Hi, we’re the Grassi family

 
 

Dwell Well started as a pet project….

My brother Justin and I set out to find multifamily properties as an alternative investment strategy. We quickly realized there was a bigger opportunity in real estate.

As anyone who has ever rented knows: renting is no walk in the park. It’s hard to find well maintained buildings/units and you have little insight into the quality of the landlord or manager prior to moving in. Reviews are few and far between. Then you have to actually move - moving is a nightmare.

On the other side,  for landlords, managing your rentals can quickly become a full time job.

Why does it all have to be this difficult? Technology has improved so many aspects of our lives and we have all the world’s information at our fingertips. We can queue up a ride downtown or to the airport in seconds, easily find a vacation rental with many credible reviews, or find the love of your life! The possibilities are endless.  We thought - why can’t we make renting or being a landlord just as simple?

Justin and I are new to real estate and we don’t have all the answers. But we are asking a lot of questions:

For landlords

  • Why do I have to list my unit on multiple listing sites?

  • Why is it so difficult to find credible renters? How can we weed out the “tire kickers?”

  • Showing vacant units is incredibly time consuming - Is there a better way? One that doesn’t lose money?

  • The day-to-day management of rentals is time consuming. There are technology tools that can help with this but the cost can be prohibitive for landlords who own just a couple properties. Is there a better solution or model?

  • How can we build more trust between landlord and renter? Can we do away with leases? Can we leverage technology to improve trust?

  • How can I improve the quality of renters while continuing to reduce costs?

  • Is there a different model where my renters share in the economic gains when things are going well and they are invested in the well being of the property?

For renters

  • Why is it so difficult to find a unit, and one with a trustworthy landlord - like Dwell Well :) ? Why are there so many listing sites? I know where to go when I want a vacation rental. Why doesn’t a solution like this exist for long term rentals?

  • What’s important to me when I’m thinking about a place to live? Can finding a rental be similar to online dating?

  • Why do only homeowners build equity over time? Can there be a model like this for renters?

  • Why is moving so awful? Can there be a low-cost way to make moving easier? Can renting furniture be the norm? Is is possible to have furnished units for free? When it's time to move can I just leave the furniture behind?

  • I know little about what is happening with the building where I live. Can there be better communication with my landlord?

  • Are there other aspects of “living” that my landlord can help with? Childcare? Reduced cost goods or deals? Delivery services or transportation?

We’ve asked these questions, and many more. And we’ve started testing solutions. We think technology will play a large role in improving the renting experience for all. But change happens one step at a time - Dwell Well is the first step. Stay tuned for many more.

If you are a landlord or property manager, and share our values or have feedback, we’d love to hear from you. We are currently accepting new landlord clients for our property management business. We’d love to have you join us on this journey.

If you are a looking for an apartment and would like to rent from us (we would love it!), you can find our available units here and if we don’t have any available units you can find our waiting list our here. We send open units to our waiting list first so it is worth your while to add your contact info!

And if you are currently renting from us, we’d love to hear how we are doing.  

Thanks for visiting,

-Kevin Grassi, MD