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07/10/2012 04:09 pm ET | Updated Sep 09, 2012

Reside and Conquer

StreetEasy helps you move from doghouse to penthouse

In a city where 8.2 million people are packed into 300 square miles of real estate, the fight for living space is going to get ugly.

But StreetEasy, a Flatiron-based startup that set up shop back in '05, is trying to make the hunt for quality New York digs a little less harrowing.

At first glance, the site simply aggregates rental and purchase listings for properties in New York City, the Hamptons, and northern New Jersey. But it's in the details where StreetEasy distinguishes itself. House hunters can view the history of sale prices in a building. Renters can find apartment listings without broker fees. And agents can zoom out to discover pricing trends in a neighborhood.

StreetEasy has become the de facto standard for pricing New York City real estate -- it's nearly impossible to read a post on Curbed or The Real Deal without finding a link to the site. Co-founder Sebastian Delmont made tech news recently when the company ditched Google Maps for an in-house solution. Delmont estimates the move will save StreetEasy up to $300,000 a year.

With tools like StreetEasy, the hunt for living space doesn't have to be a living nightmare. See for yourself.

Now go forth (and hunt smarter).