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Apartment People CEO slams Yelp, slimes self
Ilene Collins, CEO of Apartment People, replied to a hyper-positive Yelp review by suggesting that the review might be taken down from the site "s [...]
Some amusing Yelp reviews for Vesta Preferred’s Joe Rush
A new agent starts at a Chicago rental service and, within a matter of days, is receiving five-star reviews at Yelp from people writing their firs [...]
Vesta Preferred, where raw rental rookies rate rave reviews
Vesta Preferred bills itself in Craigslist recruiting ads as the "Highest rated Real Estate Company on Yelp." That statement simply isn't true, [...]
Is Flats Chicago practicing review fraud?
YoChicago has zero tolerance for the comment fraud and review fraud that some inept landlords and rental services seem to find attractive. Our Pri [...]
Is Chicagoland Property Group Craigslist’s worst apartment spammer?
Craigslist doesn't allow ads to be posted more than once every 48 hours and prohibits keyword spam, i.e. the use of irrelevant terms in ads to dra [...]
Do Live Here Chicago’s fraudulent Yelp reviews doom its employees?
A little over a year ago we questioned whether Urban Lux, a rental service on our do-not-call list, was responsible for the dumbest-ever reviews a [...]
Does a Yelper live in Lincoln Park and at EnV?
A year ago in April we wondered whether, based on its uniformly negative Yelp reviews, EnV was Chicago's worst new apartment tower. We also expres [...]
What’s up with these Yelp reviews of The Tides?
The reviews of The Tides apartment complex pictured above, posted four months apart, are almost word-for-word identical. Did the first reviewer's [...]
Where rental rookies rate rave reviews
Have you ever wondered about the fact that complete novices at Chicago rental services almost always receive rave reviews on Yelp? I think it' [...]
What happened to Wicker Park?
The Talk section of Yelp occasionally surfaces a fun and informative discussion of Chicago neighborhoods. Several days ago Yelper Chacha M posted [...]
Did an iMove Chicago agent use the C word in a Yelp review?
Jose L recently posted a 5-star Yelp review of iMove Chicago in which he used the C word – twice – to describe a Yelper who had negatively reviewe [...]
Did iMove Chicago viciously retaliate against a Yelp reviewer?
We've written about iMove Chicago several times, put it on our Craigslist's Dirtiest Dozen rental services roster, and wondered why any renter or [...]
Why you should never trust a Yelp review of a rental service
The above ad appeared on Craigslist yesterday, and it tells you everything you need to know about why you should never believe a Yelp review – pos [...]
New Year’s resolution – review Eugenie Terrace on ApartmentRatings
It's 2009, and Lincoln Park's Eugenie Terrace apartment tower is reviewed only once at ApartmentRatings.com. The pace quickens and two reviews are [...]
Is EnV Chicago’s worst new apartment tower?
I've recently updated our Near North at-a-glance apartment list and map with several new links to online availability checks, and added links to Y [...]
Chicago rental services closing offices, rebranding, testing new business models
As Chicago's rental market strengthens and vacancies decrease, a number of landlords have been cutting back on their use of apartment rental servi [...]
Is a phony Yelp review a felony?
Last Saturday we called attention to a pattern of suspicious reviews of Reside Living buildings at Yelp. The first positive review of Reside a [...]
Saturday night apartment funnies and Yelp’s review filter
The first Yelp review of Reside at Belmont Harbor, 426 W Belmont Ave, dated 12/18/11, was written by a first-time Yelper and flagged as suspicious [...]
Yelp reviews that reek – My Town Realty Group edition
You're all probably highly aware of this phenomenon by now, but a reminder never hurts. When you're looking at reviews of apartment rental services [...]
While you’re at it, Ginger Summers, cut the crap on Yelp
Last Saturday we suggested that an apartment locator (a/k/a bedbug) by the name of Ginger Summers quit spamming Craigslist with thousands of repet [...]
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