Apartment baiting with Facebook Ads

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186 points | by hackathonguy 132 days ago

16 comments

  • astura 132 days ago

    I've used Craigslist this way, most of the public rental ads for our area were either for shitty places or overpriced. There's nice to very nice apartment complexes in our area but they are very expensive, have on-schedule yearly rent increase, and charge pet fees.

    So I posted an ad on Craigslist in "housing wanted" saying our approximate credit score (750+ each), employment history, what we were looking for, and our income plus a little intro about us personally to give it a little flair.

    Since we were pretty much ideal renters I was hoping landlords of the nicer properties would look there first to avoid the sketchy unqualified riff raff that may reply to public ads and waste their time. The other thing is we have/had cats, so the pool of apartments was smaller for us so it made sense to "target" landlords who were open to pets.

    To my surprise, got a bunch of really great hits! Way better places at better prices than the public ads. Apparently landlords actually DO browse Craigslist for qualified candidates. Some even congratulated us on being responsible and "ahead of the curve."

    Ended up renting from someone found that way. Total cost was $0.

    I imagine Facebook groups would work just as well or better. Facebook groups weren't really a thing last time I was apartment hunting and I've owned for a while now so I won't ever get to personally try it out. Facebook groups work way better than Craigslist for both buying and selling stuff and, in general, a local Facebook group I belong to has been insanely useful for a lot of different things.

    • treis 132 days ago

      Seems like this is little more than an end around the fair housing act for landlords.

      • astura 132 days ago

        The FHA makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status.

        I very purposely didn't include any information about any of those categories in my ad. The only thing you could discern from my ad was that I was (and still am) married.

        That's like saying employers looking for candidates on LinkedIn or the "Ask HN: Who wants to be hired?" thread is "little more than an end for employers to get around anti-discrimination laws."

        • always_good 132 days ago

          You'll have to elaborate how reaching out to tenant candidates directly gets around the Fair Housing Act and what that act attempts to address.

          • ada1981 132 days ago

            For example, it’s illegal not to rent to single moms. But maybe you don’t want to. So you can look through the tenants looking for a place and hand pick one before advertising your place.

            Or maybe you don’t like gay folks, or black folks, etc.

            • scarface74 131 days ago

              It’s not that hard to discriminate and make it hard for someone to prove that’s what you’re doing.

              • himom 131 days ago

                I was at Oren’s Hummus Shop in Mountain View when an Israeli-American couple were plopped down next to me. They procesed to converse loudly, and the male smugly boasted about how “horribly old” one rental candidate was, how he’d just waste his time and say it was already rented. Ageism never gets old, but then when it does, it gets bitter as the younger ageism treats it like the elderly in Korea... eventually, it jumps from a bridge due to poverty, shunning, isolation and neglect.

                • ada1981 130 days ago

                  +1 for reminding me how much I used to love Oren’s while living in Palo Alto. :)

              • treis 132 days ago

                Exactly. Here's an article about FB being sued for allowing discriminatory ads:

                https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/03/2...

          • vidoc 132 days ago

            > I was hoping landlords of the nicer properties would look there first to avoid the sketchy unqualified riff raff that may reply to their ads and waste their time

            How did you manage to convey that? By virtue of posting an ad or you went ahead and specified in the ad how high educated, high income, and overall awesome you are?

            • astura 132 days ago

              Selling myself. It was "this is why you'd want to rent to me."

              I didn't specifically mention my education though, I thought my profession was enough. I also didn't mention our savings/assets either, because I thought our income was enough.

              Mentioned both of our professions, what specifically we do at work, our salaries, our work history (both had been at our companies for many years), our credit scores, our rental history (both individually and together), and a little about us personally (hobbies), that we were quiet, and that we've never missed a payment on anything in our lives. (Bills, loans, rent)

              Basically conveying that we were stable, responsible, respectful, and could afford the rent.

              I was absolutely floored on how well it worked, I had no idea how many landlords were going to be actively looking for tenants on Craigslist.

              "They" say "the best jobs are never advertised." Turns out "the best apartments are [also] never advertised."

              • jrowley 132 days ago

                May I ask where you posted the listing? I’m thinking that might not work as well in highly competitive places (eg SF) but I hope I’m wrong.

                • astura 132 days ago

                  Craigslist "housing wanted" section.

                  For SF: https://sfbay.craigslist.org/d/all-housing-wanted/search/sfc...

                  I would also suggest local Facebook groups in this day in age.

                  • jrowley 132 days ago

                    Whoops, I meant to ask what geographic location you posted your ad in, because I was thinking in SF it might be more competitive and less effective.

                    • astura 132 days ago

                      I don't post specifics on the internet but its in the Northeast US, medium sized town.

              • starpilot 132 days ago

                "I'm working for X having graduated from Y, and have no pets. Normal guy etc."

                I've done it before and it works. Really stands out among all the "Single parent, 3 dogs and 2 cats, can afford $500/month for a 1-bedroom apartment in city downtown" ads.

              • ada1981 132 days ago

                Many landlords would be happy to rent to Horst Christian Simco.

            • dbatten 132 days ago

              Somebody should build a service for this.

              My wife and I recently moved and, while we ended up somewhere we like, there was one particular street right next to our old house that we always wished we would be able to get a home on. When we talked to other neighbors that were thinking about moving, we found out that we were far from the only ones eyeing that street. Unfortunately, people there rarely sold and, when they did, the homes got snapped up quick.

              We thought about sending letters to see if somebody wanted to sell to us without going the realtor route, but we never did. Facebook ads would have made it way easier. And a service where we forked over $50 to run some ads plus $250 as a reward and pushed a button would have been better still.

              • ssharp 132 days ago

                > We thought about sending letters to see if somebody wanted to sell to us without going the realtor route, but we never did.

                We actually just bought a house doing this exact thing. There was one particular area that only had about 30 houses in it and they don't come up for sale that much. Since we really wanted to move this year, we sent letters to the houses we'd want in that area. To our surprise, out of the dozen or so letters we sent, four people responded that they were considering selling and a few others still replied thanking us for the letter but weren't going to sell.

                As long as you are willing to be flexible with move date, this works out great for both sides. The sellers avoid agent fees, which at 5 or 6% can be significant, and the annoyances of showings and open houses. It also gives the sellers certainty of sale so when they go to buy another house, they don't have to deal with contingency offers.

                • newfoundglory 132 days ago

                  > It also gives the sellers certainty of sale so when they go to buy another house, they don't have to deal with contingency offers.

                  A sale isn’t certain until it’s closed, so unless you are suggesting a sale and lease-back arrangement, it doesn’t really change the sellers situation.

                  • ssharp 131 days ago

                    You can work out a lease-back for 60 days on most mortgages and some mortgages don't have any leasing restrictions. I'd say some lease-back would happen in this type of arrangement the vast majority of times.

                • matwood 132 days ago

                  > We thought about sending letters to see if somebody wanted to sell to us without going the realtor route

                  I've gotten letters like that before and always assumed they were Realtors trolling for clients.

                  • pavel_lishin 132 days ago

                    In a similar situation, here, except I've gotten phone calls asking if I was interested in selling my house.

                    I don't own a house.

                    • chasedehan 132 days ago

                      The people I know who have actually done it wrote a personalized response as to why they wanted to live in that particular area.

                      i.e. "my son lives on X street and I would like to live by him" or "the access to hiking/biking trails is one of the things I cherish the most." , etc.

                      Otherwise, you are right that I think most of those letters are from Realtors and go immediately in the trash.

                      • matwood 132 days ago

                        I get ~4 calls/day from realtors wanting to list my house. It was so bad last summer that my wife changed her voice mail to start with "If you are Realtor, never call me again...".

                        At this point I would be suspicious of even a personal letter like you mention above. I really hope technology continues to squeeze realtors out of business. At one point I was indifferent to them, but they have turned my opinion negative.

                    • the_mitsuhiko 132 days ago

                      A friend bought a house by putting an ad on the wall at a nearby store. An old lady sold it to them who does not use the internet.

                      • roel_v 132 days ago

                        I get letters like this sometimes (people looking to buy either in our area or specifically our house). This only works when you personalize your letter to the specific house, and sell yourself - i.e. not send a generic 'call me if you want to sell', because then people will assume you're a realtor. I don't think this can be made into a service - it only works when you're clearly not a business and when you can show that you've put in the effort.

                        • tbihl 131 days ago

                          And any attempt to turn it into a business will probably only set the bar higher for doing it in earnest.

                        • lostlogin 132 days ago

                          > We thought about sending letters to see if somebody wanted to sell to us without going the realtor route.

                          My parent sold a place that they had after a letter was put in their letter box, and we were on the brink of doing this when we were looking for a place. Before we did I walked into work and said “anyone know of a place for sale in xxx that would be interested in a private sale?” Someone did, and we bought it. No real estate agents involved.

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                            • chasedehan 132 days ago

                              I know a number of different people who have done this and purchased homes. They were all in areas where houses rarely go up for sale.

                              I do like the idea of targeting people through Facebook although I feel like the physical letter would pull more at the heart strings

                              • astura 132 days ago

                                >We thought about sending letters to see if somebody wanted to sell to us

                                I heard this is something real estate investors do for people who are in the foreclosure process. Offer a all cash short sale and see if the home owner and bank bites to prevent going through foreclosure. I don't know if it's actually true or not, or how common it is.

                                There is a service that offers this, it's called "Craigslist" and "Facebook groups."

                                • mdn0420 132 days ago

                                  Direct mail marketing is a popular strategy in the real estate investing world. You can pull lists of properties+owners and filter by various criteria. Foreclosures or absentee owners are some pretty common ones.

                                  • astura 132 days ago

                                    Do you know what services they use to find those people? Are there ones tailored to real estate investors? Just our of curiosity.

                                    • mdn0420 131 days ago

                                      listsource.com is one. Real estate investors are certainly a big consumer of these services but probably not the only ones.

                                • ttul 132 days ago

                                  “Somebody should build a service for this.“

                                  Noooooo.... please don’t ruin this... Let’s keep it for us nerds, okay?

                                  • sneak 132 days ago

                                    If you’re a nerd, you’ll find some other way to differentiate instead of simply gatekeeping knowledge.

                                • samsolomon 132 days ago

                                  There really is a ton of stuff you can do with Facebook ads. I got one of my first jobs out of college by running ads targeted to the types of companies I wanted to work for.

                                  https://solomon.io/how-to-get-a-job-interview-tomorrow-using...

                                • lukethomas 132 days ago

                                  I did a similar process when house-shopping. Setup ads for a particular location, specifically targeting people who owned in the area, but who lived out of state.

                                  1. Personal FB ad copy 2. Landing page w/ more information about what we were looking for. 3. Contact form

                                  I received ~5 leads from people willing to sell their house with about $100 in ad spend.

                                  • iagovar 132 days ago

                                    How do you target owners in FB (A bit time since I don't use it, but don't remember any particular filter allowing this)

                                    • ceejayoz 132 days ago

                                      Not only is there a "homeowners" category in the "Demographics" targeting section, but there are specific sub-categories like "Home value" $50,000-$99,999", "Home type: Condo", etc. IIRC, they get it from a data broker like Experian.

                                      • astura 132 days ago

                                        And the data broker, in turn, compiles that information from public records.

                                        LexisNexis is actually the big one who resells that information, you can request a copy of your report from their site for free to see what they got on you. Mine listed my house, I believe the day I bought it, and the source of that information (in my case my town hall).

                                        • zeusk 132 days ago

                                          > LexisNexis is actually the big one who resells that information, you can request a copy of your report from their site for free to see what they got on you.

                                          How? Their site has a physical form and instructions to mail it - which is so fucking ironic given they freely sell our data in digital form but we need to mail them forms to get a copy ourselves.

                                          • astura 132 days ago

                                            I believe I mailed in the form with a color photocopy of my ID.

                                          • lukethomas 132 days ago

                                            Yup - I do believe that FB is severing their relationship with these data brokers shortly, so unsure if this will continue to be available.

                                            • mcmoose75 132 days ago

                                              Are they? This would really surprise me- Custom Audiences (FB brand name for the tool that integrates data from 3rd parties like Acxiom, etc.) is VERY powerful and makes FB a whole bunch of money.

                                            • astura 132 days ago

                                              Without the data brokers they may try to instead compile that information themselves straight from the source like Zillow does.

                                          • ufmace 132 days ago

                                            Wow, that's kind of creepy. I tend to feel like that every time I go down the rabbit hole of just how much the advertising world knows about us.

                                      • baking 132 days ago

                                        Do people even look at Facebook ads? On my browser they rotate through every ten seconds, so even if I was interested the chance that I could read them and decide to click on them before they go away is nil. In he past, every single Facebook ad I'd ever clicked on turned out to be click-bait (the photo/ad had nothing to do with the link.) The ads are on a currently on a part of the screen I have mentally blocked out. The idea that you can hit 100% of the Facebook users in a neighborhood is laughable.

                                        • balls187 132 days ago

                                          Yes. How else does Facebook make it's revenue?

                                          • baking 132 days ago

                                            I'm not questioning that Facebook sells ads, I am questioning their effectiveness and whether the OP is overselling it.

                                            Edit: For example, the only Facebook ads I've seen recently are for riding lawnmowers. I live in the city.

                                            • balls187 132 days ago

                                              > I'm not questioning that Facebook sells ads, I am questioning their effectiveness and whether the OP is overselling it.

                                              If Facebook ads weren't effective; would advertisers continue to buy them? My direct experience using facebook ads is that they are exceptionally effective at targeting people.

                                              > For example, the only Facebook ads I've seen recently are for riding lawnmowers. I live in the city.

                                              That's not enough information to make a judgement on the efficacy of facebook's ad platform. Perhaps you're correct, and you were miss targeted by Facebook's algorithms. Or perhaps the advertiser didn't properly target their ad. Or perhaps the advertiser WANTED to target people living in cities, hoping to get in front of the eyes of any potential future customers who are thinking of moving out to the country.

                                              If nothing else, you at least remember you saw an ad for a Riding Lawnmower.

                                              • niftich 132 days ago

                                                Advertising is a prisoner's dilemma: every ad slot your competitors buy is a slot you could've bought instead. Seasoned companies don't advertise because ads are effective -- although in some cases, they are; they advertise because they're worried their competitors are attaining wider mindshare.

                                                Small, local companies frequently fall into the mistaken assumption that targeted advertising on Facebook will drive sales. Advertising should only be assumed to drive mindshare, whose link to sales is often discouragingly weak.

                                                • balls187 132 days ago

                                                  > Advertising should only be assumed to drive mindshare, whose link to sales is often discouragingly weak.

                                                  Regardless if advertising is effective at driving sales, a dollar spent advertising Women's Self Defense on Facebook drives (Mindshare|Behavior|Sales) more effectively than a dollar spent advertising Women's Self Defense in Black Belt Magazine.

                                                  • salvar 132 days ago

                                                    How do targeted online ads fit with that? What does a 'slot' mean now that we don't have literal slots between TV shows in a handful of stations?

                                                • lostlogin 132 days ago

                                                  Was about to say that I think you mean ‘ride on’. After a search it turns out some places call them ‘riding’ mowers. It sounds hilarious but there you go.

                                                  • salvar 132 days ago

                                                    What could OP be overselling? Do you think they're lying about their experience? The whole post is just "Here's what I did".

                                                    • baking 131 days ago

                                                      This is the part I was questioning:

                                                      "(I believe we reached roughly every Facebook using inhabitant of the targeted neighborhood)"

                                              • fcbrooklyn 132 days ago

                                                I'm not sure if it would matter, if you were just doing this as an individual once or twice, but it's worth noting that in New York State, at least, this would be an illegal transaction, unless the tenant referring you to their landlord happened to be a licensed real estate agent. The definition of brokering a transaction according to state law, for which you must be licensed is that you're facilitating the transaction "for another" and "for a fee". The $250 dollar reward, therefore makes this an illegal act on the part of the existing tenant. Laws might well be different in other states obviously.

                                                • hackathonguy 131 days ago

                                                  OP here. Where I live, it’s legal to broker one transaction per year without any special license. Not sure about the legal situation in New York, though.

                                                  • fcbrooklyn 130 days ago

                                                    Interesting, and a sensible exception. Like I say, the rules on this are sure to vary substantially from state to state.

                                                  • tgsovlerkhgsel 131 days ago

                                                    Who would complain, though, particularly in this scenario?

                                                    • fcbrooklyn 130 days ago

                                                      Typically (but not always) the complaints about this kind of thing come from people who believe they've been discriminated against, but in fact pretty much anyone can complain. In NYS, you can call the DOS and register a complaint for pretty much any reason you like, and they are pretty consistent about investigating all of them.

                                                    • perl4ever 131 days ago

                                                      My landlord (in NY) offers a sizeable reward for referring new tenants. It's posted everywhere in the building. Are you claiming this is illegal?

                                                      • fcbrooklyn 130 days ago

                                                        Probably, yes, although as I said it would probably never be enforced. To be clear, your landlord is not the one breaking the law. Anyone taking them up on the offer would be though.

                                                        IANAL, but I was a licensed real estate agent in NYS about 15 years ago, and this was covered in the course materials.

                                                        • fcbrooklyn 130 days ago

                                                          Actually, it might be more subtle than that. Simply referring someone to your landlord might be ok, but if you discussed anything at all about the property with that person, I think you'd definitely be in violation the moment you cashed the check.

                                                          • perl4ever 130 days ago

                                                            There seems to be a technical difference between a "referral fee" and a "finders fee". And there may be a difference between a real estate sales transaction and a rental, the latter being what I was talking about.

                                                            In any case, I do not find any support for the idea that you can't discuss the property with the person you send to your landlord. It wouldn't really be possible to say "this is a great place to live" and respond to "why?" with "can't tell ya!".

                                                            Now if you tried to sue because your landlord reneged on your monetary reward, then you might not win because you weren't licensed or something, but that's not at all the same as it being illegal for them to pay you.

                                                            NY may have a reputation for corruption, but things aren't that bad.

                                                            The legalities of referral fees come into play if you are a real estate agent, and you pay a fee to another agent who failed to renew their license, I believe.

                                                            • fcbrooklyn 130 days ago

                                                              I think you'll be fine, and I wouldn't worry too much about it, but technically, it's against the rules. (As a thought experiment, suppose I knew what apartment building you lived in, and I actively hustled up potential tenants, maybe I even posted ads. I'd send 'em over to you, and you and I could split the fee. At this point, I am acting exactly the way a licensed agent would act, and the whole reason for having the license would vanish.)

                                                              • perl4ever 130 days ago

                                                                I imagine in your scenario, my landlord could refuse to pay the reward, and I would probably lose in court if I tried to force them. That's not the same as it being "against the rules" to send people to them in hopes of a reward.

                                                                You just don't use a real estate agent for renting an apartment, regardless. I don't see how you just brush the difference between buying and renting aside.

                                                      • ericst 132 days ago

                                                        Well, that is a rather clever use of Facebook Ads.

                                                        I knew a guy who tried to use them as a dating service, I guess the lack of incentive is what made his trial fail...

                                                        • jcl 132 days ago

                                                          One guy used them to prank his roommate:

                                                          http://ghostinfluence.com/the-ultimate-retaliation-pranking-...

                                                          (I was kind of disappointed that the "hypertargeted ad" link in the article went to a generic how-to article instead of that post.)

                                                          • squeaky-clean 132 days ago

                                                            I didn't even click the link in the article because I was sure it would be this!

                                                            • hackathonguy 131 days ago

                                                              Amazing post! Will add to the article.

                                                            • FRex 132 days ago

                                                              There was a case on YouTube where a (sort of) satirical YouTuber Reactor (a fake over the top reaction channel) used a cut up footage of GradeAUnderA hating reaction channels as an ad on GradeAUnderA's own videos to direct people to Reactor channel as part of a scheme to bait GradeAUnderA (a 2-3 million subscribed channel) into attacking his small channel (1-2 thousand subs post these antics, much more later after the scheme came to light) to "expose" him for being a bully, starting fights (despite saying how he hates them and how they ruin YouTube and attacking people who are having them) and so on.

                                                              What a quagmire, I know.

                                                              Good video summarizing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9_6UCkxu_U

                                                              • BugsJustFindMe 132 days ago

                                                                > I guess the lack of incentive is what made his trial fail...

                                                                He should have offered a cash bribe. That would surely have worked.

                                                                • overcast 132 days ago

                                                                  You mean like free food and drinks? Basically a cash bribe to get her on a date with you.

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                                                                  • ufmace 132 days ago

                                                                    That depends on your definition of "worked".

                                                                    • wahnfrieden 132 days ago

                                                                      HN wonders about whether our industry truly is unwelcoming to women, meanwhile people openly joke about soliciting prostitution. “Riff culture” and “it’s just a joke” don’t make it acceptable.

                                                                      • eberkund 132 days ago

                                                                        Lighten up. The obviously bad idea of offering potential dates a cash reward is what makes this joke funny because in the context of running a Facebook ad campaign discounts and promotions are quite common.

                                                                        • xfitm3 132 days ago

                                                                          What assumptions are you making about the industry I work in? edit: And the gender of the person adversiting..

                                                                          • mantas 132 days ago

                                                                            Prostitution works both ways in 21st century. Given how women sex tourism is rising, I wonder wether men or women have less against prostitution these days...

                                                                            • tilertex 132 days ago

                                                                              You must be a total hoot at parties

                                                                        • abathur 132 days ago

                                                                          This made me curious about whether there are good lifehacker-style articles/listicles/compendia of creative personal uses of targeted advertising platforms. Not sure if the answer is no, or if it's just one of those ungoogleable ideas.

                                                                          • hackathonguy 131 days ago

                                                                            OP here. Totally! There are a few good examples in this thread. Let’s create a list!

                                                                          • afarrell 132 days ago

                                                                            Neat. I have an friend-of-a-friend who is trying to find a dog-friendly flat in southish London and I've been trying to find a way that they could do this.

                                                                            • J_Sherz 132 days ago

                                                                              Someone in my coworking space is building a platform that does this in New York and Boston. It incentivizes departing tenants to be involved in the leasing process by cutting out the real estate agent and giving a portion of that fee back to the departing tenant. They've just launched: https://www.cribdilla.com/

                                                                              • methodover 132 days ago

                                                                                > Couple looking for 2-bedroom in neighbourhood. Budget: $1250.

                                                                                God I need to move out of the bay area. I pay $1000 more than that for my one bedroom in Oakland. And it's not even in a great area... And it's not even that nice of an apartment!

                                                                                Great idea what this guy did. Maybe I should give it a shot.

                                                                                • hackathonguy 131 days ago

                                                                                  That’s amazing. Jerusalem is considered the most expensive real estate market in Israel (apart from Tel Aviv), and $1250 is definitely on the high side for a two bedroom.

                                                                                • nsx147 132 days ago

                                                                                  It's important to note here that this will only work in densely populated areas. Otherwise FB will make you expand your radius / criteria to fit a large enough population potentially rendering the ad useless.

                                                                                  • IshKebab 132 days ago

                                                                                    In less densely populated areas there are less flats / houses to choose from so you have to expand your search in proportion anyway.

                                                                                  • aj7 132 days ago

                                                                                    “Another way would be to split the prize: $125 for the person who’s apartment we’ll be taking over, and $125 for whoever refers us to that person.”

                                                                                    It ain’t broke don’t fix it.

                                                                                    • phyzome 132 days ago

                                                                                      "Pardon the interruption. We’ve seen you here before. Let’s make things official."

                                                                                      Fuck you, Medium. I want to read a blog post, not sign a contract or marry you.

                                                                                    • supergirl 132 days ago

                                                                                      "I payed for an ad" WOW so clever

                                                                                      • _RPM 132 days ago

                                                                                        Why ground floor?

                                                                                        • zebraflask 132 days ago

                                                                                          People with mobility issues sometimes prefer not having to use stairs or elevators. Not implying that's the author's preference, but that's what I've seen in the RE arena.

                                                                                          • pavel_lishin 132 days ago

                                                                                            It's also much easier to access when you have a young child with a stroller.

                                                                                            • alistairSH 132 days ago

                                                                                              Or a pet that needs easy access to the outdoors. My son lives on the middle floor of a mid-rise apartment block and it's a bit annoying to take the dog out to pee.

                                                                                          • hackathonguy 131 days ago

                                                                                            OP here. We have twins, and many apartment buildings in Jerusalem lack elevators. Also, I’ve found quality of life to be markedly improved once we’ve moved to a garden apartment! :-)

                                                                                            • Markoff 131 days ago

                                                                                              that still doesn't explain why not go for 2nd or 3rd floor which is still very easy to handle even with small children (park pram somewhere in basement or ground floor), I am living on 5th floor without elevator with 2nd baby, so did I in previous apartment with previous child, now that's extreme, but 2nd (just bove ground floor) or 3rd floor would be just fine

                                                                                              higher floor you go less foot traffic (noise) around your door you have, less likely your apartment to get robbed, less street noise, less insects, less air pollution and I could go on and on, basically higher you go the better, benefits end on the top floor where possibility of thieves returns, also hot in summer and possibility of leaking roof, but at least no top neighbors noise