Tag: Rental services

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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 ...
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 ...
How every high-rise renter can reduce rental service costs

How every high-rise renter can reduce rental service costs

Despite their wacky protestations to the contrary, rental services aren't free, and they aren't paid for by landlords. Every renter in a high- ...
Chicago rental services’ biggest lie is one word: free

Chicago rental services’ biggest lie is one word: free

Chicago's rental brokers would desperately like you to believe that their service is free to renters. It's often not free, and it's frequently ver ...
In Lincoln Park and Lakeview, a rental service is worse than useless

In Lincoln Park and Lakeview, a rental service is worse than useless

One of the many things that Chicago rental services don't want you to know is that there are many properties that they can't or won't show you. ...
Is Brian Murphy Kale Realty’s worst rental scofflaw?

Is Brian Murphy Kale Realty’s worst rental scofflaw?

Several days ago we questioned whether Kale Realty is a rental service scofflaw, and suggested an affirmative answer. This morning we sampled a ...
Is Kale Realty a rental service scofflaw?

Is Kale Realty a rental service scofflaw?

Illinois law bars licensed real estate agents from advertising property without written permission and bans the "use of URL, domain name, metatag, ...
How to find your best West Loop apartment

How to find your best West Loop apartment

If you've been searching for a new apartment in Chicago's West Loop / Fulton River District, the odds are that you've been exposed to one or both ...
Moving to River North? YoChicago trounces rental service brokers

Moving to River North? YoChicago trounces rental service brokers

If you've been searching for a new apartment in River North, you've probably been exposed to ads from Chicago's rental services. The ad picture ...
Moving to Streeterville? YoChicago or a rental service broker?

Moving to Streeterville? YoChicago or a rental service broker?

If you've been online looking for an apartment in downtown Chicago, the odds are that you're seeing ads similar to the screen cap shown here. The ads ...
American Realty’s Dan Dantuma has another heroin bust

American Realty’s Dan Dantuma has another heroin bust

It's been just over a year since we called attention to Dan Dantuma of American Realty and his more than 20-year history of arrests on charges ranging ...
State levies $100,000 fine on Exchange Apartment Finders

State levies $100,000 fine on Exchange Apartment Finders

The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation has levied a $100,000 civil penalty (pdf) against The Exchange Apartment Finders (EAF) ...
Ditch the rental broker if you want a great apartment deal

Ditch the rental broker if you want a great apartment deal

Chicago's rental service brokers would like you to believe that they can help you find a great deal on your next apartment. Don't believe it. W ...
Rental services give renters bad advice

Rental services give renters bad advice

Chicago's rental services a/k/a apartment locators a/k/a apartment finders are a source of almost endless misinformation and bad advice. The ...
How to miss out on great Lakeview apartments

How to miss out on great Lakeview apartments

If you want to be absolutely certain that you don't get to see many of the best apartments in Lakeview, contact an apartment rental service a/k/a ...
Rental services: we don’t need no stinking listings

Rental services: we don’t need no stinking listings

The websites of some Chicago rental services invite you to "search our listings" and their Craigslist ads solicit you to inquire about "our other ...
In Lincoln Park, apartment finders are for apartment losers

In Lincoln Park, apartment finders are for apartment losers

If you're looking for an apartment in Lincoln Park and working with an apartment finder a/k/a locator a/k/a rental service, you are absolutely cer ...
Want a lucrative career leasing luxury apartments?

Want a lucrative career leasing luxury apartments?

It's that time of year again. Chicago's rental services are advertising heavily at Craigslist, touting six-figure incomes, unlimited earnings pote ...
Great Lincoln Park apartments are off-limits to rental services

Great Lincoln Park apartments are off-limits to rental services

Working with a rental service guarantees that you'll miss out on some of the best located, most fairly priced and most nicely renovated apartments ...
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