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Who Are The Best Property Management Companies In Chicago and Chicagoland Suburbs in 2021

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Each year, GC Realty & Development LLC meets with well over 200 homeowners/investors in the Chicagoland area with respect to their investment property, or the need for professional property management services.  Because so many real estate owners know our thoughts and feelings (from this website) on all things “Property Management,” they often ask us about other local property managers (our competitors). As a c...

Are you or is your Property Manager using Zillow to market your vacant properties?

Mark Ainley, GC Realty and Development we are a Chicagoland property management company. One thing I want to bring up today in making sure that you are informed as a property owner that's either working with the property manager now or looking to work with the property manager in the future. MarketingMarketing, obviously when you put your property on the market to rent you want to get a qualified tenant as fast as possible. You...

What are the Room Requirements For Section 8 Tenants?

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We know many of you have, or will have, buildings with Section 8 tenants. We thought it would be helpful if we shared the room requirements (for both bedrooms and rooms in general) for a home/unit occupied by a Section 8 tenant.  There is a lot more required to be approved, however, these are some requirements that you need to consider when looking for or rehabbing properties.  Please click on the link at the bottom of this em...

Top Agent Magazine - Mark Ainley

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Although he now runs one of the most successful Property Management companies in Chicago, initially, Mark Ainley had no interest in that side of the real estate business....continue reading Click Here to download.GC Realty & Development currently has two offices, one serving the Western Suburbs of Chicago and the other serving Chicago's South Side.Although he now runs one of the most successful Property Management companies in C...

The Thoughtful Entrepreneur Podcast: Customer Reviews and Using Your Network with Mark Ainley

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We have worked with Josh Elledge and his company, Up My Influence, for many years. The Thoughtful Entrepreneur Podcast is an informational source for business-minded people (some with very little experience and others with years of experience), so when I got the invite to appear with Josh, I was extremely excited.In this episode, we discuss who GC Realty & Development, LLC is and where we started from in the early 2000s. The show al...

Best Practices To Getting Qualified Tenants To Rent Your Property in Chicago

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As investors ourselves in many markets and class types, our primary goal is to attract and retain the best tenant possible for our properties.The “Best Tenant” can be defined by qualifications on their application, potential willingness to stay for a longer term, and/or ability to be a satisfied resident when we, as the landlord, successfully perform the duties as required by the lease agreement. (We try to avoid high mainte...

Why an Out of State Investor Should Hire an Attorney

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Why an Out of State Investor Should Hire an Attorney When Buying Investment Property in Chicago/IllinoisThe purchase or sale of real estate, whether it is a single family house, a multi-family apartment building, vacant land or a commercial building, is an intricate process that begins with the signing of a contract and ends when the keys and the title to the property are transferred to the purchaser. Although Illinois law does not...

How Mark Ainley Built His Business to 450 Rehabs & 900 Managed Properties

Check out our newest podcast where I was a guest on Real Estate Money School hosted by Chris Naugle investor and host of HGTV's Risky Builders.Property management is becoming its own sector, and with technology and different efficiencies, it’s becoming scalable. – Mark AinleyView full podcast

Service & Assistance Animals

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Our Property Management Team recently completed training on the topic of service and assistance animal laws according to Federally regulated Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Guidelines.  We wanted to share the outline of information we learned with you so followers, or landlords searching for property management in Chicago or anywhere else, can learn about these important rules and have the opportunity to ask us an...


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GC Realty & Development LLC’s continuous growth year after year has earned the company placement, for the very first time, on the Inc. Magazine’s Influential 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America.  On August 14, 2019, we were delighted to learn that we were awarded the 3,153 spot of the top 5,000 fastest growing companies.  At first I thought that was a mediocre ranking, however, when I found out th...
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