When you are purchasing a home, it is important to understand the economics of the home and property taxes are a huge factor in the equation. So, just how do you figure out what your taxes will be?
It is not a good idea to simply look at what the current owner is paying because there are many variables. In Chicago, we typically tell our clients to expect a tax bill at about 1.5% of the purchase price. In Du Page County, the range is from about 1% in Oak Brook all the way up to nearly 3% in Glendale Heights. Oak Brook is home to many large corporations and of course Oak Brook mall which helps keep property taxes low.
So, how did we come up with the 1-3% range? Below is the formula used in Du Page County to calculate property tax.
Du Page County Tax Calculation
- A home’s fair market value: $5000,000 – Fair Market Value is defined as the amount a buyer would be willing to pay for the property.
- Tax assessor’s adjustment: $500,000 x 33% = Equalized Asessed Value – In Du Page county, the assessor uses of 1/3 of a homes fair market value in determining DuPage County property taxes.
- Equalized assessed value: $165,000 – This is the adjusted fair market value of your property used for property tax calculation purposes.
- Property tax rate: 5% **Rates vary by city as indicated in the table below – 5% used as a simplification for example.
- Property tax calculation: $165,000 x .05 - Equalized assessed value multiplied by a property tax rate of 5% .
- Total property tax : $8,250
|Rank||City||Rate||As % of purchase price|
|10||Elk Grove Village||7.0656||2.36|
|30||Oak Brook Terrace||4.6839||1.56|
In communities where there are more than one township, the higher of the tax rates is shown in the table above.