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Our Story

"My dog threw up in my car and I got lost." This is what James (Torii's CEO) heard over the phone as he waited for his real estate agent at a house showing they had scheduled earlier that week. The agent never showed up, so James decided to go it alone and submit an offer.

The offer was accepted, but due to issues caused by vendors involved in the purchase, he was unable to close on time and had to spend the entire weekend in a hotel. To add insult to injury, the agent was still paid thousands of dollars, despite having been little to no help throughout the entire home purchase.

Let's be real. Home buying for most people is a painful, frustrating, and scary process. Stories like James' are all-too-common for home buyers. We believe that this doesn't have to be the case. Born out of frustration for an ineffectual and archaic system, Torii has reimagined the entire way people buy homes from top to bottom, search to close.

We've streamlined the home buying process by integrating the power of automation and machine learning with the personal touch of human-to-human customer service. Our licensed real estate team continuously receives 5-star reviews for their flexibility, responsiveness, and knowledge of the real estate market. Our intuitive platform allows users to search for a property, submit an offer, and track their progress, all from their phones. Why buy a home any other way? This is the new standard of real estate.

Torii is currently fully licensed and operates in Massachusetts and California, specializing in homes for sale in Greater Boston and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Team

Alyssa Loring


Cathy Lonsdale


James Rogers

Co-founder & CEO

Lauren Locks

Client Success

Mike Sokolowski


Tony Andrade


Zach Gorman

Co-founder | Product

Why Torii?

A Torii is a traditional Japanese gate comprised of three unique components: Two vertical pillars (hashira), a horizontal lintel (kasagi) placed on top, and a tie-beam that keeps the structure together (nuki). Translated literally, the word Torii means “bird abode.” The gates often mark the entrance to a religious shrine. This threshold is said to be the transition point from the profane to the sacred space.

We think homes share a lot in common with these hallowed gateways. A home is more than just four walls and a roof, it is an extension of your self and the people you choose to share your life with. Our goal is to help you cross through this threshold.

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