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Can Tech Tools Make Apartment-Hunting in New York Affordable?

Moving to Manhattan? Here's a listing for a three-bedroom apartment in a doorman building in the East Village, offering 900 square feet for the low price of $3,384. It would be a steal, if only the houndstooth rug and surfboard art shown in the photos didn’t so closely resemble the décor seen in this listing for a one-bedroom across the river in Brooklyn.

This kind of thing is old hat in the hectic world of New York real estate, where demand outpaces the supply of units and where rental agents outnumber would-be clients—but a new crop of tech startups here aims to ease such apartment-hunting pains. 

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