Writer #1275
St. Charles, IL
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Dan has worked as a freelance writer for more than 15 years. During this time, he's written for publications such as the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek Online, Business 2.0 Magazine, Phoenix Magazine and more than a dozen trade magazines. He is also the editor of a trade magazine serving commercial real estate professionals.


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Industry Projects

  • Legal100+
  • Real Estate100+
  • Finance100+
  • Insurance100+
  • Banking100+
  • Career20+

Summary of Industry Experience


During Dan R.'s freelance career of more than 15 years, he's written for such legal publications as Leading Lawyers and Chicago Lawyer magazine. He has profiled successful attorneys, covered legal trends and provided career-building tips for legal professionals. He has also served four times as lead writer for Law Bulletin Publishing Company's 40 under 40 magazine, a publication highlighting the country's most successful young attorneys. This project required him to interview and profile -- as the name suggests -- 40 attorneys each issue.

Real Estate

During his more than 15 years as a freelance writer and editor, Dan R. has become a residential and commercial real estate expert. He has written residential real estate stories for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, GateHouse Media, Florida Realtor Magazine, New Jersey Realtor and several other trade publications. He has covered everything from the housing boom to the housing crisis, mortgage scandals, new legislation and government's efforts to rejuvenate the country's housing market.

He is also the editor of Midwest Real Estate News, a trade magazine serving commercial real estate professionals throughout the Midwest, and the former editor of Metro Chicago Real Estate Magazine, a trade publication for residential real estate agents in the Chicago area.


Dan R. writes regularly about mortgage and personal finance for trade magazines and Web content producers. He is also currently the editor of a real estate trade magazine that also focuses on the financing challenges that developers face when trying to fund their latest projects. In addition, he has covered financial topics for such consumer publications as the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor and a popular credit-card blog.


As a writer focusing on financial, business, mortgage lending and real estate issues, Dan R. has also written regularly about insurance matters. This includes having served as the lead writer on a blog that focused on auto, homeowners, life and health insurance topics. In addition, he has written insurance-related stories for the Chicago Tribune and Washington Post. He has also covered the legal aspects of insurance work for Chicago Lawyer Magazine.


Dan R. has written for Independent Banker Magazine, a blog dedicated to personal finance, Bankrate.com and other sites and magazines dedicated to banking, mortgage lending and personal finance. He's also covered these topics for newspapers such as the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Times of Northwest Indiana. In addition, his work as the editor of a trade magazine in Chicago often focuses on the intricacies of mortgage finance.


Dan R. formerly worked as a regular writer for the Chicago Tribune's Working section. In this position he wrote about workplace trends, tips for job hunters and the challenges that people face when trying to balance busy careers and family lives. He also writes frequently for blogs about the world of work, and for a year he wrote his own careers blog for a well-known online content company.

Product Projects

  • Blog Post100+
  • Article100+
  • Press Release50+

Summary of Product Experience

Blog Post

Dan R. has ghost-written blog posts for some of the top real estate agents in the Chicago area. He also runs his own commercial real estate blog and has written for the Chicago Tribune's Chicago Now blogging network.


Dan R. has written features for the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, BusinessWeek Online, Business 2.0 Magazine, Mental Floss, Phoenix Magazine and Consumers Digest. He has also written for dozens of trade magazines.

Press Release

Dan R. regularly writes press releases for some of the biggest real estate companies in Chicago and its suburbs. He also spent a year writing the press releases for BlueWater Productions, an independent comic-book publishing company. With his background in journalism, Rafter knows how to craft press releases that newspaper and magazine editors will run in their publications.

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