We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Loughrey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
In America people ages 60 and up are much more likely to live alone than anywhere else in the world. In the U,S 27% of adults 60 and up live alone as compared to 16% of adults in 130 countries. We are living longer and want to stay in our homes. According to AARP 75% of retirees are choosing to age-in-place. Many adults 60 and up have larger houses than they may need, be on fixed incomes or need additional assistance around the house. At the same time cost of living for younger generations is becoming impossible to keep up with. Grad students, young professionals are unable to pay their bills while going to school or beginning their professional career. Cities like Denver are increasingly pricing people out of the market. There is a space that Odd Couples Housing has identified and is allowing people to home share through our application/website and bring these generations together.
What should our readers know about your business?
Odd Couples Housing provides a unique opportunity through our research based algorithm for both parties to find just the right housing match. Both the Homeowner and Seeker (person looking for housing) create profiles from our website, www.oddcoupleshousing.com. The questions specifically target who would live well together. We ask personality, lifestyle, deal breakers, etc type questions. The Homeowner posts pictures so Seekers can see where they will possibly live and our match team helps them through move in. They are able to customize a home-sharing agreement where they can agree to tasks (ie – walking the dog, it help, grocery shopping) the Seeker will do to minimize their costs. I was a small business owner in Denver for nearly 15 years. I owned Dog-Topia Dog Daycare and Boarding. When I began that business in 2003, the idea of Dog Daycare hadn’t been popularized yet. I had to market like crazy and help people understand the concept of what that business was and why it was beneficial. Bringing Odd Couples Housing to Denver has many of the same challenges. It is a new concept with so much opportunity and possibility. I look forward to watching the concept unfold and succeed in Denver.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d have them come Sunday-Sunday (Monday) in Winter. I’d take them skiing at Mary Jane or the Outback at Keystone and we’d kick it in the mountains for a few days sans crowds and traffic. We’d then come back to my house in the Highlands and go to dinner at Spuntino, the best restaurant in Denver, in my humble opinion. Saturday we’d take a leisurely morning, maybe walk my dogs and go to brunch at the Universal. Saturday night head to Billy’s for nachos and margaritas!
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I’m thrilled to represent such an innovative idea in Denver. Odd Couples Housing is doing good in so many ways. I don’t know of any generation that isn’t dealing with some sort of isolation, especially right now. The rise in technology has been beneficial but as also increased isolation and loneliness. The pandemic has made us more isolated as well and generations aren’t connecting. Odd Couples Housing brings generations together, offers an option for affordable housing, allows people a way to GIVE BACK and enriches lives by allowing people to learn from one another provide much needed companionship.
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