Oak Park 2019 Assessment Notices Mailed

Oak ParkAssessment notices for tax year 2019 were mailed by the Cook County Assessor’s office on Tuesday, March 19th to Oak Park property owners. The thirty day window to appeal your 2019 assessed value is now open until the deadline of Friday, April 19th.

We believe homeowners should review their assessments annually and appeal each year if there is a strong argument that their home may not be assessed fairly. Oak Park’s next triennial reassessment will be in 2020. However, if you feel that your assessment is not fair there is no need to wait to appeal, you have the option to appeal every year at the Assessor’s office and at the Board of Review. If you’d like a second opinion on your assessed value as it compares to similar homes in your neighborhood contact us for a free, no obligation, analysis of your home.
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2019 Triennial Reassessment Notices Mailed to Evanston Property Owners

Evanston2019 triennial reassessment notices were mailed to Evanston Township property owners on Friday, March 15th. Valuation statistics from the Cook County Assessor’s office for Evanston Township can be found here (when they become available). Homeowners in Evanston have thirty days to appeal their assessment at the Assessor’s office (there is also a second opportunity to appeal later in the year at the Board of Review). The deadline for appealing at the Assessor’s office is Monday, April 15th.

We recommend homeowners review their assessment annually, especially in a year when their township is reassessed, to ensure they do not pay more than their fair share in property taxes. Successfully appealing in a reassessment year may provide 3 years of savings on future property tax bills. If you would like a free analysis of your Evanston property, in comparison to other similar properties, we are happy to conduct a “no obligation” analysis and provide you with a free estimate of how much we believe we could help you save with an appeal.
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Property Tax Exemption Deadline Approaching for Some Cook County Homeowners

Exemption Deadlines for Some Cook County Homeowners ApproachingEligible Cook County homeowners who did not receive the Homeowner Exemption in 2018 need to file an application for exemption with the Cook County Assessor’s Office by March 6.

The Homeowner Exemption reduces the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) of a primary residence by $10,000. Your property tax bill is calculated by multiplying the tax rate in your local district by the EAV. The Homeowner Exemption is available to anyone who owns or leases their principal place of residence in Cook County and is responsible for the property taxes.

The exemption renews automatically so it is not necessary to reapply if you are still living in the same home where you received the exemption last year.
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Cook County Property Tax Outlook for 2019

Cook County Property Tax Outlook 2019Will your property taxes go up or down this year? Who will get hit the hardest? Who might get off easy?

Here’s our current outlook for Cook County property taxes in 2019, based on budget conditions and 20 years of experience in the property tax arena.

Last Year of Rahm’s Tax Hikes

2019 is the last year of Rahm Emanuel’s $588 million property tax increase with a $63 million increase coming due. This is $10 million higher than last year’s increase but less than the increases of $363 million in 2016 and $109 million in 2017 – however, it’s all additive.

The North Will Be Re-Assessed & See Big Increases

Starting with Norwood Park in late February and Evanston in mid-March, all Cook County North townships will be re-assessed this year. View our 2019 property tax deadline calendar to see when you can appeal in your township.
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Berwyn Township 2019 Assessment Notices Mailed

Berwyn Township2019 assessment notices were mailed by the Cook County Assessor’s office on Tuesday, February 26th to Berwyn Township property owners. The one month window to appeal your 2019 assessed value is now open until the deadline of Wednesday, March 27th.

We believe homeowners should review their assessments annually and appeal each year if and when there is a strong argument that their home may not be assessed fairly. Berwyn is scheduled to be reassessed in 2020. However, if you feel that your assessment is not fair there is no need to wait to appeal, you have the option to appeal every year at the Assessor’s office and at the Board of Review. If you’d like a second opinion on your assessed value as it compares to other similar homes contact us for a free, no obligation, analysis of your property.
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Norwood Park Township Triennial Reassessment Notices Mailed

Norwood ParkTriennial reassessment notices were mailed to Norwood Park Township property owners on Friday, February 22nd. Norwood Park valuation statistics from the Cook County Assessor’s office can be found here. Homeowners in Norwood Park Township have one month to appeal their assessment at the Assessor’s office (there is also a second opportunity later in the year at the Board of Review). The deadline for appealing at the Assessor’s office is Monday, March 25th.

We recommend reviewing your assessment annually, especially in a year when your township is reassessed, to ensure you do not pay more than your fair share in property taxes. If you think your home’s assessment is not comparable to similar properties in your area you should consider appealing. Successfully appealing in a reassessment year may provide 3 years of savings on your future property tax bills. If you would like a free estimate of how much we believe we could help you save with an appeal contact us today.
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2019 Assessment Notices Mailed to Rogers Park Township

Cook County Property Tax AppealThe Cook County Assessor’s office mailed 2019 assessment notices to Rogers Park property owners on Friday, February 15th. The 30 day window to appeal your assessed value at the Assessor’s office is now open until the deadline of March 18th.

Rogers Park Township was reassessed last year but regardless of whether you appealed last year or not, you may appeal every year, including 2019. An appeal in 2019 may generate savings lasting for two years until the next scheduled reassessment of Rogers Park in 2021. We strongly recommend homeowners review their assessments annually and appeal each year if and when there is a strong argument that their home may not be assessed fairly. If you’d like a second opinion on your assessed value as it compares to other similar properties contact us for a free, no obligation, professional analysis of your property.
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Deadline Nearing for Riverside & River Forest Homeowner Property Tax Reductions

Riverside & River Forest Property Tax AppealsThe window to appeal your property taxes with the Cook County Assessor is now open for homeowners in Riverside and River Forest. Riverside homeowners have until March 7 to appeal while River Forest homeowners have until March 8.

What Homeowners Like You Saved in 2018

Below is a small sampling of how much we helped save Riverside and River Forest homeowners in 2018 – savings that range from $2,461 to $7,252 over two years:
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Report Tracks Climbing Property Tax Rates for Chicago-area Residents

Report Tracks Climbing Property Tax Rates for Chicago-area ResidentsIf it feels like property taxes have been squeezing more and more out of your home value, it may not be your imagination.

The Civic Federation’s annual report on estimated effective property tax rates tracks the percentage of property taxes that Chicago area residents pay relative to the estimated full market value of their property. Recent results show what a newspaper headline described as “a bad decade for property taxes.”

According to the report, Chicago’s estimated effective residential property tax rate increased by 35.3%, from 1.25% to 1.69% of full market value, during the ten-year period from 2007 to 2016.  The tax rate is calculated as a percentage of full market value, without deducting for homestead and other exemptions, as a means of comparing the average property tax burdens in different areas over time.
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River Forest Township 2019 Assessment Notices Mailed

River Forest2019 assessment notices for River Forest were mailed by the Cook County Assessor’s office to homeowners on February 6th. Property owners have a 30 day window to appeal their assessed value at the Assessor’s office until the deadline of March 8th.

Homeowners should review their assessments annually and appeal each year if and when there is a strong argument that their home may not be assessed fairly. River Forest is scheduled to be reassessed in 2020, however, if you feel that your assessment is not fair there is no need to wait to appeal until next year, you have the option to appeal every year. If you’d like a second opinion on your assessed value as it compares to other similar properties contact us for a free, no obligation, professional analysis of your property.
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