Private Home – Property Tax Appeal in Cook County

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    Typical notification letter from the Cook County Assessor's Office, received by Gary H. Smith on behalf of a client.
  • Private Home – Property Tax Appeal in Cook County

    Chicago private residence

    Gary H. Smith advocates for the owners of Chicago homes like this one.

    We have appealed the assessments of thousands of homes, saving property owners millions of dollars over the years. While every home is unique, there are some common factors that have caused us to be successful in more than 80 percent of the filings we’ve made on behalf of tax payers in Cook County and the Chicago suburbs.

    Appeal of private homes involve several factors.

    Lack of uniformity: How does the property compare to others in the neighborhood on a square-foot basis?

    Recent purchase/sales price: Is the assessment higher than the purchase price, and most importantly, is there support for an argument that the purchase price was too high for the neighborhood?

    Market value/appraisal: Because of recent changes in the levels of assessment, homeowners are now able to argue the value of their home  based on market analysis. Gary H. Smith was the pioneer in Cook County in establishing the appeal of properties based on the appraisal value.

    Damage/demolition: If the property has been seriously damaged or demolished, we can argue for a reduction in the assessment.

    Incorrect classification or incorrect information about the property: Properties may be placed in categories that result in a higher assessment or have mistakes in the property description. We focus on the factors that make the greatest difference in the assessment, and thereby, your tax liability.

    Exemptions: Is the property receiving all exemptions to which the owner is entitled?

    Contact the Law Office of Gary H. Smith, P.C. for help with your property tax appeal.

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