Monthly Archives: January 2012

How to Structure a (real) Rent-to-Own Agreement

In today’s economic climate where renting is becoming more prevalent, and homeowners are renting out their homes instead of taking losses, I have seen an uptick in rent-to-own interest.  A true rent-to-own structure can be a powerful tool to help … Continue reading


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Chicago School District Property Searches

For parents moving to Chicago, there is only one way to guarantee that your children are accepted into a good elementary school:  live in the attendance boundary of a good neighborhood elementary school.  There are numerous magnet schools that accept … Continue reading

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Mechanical Turk and my first Ruby job

Many people have asked how I compiled all the data for the livebytransit website.  The answer is that I wrote rake tasks to get the data from various CSV and XML files.  A lot of the data was available publicly, … Continue reading

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Why Craigslist Sucks for apartment finding

3 reasons why cragislist sucks for finding an apartment in Chicago: 1. Rental Brokers 2. Rental Brokers 3. Rental Brokers Rental brokers have their place in the market….they are there for landlords who are unable or unwilling to handle apartment … Continue reading

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