In our latest Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur interview, I’m talking to Steven Szczur of HomeCanvasr.
Without wasting anymore time, here’s a bit more from him…
What do you do?
I am a real estate professional that just recently launched a real estate technology company called HomeCanvasr with a partner of mine. HomeCanvasr is a platform that allows buyers to post and essentially advertise themselves to homeowners in their interested areas; providing buyers with the ability to reach the 97% of homes which are not for sale and allowing homeowners to gauge the demand of their specific property in real-time. Only about 3% of homes are on the market at a given time; we allow buyers to find and buy the home of their dreams in a timely manner instead of settling for properties only on the market.
Starting a company has not been easy; from convincing people to join you to building out a prototype with limited funds, we have had our work cut out. As a first-time founder I have had my hand in every aspect; from idea stage to beta launch. This is just the beginning and we are excited to see where the future holds for HomeCanvasr.
Why do you do what you do?
I’ve had an interest in real estate from a young age; so once I finished college I decided to get my real estate license – I’m licensed in both NY and NJ. Having been a young professional in the industry, I had the opportunity to work with many buyers and realized a reoccurring frustration with buyer clients; the inability to find their dream home in a timely manner because essentially the property they were looking for was “not on the market” at that particular moment. This very reason got me thinking about the potential of HomeCanvasr.
My goal is to make the buying and selling process less stressful by providing a solution for homeowners and buyers to connect with each other off-market.
What are you most excited about right now?
I am most excited by the feedback we have been getting from early customers. It is fulfilling to hear that HomeCanvasr can be helpful. We are excited to be constantly testing and refining our product and make it the best possible solution for our users.
What’s next for you?
I can’t wait to see where HomeCanvasr will be in a few years. We have a long road ahead but I am optimistic about the potential of HomeCanvasr; with added transparency the real estate industry is deemed for innovation. I think we’re seeing that with the amount of startups launching in the RE space.
What’s a cause you’re passionate about and why?
I just recently joined Fred’s Team, which supports the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC for cancer research. As most people, I’ve had close family members affected by the disease and I wanted to do a little extra personally so I signed up to run the NYC Marathon for Fred’s team and am raising money in the process. I can’t wait to run 26.2 miles for such a great cause!
We’ll be featuring other real estate tech entrepreneurs in the coming weeks. If you are an entrepreneur in the real estate vertical (past or present), and want to be profiled, please sign up for an OHW account, and join the Geek Estate community — then shoot me an email (drew at ohheyworld).