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How have you found rooming? I'm looking for a new place right now.

I've been checking ads, sending out emails and calling people up for about a month now. with absolutely no success.[around 5-10 contacts a day] I've been getting plenty of no responses/rejections/"sorry-we've-given-room-to-house-cat-instead" excuse/only females

Here's some of my "reference-able" qualities;

I'm your standard white guy, good stable job, income above and beyond rent (would generously splurge on buying new furniture/housewares), very tidy every day, presentable appearance, very outgoing&friendly (esp. to strangers), don't party (prefer conversation), cultured, artistic and hugely positive disposition (except for rare vb rant).

I'm not picky about veg*n housemates. At this stage, I'll live with Ronald McDonald if it means a chance of accommodation. It's obviously preferred though.
I'm living out of a suitcase and very mobile. (Short term and long term are ok by me!)
I must be the most flexible potential roommate ever. Why is this so hard!!

Please feel free to critique what essential quality I am lacking in a desired roommate.
I might be looking in the wrong places.

I've run out of ideas and am starting to take rejection pretty personally.
 

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Well, you've only been looking for one month. People are very particular about who they rent to. I wouldn't take it personally. You sound like the perfect roomie to me
 

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Do you mention that you are vegan?

That will put a lot of people off because they imagine you are going to be a pain in the arse. If you really are not bothered by their dietary status, try not mentioning yours and see if you get more offers.
 

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I think it'd help if you copy and pasted some of the e-mails/whatevers you have actually been sending your potential roomies.
 

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Don't call yourself a white guy in the first sentence or at all.

Good luck! It can be really hard finding a place, hope you end up somewhere good!
 

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Do you mention that you are vegan?

That will put a lot of people off because they imagine you are going to be a pain in the arse. If you really are not bothered by their dietary status, try not mentioning yours and see if you get more offers.
I agree - I leave it out on everything except the ads which advertise vegetarianism as a requirement.
I've seen a couple of veggie houses and they all left a creepy taste in my mouth.

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I think it'd help if you copy and pasted some of the e-mails/whatevers you have actually been sending your potential roomies.
I've become quite pro at this.!

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Don't call yourself a white guy in the first sentence or at all.
Oh - my ad is much more appealing than this.! tx though for confidence
 

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Please feel free to critique what essential quality I am lacking in a desired roommate.
It depends what type of people you're contacting and what you're writing to them, neither of which I can tell from the OP.
 

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I got a couple of interested replies today - always the way when you're a little down about it. Will check out new places this evening.

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Well if you're a pro why are you asking us for help? Or was that supposed to be rhetorical?
I'm a pro at the copy/paste, yet personalized email application.

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That's how Ted Bundy was so successful at strangling before he was finally detected as a serial killer.


I previously mentioned that I was thinking about moving to Canada, and now that most things are in place, I just need to find a suitable location that will meet my needs. Which areas of Vancouver are you interested in? I think that's where you are, if I'm not mistaken.
Sounds good. I'm looking around Commercial Dr. but, again, I'm pretty flexible. Downtown, Kits, Mount Pleasant, East Van; all good + others. Keep in touch, serial killer!
 

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Laika, I think Earthling wanted you to copy/paste into this thread an example of an e-mail you've sent. Perhaps its something in your presentation.
 
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