The daunting task of searching through apartments in New York City has been simplified by two local boys, Michael Lisovetsky and Joseph Campagna. The two have created the HomeSwipe app, which allows renters to set filters and search parameters, then swipe through area listings as they please.
Lisovetsky and Campagna first met at I.S. 7 in Huguenot, then attended Staten Island Technical High School in New Dorp together. Lisovetsky says the idea was born while he was involved in an entrepreneurship program at Draper University in Silicon Valley. Speaking of the university's founder and venture capitalist, Tim Draper, Lisovetsky said, "He said, 'If you can show me something in a month, I'll invest in it'." And lo and behold, the investor stayed true to his word.
After pairing up, Lisovetsky and Campagna decided they wanted to make HomeSwipe as user-friendly as possible without being overwhelming. Once the search results are loaded, the user can either swipe right if they like an apartment, or swipe left to skip it. The app is free for renters, but there will soon be fees for Realtors. Inventory is strongest in Manhattan, of course, where there are plenty of Realtors ready to hop on this new technology. Lisovetsky is calling for more the participation of more Staten Island-based Realtors in order to strengthen the island's inventory.
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