Speed dating is a formalized matchmaking process of dating system whose purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people.Its origins are credited to Rabbi Yaacov Deyo of Aish Ha Torah, originally as a way to help Jewish singles meet and marry.
At a recent speed-dating event for potential co-homeowners, guests who range from millennials to seniors have come to find The One — a match made in real estate heaven.
They’re given a list of questions to ask each other. “I haven’t seen many co-ownership deals,” she responds, adding that she would like to find a home in the Beaches area. The housing matchmaker behind this event is Lesli Gaynor, a social worker-turned-Royal Le Page realtor who launched a company called Go Co Solutions to help people get into Toronto’s red-hot real estate market through co-ownership.
The first speed-dating event took place at Peet’s Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.
Usually advance registration is required for speed dating events.
Gaynor said she’s had the idea for a long time because she herself co-owned a home with a friend in the early 90s. More recently, the speed-dating element came to Gaynor when she was joking with her three sons about how they can now use apps like Tinder to find a date, then it hit her: “Why couldn’t we use something similar to hook people up — to buy a property together?