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Ask American Realty’s Dan Dantuma about his drug arrests

Dan Dantuma

American Realty’s Dan Dantuma had 135 repetitive ads on Craigslist as of mid-morning yesterday. More than 80% of them were for a single apartment, a junior 1-bedroom at Gold Coast Galleria, 111 W Maple. Reading the same ad over and over and over again prompted me to learn more about ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 11, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

What’s for rent in the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview

2756 N Pine Grove

Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,000 apartments in twenty-eight Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview buildings in prime locations. The buildings range from walk-ups to contemporary mid-rises to vintage and modern high-rises. Read on for rent and availability information at each of the buildings. Our featured building this ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 11, 2014

Know your rights when your apartment is being shown

Kardas Photography

Some Chicago landlords would like tenants to believe that a clause in the lease they signed waives or limits their right to 2 days’ advance notice before their apartment is shown to prospective renters. Any such provision in a lease is in violation of the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 11, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Is the Gold Coast’s grandest yard at risk?

Gold Coast Lurie

The 19,000 square foot Gold Coast home at 1547 N Dearborn Pkwy has one of the most beautifully landscaped side yards on Chicago’s north side. It’s a true urban oasis that has to be a constant source of delight to its owner. You can see some of the yard in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 11, 2014
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Larry’s Worst Nightmare at Bold L&H Lofts

2620 aerial view

A several years-old post on Bold L&H Lofts, 2620 W Washington, has elicited some detailed comments from residents at the East Garfield Park building. Late yesterday evening a commenter going by the screen name of Larry’s Worst Nightmare, posted the following: DO NOT RENT IN THIS BUILDING!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT RENT ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Are more mobile homes headed for Hegewisch?

Harbor Point Estates

It’s been a little over three years since we last wrote about Harbour Point Estates, Chicago’s only trailer park a/k/a manufactured home community. The Hegewisch property was in foreclosure at the time. Chicago Real Estate Daily is reporting that affiliates of Marc Realty acquired the property last year and want ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2014

State Street Properties’ amazing Craigslist apartment spam

State Street Properties

With just over 2,500 ads, State Street Properties isn’t Craigslist’s most prolific apartment ad spammer, but it ranks among the worst of them and shares some verbal tics with the typical Craigslist rental spammers. Landlords and management companies don’t typically resort to superlatives to describe their apartments. If you see ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2014
ChicagoFar North

A report from another discontented resident at Flats No. 5411

5411 Winthrop

Less than two weeks ago we were shown around Flats Chicago’s 5411 N Winthrop by a dissatisfied resident. Yesterday another disgruntled resident at Flats Chicago’s 5411 N Winthrop reached out by email to share the following experiences, which I’ve rephrased slightly without changing the substance: Torrential downpours in my bathroom ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2014

Do convicted criminals have keys to your apartment?

Bryan Duffy

A history of criminal convictions, even for felony offenses, isn’t enough to bar someone from getting a real estate license in Illinois. We’ve written a number of times about individual real estate agents with criminal histories, some of them repeat offenders. In order to facilitate showings a number of landlords ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Pay a “free” rental service $1,200 to rent in Roscoe Village

3444 N Hoyne

When I ran a search for Roscoe Village apartments at Craigslist yesterday I got 823 results. I scanned many ads that clearly weren’t in Roscoe Village and found only a few that were. I’d driven around much of Roscoe Village earlier in the day and was surprised to see only ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 9, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

K2 luxury apartments hosts an Ask the Vet event

K2 pooch

YoChicago singled out K2 Apartments, 365 N Halsted, as the pet-friendliest apartments in the West Loop / Fulton River District. K2 has the city’s largest dog run immediately adjacent to the building, has pet treats and handouts in the leasing office and lobby, and sponsors a variety of events throughout ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 9, 2014

Where have all the iMove agents gone, short time passing?

iMove Chicago

We’ve written repeatedly about iMove Chicago, a rental service that advertises frequently on Craigslist for new leasing agents and brokers. We had saved records of the names of 41 agents and brokers (other than Erickson Ocasio and Rusty Payton, the principals) who were employed at iMove Chicago between January 2012 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 9, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Roscoe Village single-family sales appear to be hot

3400 block Oakley Ave

We drove around most of Roscoe Village yesterday looking for apartment for rent signs and saw only one. We did note about a dozen new homes, major renovations and teardowns underway. A brief scan of the area at Redfin reported scores of single-family homes having been sold in the neighborhood ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 9, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Innovative architecture in Logan Square at Flexhouse2

Flexhouse2

Ranquist Development and Sedgwick Investments have teamed with award-winning ISA Architects to develop Flexhouse2. Flexhouse2 rowhomes are modest, efficient, urban, and cool — appealing to sustainable lifestyle choices. Rather than rigidly defined rooms and hallways, the Flexhouse flows, is more open and allows easy adaptation to a variety of uses ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 8, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Does Chicagoland Property Group’s Collin Walker deliberately lie on Craigslist?

1225 screen cap

After having looked at many of Collin Walker’s repetitive ads at Craigslist, my considered opinion is that his ads often contain deliberate lies. We posted on what we deemed a Walker lie yesterday, and here’s another … Walker had seven ads active on Craigslist yesterday for “beautiful new” and “beautifully ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 8, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Basecamp River North is selling quickly pre-construction

Basecamp River North rendering

Thirty-two of the 47 rowhomes at Basecamp River North are under contract before construction has begun. The remaining 3-bedroom, 3-bath homes boast high-style architecture, two-car attached garages and roof decks with dramatic views of the River North and downtown skyline. The homes are pre-construction priced from the mid-$500s, with occupancy ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 8, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Design Planned Property’s new t-shirt and win $500

T-shirt flyer

Have you ever wanted to see one of your designs on a t-shirt? Here’s your chance! Summer is coming and we need a cool new t-shirt! The winning design will be made into a t-shirt and the first place winner will receive $500 (rent credit, check or Amex Gift Cards). ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 8, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River North apartment shootout – Chicagoland Property Group vs YoChicago

View of River North

We like to think that YoChicago is Chicago’s best free rental service. We’re an objective, visually rich website with comprehensive apartment reviews, all-inclusive at-a-glance lists, neighborhood maps and guides, narrated video tours, original aerial photography and a great deal more. One of our goals is to help renters understand what ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 7, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Wrigley Field and skyline views from Halsted Flats 2-bedrooms

Halsted Flats

Halsted Flats, the first new full-amenity apartment tower in Lakeview in nearly 30 years, has been renting up rapidly. Higher floors will be available for occupancy shortly, and south-facing 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments have spectacular panoramic views from Wrigley Field to the downtown skyline. Join us for a brief look at ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 7, 2014

Craigslist spammer of the day: Andy Trejo and iQrentals

Facebook Trejo

We haven’t written about Andy Trejo before, but he’s been on our radar for well over a year, and his company names have been on our Chicago rental service do-not-call list. The LinkedIn screen cap on the left, above, dates to January of last year. The one on the right ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 7, 2014