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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

YoChicago’s October, 2014 audience reach

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According to our server logs, YoChicago reached nearly 94,700 unique visitors in October. That’s a 10% decline from the more than 104,000 visitors we reached in July of this year, but a decline that’s less than the seasonal decline we’d seen in prior years. Our October unique visitor count grew by 37% year-over-year, and our ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 10, 2014
News & trendsNeighborhoods

Staying up to date on Chicago real estate

Aerial downtown

We began publishing reviews of Chicago’s apartment buildings just about a year ago. The blistering pace of development since that time has resulted in the need to update a number of our reviews, and our lists and associated maps. We’ll be devoting much of this week to updating our reviews and our lists and maps, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 27, 2014

Have you visited Crain’s and Curbed today?

Dennis Rodkin

If you want to stay abreast of what’s happening in Chicago real estate you’ll have to venture beyond YoChicago and our Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr accounts. We keep a steady focus on homes and apartments for sale and for rent, but can’t report on every development in a city the size of Chicago. You’ll ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 12, 2014

YoChicago reaches record numbers in July

Millennium Park

According to our server logs, YoChicago had 104,196 unique visitors in July. That’s the first time we’ve passed the 100K mark in a month, and it represents a 49% increase over July of 2013. Google Analytics tells us that two-thirds of our visitors were new to the site last month, and only 14% of our ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 11, 2014

YoChicago at YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter

Boiler room

More than two-thirds of the more than 85,000 unique visitors to YoChicago each month are new to the site, and only 14% of our visitors come directly to the site. Seventy-seven percent of our visitors come here via organic search. What those numbers tell us is that we’re meeting our objective of providing information about ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 5, 2014

YoChicago launches condominium review series

55 East Erie, fitness

Late last year we began a series of apartment reviews and they’ve proven popular, contributing to a more than 70% year-over-year increase in our traffic in July. We’re waiting on the stats from our server logs, but YouTube Analytics indicates that we reached more than 90,000 unique visitors last month. Condo buyers need access to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 4, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New website, name, address for 435 North Park apartments

Revel Chicago

The 50-story multi-use building in Streeterville that we’ve been following as 435 North Park Drive has topped out, closed in and taken on a new identity. The building’s new name is Revel and it has a website with limited information. The address is now listed as “340 Water St,” i.e. 340 E North Water St. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 30, 2014

If you’re smart, you’ll stay away from Renturway

Renturway

The public relations “profession” is notorious for making shotgun pitches to websites without having even the dimmest awareness of how a particular pitch might be received. Yesterday’s email included a pitch from a PR person on behalf of Renturway, a company touted as having a “remarkable business model which differs distinctly from other rental agents ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 19, 2014

Are websites increasing racial and economic segregation?

Homefacts

It’s been 10 years since journalist Bill Bishop began writing about “the big sort” and five years since the publication of his book. Amazon summarizes Bishop’s thesis: Armed with startling new demographic data, he made national news in a series of articles showing how Americans have been sorting themselves into alarmingly homogeneous communities — not ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 24, 2014

The top five most-viewed Chicago new apartment reviews

Optima Center

Our new apartment review pages provide a clear window, via Google Analytics, into which new buildings are generating the most interest among renters and curiosity seekers. During the last two weeks, Optima Center garnered the most page views, attracting 50% more visitors than K2 and Hubbard Place, which were in a virtual tie for second ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 26, 2013

A 9/11 aerial tour of Chicago

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A year ago today I spent nearly two hours in a chartered helicopter, with the doors off, circling downtown Chicago and snapping photos. I was accompanied by Mike Scotty, our parent company‘s CEO, and Michael Kardas, a professional photographer we’ve worked with for more than 25 years. We collectively shot nearly 2,000 photos and you ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 11, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

West Loop 2/2 condo sales soar year-over-year

View from West Loop

Eric Rojas, one of YoChicago’s sponsors, recently studied year-to-date sales of 2-bedroom, 2-bath condos in the portion of the West Loop west of I90/94. His findings included an 80% year-over-year increase in the number of units sold. The median price of $350K was $100K over the median price of 2-bedroom, 1-bath units in the area. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 28, 2013
News & trendsMarket conditions

YoChicago reached nearly 70K unique visitors in July

Michigan Avenue

The volume of visitors to established real estate websites is as good an index as any of the state of the housing market. YoChicago had 69,842 unique visitors in July, a 44% increase over the 48,496 unique visitors in July of 2012. We attribute most of that surge in visitors to a much healthier housing ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 7, 2013

Will you be YoChicago’s 2,000th Twitter follower?

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The majority of our approximately 60,000 unique visitors each month find something that interests them on YoChicago via Google search. We’ve tried to make it easy for you to find us where you want to. We have more than 13,000 photos available on Flickr. Our nearly 2,500 videos at YouTube have attracted more than 2,100 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 1, 2013

Woodstock Institute makes foreclosure data more accessible

Woodstock Institute

The Woodstock Institute self-describes as “a leading nonprofit research and policy organization in the areas of fair lending, wealth creation, and financial systems reform.” The organization recently revamped its website to make its collections of local lending-related data more readily accessible online. According to a news release: Of particular note is the new interactive data ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 24, 2013

YoChicago approaches 2,000 followers on YouTube, Twitter

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Many of our visitors would rather learn about what’s new here by following us on Twitter or subscribing to our videos on YouTube rather than going directly to YoChicago. If that’s your preference, visit our YouTube channel and Twitter feed to get started. You can, of course, also find us at Facebook. As of yesterday ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 14, 2013

Housing tragedy tomorrow, Crib Chatter comedy tonight

Funny thing happened screen cap

To no one’s surprise, Crib Chatter‘s “Sabrina” is once again (still?) predicting a housing bust. In an unexpected move, s/he plans to convert the site to a forum: I was thinking of shutting down this site, but I AM going to turn it into a forum site. At least then we can all chat about ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 28, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

What Susie and Terry love about the Gold Coast

Lake Shore Drive

When Terry moved to the city from the northern suburbs to the Gold Coast, Susie Schechtman of SeeChicagoRealEstate.com helped her find an apartment, and they became friends. “I had no idea,” says Terry, “of the extent of the shopping and fabulous restaurants that were right outside my doorstep.” Now that she’s come to know her ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 28, 2013

How Terry found Susie Schechtman and her new home

Terry and Susie

When Terry decided to relocate to the city from the northern suburbs, she followed a now-classic path: a Google search that led her to a helpful real estate site – SeeChicagoRealEstate.com. Terry was unsure of what neighborhood she wanted to live in, but the website quickly connected her with Susie Schechtman, a veteran relocation agent ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 23, 2013