32 episodes

Are you a real estate investor in Chicago or someone looking to invest in the Chicagoland Market? If so, this podcast is for you! We break down the neighborhoods, different sides of the city, and surrounding suburbs so you can understand the uniqueness of investing in Chicago real estate.

The hosts and guests are Chicago investors and Property Managers who are making it happen in and around the Windy City. We share information, winning strategies, obstacles, success stories, and most importantly, lessons learned. If you are looking for ground level information and want to learn what has worked and not worked in Chicago, you are in the right place.

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Are you a real estate investor in Chicago or someone looking to invest in the Chicagoland Market? If so, this podcast is for you! We break down the neighborhoods, different sides of the city, and surrounding suburbs so you can understand the uniqueness of investing in Chicago real estate.

The hosts and guests are Chicago investors and Property Managers who are making it happen in and around the Windy City. We share information, winning strategies, obstacles, success stories, and most importantly, lessons learned. If you are looking for ground level information and want to learn what has worked and not worked in Chicago, you are in the right place.

    The Streets and Boulevards of Logan Square and Its Surrounding Neighborhoods with Luke Blahnik

    The Streets and Boulevards of Logan Square and Its Surrounding Neighborhoods with Luke Blahnik

    Luke Blahnik of Flor Blahnik, is a true real estate entrepreneur (and owner of Avondale Bowl!). In this episode, Luke provides block by block insights investors need to know to successfully invest in Logan Square. He explains what attracted him to the area as well as the future prospects for growth despite the massive run up over the past 10 years. Luke dives into tenant expectations and the long-term value of brick buildings and oversized lots.

    • 44 min
    Understanding and Appealing Property Taxes in Cook County

    Understanding and Appealing Property Taxes in Cook County

    “You have to watch out for your property taxes,” has been said in numerous episodes. On today’s episode we bring a tax appeal expert to explain how to proactively protect your investment against increasing property taxes. Tim Jacobs of KSN Law dives deep into the complex world of Illinois property taxes and about the multiple ways you can appeal property taxes in Chicago, the tax assessment cycle and what data points you can leverage to strengthen your apparel cases.

    • 49 min
    What You Need to Know to Successfully Invest in Aurora

    What You Need to Know to Successfully Invest in Aurora

    In this week’s episode, Sean Morrissey of Chicago Realty Group LLC breaks down investing in and around Aurora, focusing on the downtown redevelopment taking place to bring the old riverboat city back into the spotlight. Aurora is full of diverse opportunities, including tax credits, and unique zoning discrepancies that allow the clever investor the ability to redevelop mis-zoned land.

    • 43 min
    Revitalizing Pullman with Chicago Neighborhood Initiative (CNI)

    Revitalizing Pullman with Chicago Neighborhood Initiative (CNI)

    Ciere Boatright is the VP of Real Estate and Inclusion at CNI and has managed the planning and development of over $350 Million in new investment in southside neighborhoods. Today, Ciere walks us through several of those projects, with a focus on CNI’s successful revitalization of Pullman. 

    • 42 min
    How to Buy Bank-Owned Properties in Chicago

    How to Buy Bank-Owned Properties in Chicago

    In this episode, Ryan Smith and his partner Mike Harvey discuss REO properties, how to work with REO agents, and the difference between foreclosure and pre-foreclosure. Ryan and Mike shine light on the nuances a Chicago investor may experience compared to investors buying REOs in other markets, and what local investors can do to prepare for upcoming REOs. In addition, Ryan and Mike discuss how COVID has affected IL default rates, as well as what this means for investors looking for distressed assets.

    • 55 min
    Taking It Down to the Bricks in Pilsen and Little Village

    Taking It Down to the Bricks in Pilsen and Little Village

    Jason Marcordes, owner of Landmark Property Management, provides insight into how Pilsen has evolved and why he thinks it still has a runway for growth. Jason dives into tenants expectations and several nuances that come with investing in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. 

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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119 Ratings

119 Ratings

Big Rojo ,

Aurora Podcast was AWESOME

Mark and Tom did a great job asking thoughtful questions and prepping for the interview on investing in Aurora, IL. Great work gentlemen!

Sam-DG1 ,

Great source of information

A great source of information for anyone involved in investment real estate in Chicago. Few podcasts focus on the Chicago market and even fewer do it well. This is definitely the best podcast I’ve found on the subject and they’ve given me a ton of valuable resources to bring over to my own projects.

DanTheMan951223 ,

Amazing Podcast!

If you want to invest in the Chicagoland area, this a must listen!!! Mark and Tom are phenomenal hosts and they do such a great job bringing guests. Guests that you even have the opportunity to connect with, just like I did! Amazing content!!

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