My mission is to make shared urban living more accessible to everyone.

Journey

I moved to New York with hopes of beginning a career in real estate, but I was quickly disheartened to learn how competitive and ruthless the market here was. As an agent I struggled to make even a cent, posting ad after ad on craigslist, only to find out by the time I rented an apartment some other broker had already moved someone in. It was a vicious cycle that went on for weeks, that is, until I met my partner Richard. Richard and I were both agents at the same rental office in Brooklyn and Richard was their top producer. So, with my will power nearly depleted, I figured I’d ask him to help me out and show me the ropes.  Richard then told me about his unique way of renting apartments by finding roommates and matching them together. He would focus on large apartments that catered to shares because they tended to stay on the market longer and because of this he could remain competitive. Serendipitously, Richard’s car had just broken down, and so I’d use the car I brought down with me from Montreal to help drive him to appointments, help him screen clients and learn by example. I began making money immediately and the picture began to paint itself. I said “Richie we have to take this idea and run with it. People need this service.” We partnered up, left the brokerage and Roomeze was born.

Cliches are your friend. Get up early, stay fit, and work your ass off. Oh and try to never negotiate from a point of weakness. It’s always better to wait for the right deal then to operate with your back against the wall. Knowledge is power. Go into every situation knowing what you want, what they want and what, if anything, you’re willing to compromise.

Roomeze is a solution

It’s become far too expensive for young professionals and students to live by themselves in high density urban cities.  Many are new to the city, cannot afford to live alone, and have trouble finding their own roommates. Craigslist is by far the dominant forum for finding a room, followed by Facebook groups such as Gypsy Housing. Neither option provides enough information or transparency to make an informed decision. The other online platforms out there have been met with limited success.  They either provide a forum to connect with possible roommates, allow people to post available sublets, or are prohibitively expensive. Roomeze provides users with awesome rooms and like minded roommates, while guiding them through the entire rental process. In doing so we help landlords quickly fill these units, and reduce vacancy rates. Roomeze is your best pal who also happens to be an expert in all things real estate. Our mission is to make shared urban living more accessible to everyone. We don’t want you to move into an apartment, but rather a home with like-minded, respectful roommates.

Each of my co-founders are perfect compliments to one another. Sam is a technical mastermind, Richard is the visionary, and I’m all business. It’s a recipe for success.

When work no longer feels like work.

Work used to be something I had to do and was merely a means of surviving, today it has become a healthy obsession, I no longer have to work, I need to work. When you realize somethings potential to exist relies entirely in your hands it is impossible not to become motivated. Work no longer feels like work and you begin to measure hours in results as supposed to minutes. Motivation is ultimately the distinguishing factor here. As an entrepreneur, you are motivated by your ability to be creative and ingenuity can be a driving force. Traditional careers offer security but don’t offer much room for expression and frown on stepping outside the line.

Can this really work?

Committing yourself to starting a business is always the hardest part of building one. It entails a total loss of security and you may feel bombarded by self-doubt. It is one of the most testing periods of any entrepreneur’s career. This phase is what separates the “idea guys” from the real entrepreneurs.In the beginning, we were met with a lot of doubt. Family and friends were uncertain of the concept and pleaded with us to reconsider starting the company. We constantly would ask ourselves questions like “Can this really work?” or “Are we the ones to do this?”. It wasn’t until Roomeze got its first 55 apartment exclusive, that we began to feel assured that we were on the right path. That was the ultimate affirmation that both roommates and landlords saw value in our service. Since then, the apartments keep rolling in.

Life is good

I think the “good life” is a combination of state of mind, which is an internal stimulus, and state of being, which includes the external circumstances that make up our current reality. To establish a healthy state of mind, there are a few contributing factors. First is relationships: my relationships with family, friends, and my co-founders are vital to waking up and going to bed happy every day. Without the support and connection of those around us, life can be very empty. Besides, what is the point of success if you have no one to share it with? The second thing is purpose. Every person needs a purpose in life, whether that purpose is being the best dad, building a fortune 500 company, or competing in the iron man. It is important to identify your purpose and cling to it, and when that purpose runs out find a new one. State of being, on the other hand, is always changing.hen I moved to New York, I saw the good life as living alone and making a steady salary. Today, the good life means becoming a cereal entrepreneur, traveling the globe, and building a multinational company. So is the good life really attainable? Well that’s where appreciation comes in. If we can act with purpose, nurture the relationships around us and appreciate our current state of being, then we’ll be living the good life, for our whole life.

Cliches are your friend. Get up early, stay fit, and work your ass off. Oh and try to never negotiate from a point of weakness. It’s always better to wait for the right deal then to operate with your back against the wall. Knowledge is power. Go into every situation knowing what you want, what they want and what, if anything, you’re willing to compromise.

 

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