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 went through, but even after many weeks of tedious work, he was unable to close on time and had to spend the entire weekend in a hotel because of issues caused by vendors involved in the purchase. To add insult to injury, the agent was still paid thousands of dollars, despite having been little to no help throughout the entire ordeal.

Let's be real. Homebuying for most people is a painful, frustrating, and scary process. Stories like James' are all-too-common for homebuyers. 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 homebuying process by integrating the power of automation and machine learning with the personal touch of human-to-human customer service. Our intuitive platform allows users to search for a property, submit an offer, and track their progress, all from their phones.

This is the new standard of real estate.

What is a 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.

At the helm

James Rogers

Co-founder & CEO

James brings to Torii a deep background in real estate and consumer technology product and engineering. Before starting Torii, he ran a team at Jana as a Principal Software Engineer, helping bring free internet to the developing world. Prior to Jana, he held engineering roles at Happier, Endurance International Group, and started multiple consumer technology companies. James is a licensed real estate agent and holds a B.A. from Tufts University.

Zach Gorman

Co-founder

Zach leads product design and marketing for Torii. The path that led him to Torii wasn’t what you’d call “traditional.” After a stint in management consulting, he spent nearly a decade as a successful music producer. He built several brands from the ground up, garnering millions of streams and numerous accolades. He also founded a popular events company in the Washington, D.C. area, and consulted with companies such as Google, NPR, and Hailo. Zach is a licensed real estate agent and holds a B.A. from Tufts University.

Mike Sokolowski

Principal Broker

Mike comes to Torii from Keller Williams where he was a top producing agent and treasurer of the Young Professionals organization. During that time, he helped over 75 clients find homes, with a unanimous 5 star review describing him as knowledgeable, calm, responsive, and trustworthy. He is a board member of the Brittany Fund for Trauma and Recovery, helping people going through traumatic experiences with financial assistance and support. Mike holds a B.A. from Boston College.

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