Buying a home is an exciting process, but it can also be confusing. Navigating the world of competing offers, title transfers and appraisals can be difficult, especially when buyers and sellers don’t use real estate agents to facilitate the process.
To ease some of that burden, real estate website Zillow offers a tool known as a home value “Zestimate.” Using public data, Zestimates, as the name implies, provide an estimate of how much a home is worth. That amount is listed on a home’s Zillow profile alongside the seller’s asking price, allowing buyers to compare the two.
In west Lake County, it can seem that a car is almost as likely to have Illinois license plates as Indiana plates in recent years.
Many south suburban Chicago residents have been moving across the state line to Northwest Indiana, especially the Tri-Town area, in search of more home for their buck and lower taxes.
A new study by the personal finance website Wallethub has found property taxes are substantially lower in Indiana than in Illinois — often thousands of dollars lower per year. The average property taxes on a $194,000 home, which would typically be much larger in Northwest Indiana than Illinois because of lower home prices, are $1,679 in Indiana, compared to $4,476 in Illinois.
In an unusual legal move, Simon Property Group Inc. has sued Starbucks Corp. over the coffee giant’s plan to close 78 Teavana stores in its malls across the country.
Indianapolis-based Simon, the country’s largest shopping mall operator, says in the lawsuit that Starbucks is breaching its leases by closing the Teavana stores and “shirking its contractual obligations at the expense of Simon’s shopping centers and the dozens of communities they serve and support.”
IRVINE, Calif., April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s largest fused property database, today released a 2016 property tax analysis for more than 84 million U.S. single family homes, which shows that property taxes levied on single family homes in 2016 totaled $277.7 billion, an average of $3,296 per home and an effective tax rate of 1.15 percent.
The report analyzed property tax data collected from county tax assessor offices nationwide at the state, metro and county level along with estimated market values of single family homes calculated using an automated valuation model (AVM). The effective tax rate was the average annual property tax expressed as a percentage of the average estimated market value of homes in each geographic area.
Daviess County taxpayers will see unexpected fluctuations in the amount of property taxes they owe on their homes when property tax bills hit mailboxes later this month.
Due to a change in state law made by the Indiana General Assembly last year, the homestead property tax deduction every homeowner in Daviess County will be 22.0124 percent. This will be a change from previous years when the percentage varied by taxing unit.
One of the most important issues facing residential real estate in the coming years has to do with the appraisal profession. Although appraisers are generally satisfied with their work and expect to stay in the profession in the years ahead, the median age of appraisers is close to 55. As a result, a big wave of retirements is expected in about 10 years.
A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature.
Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to close the so-called dark store loophole and increase how much the mega-retailers pay local communities in property taxes.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Even though he has said, “Everything is on the table,” when it comes to drawing up the city’s 2017 operating budget, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett indicated Wednesday that higher taxes and fees are not likely to be part of his proposed spending plan.
When the Carmel City Council passed its 2016 budget in October, it included a tax rate of 71.43 cents per $100 of assessed property value for homeowners, only about a penny increase from the 2015 rate of 70.07 cents.
But now that the property tax bills have reached Carmel mailboxes, residents are finding out that the actual rate for 2016 is 83.56 cents per $100, or 19 percent greater than the rate attached to the budget. For a home valued at $300,000, that’s about $400 more a year in city property taxes.