Tag: Rental services

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

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

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'l [...]
April Fools’ Day is Chicago Rental Services Day

April Fools’ Day is Chicago Rental Services Day

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 Yo [...]
Is a career criminal working as a Chicago leasing agent?

Is a career criminal working as a Chicago leasing agent?

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 som [...]
No appointment necessary at most high-rise apartments

No appointment necessary at most high-rise apartments

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. [...]
Road rage and rental agent roulette

Road rage and rental agent roulette

According to an ABC 7 report, Martin Vigil has been charged with misdemeanor assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and criminal damage to pro [...]
When rental service agents show up unannounced

When rental service agents show up unannounced

As the rental season kicks into high gear Chicago tenants can expect to have rental service agents barging into their apartments without prior not [...]
Rental services can’t and won’t show you some of Chicago’s best apartments

Rental services can’t and won’t show you some of Chicago’s best apartments

Many of Chicago's rental services won't show MLS-listed condo rentals even though they're often priced below apartments in managed buildings. The [...]
Luxury Living Chicago’s new twist on deceptive rental service ads

Luxury Living Chicago’s new twist on deceptive rental service ads

The Illinois Real Estate License Act prohibits "blind advertisements," i.e. ads that do not contain the name of the broker licensee that placed th [...]
500 Lake Shore Drive bans Craigslist rental service ads

500 Lake Shore Drive bans Craigslist rental service ads

500 Lake Shore Drive sent the following email to rental services / apartment locators / apartment finders last Saturday morning: Subject: Cra [...]
Are Craigslist apartment shoppers brain dead?

Are Craigslist apartment shoppers brain dead?

There are currently 26 ads on Craigslist with the phone number 312-600-7356. All of those ads are for luxury condos with identified addresses. All [...]
Join a Chicago rental service or become an Uber driver?

Join a Chicago rental service or become an Uber driver?

You're a young, unemployed college dropout contemplating your career options. You've been reading Craigslist ads from Chicago rental services that [...]
Leasing agents – how to cut your losses at tax time

Leasing agents – how to cut your losses at tax time

If you were lured into working at a Chicago rental service last year by the promise of a "lucrative career" and "steady earnings" the odds are you was [...]
Zumper has a new design and spam apartment ads

Zumper has a new design and spam apartment ads

Yesterday's email brought "news" of "the brand new Zumper web platform." In its previous incarnation Zumper seemed to be nothing more than a ga [...]
That apartment was rented before you applied

That apartment was rented before you applied

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 w [...]
South Loop apartments for rent – an up-to-date list

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

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. [...]
How fraudulent Yelp reviews help Chicago renters

How fraudulent Yelp reviews help Chicago renters

We've written previously about apparently fraudulent Yelp reviews for Live Here Chicago, a local rental service / apartment locator / apartment fi [...]
How fast your agent gets paid may bias which apartments you see

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

A recent comment at YoChicago: I am hearing thru the grapevine that some agents are actually quietly boycotting some buildings and management [...]
Should you respond to a blind real estate employment ad?

Should you respond to a blind real estate employment ad?

You'll see quite a few ads at Craigslist for apartment leasing openings with leasing and management companies that go unnamed in the ad. You'll al [...]
A flood of bait-and-switch apartment ads at Craigslist

A flood of bait-and-switch apartment ads at Craigslist

As winter approaches and the number of apartment-hunting renters drops, Chicago rental services typically ramp up their year-round efforts to floo [...]
Earn $2,500 a week leasing apartments

Earn $2,500 a week leasing apartments

If you consistently follow Craigslist help wanted ads for real estate you'll be struck by the recurring ads for a number of Chicago's rental servi [...]
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