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What to Do If Your Chicagoland Property Taxes Are too High


Today, we're talking all about property taxes. We'll also go over what to do if you think your property taxes are too high.

Property taxes are up. Illinois is one of the few states where more people are out of the state than in, and taxes are a contributing factor. Every county is different. My property taxes just came in and they are up 13%. I know someone whose property taxes went up over 40%. That being said, you need to equip yourself to appeal those property taxes.

One thing you need to understand is that the majority of the property tax is not based on home vale. In fact, 60% of your actual property tax is based on municipalities.

If you feel like your taxes are too high, one thing you can do is appeal them yourself. We'd be glad to help you file your appeal. We can give you some comps to defend why your home is over-assessed. In other words, if you think your home is worth $400,000 and the assessed value is $600,000, you're probably paying too much in taxes.

We can certainly help you build your case. Just contact us here and we'll take care of it. If you file on your own, just be aware that there are a lot of hoops to jump through. I know someone who tried to file an appeal, and there was a line out the door.

Another way to appeal your property taxes is to hire an attorney. The attorney will take a small, upfront fee. They make money if they are successful in fighting those property taxes.

Ultimately, if you're property taxes are too high, there are options to get them lowered. If you have any questions, give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

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We provide outstanding marketing. If you know someone thinking about selling, we'd be glad to help them. Look out for our next video, a State of the Union for real estate in 2016!


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