5 unique things Chicagoland agents play up in their listings

by Peter Thomas Ricci


Chicagoans love low assessment fees – just ask their real estate agents.

According to a new analysis of 2015 listings on Zillow, the term “low assess” was 518 times more likely to appear in the listing descriptions of Illinois properties than elsewhere in the country. Other unique listing terms included “forest preserve” and “door staff.”

Zillow’s research uncovered other interesting anomalies. For instance, “RV gate” is 450 times more likely in Arizona listings, while in Maine, “attached barn” pops up 143 times more often.

Here are the top five unique terms in Illinois listings (we excluded such obvious terms as “CTA” and “Michigan Avenue”):

Phrase Popularity vs US
Low assessment 518x
Door staff 295x
Forest preserve 279x
Finish English 223x
Amen building 201x

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