Chicagoland Appraisals

Appraising Chicago Homes Since 1999

Chicago’s Best Home Appraisal Company

Chicagoland Appraisals is a residential real estate appraisal company that specializes in Pre-Listing Appraisals, Divorce Appraisals, Property Tax Appeals and much more. We pride ourselves in very high quality appraisals as we know this is an important time in your life.

  • Serving Chicago Since 1999

  • Fast Appraisals

  • Best Chicago Appraisal Team

  • Over 10,000 Appraisals Done

  • Free Appraisal Quote Before You Book An Appraisal

Appraisal Services

Prelisting Appraisals

If you’re a homeowner selling your property on your own or a seasoned realtor trying to establish a fair list price it’s often difficult to sift through all of the market data to determine a true home value.

It’s common for homeowners and realtors to rely on real estate appraisers for assistance when establishing a list price for the sale of their home.

That’s where Chicagoland Appraisals comes in. We have a long history of working with homeowners trying to sell their own home as well as realtors needing additional support for their listings or to substantiate the true home value to their client.

At Chicagoland Appraisals, we can provide you with a professional, independent, impartial and objective home appraisal, which is far more accurate than a realtor based Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). A pre-listing appraisal ensures both you and your agent have an accurate description of your home’s features and a detailed analysis of market trends and comparable sales.

Divorce Service

Divorce is a painful process in which there are many decisions to be made including ‘who’s staying’ and ‘who’s going’ when determining what happens to the house. Often times the home is put up for sale in which the profits are split or otherwise one of the parties typically buys out the other.

In either case, one or both parties should hire the services of a professional real estate appraiser to estimate the market value of the home. An appraisal for asset division should include a well-supported, professional report that’s defensible in court.

Many times the divorce date differs from the inspection date of the appraisal thus requiring a retrospective appraisal that has an effective date and value estimate corresponding to the date of divorce or filing. We’ve completed countless divorce appraisals over the years so we understand exactly what’s involved as well as the need to handle these situations with the utmost care.

Estate Tax or Date of Death Appraisals

Settling an estate is one of those things that most people know little about until they actually go through the experience. So we hope to offer you a bit of insight below into the process of estate settlement as it pertains to real estate appraisals.

When an estate has a transfer of ownership due to death or inheritance, it is very common for a real estate appraisal to be needed for tax purposes. Often times during the settlement process either an attorney or accountant will order an appraisal or have a family member or executor select an appraiser for the job at hand which is most often the case.

It’s been our experience that estate appraisals are commonly ordered between 2-6 months after the death of a loved one or inheritance of a property. Occasionally an appraisal is ordered almost immediately whereas other times the time period may be as long as a year or more depending on the circumstances at hand.

Financial Planning & Trusts

Financial and Estate Planners are often relied upon by their clients to provide sound, well-informed advice. Chicagoland Appraisals has worked closely with a long list of Financial & Estate Planners over the years to assure they have the information needed to develop the best and most effective strategies for their clients.

Real estate holdings are often at the center of the plan as they’re usually the client’s largest assets. Whether you need an appraisal for a single property or multiple appraisals for an entire portfolio we understand the process involved. We’ve provided appraisals for Estate Planners throughout the Cook County for a variety of trusts, estate purposes, tax planning, asset update purposes, and more.

Over the years Chicagoland Appraisals has distinguished itself as one of the Cook County’s premier providers of appraisals for estate and financial planners and we’re acutely aware of the detail, skill and attention necessary to properly value these type of properties. We also assure complete discretion and are sensitive to the needs and privacy of those who reside in these homes.

Other Services

PMI Removal Appraisals

PMI, the acronym for private mortgage insurance, allows individuals to purchase their home with less than a 20% down payment. If you are paying PMI, the question you need to ask... Read More

Real Estate Assessor Appeals

A large percentage of homes in the Chicago area are being ‘taxed’ based on much higher property values, so there’s a very good chance you’re paying the real estate assessor more... Read More

Bankruptcy Appraisals

Ever wonder how a bankruptcy debtor calculates the value of their home? You need to be as accurate as possible when your attorney asks you to estimate your home’s value. Read More

Pre-Foreclosure & Short Sales

Chicagoland Appraisals is a leading provider of real estate appraisals for REO foreclosures and short sales. Our Company appraises real estate throughout the greater Chicago area. Read More

Serving Chicago And The Suburbs

Chicagoland Appraisals has served customers across all the Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs including: River North, Logan Square, Lake View, Rogers Park, West Town, Near West Side, Evanston, Lincoln Park, Austin, Lincoln Square, Humboldt Park, Irving Park, Portage Park, West Ridge, Albany Park, Avondale, Belmont Cragin, Edgewater, Jefferson Park, South Shore, Uptown, Bridgeport, Chicago Loop, Cicero, Palatine, Oak Park and many more…

Simple Appraisal Process

What Our Customers Say About Us!

Theresa VanderMeer
Theresa VanderMeer
I coordinated remotely with Chicagoland Appraisals and had a great experience for my condo in Andersonville. Everything was timely and organized. Good experience overall!
George G
George G
My wife and I are extremely grateful for the work that Chicagoland Appraisals did at our property. John arrived at our single family home (built 2019) in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL. It was an in person COVID friendly home appraisal. John was super professional and had all the equipment he needed to conduct the appraisal efficiently. The turnaround time to receive the PDF file was super fast! The official appraisal conducted by John helped provide the necessary evidence needed to correct the value of our home compared to what a computer spit out from the Cook County assessor's office first pass assessment. Our Cook County 2021 first pass assessment was $740,000 = yearly tax estimate of $15,566.00 Our Cook County Assessor Post-Appeal = $669,390 = new yearly tax estimated of $14,081.00 This reflects an over assessment of $70,610.00 of our property! Our total estimated yearly tax savings equals $1485.00. $1485 x 3 years = $4455 of savings! (until next assessment) We did not hire any lawyers! We only followed the directions on the Cook County official appeal website. My wife and I uploaded the PDF file that Chicagoland Appraisals created and submitted a small residential appeal narrative to support our appeal. We did everything online and did not have to appear before the cook county property tax board. Thanks to everyone at Chicagoland Appraisals, our family can continue to live in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago. This company is accurate, honest, and professional. Chicagoland Appraisals offers excellent value for the work performed.
Ryan Mersch
Ryan Mersch
John was very professional and provided the documents before estimated and has been very diligent and responsive to requests
Thomas Awrey
Thomas Awrey
I had my Rogers Park condo appraised by Chicagoland Appraisals in mid January of this year. The scheduling process went smoothly and the in-person appointment was swift and informative. I was getting my property appraised to remove PMI, and received the appraisal 3 weeks after the appointment. The process was overall easy and professionally done. Would use them again in the future.
Mark Bair
Mark Bair
I had an excellent experience with Chicagoland Appraisals and the owner John Tsiaousis and recommend his company and services very highly. I needed an appraisal for the condo I own in Logan Square neighborhood - and it was rather urgent. I had tried other recommended appraisers - but they were too busy or unavailable. I discovered John and Chicagoland Appraisers through them website - which left a very favorable initial impression and means of contact. John was highly responsive from the initial contact - and throughout the process. His approach is professional and courteous. The online scheduling tool was very helpful and enabled me to meet my timing needs. Chicagoland offers both virtual and in person appraisal services. I used the in person appraisal. He arrived on time, was prepared and conducted his inspection efficiently and thoroughly. John promised a quick turnaround on the written document - and actually exceeded expectations. The report was very well constructed and supported his appraisal with relevant comparable properties. John made himself available and responsive to my questions. In addition, the fees for Chicagoland charged were very reasonable and represent a great value for the services delivered. In summary, I've had numerous appraisals done on various residential properties I've owned over the years. I've never had a better appraisal experience than I had with Chicagoland Appraisals and John Tsiaousis. I highly recommend their appraisal services.

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