Knowledge Base

Consider 3 ways our attorneys add value to your property tax appeal

We are very fortunate that the property tax appeals clients we work with are bright and accomplished people in the fields of law, tax and finance.  Because of their experience and credentials, they once thought that they could prepare and file their own property tax appeals on their home and get the same results as if they hired us.

After experiencing frustration and disappointment with the results they got on their own, they turn to us to appeal their property tax assessment – with much better results. (more…)


Our record reflects success lowering property taxes on the North Shore

The deadline to file 2018 Cook County property tax appeals is at the end of August. With the days counting down quickly, we continue to receive calls from homeowners and realtors who want us to file appeals for them.

The table that follows presents a brief case study of just a few of the great results that North Shore Property Law achieved on residential properties in 2017. (more…)


Two strategies to successfully appeal property taxes on a condominium

The benefits of a successful property tax appeal are indisputable  – for single family home owners and condo owners alike.  For a single family home, a successful appeal can reduce your tax bill by thousands of dollars a year. It also makes your property more appealing to potential buyers when the time comes to sell in a competitive real estate market.

Condo owners can also benefit from a property tax appeal. (more…)


North Shore Property Law celebrates National Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month, a time to celebrate and advocate the American Dream of owning a home. Homeownership is a great way for Americans to build wealth, support the national and local economies and create stable communities.

We also recognize that your home is your greatest asset.

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Attorney Brendan Appel named Leading Lawyer in Illinois

Attorney Brendan R. Appel, a founding partner at North Shore Property Law, has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Residential Real Estate Law, Commercial Real Estate Law, and Association and Condominium Real Estate Law. This recognition is earned by fewer than 5 percent of all lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois. (more…)


Stand out from the crowd in this buyers’ market

Research done by the National Association of Realtors revealed that the spring housing market was among the most competitive in recent years. Demand is strong, but buyers are taking their time to find a home that checks all the boxes on their shopping lists. It’s definitely a buyers’ market. (more…)


Home buyers need a strong team supporting them

In its report on market trends, realtor.com reported that an increasing number of renters will act to buy property this year. Increases in the rent is the primary reason for renters to become buyers. (more…)


3 Secrets to a successful house flip

House flipping can be a great source of income – if you plan ahead.  Consider our three secrets to a successful flip.

House flipping – the act of selling a house within a year of buying it – is at an 11-year high in the United States; a slew of popular television shows make it look easy and lucrative. (more…)


Cook County changes the way inherited property is transferred to a new owner

A warning to anyone who has recently inherited property: contact your attorney today. A recent change by the Cook County government will delay the time it takes to transfer ownership from the deceased to his or her heirs. And can significantly increase costs.

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Seven ways to make your home sale quick and painless

If you see yourself entering the real estate market soon, consider how you can make your property stand out to potential buyers. (more…)


Property tax appeals lower your tax bill

Recent news reports have detailed the negative affect of property taxes on home sales. Homes are undervalued or not selling because of the high tax bills attached to the property.

At North Shore Property Law, we’ve seen how property tax increases are affecting the North Shore dramatically.  The median increase on the value of a residential property in New Trier Township following the 2016 reassessment by Cook County was 25 percent.

Appealing your property taxes is a simple way to reverse that trend; a successful property tax appeal can knock thousands of dollars off a homeowner’s annual tax bill. (more…)



Tips for the Real Estate Seller

Whether you are a seasoned property seller or completely new to selling, these tips should help you navigate the process and make selling your property as smooth and easy as possible.

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