Tag: Apartment finders

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Is it finally handcuffs time for Exchange Apartment Finders?

Is it finally handcuffs time for Exchange Apartment Finders?

As far back as November 2000 Exchange Apartment Finders was fined for practicing real estate without a license and ordered to obtain one. We've found ...
Scanning Craigslist apartment ads is March madness

Scanning Craigslist apartment ads is March madness

Chicago-based apartment rental website domu has written about "why you should ditch craigslist for your apartment search" and tallied more than 19 ...
A Cobbler Square loft story – facts, lies and stale information

A Cobbler Square loft story – facts, lies and stale information

Over the weekend I noticed rental services advertising 2-bedroom, 2-bath lofts at Cobbler Square on Craigslist at prices ranging from $2,550 to $2,610 ...
Real and Craigslist fictional rents at The Streeter

Real and Craigslist fictional rents at The Streeter

The Streeter, a 48-story, 481-unit apartment tower at 345 E Ohio St in Streeterville, was still in lease-up mode and at 56% occupancy when Yo visi ...
Tales from an apartment hunt – brokers vs rental services

Tales from an apartment hunt – brokers vs rental services

One of my correspondents, a veteran renter, has been sending me periodic updates on his experiences in searching for his next apartment. Here's th ...
Chicago’s best apartment website gets better

Chicago’s best apartment website gets better

Several months ago we opined that Apartments.com, a national site owned by a group of major newspapers, was the stand-out choice for renters searc ...
Are you the reason your rent is too damn high?

Are you the reason your rent is too damn high?

Jimmy McMillan, the 2010 gubernatorial candidate of New York's Rent Is Too Damn High Party, achieved some notoriety thanks to the many YouTube rem ...
Chicago rental services closing offices, rebranding, testing new business models

Chicago rental services closing offices, rebranding, testing new business models

As Chicago's rental market strengthens and vacancies decrease, a number of landlords have been cutting back on their use of apartment rental servi ...
Is RentJuice enabling fraud by unlicensed brokers?

Is RentJuice enabling fraud by unlicensed brokers?

We've previously wondered about Exchange Apartment Finders (EAF), which appeared to be doing business as a real estate broker / apartment finder w ...
Trulia rental scam watch and American Realty Pros

Trulia rental scam watch and American Realty Pros

We recently wrote about Trulia's doomed efforts to cut back on apartment rental scams in its listings. The scams continue, as they always will ...
The biggest apartment search mistakes – Number 4, ignoring warning signs

The biggest apartment search mistakes – Number 4, ignoring warning signs

The biggest mistake apartment searchers make is failing to focus on a small number of ideal and affordable neighborhoods. The second biggest mista ...
The biggest apartment search mistakes – Number 3, the online search

The biggest apartment search mistakes – Number 3, the online search

The biggest mistake apartment searchers make is failing to focus on a small number of ideal and affordable neighborhoods. The second biggest mista ...
How to cut your first month’s rent in half

How to cut your first month’s rent in half

We’ve previously alerted you to twenty-five things apartment rental services won’t tell you. Now we’ll alert you to one they wish you’d never k ...
Twenty-five things the rental services won’t tell you

Twenty-five things the rental services won’t tell you

The slick-looking Web sites for apartment rental / locator / finder services tell you that you’ve arrived at Chicago’s premier FREE rental service ...

Yelping about heating cost disclosure

All of YoChicago’s rental Guides link to Yelp reviews of buildings and landlords where they’re available, but those reviews aren’t the only useful inf ...
Apartment rental bedbugs – Yo’s do-not-call list

Apartment rental bedbugs – Yo’s do-not-call list

Note: Consult the 2014 version of our do-not-call list. New renters in Chicago are often confused or misled by Craigslist ads into believing th ...

An easy way to clean up Craigslist apartment ads

Management companies, individual property owners and legitimate real estate brokers can quickly and easily clean up the mess that the apartment locato ...
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