Posts Categorized: Home Ownership Costs

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2013 DuPage County Property Tax Rates

Last year we published an article on the property taxes in DuPage County, Illinois. In the table below which is listed in order from towns with the highest tax assessment rate to the lowest, see how your property tax rate compares to other communities in DuPage County. We’ve included tax years 2012 and 2013 and… Read more

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Du Page County Property Tax Rates

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… Read more

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The Folly Of Timing The Housing Market

It’s hard enough to time investments. Finance theory says it’s impossible and there is plenty of evidence to prove that it can’t be done. So it should come as no surprise that timing a home purchase would be even more difficult. As I’ve said before, I don’t think people should think of a home as… Read more

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Comparing Assessments – Part III

As part of my ongoing rant about the high condo assessments in Chicago I’d like to revisit a topic I covered a while ago – what is the appropriate tradeoff between price and assessments? In that previous post I got into some fairly esoteric finance details about discounted cash flows and perpetuities that may have… Read more

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Comparing Assessments – Part II

Let’s assume that after adjusting for all the factors in my earlier post on comparing Chicago condos with different assessments you are still left with a choice between two condominiums that have different assessments. How do you then factor in that difference – especially if the condo with the lower assessments has a higher price?… Read more