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Shared housing app comes to Baltimore

Roomi, a mobile application that offers to connect people with roommates and shared housing, is expanding into Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Run by a New York-based firm, Roomi already operates in New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles and has been downloaded nearly 300,000 times.

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It lets users create a profile and search for both housemates and shared living arrangements. The profile includes such things as pet and smoking preferences. Roomi said its listings are verified by security specialists before going into the database.

Ajay Yadav, founder and CEO of Roomi, created it in response to help technology-focused young people find compatible living companions in the face of expensive housing in large urban areas.

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The app includes a chat feature, allowing people to talk safely with prospective living mates.

"I think anyone who has ever lived in or moved to a big city can relate to the challenges of finding a place to live, but even more so, of finding the right people to live with to ensure a comfortable, secure and enjoyable living experience," Yadav said in a statement. "Because of fraudulent practices like fake ads, unverified posters, or incomplete and outdated listings, finding a place to live with just the right person can be incredibly difficult."

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