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Is Brian Murphy Kale Realty’s worst rental scofflaw?

Kale Realty/ Craigslist

Several days ago we questioned whether Kale Realty is a rental service scofflaw, and suggested an affirmative answer. This morning we sampled a few of the 134 apartment ads that Kale’s Brian Murphy has active at Craigslist. What we found was ugly: ads posted without the legally required written authorization from the property, unauthorized use ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 6, 2015

Is Kale Realty a rental service scofflaw?

Kale sign

Illinois law bars licensed real estate agents from advertising property without written permission and bans the “use of URL, domain name, metatag, keyword or other device or method intended to deceptively direct, drive or divert internet traffic or mislead consumers.” Kale Realty has been on our rental service do-not-call list for years, and I’ve previously ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 3, 2015

Luxury Living Chicago’s new twist on deceptive rental service ads

Curbed screen cap

The Illinois Real Estate License Act prohibits “blind advertisements,” i.e. ads that do not contain the name of the broker licensee that placed the ad. The Act also provides that “Advertising shall be considered misleading or untruthful if, when taken as a whole, there is a distinct and reasonable possibility that it will be misunderstood ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 1, 2015

Rental service quote of the day – kill granny

Belmont Harbor

Yesterday I added a new name to our do-not-call list of Chicago rental services a/k/a apartment locators a/k/a apartment finders. All of the firms have earned a spot on the list by running illegal ads and / or engaging in other clear violations of the Illinois Real Estate License Act. I asked an acquaintance about ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 9, 2014

The 2014 Chicago rental service do-not-call list

Lincoln Park

New renters in Chicago are often confused or misled by Craigslist and other ads into believing that they’re contacting a landlord or management company when they respond to an ad by one of the many apartment locators / finders / rental services. Many of the 1,000s of rental service ads on Craigslist are for non-existent ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 6, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Get out of Craigslist jail, go direct to Lakeview landlords

Aerial view of Belmont Harbor

If you’re looking to rent in Lakeview you can waste countless hours reading 1,000s of repetitive bait-and-switch rental service ads at Craigslist. The odds are high that your real misery only begins once you’ve connected with a rental service via Craigslist. Hundreds of leasing agents, many of them total rookies, some of them convicted criminals, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 11, 2014

Does your rental agent have MLS access?

River North Chicago

If you’ve contacted a leasing agent to help find your next apartment, you’ll want to be certain that the agent has access to all the listings in MRED, the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Why? You’ll find 1,000s of apartments listed for rent in the MLS that you won’t find on Craigslist. And it’s often ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 28, 2013

A visit to Exchange Apartment Finders

1531 N Ashland Chicago

Yesterday morning I visited 1531 N Ashland Ave, the address listed on its website for Exchange Apartment Finders (EAF). My goal was to interview the owner of the firm about a report that it had been referred to the Attorney General’s office for criminal prosecution. The address is a nondescript building with no permanent signage ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 17, 2012