Time to rent a home in Chicago's western suburbs?

The softness in the for sale market has resulted in a proliferation of homes available for rent throughout Chicago's western suburbs.

If you're relocating temporarily to the area you might consider renting in what some say is a real estate market that hasn't yet hit bottom. If you're running a rent vs own analysis you may also find that rental homes are a relative bargain in today's market.

Where do you find homes for rent? Skip Craigslist, which has a limited selection and ads that are often suspect. Your best bet is to visit a real estate broker's Web site and register to see what's available through the local Multiple Listing Service. I recommend the Coldwell Banker, Koenig & Strey and Prudential Rubloff sites - because they're all clients of my firm.

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