Tag: Rental services

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Is RentJuice enabling fraud by unlicensed brokers?

Is RentJuice enabling fraud by unlicensed brokers?

We've previously wondered about Exchange Apartment Finders (EAF), which appeared to be doing business as a real estate broker / apartment finder w [...]
Are landlords eliminating the rental service bedbugs?

Are landlords eliminating the rental service bedbugs?

I've recently spoken to landlords who have either cut back on their use of the apartment rental services that we call bedbugs, eliminated them ent [...]
This Homestead Group leasing agent has a criminal record

This Homestead Group leasing agent has a criminal record

You never know who you're getting in the car with when you work with one of the apartment rental services that we call bedbugs. A number of the re [...]
Rent Smart, lie dumb

Rent Smart, lie dumb

We've written about Rent Smart Chicago several times – calling attention to its owner's criminal record and its claim to be “Chicago’s largest and [...]
If you’re a felonious stripper, call Crazy Steve

If you’re a felonious stripper, call Crazy Steve

If you're not, stay far, far away. The Craigslist ad you see pictured above does not, as Illinois law requires, disclose the name of the broke [...]
Trulia rental scam watch and American Realty Pros

Trulia rental scam watch and American Realty Pros

We recently wrote about Trulia's doomed efforts to cut back on apartment rental scams in its listings. The scams continue, as they always will [...]
Trulia applies a Band-Aid to rental fraud problem; YoChicago offers a solution

Trulia applies a Band-Aid to rental fraud problem; YoChicago offers a solution

A recent post at TruliaBlog boasted that: As online rentals fraud is becoming an industry-wide problem, Trulia is committed to keeping our rent [...]

Department of nuttily misleading info, RentJuice edition

According to a recent news release from RentJuice, the "average cost of renting a home in Chicago is $1,410. Rent for a 3-bedroom in Wrigleyville "is [...]
A New East Side apartment walk with Katie and Stephanie

A New East Side apartment walk with Katie and Stephanie

Stephanie Konow and Katie Bommarito are former rental services agents who grew frustrated with that business and set out to connect Chicago tenant [...]

What’s the story on Exchange Apartment Finders?

The following anonymous e-mail was received earlier in the day: If you want a REAL interesting story that (to my knowledge) has not been reported o [...]
An amusing location for a bedbug billboard

An amusing location for a bedbug billboard

Don't let the bedbugs bite, says the ProtectABed.com billboard at Roosevelt Rd and Clinton St. When YoChicago talks about bedbugs we're generally [...]
Earn $100K renting apartments

Earn $100K renting apartments

Six-figure earning potential. No experience required. Great support, training, technology and career-oriented services available from a leading co [...]
The biggest apartment search mistakes – Number 4, ignoring warning signs

The biggest apartment search mistakes – Number 4, ignoring warning signs

The biggest mistake apartment searchers make is failing to focus on a small number of ideal and affordable neighborhoods. The second biggest mista [...]
A Gold Coast apartment walk with Stephanie

A Gold Coast apartment walk with Stephanie

Stephanie Konow and Katie Bommarito, former apartment rental agents, recently co-founded Chicago Rentals Direct. Having acquired in-depth familiar [...]
The biggest apartment search mistakes – Number 3, the online search

The biggest apartment search mistakes – Number 3, the online search

The biggest mistake apartment searchers make is failing to focus on a small number of ideal and affordable neighborhoods. The second biggest mista [...]
How unlicensed agents work the system and how to avoid them

How unlicensed agents work the system and how to avoid them

The following is an excerpt from an e-mail exchange forwarded to me last night. I've removed identifying information: Ok, it will show up as [n [...]
RentJuice automates Facebook spam for rental bedbugs

RentJuice automates Facebook spam for rental bedbugs

Today's e-mail brings the following news release from RentJuice : RentJuice, the online platform developed by real estate insiders that connec [...]
Apartment bedbug spotlight – Downtown Apartment Finders

Apartment bedbug spotlight – Downtown Apartment Finders

Every so often we'll spotlight one of the apartment rental "services" – we call them bedbugs – on our apartment finder do-not-call list. Our bedbu [...]

Does Chicago Apartment Finders post lying reviews?

It's bedbug vs bedbug out there in apartment rental service reviews. Most of the rental services (bedbugs) limit themselves to back-of-the-hand sl [...]

How many rental service owners have criminal records?

That question occurred to me after coming across two of them within the past week. I found the first while researching a rental service whose "bedb [...]
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