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Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 4/24/15

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The leasing office and four furnished models are now open at Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson. JeffJack is offering a month’s free rent on 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Apply within 24 hours of your first visit and receive a discounted rate of $199 on reserved monthly parking. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 24, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 4/23/15

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Parc Huron in River North, is offering a month-and-a-half free rent on select one-bedroom apartments for leases beginning before April 30. All of the apartments at Parc Huron have balconies or walk-out terraces, and east-facing ones have spectacular skyline views. Chestnut Place, 850 N State, is offering a month’s free rent on newly-renovated vacant apartments. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 23, 2015

Help wanted – Apartment customer service manager

Planned on Addison

This is something new for YoChicago – a help wanted posting from Planned Property Management, one of our advertisers. We’ve been hearing a number of requests recently from advertisers who are expanding and looking to hire new staff. As a reader and advertiser service, we’ll be offering free help wanted postings to our advertisers. Here ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 4/22/15

Eugenie Terrace

Eugenie Terrace is Lincoln Park’s only full-amenity luxury rental high-rise. Eugenie Terrace has a very rare 2 bedroom combined with a studio as a 3 bedroom, 3 full bath apartment on the southwest corner of the 23rd floor. It’s one of only two 3-bedroom apartments in the tower, and features in-unit, full-size washer and dryer, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 4/10/15

Astoria view

K2 Apartments, 365 N Halsted in the Fulton River District is offering a free month’s rent on select floor plans for leases beginning before April 30. The leasing office and four furnished models are now open at Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson. JeffJack is offering a month’s free ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 4/9/15

Walton on the Park

1225 Old Town has extended hardwood flooring throughout the 3-bedroom, 2-bath Unit 1208, renting for $5,073 a month. Unit 1207, also a 3-bedroom, is available for $4,530 a month. Parc Huron in River North, is offering a month-and-a-half free rent on select one-bedroom apartments for leases beginning before April 30. All of the apartments at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 9, 2015
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 4/8/15

350 Oakdale

Halsted Flats opened a year ago as the first new full-amenity rental tower built in Lakeview in decades. Apartments that had rented quickly are now beginning to turn over as leases expire. A true find is a one-bedroom with a large walk-out terrace on the pool level. Halsted Flats is offering a “Look and Lease” ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 8, 2015

Want a lucrative career leasing luxury apartments?

Hancock

It’s that time of year again. Chicago’s rental services are advertising heavily at Craigslist, touting six-figure incomes, unlimited earnings potential, the start of a lucrative career leasing luxury apartments, etc. etc. Why aren’t the many licensed, experienced real estate agents who currently earn next-to-nothing flocking to those well-paying positions as the rental season heats up? ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 7, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

Great Lincoln Park apartments are off-limits to rental services

Lincoln Park aerial

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 in Lincoln Park. A number of Lincoln Park’s largest landlords don’t cooperate with rental services, and rental services will steer renters away from their properties. Some of Lincoln Park’s large landlords ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 6, 2015

Many of Lakeview’s best apartments are off-limits to rental services

Lakeview aerial

If you’re looking for an apartment in Lakeview, working with a rental service a/k/a apartment locator a/k/a apartment finder guarantees that you’ll miss out on some of the best-located, most fairly-priced and most nicely-renovated apartments in the neighborhood. A number of Lakeview’s largest landlords don’t cooperate with rental services, and the services will steer renters ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 3, 2015

April Fools’ Day is Chicago Rental Services Day

New East Side aerial

Yesterday’s brief encounter with a career criminal working as a Chicago leasing agent left me in a somber mood. Kenneth W. Arron a/k/a Kenny Yochelson a/k/a Kenny Stine called himself Kenny Jacobson when he was hired as a leasing agent by The Homestead Group, one of the rental services on our do-not-call list. A Tribune ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 1, 2015

Is a career criminal working as a Chicago leasing agent?

Kenneth Arron

A tipster alerted me this morning that an individual with a lengthy criminal record is applying, using an alias, to work as a leasing agent at some of Chicago’s rental services. My rental service tipster became suspicious and determined that the individual who’d applied for a leasing agent position was actually Kenneth W. Arron. You ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 31, 2015

No appointment necessary at most high-rise apartments

Aqua view

Chicago rental services would like you to believe that they have an inside track on scheduling showings at Chicago’s apartment towers. They don’t. The rental services would also like you to believe that they can negotiate a better deal than you’ll get on your own. They can’t. In fact, in almost every case they’ve explicitly ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 30, 2015

Road rage and rental agent roulette

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According to an ABC 7 report, Martin Vigil has been charged with misdemeanor assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and criminal damage to property following the incident in the above video. Vigil is a leasing agent / manager with Chicago Real Estate LLC, one of the rental services on YoChicago’s do-not-call list. As of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 27, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 3/27/15

The LEX

The leasing office and four furnished models are now open at Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson. JeffJack is offering a month’s free rent on 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. The new OneEleven apartment tower has spectacular north views over the river, and a 3-bedroom available now for $4,600. Ask ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 27, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 3/26/15

Scott

Planned Property is offering a month’s free rent on all 2-bedroom apartments at 1000 North LaSalle, a building with a private dog park. Chestnut Tower is offering a month’s free on vacant two-bedrooms for leases beginning by April 12. All apartments currently on the market are brand new designer renovations featuring new cabinetry, wood plank ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 26, 2015
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 3/25/15

Eugenie Terrace

3838 North Broadway has just undergone a complete renovation and has stylish new studios available from $855 a month. 2756 North Pine Grove is waiving its dog deposit and dog rent and offering $300 off the 1st month’s rent on rehabbed one-bedrooms renting from $1,425 and rehabbed two-bedrooms that start at $1,915. The popular Yolk ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 25, 2015

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
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Apartment deals and finds in downtown Chicago, 3/13/15

OneEleven view

The new OneEleven apartment tower has spectacular north views over the river, and 1-bedrooms available now from $2,400.. The leasing office and four furnished models are now open at Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson. JeffJack is offering a month’s free rent on 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Sign a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 13, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 3/12/15

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Two newly-renovated 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments are available at Chestnut Tower for $3,240 a month. The apartments have designer finishes, oversized stainless steel appliances, espresso cabinetry, glass tile backsplashes, quartz countertops, plank wood flooring and USB receptacles. Leases that begin by March 31 will receive a month’s free rent and a $100 monthly parking rate. Scott ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 12, 2015