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Old 06-27-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: NW Chicago Suburbs
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I've searched on here on attempting to lower my property taxes in DuPage County, iL. this will be the year where notices will be sent out in august/september on the new assessments of homes. I called around to see if I can hire a lawyer, but was intimidated that she would take 50% of what she would save us, if she does save us anything. I already saved the document i have to fill out. It requires i put down 3 houses that are similar to mine. I need sq. footage info, price sold, and all that stuff. My house was assessed by bloomingdale twnship for $130,000 more than what the house was just appraised for.

Any opinions on where i can obtain this info? I was told to use zillow.com. Is there anywhere else i can find info on houses i can compare my house to? Greatly appreciate any feedback.
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:23 PM
 
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There is almost no chance that the valuations from zillow are useful for this purpose.

I would suggest you first "scope out" a large number of homes near yours that appear to be similar. Once you have the addresses the DuPage County web site has some useful tools to turn those addresses into PIN (property identification numbers). You can then use the pretty decent tools to determine the taxes paid / assessed valuation. If you find three properties that are much lower than yours that is your best plan of attack. You have to get the info from your township assessor about the details of those homes (like number of beds / baths, age, etc). If it turns out that all things make your home look over assessed they will probably lower assessed valuation to something more inline with neighbors.

No need for an attorney.

The odds of you finding that other homes are even more over assessed is great, if you go through the process and find that out the only thing you've wasted is time...
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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It requires i put down 3 houses that are similar to mine. I need sq. footage info, price sold, and all that stuff. My house was assessed by bloomingdale twnship for $130,000 more than what the house was just appraised for.
You said your house was just appraised for lower than the assessment - all the info you need is right there! I'm assuming you used a lender. The lender is required to give you a copy of your appraisal.
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:49 AM
 
Location: NW Chicago Suburbs
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You said your house was just appraised for lower than the assessment - all the info you need is right there! I'm assuming you used a lender. The lender is required to give you a copy of your appraisal.
yes, i did use my new lender and the new appraisal will be an attachment to the forms i have to fill out and first thing they want to have filled out in that form, are three other homes and i can paperclip the new appraisal as more evidence in addition to the three other homes i will find.
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:03 AM
 
Location: North Atlantic
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I'm pretty sure they appeals process is the same throughout Dupage....not sure about other counties. Each township should have this on their site....Step by step appeal process here:
York Township Assessor's Office
Good luck
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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The appeals process is like trying to put a fire out in hell
good luck
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:03 PM
 
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If you have/know a realtor, ask them to give you some "comps," or just ask a local realtor to do a cma for you, which should give you several similar homes, amounts they sold for, etc.
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