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Roomi makes New York City debut as No. 1 app for housing and roommate search

New iPhone app matches roommates based on housing needs and personality

Roommate nightmares no more -- at least, that's what Roomi hopes to accomplish. The app was officially launched out of beta June 9 with a round of $2 million in seed funding led by DCM Ventures. The free application came out blazing with a No. 1 ranking in the Apple App Store for finding roommates and saw nearly 100,000 downloads before noon the day it launched. To say the rental industry was in need of a tool like this is an understatement, so Android users may not have to wait too long to get the app themselves, but they do have to wait a little while. The application is first available for renters in New York City, where rents are sky high and wages flat. To assist in the search for a compatible roommate, Roomi prides itself on secure and vetted users and listings. Think part Craigslist, part dating site. The application is a two-sided prong with one user needing a roommate to fill a vacant room or apartment and the other needing a place to stay. Anyone with an availa...