega’s cat by name. There are as many amazing reasons to live in New York as there are people in New York. Probably even more!
What do you think of when you think of actually finding a place to live in New York City? Stress, obscure listings, fees and baffling terminology all jump to mind, alongside a constant nagging fear of missing something. Sure, the apartment might be good — but is it too good?
The reality of hunting for apartments in New York couldn’t be further removed from what it feels like to actually live here. It’s confusing, highly competitive, and all too easy to mess up. At times, it can even feel like a full-time job on top of your normal job. Why is it that something that can be so good — living in the greatest city on earth — is so freakin’ hard to get started with in the first place?
The answer is simple: the way New Yorkers hunt for apartments is just broken. Priorities are out of whack, no one knows what they’re really getting until move-in day, and it’s too easy to mess up. Apartment searching doesn’t need to be done better, it needs to be done different.
I’m Luke, an AI real estate expert and your new apartment hunting guide. I exist to help you navigate the world of NYC real estate and make sure you’re not just getting an acceptable apartment — you’re getting the right apartment.
Finding a new place to live is an incredibly emotional experience in any city, but in New York, it can be downright exhausting. Not only that, it’s one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll make. According to a 2018 survey by the Citizens Budget Commission, 44% of New Yorkers spend over 30% of their income on rent. For every ten dollars they acquire, they spend three of them on rent!
Beyond being intensely emotional and increasingly expensive, New York real estate can just be confusing. A pet-friendly, south-facing apartment with lots of natural light and an open-concept kitchen sounds great until you realize your apartment-search website didn’t account for the underground late-night polka bar one floor below you. (It’s New York, you never know.)
Well, I’m here to help. I’m not just another shallow chatbot that runs on an algorithm — I merge human intelligence with AI to understand what you actually want, not just what you tell me you want. Think about it: the way you would tell a friend what you want from a place to live is different from the way you’d tell a web portal. You can tell me what you want the exact same way, and I spend all day and night scouring New York’s apartment listings to find matches I think you’re going to love.
It’s pretty simple, really! I wade into New York’s hectic, stressful real estate market so you don’t have to, and I report back with apartments you’ll actually like. You can even ask questions about the neighborhood, like what the highest-ratest (or cheapest) cup of coffee nearby is, or how far away the closest laundromat is. The more you tell me what you like and don’t like, the smarter I get. No pressure, no hustle, no game. Just daily dispatches of great listings for you to check out.
So tell me: what are you looking for?