About Us

Jon Grant – Chicago Market Leader

Coming from our Houston market, Jon is excited to be leading our Chicago office. Jon joined us in October 2020, with a background of developing businesses in the insurance industry. Not sure what to initially expect when he entered real estate, becoming an apartment locator with a trendy culture-driven company was quite the welcomed change! Jon thrived in sales with a can-do attitude and the help of tons of coworkers who were more than willing to help. As Chicago Market Leader, his mission is to pay it forward by helping his local agents learn and grown in a place where they can be their authentic selves.


Our Story

Smart City started in 2013 as a small apartment locating service in Dallas, Texas. In the early days, our founder and CEO Cassie Brown just wanted to help her friends find great places to live, but her innate drive to offer an amazing client experience quickly set Smart City apart from the competition. Since then, Smart City has taken big strides to disrupt the real estate industry by choosing what’s right over what’s profitable. We are growing rapidly, with services available in major metro areas across three states. And, as always, our goal is to always put you—our customer—first.

Our Purpose

When Smart City was first founded, our goal was “to become the most trusted, most referred, and most utilized resource among renters in Texas.” We’ve broadened our scope considerably as our business has grown, but those basic ideals still remain. In short, Smart City is here to find you a space where you can be yourself.

Finding You a Space in Chicago Where You Can Be Yourself

Apartment hunting in Chicago shouldn’t be a chore. We want you to be excited about the process and thrilled about your prospects. We want to build a connection with you and find out your wants, your needs, your “gotta haves” and your wildest dreams so we can find the Chicago apartment that’s absolutely perfect for you.

We’re Smart City – Chicago, and we’re here to find you a space where you can be yourself.

Our Accolades

Best Places to Work
  • Dallas Business Journal

    2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019

  • Houston Business Journal


  • Glassdoor

    2018 (#19)

Dallas 100 Entrepreneur Award
  • Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship (SMU)


Inc. 5000
  • #670


  • #1086


Entrepreneur 360
  • #190


  • #299


Top CEOs
  • Glassdoor

    2019 (#16)

35 Under 35
  • LGBTQ Leader, Business Category


Women in Business Award
  • Dallas Business Journal


Best of Austin
  • Austin Chronicle


There’s a ton of locators in the Dallas area, but if we ever move again Smart City is the only one I’d consider. They make the process so easy, especially because you can communicate via text with your agent. Best of all the process is so quick… Thank you Kynnzie and Smart City for helping us find the perfect place!

Amber R.
via Yelp!

From finding the apartments that fit what I was looking for to scheduling the tours, [Monica] made everything stress-free for me. I highly recommend Smart City and Monica!

I worked with Smart City again and they did not fail. Amazing service, loving and caring agents. I worked with Xenia this time and she was amazing… I have a really, really busy lifestyle and Smart City really helped me not to be worried and stressed about finding a nice home with my needs. I love Smart City and I promise that no one will regret using them.

Parisa H.
via Birdeye

Best apartment locators on earth!

All of our moms

Smart City — a free apartment locating startup founded on a radical commitment to caring about clients —everyone is essential because everyone is a human being, not just a name on a spreadsheet.

Mile High CRE
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Smart City has been one of our biggest partners in leasing units in bulk, and their team is really engaged with our staff. Any time we need to lease a block of units to hit our occupancy goals, the property success team at Smart City is one of our first calls. Kendall and her team are really great at communicating on goals, timelines, and specific units that will be marketed to their clients. We would recommend them to any client or property management company looking to fill up their property!

Cypress at Trinity Groves

Chip Lambert and team have done a great job about making sure they send us qualified prospects, calling to make appointments, following up to see how they went, explaining our specials to the prospects so they’re more well-informed when they come in the door. They are helping us to lease up our community!

Alexan Avondale

The self-described ‘hip, trendy and client-focused locators’ are passionate about helping provide housing accommodations, as well as working with each other.

Dallas Business Journal
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