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Chicago rental service deceptions, net rent edition

Streeterville

Advertising a lower rent than what’s actually available in a building is only one of the many ways that Chicago rental services trawl for renters. Advertising a “net rent” when a building is offering a month or more of free rent is another way to deceive unsophisticated renters into calling or emailing. The typical free ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 24, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The easy way to find a Loop / New East Side apartment

Aerial view of Loop

There are only seven apartment buildings in Chicago’s Loop proper, and another seven in the part of the Loop known as the New East Side. You’ll find all of them on YoChicago’s at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. The list gives you a quick snapshot of apartment types, amenities and pet policies at each building. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 16, 2015

Jon Zolecki leads in Craigslist apartment spam race

Zolecki screencap

We’ve written about Chicagoland Property Group (“CPG”) a number of times, and singled the firm out as the most prolific source of spam apartment ads at Craigslist. CPG accounts for nearly 1 in every 10 City of Chicago apartment ads at Craigslist, with 5,750 ads as of yesterday afternoon for a shockingly small number of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 12, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Why YoChicago is your best Streeterville apartment source

Streeterville

There are only 16 apartment complexes in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood and you’ll find all of them on YoChicago’s at-a-glance list. The list gives you a snapshot of the types of apartments in each building, the building’s pet policy, and whether it has in-unit washer / dryers, a pool and on-site parking. YoChicago’s at-a-glance list links ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 23, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A visit to three new South Loop apartment sites

1000 S Clark St

I stopped by three South Loop construction sites yesterday for a brief look. The sixth floor of 1000 S Clark is nearing completion and work has begun on the seventh floor of JDL Development‘s 469-unit, 29-story apartment tower. Foundation work is continuing on Golub & Co‘s 41-story, 397 unit apartment tower at 1001 S State. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 11, 2015

That apartment was rented before you applied

Kardas photo

Applying for an apartment that’s already been rented – or was never available – is just one of the very many pitfalls you’ll encounter when you work with a Chicago rental service / apartment locator / apartment finder. Many landlords allow multiple rental services to advertise and show their apartments while retaining the right to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 19, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

South Loop apartments for rent – an up-to-date list

South Loop apartments

If you want to rent in the South Loop, you can see all of your managed apartment building options on YoChicago’s South Loop availability list. There are just over a dozen large apartment complexes in the South Loop, and we’ve listed them in this Google spreadsheet, and checked what’s available for rent, and what the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 14, 2015
North ShoreEvanston

Evanston apartments – YoChicago’s list and reviews

Downtown Evanston aerial view

We’ve just published the first draft of our at-a-glance list of Evanston apartments in a Google spreadsheet. Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the spreadsheet to see additional columns. The list is a work in progress, and is far from complete. It does at this point include every major apartment complex built in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 29, 2014

How to get an edge on renting the best apartments

Astoria Tower

If you’re working with a rental service, the odds are high that you’re not going to able to rent some of Chicago’s most desirable apartments. Some of the companies that own and manage sought-after apartments either don’t cooperate with rental services or only allow them access to their hard-to-rent units. If you want to rent ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 1, 2014

How fast your agent gets paid may bias which apartments you see

Aerial Grant Park

A recent comment at YoChicago: I am hearing thru the grapevine that some agents are actually quietly boycotting some buildings and management companies. The management companies that have been boycotted have been super late on paying out commissions and have clearly made demands about advertising and marketing that clearly makes agents feel that it’s a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 24, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Video – Tour twenty Lincoln Park apartment buildings

Lincoln Park

You can sit for half an hour at an apartment rental service waiting to repeat the information you’ve already given over the phone to a rookie agent who will put you in a car and show you to rundown, hard-to-rent apartments that may or may not be in Lincoln Park. Or you can spend half ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 2, 2014

Chicago’s best free apartment finder

Aerial

If you’re searching for an apartment in Chicago’s downtown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods, YoChicago is the best way to yelp you find one. We’re an objective, visually rich website with comprehensive apartment reviews, all-inclusive at-a-glance lists, neighborhood maps and guides, narrated video tours and a great deal more. If you like what you see ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 8, 2014

A time-saving way to search Craigslist apartment ads

Kardas photo

A few months ago we identified the top 10 apartment ad spammers at Craigslist. As you might expect, they’re all Chicago rental services a/k/a apartment locators a/k/a apartment finders. Chicago’s sleazy rental services set out to confuse and frustrate you into using their so-called “services” by running many 1,000s of repetitive ads at Craigslist, in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 5, 2014

Bypass 1,000s of Craigslist apartment spam ads with a single click

Kardas aerial

Chicago’s rental services promise to make your apartment search swift and painless. To encourage you to use their services they attempt to make your Craigslist search time-consuming and painful. We’ve singled out the 10 worst Craigslist apartment ad spammers and find it difficult to understand why anyone would work with a company that’s so flagrantly ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 1, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An up-to-date list of available River North apartments

River North apartments

You can see all of the managed apartment building options in River North on YoChicago’s availability list, below. You can learn more about the buildings and their location in our detailed reviews, and see our take on the best River North buildings on 18 different criteria. We’ve listed all of the River North apartment complexes ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 19, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Streeterville apartments moving forward

545 N McClurg Ct

Last week we noted the scale of activity in the 400 block of East Grand Ave in Streeterville. We stopped by yesterday for a closer look at the northeast corner of Grand and McClurg Ct, where Golub & Co has proposed building a 44-story, 490 unit apartment tower with office space and ground-level retail. Site ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 17, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Demolition complete at Division Street apartment site

625 W Division

A year ago Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily reported that Portland-based Gerding Edlen Development planned to break ground by last November on a 19-story, 240-unit apartment tower at 625 W Division St. The existing buildings on the south end of the site have been demolished and site clearance is nearly complete. Building permits have yet ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 10, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Tour twenty Lincoln Park apartment buildings in half an hour

Lincoln Park aerial view

You can fritter away half an hour at an apartment rental service waiting to repeat the information you’ve already given over the phone to a rookie agent who will put you in a car and show you rundown, hard-to-rent apartments that may or may not be in Lincoln Park. Or you can spend half an ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 9, 2014

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

Lies Chicago rental services tell – nothing in your price range

Aerial view Chicago Loop

There are lots of things Chicago’s rental services don’t want you to know about the way they operate, and we’ve previously posted on twenty-five of them. It’s common for renters to be told that there’s nothing available in their preferred location for what they’re willing to pay. That may well be true, but it’s often ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 6, 2014