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Founders Club - For Real Estate Entrepreneurs

Jun 8, 2021

How Jonas Bordo Built The Worlds Largest Real Estate Rental Marketplace 

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Jonas Bordo, our guest for today is the co-founder and CEO of Dwellsy, a radical home rental marketplace that relies on organic searches rather than the popular pay-to-play model. 

On today’s show, Jonas shares his wisdom on how to find the most suitable rental, how to vet and find a great landlord, and how to determine if the time is right to buy your first home.  

Jonas also shares his backstory as he reveals how he kickstarted Dwellsy back in 2019.  

You will learn how he managed to raise the necessary capital to finance his dream project. And his plan for monetizing Dwellsy inspite of staying away from the pay-to-play model. 

We hope you enjoy this show! 

Key Takeaways: 

  • 00:00 – Jonas’s background information 
  • 01:54 – What makes Dwellsy a radically different rental marketplace 
  • 03:04 – How did Jonas first get his big idea? 
  • 06:01 – How does Dwellsy make it easier to find great rental places? 
  • 07:50 – Dealing with the technological challenges of launching Dwellsy 
  • 09:20 – Leveraging the expertise of others to gain massive traction  
  • 12:22 – Networking, finding like-minded individuals and raising money for your dream project 
  • 15:13 – Simplifying the capital raising process 
  • 17:54 – How does Jonas plan on monetizing Dwellsy? 
  • 22:26 – How does Dwellsy work with property managers? 
  • 24:45 – Pre-screening tenants 
  • 28:45 – What is the number one thing that renters need to know before renting their first home? 
  • 30:44 – How to vet a landlord 
  • 32:20 – Owning vs. Renting – which is better for you? 
  • 38:50 – Apps that Jonas uses everyday 
  • 42:20 – Some self-care tips to wrap things up 
  • 44:03 – Why you need to work on getting to know yourself 




“In this country, we've never really had a real place where every renter and every landlord can come together and every landlord can find their renters that they need for their properties and vice versa…on that on the renter side, they can find their next home”. 

“Really focus on understanding who you are, what drives you, and you know what you need in order to make yourself happy, and then build a career that helps you achieve those things”. 

“One of the things about the whole start-up experience is the number of people who are willing to help is extraordinary. And there's great guidance and insight out there from people who are willing to lend their time, their thinking”. 


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