About Us

Emily Wenzlaff – Nashville Market Leader

Emily Wenzlaff was born and raised in Austin, TX (“where we like to keep things weird AF.”) After earning a BA in Finance from Texas State University (in San Marcos) and working as a CPA examiner in Houston, she finally made the leap to Smart City in 2015. She worked her way up to lead agent in the Austin office, but once again decided it was time for a change. “I felt drawn to building a market from the ground up, which landed me the role of Nashville Market Leader. So here we are and I’ve never been so ready for something in my life!”

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 Nashville Where You Can Be Yourself

For us, apartment hunting in Nashville is not just a job… it’s a passion! That’s why we always try to go above and beyond, to do more than simply provide you with a list of available rentals. We take the time to get to know you and find out *exactly* what you’re looking for. And then we make it our personal mission to find you the perfect apartment, condo, or other rental property. “Good enough” simply isn’t good enough as far as we’re concerned. We want to help you find a home that you’re going to fall in love with.

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

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.

Amber R.
via Yelp!

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

I worked with Smart City again and they did not fail. Amazing service, loving and caring agents…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

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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