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Are there 475 single-families for rent in Lincoln Park?

by Joe Zekas on 1/7/13

In your dreams there are – and also at Zillow Rentals, where a query returns 475 single-family homes for rent in ZIP Code 60614. One of those single-family homes is 44 stories high.

Zillow Rentals is vying with Craigslist to become the marketplace where you search for your next home or apartment, and it’s succeeding in becoming like Craigslist. Like Craigslist it’s a deep swamp of spam ads mixed in with a very few legitimate rentals.

There are probably fewer than 20 single-family homes for rent in Lincoln Park at any given time and they’re almost always listed in the local MLS. Visit any reputable brokerage site, preferably one run by one of our parent firm’s clients, and you can spare yourself the mess you’ll encounter at Zillow and Craigslist. And, you won’t have to wonder where your contact information is going.

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Sophia Loren January 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Joe– I greatly appreciate all of the information you put on Yo Chicago… I think these are great articles for my clients to read. As a Realtor I am so sick and tired of Zillow/ Trulia/ Rent Juice/ Craigslist etc. I really wish they could eliminate the leasing agent license like they did the sales person and give only brokers licenses to work rentals, maybe this would clean up some of the problems. As somone who works for an agency on your “Do Not Call List” … I actually appreciate what you have to say. However, I would definitely argue that I have worked with agents from your top real estate firms who were also sub-par agents. There are bad agents with every company and sometimes licensing has nothing to do with it. But as someone who pays a lot of money for MLS/ CAR dues I would be willing to pay even more if we could elminate all the leasing agent licenses.

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Mike January 7, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Keep fighting the good fight Joe, we greatly appreciate it!

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