Rent Here Realty
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Truly One Of My Favorite Work Experiences

Administrator (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Rent Here Realty full-time for more than a year

ProsI just felt like I should write a little something on here because of my unexpectedly great experience at Rent Here. I went into it thinking it was going to be just another boring job to pay the bills. It ended up being a great experience where I met wonderful people, learned a lot about the industry, and actually learned a lot about myself as well. I definitely value the skills I've gained from this job such as how to be a much more effective communicator. The management is business-savvy while still doing a great job of making employees feel comfortable and valued. I left on good terms after a little over a year with the company so I could go back to school full-time.

ConsWith the seasons comes a predictable ebb and flow of busyness. That being said, it is an industry to which you have to give a lot of yourself to be successful. I was thinking about going to school part-time while still working with Rent Here but (for me) it wasn't feasible. Oh, and those meter maids are relentless!

Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe consider hiring a courier?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Moved For Love

Leasing Agent (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Rent Here Realty full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat staff, good location, quick payouts. Loved renting the big deals/big commissions. Great place if you like your independence. Easy place to make friends-miss everyone. I will come back if my boyfriend gets a job back in Chicago. Managing broker is fair and has great sense of humor.

ConsCLients with unrealistic expectations. Clients who "forget" to tell you they have two dogs or bad credit. Meter maids! Park on side street. If your car is in the shop you can't work.

Advice to Senior ManagementBuy stronger coffee. Consider paying agents a draw when first getting started.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Organized, professional, friendly environment

Leasing Agent (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Rent Here Realty full-time for less than a year

ProsI interviewed at three companies. I chose Rent Here because they were the most transparent in the interview process. I liked the full disclosure of what to expect, how I’d be paid and I also really like the vibe in the office. I never felt like I was being sold. Because I was interested in becoming a Broker I like the fact that they were affiliated with Baird & Warner. In the interview I mentioned the fact that I had seen some stuff about not being paid on this website and we talked about it in my interview. The owner showed me the agreement I would be signing. Basically says if you leave without notice or go to a competitor and try to take other agents with you will see a ding in any final commissions. Personally I have no problem with it because I have seen a couple people over the last nine months just disappear and then clients show up that had an appointment with that person and we are all scrambling to help them. If it were my company I wouldn’t pay them anything so I thing a small reduction is fair. I know this. You get paid. And if you show up and take the 15-20 leads they can give you each day, it’s not too hard to make a good living renting apartments.
  After being with Rent Here since January of 2013 I decided that it would only be fair to give an accurate description of what it’s like to work here. I am six weeks into getting my Brokers license and I’ve had a great experience. I am good at my job and I don’t need a lot of looking after. What I can say is that a good 20% of people that I see come in seem to start off good but then something happens. They’re either not good at managing their time or they come in for only a few hours and then complain that they are not making any money. Renting apartments or working isn’t for everyone. It isn’t HGTV where every person takes a place after seeing three. Like any job where the income potential is high you have to put in the work. Some days you can rent a couple of apartments and then you can go for two days and not rent at all. If you want to be a leasing agent you have to put in the time. And working weekends is necessary.
I have become friends with a few people that work which makes coming to work more fun. It’s a nice group of people that look out for each other. Most people are very committed here and either has their leasing or Brokers license.
  I like working for a company that is fair with its customers. I meet with a lot of customers that come from other agencies where they keep their money even if they are rejected. If one of my clients is rejected they get their money back. I don’t know how I could convince them to work with me afterwards if we didn’t. All in all I like my job. I like the work and I like the people. Just wish gas prices were a whole lot less!

ConsClients who don't show. Working in the rain and snow

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider opening a location in Evanston.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Successful and Enlightening Experience with Rent Here Realty

Listing Manager and Agent (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Rent Here Realty full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFirst off Carolyn Ridge, the Managing Broker is very caring and taught me a lot. I walked into the company three years ago with no Real Estate experience and feel like I walked out with not only a great sense of the business, but I took away business traits from Carolyn I will use for life. She is very generous about sharing information in the industry and giving opportunities to move up quickly in the company from rental to listing manager in the first year.

All employees are taught from day 1 that ethics and respect for others is extremely important to the company and that sets the tone for the office. The company is very good about hiring great agents unlike other agencies I had worked for in the past. A lot of other companies seemed like they would just hire anybody who applied. It was pleasant liking who I was surrounded by at RHR.

I also felt like I had more control as an agent at RHR. The owner gives a lot of control to the agents and their able to work the deal from start to finish rather than have appointment setters or receptionist get involved that sometimes confuse things which was my experience
with the previous company I worked for.

There were also lots of fun outings with the group we did monthly or bi monthly so that we all got to know each other. That is difficult now because I miss getting together with everyone.

There are a ton of great listings. Renting higher end was fun and lucrative but renting 700 to 1200 places were really the bread and butter because they built up so quickly for a nice check.

MONEY!! I made great money from the start and had to put in a lot of hard work, but totally worth it. I miss making that much now with moving on to build a career in the fashion industry! Much less pay! : /

ConsReal estate is not for everyone but a lot of people get into it thinking it's an HGTV show and that people will take something after only three showings. Sometimes you can rent something after one showing other times you have to show a few more appointments to rent. That was a little frustrating at first until I had a better understanding of the industry and how it worked.

Dealing with other companies (rental agencies) that listed other apartments would sometimes get frustrating too. They would want to rent the apartment so you really had to stay on top of your client to make sure you were giving them the best options and renting it before their agents did, but this was rare.

If you are not careful to confirm appointments EVERY time you may get a cancellation.

There's no guarantees but the company has a lot of opportunity to get listings.

Advice to Senior ManagementI would say keep up the good work, continued training and working more one on one with agents. I learned a lot and really value the knowledge I took away when leaving.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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You get what you put into it. Great Learning experience.

Broker (Current Employee)

I have been working at Rent Here Realty full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat money. Great Support. Lots of people around you to like.

ConsIf you go on vacation you are not making money. Straight commission.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet go of the people that aren"t cut out for this type of work earlier. Enjoy working for a company where the owner is present and takes the the time to offer great advice. The meeting offer great advice and information but would like to see them on Tuesdays or
Wednesdays instead of Fridays. The bonus program is great and makes everyone push harder and the rewards are great. I think we are going to need to open a bigger office because we have added so many people in the last year.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Unfair commission rates. Not getting paid on deals.

Leasing Agent (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Rent Here Realty full-time for less than a year

ProsYou have a lot of freedom, you make as much money as the work you put in. Lots of leads provided, not desk fees etc.

ConsOwner is not very loyal to the agents and plays favorites. Once you stop working there you get paid very small percentage of your commission. They don't deserve the money since they don't do any work. Processing department is slow and unorganized. Very hard to get a hold of them to actually get paid on deals. Lot's of hidden fees...be aware clients!

Advice to Senior ManagementBe fair to your employees with commission and paying them the money they deserve, after all they are the one running the business.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Would never recommend that anyone work there.

Leasing Agent (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Rent Here Realty as a contractor for less than a year

ProsPotential for decent money. Don't neccesarily have to work 9-5 schedule.

ConsCan go months without getting paid if your rentals keep getting invoiced.
Owner is inflexible. If you quit, or are fired, and don't stay and work for 3 days after that, she only pays you 10% of what she owes you.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit screwing people over for you to keep undeserved money.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ugh

Leasing Agent (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Rent Here Realty full-time

ProsTons of leads throughout the summer
NIce way to meet new people everyday

ConsIt's apartment renting, no loyalty from potential renters (completely understandable)
Never sure if or when you'll be paid could wait up to 5 months

Advice to Senior ManagementCan't even begin...

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Definitely not the rosey environment presented in the interview process

Leasing Agent (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Rent Here Realty full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat opportunity for you to learn the real estate business and get practice fending for yourself.

ConsOwner is a complete basket case. She's a micromanager like I've never seen. She was burned once very early on in her career and will NEVER let it go. She doesn't allow agents access to the listings system from home to post listings and follow up on inquiries from clients. All work must be done from the office. She constantly reminds her agents that she's watching them, monitoring every move they make, throwing herself into their business and interactions with their clients, whether they ask for her help or not. Everyone who works for her (admin staff and leasing manager) is on a very tight leash and will support her even if they know she's in the wrong because they fear for their jobs.

Completely unfair commission payment process and rules for getting paid. No consideration for what her agents go through to help HER business succeed. And don't EVER think about disagreeing with her-- you'll NEVER win, no matter how right you are.

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow a backbone and stand up for your agents rather than following the owner around like her lapdog.

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Fast paced

Leasing Agent (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Rent Here Realty

ProsYou are afforded the opportunity to make as much money as the effort you put into the position itself. Work as hard as you think you want to and make a comparable paycheck.

ConsThere isn't much time to take for yourself. Especially when it's busy, you pretty much work 7 days/week. Be prepared to work hard on the weekends.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement was amazing! Very laid back and willing to help when the agent is going through a dry spell. From the owner on down, they are very caring and willing to create an atmosphere fun to work in.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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