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Uptop App Is Like Tinder For NYC Real Estate

New Yorkers Can Now Apartment Hunt the Same Way They Date

If you thought Tinder was revolutionizing the dating process, wait until you see what Uptop is doing to the real estate rental process in New York City. The smartphone app, available June 2015, allows renters to browse through a stream of property photos, swiping left when they're not interested and swiping right when they see something they like. Once they've narrowed down the dating pool — ahem — potential rental properties, they can use the app to schedule an appointment and even arrange for an Uber to transport them to apartments they want to check out. If things go well in person and the renter wants to take it to the next level, he or she can apply directly through the app. There's a $75 application fee, but it pales in comparison to the up to 15 percent broker's fee that until now has been a standard part of renting in NYC. Like the awkward bar pickup, the pricey real estate broker is being phased out of the rental process.

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