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    If you’ve been searching for an apartment in downtown Chicago, the cookies that track your online behavior result in your seeing banner ads for Luxury Living Chicago. The firm is one of dozens that have earned a spot on our rental service do-not-call list. Rental services will always give you a misleading impression of what’s […]

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    Chicago neighborhood boundaries aren’t always etched in stone, so it’s fair to give real estate brokers a bit of latitude when they’re describing a property’s location. That’s especially true if the location has a similar character to the neighborhood in which it’s said to be located. When a rental service broker describes a property as […]

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    There are 16 real estate agents pictured on the “Meet the Team” page at Homescout Realty, one of the firms on our rental service do-not-call list . We’ve singled out nine of the agents in the above photo, all of whom are described as being a “Broker.” In order for that description to be accurate, […]

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    WalkScore is a site that many apartment renters implicitly trust. That trust derives, in part, from the fact that many apartment properties link to the “Walk Score” for their address. Only the most foolhardy, risk-tolerant of renters should click on any “Contact Property Manager” link on WalkScore or follow a WalkScore link that references the […]

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    Chicago’s rental service sharks are gearing up to make your search for a new apartment as difficult as possible this rental season, in hopes that you’ll be frustrated or misled into contacting them. The primary tactic in the apartment finders’ war on renters is flooding popular websites with many 1,000s of repetitive ads. Many of […]

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    The Illinois Real Estate License Act requires licensees to have written authorization to advertise a property for sale or for rent. Leasing agents at Chicago rental services routinely advertise properties without having the required authorization. They violate the law so extensively that Craigslist and other websites are cluttered with illegal ads. That clutter frustrates and […]

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    The Illinois Real Estate License Act requires written authorization before a licensee can advertise a property for sale or for rent. Leasing agents at Chicago rental services routinely advertise properties without having the required authorization. They violate the law so extensively that Craigslist and other websites are cluttered with illegal ads. That clutter frustrates and […]

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    The Illinois Real Estate License Act makes it illegal for licensees to advertise a property for sale or for rent unless they have written authorization to do so. Leasing agents at Chicago rental services routinely advertise properties without having the required authorization. They violate the law so extensively that Craigslist and other websites are cluttered […]

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    The Illinois Real Estate License Act bars licensees from advertising a property for sale or for rent unless they have written authorization to do so. Leasing agents at Chicago rental services routinely advertise properties without having the required authorization. They violate the law so extensively that Craigslist and other websites are cluttered with illegal ads. […]

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    Chicago rental service apartment ads on Zumper.com frequently include an Instant Apply button and a property address and description. A renter could reasonably conclude that following through on the Instant Apply process results in an application to the property for an apartment. Any renter that does so is making a costly mistake. We sampled a […]

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    Earlier today I noticed copyrighted photos I’d shot in ads placed by leasing agents at Exit Strategy Realty, and ads on a website affiliated with the firm. The photos were pirated in violation of our copyrights. In a number of instances, the photos included an EXIT logo / watermark, typically a claim of ownership of […]

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    The ad pictured above repeatedly invites renters to contact property manager Cesar Sandoval to schedule a showing at 1116 N Dearborn. A renter could easily be defrauded into doing just that. The property pictured in the ad is 1111 North Dearborn. 1116 N Dearborn is a fictitious address. Cesar Sandoval is not the property manager […]

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    We’ve characterized Exit Strategy Realty as a scofflaw rental service in a post yesterday, and one the day before. Exit Strategy Realty trains its new agents to lie in apartment ads. There’s no other way to describe what you’ll see and hear in the above YouTube video, one of a series created by Exit’s Jerome […]

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    Jerome Bressler, who we’ve previously identified as Chicago’s sleaziest rental agent under his current name and Jerome Bressert, his former name, has been terminated by Exit Strategy Realty. Kudos to Nick Libert, the firm’s managing partner, for terminating Bressler, and for taking action to clean up the sprawling web of illegal and deceptive ads that […]

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    Under most circumstances a son can’t be held responsible for his mom’s behavior. He can be, however, if he’s the sponsoring or managing broker at a Chicago rental service where his mom’s an agent and he fails to rein in his mom’s scofflaw behavior after having knowledge of it. The son we’re talking about is […]

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    Early yesterday morning we published a post about the scofflaw behavior of Joi Walker, a licensed leasing agent affiliated with Chicagoland Property Group (“CPG”). Joi Walker is the mother of Collin Walker, the firm’s managing broker. We questioned whether Collin Walker would continue failing to supervise his mom’s behavior, thereby putting his license at risk. […]

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    We’ve previously published posts about the scofflaw behavior of Joi Walker and Kellen Walker, licensed leasing agents affiliated with Chicagoland Property Group (“CPG”). Joi Walker is the mother of and Kellen Walker is the brother of Collin Walker, CPG’s managing broker. Our posts questioned whether Collin Walker would continue failing to supervise his mother’s and […]

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    With 1,134 ads, Jon Zolecki is the top dog of individual apartment ad spammers at Craigslist. He’s a standout at Chicagoland Property Group (“CPG”), which we’ve referred to as Craiglist’s worst apartment ad spammer. CPG currently has about 7,000 apartment ads at Craigslist. Zolecki’s LinkedIn profile identifies him as CPG’s Leasing Manager. He blends in […]

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    Chicagoland Property Group’s (“CPG”) Stephen Seitz had 706 repetitive apartment ads at Craigslist yesterday, a third-place tally at the firm we’ve called Craiglist’s worst apartment ad spammer. CPG currently has about 7,000 apartment ads at Craigslist. Type the following in your Craigslist search, and you’ll be spared having to see CPG ads: – “Chicagoland Property […]

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    Michael Hawks is the second most prolific ad spammer at Chicagoland Property Group (“CPG”), a firm that we’ve called Craiglist’s worst apartment ad spammer. Hawks accounts for just over 10% of CPG’s insanely repetitive apartment ads at Craigslist. Type the following in your Craigslist search, and you’ll be spared having to see CPG ads: – […]

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