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Negotiation. It’s a word you either love or hate. It used to make my palms sweat, but now it makes my heart thump, thump, thump with happiness. All it takes is a little practice to become a negotiating pro.   As a leasing agent in Chicago who specializes in professionally managed apartment communities, I often get[...]

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If you live or play in downtown Chicago, you know how serious we are about parking. It’s practically a competitive sport. Think I’m joking? Not even a little.  Take a peek at Instagram’s @chicagodibs to see just how protective Chicagoans are of their parking spots come winter. From furniture, to holiday decorations to religious figures,[...]

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The coronavirus is finally in the rearview mirror and the post-pandemic reflection has begun. In the wake of this global nightmare, I learned a lot – elastic-band pants are underrated, it’s possible to form a lifelong friendship with your Instacart shopper and Schitt’s Creek is worth binge-watching at least twice.  And then there’s the biggest[...]

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Renting a new apartment should be a super-fun adventure. From touring buildings to weighing what features and amenities you love most; choosing an apartment is a big and exciting decision. I still get goosebumps every time a customer declares “this is the one!”.  Whether you’re relocating to Chicago or hopping from one of the city’s[...]

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If understanding the utility costs of your next apartment feels more like deciphering the tax code, you’re not alone. Are utilities included in rent? What about internet? And here in the midwest, renters always want to know about that pesky four-letter word: heat.  The good news is, while it sounds a bit confusing, it really[...]

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If you’ve ever taken on the monumental task of looking for a new apartment in Chicago, you know it’s crazy-overwhelming. We’ve already covered how working with an amazing leasing agent takes your stress level down a few (er, thousand!) notches. But, what exactly makes an agent amazing?  I’ve been a leasing agent in Chicago for[...]

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Millennials, who now make up the largest generation in the world, are renting more than the prior generations. Unlike Gen Xers or boomers, millennials have preferred renting an apartment rather than moving to the ‘burbs for the larger living space and backyard. They choose natural over pre-packaged. They seek small versus grandiose. But in their[...]

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Studio unit at 3Eleven One of the most common dilemmas apartment hunters in Chicago face is whether to rent a studio or a one-bedroom. At HotSpot Rentals, we understand what a huge decision this is and that’s where we come in.   Helping you choose an apartment that fits your lifestyle and budget (and all your stuff[...]

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Living in downtown Chicago can be tough to afford. An apartment in Near North Side recently made headlines when it rented for $45,000 per month (yes...per month!).  Most luxury apartments in the downtown area aren’t that outrageous, but they can certainly be expensive.  At HotSpot Rentals, we’re here to help our clients find an apartment[...]

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