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Cook County Property Taxes: Your Refund May Be On the Way
By Gary Smith
08/13/2019

In August, Cook County taxpayers received about $24.6 million in property tax refunds, mostly due from property tax exemptions. Who Should Have Received Property Tax Refunds? Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said nearly 25,000 homeowners received refunds, and their second-installment […]

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Do You Own What the Appraiser’s Office Thinks You Own?
By Gary Smith
08/07/2019

In Cook County, the Assessor’s office oversees more than 1.3 million residential parcels, divided into three assessment districts. One of those districts is re-assessed every year using a computer-assisted mass appraisal method. How Mass Appraisal Works Computer-assisted mass appraisal works […]

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If You Live in One of These Areas, Your Taxes Are About to Skyrocket
By Gary Smith
07/10/2019

Single-family homeowners on the North Side and central portion of Chicago are about to see their property taxes skyrocket, with some seeing increases of more than 11 percent. When Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough released her final calculations on new […]

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Pappas: $86 Million in Overpayments, $44 Million in Unclaimed Exemptions
By Gary Smith
06/21/2019

As the Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas tried to educate people ahead of the annual May sell-off of delinquent taxes, she also pushed for people to claim the dollars out there in both overpayments and unclaimed exemptions. Property Owners Might […]

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Cook County Valuations Leaving Property Owners Speechless
By Gary Smith
06/12/2019

After years of low commercial property tax assessments in Cook County, small business owners are surprised by the increase in their assessments this year. In Evanston, one of the northern suburbs receiving their property assessments this year as part of […]

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Income Reporting: Making the Assessment More Accurate?
By Gary Smith
06/11/2019

What should be good news—that, according to the Association of Foreign Real Estate Professionals survey this year, 71 percent of respondents said they wanted to increase their investment in commercial real estate in the United States—was actually bad news for […]

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Property Tax Assessments Soar in Evanston
By Gary Smith
05/24/2019

Property owners in Evanston and the northern Cook County suburbs will be the first to feel the impact of the revised assessment process from new Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi. Commercial property owners are bracing themselves for a large increase […]

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Kaegi’s New Method: Commercial Property Owners Could Be in for a Bumpy Ride
By Gary Smith
05/17/2019

What should be good news—that according to the Association of Foreign Real Estate Professionals survey this year, 71 percent of respondents said they wanted to increase their investment in commercial real estate in the United States—was actually bad news for […]

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Property Tax Assessments: Are You Paying More than the Guy Next Door?
By Gary Smith
05/10/2019

With the change of administrations at the Cook County Assessor’s office came a change in the way property was assessed for property taxes. However, it does not seem that Realtors are changing the way they prorate taxes for the year […]

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Make Sure You’re Getting Your Cook County Property Tax Breaks
By Gary Smith
04/26/2019

Cook County homeowners often miss some of the property tax breaks for which their properties qualify and end up paying more money than they need on their property taxes. Property Tax Exemptions Can Help In addition to appealing the appraised […]

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