Lurkington wrote:Anyone have a recommendation for a realtor? Preferably one who does rentals as well (I'm on the fence between renting and buying)
There are apartment locator services in Chicago which will basically broker an apartment for free (apt management will eventually pay the fee). Student Space was decent a few years ago, although I think they're having some management issues of late. I'm sure there are plenty of others. Also, MAC property owns most of the property in Hyde Park, although they're terrible management, but not a bad option if you don't mind that.
I'm not too familiar with the realty market, though. If you want to stay in Chicago for 3 years or less, renting is almost certainly a better option.
MAC is the big one for rentals. There's also TLC, which is significantly more competent and better-priced. If you're looking at smaller rental companies, McKey/Poague and Parker/Holtzmann have a good presence and are generally regarded better than MAC. Most undergrads find stuff on http://marketplace.uchicago.edu/
. Lots of small independent brokers.
I don't really know the realty market either, but Urban Search is pretty big on the high end, from what I can tell. From there you see yard signs for the standard nationwide realtors plus some other local Chicago ones, but I don't know of any others aside from Urban Search that specialize in the area. There are probably some.
ETA that I've heard good things about the price/quality of UChicago grad housing.