Tag: Advice

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Hannah Vanover, HotSpot Rentals – Scofflaw leasing agent of the day

Hannah Vanover, HotSpot Rentals – Scofflaw leasing agent of the day

The Illinois Real Estate License Act requires licensees to have written authorization to advertise a property for sale or for rent. Leasing ag ...
Daniel Khomutov, Vesta Preferred – Scofflaw leasing agent of the day

Daniel Khomutov, Vesta Preferred – Scofflaw leasing agent of the day

Chicago’s rental service sharks are gearing up to make your search for a new apartment as difficult as possible this rental season, in hopes that ...
WalkScore and Zumper are a serious menace to Chicago renters and landlords

WalkScore and Zumper are a serious menace to Chicago renters and landlords

WalkScore is a site that many apartment renters implicitly trust. That trust derives, in part, from the fact that many apartment properties link t ...
Homescout Realty misrepresents agent licenses

Homescout Realty misrepresents agent licenses

There are 16 real estate agents pictured on the “Meet the Team” page at Homescout Realty, one of the firms on our rental service do-not-call list ...
Chicago rental service location lies, Collin Walker edition

Chicago rental service location lies, Collin Walker edition

Chicago neighborhood boundaries aren’t always etched in stone, so it’s fair to give real estate brokers a bit of latitude when they’re describing ...
Apartment rental service misdirection, Luxury Living Chicago edition

Apartment rental service misdirection, Luxury Living Chicago edition

If you’ve been searching for an apartment in downtown Chicago, the cookies that track your online behavior result in your seeing banner ads for Lu ...
Going Biblical on Live Here Chicago

Going Biblical on Live Here Chicago

“…one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” That's a first for YoChicago – a quote from the Bible, Luke 16. The quo ...
Chicagoland Property Group continues to lie in Craigslist apartment ads

Chicagoland Property Group continues to lie in Craigslist apartment ads

Chicagoland Property Group (“CPG”) has been listed on YoChicago’s rental service do-not-call list for years, and is on the current list. We’ve ...
Chicago rental services ramp up rookie recruiting

Chicago rental services ramp up rookie recruiting

The naïve youngsters who joined Chicago rental services last year in pursuit of a decent living have almost all gone back to tending bar, dreaming ...
Should you braid hair or be a rental service leasing agent?

Should you braid hair or be a rental service leasing agent?

In Illinois, you'll need 300 hours of classroom training and practical experience before you can become licensed to braid hair. If you want to be lice ...
The Chicago rental service do-not-call list

The Chicago rental service do-not-call list

New renters in Chicago are often confused or misled by Craigslist and other ads into believing that they’re contacting a landlord or management co ...
Chicagoland Property Group spams Craigslist with 6,000 apartment ads

Chicagoland Property Group spams Craigslist with 6,000 apartment ads

Chicagoland Property Group ("CPG") retains its long-standing rank as Craigslist's worst apartment ad spammer. As of yesterday the firm had more th ...
Moving to Chicago? Skip the trip and rent short-term or sight-unseen

Moving to Chicago? Skip the trip and rent short-term or sight-unseen

If you're relocating to Chicago and looking for a great apartment in a well-managed building, you can spare yourself the expense and hassle of one ...
Chicago’s most-Liked apartment management company

Chicago’s most-Liked apartment management company

We surveyed the Facebook pages of dozens of Chicago's larger property management firms to determine which one had garnered the most Likes. Plan ...
A rental service is your worst move when moving to Chicago

A rental service is your worst move when moving to Chicago

If you're moving to New York, you'll need a rental service broker to gain access to some of that city's best apartments. If you're moving to Ch ...
Searching Streeterville apartments on Craigslist is a fool’s errand

Searching Streeterville apartments on Craigslist is a fool’s errand

A recent Craigslist apartment search for Streeterville returned 2,500 results – Craigslist's maximum. Further limiting the search by adding "Chic ...
How to turn one month’s free rent into two

How to turn one month’s free rent into two

This morning's email included the "hot sheet" from a newer high-rise offering renters a month's free rent and their brokers / finders a month-and- ...
Rental services will steer you wrong on Lincoln Park apartments

Rental services will steer you wrong on Lincoln Park apartments

If you're looking for an apartment in Chicago's sought-after Lincoln Park neighborhood, the worst place to start is with a Chicago rental service ...
A roundup of Yo’s recent rooftop rambles

A roundup of Yo’s recent rooftop rambles

We love rooftops, and head for one every chance we get. Here's a brief look at some of what we've seen within the past few weeks, starting with th ...
How much is your rental service agent being paid?

How much is your rental service agent being paid?

In Chicago, unlike New York and some other cities, rental services are typically paid by the property rather than by the renter. That fact might l ...
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