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Real Estate Revealed Radio Show - Covid Collections By Landlords

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In the episode recorded April 5, 2020, we spoke about the Covid Pandemic and how it relates to the various aspects of real estate.  The game has changed pretty much overnight and the Real Estate Revealed Team talks about how landlords and investors in and around Chicago can adjust quickly.  Tune in each Sunday or download the Podcast for great up to date information with what is happening now.  For most of us, the real es...

What areas are good to invest in and around DuPage County?

Hi, Mark Ainley from GC Realty and Development. I am an investor myself, along with a founding partner of GC Realty and Development, which is a property management and brokerage company.  Investing in DuPage CountyAn earlier video we talked about investing in DuPage County and how it's tough to really go wrong, having investment there. And I want to dive in a little deeper into certain things I like about DuPage County or certa...

Where to find a good deal?

Hi, my name is Mark Ainley from GC Realty and Development. Now I am an investor in residential and commercial properties and I'm also a founding partner of GC Realty and Development, which is a property manager. Where to find deals?I talked to a lot of investors on a daily basis. I have access to see where buyers are getting deals, where we're getting deals. So I was like share with people looking to buy inside Chicago and ...

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...

Is your Property Manager doing all they can to market your vacancy?

Hi my name Mark Ainley from GC Realty and Development. I am an investor, but also founding partner of this property management company.I want to talk to you about today is a leasing. It kills me to have a vacant property ever. There's so much stuff that you would obviously lose in your money. You're still paying expenses, and at the same time, there's risk. You know vacant house, get broken into pipes, break in vacant houses...

Village Inspections - What You Need To Know

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In and around Chicago, we see the city/local village playing a larger role in the investor’s life cycle when it comes to owning real estate.  Below are just a few items you should be aware of as a landlord:Point Of Sale Inspection - A Point Of Sale Inspection (POS) is an inspection the village requires before a seller of a property finalizes a sale on that property. Per a village ordinance, the village will inspect the p...

Great Information For All Investors

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For the past five years, I have been doing all I can to share valuable information to both seasoned and newbie investors to protect them from common mistakes. I also take pride in educating local and out-of- state- investors about how things work here in Chicago and in the Chicago suburbs. I share the differences  between county laws, local ordinances, and the ins and outs of being a profitable landlord.  All of this informati...

Real Estate Revealed Weekly Radio Show - Market Myths vs Reality of Owning and Investing in Chicago

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Featuring Mark Ainley From GC Realty & DevelopmentI was recently introduced, by Theresa Mueller of Trelleum Commercial & Residential Real Estate Group, to Randy Barcella.  Randy is the host of the weekly Real Estate Revealed radio program.  The show airs live every Sunday at 800am CST and strives to breakdown the market myths vs reality when it comes to owning and investing in real estate in the Chicagoland area. ...

'Landlording for Life' Podcast Episode Mark Ainley - How and When to Hire A Property Manager

Recently, I was able to participate in a recorded call with Sean Morrissey, the owner of Chicagoland Realty Group located in the western suburbs of Chicago.  Sean is an investor and property manager, as well as a great real estate investment broker.  Since we both felt our conversation provided some great insight, we turned it into a podcast episode for his “Landlording For Life Real Estate Podcast”.  Working ...

7 Out Of State Real Estate Investor Pitfalls

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As a local property manager here in the midwest, and more specifically the Chicagoland area, we have been part of (or witnessed) thousands of investors buying in our local Chicago market while residing out of state.  Investors from around the United States, and the world, find the midwest attractive because one can still purchase an investment property and exceed the 1% rule.These 7 pitfalls can be avoided or negotiated before clos...
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